After holding a first practice at their training camp in Saalfelden in Austria, the entire Maccabi Tel Aviv squad joined in a festive Sabbath eve dinner at the hotel

After arriving last night at the Austrian enclave of Saalfelden, the Maccabi Tel Aviv squad officially began their training camp for the 2013/14 season. They conducted their first training on Austrian soil at the Saalfelden training grounds located six kilometres from the hotel. The entire squad participated in the training, including striker Moannes Dabbur and the Maccabi Under-19s defender Osher Abu and midfielder Guy Aviv, who arrived in Austria today and joined their teammates on the training pitch. Owner representative Jack Angelides was also present at the practice, after which the team returned to their hotel, the Gut Brandlhof, to hold a festive Sabbath eve dinner presided over by defender Yoav Ziv.

In an additional development, in the third and last pre-season friendly match the team are to play next Saturday the 6th of July at 3.30 P.M., Maccabi's opponents will be the German 2nd Bundesliga club FC Energie Cottbus and not, as originally planned, Czech champions FC Viktoria Plzeň, who asked not to play a potential rival in the third round of the Champions League qualifiers. Tomorrow the squad will carry on with their training, conducting two practices followed on Sunday by their first pre-season friendly match against FC Ingolstadt 04, also from the German 2nd Budesliga.

For additional photos of the first day of the Maccabi Tel Aviv training camp, go to the club's official Facebook page.