Defender Roberto Puncec, who played for Maccabi Tel Aviv in the 2011/12 season, has completed his transfer to second Bundesliga German side FC Union Berlin

Maccabi Tel Aviv FC have agreed terms with the German side FC Union Berlin for the permanent transfer of Croatian defender Roberto Puncec, who was sent to the second Bundesliga club on loan after the 2011/12 season. Puncec subsequently made 19 appearances for his club, that finished this past season ninth in the second tier of the German football league. Union have now decided to exercise the option in the loan agreement to complete his transfer on a permanent basis.

The 21 year old Puncec arrived at Maccabi Tel Aviv at the beginning of the 2011/12 season from the Croatian side NK Varaždin ŠN and made 24 appearances for the club. He is the second foreign player who played with Maccabi in the 2011/12 season to complete a transfer on terms of his loan agreement. The Turkish side Gaziantepspor have also chosen to exercise their option to acquire the Bosnian midfielder Haris Medunjanin, who spent the 2011/12 season at Maccabi and left on loan at the end of the season.

In other news, Maccabi Tel Aviv continue their preparations for Monday night's Derby against Hapoel Tel Aviv at Bloomfield Stadium at 8.50 P.M. Practices were held at the Kiryat Shalom training grounds, with members of the MTA Youth Team participating in the training sessions.