Match worn Maccabi Tel Aviv 2004/05 home shirt, worn by Ghanaian right back John Pantsil #17 in the Champions League group stage match against Bayern Munich at home on September 15, 2004 at Ramat Gan stadium. Pantsil played the full match as Maccabi Tel Aviv lost 1-0 from a Roy Makaay penalty, which Pantsil himself conceded after a poor tackle on Ze Roberto, in the 64th minute. This match was historic as it was Maccabi Tel Aviv's first ever match in the Champions League group stage.
In this 2004/05 season, he was a key player during the historic qualification to the Champions League group stage playing the full 90 minutes in all 4 qualifying matches, and starting in 4 out of the 6 group stage matches, also coming on as a substitute in the 2-1 win against Ajax at home - Maccabi Tel Aviv's only ever win in the Champions League group stage.
The 21-year old joined Maccabi Tel Aviv in summer 2002 from Polish side Widzew Łódź, winning the Israeli league in his first season with the club. He played 2.5 seasons with the club, leaving to fierce city rivals Hapoel Tel Aviv in December 2004, immediately after the end of the Champions League group stage campaign. In total, he made 74 appearances for Maccabi Tel Aviv in all competitions, scoring two goals.
|Pantsil, with the shirt, defending vs. Bayern`s Tobias Rau (c) getty images|
|Pantsil, with the shirt, chasing Bayern`s Owen Hargreaves (c) getty images|
|Pantsil, with the shirt, tackling Bayern`s Ze Roberto (c) getty images|
|Pantsil's tackle on Bayern's Ze Roberto which resulted in the decisive penalty|