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About Vidic15

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    Israel Assistant Researcher

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    New York, New York

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    Man Utd, Hapoel Ramat-Gan

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  1. It seems like a good setup. In terms of Israeli football standards this squad is not the best right now but not far from it at all, and in a season or two the gap in quality between us and the league will be significant, even more so as I'll progress. The money you get from qualifying to a European group stage makes recruitment much easier as the league is very weak financially. So it's maybe a bit too conservative for (most of) the domestic games so I won't change much, but when I'll play in Europe next season I'll definitely take some of your points, also depending on the squad I'll possess.
  2. I think I'll try Jackson feeding Bertolini, Thanks Most of them don't have any traits (though I think Di Stantatonio has a 'Gets into opposition area' PPM, Jackson has 'Play with back to goal'). As for preferred feet, most of them are right or right only, apart from Montano and Bertolini which are left. Hozez (on the bench) is a left but has a strong right foot. Anyhow, I'm curious to know what your idea is. Might get through January to more or less clinch the league then I think I'll be able to start implementing something new.
  3. OK, will try that. And I'll really appreciate an analysis, thanks! I hear you. Say I play Bertolini as a F9, which role should I give Jackson then? AF would be the best? Thanks!
  4. First of all, want to thank your for your replies, some good insights there. He has 13 for off the ball but only 10 for dribbling so I guess I'll stick with the DLP? He doesn't have to be playmaker, I thought of Mezzala on support but does that work in a 442? He was a very good at this role when I played 3 in the middle. I grew up on United and always loved the direct style of play, don't really care for possession tbh, so that was one of my reasons to go with 442. And also Mike Bassett! This is a good point. As I said I prefer a more direct style of play, also I believe it fits the team as I've got a fairly pacey squad. I made some tweaks based on your opinions but still haven't had the chance to actually play, busy week at work. Looks like this now: So I wanna show you my team And this is Hozez again, he's the 12th player and can do either flank: Here is what I'm not 100% with. Shapkarov has 16 for passing and vision which is why I thought WP is better for him. I have no problem giving Di Santantonio another role, not sure which one though. Another thing, in this setup my fullbacks are not being fully utilized, Montano is more attacking but as you can see he's pretty useless going forwards and on the other side I have Meir who could be great on the overlap but for now given a limited role. Also, should I prefer Hozez to Radocaj, he's left footed (but a strong right foot)? Maybe give him the IW role and then let Meir utilize the space? I'm really open to any suggestions, please tell me what you think.
  5. So, I'm currently in my third season with Hapoel Ramat-Gan, started in the Israeli 2nd tier. Have to say I'm a very experienced player (playing since cm01/02), but I was never a tactical genius, I'm better at building and managing my squad, keeping everyone happy and that's how I get good results. Anyway, I got promoted first season, played a 4-1-2-3 wide and wasn't too happy with it, after 7-8 league games in the second season I switched to a 4-4-2 , went on a Leicester-esque run (8 points dropped between November and April) and won the league. Now i'm almost half-way through my third season. I managed to get to the CL playoffs, lost to Celtic, then managed to get one point from a group with Marseille, Celta Vigo and Lokomotiv Moscow, though I wasn't really outplayed and with better luck could maybe get 7-8 points. In the league I'm almost perfect, 14 wins and 1 draw in 15 games and now with the EL fixture congestion out of the way I should be cruising to another title. But, I'm not too happy with my team's attacking play. Seems lacking over the past 2-3 months, my strikers are hot and cold and we've been very lucky to win easy games on paper. This is my setup I have some very good players but I feel I'm not getting the best out of them. Meir is a decent attacking wing-back, good on the ball and decent crossing. Radocaj is a traditional right winger, very quick and good crossing. On the left I have Montano who is a terrific defender but going forward he's poor, 6-7 crossing and dribbling which is a shame because in front of him I have Shapkarov who's my one of my best players and as a WP he cuts inside, so the space for an overlap is there. When he arrived he was a right footed central player but I retrained him to be a WP on the left and he's doing alright, but felt he could do better. Reason he's not playing in the middle of the park is Mekonen and Di Santantonio. Mekonen is an excellent ball winner, good tackling, strong, hard working but very average on the ball. Di Santantonio is a very all round midfielder, he can play just about any role in the middle and he's been my best player since the first season. Up front I have Jackson who hit 31 league goals last season from the f9 role. He's a tall, strong, all-around striker, only weakness is his 9 for passing (and a 'plays with back to goal' PPM which I can't get rid of). Bertolini came in this season, he's very quick with great finishing and off the ball but also got 5 for jumping, 7 for passing and a weak right foot. On the bench I have Matan Hozez who I got this season and still couldn't find a role for him: I thought about switching to a 4-2-3-1, Shakparov as a no.10 and Hozez on the left, but I'm reluctant to do so because I have 2 great Israeli strikers on the bench and I want to give them enough game time. Now when I read back it was maybe a bit of a long post so sorry for that. I'd appreciate any advice. Would you select different roles, line the team up differently? Go for that 4-2-3-1? Thanks!
  6. May 2018 Last 3 fixtures were only for the protocol and we won all of them comfortably. This is the final league table. Hapoel Tel-Aviv managed to avoid a complete humiliation with a decent playoff run, Maccabi Herzliya lost to Kabilio Jaffa in the relegation playoff. We dominated the Liga Leumit awards: These are the heroes that got us promoted, quite easily. A new tradition, Hapoel Ramat-Gan end of season awards: The star of this team is without a shadow of a doubt, Mike Contreras. 12 goals and 13 assists, everything came through him. He’s already gaining interest from MLS teams, but about so sign a new 4 year contract, 1.8k p/w. As you can see, Ovadid Dervish’s attributes are mediocre, to say the least. But he had a terrific season, constant threat from the right wing and also very good on defence. Having said that, I think this is a position we should look to strengthen for the next season. The third player I want to mention is Nir Sharon. Wasn’t supposed to get this much playing time, but almost whenever he played he came up with the goods. We’ll also get some more money from sponsors
  7. April 2018 Beitar Tel-Aviv/Ramla, who are still in the fight for promotion, are our first hurdle in the playoffs. We started well with ten Voorde converting a penalty after 5 minutes, and the visitors didn’t really pose a threat. Peretz finished them off in the second half, but after 7 clean sheets in a row, Pshehazkey couldn’t keep out a great shot from Ansah. We could secure promotion with a win at Hapoel Kfar-Saba in case Hapoel Afula won’t beat Beitar Tel-Aviv. We did our part quite easily with ten Voorde back in form, but Afula won by the same scoreline, a stoppage time winner moved them to 2nd. A home win over Hapoel Tel-Aviv in 3 days will guarantee us not only promotion, but the title. We bottled it. Went down early to a goal from a corner, and couldn’t score any of the good chances we had. Hapoel Tel-Aviv are in a good form under new manager Kobi Refua, and they’re now 3rd with 63 points, same as 2nd Hapoel Afula. A draw away to Hapoel Petach-Tikva was enough for the title, and it’s exactly what we got. Ten Voorde gave as the lead early, they equalised but we were closer to the winning goal than them. Mission accomplished!
  8. March 2018 Two days before our visit to Hapoel Tel-Aviv, they sacked Moti Ivanir, their manager. Instead of having a walk in the park, Ivanir led them to 5th place after 26 matches, 7 points behind a promotion spot. With Omer Buksenbaum, an Hapoel Ramat-Gan legend himself, as caretaker manager, we didn’t know what to expect. So we lined up as usual, didn’t give them an inch and nicked the 3 points thanks to an Oz Peretz strike. Another away game followed, to Hapoel Marmorek who are trying to avoid the drop. A really poor game, but Oz Peretz again gave us the win, an early header from a Dervish cross. Our last home game before the playoffs was at home to Ahi Nazareth. They are a good team but very incosticent, sitting in 6th. After a goalless first half, ten Voorde came on and scored his first goal of 2018, from the penalty spot. Liad Berkovic rounded off the victory with a great shot from the edge of the box. Next up was rock bottom Nesher, away. Ten Voorde started the game and repaid my faith with a goal, Oz Peretz was the one to open the scoring and even Yosi Mekonen got a goal. Now, playoffs. After each team played each other twice, the league splits into two halves: Promotion playoff and Relegation playoff. In this stage, each team plays the teams in the relevant playoff once, hence a total of 37 games. Then top 2 are promoted and bottom 2 are relegated (team in 14th plays a team from Liga Alef, the 3rd tier). 11 points ahead of 3rd place, this is our playoff schedule:
  9. February 2018 Hapoel Afula shouldn’t have been, but they are in a promotion battle. We didn’t underestimate them, just couldn’t find a way past Ron Shushan. Arad gave away another own goal and Oz Peretz had a nightmare as he couldn’t even convert a penalty, after a series of misses in the first half. I took him off at half-time, but it didn't help much. Happy with the way we’re playing, we didn’t change anything for the Maccabi Herzliya game. They are weak and struggling, currently 14th in the table. Mekonen opened the scoring after 9 minutes, Nir Sharon and Oz Peretz completed the victory. Beitar Tel-Aviv/Ramla beat us 1-0 in the reverse fixture, and I worried about scoring against their firm defence. Ofri Arad calmed my worries after 90 seconds, heading home a Contreras corner. Oz Peretz found Nir Sharon’s head in the second half and we’re looking very much in shape. Ten Voorde, on the other hand, is not. Came on for the last minutes and missed 2 promising chances. Before the Bnei Lod, we received our new youth intake, it’s not great but not bad: And the top 3 players Just before the Lod game, I extended my contract with the club The game itself was easy. Nir Sharon was again on the money with a great finish early in the game, and Liad Berkovic allowed us to take the foot of the gas.
  10. January 2018 The first game of 2018 saw us visiting rock bottom Hapoel Nazareth-Ilit. We started well with Contreras scoring after a perfect counter attack and Velblum doubled the lead. The second half was much worse, Falczuk scored for them and Oz Peretz missed a game killing penalty. They threw everything at us but we stood firm and took the 3 points back south. However, our attack is misfiring big time and that’s need to be addressed. An away game against Hapoel Tel-Aviv is not an easy task. Especially a cup game. Especially when falling behind. We equalised through the one and only Contreras (who we managed to sign up for another season). We took a complete control over the game, but Yanko was superb in goal for the hosts. Then, 9 minutes before the penalty shoot-out, Dervish passed a simple ball back to Pshehazkey who took a terrible first touch, Hirsh was alert, nicked the ball and killed our cup dream. Only 3 days after playing 120 minutes we have another tough away game, Hapoel Petach-Tikva. Team is pretty much unchanged because of injuries, and we struggle to create chances. They took the lead just before half time, but went down to 10 men and we managed to nick a point, Mekonen coming from behind for an easy finish. We had 5 days to rest and I gave the team 2 days off so they can be fresh for a big clash against Hapoel Kfar-Saba. They are 2 points behind us and certainly a promotion contender. Rick ten Voorde hit the post twice in the first half as his unbelievable drought continued, and then pulled his groin just before half time. Oz Peretz managed to find the winner 19 minutes from time, and Liran Rotman put the game to bed. Hapoel Rishon LeZion lost 4 of their last 5 games, but a cross that deflected off Ofri Arad gave them an early lead. Contreras, again, came to the rescue with an excellent free kick, but we’re still misfiring. A very disappointing draw which convinced me to shake things up. For the Hapoel Hadera game I decided to return to the diamond system, with Contreras sitting behind the strikers, and it payed off. The American topped his goal with two assists as we won easily. Ten Voorde is still out of shape, though. January was a long month for us, and it’s last game was home to Hapoel Katamon. Only 3 days to rest after Hadera, but we managed to get another 3 points. Contreras broke the deadlock in the second half and Oz Peretz set up Nir Sharon to finish a clinical counter attack. Katamon shot from any possible range, to no avail. 8 games to the end of regular season, we’re 5 points ahead of Hapoel Kfar-Saba and Hapoel Afula, which are our next opponents. The only business we made in this transfer window is sending Yariv Calamaro on loan to Ramat HaSharon
  11. December 2017 Hapoel Tel-Aviv have by far the strongest squad in the league, but still can’t get out of second gear as they got 23 points out of 33 possible. We dispatched them easily in Gvia HaToto but this one was not easy. They defended well and managed to fight back after conceding. I’ll take the point. Hapoel Marmorek are the second newly promoted side, and it doesn’t look like they’re going to survive. Easy one for us. A midweek travel to Ahi Nazareth followed. We didn’t really show up and lacked concentration in almost every area on the pitch. Their centre back, Akram Shariach, scored his first career goals from two set pieces, And for the first time this season, we are beaten. Ironi Nesher are not a strong side, so when we couldn’t score in the first half I’ve shaken things up and changed to a 4-3-3 formation with two inside forwards. We played much better in the second half and got the needed goal, ten Voorde again on the money from a Dervish cross. Gvia HaMedina, or the Israeli State Cup in English kicked off for us and we’ve got a reasonable draw, Ramat HaSharon at home. I decided to keep the 4-3-3, with Haziza making a return to the starting lineup instead of Nir Sharon. It payed off and we dispatched the visitors easily. Ligat Winner teams join the competition in the 8th round, and we were looking for a kind draw. We’ll visit Hapoel Tel-Aviv. Not a kind draw, but could be a lot worse. The last game of 2017 saw as hosting Ramat HaSharon again. We didn’t change the team, but once again we didn’t really showed up to the game. The first league game we couldn’t score in, and our first home loss, as Arad gave away a stupid penalty.
  12. November 2017 November didn’t start well. I mean, it started well. We took a 2-0 lead against Maccabi Herzliya and went into cruise control. Then in the last 20 minutes we absolutely broke apart and almost gave away a 3rd goal. On top of that, Contreras suffered a damaged shoulder and is out for 2-3 weeks, So he’ll definitely miss Gvia HaToto semi final and probably the next league game, which is at home to Beitar Tel-Aviv/Ramla Hapoel Afula didn’t give us a hard time when we met them in the league a few weeks ago, so the 3-0 score is no surprise. Berkovic filled in well for Contreras, and we’re all set for a final with Hapoel Rishon LeZion, who beat Hadera 3-0 as well. Coming into this game, Beitar Tel-Aviv/Ramla were the only unbeaten team in the league, other than us of course. Contreras recovered from his injury and went straight into the starting lineup, but the visitors were stubborn. Ten Voorde twisted his knee after 11 minutes (out for 6-9 days) and his substitute, Haziza, survived only 9 minutes before spraining his ankle. Contreras went behind the strikers and struggled, but 19 minutes from time we got the winner. Oz Peretz found Nir Sharon who dribbled to the box and sent the ball across the keeper and into the bottom corner. Still perfect at home. Bnei Lod are bottom of the table with 3 draws and 7 losses in 10 games. They’re also our rivals. Why, you ask? 5 years ago we ran head to head for a single promotion spot, and after a 1-1 draw 5 games before the end of the season, this happened: A huge fight erupted involving almost all 36 registered players and Suliman Azberga, the guy in the blue shirt who was (and still is) Bnei Lod Manager. You can watch the fight Here It wasn’t as easy as we’d like it to be, but we clinched the victory. Nir Sharon again came up with the breakthrough, but then an unexpected equaliser came. It didn’t look like we were going to get the winner but Contreras thought otherwise with a fierce shot to the near post. Next, Gvia HaToto final. We’ve won it 5 years ago, and we did it again, pretty easily. Rishon didn’t threaten us at all as we cruised to a 3-1 victory.
  13. October 2017 After the international break we hosted Hapoel Rishon Lezion. They’re not a good team but they did beat Hapoel Tel-Aviv 3-0 last round. They didn’t give us any trouble, though, and we cruised away with a 2-0 win. Finishing is a problem as from 21 shots on goal only 6 were on target. Next up was a visit to newly promoted Hadera. They play a direct 4-4-2 and gave us some trouble in the first 30 minutes, but then Dervish found ten Voorde with a perfect cross and the game changed. Knowing that after Gvia HaToto quarter final we’ll host 2nd placed Hapoel Afula, I decided to field my entire 2nd XI, with only Pshehazkey, the goalkeeper, keeping his spot. It was an easy game from start to finish and the 4-0 scoreline was a fair reflection of the game. The semi final will be held in a neutral venue, and our opponents will be Hapoel Afula. In the other semi final Hapoel Rishon LeZion will play Hapoel Hadera. For the last game of October we hosted Hapoel Afula. They are not a strong side normally but a good run of form found them sitting in 2nd. Nir Sharon is playing well and started alongside Rick ten Voorde, with Oz Peretz behind them. Contreras run the show again from midfield and we’re looking excellent with another 4-0.
  14. September 2017 The month started with the final group stage game in Gvia HaToto. Hapoel Tel-Aviv are a good team plus we had to take ten Voorde of early in the game. His subtitute, Nir Sharon, scored a fluke right before half time as a shot from Velblum was deflected by a defender to Sharon’s head, then to the back of the net. The visitors tried to come back as a loss meant elimination for them, but to no avail. On the 94th minute Malul found Peretz head and the game was done. In the other game Ramat HaSharon beat 3-1 Hapoel Petach-Tikva away and clinched the second spot. We’ll host Hapoel Nazaerth-Ilit in the quarter final which will be played in October. Back to league action, an away game against the strong Hapoel Katamon. In uneventful one, they came closest to scoring when a Lior Jan header rattled the crossbar in stoppage time. Hapoel Petach-Tikva were up next. Playing them in Gvia HaToto we knew that they can’t offer much (though they have a decent squad) and they were easily dispatched. The last game of September saw as visiting Hapoel Kfar-Saba who was relegated from Ligat Winner last season and one of the few that are still unbeaten after 4 games. Things started awkwardly for us, huge mistake at the back let Nworah score after 5 minutes. We knocked on the door and manage to equalised thanks to substitute Nir Sharon, but couldn’t find the winner. We still top the league This is how Gvia HaToto group stage finished: And the quarter final draw
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