Local Soccer: Second place still up for grabs

Maccabi Tel Aviv, Maccabi Netanya and Hapoel Tel Aviv are desperate to guarantee the perks that come with runners-up spot.

By
May 25, 2007 02:40
1 minute read.
Local Soccer: Second place still up for grabs

betar 298.88. (photo credit: Asaf Kliger)

 
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 experience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Report and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew - Ivrit
  • 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

Only one seemingly unimportant matter remains unresolved ahead of the Premier Leagues final Matchday this weekend. Which team will finish the 2006/2007 season in second place? Maccabi Tel Aviv, Maccabi Netanya and Hapoel Tel Aviv have all assured themselves of European qualification, but are nevertheless still desperate to guarantee the perks that come with a second-place finish. A Maccabi Tel Aviv victory in the derby against Hapoel on Sunday will ensure that the yellow-and-blue end the season in second place and receive NIS 2.7 million and a bye from the first UEFA Cup qualifying round next season. But any other outcome in the derby at Bloomfield Stadium will open the door for Netanya. Netanya plays Betar Jerusalem at Winter Stadium on Saturday and will aim at the very least to increase the pressure on Mac TA with a victory against the newly crowned champions. The only way Hapoel Tel Aviv can leapfrog both Maccabi and Netanya into second place is if it defeats its bitter rivals on Sunday and Netanya loses on Saturday. Netanya, which was outraged that it plays its match one day before its rivals, approached the Israel Football Association with a request to move the Tel Aviv derby to Saturday. The IFA turned down Netanya's request, saying both Tel Aviv sides have a clear interest to win. "Once again promises made to us over the phone by the IFA have failed to materialize," the Netanya management said in a statement. "The team is considering approaching UEFA and FIFA to complain about the IFA's conduct. The IFA has put financial considerations ahead of fair play." Also on Saturday, Maccabi Haifa travels to Herzliya to face local side Maccabi. Bnei Yehuda hosts Maccabi Petah Tikva in Nitzan Shirazi's last match as Bnei Yehuda coach. Hakoah Amidar Ramat Gan plays Ashdod SC in its final Premier League match before being relegated to the National League, and Hapoel Petah Tikva hosts Hapoel Kfar Saba.

Join Jerusalem Post Premium Plus now for just $5 and upgrade your experience with an ads-free website and exclusive content. Click here>>

Related Content

dudi sela
August 31, 2014
Sela steamrolled by Dimitrov

By ALLON SINAI