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Maccabi Tel-Aviv capture 19th Israeli crown

Published: Monday 22 April 2013, 22.48CET
Maccabi Tel-Aviv FC's ten-year title drought is over after the side coached by former FC Barcelona man Óscar García clinched their 19th Israeli championship with four games to spare.
by Boaz Goren
from Ramat Gan Stadium
Maccabi Tel-Aviv capture 19th Israeli crown
Maccabi Tel-Aviv celebrate lifting the Israeli Premier League title ©IFA
Published: Monday 22 April 2013, 22.48CET

Maccabi Tel-Aviv capture 19th Israeli crown

Maccabi Tel-Aviv FC's ten-year title drought is over after the side coached by former FC Barcelona man Óscar García clinched their 19th Israeli championship with four games to spare.

Maccabi Tel-Aviv FC's ten-year drought is over after they clinched their 19th Israeli championship with a 2-0 victory over Hapoel Ironi Nir Ramat HaSharon FC.

The Ramat Gan Stadium was full to its 40,000 capacity with Maccabi fans hoping to cheer their side over the line; any nerves were salved with Israel Under-21 midfielder Dor Micha's 19th-minute opener. Rada Prica's strike 12 minutes from time sealed a win that leaves Óscar García's men with an unassailable 13-point advantage over Maccabi Haifa FC with four games remaining.

It ends a barren decade for the Yellows and underlines their status as the most decorated club in Israel. It also rewards the new philosophy installed by Mitchell Goldhar, the Canadian owner who made wholesale changes last summer. Jordi Cruyff came in as sports director and García, who had been working in FC Barcelona's youth set-up, was named coach.

"I am very proud," said Goldhar. "We are still in the middle of the process and now we will see the results. I hope Óscar stays next season." Cruyff was also looking ahead to 2013/14, talking of strengthening the squad, but García was just savouring the moment. "When I saw the players during pre-season I knew we were on to something," he said.

With Eliran Atar prolific, the Spaniard's team tussled with Hapoel Tel-Aviv FC until finally hitting the front for good at the end of December. Monday's win was their 11th in their last 13 league games – they drew the other two.

Last updated: 23/04/13 9.26CET

Results

Israeli Premier League 2012/13

Matches
HomeAway
Last updated: 22/04/2013 22:04 CET

22/04/2013

H. Ramat HaSharonH. Ramat HaSharon0-2M. Tel-AvivM. Tel-Aviv

Micha 19, Prica 78

Venue: Tel Aviv

21/04/2013

Bnei YehudaBnei Yehuda2-1M. HaifaM. Haifa

Zamir 15, Hrepka 40

Ezra 30

Venue: Tel-Aviv

20/04/2013

H. HaifaH. Haifa3-1Beitar JerusalemBeitar Jerusalem

Gluščević 12, Avidor 31, Abukrat 90

Ben Shushan 35

Venue: Haifa

20/04/2013

M. NetanyaM. Netanya2-1AshdodAshdod

Shivhon 2, Dajani 75

Abu Anza 62

Venue: Netanya

20/04/2013

H. Beer ShevaH. Beer Sheva0-0H. AkkoH. Akko

Venue: Be'er-Sheva

20/04/2013

H. Tel-AvivH. Tel-Aviv1-4H. Kiryat ShmonaH. Kiryat Shmona

Safuri 54

Abuhazira 48, 64, 78, 80

Venue: Tel-Aviv

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