Bonni Ginzburg

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Bonni Ginzburg
Personal information
Full name Ben-Zion Shabbtai Ginzburg
Date of birth (1964-12-12) 12 December 1964 (age 50)
Place of birth Tel Aviv, Israel
Height 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Youth career
1980–1984 Maccabi Tel Aviv
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1984–1987 Maccabi Tel Aviv
1984 Maccabi Petah Tikva (loan)
1987–1988 Maccabi Haifa 31 (0)
1988–1989 Beitar Jerusalem 24 (0)
1989–1991 Rangers 4 (0)
1991–1992 Maccabi Yavne
1992–1993 Beitar Tel Aviv 31 (0)
1993–1995 Ironi Ashdod 67 (0)
1995–1996 Bnei Yehuda 27 (0)
1996–1999 Maccabi Haifa 14 (0)
1999–2000 Hapoel Ashkelon 30 (0)
2000–2001 Hapoel Kfar Saba
National team
1984–1996 Israel 68 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Ben-Zion "Bonni" Shabbtai Ginzburg (Hebrew: בן ציון שבתי "בוני" גינצבורג‎; born 12 December 1964) is an Israeli retired footballer who played as a goalkeeper.

Having played for 11 different clubs during his extensive career, he also collected 68 caps for Israel, the most for any player in his position in the country.[1]

Club career[edit]

Born in Tel Aviv, Ginzburg played for Maccabi Tel Aviv FC, Maccabi Petah Tikva FC, Maccabi Haifa F.C. and Beitar Jerusalem FC, before signing for Rangers in 1989.

After two seasons in Glasgow playing second-fiddle to England's Chris Woods, Ginzburg returned home, representing successively Maccabi Yavne FC, Beitar Tel Aviv FC, Maccabi Ironi Ashdod FC, Bnei Yehuda Tel Aviv FC, Maccabi Haifa FC, Hapoel Ashkelon F.C. and Hapoel Kfar Saba FC, and retiring at nearly 37.

International career[edit]

Ginzburg made his debut for Israel 10 June 1984 in a friendly with Wales – aged just 19 – keeping a clean sheet as the game ended 0–0. His last match was in another exhibition game, this time against Romania on 14 August 1996, a 0–2 away loss.[2]

In addition to the 62 caps won in FIFA-recognised games, Ginzburg gained another six in qualifying games for the 1988 Olympic football tournament. In his full side appearances he kept 15 clean sheets, adding four in the Olympic ones.



After retiring Ginzburg began working, eventually as the main presenter, for Channel One's Rishon beSha'ar, a football highlights programme. He also participated in Israel's version of Dancing with the Stars. Nowadays, Boni works as a commentator for the Israeli sports channel Sport 5


  1. ^ Goal Keepers - National Record Holders International Appearances; at RSSSF
  2. ^ Boni Ginzburg International Games and Goals; at RSSSF

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