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This Tuesday at Ramat Gan stadium, the Israeli equilavent of the FA Cup, the most awaited cup final between the two teams in the best form recently. Haifa would love to complete the league and cup double while Tel Aviv would try to make up for their average season, with a second successive cup. Nir Levin who won the State Cup with Maccabi Tel Aviv last season, would love to give his club this good-bye present.

Statistics, predictions, opinions, just put it here. I know it would be a great game to watch. :)
 

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Haifa.

That team can pull a victory out of their asses, no matter how they play. Additionally, they haven't lost to Tel Aviv in the last 2 years. And, Avi Nimni is in doubt for the game.
 

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Soccer / Shahar to decide on Grant's release after cup final

By Doron Bergerfreund and Asher Goldberg




The Israel Football Association secretariat will convene on Wednesday to try to finally decide who to appoint as national team coach.

The meeting of the nine-man executive committee was originally scheduled for today, but was postponed until after tomorrow evening's State Cup final between Maccabi Haifa and Betar Jerusalem, the showcase final event of the 2001-2002 season.

Haifa boss Yaakov Shahar has not yet indicated whether he will release his coach, Avraham Grant, to coach the national team. One of the members of the secretariat yesterday said they would wait to see what Shahar's move would be after the final, but that he knew what the terms would be. "Our feeling is that Shahar will wait until after the cup final, but in any event he has been informed that Grant will not be allowed to share his coaching duties between Maccabi Haifa and the national team," the official said.

Sources at the IFA said yesterday that their feeling is that Grant would be named as coach this week. He has already drafted a letter of apology to the IFA after the harsh words of criticism he leveled at the organization when he walked away from the under-21 team coach's job for Maccabi Haifa two years ago.

In the event that Grant is released, the chance of Zeev Zeltzer being appointed in his place in Haifa looks good. Another possibility is that Shlomo Scharf will take the Haifa job, although he may be too expensive for Haifa, as Shahar has said he will not pay Grant's successor more than $120,000 per season.
 

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Actually, the game is due to start at 1930 IST. 1,500 security guards and 40,000 fans, as I said, great atmosphere. Haifa would like to win their 6th ever State cup and complete the double while Tel Aviv would try to capture their 2nd successive cup and fix the bad impression that was created this season. Nimni will start after all and Yakubu, who was ditched out of Nigeria's WC squad is back and will take part in this game as well.

Previous Finals and winners

2001: Maccabi Tel Aviv 3:0 Maccabi Petah Tikva
2000: Hapoel Tel Aviv 2:2 Beitar Jerusalem AET (Hapoel wins 4:2 on penalties
1999: Hapoel Tel Aviv 1:1 Beitar Jerusalem AET (Hapoel wins 3:1 on penalties)
1998: Maccabi Haifa 2:0 Hapoel Jerusalem AET
1997: Hapoel Be'er Sheva 1:0 Maccabi Tel Aviv
1996: Maccabi Tel Aviv 4:1 Ironi Rishon
1995: Maccabi Haifa 2:0 Hapoel Haifa
1994: Maccabi Tel Aviv 2:0 Hapoel Tel Aviv
1993: Maccabi Haifa 1:0 Maccabi Tel Aviv
1992: Hapoel Petah Tikva 3:1 Maccabi Tel Aviv AET

League record this season: Maccabi Tel Aviv 1:1 Maccabi Haifa, Maccabi Haifa 2:1 Maccabi Tel Aviv, Maccabi Tel Aviv 0:0 Maccabi Haifa

Route to the final

Maccabi Haifa:

2:1 vs Hapoel Be'er Sheva (H, 1st round), 5:1 vs Maccabi Netanya (H, 1/8 finals), 4:0 vs Kiryat Gat (H, quarter finals), 1:0 vs Beitar Jerusalem (Ramat Gan, semi finals)

Maccabi Tel Aviv

1:1 vs Tsafririm Holon : 5:6 to Tel Aviv on penalty-shootout, (A, 1st round), 2:1 vs Hapoel Jerusalem (A, 1/8s), 6:0 vs Hapoel Kiryat Shmona (H, 1/4s), 5:1 vs Hapoel Petah Tikva (Ramat Gan, semi finals)

Line-ups

M. Haifa: Awatt, Keisi, Benado, Harazi, Zano, Rosso, Badir, Pralija, Zutautas, Benayoun, Yakubu

M. Tel Aviv: Strauber, Wadzinsky, Brumer, Ben Haim, Ben Dayan, Oved, Banin, Nimni, ****, Goldberg

Referee: Dani Koren (in his last game before retirement)
 

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first chance missed up by Yakubu, who got the long ball from Zano, alone against Strauber but somehow his ball slipped away just near the goal-line.
 
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