The 22 year-old Dor Micha came up through the ranks of the Maccabi youth system and was called up for the senior squad for the first time during the 2010/11 season by then head coach Moti Ivanir. In his maiden appearance he not only scored but got credit for an assist in a 3-0 victory over Hapoel Ramat Gan, a performance which got him chosen man-of-the-match. He made a further seven league appearances for the senior team that season but remained an integral part of the Maccabi Youth Team that won that season's double, with Micha contributing four league goals and a further two in State Cup competition.
Micha opened the 2011/12 season in spectacular fashion and quickly earned a fixed place in Maccabi's senior squad. In his second appearance he scored a brace against Bnei Yehuda in the Toto (League) Cup, and in his first league appearance he scored once again in the 4-0 defeat of Ashdod FC. He played a pivotal role in Maccabi's excellent start to the season and his quality and energetic performances continued in European competition and are especially remembered for his delightful goal in the 1-1 draw against Ukrainian giants FC Dynamo Kyiv in the Europa League.
After breaking into the senior Maccabi team in 2011/2012, young midfielder Dor Micha continued his swift progress during the championship 2012/13 season. He was selected for the squad throughout most of the season and his speed, dribbling abilities and accurate crosses from the flanks made a significant contribution to success of the team last year. Micha's key moments during the season were two goals in derby play against Hapoel Tel Aviv, one in the 2-0 victory in matchweek 30 and a second in the 2-4 triumph in the penultimate match of the season. He finished the season with five goals, four assists and his first league title as a senior squad player.
Barak Itzhaki began his career in the youth system at Hapoel Ashkelon but a majority of his career was spent at Beitar Jerusalem, where he was recognised as one of the top footballers in Israeli football at the time. In his maiden season, 2003/04, he scored three goals and made three assists. In his first term at Beitar he played for the club until 2007, scoring 23 goals in 109 appearances, winning his first career league title and becoming a symbol among the club's supporters in the process.
In December 2007 Itzhaki added a European component to his resume, signing for Belgian first division side K.R.C. Genk, where he joined fellow Israeli striker Elyaniv Barda. After just half a season, during which he scored three goals, Itzhaki returned to Beitar where he continued to develop as a player and completed a second successful term at the club. In those two seasons he captured the title of the league's top scorer (a title he shared with two other players), won a prestigious State Cup in the 2008/09 season and scored a grand total of 34 goals in 72 appearances before the club decided to sell him, as fortune would have it to Maccabi Tel Aviv, for financial reasons after the 2009/10 season.
Far less fortunately, Itzhaki suffered a cruciate ligament injury to his knee in the very first matchweek of Maccabi's 2010/11 season and his only goal came in the very last game of the year. For Itzhaki the 2011/12 season was a much more pleasurable memory, when he made 27 league appearances and scored nine goals. He spent the 2012/13 season on loan at Cypriot side Anorthosis Famagusta FC., where as a member of the side that finished second in the Cypriot First Division Itzhaki continued to display his great talents by scoring 13 goals in 23 appearances.
Itzhaki, one of the greatest footballing talents Israel has produced this generation, began his second term in Maccabi kit at the start of the 2013/14 season and in spectacular fashion, scoring one of the team's two goals in their 0-2 away victory against Hungarian champions Gyori in the Champions League qualifiers. Until his season-ending injury in the away leg of Maccabi's Europa League round of 32 tie against FC Basel, Itzhaki scored eleven goals in all competitions, including his unforgettable overhead kick in Maccabi's 3-1 home victory over Maccabi Haifa.
As a member of the Israeli national team Itzhaki has made eleven appearances and scored one goal, in his maiden appearance in a 2-1 victory over FYR Macedonia in June of 2007.
Yoav Ziv began his career in the Hapoel Givat Olga youth program, a team that emanates from a small neighborhood in the Israeli town of Hadera where he grew up. Ziv also enjoyed stints with the Maccabi Hadera and the Maccabi Haifa youth divisions, and started a senior squad match for the Haifa side that won the 2000/01 title. The following year Ziv stayed in Haifa but wore the red and black of Hapoel Haifa for the next two-and-a-half seasons.
Playing for Hapoel Upper Nazareth in the 2003/04 campaign, Ziv helped the modest club gain promotion to the second division and would end up starring the following year for the team while in the Leumit League. In 32 appearances with the club he would score 9 goals helping him earn a transfer to Beitar Jerusalem in the summer of 2005. He would spend four seasons with the Jerusalem side, playing a significant role in the club's double season in the 2007/08 year.
The success Ziv had in the nation's capital gave him the opportunity to ply his trade in Europe with Belgian first division team K.S.C. Lokeren, where he made 39 appearances and scored three goals. He has also earned 32 caps for the Israel national team, making his first appearance on August 15th 2006 in an away match against Slovenia.
Ziv joined Maccabi Tel Aviv in the summer of 2010 after returning from Belgium. His Yellow-and-Blue career got off to a spectacular start as he scored in his first official appearance with the club against Europa League qualifying opponent FK Mogren of Montenegro. Now focusing on his new role as a left back he quickly cemented his place in the starting eleven and would make 45 appearances in all competitions during his first season with the club.
In his second year with the club, Ziv would make 41 appearances in all competitions, including the group stages of the Europa League where Maccabi would be playing for the first time. His two goals and four assists in 33 league matches the following year were an important contribution to the team's efforts while winning the 2012/13 championship, the club's first league title in a decade.
The 2013/14 season would see Ziv and Maccabi have a very successful European campaign as the club advanced to the Europa League Round of 32 with the left back playing 27 games, scoring one goal and picking up one assist helping the club win another domestic title.
During the Treble year of 2014/15 Ziv would make 29 appearances for the club while scoring the second goal in the Israel State Cup 6:2 win over Hapoel Beer Sheva. This season the veteran defender will begin another year with Maccabi
Gal Alberman joined Maccabi Tel Aviv in the summer of 2010 from German Bundesliga side Borussia Mönchengladbach during a major investment in the transfer market that looked to strengthen the defensive prowess of the club’s midfield. The 31 year-old Alberman came up through the ranks of the youth system at Maccabi Petah Tikva and in the 2000/01 season joined the senior squad, where he remained for five consecutive seasons and was among the players most identified with the club in the first half of the “noughties”. Those were relatively good years for Maccabi Petah Tikva, who advanced to the finals of the coveted State Cup in 2001 and won the Toto (League) Cup in 2004.
At the beginning of the 2005/06 season Alberman made his big step up when he joined Spanish second division side CD Tenerife. His adventures in the Canary Islands were, however, short-lived and midway through the season he returned to Israel to play for Beitar Jerusalem, where he assumed a central role in producing the club’s best run of form in the “noughties”, one that included two consecutive league championships in 2006/07 and the double season of 2007/08, when Alberman was chosen both by his fellow players and the press as the season’s outstanding performer. In June 2008 Alberman embarked on his second European adventure, this time at Bundesliga side Borussia Mönchengladbach, where he made 40 appearances in two seasons together with former Maccabi Tel Aviv striker Roberto Collauti.
When he finally did join Maccabi Tel Aviv in 2010 it was as one of the most gifted defensive midfielders to have been produced in Israel for many years. This reputation he owed to his clean and effective style of play, his astute reading of the game and his professionalism both on and off the pitch. In his first season Alberman made 30 league appearances and scored a goal in the last match of the season, a 4-1 home win against Maccabi Netanya. At the beginning of the 2011/12 season, Alberman’s star faded somewhat but with the arrival of head coach Nir Levin he regained his position in the starting eleven and was one of Maccabi’s star players in the second half of the season.
In the 2012/13 Championship season Alberman continued to display his good form, witness the fact that he made more appearances than any other player in the squad. As the team’s second captain Alberman began the season with an exceptional attacking display, scoring a brace in a Toto (League) Cup match against Maccabi Netanya. Thereafter he returned to concentrate on his responsibilities at the back of the midfield, navigating and managing the team with his outstanding ability to halt opponents’ attacks and move his side forward. During the course of the season he made 41 appearances in all competitions and celebrated the third championship in his career, his first with Maccabi Tel Aviv.
Defender Yuval Shpungin came up through the Maccabi Tel Aviv youth system and was earmarked as the future right back for the club and for the Israel National team. Shpungin joined the first team in the 2005/06 season when Maccabi Head Coach Nir Klinger called him up to the squad. After spending most of the first season on the bench, he established himself as the team’s starting right back for the next four years, scoring one league goal in the 2006/07 season against Hakoach Amidar Ramat Gan in a 2:0 victory. Shpungin also played a pivotal role in Maccabi Tel Aviv's winning of the "Toto" (League) Cup in the 2008/09 season.
In 2009/10, Shpungin left the club to join Cypriot side Omonia Nicosia where he would spend three seasons and win the Cyprus State Cup on two occasions. In the 2013/14 campaign, Shpungin left Nicosia to join Belgian outfit Mons and played alongside Israeli Shlomi Arbeitman. After one season at Mons, Maccabi gave Shpungin the opportunity to return for a second term with the club as he signed a three-year deal to come back to his footballing roots.
Shpungin participated in 10 matches during the 2014/15 Treble winning season while playing a central role in the club’s 6:2 Israel State Cup win over Hapoel Beer Sheva. After beginning the 2015/16 season with the club, Shpungin assisted on Eran Zahavi’s game winning goal against Viktoria Plzen lifting Maccabi into the Champions League playoff round.
The talented defender has also played for various Israeli national teams, starting with the youth sides and progressing to the senior squad, where he has made 27 appearances.
Maccabi Tel Aviv's Spanish defender Carlos García Badías, who at the start of his career trained with the senior squad of the Spanish side RCD Espanyol under managers Javier Clemente and Luis Fernández, made his maiden senior team appearance in October 2003 against Real Madrid and played in a further two matches before being sent out on loan to third tier outfit Polideportivo Ejido, where he made 32 appearances and scored one goal.
In the summer of 2005 he was signed by manager Paco Flores of UD Almería, then playing in the Spanish second division, and with the exception of one year on loan at Real Betis this successful partnership continued through the 2011/12 season. Almería meanwhile was promoted to La Liga for the 2007/8 season and spent four years in Spain's first division before being relegated once again at the end of the 2010/11 season. In their relegation year Almería reached the semi-finals of the Copa del Rey before being beaten 8-0 on aggregate by Barcelona, who then went on to lose to Real Madrid in a well-publicised final. Garcia has represented his native Spain in all their young international sides and reached the finals of the World Under-20 championships held in the United Emirates in 2003.
Playing for the first time outside his native Spain, Garcia settled in quickly at Maccabi Tel Aviv at the beginning of the championship 2012/13 season and before long had established his place not only in the starting eleven but also in the hearts of Maccabi Tel Aviv fans everywhere. Together with fellow defender Eytan Tibi, the powerful and steadfast Garcia was a rock of stability in Maccabi's central defence and his 29 appearances helped the team in conceding the least number of goals of any club in the Israeli Premier League during the entire season. A championship season that was not only the first for the club in a decade but also the first in the Spaniard's long career.
Eitan Tibi made his debut in the top tier of Israeli football at Beitar Jerusalem and made his maiden appearance against Hakoach Amidar Ramat Gan in the 2006/07 season. He was loaned out to second league side Hapoel Ra'anana where he played in 33 league matches. The following season, Tibi was once again loaned out, this time to Hakoach Amidar Ramat Gan who were then playing in the Israeli Premier ("Winner") League. Tibi appeared in 28 games, scored four goals and reached the semi-finals of the coveted Israel State Cup.
After two years on loan, Tibi returned to Beitar Jerusalem in the 2009/10 season and appeared in 21 games. In 2010/11 he joined Belgian side Charleroi but spent most of the season on the bench before returning to Israel to join Ironi Kiryat Shmona during their historic championship 2011/12 season, making 23 league appearances. His success at Kiryat Shmona drew attention from Maccabi Tel Aviv and he joined the club at the start of the 2012/13 season.
Tibi's transfer was completed just prior to the second match of the season and thereafter he missed just one other match for the balance of the season, due to yellow card accumulation. Over the course of his 34 league appearances he struck up a terrific partnership with Spanish defender Carlos Garcia as his steadfastness in central defense was a major contributing factor to Maccabi Tel Aviv's championship in the 2012/13 season. After only his first season at Maccabi Tel Aviv, Eitan Tibi made an indelible mark on the club and secured a position on the Israeli national team, playing his first match in May 2012 in an international friendly against the Czech Republic.
His second campaign with the Yellow-and-Blue was as equally successful playing in 34 out of 36 league matches helping Maccabi win the league title by a margin of 16 points. Tibi also appeared in all of the club’s Europa League matches, playing in 12 European games total in the 2013/14 season.
In the 2014/15 season Tibi continued playing a major role in the club’s defense as Maccabi gave up only 30 goals over the course of the Treble winning year.
Tibi began the 2015/16 campaign in fine form as Maccabi defeated Viktoria Plzen away to advance to the Champions League playoff round.
Starting with the 2014/15 season, the 19 year-old midfielder Dor Peretz was promoted from the club's Under-19s and given a place on the senior squad. Peretz joined Maccabi Tel Aviv from Hapoel Hod Hasharon in 2010 and moved his way up through the Youth Division teams until joining the Under-19s in the 2012/13 season. He spent two years with Maccabi Tel Aviv "Shachar", interrupted only by an injury that kept him out of action for three months in his second season. During that time he scored four goals before joining the senior squad.
Peretz wasted no time in appearing in the starting eleven with 90 minutes against Maccabi Netanya in the "Toto" (League) Cup. He made two more League Cup appearances, against Hapoel Ra'anana and Hapoel Petach Tikva, Maccabi's rival in the home-away quarter finals. In the second leg Peretz came in off the bench and his smart long-range effort represented his first official goal as a member of the first team
Eran Zahavi, one of the most talented midfielders Israel has produced in recent years, began his career at Maccabi during the January 2013 transfer window after he returned to Israel from a year and a half at the Italian club Palermo. The 26 year-old Zahavi had played for two different clubs in Israel, Hapoel Tel Aviv and Hapoel Ramat Hasharon, before his move to Italy in the summer of 2011. His maiden goal for the club came in the fourth matchweek of Serie A play against Cagliari Calcio, a match Palermo won 3-2. In his first season at Palermo, Zahavi made 20 league and two European appearances, scoring two goals and making three assists.
He missed the beginning of the 2012/13 season through an injury he recovered from before arriving at Maccabi Tel Aviv on a three and a half year deal. And it took him only one match to leave his mark on the club when he scored the second goal in a 2-0 victory over Maccabi Netanya in the eighth round of the prestigious State Cup competition. His goals were a significant contribution to the 2012/13 Championship season, scoring seven of them in the last two months of the season. His best performance came in a match against Bnei Yehuda when his brace brought Maccabi on level terms after they were trailing 2-0. Zahavi also scored twice against his old club Hapoel Tel Aviv and against Ironi Kiryat Shmona, but in separate matches.
Zahavi's contribution to the title drive was considerable and at season's end Zahavi celebrated not only Maccabi's first championship in a decade but also the second title of his career. His excellent form in the second half of Maccabi's season also brought about his return to head coach Eli Gutman's Israeli national side. His first appearance in close to a year came in March of 2013 in Israel's 0-2 victory over Northern Ireland in the 2014 World Cup qualifiers. In all Zahavi has been capped thirteen times for Israel, the first of which against Malta in the European Cup qualifiers in 2012.