December 4 (Wednesday): Hapoel Tel Aviv v. Maccabi Tel Aviv, Bloomfield at 20:15. The Tel Aviv Derby, always a highlight on the local sporting calendar returns to its natural home at Bloomfield after three seasons, and probably more than for a long period, passions will be running high. Maccabi, who are the away team, will look to continue their great run of late that has seen them climb to the top of the TASE Premier League standings. They appear favorites to secure a first victory over their arch rivals since 2016.

December 7: Maccabi Tel Aviv v. Maccabi Netanya, Bloomfield at 19:50. Teams will be back in action after a midweek round of matches, and this time it will be a home clash against faltering Maccabi Netanya in the 13th round, the final round of the first phase of the league.

December 14: Maccabi Tel Aviv v. Ness Ziona, 15:00 Bloomfield. As in the opening round, the second phase of the league season will be against Ness Ziona, whom Maccabi beat 2-0 as the away team at Hamoshava Stadium on the opening day of action in August. Kickoff time makes this fixture ideal for a family afternoon outing.

December 21: State Cup –  Hapoel Umm el-Fahm v. Maccabi Tel Aviv, Afula at 19:50. The State Cup welcomes the top divisions in the eighth round and this fixture is certain to be an intriguing clash against one of the surprise teams in the Second Division this season. Umm el-Fahm will be no pushovers and have some experienced players among their ranks, including Eran Levy, Dovev Gabai, Tadas Kianskas and Oz Raly.

December 24 (Tuesday): Bnei Yehuda v. Maccabi Tel Aviv, Bloomfield at 20:15. Another mid-week round sees Maccabi as the away team against Bnei Yehuda in the minor Tel Aviv derby. The previous clash between the two was the first for Maccabi at the new Bloomfield and ended in a goalless draw.

December 28: Maccabi Tel Aviv v. Hapoel Kfar Sava, Bloomfield at 15:00. The final league game of the year will be another afternoon kickoff. Maccabi beat their opponents 1-0 in their first meeting this season played at Hamoshava Stadium in Petah Tikva in September.

One of our main projects for the coming month will be to choose Maccabi’s goal of the decade and you will be fully involved in making that choice, so be prepared for this and for other interesting Maccabi content on the web site and the phone app.