Yaron Oz was born on May 10, 1952 and was one of Maccabi’s leading players in the 1970’s which was considered one of the most fruitful periods of the club’s history. The midfielder was a leader on the pitch and was an influential player on both ends of the pitch.
Oz made his debut at the age of 18 as a substitute in a 2:1 league win over Maccabi Netanya at the start of the 1970/71 season. The midfielder was also part of capturing the State Cup in 1969/70 as the latter stages were pushed off until 1970/71. Oz was also part of Maccabi Tel Aviv’s Asian Cup victory and came on as a substitute against Punjab Police from India in the group stages abs lifted the Cup with his teammates at the end of the tournament.
Having played a decade with the club, Oz’s first goal was in a 1:1 Derby draw against Hapoel Tel Aviv in October 1972. In total, Oz scored 11 goals across all competitions for the club.
Goals may not have been Oz’s strength but his abilities in the midfield were recognized by the Israel National Team. Head Coach Edmond Schmilovich called up Oz in February 173 and made his first appearance with the Blue & White in a 1:1 draw against Argentina. In total, Oz made 26 appearances for Israel, scored two goals and also took part in the 1976 Olympic Games and scored in a 2:2 draw versus Mexico.
At the end of the 1979/80 season and after ten years with Maccabi, Oz move to Maccabi Jaffa. All in all, the midfielder made 303 appearances for the Yellow & Blue.
Championships: 1971/72, 1976/77, 1978/79
State Cups: 1969/70, 1976/77
Asian Cup: 1970/71