Maccabi Tel Aviv 2010/11 third - Yaniv Azrane #15 (Israeli Premier League)

Match issued Maccabi Tel Aviv 2010/11 third shirt, issued to Israeli striker Yaniv Azrane #15 during the 2010/11 Israeli Premier League season. 

Azrane story's in Tel Aviv is quite a sad one. He joined the club in summer 2007 with high hopes after being the Israeli league's top scorer in the 2006/07 season with his hometown club M.S. Ashdod, scoring 15 goals. However, his spell at the club was horrible, as he scored only one goal in his first season, then was injured badly at the end of the season, from which he never fully recovered and was forced to retire at the age of 29.

Despite playing the last match of his career in August 2009, after one and a half years injured, he returned to the squad for the 2010/11 season, but did not play a single minute. He retired at the end of the season due to his many injuries, and spent the next couple of years in legal battle with the club due to unpaid wages.

This was the first season in which Maccabi Tel Aviv played with the player names on the back of the shirt, interestingly, in English. This was the first time that an Israeli club consistently played with names on the back, and not as a one-off. Only years later, starting with the the 2015/16 season, the rest of the teams in the league began playing with names on the back, and in Hebrew. Maccabi Tel Aviv also changed from English to Hebrew names on the shirts halfway through the 2015/16 season.


Maccabi Tel Aviv's Eliran Atar in the white third kit against Hapoel Petah Tikva at home

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