History in short
In 1954 the Israel National Team was in South Africa participating in a number of matches when the Blue & White coach, David “Dubir” Schweitzer got word that his son Moshe Schweitzer was born. Later the young boy would be called by his nickname Moshik and would become one of Maccabi Tel Aviv’s greatest players.
Moshik began his footballing career in the Maccabi Tel Aviv Youth Department and made his way to the First Team in the 1972/73 season. Due to a star studded Yellow & Blue squad, the young striker was loaned after one campaign to Hapoel Petach Tikva for four seasons helping the side achieve promotion from the Artzit to the Leumit League while scoring 17 goals.
In the 1977/78 campaign Moshik returned to wear the Yellow & Blue and played together with Vicki Peretz and Benny Tabak providing a lethal offense helping the club to a championship the following year while finishing as the league’s leading goal scorer.
Moshik and his father Dubir’s careers had only crossed with the National Team until the 1982/83 season when Dubir came back to coach Maccabi as well as his son in a campaign that ended on a sour note with a State Cup loss to rivals Hapoel Tel Aviv on a controversial hand ball goal by Gili Landau.
The year was 1978, the Umbrella Derby. The Yellow & Blue against the Reds in front of a rain drenched crowd of over 20,000 at Bloomfield Stadium. Maccabi took a 1:0 lead thanks to a goal by Moshe Goldberg. A Hapoel corner kick was cleared by Giora Speigel who had returned for another go around with Maccabi. Alon Kaplan then lost the ball due to the poor pitch conditions to Schweitzer who sent a terrific deep ball to Avi Cohen ZT”L. Schweitzer’s pass led to one of the nicest goals in Israeli football history and no doubt was the biggest moment in Moshik Schweitzer’s Yellow & Blue career.