Ligat Ha’al Team Of The Season – Halfway
A little more than half of the season has passed in Ligat Ha’al, and since most of the Nivcheret plays there, I thought it would be appropriate to compile my halfway season team.
Ariel Harush – (Beitar Jerusalem)
I think the clear choice here would have to be Ariel Harush, Harush has had several outstanding games and has played a big role in keeping Beitar in competition for a European spot as well as possibly playing himself into a National Team slot.
Douglas-Da Silva – (Hapoel Tel-Aviv)
Da-Silva has been a rock at the heart of Hapoel’s defence and is arguably the best defender in Ligat Ha’al right now, he has scored several goals, and has been outstanding in Europe for Hapoel, not to mention he has also attracted interest from bigger leagues.
Dekel Keinan – (Maccabi Haifa)
The model of consistency, Dekel Keinan continues to show why he is one of the starting centre halves for the National Team, he also leads the league’s stingiest defence.
Dedi Ben-Dayan (Hapoel Tel-Aviv)
Perhaps the only full-back in Israel with the technical skill of midfielder, Dedi has scored an amazing 8 goals in the season already, and has been a solid defender at the back for Hapoel. Expect Dedi to hold on to his place at left back for the National Team.
Biram Kiyal – (Maccabi Haifa)
A key cog in Maccabi Haifa’s machine, Kiyal has done the dirty work for Haifa in the midfield and as a result Haifa have enjoyed the fruits of his labor by running away with the league. Kiyal featured quite often in the last campaign, expect him to do so in the next one.
Bibras Natcho – (Hapoel Tel Aviv)
Undeniably talented, Natcho is certain to leave Tel-Aviv in the summer for a foreign club and Hapoel will certainly miss him. Players like Natcho are rare in Ligat Ha’al where the passing and interplay leaves much to be desired. Natcho has given Hapoel the cutting edge it has needed to make its run in the Europa League with his clever passing and good one touch play.
Pedro Galvan – (Bnei Yehuda)
Pedro Galvan scored 10 goals last season, that is pretty good considering he is a midfield player. This season he has already scored 10 goals. I’ve really been surprised that none of the bigger teams in Ligat Ha’al have made a move for him, perhaps they will change their minds.
Gili Vermouth – (Hapoel Tel-Aviv)
What a season for Gili! He has been a creative outlet for his team and has created many goals with his mazy runs and deft passes. Don’t be surprised if Gili is named player of the year. He has terrorized teams both in Ligat Ha’al and the Europa League.
Itay Shechter – (Hapoel Tel-Aviv)
A somewhat inconsistent player, Shechter has found his form this season much to the detriment of Ligat Ha’al. His speed with the ball and decisive finishing has made him a constant threat around and away from the box, resulting in 13 goals. Itay has had a patch of bad form lately, lets see if he can rebound from that.
Vladimir Dvalishvili – (Maccabi Haifa)
The Georgian has continued where he left off in Latvia. Although he was unable to score in the Champions League, Dvalishvili has been solid enough to deliver to the tune of 14 league goals this season already. After hitting a dry spell he has been on a bit of a scoring streak lately.
Shlomi Arbeitman – (Maccabi Haifa)
Once touted as a future National Team prospect, Shlomi Arbeitman had slowly faded away until this season. Many of his goals have come off the bench making him the league’s most effective super-sub. Although not particularly fast his prowess in the box and especially in the air makes him a dangerous player.
Honorable Mention (Nir Davidovic, Jorge Teixeira, Ronald Raldes, Yuval Spungin, Avi Rikan, Stephen Cohen, Avihai Yadin, Eyal Golasa, Ivica Iliev, Barak Itzhaki, Dimitar Makriev)