Israeli Teams Begin Training
Hapoel Tel-Aviv, Maccabi Haifa, and Maccabi Tel-Aviv have all begun their respective training camps abroad in Europe. Maccabi Haifa and Hapoel Tel-Aviv have decided on Austria as a training venue, while Maccabi Tel-Aviv have chosen the Netherlands as their preferred destination. All three teams are seeking to improve their sqauds being more active than others. So far Hapoel Tel-Aviv and Maccabi Haifa have played a friendly each. Hapoel Tel-Aviv played against Russian side Anzhi Makhachkala and lost 1-0. Anzhi scored from a free kick to win the game, but Hapoel dominated the game and had several chances to score. They play their next game against another Russian side in Amkar Perm. Hapoel have signed four players so far in Bevan Fransman, Yossi Shivhon, William Hazo, and Romain Rocchi. However Hapoel have let go of five players so far if you include defender Douglas Da Silva. However, there is speculation that Da Silva may still stay with Hapoel Tel-Aviv as he has yet to agree on terms for a contract with French club Lille. Meanwhile, Hapoel’s main rivals for the title last year, Maccabi Haifa also played a game against the Romanian side Dinamo Bucharest. Maccabi Haifa had several trialists in the game that they tied 1-1. Muhammad Ghadir scored the goal for Haifa. Ghadir was being watched by a scout from AC Milan according to a report from ONE. Georgian defender and trialist Guram Kashia was physically impressive, but was a bit lacking in pace. Latvian winger Andrejs Pereplotkins had a good showing and certainly helped his cause for making the team. New loan signing Adrien Silva looked to be in fine form as he had several good touches and looked good on the ball. Arik Benado had a decent game for Haifa, and should be a capable backup. Eyal Golasa and Biram Kiyal were both missing due to being in the IDFj for Golasa and having a broken nose for the latter. Haifa’s newest signing Idan Vered will come to Austria in a few days. Haifa plays its next friendly tomorrow against Russian side Lokomotiv Moscow. Maccabi Tel-Aviv held their first training session in the Netherlands today and will be joined by their ninth and newest signing Avi Strul. Expectations are high as Maccabi shelled out an astounding 4.6 Million dollars in transfer fees, which is a lot of money for Israel’s league. They will play in friendlies against PSV Eindhoven, Racing Genk, and Brondby. All three teams are hoping for a good domestic and European season, so it will be interesting to see who comes out on top.
Highlights of Maccabi Haifa’s game against Dinamo Bucharest can be seen below: