Israeli football continues to hurt after the passing of Vicky Peretz at the age of 68- The legendary striker passed away this morning (Sunday) in tragic circumstances and was laid to rest- His old friend at Maccabi Tel Aviv, Bnei Tabak, was interviewed by 103FM and told about the cooperation between the two in yellow-blue, the friendship and the last period in Peretz’s life-

Were you aware of the distress? “We have not been in such off-field relationships lately- I have seen him in veteran encounters that have been- I have not seen anything that indicates something like that-“

Peretz as a person, athlete and team member: “He came from Ramat Amidar in a six- to seven-player deal for him- He had rare striker qualities- I was jealous of his ability to run with a defender, make a turn on the spot and kick right or left- Both legs were at the same level- He was very strong, very technical- “It’s not for nothing that he came to France and made a good career there- He was a modest, nice guy and very friendly- I, as far as I was good, played a game of doubles- He was my other half and I had fun playing with him, he was a real scorer-“

Tobacco boys in Maccabi Tel Aviv uniforms | Private album

Only those close to him felt the distress: “I guess in the mental part things bothered him- He hoped he would get more worthy things according to his understanding and the reality was different- On the pitch we are one type of people and when we retire it is very difficult to maintain it- “I have no idea- I know that when there were cases in the past, when players got into certain situations, we helped and donated what we could- In this case we did not receive any application and I was not aware of it-“

Peretz’s game wisdom: “Scoring the goals he scored, and making the moves he made, are just things an intelligent player on the field can do- There were things he did that we would have left open-mouthed, whether in training or games- He had a big one that was his, he was born with her and grew up with her in the neighborhood- He was born with this ability- “

Vicky burst | Adi Avishai

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