Maccabi Haifa 1994/95 home - Vasyl Kardash #10 (Champions League Qualification)

Extremely rare match worn Maccabi Haifa 1994/95 home shirt, worn by Ukrainian attacking midfielder Vasyl Kardash #10 in the Champions League qualification round 2nd leg match against Casino Salzburg away on August 24, 1994 at Ernst-Happel-Stadion in Vienna.

Kardash started the match and played 58 minutes before being substituted by Haim Revivo, as Maccabi lost 3-1 (and 5-2 on aggregate) and were eliminated from the competition. It was their first participation in Champions League qualification, with Israel having joined UEFA in 1992.

21-year old Kardash joined Maccabi from Karpaty Lviv at the beginning of the 1994/95 season. However, his time in Israel would end up being a big disappointment, unfortunately. Despite starting in both matches against Casino Salzburg, he would only make 8 appearances in the Israeli league, scoring 2 goals (both in one match against Hapoel Petah Tikva), and an additional 4 appearances (no goals) in the Israeli League cup, before leaving back to Ukraine in the following transfer window, after only half a season in Israel.

Interesting to note is that the #10 shirt belonged to Haim Revivo, one of the young stars of the team. But in this European match, all starting 11 players played with shirt numbers 1 to 11, with the substitutes having numbers 12 to 16. Revivo, who started the first leg together with Kardash (who wore #11 that game), was on the bench for this match. As such, the #10 shirt was given to Kardash, while Revivo was #12, later coming off the bench in place of Kardash.

Kardash's most notable moments for Maccabi came in the first leg against Casino Salzburg:
- Fouled in the penalty area to win a penalty, from which Revivo scored, as such providing an "assist"
- Missed an empty net from very close range, after rounding the GK one-on-one, with the score at 1-0

Other than that, his only other notable contribution was the 2 goals he scored against Hapoel Petah Tikva in a 3-1 win - his only 2 goals for the club (video below). Note that he wore the #16 shirt in that match, reflecting his status as a squad player in the team.

Starting line-up of the match; Kardash started up front with Holtzmann

Kardash (bottom left) as part of the wall, as Casino scored their second goal of the game

Kardash (second from left) as part of the wall, as Casino scored their first goal of the game

Below are highlights of the match:

Below are highlights from the Israeli league match against Hapoel Petah Tikva - Kardash's only 2 goals for Maccabi Haifa were scored in this match: