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Yossi Mizrahi was unveiled as the new Betar Jerusalem coach on Thursday afternoon, replacing Ossie Ardiles, who was fired the previous day.
This will be the 53-year-old's third stint at Betar and he will be hoping it lasts a little longer then the previous two. Mizrahi first took over as the team's coach for Matchday 5 of the 1994/95 season, but after finishing the league in sixth place was released by the club at the end of the season.
In the summer of 2001, Mizrahi returned to Betar. However, 17 matches into the season he was sacked by the club after guiding the side to only three wins.
"One of the things I've hoped to achieve in my life was to come back here and close the circle," Mizrahi said at a press conference on Thursday. "I've been here before and worked under difficult conditions. The only place I have ever left in a middle of a season is Betar and therefore I wanted to come back to finish the job. I don't even need a single day to adapt to the surroundings. I grew up here."
Mizrahi, who was Betar's goalkeeper for 14 years in the '70s and '80s, was also very clear about what the club needs to do to win a championship. "Announcing day and night that we will win the championship will not get the job done," he said.
"Only hard work on the field will lead to positive results. The goal is to get the players to play to their true abilities."
Betar hosts Maccabi Herzliya at Teddy Stadium on Sunday in the Premier League's Matchday 6.
Only three matches will be played on Saturday, but all three promise to be interesting matchups.
Maccabi Netanya hosts Ashdod SC and will be confident of maintaining its unbeaten start to the season. Netanya has won two and drawn three so far, with its victories coming against championship favorites Maccabi Haifa and Betar Jerusalem.
Saturday's match will be Alon Hazan's first as Ashdod coach after the departure of Mizrahi. Hazan has announced that he will coach the team the next few weeks and will only then decide if he will stay with the club until the end of the season.
Both Netanya and Ashdod are coming off convincing wins in Matchday 5 against Betar and Hapoel Kfar Saba, respectively, and are tied for third place in the standings with nine points.
Hapoel Kfar Saba will be looking to end its recent poor string of results on Saturday when it hosts Maccabi Petah Tikva. Hapoel convincingly won its first two matches of the season, but has only taken one point in the subsequent three games. Maccabi, on the other hand, has won its last two matches and is in first place with 10 points.
The last match on Saturday features Maccabi Tel Aviv and Bnei Yehuda. Maccabi is only one point away from the relegation zone after its dismal start to the season and coach Eli Cohen may be looking for a new job if he doesn't guide his team to a win.
Tel Aviv has only won once in five games so far this season and will come up against an improving Bnei Yehuda. The southern Tel Aviv team has won its last two league games and is only three points behind first-place Maccabi Petah Tikva with a game in hand.
Jeremy Last contributed to this report.
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