"Storm in the Kingdom" with Itzik Zohar: an excerpt from part 2 (Sport1)
After talking about his first meeting with Uri Malmilian and the victory with Maccabi Tel Aviv over Maccabi Haifa in the 1995/96 season, in part 2 of his interview on the "Storm in the Kingdom" program with Liran Shechner, Itzik Zohar spoke, among other things, about the day when the prime minister surprised him, the incident The famous one with Eyal Berkovich and the relationship with Avi Nemani.
You can see the full episode on Sport1 channels in the coming days.
He didn't let Lemur Livnat play.
Itzik Zohar during the days of Maccabi Tel Aviv (Photo: Flash 90, Moshe Shay)
Zohar recalls the surprising phone call he received from the Prime Minister's office during his days as a player for Maccabi Tel Aviv: "I go to morning training and receive a confidential call. We always had a segment where players were undecided about players. So I answer, 'Hello?'. 'Hello Itzik, we are speaking from the Prime Minister's Office The Prime Minister wants to talk to you.' they?'
So I answered, 'Yes?'. She tells me, 'The Prime Minister wants to talk to you.' I said, 'Okay.' Bibi says to me, 'Hello, what's up?' There was no more training and no shoes, I didn't understand what the prime minister wanted from me. Like, what do I know, to score goals?"
The former player continued: "I informed Maccabi, I'm going, they're waiting for me at the entrance to Jerusalem to clear the way for me."
I don't understand what's going on here.
'Misses' was at its peak then, but I said what, the Prime Minister is cooperating with 'Misses'?
can not be.
But there is nothing else.
And you see Shin Bet cars and that's it. I arrive at the Prime Minister's office, Ruhama Avraham does this, she says to him, 'Prime Minister, Itzik Zohar here'. Suddenly Tzachi Hanegbi comes out of the office, Limor Livnat comes out, it comes out of the office. I'm all such a shy kid. They They come out and look at me as if 'you kicked us out of the office'. I go in and say Yigal Shilon has to leave at any moment, there's no way. Trying to think what he wants from me."
In the end, Zohar was amazed to find out what the purpose of the call was: "He tells me Itzik, look, we are just before elections, next week there will be a match between the Likud and Labor, the members of the Knesset and the ministers. I want you to coach us, and you are not letting Limor Livnat play, it is forbidden We have to lose. A stone fell from my heart. I said, 'No problem, Prime Minister, no problem.'
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"Most of the time we weren't friends."
Avi Namani (Photo: Barney Ardov, Barney Ardov)
On the game in which Berkovic caught his embarrassment: "He had a bad game, the crowd of Maccabi Haifa cursed him the whole game, he's nervous as hell. And if there's something that Eyal hates, it's that you know what he's going to do. He tried to trick me and I saw that that's what he is Going to do, I put the body on him, and then he just gave a wholehearted pull."
His relationship with Nemani: "It was never good. We were friends, we even slept in a room together in the team, there were periods, but let's say that most of the time we were not friends. Because there are camps in the crowd, Zohar's, Nemani's. And you get drawn into it. And then in training we wouldn't talk. I take it on myself, because I was a kid with an ego, overly competitive and driven by instincts, emotions, not a map (points to the head). There was no one to manage the way of thinking, I didn't have to be managed, just My love for football and my talent were enough. If there was someone to manage my way of thinking, everything I achieved - I could achieve even more."
A storm in the kingdom