Soccer: Still-coachless Maccabi Tel Aviv visits Ra’anana

A win will take Maccabi back to the summit of the standings for at least 48 hours, with leader Hapoel Beersheba visiting Maccabi Haifa on Monday.

By
January 1, 2016 00:52
2 minute read.
Maccabi Tel Aviv star Eran Zahavi

Maccabi Tel Aviv star Eran Zahavi. (photo credit: DANNY MARON)

 
X

Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user uxperience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew, Ivrit
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Repor
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief

UPGRADE YOUR JPOST EXPERIENCE FOR 5$ PER MONTH Show me later Don't show it again

With the search for a new head coach still ongoing, Maccabi Tel Aviv will be guided on Saturday by Slavisa Jokanovic’s Spanish assistant Javi Periera when it visits Hapoel Ra’anana in Netanya in Premier League action.

A win will take Maccabi back to the summit of the standings for at least 48 hours, with leader Hapoel Beersheba visiting Maccabi Haifa on Monday.

Be the first to know - Join our Facebook page.


Jokanovic announced he is moving to Fulham of the English Championship following Sunday’s 5-0 victory over Ironi Kiryat Shmona, leaving Periera behind to guide the team until Maccabi sports director Jordi Cruyff brings in a full-time replacement.

The likes of former Manchester United defender Henning Berg, who was sacked as the coach of Legia Warsaw in October, Spaniard Joan Carrillo, who was also linked with the club this past summer, and Thomas Christiansen, who currently guides AEK Larnaca in Cyprus, have all been mentioned in connection with the vacancy.

In the meantime, Periera has led the side in training and will also be on the sidelines for Saturday’s match.

“I’m not here to grab my opportunity,” insisted Periera on Thursday. “I’m here to help make the transition and keep control of the team and to make sure the performance level doesn’t drop.”

Maccabi thrashed Kiryat Shmona after losing to Beersheba 2-1 the previous week and will be aiming to avenge one of only three defeats it has suffered this season against Ra’anana.



The three-time reigning champion dropped to a shock 2-1 loss to Ra’anana for its first league defeat of the season three months ago, with Snir Shuker scoring a 90th-minute winner after Maccabi had equalized two minutes earlier.

Jokanovic’s departure overshadowed Eran Zahavi’s historic night on Sunday. The prolific midfielder will be aiming to begin 2016 the way he ended 2015 after scoring four goals in a single match for the first time in his career, taking his tally to 18 goals in 16 league matches this season.

Zahavi scored his 46th goal overall in 2015, putting him in very prestigious company. Only Cristiano Ronaldo (61), Leo Messi (52), Luis Suarez (48) and Robert Lewandowski (47) have scored more goals than Zahavi over the past 12 months, with the Maccabi star tied in fifth place with Barcelona’s Neymar.

Also Saturday, Beitar Jerusalem hosts Bnei Yehuda, Hapoel Kfar Saba visits Maccabi Petah Tikva, Ironi Kiryat Shmona welcomes Maccabi Netanya and Bnei Sakhnin goes to Hapoel Acre. Hapoel Tel Aviv hosts Hapoel Haifa on Sunday.

Related Content

July 18, 2018
Litzman, UTJ to remain in government, Councils of Torah Sages say

By GIL HOFFMAN