History in short
Vicki Peretz was born on February 11, 1953. After beginning his career in the Maccabi Ramat Amidar youth department and first team, he participated in the 1972 Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Youth Tournament. Under the direction of coach David Schweitzer, the Blue & White won the competition thanks to 12 goals by Vicky Peretz who had been toiling domestically in the second division. This performance helped begin the legendary striker’s relationship with Maccabi Tel Aviv at the tender age of 20.
Peretz began playing with the Yellow & Blue in 1973 and turned many scout’s heads due to his goal scoring prowess that eventually led to a stop in France with Strasbourg after seven season with Maccabi Tel Aviv. Following three years playing outside of Israel, Peretz returned to Maccabi for a second time.
Career Highlights and awards
It’s not easy to choose just one match to focus on in Peretz’s Yellow & Blue career, however there is one contest that stands out above all others. In the Double Season of 1977, the squad was full of high caliber players such as Avi Cohen, Miko Belo, Benny Tabak and others. Maccabi faced off against Maccabi Netanya in the State Cup semifinal after defeating Beitar Netanya, Shimshon Tel Aviv and Hapoel Kfar Saba.
Over 22,000 spectators arrived at Ramat Gan Stadium for the State Cup semi finals and witnessed one of the largest margins of victories ever by the club in the semifinals. In the 5th minute, Vicki Peretz began the goal scoring onslaught by making good on a penalty kick early on, Yossi Yona drew Netanya even in the 34th minute but in the second half it was all Vicki.
Three straight goals by the striker in minutes 50, 69 and 72 gave the Yellow & Blue a commanding lead that was topped off by a Benny Tabak brace to help Maccabi to a 6:1 victory and a trip to the finals where they defeated Beitar Tel Aviv to lift the Cup.