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Points of Light: Israeli football returned under less than ideal conditions, but there are those who thrive in the situation | Israel Hayom

2023-12-09T21:08:35.308Z

Highlights: The return of Israeli football aroused mixed feelings among many. With teams coming in short rosters with a sparse roster, this would be a good opportunity to stand out for young players few counted out at the start of the season. Ashdod, whose squad dwindled due to the war, started the season horribly, and the situation forced it to use its talented youngsters more. Both Maccabi Haifa and Beitar Jerusalem, two teams that are still searching for themselves, will meet tonight.


The young discovery of Hapoel Hadera, the sensation in the form of Benny Reina, and the coach who is recovering from a difficult season and pulling water out of the rock • And: the two teams that are still searching for themselves and will meet each other


1. The return of Israeli football aroused mixed feelings among many. On the one hand, a country that mourns and fights, a country that every day breaks its heart at the fall of its best sons and daughters; On the other hand, a desire to return to a certain routine, to revive our sport and an attempt at a kind of escapism on impossible days.
In the end, it was decided to bring the league back after a two-month hiatus, with the games being played without crowds. Despite the difficult feelings, we got good football relative to the state of the teams and even gained some young players along the way. So here are a few more eye-catching points since the return, and in general since the beginning of the season.

2. It was clear that with teams coming in short rosters with a sparse roster, this would be a good opportunity to stand out for young players few counted out at the start of the season.
Elad Madmon, 2004 yearbook, a striker who showed sparks only in his second season in Hapoel Hadera's youth. In the league's return game against Maccabi Petah Tikva, he scored a spectacular goal, showing great orientation in space, good movement and especially exceptional kicking ability from the second line. Yesterday, he added a smart headbutting goal that brought another point to his team. If we add to this his goal in Ashdod, just before the league break, young Madmon is responsible for all 7 points of Niso Avitan and is the great hope of the team, which was marked at the beginning of the season as safe relegation, to stay in the league.

Ravid Abergel, who turned 20 in November, made his debut in the Ashdod lineup in the return game from the off-season, and scored a beautiful pair against Hapoel Tel Aviv that gave a maiden victory in the Premier League to the coach who raised him in youth, Eli Levy. Ashdod, whose squad dwindled due to the war, started the season horribly, and the fact that the situation forced it to use its talented youngsters more, some of whom took a historic youth championship, may turn the season around.

Elad Madmon. Impressive, Photo: Alan Shaver

3. Who believed at the beginning of the season that Beni Reina would finish eighth as one of only two teams in the league that still did not record a loss. Sharon Mimer, who many times in his career came during a season, succeeded, but found it difficult to continue the momentum in the second season and was fired during it, making an impressive correction in Reina. He upgrades players like Roy Shukri and Kais Ghanem, brings veteran Shlomi Azoulay to a peak season, and dominates the squad superbly with Marc Costa, the man who kept Reina in the league last season, coming off the bench.

Benny Reina. Surprising, Photo: Maor Elkeslassy

4. Ilai Almakais was one of the great hopes of Israeli football, when before his 20th birthday he made an appearance in the Bundesliga for Hoffenheim and made his debut for the national team. But over the past three years, he's made the wrong decisions that nearly ended his career. Sakhnin gambled on him, in a kind of last chance to save the great talent, and his impressive performance as a substitute against Hapoel Be'Sheva explained why he was considered a great potential and gave hope that Israeli football would eventually earn him.

Aside from Almacase, Drapich is also recovering from a difficult season and doing a great job. Sakhnin plays with one foreigner (Paun), two 23-year-old young midfielders, in her first season as Premier League players (Juri and Taji) and a 22-year-old goalkeeper who grew up at the club and still shows good ability, culminating in the impressive win at Turner. Another team that earns home players, who in normal times would get crumbs of minutes.

Drapich. Recovering from a difficult season, photo: Danny Maron

5. The main game of the cycle will meet tonight Beitar Jerusalem and Maccabi Haifa, two teams that are still searching for themselves. Both come after wins in La Liga (Haifa also added a respectable draw against Villarreal), but the ability is far from satisfactory.
Haifa knows it must not lose points if it wants to catch up with Maccabi Tel Aviv, which currently looks a level above the league. Beitar, for its part, is still unbalanced, but perhaps Yarden Shua's goal, which underwent a well-deserved education series in the derby, will bring him back into the fold and allow her to be lethal in transition, which brought her the cup last season.

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