Itay Shechter

Shechter joined Maccabi Tel Aviv on a free transfer from Beitar Jerusalem where he
spent the last couple of seasons scoring 29 goals in 77 matches in all competitions.

Shechter made his senior debut at the age of 19 with Hapoel Nazareth Ilit in 2005/6 also played for Maccabi Netanya, Hapoel Tel Aviv, FC Kaiserslautern, Swansea City, Nantes and Maccabi Haifa also scored 5 goals in 27 appearances for the Israel national team.

Miko Belo

Menachem (Miko) Bello, a Maccabi Tel Aviv defender during the 1960’s and 1970’s.  He joined the Maccabi Tel Aviv children’s team at the age of 12.  Bello made his debut on the senior team in February 1964, playing against HaPoel Kiryat Ono in the third round of national cup games.  At the end of that season, Bello won the national cup after taking part in all of the games throughout all of the stages.  In all, the defender won five championships with the team, five national cups and was Asia champion twice (1969 and 1971) in eight seasons.  He played in 57 games with the national team, inter alia at the Olympic tournament in Mexico in 1968 and the World Cup games in Mexico in 1970.

Ory Sliman

Ori Sliman was advanced to the senior team by head coach Israel Halivner and made his first appearance against Hapoel Jerusalem two weeks before the end of the 1970/71 season. Sliman was not yet a member of the Maccabi squad that won the Asian Club Championship Cup two months earlier, but the following season he won his first title with the club, celebrating the league championship after a season in which he made 21 league appearances and scored his first goal in the penultimate match of the season, a 3-0 victory over Hapoel Petach Tikva.


As a youth player Sliman played in attack and in midfield but in the senior squad  of Maccabi Tel Aviv earned the reputation of a tough and effective defender. Over the course of his career with the club Sliman won the double in the 1976/77 season and the championship in 1978/79. In 1982 Sliman left the club for the first time but returned for a second term shortly after the start of the 1984/85 season. He made one appearance for the Israel national team in a 2-1 victory over the Olympic squad of Holland.

picture courtesy of the Israel Football Association archives