Despite Maccabi Haifa’s dismal season to date, Sammy Ofer Stadium is expected to be almost full yet again when the Greens host Hapoel Beersheba on Saturday.
Haifa is breaking every Israeli soccer attendance record this season after moving into its new 30,000-seat stadium last summer. The club sold nearly 20,000 season tickets, smashing the previous local record, and the fans have continued to come and support the team despite its dejecting displays.
The Greens entered the campaign as one of the title favorites, but are currently in 11th place, just four points off the relegation zone. New coach Marco Balbul hasn’t won any of his three Premier League matches with the club since replacing Aleksandar Stanojevic last month.