Domingo Marin joined Maccabi Tel Aviv as Professional Assistant at the beginning of the 2012/13 season together with MTA sports director Jordi Cruyff, with whom he had worked for in the preceding season at Cypriot side AEK Larnaca F.C. Marin began his coaching career at age 17 with the Under-10s at the Spanish football academy La Salle Bonanova Club. He remained for seventeen years, rising up the age ladder and spending his last two years coaching the Under-18s. In 2009 he joined the academy of Barcelona defender Gerard Pique, in his maiden year as coach and in his second year as the academy’s sport director. It was then that he moved on to AEK Larnaca as assistant coach and scout under then sports director Cruyff, accompanying him to Israel when the latter came to Maccabi Tel Aviv a year later. Since his arrival Marin has won with the club two consecutive “Winner” (Israeli Premier) League titles in 2012/13 and 2013/14.
Alexander Uvarov, Maccabi Tel Aviv’s goalkeeping coach, came to Israel in 1991. He joined the team after ten years with Dynamo Moscow, which won the Soviet Cup in that time. One year before landing in Israel, Ubarov stood in the Soviet goal in the 1990 World Cup games in Italy. After a slow start wearing the yellow uniform, the goalkeeper became a main factor in the defense of Maccabi Tel Aviv, which completed the season with its first championship in 13 years. After 220 appearances, three championships and two national cups, the goalkeeper retired in the summer of 2000 and became the team’s goalkeeping coach. Uvarov also served as the goalkeeping coach for the national team until the summer of 2012, when coach Eli Gutman appointed Giora Antman in his place.
Yosef Zigdon, Maccabi Tel Aviv’s fitness coach, joined the coaching staff under head coaches Ran Ben Shimon and Avi Nimni in the summer of 2008. Zigdon, originally from Haifa, came to Maccabi Tel Aviv after serving at various teams, including Hapoel Haifa and head coach Izzy Shratzky’s Ironi Kiryat Shmona. Since his arrival at the team, Zigdon has been in charge, among other things, of the players’ physical activities. In the summer of 2011, Yossi Kakun joined Zigdon on the physical training staff and until the former’s departure in 2012 they together promoted the matter of physical fitness at the club.
Maccabi Tel Aviv’s head fitness coach, Juan Torrijo Navarro, arrived at Maccabi in the summer of 2012 after sixteen seasons in the same function at the successful Spanish football club Valencia. During that time he shared with them their glory years, when Valencia were two-time winners of the La Liga championship, two-time winners of the Copa del Rey, two-time winners of the Spanish Super Cup and one-time winners of the UEFA Cup and the European Super Cup. He was also with the club when in two successive seasons, 2000 and 2001, when they reached the finals of the Champions League.
At the end of the 2012/13 season, Torrijo joined then head coach Oscar Garcia and assistant coach Reuben Martinez for one season at the English Championship side Brighton & Hove Albion, helping the club to reach the play-offs for a ticket to England’s top-tier Premier League. He then returned with them to Maccabi Tel Aviv for a second term at the beginning of the 2014/15 season.
Jordi Cruyff was appointed sports director at Maccabi Tel Aviv on April 4th, 2012 and joined the club immediately after the end of the 2011/12 season. His first decision as the club’s sports director was to appoint Barcelona Youth Team head coach Oscar Garcia as first team head coach at Maccabi Tel Aviv. He began his playing career with FC Barcelona and enjoyed spells with Manchester United FC, RC Celta de Vigo, Deportivo Alaves, RCD Espanyol, Metalurh Dontesk and Valletta FC, as well as being capped nine times by the Netherlands. Over the past two years, Cruyff was the Director of Football at AEK Larnaca FC where, under his stewardship, the club became the first Cypriot side to qualify for the Europa League group stages. He joined Maccabi Tel Aviv on 13 April 2012.
Goalkeeper Barak Levy, now in his third season on the senior squad, came up through the ranks of the Maccabi Tel Aviv youth system, where he played for every youth team in the division. He was one of the outstanding players in the Maccabi Under-19 squad that won the impressive double in 2010/11 and toward the end of the end of the season also made three appearances for the senior squad. His first appearance came on the 23rd of April 2011 in Maccabi’s 3-1 victory over Ironi Kiryat Shmona, after which he also featured against Bnei Yehuda and Maccabi Haifa.
In the 2011/12 season he vied for first-team honours with Guy Haimov and got his first chance in the third matchweek against Hapoel Rishon Lezion. Nonetheless Haimov remained the team’s first-choice keeper, and Levy was forced to wait until later in season to get his first sustained spell between the senior goalposts, just short of his 19th birthday. Still, he managed twenty league appearances throughout the season and began to display some of his enormous potential.
He also served as second-choice keeper in the 2012/13 season, this time behind the on-loan Nigerian international Vincent Enyeama. Nonetheless he was able to make a significant contribution to Maccabi Tel Aviv’s first championship season in a decade. During Enyeama’s absence at the African Cup of Nations Levy made seven appearances for the senior squad, conceding only three goals. During that period he saved two penalties, one of them in a 5-0 thrashing of Hapoel Beer Sheva. The second, more significantly, occurred in extra time in an away match against Hapoel Ramat Gan that preserved a one goal Maccabi advantage and secured an important three points for the team’s title race. He also kept a clean sheet in one of the season’s most memorable encounters, Maccabi’s 4-0 derby triumph over Hapoel Tel Aviv on February 2nd 2013.
Levy has also had the opportunity to show his talents for Israel’s Under-21s, where he made his first appearance in a friendly against Slovakia on May 29th 2013. He was also included in the squad that hosted the Under-21 European championships in the summer of 2013, though he was kept on the bench for all of the squad’s three group stage matches. His first official appearance came in Young Israel’s impressive 7-2 victory against Azerbaijan in the opening match of the qualifiers for the 2015 Under-21 European championships.