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.