[FM19 BETA] Having fun in Haifa Oct 29, 2018 20:52:26 GMT
Post by dalenichol on Oct 29, 2018 20:52:26 GMT
Maccabi Haifa F.C
After plenty of trial and error (many trials, many more errors) with the FM19 Beta and a spell of thinking I'd have to wait until the full release and the editor before I could find a save that I actually found myself feeling involved with, it finally began to sink its teeth in to me within a few months in Israel, a nation I've had brief spells in before but never fully invested my time in.
Considered one of the 'big four' of Israeli football, alongside Maccabi Tel Aviv, Hapoel Tel Aviv and Beitar Jerusalem, Haifa have won 7 titles since the inception of the Israeli Premier League in 1999, the most of any club, but have found themselves without a title win in 8 seasons and outside the top 3 for the last 5 seasons, whilst Hapoel Be'er Sheva have insterted themselves as the new dominant force with 3 straight league wins.
As most will know, Israeli football has a strong political foundation and whilst not being as outwardly left wing as Hapoel Tel Aviv, Maccabi Haifa are a more left leaning club with a strong Israeli Arab and Palestinian fanbase, resulting in a fairly bitter rivalry between themselves and Beitar Jerusalem, arguably Israels most infamous and overtly right-wing football club.
In terms of facilities, the club plays its home games at the 30,870 capacity, and frankly bloody gorgeously situated Sammy Ofer Stadium next to the beach in Haifa. The club boast great training facilities, excellent youth facilities, well establish youth recruitment and good junior coaching. Whilst this wont strictly be a youth save, given the strength of Israeli regens in previous versions of the game and the 6 foreign player limit in the league, they will undoubtedly begin to form the backbone of my side before too long.
I am quickly approaching the end of season one here in Israel, so I'll likely wait until that has finished before I post anything else, but I'll look to do a squad overview, as well as a look at some of the exciting youth prospects that have already come through at the club, which will give me a good chance to ask how you guys are handling player development and training this year with all the changes that've been made!