Summary: Hapoel Beer Sheva - Hapoel Tel Aviv 0:6 (Sport 1)
Here's something you probably haven't heard in the last week: it's possible to lose 6:0.
It can happen to everyone.
Of course it's very humiliating, lowers the desire, evokes a lot of thoughts - but it's possible.
It's not the end of the world.
The whole question is in what context this humiliating defeat of 6:0 comes - what is the state of the team, what is its horizon, what material are the players made of, where does it want to go.
You can take this 6:0 and leverage it forward, to fight for the honor of the team, for its good name, for the pain in the fans' throats.
This is what normal groups that have healing potential do.
To the chagrin of Hapoel Tel Aviv, who this week won 6:0 in Be'er Sheva and recorded the biggest defeat in its history (a record held by Maccabi Tel Aviv for 53 years!), this season is anything but a normal team.
And if it has any recovery potential, it is embodied in the most obscure code name in the history of Israeli football, otherwise known as the "American Purchase Group".
Since the month of November, when FIFA announced the settlement it made with the Reds' past debts, the team has finally become attractive for purchase. And all they managed to find a name for the fifth largest club in Israel, with a glorious history and an excellent youth department - is "an American acquisition team."
And if At first there were those who wanted to doubt the issue - one of the owners, Sharon Nisanov, firmly refused to sign the document that would allow the "American Purchase Group" to start the due diligence for the Reds - after all, in the end Nisanov also signed a signatory, and according to foreign publications, for over a month it has been carried out for the Hapoel Tel Aviv club due diligence by "
This situation led to the fact that by the time of the transfer window, it was not clear who was strengthening the team - the Nisanovs and Co. or the "American Purchase Group".
Only when everything fell apart, after Omer Buxenbaum and Sloboden Drapich resigned, did we learn that the members of the "American Purchase Group" were informed of the developments.
I mean, somehow all of Hapoel Tel Aviv's eggs are still in this enigmatic basket.
Since they are American and have no idea about our football branch, it seems that the identity of Drapich's successor is being decided by people between the Jordan and the sea.
I mean, more of the same.
A party suitable for ridiculous clubs like Beitar Jerusalem. Nissanov (Photo: Kobi Eliyahu)
Personally, I have a hard time understanding how Hapoel Tel Aviv and its surroundings are able to pin their hopes on an "American purchasing group".
This is a party that suits ridiculous clubs like Beitar Jerusalem (and even there, in the end, as we saw just this summer - they close with a buying group whose track record consists mainly of destroying another team). Even if in the end it turns out that these Americans are actually the next generation Mitch Goldhar, a question still arises : How is it possible that Hapoel Tel Aviv is for sale and there are no solid offers from Israeli, legitimate, well-known businessmen? After all, Hapoel has an audience, has an excellent youth department, uses an advanced training facility and plays in a stadium that for some reason is claimed to be advanced (except for the roof, the parking , the attitude - excellent!) For sure, her situation is better than it was 25 years ago, when she was broken and smashed on the floor and then all the purple and moishic and ugly and Orensteinian people came and lifted the group to prosperity and well-being.
And it may be that the answer is that soccer in Israel is no longer as attractive to legitimate businessmen as it used to be.
It is certainly a fertile ground for all kinds of publicity-seekers and radio interview patients with types with unlikely nicknames like "Barko" or "Tenzi", but usually these people are not the guys you would buy a car from.
Therefore, in order to own a soccer team in Israel, you have to be a fan of it, or a Canadian billionaire, or a businessman who knows how to transfer money from the business located in the high tax areas to the soccer team located in the low tax areas, or be a figure who will be received a little less favorably at economic conferences of the top of the capital market .
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Sharon and Itzik Nissanov are, in the end, Hapoel Tel Aviv fans.
Their father was the legendary manager of the team.
Furthermore, they lifted the team exactly six years ago, when no one was ready to touch it with a stick and it was on its way to the First League.
They acted correctly this summer as well, when they let Omer Buxenbaum, who excelled in building the youth department, build the adult department.
Tried - and failed.
It's part of the concept of trying.
Therefore, it is better, in my opinion, for Hapoel Tel Aviv to stick to the old and the familiar, that is, the Nissanovs and their partners, especially if it turns out that the "American purchasing group" will evaporate at the end of the never-ending due diligence.
It's just that the Nissanovs and the other guys in the management there have to take one thing into account: if the Americans don't come, it will be their time to do everything to heal Hapoel Tel Aviv themselves.
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