"Yossi Benyon is the greatest Israeli actor"
From the modesty of Bnei Yehuda to the quarterfinals of the holding cup, championship descriptions for relegation battles.
Shuki Nagar's career has known ups and downs, but also experiences and true friends: "There are not many people whose word can be trusted like Nemani. Benyon is not a friend, he is a brother."
Thursday, June 30, 2022, 5:20 p.m.
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"I was with the youth team in Austria. One evening I got a call to my hotel room and on the line was Moshe Demayo who told me simply and calmly 'We sold you now to Yaakov Shachar for $ 450,000. You are moving from Bnei Yehuda to Maccabi Haifa, good luck to you'. I was shocked, not. "I understood the meaning of things there. I return to Israel as a Maccabi Haifa player, from the neighborhood to Kiryat Eliezer."
How was the transition made?
I arrived excitedly at Yankele's office in Tel Aviv. He offered me a long-term contract for 6 years at Maccabi Haifa. "A sum of $ 450,000 was then unacceptable in our football and complimented me very much."
Called Grundman and said yes to Shahar.
Carpenter at Maccabi Haifa (Photo: Maariv, Adi Avishai)
Shuki Nagar was born on October 7, 1977 in Yehud.
"I am an only child. My father is from Yehud, and my mother is from Kfar Shalem, where we moved when I was 7. I had a hard time getting as a small child with four buses from Yehud to the football school in the neighborhood. At home we did not have money for bus tickets. I sat outside for two months because I did not have money for clothes. I wore soccer shoes and I played in Puma. "
Carpenter lives in Yehud today ("I have three children, the youngest of whom, 18-year-old Liam, plays as a left-back in the Ness Ziona youth team").
For the past decade, he has been teaching children in the Yehud school about the autism spectrum in two schools in Yehud, grades 1-8.
"The coach who promoted me to Bnei Yehuda was Grundman," he recalled. Haifa, I won the Toto Cup with Bnei Yehuda after 0: 3 over Hapoel Haifa. "
Teaches children about the spectrum.
Carpenter today (Photo: courtesy of the person photographed)
Then, in 1998, he moved to Maccabi Haifa and appeared with them in the Holders' Cup.
"It was a huge achievement under Duchamp Ohrin," he recalled, "we were only stopped in the quarter-finals against Lokomotiv Moscow."
Maccabi Haifa lost in the last final on penalties to Hapoel Beer Sheva.
Carpenter remembers another game in which the Greens were defeated in a duel from the penalty spot.
"In April 2000, in front of 38,000 spectators in Ramat Gan, we had a game against Hapoel Tel Aviv. It ended after 120 minutes without goals. The first kickers, Avishai Zano and Shimon Gershon, kicked in easily against Shavit Elimelech and Avi Peretz. Of Elimelech, who I do not remember like her in Israeli football, I was the next kicker and he stopped the ball, then he tops a kick by Vasily Ivanov, a kick by Yossi Benyon and a ball by Reuven Atar. Our goalkeeper Peretz stopped two balls and Hapoel won 1: 2, went up To the final and again defeated Betar Jerusalem on penalties.
The white spot has been a black spot for Maccabi Haifa for decades. "
Later, despite a long-term contract, he left Kiryat Eliezer.
"Grant arrived at the coach's position, and Adoram Casey recovered from an injury. Casey was an excellent left-back, I played intermittently at the link. I wanted more minutes on the pitch, I moved to Bnei Yehuda."
With his achievements it is impossible to argue.
Benyon (Photo: GettyImages, Laurence Griffiths)
In 2001, he experienced a difficult professional moment, when he went down to Bnei Yehuda with Leumit.
Then he came to Hapoel Beer Sheva of Lupa Kadosh.
"I had two great years in the capital of the Negev, where we finished in fifth place. The game we thought would give happiness to the south was the cup final in 2003 against Hapoel Ramat Gan from seventh place in the national league. Our way to the final was through early victories over Hapoel Tel Aviv, Kiryat Gat Impressive and exciting 0: 3 over Maccabi Haifa. In the semifinals we saw Hapoel Ramat Gan beat Maccabi Tel Aviv 1: 2. We did not take it easy. ".
From there he moved on to the great failure - the Galacticus project of MS Ashdod.
"A football monster team was formed in Ashdod, stars like Haim Revivo, Aboksis, Itzik Zohar and other big names, really a team without ego in the locker room. Everything went forward on the offensive side, there was no one to defend and the business collapsed quickly."
"Klinger asked me for the defense of the Yellows. A contract was closed with the help of attorney Yossi Gayer.
We played in the Champions League, it was an unforgettable period. "
His word is a word.
Nemani (Photo: Maariv, Danny Maron)
At that time he was close to my father Nemanji.
"I did not move from him, I slept on trips in Europe and in the training camps in one room with Nemanji. He is supportive, there are not many people whose word can be trusted like him. He was a great leader on and off the field."
"Benyon is the greatest Israeli footballer, with the biggest and most wonderful career in Israel and continental Europe. Yossi is not only a friend, Benyon is my brother, a giant among giants. Benyon played, but I saw Yossi and Ronaldo dancing on the field from the bench. "
You almost moved to play in the Spanish league.
"The team to which Benyon moved in Spain was Santander. There was talk that I would also sign there, but the lack of a suitable passport prevented continuity. They signed Ilan Bachar."
Later in his career, he joined Lupa Kadosh again, this time in Bnei Sakhnin: "Mazen Ghanaim and Ahmad Hilu were men and stood by the team and the players in every request."
Then it was more difficult, at Hapoel Ashkelon and Hapoel Petah Tikva: "I was at Hapoel Petah Tikva under chairman Ronen Elad, the team has an excellent audience and they can bring 8,000 spectators at home and away in the Premier League.
When Elad left, his successors asked to take down 50 percent of my contract, I preferred to leave quietly. " And
" When I arrived in Ashkelon under Prosper Azagi, it was a city of football.
Today, the struggles in Ashkelon almost made the club
disappear, I'm very sorry.
I would continue in the neighborhood forever, until retirement. "
Close a circle.
Carpenter in Bnei Yehuda (Photo: Maariv, Danny Maron)
And finally, he has something to say about the tremendous achievement of the youth team.
"A tremendous and rare achievement, something extraordinary that will give a different direction and spirit to Israeli football. There are many players there who are willing to play in the Premier League. It is now obligatory to give them a stage and an opportunity, they must not fall between the chairs. "I played for years with Ofir Haim, I believe in him and in the team that will succeed in the final game to return to Israel as the Euro champion."