Coach Yaakov Grundman is the architect responsible for building the great Maccabi team of 1975-76 and at age 38 he has followed up his success in the State Cup at Hapoel Haifa with more silverware at Maccabi that undoubtedly places him among Israel’s leading coaches. At the end of the 1980s he was destined to become joint national team coach alongside Itzik Schenor. 

Yosef Surinov, the 30-year-old goalkeeper, who is also Israel’s man between the posts, stood in 27 league fixtures in his first season at the club and even managed a goal assist.

Gideon Elran, 22, the second goalkeeper was also party to the success and had three starts.

Yehuda Linker, 28, right-back who came through from Maccabi Jaffa made 19 appearances this season.

Alon Kaplan, 22, a young prospect who shared right-back duties with Linker, made 15 appearances, 12 of which were starts, and he set up one goal.

Avi Cohen, 20, the excellent young full back has been one of the anchors of the side and has made 30 starts this season, setting up one goal. He was called up to the national team in 1977 for the first time.

Meir Nimni, 29, a versatile defensive player who is part of the national team, played for most of the season and gained his third championship. He made 16 starts and scored two goals.

Avi Yerushalmi, 18, this young central defender has risen through the junior ranks to the full team this season and has made a significant contribution in his 13 appearances.

Miko Belo, 30, the veteran captain was largely responsible for adding a fourth league trophy and a fifth State Cup to Maccabi’s trophy cabinet. The left-back made 30 starts for the club and set up one goal.

Uri Saliman, 24, a utility player has played mainly in midfield all season and has made 22 starts, setting up three goals.

Avraham Levy, 20, in his third season at the club, he has made 15 appearances, scoring three goals and adding two assists.


Israel Sasson, 23. The midfielder who has come from Hapoel Yahud is in his second season with Maccabi, making 23 appearances, 20 in the starting lineup contributing a goal and two assists.

Yehuda Gargir, 21, the midfielder is already in his sixth season with the club, having started at age 16 and this season he has been a lynchpin with 30 appearances, four goals and three assists.

Eitan Yephet, 20, the young midfielder is in his second season with Maccabi with 10 appearances.

Yaron Oz, 26, the international midfielder is in his third season with the club and has been an important part of the 27 matches in which he has played.

Moshe Goldenberg, 20, the striker has played mainly as an attacking midfielder making five appearances and scoring once.

Aryeh Mizrahi, 23, the striker has joined the club this season and has contributed three goals and two assists in his ten appearances.

Benny Tabak, 20, the prolific international striker has been the outstanding man up front with 15 goals in his 30 starts for Maccabi.

Viki Peretz, 25, has top scored with 17 goals in his 30 appearances and was the season’s most prolific goal scorer in the league. He also hit four goals in the 6-1 drubbing of Maccabi Netanya in the State Cup semi-final.