Avi Ran

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Avi Ran
Personal information
Full name Avi Ran
Date of birth (1963-08-25)August 25, 1963
Place of birth Haifa, Israel
Date of death July 11, 1987(1987-07-11) (aged 23)
Place of death Tiberias, Israel
Playing position Goalkeeper
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1981-1987 Maccabi Haifa 165 (0)
National team
1986-1987 Israel 9 (0)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

† Appearances (Goals).

Avi Ran (August 25, 1963 - July 11, 1987) was a goalkeeper at the Israeli football club Maccabi Haifa. Widely considered one of the greatest football players in Israel, he had a promising future which was cut short by a fatal accident.

Football career[edit]

  • Won 2 championships with Maccabi Haifa.
  • Conceded only 18 goals in the 1985-86 season, the lowest in Maccabi Haifa's history.
  • Won Maariv's 1986 "footballer of the year" award (i.e. the MVP of the season).
  • Was goalkeeper of the Israeli national team.

Fatal accident[edit]

On 11 July 1987, Ran was killed on the "Guy" beach in Tiberias when he was hit by a passing racing boat whilst Maccabi Haifa were celebrating their championship in the Sea of Galilee. 14,000 people attended Ran's funeral.

Career statistics[edit]


Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Israel League Israel State Cup Toto Cup Europe Total
1981-82 Maccabi Haifa Liga Leumit 30 0
1982-83 30 0
1983-84 30 0
1984-85 25 0
1985-86 10 0
1986-87 20 0
Total Israel 145 0
Career total 145 0


  1. ^ Avi Ran at National-Football-Teams.com

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