Zahavi celebrating after scoring against Hapoel Tel Aviv in March 2014
|Date of birth||25 July 1987|
|Place of birth||Rishon LeZion, Israel|
|Height||1.81 m (5 ft 11 1⁄2 in)|
|Playing position||Attacking midfielder|
|Maccabi Tel Aviv|
|1993–2003||Hapoel Tel Aviv|
|2003–2005||Ironi Rishon LeZion|
|2005–2006||Hapoel Tel Aviv|
|2006–2011||Hapoel Tel Aviv||94||(26)|
|2007–2008||→ Ironi Ramat HaSharon (loan)||45||(9)|
|2013–||Maccabi Tel Aviv||76||(60)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 17 January 2015.
† Appearances (Goals).
Eran Zahavi (also spelt Zehavi; born 25 July 1987) is an Israeli footballer who plays as an attacking midfielder for Maccabi Tel Aviv and the Israel national team. Zahavi was named the Israeli Footballer of the Year twice (2013 and 2014) and finished as the top goalscorer in the Israeli Premier League in 2013/2014 (29 goals, all-time club record). In December 2014, Zahavi broke the Israeli Premier League record for scoring in consecutive appearances after he scored in the 18th game in a row. Zahavi is widely regarded as Israel's best footballer currently, in part due to his prolific goalscoring for Maccabi Tel Aviv in recent years.
Hapoel Tel Aviv
A Hapoel Tel Aviv youth product, he was promoted into the first team in 2006 and won the Israel State Cup and the championship title after a dramatic match against the fierce rival Beitar Jerusalem in which Zahavi scored at the 92nd minute of extra time. Zahavi was reported to have garnered interest from clubs in Belgium during the 2009–10 season. Zahavi has a French passport which would mean that he would not count as a foreigner in many European leagues.
Maccabi Tel Aviv
In December 2012, towards the winter transfers window opening, Zahavi showed signs of returning to Israel. Following an agreement made by Palermo and Maccabi Tel Aviv, his former club Hapoel Tel Aviv was given 7 days to make a bid on him due to a first-option clause in his contract, but it was not exploited. On 21 January 2013, after over a month of speculations in the media, Maccabi Tel Aviv announced his arrival, signing him on a three-and-a-half year contract for €250,000.
In a Tel Aviv derby on 3 November 2014, Zahavi scored a penalty to equalise the score at 1–1 in the first half, but was then attacked by a pitch invader. On retaliating, he was sent off, prompting more pitch invasions which led to the match being abandoned.
Zahavi made his international debut on 2 September 2010 against Malta in Ramat Gan Stadium, in a UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying match. He scored his first goal for the national team on 10 September 2013 against Russia. On 2 June 2014, he scored his second goal in a friendly match against Honduras.
- Scores and results list Israel's goal tally first.
|1.||10 September 2013||Petrovsky Stadium, Saint Petersburg||Russia||1–3||1–3||2014 World Cup qualifier|||
|2.||1 June 2014||BBVA Compass Stadium, Houston||Honduras||1–0||4–2||Road to Brazil|||
|3.||16 November 2014||Sammy Ofer Stadium, Haifa||Bosnia and Herzegovina||3–0||3–0||Euro 2016 qualifier|||
- Hapoel Tel Aviv
- Maccabi Tel Aviv
- Footballer of the Year in Israel: 2013–14
- Israeli Premier League – 2013–14 Top Goalscorer
- Best soccer player of the Ministry of Culture for the year: 2013,2014
- Israeli Premier League – 2010–11 Most assists (12)
- Selected sixth round of the Champions League 2010–2011.
- Most goals in a season in MTA (player) – 29- 2013–2014
- Most goals in a row – 11 games in a row.(14 goals) 2014–2015.
- 35 League goals in 2014 – 2nd in Europe and 3rd in the world
- "Israeli Sports", Jewish Sports Review, Vol. 9, No. 11, Issue 107, p. 21, January/February 2015.
- "Eran Zahavi". Yahoo Eurosport UK.
- Gladstone, Roy (11 February 2010). קבוצה בכירה מהליגה הבלגית הציעה חוזה לערן זהבי [A Leading Club From The Belgian League Offers Contract To Eran Zahavi] (in Hebrew). One. Retrieved 11 February 2010.
- 2010/11 IPL top assisters on one.co.il (Hebrew)
- "Palermo is strengthen, here is the initial balance". US Città di Palermo (in Italian). www.ilpalermocalcio.it. 9 August 2011. Retrieved 18 August 2011.
- Eran Zahavi claims return to Israel, nrg, 14 December 2012
- Palermo: Hapoel Tel Aviv got a first-option on Eran Zahavi, ynet, 2 January 2013
- "Zahavi agress 3.5 years deal". Maccabi Tel Aviv F.C. 21 January 2013. Retrieved 21 January 2013.
- Eran Zahavi moves to Maccabi Tel Aviv, walla!, 21 January 2013
- "Tel Aviv derby abandoned after player and fan clash". BBC Sport. 4 November 2014. Retrieved 4 November 2014.
- Sinai, Allon (11 September 2013). "Downtrodden Israel decisively defeated". Jerusalem Post. Retrieved 17 November 2014.
- "Honduras struggle again in 4–2 loss to Israel". Yahoo! Sports. Reuters. 2 June 2014. Retrieved 17 November 2014.
- Zenziper, Nadav (16 November 2014). "Israel beats Bosnia-Herzegovina 3–0 in 2016 Euro qualifier". Ynetnews. Retrieved 17 November 2014.
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