Maccabi Haifa 2009/10 home - Eyal Meshumar #27 (Champions League)

Maccabi Haifa 2009/10 home shirt, match worn by Israeli right back Eyal Meshumar #27 in the Champions League home match against Bordeaux on December 8, 2009 at Ramat Gan Stadium, the last match of the group stage. Meshumar started and played the full match as Maccabi lost 1-0 to the incumbent French champions. The shirt was swapped with a Bordeaux player after the match and comes from their personal collection.

This was the second and last time that my beloved Maccabi played in the Champions League group stage, having been the first Israeli team to ever do so when they qualified in the 2002/03 season. Interestingly, this green home shirt was worn in all 6 group stage matches, with the away kit having never been used. This is my second shirt from this match, as I also have Jhon Culma's match worn shirt from this match, as well as Nir Davidovitch's GK shirt from the away match in Bordeaux.

Meshumar was the first-choice right back throughout the campaign, starting in all 12 Champions League matches this season (6 qualifiers and 6 group stage matches), and playing the full 90 minutes in most of them. Meshumar joined Maccabi Haifa from Hapoel Kfar Saba in summer 2006 and played for the club for 10.5 seasons before leaving in February 2017. He made 337 appearance for Maccabi in all competitions and scored 19 goals, winning the Israeli League twice, qualifying to the Champions League and twice to the Europa League in this time.

Meshumar with the shirt, challenging Bordeaux's Jussie for the ball in Ramat Gan Stadium

Meshumar challenging Bordeaux's Marouane Chamakh in the reverse fixture in Bordeaux

Meshumar challenging for the ball in the reverse fixture in Bordeaux