The former Manchester United midfielder will officially join the Israeli Premier League club at the end of the season.
Cruyff told Maccabi Tel Aviv’s website: “Maccabi is a special club with a great tradition and I am convinced that with hard work and the right decisions we will develop something that the club and the fans will all be proud of.”
The 38-year-old son of former Dutch international star Johan Cruyff has been technical director at Cypriot club AIK Larnaca for the past two years.
The team is currently coached by Nir Levine, who took the position on a temporary basis after Moti Ivanir was sacked in December.
A 111-room new-build on the rim of the Ramon Crater, in the heart of the Negev Desert, a two-hour drive from Tel Aviv. The 40 one- and two-story buildings are clustered on 12 acres, and most rooms face the 24-mile-long crater. An infinity pool seems to flow into the crater itself. Outside, local stone and wood blend with the desert landscape. Inside, a palette of brown, tan, and beige contrasts with crisp white linens.
The Central Bureau of Statistics reported Monday that there were 752,000 tourist entries during the first quarter of 2012, an all-time high. There were 2% more tourist entries during the first quarter than in the corresponding quarter of 2011, and 1% more than in the corresponding quarter of 2010, the previous all-time high.
One-day tourist entries rose 78% to 41,000 in March from 23,000 in March 2011.
The political situation in Egypt last year was apparently responsible for the drop in one-day tourist entries, but there has subsequently been an improvement and return to normalcy. This is also seen in the doubling of tourist entries across the Egyptian border in March, compared with March last year.
President Shimon Peres was visiting the Golan Heights on Monday in his bid to promote Israel’s tourism industry. The president also visited the Negev and the Arava last week.
Greer Fay Cashman contributed to this report.