Perhaps in a different reality: Hapoel Tel Aviv is betting on Conte without a choice
Antoine Conte made it all the way to the youth team of France and was considered a great promise, but found every possible way to ruin his career.
What didn't happen until the age of 28, probably won't happen in Hapoel Tel Aviv either, which continues to bet on Beitar Jerusalem's evicted
Wednesday, August 17, 2022, 12:45 p.m
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Summary: Ness Ziona section - Hapoel Tel Aviv 3:1 (Sport1)
The expected signing of Antoine Conte at Hapoel Tel Aviv is very similar to the signings of Marko Jankovic and Freddy Plowman last season.
The salary that the Reds offer is unrealistic, the league starts in a moment and thus the pressure takes its toll and we must bet.
So yes, Hapoel Tel Aviv is going for a player who impressed during his years in Israel and has good physical data to his credit, but one who has rarely played in the last year and a half, was thrown out of the Jerusalem Beitar for repeated disciplinary problems, was convicted of assault and last year was sentenced to a year in prison which was commuted to compensation and community service. Not an impressive package to bring home.
The pressure took its toll and Hapoel Tel Aviv decided to bet on Antoine Conte (Photo: Lilac Weiss Rosenberg)
Antoine Conte is a type.
He is quite quiet, you won't hear him too much, a strange bird, but with very clear behavior throughout his career, the main of which is unprofessionalism.
As someone who grew up in Paris Saint-Germain and made it all the way to the youth team of France, he was predicted a not bad future at all, but the attack incident and the deterioration since then only took him back, also at the level of reference to his career, investment and professionalism.
Eli Taviv brought him to Beitar Jerusalem. The Frenchman had a good start to his time in the capital, but after half a season of good ability as a right defender, he more or less lost the desire to be here, he kept saying that Israel was too small for him and was looking for the next destination. In practice, he He was present-absent at Beitar throughout the years, complained a lot about knee pain, always asked to go to PSG's doctor for treatments for several weeks and returned after several months, was not committed and by and large passed the time in Israel.
In his last months in Israel as a Beitar Jerusalem player, Conte had already made a "neighbourhood" and was looking for any possible way to leave Israel. He was late for training, returned to Israel late from vacations, disrespected every possible procedure that Beitar asked him to perform and went so far as to break a chair in Beit Vagan and threaten On Eli Ohana, who kicked him out of the room and threatened to report him to the police - which made Conte return an hour later and beg for his life.
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Conte (photo: Bernie Ardov)
Conte prefers to play as a right-back rather than a stopper, but regardless, he has excellent stats for a stopper, even if relatively little game intelligence.
He makes a lot of mistakes, is in bad positions, gets random yellow and red cards, and again what keeps him going are his physical data, especially the strength and speed that it is doubtful if there is a defensive player in Israel with data like his when he is fit.
Since he left Beitar Jerusalem on January 21, he rarely played. He recorded only 289 minutes in the Craiova uniform as part of the Romanian league last season, one more game in the cup, another appearance in Europe in the qualifiers of the Conference League and another game in the Romanian Supercup. Due to injury, he missed the African Championship in January, where he was supposed to represent Guinea for the first time. Last June, he played two games in the national team's uniform, in fact his only games in almost the last six months.
With not many choices, Boxenbaum and Medicine gamble.
At most it can start well, but over time what didn't happen until the age of 28, probably won't happen anymore.
It is likely that Conte will spend a round here, find a way to upset the system, quarrel with whoever is necessary and move on.
Any other result of this match for a long time will be a complete surprise.
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