Yiftach Ziv joins Maccabi Tel Aviv

Jul 4, 2021 | Holyland Hoops

Maccabi signed their first Israeli for the new season as Yiftach Ziv joined the club on a two year deal. The 26-year old point guard was a member of last season’s first team All-Stars and was named the Israeli Player of the Season as he led Hapoel Gilboa Galil to the league finals where his squad fell 2-1 in the best of 3 championship series.

Ziv has the ability to dictate the pace of a game and is a lockdown defender who shoots the ball well and has a nose for collecting rebounds despite featuring as a point guard. Maccabi saw up close and personal his size and strength during the finals as he scored 12 points per game, 4 assists and 6 rebounds in roughly 30 minutes per game. During the regular season Ziv averaged 12.5 points, 5 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 1.8 steals per game.

Prior to playing with Hapoel Gilboa Galil for two seasons, Ziv played a couple of campaigns with Nahariya along with also featuring for Maccabi Haifa, Bnei Herzliya and Maccabi Ashdod.

Iftach Ziv – Photo Credit: Dov Halickman

Coach Ioannis Sfairopoulos spoke about the club’s news’s addition to the official website,”The signing of Yiftach Ziv is very important for us because we add a very good Israeli player to our squad that will help us in all competitions that we will participate in. Yiftah has many qualities and I want to welcome him to the family of Maccabi Playtika Tel Aviv.”

Ziv also talked about joining the Yellow & Blue, “I am happy to start a new chapter in my career at a big, glorious and exciting home like Maccabi Tel Aviv. As a player who experienced the crazy power of this arena packed with amazing fans, I’m happy and wating to experience it again – Only this time from the other side when I play for them”.

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