Many of the Youth Department teams are named after a particular person due to who they were. Usually they are named after former players, however at Maccabi Tel Aviv two of the teams are named for soldiers who fell in the line of duty defending Israel. One of the Under-15 club’s is named after Eldad Regev and the Under-12 South side is named for Oz Tzemach.

Last night before they laced up their boots and headed out to the pitch for a training session, the two teams had an educational program where they learned about these two people and why the club’s they play on are named after them.

Coaches Amir Sofer of the Under-15 side and Kfir Alfonte from the Under-12 South team showed the players pictures of the two fallen soldiers and spoke about their connection to Maccabi along with describing the core values that they can take from these two heroes who lost their lives for the country that they loved.