Bibras Natkho

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Bibras Natkho
Bibras Natkho 2013.jpg
Natkho with Rubin Kazan in 2013
Personal information
Full name Bibras Natkho
Date of birth (1988-02-18) 18 February 1988 (age 26)
Place of birth Kfar Kama, Israel
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
free agent
Number -
Youth career
Hapoel Tel Aviv
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006–2010 Hapoel Tel Aviv 91 (5)
2010–2013 Rubin Kazan 104 (21)
2014 PAOK 13 (2)
National team
2004–2005 Israel U17[1] 12 (3)
2006 Israel U18[1] 4 (1)
2006–2007 Israel U19[1] 14 (7)
2007–2010 Israel U21[1] 23 (5)
2010– Israel 30 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 30 April 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 26 March 2013

Bibras Natkho (Hebrew: ביברס נאתכו‎, Adyghe: Бибэрс Натхъо [bəjbars naːtχʷa]; born 18 February 1988) is an Israeli Circassian footballer, who plays as a midfielder and currently is a free agent.

Club career[edit]

Natkho joined Hapoel Tel Aviv's youth team together with Ben Sahar, moving through the ranks up to the first team at the start of the 2006–07 season, winning the State cup during that season. Throughout the years Natkho became an important player in Hapoel and in the Israeli national youth teams. Natkho made his League debut coming on as a substitute against Maccabi Netanya F.C. on 18 November 2006. Natkho's first professional goal was against NK Široki Brijeg during the 2nd leg of the 2007–08 UEFA Cup second qualifying round at Bloomfield Stadium in Tel Aviv. After the arrival of coach Eli Guttman during the 2007–08 season, Natkho became a main part of the team, scoring his first league goal agasint Maccabi Petah Tikva F.C. on 9 February 2008. Natkho made a few impressive performances at the beginning of the 2009–10 UEFA Europa League helping Hapoel finish top of Group C, ending the European campaign drawing 0-0 on a raining evening and losing 0-3 away at the Central Stadium (Kazan). After the 2009–10 UEFA Europa League losing 3-0 on aggregate in the 2009–10 UEFA Europa League#Round of 32, Natkho moved to the eventual "European Dream" killers Rubin Kazan on 8 March 2010, signing a four-year deal.[2] with transfer fee of €650.000 paid to Hapoel Tel Aviv. In Rubin, Natkho became one of the top players in the Russian league.[3][4] He is sometimes referred to as the 'best foreigner' in the Russian league. On 28 January 2014 the player was in PAOK hometown Thessaloniki to discuss a possible contract with the team. As the contract with Rubin Kazan and sponsorship of 123pame expired he could move to PAOK as a free transfer. The next day Natkho joined the club, signing a 6-month contract.[5]

International career[edit]

Throughout his career, Bibras Natkho has played for nearly every Israeli national team together with his colleague, Beram Kayal.[6] As a former captain of the Israel under-19 football team, Natkho was called up for the Senior team friendly match held 12 August 2009 against Northern Ireland together with fellow club mate Avihai Yadin,[7] but wasn't capped. Natkho made his first appearance for the national team in a friendly game against Romania (3 March 2010), when he came as a substitute for his former teammate Gil Vermouth. He scored his first international goal against Azerbaijan (7 September 2012).[8]

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
2006–07 Hapoel Tel Aviv Israeli Premier League 11 0 4 0 5 0 1 0 21 0
2007–08 26 4 5 0 4 0 8 1 43 5
2008–09 30 1 2 0 7 0 6 0 45 1
2009–10 24 0 1 0 1 0 12 2 38 2
Total Israel 91 5 12 0 17 0 27 3 147 8
Russia League Europe Total
2010 Rubin Kazan Russian Premier League 14 2 - - - - 6 0 20 2
2011–12 41 9 3 0 - - 12 4 56 13
2012–13 30 9 - - - - 11 2 41 11
2013–14 19 1 - - - - 11 4 30 5
Total Russia 104 21 3 0 - - 40 10 147 31
Greece League Cup Europe Total
2013–14 PAOK Superleague 16 3 3 0 - - 0 0 19 3
Total Greece 16 3 3 0 - - 0 0 19 3
Career total 202 28 18 0 17 0 67 13 304 41
As of 16 April 2014

Honors[edit]

PAOK

Personal life[edit]

Natkho's cousin, Circassian Israeli basketball player Nili Natkho, died in 2004 in a car accident in northern Israel.

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