Maccabi Haifa 1998/99 home - Ofir Kopel #8 (UEFA Cup Winners' Cup)

Match worn/issued Maccabi Haifa 1998/99 long sleeve home shirt, issued to or worn by Israeli defensive midfielder Ofir Kopel #8 in a UEFA Cup Winners' Cup match during the 1998/99 season. This was a historic season for Maccabi Haifa, beating notable opponents in the competition (like Paris St. German and SV Ried) and advancing all the way to the quarter finals, at the time an unprecedented achievement for an Israeli club, where they were ultimately eliminated by Lokomotiv Moscow.

21 year-old Kopel
joined Maccabi Haifa from Hapoel Petach Tikva in the 1996/97 season. Over the next 3 seasons, he made a total of 110 appearances for the club in all competitions, scoring 1 goal. Kopel was a starting player in this historic Cup Winners' Cup campaign, starting in 7 of the 8 matches, and playing the full match in 5 of them. Nevertheless, he is not fondly remembered by Maccabi Haifa fans due to his poor performances.

This shirt is historic as this was the first time ever that the club played with last names on the back of the shirt. Interestingly, despite clearly being produced for the European cup matches, these shirts with last names were also used in several league matches around the period of the European cup games. The green shirt with names on the back was used at least twice in the league.

Maccabi Haifa players in action vs. PSG in the CWC 1st round match; Kopel can be seen on the left.

Arik Benado in action vs. PSG in the CWC 1st round match; Kopel can be seen in the background