what it’s like to play for Maccabi Haifa, who challenge PSG
Brazilian defender Allyson spoke to ESPN about Maccabi Haifa facing PSG in the Champions League group stage
Maccabi Haifa face PSG this Wednesday for the Champions League at the Sammy Ofer stadium and the club dreams of an almost impossible result. Champion of the last two leagues in Israel, the club emerged from an 11-year drought without titles.
Currently, the team leads the local tournament with four wins. the brazilian defender Allisonwho played in maccabi between 2018 and 2020, he spoke with ESPN about what it’s like to play in the Israeli team.
“Today they are considered the main team in the country. They have a big fan base and you can compare them to any big club in Brazil, even in terms of structure. They are big fans. Today ‘today I see the fruit of the reconstruction work they did in my time, a club that was never behind with wages,” he said.
The coach is the former player Barak Bakhar, 42, who has five league titles to his name. Composed of nine foreigners, the squad includes players born in African countries (Niger, Senegal and Congo), Sweden, the United States and Suriname.
The main personalities of the team are Tjaronn Chery (ex-Queens Park Rangers)The front Nikita Rukavytsya (ex-Frankfurt and Hertha) there Frantzdy Pierrot.
“I had the opportunity to play with most of them and we are friends. They are high quality players,” said the Brazilian, who currently defends Turkish Umraniyespor.
The Maccabi Haifa eliminated in the playoffs Champions League Al Olympiakos, Apollon Limassol and Red Starchampion of the tournament in 1991. It is the third time that the club has reached this stage of the competition.
“They are motivated to write history,” he said. Allison.
In addition to the PSGIsraeli painting shares a group with Juventus and Benfica. After the draw, the players Ömer Atzili and the midfield Dolev Haziza posted a photo on social media with the image “T-shirts for us please”, tagging Messi and Neymar.
The situation was not very well experienced within the club.
The club has Muslims
The main local rivals of Maccabi Haifa son Maccabi Tel Aviv and Hapoel Haifa. Although it is in a region marked by conflict, to the extent that Israel participates in competitions in Europe and not in Asia, the club has supporters and players of Muslim origin.
“Because there is a lot of conflict, they have a hard time accepting it. Fans of the maccabi it is divided between Arabs and Jews. Some do not accept,” he explained.
Allison said he maccabi has a bunker in case of armed conflict.
“When the siren goes off, you have to run into the room. Almost every house needs it, it’s a bombproof underground compartment that can hold a lot of people. In my last year in Israel, a war broke out and we could “We stayed inside because missiles were falling on the city. We went through this problem and we were scared because there were a lot of attacks,” he said.
The club follows the precepts of the Jewish religion. According Allison, there is no pork on the menu offered to employees and athletes. Most games take place outside of the Shabbat period, which begins at sundown on Friday and ends at sundown on Saturday.
During his debut at Champions League, the team was beaten by Benfica 2-0 at the Stade Lumière.
#play #Maccabi #Haifa #challenge #PSG