The Ricky era It is a name that is deeply remembered by Israeli football fans who love offensive, happy and creative football. The former striker has entered the 40th year of his life and will celebrate entry into the fifth decade of November. He was born in Ashdod and is currently employed by the IEC in the city, reading meter counters of consumption for several years.
Shrikki is married and has a son and a daughter, with whom he has fun and spends quite a bit of time in the days of the Corona. In a special interview with Sport1, he talks about the disengagement from Israeli football and recreates the almost fulfilled transition to MLS, the short period in Poland and his career – from which he is happy and happy in part.
Idan, What are you doing today besides working for the electric company?
“Together with Yair Azulai, the former brake of MS Ashdod, we run a football school of Hapoel Adumim Ashdod. He also serves as assistant to coach Yuval Naim in the senior team, and I am connected to him and to his very professional path.”
Are you interested in the Premier League?
“I’m really not into things. It’s hardly interesting to me, because the level has been going down for a decade. It’s not as exciting as it used to be, when I was on the pitch. Too many athletic players on the pitch, there is less talent and less talent.”
So you just hung up?
“The only team I watch on TV is exclusively Real Madrid. It is also a bit in retreat. Besides, every once in a while when possible the guys from the past gather on the field, play football for fun and occasionally stories from the past come up.”
Your record shows Maccabi Kiryat Ekron at the beginning of your career, even though you grew up in Maccabi Urbani Ashdod, which was in the Premier League. How did you get there?
“After the youth group in Ashdod, I enlisted in the IDF. I was far from home, in the Armored Corps, not far from Eilat. Coach Pini Aish asked me to come to Kiryat Ekron to keep fit and play in the second division. I have a beautiful memory from there. “
From Kiryat Ekron, Ricky continued on loan to Maccabi Yavneh alongside Aish and alongside one of the greatest players who grew up in Yavneh – Zion “Fogel” Yaakov. From there, the road back to Ashdod was paved.
“It was a beautiful time in Ashdod,” says Shrikki. “Football in the city flourished and was fun. There is a beautiful personal story of mine in this matter, when I got married in 2007. There was a groom’s Saturday in a synagogue and we had a league game against Maccabi Herzliya. After the prayer I decided to get my feet wet and get to the game. I could not give up football.”
It was your very memorable game.
“True. Herzliya led 0: 2 in the half, I scored a hat-trick in the second half, we made a comeback and won 2: 3. The headlines in Maariv’s newspaper were ‘0: 3 for the groom’.”
And what do you have to achieve about the failed Galacticos season of MS Ashdod?
“Wow. The coach was Elisha Levy, and just thinking about a team that had names like Haim Revivo, Yossi Aboksis, Itzik Zohar, Asi Domb, Shai Holtzman – we started dreaming. Along with these stars were also the young people of Ashdod, like me, Moshe Ohayon, Amir Alkrif “Adir Tobol and others. It shattered big time. Elisha left and then began the era of Yossi Mizrahi, who had good years with the players made in the city of Ashdod.”
Does the nickname ‘Gift to the Pioneer’ mean anything to you?
“That’s what everyone called David Revivo. Every striker in Ashdod, including Shai Holtzman and Dimitar Makraev, was blessed with him in their careers. Every pass and move was a masterpiece to boast about.”
So if we have already talked about David Revivo, it is impossible not to talk about Haim Revivo, a great Ashdod player.
“I have not seen a football player like Haim Revivo. There is no player today who approaches him. In training he would have done things that would have left us in shock. If he had played today, he would certainly have been in the biggest clubs in Italy, England and Spain, beyond Salta Vigo and Fenerbahce. There he made a huge career. “
You also had a short time in Europe, in Gornik Zabrze. Do you understand some Polish?
“I ended a contract in Ashdod. The players’ agent Gilad Katsav called and offered to move to Poland for a big team there, Gornik. We flew there with my father, we were very impressed with the club and they were very serious and kept all agreements with me. It did not work there, the style of play was very physical and professional. “Especially on long balls. I decided to return to Israel with a few sentences in Polish for Ashdod and Yossi Mizrahi.”
“After Ashdod, I moved to Maccabi Netanya,” recalls Shrikki. “I had a long-term contract there, but despite my good ability I moved in the middle of the season on loan to Moshe Sinai’s Maccabi Petah Tikva. There is a huge story from there, I arrived for a meeting with Amos Luzon and Shinui Zoarz on Wednesday. Quietly and quickly signed a contract, they are special people. I met with the team manager, Ami Payne, who to this day is the team manager, a man with a heart of gold and boundless love for Maccabi Petah Tikva.
“On Thursday I did a lone training session and on Friday there was the big derby in the national league against Hapoel Petah Tikva. Sinai did not train me in the team, and just before the game he approached me and told me to open due to injury or a problem with one of the players. I was penalized by Danny Farda. The second in the return season to the Premier League. “
Then Maccabi Netanya called you back?
“CEO Kobi Baladav and coach Yossi Mizrahi brought me back to continue the contract. We are in the Premier League in an unforgettable season with a big disappointment that I will not forget in the final of the State Cup against Kiryat Shmona in overtime. Later, under coach Tal Benin, things did not work out. “
And you almost caught America before everyone else.
“Yes, as a player of Ashdod. I received an offer from Dallas from the MLS. They held a training camp in Cyprus and I went there. The camp lasted ten days and I was offered an excellent contract, but I could not release the player card for free. Jackie Ben Zaken did not release players without The exchange and the American dream have faded to my disappointment. “
You also did not fulfill the dream of the big groups.
“I was close to the signing at Hapoel Tel Aviv of Eli Gutman and Eli Tabib. Ashdod asked for a high transfer fee and Hapoel signed Toto Tamuz. I was also close to Betar Jerusalem, because Yossi Mizrahi coached there then and wanted to join me. Ashdod was in no hurry to release and it was missed. The same is true of Hapoel Beer Sheva. The wonders of football. “
Later, Shrikki traveled to Kiryat Gat, Hapoel Ashkelon, Hapoel Ashkelon, Bnei Lod and Hapoel Marmorek under the management of Shino Zoarz. He then signed his career at Hapoel Adumim Ashdod.
“The season in Ashkelon was big and unforgettable. Yuval Naim was the coach, we were promoted to the Premier League and I finished as the team’s top scorer.”
Looking back, how do you see your career?
“Everything I dreamed of as a child in the neighborhood came true. I arrived in the districts I asked for and I am happy in part. I have a lot of memories from the past and many people know my name. And others. “
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