Wed, 23 Sep 2020

JERUSALEM, Aug. 12 (Xinhua) -- Israeli Premier League champions Maccabi Tel Aviv have appointed Giorgos Donis as head coach, the club announced on Wednesday.

The 50-year-old Greek, who coached Panathinaikos for the past two years, has signed a one-year contract with an option to extend by a further season.

According to Maccabi Tel Aviv's statement, Donis will be joined at the club by his coaching staff of several years.

German-born Donis played for Panathinaikos as a midfielder and won two Greek championships and three Greek Cups between 1992 and 1996.

He then played for Blackburn Rovers, AEK Athens, Sheffield United and Huddersfield Town, where he finished his playing career.

Donis made 24 international appearances for the Greek national team between 1991 and 1997, scoring five goals.

He began his coaching career in 2002, leading Greek clubs Ilisiakos, AEL, AEK Athens, Atromitos and PAOK.

In 2013 he was appointed coach of APOEL Nicosia, leading the Cypriot side to the 2014/15 Champions League group stage where they played Barcelona, Paris Saint-Germain and Ajax.

In 2015, Donis was appointed manager of Saudi Arabian club Al-Hilal and a year later he moved to UAE side Al-Sharjah, before returning for second spell with APOEL and his two most recent seasons with Panathinaikos.

Maccabi won the Israeli Premier League in the past two seasons under the tutelage of Serbian coach Vladimir Ivic.

The Israeli club will face Latvian champions Riga FC in the first qualifying round of the Champions League on August 19 in Tel Aviv.

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