Big Tel Aviv Derby Today!


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The respective first teams for red-shirted FC HAPOEL TEL AVIV and all-yellow clad, intra-city rival FC MACCABI TEL AVIV line-up at the Bloomfield Stadium just prior to the start of the BIG TEL AVIV DERBY match this past November.
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With FC HAPOEL TEL AVIV stuck in second place a massive fourteen points behind the Ligat ha’Al leaders and arch-adversary FC MACCABI TEL AVIV far adrift occupying eighth position in the domestic top flight standings, the proverbial old adage, “throw out the records”, will apply more than ever when traditional foes, the Reds and the Yellows, collide in the first installment of the always-intense Big Tel Aviv Derby for this calendar year of 2012.

FC Hapoel Tel Aviv, the two-time defending Israeli State Cup holders who won the Ligat ha’Al title in 2010 and finished second last season, have had their way with their great intra-city rival in recent times and remain unbeaten in their last ten top flight matches (with six wins) against FC Maccabi Tel Aviv, who are Israel’s most successful club historically but whose last honors came with the State Cup title won back in 2005.

But the Yellows, under the direction of interim trainer NIR LEVINE after the sacking of MOTTI IVANIR in early December, do have the requisite amount of pride and tradition and will be looking to knock off the despised Reds in Ligat ha’Al for the first time in nearly four long years — since FC Maccabi Tel Aviv edged FC Hapoel Tel Aviv 2-1 on March 9, 2008, to be exact.

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Israel U-21 international midfielder DOR MICHA (15) of FC Maccabi Tel Aviv, who leads the Yellows with 25 appearances in Ligat ha’Al this season, duels for possession of the ball with FC Hapoel Tel Aviv’s youthful midfielder ROEI GORDANA (21) during the Big Tel Aviv Derby match at the Bloomfield Stadium this past November.
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In the last Big Tel Aiv Derby a little more than three months ago, the Reds downed the Yellows 3-1 on the strength of goals from Slovakia international defender MARIO PECALKA, Israel international midfielder ALROEY COHEN and veteran midfielder SHAY ABUTBUL.

Israel international striker BARAK YITZHAKI, the 27-year-old attacker who had half a season for Racing Genk in Belgium before returning to FC Beitar Jerusalem in the summer of 2008, accounted for the lone goal of FC Maccabi Tel Aviv.

Pecalka, a 31-year-old who had only arrived at FC Hapoel Tel Aviv in the summer from Slovak outfit MSK Zilina, has since gone out on loan to SK Slovan Bratislava back in his homeland; the replacement is Slovenia World Cup defender MARKO SULER, the 28-year-old with 30 caps who is arriving in Tel Aviv on loan from Belgian side KAA Gent.

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FC Maccabi Tel Aviv defender YOAV ZIV (14), the 30-year veteran with 28 caps for Israel who signed for the Yellows in the summer of 2010 from Belgian side KSC Lokeren, clears the ball under pressure from FC Hapoel Tel Aviv’s Israel international striker TOTO TAMUZ (99), the 23-year-old who led the entire Ligat ha’Al with 21 goals last term, during the Big Tel Aviv Derby at the Bloomfield Stadium this past November.
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BIG TEL AVIV DERBY – Bloomfield Stadium
Match Highlights — November 27, 2011
http://www.footytube.com/video/maccabi-tel-aviv-hapoel-tel-aviv-nov-27-97276
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FC Maccabi Tel Aviv goalkeeper BARAK LEVY (1), the 19-year-old who took over as first choice between the sticks after the injury to Israel international GUY HAIMOV, gathers a high ball in front of FC Hapoel Tel Aviv’s Nigeria international midfielder NOSA IGIEBOR (40) during the Big Tel Aviv Derby at the Bloomfield Stadium this past November.
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2011/12 season
FC Hapoel Tel Aviv

Ligat ha’Al goal-scoring — Damari 14, Tamuz 13, Cohen 4, Badeer 3, Abutbul 2, Toama 2, Yadin 2, Fransman 1, Gordana 1, Igiebor 1, Lala 1, Oremus 1, Pecalka 1

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Israel international striker OMER DAMARI of FC Hapoel Tel Aviv (left)
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2011/12 season
FC Maccabi Tel Aviv

Ligat ha’Al goals — Atar 8, Yitzhaki 8, Colautti 7, Dabour 4, Konate 4, Kehat 3, Mendunjanin 1, Micha 1, Nivaldo 1, Yeini 1

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Senegal international striker MOUSSA KONATE of FC Maccabi Tel Aviv (left)
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