Israeli Premier League 2012/13

Israeli Premier League

Israeli Premier League

Israeli Premier League is the top footballing event among the football clubs association in Israel. The league is based on a promotion relegation system just like other major football leagues and spans a total of 14 teams playing 32 matches each. Each team will host a game and also play an away game with every other team giving a total of 224 matches per season. Since its introduction in the year 1999, the Israeli Premier League 2012/13 was the 14th edition of the competition. Let dig deep into this season in this article.

Table toppers and Relegations

Maccabi Tel Aviv were crowned the league winners. The club showed great character throughout the season with its manager acting as an inspiring figure for the team. It was the second Israeli premier league title for Maccabi Tel Aviv and their 19th Israeli title in total. Maccabi Haifa came next to the topper though the point difference between the first and the second place was really high. Ironi Kiryat Shmona who were defending the title with their championship in 2011/12 did not play up to their expectation and could only manage a third spot in the points table. Coming to the bottom of the table and relegations, teams Maccabi Netanya and Hapoel Ramat Gan finished at 13th and 14th place respectively and were relegated from the Israeli premier league. These two teams were relegated to Liga Leumit and thus two more teams that finished top in that league replaced them here.

Top Goal Scorers

Maccabi Tel Aviv was undoubtedly the strongest team in the league since it had Eliran Atar in it. He was in splendid form throughout the season scoring goals in every opportunity that was presented to him. He finished the season on a high with 22 goals on his name and was the top scorer of the Israeli premier league for the season 2012/13.His 22 goals also included a hat-trick against Hapoel Haifa where Maccabi Tel Aviv won 3-1. Shimon Abuhatzira finished second with 15 goals but his team could only manage a third place in the league. The third position was shared between Ohad Kadousi and Omer Damari each scoring 14 goals each.

Maccabi Tel Aviv also held the record for the most number of clean sheets of the season. The team managed to keep 17 clean sheets which clearly indicated their dominance in the league. Right from the beginning of the league in the month of August, the club had no set backs and were clearly marching towards the title. They were the winner comprehensively had they had more than 13 points in difference with Maccabi Haifa. The team showed greater skills in both attack and defense that helped it maintain more number of clean sheets and thus fetch them the most prestigious Israeli premier league title for the season 2012/2013.

How Man City lost the FA cup 2012

How Man City lost the FA cup 2012

How Man City lost the FA cup 2012

The Man city was expected to almost bag up the 2012/13 FA cup 132nd finals trophy after their consecutive victories against Stroke City in the previous season and the premier league in spring. The Man city had to face the Wigan Athletic, who was one among the teams that finished quite low in the points table in the English Premier League. Having said this, everyone expected the team with big names to crush their opponents and win the FA cup. Against the odds, there was an anti-climax where Wigan pulled their nerves to win the title.

The Highlights : First Half

The Man City appeared for this match after their historical win of the 2011/12 FA trophy, after 42 years, against Stroke City. The match kicked off on May 11th 2013 at the Wimbley Stadium, London. Much awaited Manchini’s city started the match high but did not play to their fullest. The team lacked that winning spirit and was seen on the field. The players lacked the chemistry that was evident in the premier league and there were more fouls and mistakes conceded. Wigan on the other hand were disciplined in their defense. They did not give any chance for the mighty city to break their last four and finished the first half on high with 0-0.

Second Half:

The turning point in the second half was the second yellow given to Zabeleta. This meant that he had to leave the field leaving city a man down. Though he was sent off at the 83rd minutes, city had lost a key defender giving Wigan a clear advantage. Ben Watson introduced as substitute was also a key moment of the match as he was one among of the few on that day who really was attacking the ball and was on a goal scoring intent. Man city tried their best to take the match to extra time but the added extra minutes proved to be unexpected threat to them. It was a corner that lead city lose their most awaited FA cup title. The corner was taken by Shaun Maloney and was headed wisely by Ben Watson to the goal. Watson cleverly moved to the near post taking advantage of the absence of a defender and timed his jump to perfection. He met the ball in the sweet spot of his forehead and guided it away from the out stretched hand of Joe Heart. The keeper had no chance as the defenders lead Watson free and the header had too much power to get into the goal.

Watson goal gave Wigan a 1-0 victory over city and the most precious FA cup title. The match had more consequences off the field also. It lead the Man city management to react wild which lead to the sacking of their manager Manchini who had been a great factor for their title winning EPL season.

Bayern Munich Bundesliga champions 2012/13


Bayern Munich Bundesliga champions 2012/13

Bayern Munich Bundesliga champions 2012/13

Bayern Munich is the German sports club based in Munich, Bavaria. It is popular for having one of the best professional football teams. It is the top performing football club in Germany. It plays Bundesliga league which is the Germany’s premier Football League. It has won 23 Bundesliga titles.

The 2012-13 football Bundesliga was the 50th season of Bundesliga league. The opening match held on 24th August 2012 at Westfalenstadion between Borussia Dortmund and SV Werder Bremen. Bayern Munich clinched the 23rd 2012-13 Bundesliga title in the fastest time i.e. after only 28 match days with 1-0 victory over Eintracht Frankfurt at Commerzbank-Arena.

The 2012-13 season had eighteen teams. Bayern Munich thrashed the other teams. It was not only winning matches but also dominating its opponent teams in a record setting way. The team became very popular by winning the first eight games in the Bundesliga after 5-0 away win to Fortuna Dusseldorf. It was the first team in history of Bundesliga to do so. It kept going ahead without conceding any goal in the first five matches played away from home.

Bayern Munich got the ‘Fall Champion’ title after just 14 match days which was faster than any other team in Bundesliga league history. In terms of points and goals, the team also had the second best first half of the season in this league history. +37 was the goal difference at the half way point, 7 as the no. of goals against at the half way point and just 1 goal conceded away from home at the first half point.

It started the second half of Bundesliga campaign on 19th January against Greuther Furth. Then also it got victory by defeating so many teams one by one and hence giving a handsome start to the second half by 14 wins and 49 points.

The team’s triumph in the first nine away matches was incredible and the tenth game away from home was a draw.

After 20 matches, Bayern Munich conceded just seven goals that became a new record of fewest conceded goals in the league. It gave the best start in the tournament history after first 20 matches when it made 51 points and a goal difference of 44.

It had set the best record by making 91 points, 25 highest league winning points margin, most wins i.e. 29 and fewest goals conceded i.e. 18 in a season. It broke the record of longest winning streak within a season by recording 14 straight wins and equalled the record with just 1 loss in the entire tournament which was against Bayer 04 Leverkusen.

The final match held on 18th May 2013 in which Bastian Schweinsteiger   gave lead to Bayern Munich in the 53rd minute by getting one past Kevin Trapp in the Frankfurt goal. Bayern Munich would have been leading by 2-0 had Australian International David Alba not missed a penalty earlier in the game. Finally, Bayern crowned the champions after defeating Frankfurt by 1-0.

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