|Full name||Elyaniv Felix Barda|
|Date of birth||15 December 1981|
|Place of birth||Beersheba, Israel|
|Height||1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)|
|Playing position||Striker / Winger|
|Hapoel Be'er Sheva|
|Hapoel Be'er Sheva|
|1998–2002||Hapoel Be'er Sheva||78||(19)|
|2005–2007||Hapoel Tel Aviv||61||(17)|
|2013–||Hapoel Be'er Sheva||35||(7)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 26 September 2012.
† Appearances (Goals).
Elyaniv Felix Barda (Hebrew: אליניב פליקס ברדה, born 15 December 1981 in Beersheba, Israel) is an Israeli football forward and winger who currently plays for Hapoel Be'er Sheva. His former clubs include Maccabi Haifa, Hapoel Tel Aviv and Belgian side Racing Genk, with whom he won four trophies during a successful six-year spell.
Hapoel Be'er Sheva
Barda began through the youth ranks of his hometown team, Hapoel Be'er Sheva, and then the first team. Between 1998 and 2002, which included seasons in both the Israeli Premier League and the second division, he scored 19 goals in 78 matches.
In 2003, Barda transferred to Israeli champions Maccabi Haifa, who went on to win the next three championships. At Maccabi Haifa, Barda played in the championship winning teams of 2003–04 and 2004–05. In two seasons at Maccabi Haifa, the forward scored 12 goals in 63 appearances.
Hapoel Tel Aviv
On the eve of the 2005–06 Israeli season, Barda, along with Haifa teammate Walid Badir, was signed by Hapoel Tel Aviv. Barda played 62 matches for Hapoel Tel Aviv, scoring on 17 occasions. He also scored 3 goals in Hapoel's successful 2006-07 UEFA Cup campaign, where the Israeli team progressed past the group stages. Barda won silverware at Hapoel when he was a member of two Israel State Cup winning sides; in the 2005–06 season and the 2006–07 season.
On 22 June 2007, Barda was signed by Belgian side Racing Genk on a three-year contract, with the transfer fee believed to be in the region of €90,000. He had earlier failed to agree a move to Cypriot club APOEL F.C.. In his first season at Genk in 2007/08, he scored 16 goals in 32 appearances, finishing as the second highest goalscorer in the league. This included a hat-trick against Zulte-Waregem in a 5–2 victory.
Barda, known for his versatility and pace in the early stages of his career in Belgium, was often employed as a lone striker in his first season at Genk, linking up well with midfield but still scoring and assisting to goals.
On 6 January 2009, despite interest from Scottish club Celtic, and Dutch clubs FC Twente and SC Heerenveen, the Israeli forward signed a new four-and-a-half year deal that would keep him at Genk until June 2013.
Barda's second season at Genk was marred by injuries. He featured in just 25 league matches and contributed 5 league goals, plus another goal during the semi-finals of the Belgian Cup. On 23 May 2009, Genk defeated KV Mechelen 2–0 in the Cup final, securing a berth in the play-off round of the UEFA Europa League 2009–10. In this match, Barda provided the assist for the first goal of the match.
The coming of age of young attacking players such as Jelle Vossen, Christian Benteke and Kevin De Bruyne, as well as the expensive purchase of the popular Genk-born Benji De Ceulaer saw Barda increasingly being used as a substitute during the final two years of his Genk career. However, he remained an influential figure on the pitch, often scoring important goals when coming off the bench and tilting the momentum in Genk's favour because of his intelligent and determined playing style.
On 21 May 2013, Genk announced that negotiations with the player would not continue after both parties failed to agree terms on a contract extension.
During six years at the club, Barda made 196 appearances in all club competitions, scored 67 goals and provided 50 assists. He also holds Genk's record for most goals scored by a foreign player.
Return to Hapoel Be'er Sheva
After his spell in Belgium, Barda returned to Israel. On 25 June 2013 he signed a three-year contract at his hometown club Hapoel Be'er Sheva, where he started his professional career.
Club career statistics
- (correct as of May 2011)
|Hapoel Be'er Sheva||2001–02||25||4||5||0||0||0||2||0||0||0||0||0||27||4||5|
|Hapoel Tel Aviv||2005–06||32||7||9||0||0||0||9||3||1||0||0||0||39||10||10|
Barda scored three times in 17 matches for the Israel U21 team between 2001 and 2003. On 17 November 2007, he scored the opening goal in Israel's win against Russia, a goal that could have saved England's UEFA Euro 2008 qualifying campaign if England beat or even drew with Croatia on 21 November 2007, but England lost the match 2–3, meaning they did not qualify. On 21 November 2007, he scored his second goal for Israel in their 1–0 win against Macedonia. He made his debut for Israel on 24 March 2007 in the Euro 2008 Qualifier against England (0–0).
- Maccabi Haifa
- Hapoel Tel Aviv
- Israel State Cup (2): 2005–06, 2006–07
- http://www.v-bal.nl/nieuws/bekijk.php?id=25449 (Dutch)
- http://www.krcgenk.be/nl/nieuws/article?params=0b976e7521a77488405073b57db5997e1231271133 (Dutch)
- "England gifted lifeline by Israel". BBC Sport. 17 November 2007. Retrieved 17 November 2007.
- http://www.rsssf.com/miscellaneous/isra-intlp-barda.html RSSSF
- (Hebrew) Elyaniv Barda profile and club history on Maccabi Haifa Official Website
- (Hebrew) Elyaniv Barda Profile and Statistics on One.co.il