Maccabi Haifa 2001/02 home - Arik Benado #4 (Champions League Qualification)

Match worn/issued Maccabi Haifa 2001/02 home shirt, issued to/worn by legendary Israeli center back and club captain Arik Benado #4 in one of the two matches against Finnish side Haka in the Champions League 2nd qualifying round in 2001/02. The same kit was worn in both the home and away legs, as seen in the photos below.

While Maccabi Haifa won 5-0 on aggregate, they were disqualified from the competition after fielding Walid Badeer, who was carrying a suspension from the previous season, in the second leg. This was the result of a wrongly interpreted fax message received from UEFA in English, which was not understood correctly, and became infamous as the "Fax Case". As a result, Maccabi Haifa was denied the opportunity to play against the mighty Liverpool in the next round.

Benado is a Maccabi Haifa youth team product and went on to play for the club for a total of 14 seasons (across 2 separate stints). He captained the team for 8 seasons, from 1998 to 2006, which included the historic qualification to the Champions League group stage in 2002/03, before leaving to Beitar Jerusalem in 2006 and returning for one last season with Maccabi in 2010/11. With Maccabi he won a total of 7 Israeli League titles, 2 Israeli State Cups and 3 Israeli League Cups. Benado holds the record for most appearances in the Israeli Premier League with 573 appearances, of which 399 were with Maccabi Haifa. In total, Benado made 553 appearances for Maccabi Haifa across all competitions.

The shirt differs from the version worn in league matches and friendlies in that it doesn't have the "www.nana.co.il" sponsor on the back of the shirt.


Arik Benado in the away match against Haka    (c) getty images

Arik Benado in the home match against Haka    (c) getty images

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