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I do not give up: Van Leven believes most in his Maccabi Tel Aviv - Walla! sport


With songs in the background about a lightweight Maccabi Haifa championship, no one believes in the current Maccabi Tel Aviv more than Patrick Van Levon, and this is the attitude he is trying to instill in Kiryat Shalom.

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I do not give up: Van Leven believes most in his Maccabi Tel Aviv

With songs in the background about a lightweight Maccabi Haifa championship, no one believes in the current Maccabi Tel Aviv more than Patrick Van Levon, and this is the attitude he is trying to instill in Kiryat Shalom.

Meanwhile Kanikovsky faces a huge challenge and Glazer tries to rehabilitate the back without the familiar partners


  • Patrick Van Leven

  • Maccabi Tel Aviv in football

  • Gabi Knikowski

Yaniv Tuchman

Friday, September 17, 2021, 10:00 p.m.

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Patrick Van Leven did not want to name a percentage, but admitted that his Maccabi Tel Aviv is far from the potential he thinks it will realize later in the season.

Tuesday night's win over Alskart released a lot of air in Kiryat Shalom and the Dutchman seemed more relaxed at the press conference in Bloomfield, at the end of what was the first game in the Conference League.

The three points put another 500,000 euros into Maccabi Tel Aviv's coffers.

Money is what the club lacks.

There is no one at Maccabi Tel Aviv who believes in the team more than Moan Leven. Maybe he even suffers from overestimation. While many fans stayed at home on Tuesday - partly because they are not kicked out by football and while the media continues to visit, the coach is convinced that Maccabi Tel Aviv is no less good than Maccabi Haifa. Last season, after congratulating the Greens on the championship, he said without blinking that the less good team of the two had won a plate. Even when he lost for the first time with Maccabi Tel Aviv after a long period to Maccabi Haifa in the summer Champions League, he did not agree to give up and admit that he is considerably behind Barak Bachar.

With all around there is a consensus regarding a second consecutive championship for Maccabi Haifa and even easier than last season, Van Levon is not willing to acknowledge that.

In this approach he tried to catch up with the players this week and also earlier.

When Idan Nachmias sat next to the coach at the end of the game and was asked if he felt that Maccabi Tel Aviv was not counted this season and even pointing to Hapoel Beer Sheva as the one who would finish before it, he did not understand where it came from.

"Should we prove something to someone?" He asked in amazement.

"We are Maccabi Tel Aviv and we will fight for the championship to the end. There is nothing else."

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Van Leven (Photo: Bernie Ardov)


Idan Nachmias is the last address to which the finger of blame should be pointed for opening the Yellows' bad league. From a stopper who comes from Kiryat Shmona to Maccabi Tel Aviv, one should not expect that after a month he will save Kiryat Shalom. For this, Maccabi Tel Aviv has a battery of players older than him on defense. The defeat in Sakhnin in the first round was a direct result of a defensive failure in the victory of the foreign players. When you have three foreigners on defense, half of your foreign players, you should expect a lot more from them. Luis Hernandez, Andre Geralds and Enrique Sborrit - until he was injured - started the season very badly. The defense of the Israeli team in the game against Denmark in Copenhagen taught that Maccabi Tel Aviv is right that it utilizes half the amount of foreigners on defense, but if this is what you get from three foreign players from the Iberian Peninsula, players whose salaries are among the highest in the team, should you ask?

The problems in defending Daniel Peretz's goal are something that is dealt with a lot in Kiryat Shalom. When you have one like Dan Glazer on the team, you can not sweep problems in defense. Glazer was the last to sell his turf after the draw against Maccabi Petah Tikva. Yoav Ziv, the team manager, was waiting for him outside the lines to give a friendly pat. Ziv knows how much Glazer takes to heart. After the foreigners on defense, Glazer is the address. It's not easy to be in his shoes. Dor Peretz left, Eyal Golsa was injured for a long time. His friends for a link that was considered the best in Israel, not here. Neither is his close friend Yonatan Cohen, with whom he has shared a common room since they walked together on the grass at Maccabi Tel Aviv as children. While his two friends are in Italy, he has not been able to go to Europe, which must be frustrating in the meantime, and when Maccabi Haifa takes the hegemony in Israeli football, it is even more painful.

Glazer has been trying for a long time to arrange his link so that the defense behind him is not exposed.

So far it is not succeeding.

"We talk a lot about the fact that we are conceding too many goals," Nahmias honestly admitted after Alshkart.

"But I promise Maccabi Tel Aviv will have a strong defense. We only need this one game in which we will not concede a goal and I promise that things will look much better from it."

Takes to heart.

Glazer (Photo: Bernie Ardov)


The game on Tuesday in the Conference League, Gabi Kanikovsky finished last on the field. For ten minutes, the players stood in front of the fans at goal 11 and also turned their gaze to the few fans left in the other goals. After that they went down to the dressing room. The crowd asked Knickowski to stay. It was after his debut goal for the team, but it was love at first sight already against Maccabi Petah Tikva. Dan Bitton has cooked twice and scored on penalties against the Armenians, Stepa Fritza has been winning two games in a row, Brandley Kwas has come in and shown sparks of football, but the crowd today put everything he has on Kanikovsky.

Some will say that this is Maccabi Tel Aviv's biggest problem this summer.

The beloved player, the one who is expected more than anyone else by the gap, is just a guy who came from Maccabi Netanya and has not yet taken a degree in his life.

He did not lead a team the size of Maccabi Tel Aviv and did not lead a team that won the championship.

More than any player today at Maccabi Tel Aviv, the crowd expects Maknikovsky and beyond the question of his ability to withstand this burden professionally, there is also the question of whether he is able to do it mentally.

Yossi Shibhon, Maor Buzaglo and others could not provide the Maccabi Tel Aviv audience with what they demanded.

Kanikowski now faces a huge challenge.

Many before him failed to satisfy the fans.

Can Kanikowski meet the challenge?

(Photo: Danny Maron)


It is said that the use of the title "season game" is excessive here for any meeting between the two teams that are supposed to compete for the title.

Due to the proximity to Yom Kippur and the lowering of the media screen on Israeli football since Tuesday evening, tomorrow's game is not in the highest profile.

On the face of it this is still only the third round and there are more sea points at the box office.

Still, there is nothing more correct than defining tomorrow's game as the game of the season.

Maccabi Haifa's victory in Bloomfield tomorrow is a clear statement that will fly the champion forward and leave its runner-up with a lot of question marks, especially when next Saturday Hapoel Beer Sheva awaits Turner in a game that will be even harder than what awaits them tomorrow.

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