By Simon Griver, May 27, 2009
Maccabi Haifa will represent Israel in next season’s Uefa Champions League after clinching the Premier League title for the 11th time.
A 2-0 away win over Maccabi Netanya gave the Greens an unassailable lead over second-placed Hapoel Tel Aviv with one game remaining.
The title is a major triumph for manager Elisha Levy in his first year in charge.
Goals from Thembinkosi Fanteni and Biram Kiyal were enough to seal Maccabi’s fourth Israeli crown in six years and their first since winning three in a row between 2003 and 2006.