MACCABI TEL AVIV players celebrate on the pitch after clinching the Israel Premier League championship on Saturday night with a 1-0 victory over Maccabi Haifa.
(photo credit: DANNY MAROM)
Maccabi Tel Aviv won one of the greatest championships in Israeli soccer history on Saturday, clinching the title with a 1-0 victory over Maccabi Haifa.
It marks the record 22nd championship for the yellow-and-blue and the 18th since the establishment of the State of Israel.
If Tel Aviv doesn’t experience an extraordinary crash, it will finish the season with the largest title-winning point gap in Israeli soccer history – the current record between first and second place is 16 points, while Maccabi (72 points) now holds a 27-point advantage over Hapoel Beersheba (45 points).
The total points record for a Premier League campaign is 95 points, achieved by Maccabi Haifa in the 1993/94 season. If Maccabi Tel Aviv (22 victories, six draws and no losses) wins all of its eight remaining games it will reach 96 points, doing so in 36 games and not 39, as Haifa did.
Maccabi Tel Aviv's last loss was against Norway's Sarpsborg on August 23, 2018. The yellow-and-blue’s last league defeat was almost a year ago, on April 16, 2018, to Beitar Jerusalem.
This season, Maccabi Tel Aviv has beaten every other team in the league at least once, but there are only two teams that managed not to lose to Maccabi Tel Aviv twice: Hapoel Tel Aviv and Bnei Sakhnin.
Vladimir Ivic is the 14th coach since the establishment of the State of Israel who has led Maccabi Tel Aviv to a championship, preceded by only three foreign coaches – Oscar Garcia, Paulo Sousa and Pako Ayestaran.
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