Ofek Melika (187cm) signed until the end of the of the 2028/29 season as the keeper who won the youth championship with Maccabi Petah Tikva last season, joined Maccabi Tel Aviv FC.

After signing his contract, Melika, told the club’s official website: “To join Maccabi Tel Aviv, Israel’s champion, is a dream of every kid who begins his footballing career in Israeli football. Becoming a third generation of goalkeepers at Maccabi and after my father and grandfather is an exciting stage for me. I can’t wait to meet my new dressing room teammates, learn, work hard so I could prove myself and at the same time help the team reach all its targets”.

Melika’s signing at Maccabi makes him the third generation of goalkeepers to wear the Yellow and Blue strip. Ofek’s father, Yaron, featured between 1991-1994 while his grandfather, Shmuel, protected Maccabi’s goal between 1972-1974. The most famous Melika family member to play for Maccabi is Ofek’s uncle, Meir, who as a striker scored 63 goals in 256 appearances between 1987-1996.

Melika, represented Israel’s young national teams 28 times at U17, U19 and U20 levels, featuring in the side that finished third in the U20 World Cup in Argentina.