3,440 days have passed since Hapoel Tel Aviv won a derby. Epoch. Maccabi Tel Aviv fans celebrate the victory, but I wonder how important this number is to Hapoel fans. It is enough for them to know, and they know in every way, that this is a period.
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By the way, when does a pile of days become a period? I think it has already become one, and it happened around the big defeat in the September 2016 derby (0-5). There, in an attempt to move on, Hapoel fans ceased to be football fans.
Around that time, the tradition of singing and calling the names of the players before the game ceased, and from now on the songs of the fans had only one object - Hapoel Tel Aviv. In a period of relegation, humiliating losses and players crossing the road one after another, this was of enormous importance:
Unlike its players, Hapoel Tel Aviv itself is an entity that never gets on the pitch. She doesn't get "dirty" from what's happening on the court. The players, as mentioned, were not "the worker", and the stands were filled despite and not because of what happened on the pitch - football became unimportant.
The derby has always been the most important game, but in recent years it has become almost the only thing that matters: it is what separates Hapoel Tel Aviv and its fans from normalcy, the end of the "era" and the return to the world of football.
Hapoel's season does not consist of 30-something league games, but two or three cup finals, including preparatory games – not one-season cup finals, but almost a decade-long cup finals. The grass in Khodorov has been growing for 3,440 days to finally win a derby.
Fans of the worker. Bring the actors back to the songs, photo: Ami Shumen
This summer, they returned to the stands to sing to the players. Fans are tired of waiting for Christ. This seemingly esoteric tale of what is happening in the Bloomfield stands must have something to do with the change of ownership – and is almost as important.
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Hapoel Tel Aviv fans want to go back to being football fans – they depend on the 11 footballers wearing the red-and-white shirts they name to beat those wearing yellow and blue. One of them will have to push the end over the line.
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