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Maccabi Tel-Aviv retain Israeli title

Published: Saturday 3 May 2014, 22.00CET
Maccabi Tel-Aviv FC retained the Israeli title after a 2-1 win at Hapoel Beer Sheva FC and sporting director Jordi Cruyff said: "We are dreaming of the Champions League group stage."
by Boaz Goren
Maccabi Tel-Aviv retain Israeli title
Maccabi Tel-Aviv celebrate their title win ©Nir Keidar
Published: Saturday 3 May 2014, 22.00CET

Maccabi Tel-Aviv retain Israeli title

Maccabi Tel-Aviv FC retained the Israeli title after a 2-1 win at Hapoel Beer Sheva FC and sporting director Jordi Cruyff said: "We are dreaming of the Champions League group stage."

Maccabi Tel-Aviv FC retained the Israeli championship after a 2-1 win at second-placed Hapoel Beer Sheva FC secured their 21st title.

Around 4,000 Maccabi fans drove south to see if their team could secure the point they needed to wrap things up with three games to spare. Eran Zahavi gave them something to cheer on 12 minutes and then converted a penalty to take his personal season's tally to 23 and ensure that Dovev Gabai's own spot-kick was only a consolation.

The last time Maccabi won two championships in a row was back in 1996. Since then the most decorated team in Israeli football had only added one more title, in 2002/03, before their triumph 12 months ago. Following that win under Óscar García, the coach left and sporting director Jordi Cruyff appointed Paulo Sousa to ensure the project under Canadian owner Mitchell Goldhar continued to bear fruit.

Maccabi enter the UEFA Champions League second qualifying round next season, hoping to match their 2004/05 group stage run, having made the UEFA Europa League round of 32 this term.

"I'm happy for the fans, for the owner, and I'm happy that we repaid them," said Cruyff. "It's not easy to win two straight championships. We are happy and proud. We are dreaming of the Champions League group stage."

Sosua added: "We worked and fought the whole year for this moment. We all want to be consistent in Europe too, not only for ourselves, but for Israeli football. Now it looks easy but it was a long season with many hard moments."

Goldhar said: "I'm very happy. I'm 11 on the happy meter. "[The two league titles] are different but equally satisfying. Now we want to go further and claim a place in the Champions League"

Last updated: 12/05/14 1.16CET

Results

Israeli Premier League 2013/14

Matches
HomeAway
Last updated: 03/05/2014 23:26 CET

03/05/2014

H. Beer ShevaH. Beer Sheva1-2M. Tel-AvivM. Tel-Aviv

Gabbay 84 (P)

Zahavi 12, 31 (P)

Venue: Be'er-Sheva

03/05/2014

H. HaifaH. Haifa0-2H. Ra'ananaH. Ra'anana

Lipka 55, Benbenishti 76

Venue: Haifa

03/05/2014

AshdodAshdod0-5M. Petach-TikvaM. Petach-Tikva

Dayan 17 (P), 31, 48, Perez 42, Cohen 80

Venue: Ashdod

03/05/2014

Beitar JerusalemBeitar Jerusalem0-2H. AkkoH. Akko

Salihi 30 (P), Shabtai 84

Venue: Jerusalem

03/05/2014

H. Ramat HaSharonH. Ramat HaSharon0-1Bnei YehudaBnei Yehuda

Kadusi 62

Venue: Tel Aviv

03/05/2014

H. Kiryat ShmonaH. Kiryat Shmona2-0Bnei SakhninBnei Sakhnin

Kehat 36, Amasha 72

Venue: Kiryat Shmona

03/05/2014

M. HaifaM. Haifa1-1H. Tel-AvivH. Tel-Aviv

Turgeman 1

Sasha 90+1

Venue: Haifa

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