Maccabi Tel Aviv FC announce the appointment of Carlos Garcia as assistant coach in December 29th.
The 33 year old Spaniard who spent 4 years at Maccabi winning 3 League Championships, 1 State Cup and 1 Toto Cup as well successful campaigns in Europe scoring 7 goals in 173 appearances for Maccabis before moving to Turkish in 2016, decided to hang up his boots and accept Maccabi’s offer to join the coaching staff.
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.
Maccabi Tel Aviv acquired Juan Pablo Colinas Ferreras (Juan Pablo) a week prior to the club’s first round qualifying match in the 2013/14 Champion’s League competition. The 34 year-old had been the first-choice goalkeeper at Spanish side Sporting Gijon for four years, playing in both La Liga and Spain’s second division.
The 6 foot 2 inch Juan Pablo began his playing career at Cultural y Deportiva Leonesa in his home town of Leon, where he played with the senior squad from 1998 until moving on to Deportivo Alavés in 2000. After two seasons with the reserve team and another three with the first team, Juan Pablo jumped at the opportunity to become the first-choice ‘keeper in the 2005/6 season at CD Numancia in Spain’s first division, La Liga. Following two seasons with Numancia Juan Pablo was on the move again this time to CD Tenerife for the 2007/8 year before returning to Numancia for a season.
In 2009 he settled in at Sporting Gijon which is part of the Spanish principality of Asturias and made 120 appearances over four years, the majority of which in La Liga.
Juan Pablo’s debut for Maccabi Tel Aviv came several days after his arrival when he stood in the Yellow-and-Blue goal for the club’s Champions League qualifying match against Hungarian title holders Gyori. In his first season with the club he would play 45 games across all competitions and win his first ever league championship.
In his second campaign with Maccabi, Juan Pablo would help the club collect the domestic Treble, winning all of the available titles in Israel while playing in 40 matches and giving up only 30 goals, the least amount in the league.
Steve McClaren is set to strengthen Maccabi Tel Aviv’s coaching staff after the 56-year-old former England Manager agreed to take-up a coaching consultant role at club.
McClaren, who managed England during the EURO 2008 qualifying campaign, will re-join Jordi Cruyff who was a player under him during their time at Manchester United when McClaren was Alex Fergusson’s assistant between 1999-2001.
Prior to the England job, McClaren won the League Cup with Middlesbrough in 2004 and after his spell as manager of the Three Lions which saw him held to a 0-0 draw by Israel at Ramat Gan before recording a 3-0 victory at the return fixture at Wembley stadium, McClaren, moved to Holland to coach Twente. In his first season at Twente, McClaren guided the team to the runners up spot and Cup finalists only to better that achievement the following season with a first league title for Twente in 2010.
Spells as Manager of VFL Wolfsburg, Nottingham Forrest and a second stint at FC Twente, saw McClaren return to Pride Park to the club he played for and made his first managerial footsteps before manging Newcastle United in 2015 and returning once again to manage Derby County in 2016.
Atar arrived in Maccabi Tel Aviv in 2010/11 and the technical forward’s first season with the yellow-blue team was excellent and his rapid adjustment left a great impression. 18 league goals and a total of 20 when Atar scored a pair in the inspiring 4-3 victory over Paris Saint Germain, which was not enough for Maccabi Tel Aviv to move ahead in the European League. People who believe in myths and legends crowned Atar as the player who removed the “curse of the forwards”, which has been hovering over the yellow club in the past few years.
The 2011/12 season started where the previous one left off and in Maccabi Tel Aviv’s first European games, Atar found the goal. He made five goals in the European League qualifiers and another one in the Group stage against Dynamo Kiev. On the local front, Atar made 12 goals in all of the competitions, including the winning goal in the derby against HaPoel Tel Aviv, which the yellow fans had been waiting for for nearly four years. Atar is still waiting to appear in the Israeli’s senior national team. While on the junior national team, he made eight appearances and scored one official goal and two more in friendly games.
Eliran Atar grew up in the Bnei Yehuda youth division and went on to the senior team in summer 2008. Atar, who first played with the Bnei Yehuda senior team at the young age of 17, did well in the HaTikva neighborhood team and after two good seasons he reserved a spot with the neighboring yellow team of Kiryat Shalom. At first, during the 2008/09 season, he scored 14 goals in the orange uniform and became the top scorer in the Premier League along with Shimon Abuhatzira and his Maccabi Tel Aviv spearhead partner, Barak Yitzhaki. During this season, Eliran Atar gave Israeli football fans an unforgettable moment with his famous overhead kick against Maccabi Netanya, which was even a candidate for goal of the year in Europe. In the next season, Atar scored 11 goals in all of the tournaments and left his roots to play for Maccabi Tel Aviv.
Blackman began his playing career at Macclesfield Town before joining Blackburn Rovers in 2009 and spending loan periods at Blackpool, Oldham Athletic, Motherwell and Aberdeen.
Eleven goals in 28 appearances for Sheffield United led to a switch to Reading for which Blackman scored 18 goals in 103 appearances between 2013 and 2016 when he joined the Rams.