One of the Maccabi Tel Aviv greats from this past decade will put on the Yellow & Blue once again. Sheran Yeini, who was the Club’s captain and captured a number of titles over the last few years, arrives back from Dutch outfit Vitesse so now’s a terrific time to look back at his fine career.
שרן ייני חוזר למכבי: Home Again
Yeini is a product of the Club’s Youth Department and played exclusively at Maccabi while in Israel. His debut occurred in the Toto Cup tournament back in 2004/05 against Bnei Sakhnin and was part of the squad for years to come. In the 2011/12 campaign, he took a giant leap forward and became one of the Club’s key players. His intelligent play on the pitch, leadership attributes and the ability to play a number of defensive positions well, turned him into a very important part of the Club. Yeini received the Captain’s armband for a number of matches, a reward for his continuing improvement and standing with the team.
Number 21 continued to star for the Yellow & Blue during the 2012/13 season and one of the most important moments of his career occurred when he lifted the Championship plate as the Maccabi Tel Aviv captain. Yeini appeared in 34 out of the 36 league contests and for the majority of the campaign played as a right back, a position that he rarely had played during his career up to that point. The veteran also showed some offensive ability, scoring two goals, one of which was a gorgeous marker against Hapoel Haifa. Yeini helped lead the Yellow & Blue defense which only gave up 30 goals all season long.
Yeini also had the opportunity to win the league title and hoist the 2013/14 Championship plate as captan yet again for the Club’s 21st title while playing in 29 league games finding the back of the goal once while picking up two assists. The Maccabi Youth Department product played in all of the team’s Europa League matches and helped his side advance to the Round of 32 for the first time in franchise history.
In 2014/15, Yeini helped Maccabi win the historical Treble when the Club won the League, the State Cup and the Toto Cup. At the end of the season, the captain bid adieu to his teammates and moved to Vitesse Arnhem in Holland. While playing in the Dutch league, he appeared in 36 matches while featuring in 10 games this season, including 8 times when he was included in the Starting XI before returning to the Yellow & Blue.