For the first time in over ten days, the Maccabi Tel Aviv squad held a practice at the Kiryat Shalom training ground after returning yesterday from their training camp in Austria

Maccabi Tel Aviv  returned to training this afternoon at the Kiryat Shalom training ground, a day after returning  to Israel from their ten-day training camp in Saalfelden, Austria. The championship squad finished a week and a half of training and three pre-season friendlies, the last of which, held last Saturday, they won 3-2 against FC Liefering from the second tier of the Austrian Football League. Returning to the blistering sun of Israel after days of rain in Austria, the Maccabi squad will be intensifying their preparations for their first qualifying match of the Champions League competition against Hungarian champions FC Gyori.

With the exception of striker Barak Yitschaki, who sustained a foot injury in Austria, the entire Maccabi squad will participate in today's training. Striker Moannes Dabbur, who did not play in any of Maccabi's pre-season friendlies in Austria, has recovered from an injury sustained at the Euro Under-21 championships held in Israel last month and joined his teammates for the practice. During the course of this week Maccabi Tel Aviv will play another two pre-season friendlies at Kiryat Shalom against local rivals, the first of which tomorrow night at 6.30 P.M. against Ashdod FC which is closed to supporters and the media. On Wednesday the team will hold an evening practice and on Thursday at 7.30 P.M. they will host Hapoel Rishon Lezion at Kiryat Shalom for a pre-season friendly to which both fans and the media are invited.