Levkovitch, Amatzia : Jews In Sports @ Virtual Museum

Levkovitch, Amatzia

Levkovitch, a successful coach noted for his discipline and Teutonic tactical approach, played in Israel in the 1950s and made 35 international appearances, scoring one goal.

Birth and Death Dates:
unknown

Career Highlights:
A defender for Hapoel Tel Aviv in the 1950s, Amatzia made history as a coach with Hapoel Jerusalem in 1972. He took a team based exclusively on homegrown talent to the top of the league. With Eli Ben-Rimoz up front, Hapoel finished in second place in the Israel League and won the State Cup, beating Hakoah Ramat Gan, 2-0, in the final.

Prior to the 1974-75 season, Levkovitz took the reins in Hapoel Ber-Sheva and molded the team into an exciting side. They were unbeatable at home and won the league title against all odds. It was the first title Ber-Sheva ever won and the first ever for a side from the south. In 1975-76, local hero Shalom Avitan returned from Betar Jerusalem and the team improved accordingly. Hapoel went unbeaten in the first nine league games and defeated Betar for the title. This was the last title Hapoel ever won.

Levkovitch then coached Maccabi Haifa in 1988 and helped rebuild the aging side that sorely missed Ronny Rosenthal. Levkovitch led his club to the 1988-89 league title, and only lost the State Cup final on penalties. He enjoyed another good spell coaching B'nei Yehuda. Today, Amatzia is a prominent leader in the Israeli Coaches Union.

Origin:
Israel

Position:
Defender



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