Match issued Maccabi Haifa 2003/04 long sleeve home shirt, issued to Israeli right back Avishay Zano #16 for the UEFA Cup 2nd Round first leg
match against Valencia away at the Mestalla Stadium in Valencia on November 6,
2003. Zano played the full match and put in a stellar performance as Maccabi Haifa managed to hold on to a dear 0-0 draw
at the Mestalla, though they would later be eliminated after a 4-0 loss
in the second leg which was played at "home" in Rotterdam. For the 33 year-old veteran, this match was one of his most impressive performances for Maccabi Haifa, coming in his last season at the club.
Zano joined Maccabi Haifa as a 25 year-old in summer 1995 from Maccabi Netanya, and went on to become a fan favourite at Maccabi Haifa, spending 8 seasons at the club until 2004, winning the Israeli league title 3 times, one Israeli State Cup and one League Cup. He made a total of 360 appearances for Maccabi Haifa in all competitions, scoring 25 goals.
The long sleeve shirts
with names on the back were prepared specifically for this away match in Valencia,
however, the players elected to play in short sleeve shirts, as
evidenced by the photos and video available from the match. Notably, as opposed to the shirts used in the league (example), there are no Lotto logos on the collar and on the sleeves, as per UEFA regulations the manufacturer logo is only allowed once on the shirt.
|Zano in action on the ball in the first leg match vs. Valencia away at Mestalla (c) getty images|