Eran Zahavi

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Eran Zahavi
ZahaviAfterScoringAgainstHapoel.jpg
Eran Zahavi
Personal information
Full name Eran Zahavi
Date of birth (1987-07-25) 25 July 1987 (age 26)
Place of birth Rishon LeZion, Israel
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11 12 in)
Playing position Attacking midfielder
Club information
Current team
Maccabi Tel Aviv
Number 7
Youth career
1993–2003 Hapoel Tel Aviv
2003–2005 Ironi Rishon LeZion
2005–2006 Hapoel Tel Aviv
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006–2011 Hapoel Tel Aviv 94 (27)
2007–2008 Ironi Ramat HaSharon 45 (9)
2011–2013 Palermo 23 (2)
2013– Maccabi Tel Aviv 49 (36)
National team
2008 Israel U21 1 (0)
2010– Israel 20 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 26 November 2013.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 16 October 2013

Eran Zahavi (or Eran Zehavi, Hebrew: ערן זהבי‎; born 25 July 1987 in Rishon LeZion) is an Israeli footballer who plays as a Midfielder for Israel Premier League club Maccabi Tel Aviv and Israel national team.

Club career[edit]

Hapoel Tel Aviv[edit]

Zahavi playing for Hapoel Tel Aviv, 2010

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.[1] This interest may increase in the months to come as Zahavi scored two goals against Portuguese team S.L. Benfica in a glorious 3–0 victory in the group stage of the 2010–11 UEFA Champions League on 24 November 2010, and scored a bicycle kick goal against Olympique Lyonnais on 7 December 2010. Zahavi is known for his exaltation in important and big games (Such as goal for Ironi Nir Ramat HaSharon that saved the team at the second division at the last minute of the league; championship goal at the last minute of the league; a goal against Red Bull Zalzburg that gave hapoel the card for the Champions League; a winner in 2 Derbis and at the "game of the season" against Maccabi Haifa; a Bicycle kick goal at the Israeli Cup semi final). Zahavi scored 27 goals and assisted 20 more while playing 91 games for Hapoel Tel Aviv.

In the 2010/2011 season Zahavi became the top assister of the Israeli Premier League, providing 13 assists during the season.[2]

Palermo[edit]

It was reported that Zahavi signed a 5 year deal with the Italian Serie A club, Palermo.[3] It is the second Israeli footballer history in Italy after Tal Banin; the first of Sicilian. He debuted with the rosanero on 28 July against Thun in Europa League. He made his debut in Serie A against Atalanta on 18 September, and scored his first goal three days later, only 15 seconds after the kick-off in a home game against Cagliari where he was included as a starter for the first time under new head coach Devis Mangia. Despite the impressive beginning, Zahavi struggles to find a first team spot against the likes of attacking midfielders Josip Iličić and Franco Vázquez. The following season turned out to be even more problematic for Zahavi, due to him suffering a long-term injury during pre-season from which he recovered only in November 2012, as well as increased concurrency (Franco Brienza and Jasmin Kurtić).

Maccabi Tel Aviv[edit]

Zahavi celebrating a goal for Maccabi.

In December 2012, towards the winter transfers window opening, Zahavi showed signs of returning to Israel.[4] 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,[5] 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[6] for €250,000.[7]

2012-13 season[edit]

Zahavi made an instant impact for the team, scoring in his debut against Maccabi Netanya in the Israel State Cup. On 2 February 2013 Zahavi made his debut in the Israeli Premier League for Maccabi against Hapoel Ramat Gan. 9 days later he participated for the first time in the local derby match for Maccabi against his former club Hapoel Tel Aviv. He finished the game with 2 assists, leading the team to an historic 4–0 win. He scored his first ever goal for Maccabi in the Israeli Premier League on 10 March 2013 in the 5–0 win against Beitar Jerusalem. Since his arrival to the club he has been a major force for Maccabi Tel Aviv, evidenced by his 7 goals in 16 matches that eventually led the team to its first championship title after a ten-year drought.

2013-14 season[edit]

Zahavi made his European debut for the team on 17 July 2013 against Hungarian side Győri ETO FC in the UEFA Champions League second qualifying round. He later scored his first European goal against F.C. Basel in the third qualiftying round. On 23 September 2013 during an away league match against Maccabi Haifa in Kiryat Eliezer Stadium, Eran provided an assist leading his team to a 3-0 historic victory, 9 years after their previous win in Haifa's home stadium. On 28 September 2013 Zahavi opened in a league match against Ironi Kiryat Shmona as team captain.The 26th cycle this season gave Zahavi one big game, on a Derby match against Hapoel Tel Aviv scored a hat-trick for the first time in his career, and led to a revolution in the closing seconds despite his team was numerical disadvantage. Zahavi is the third player in history who scored a hat-trick in the derby of Tel Aviv, after Giora Spiegel and Eli Driks. Zahavi ended the season with 29 goals, he became the league top scorer and helped his team to win the league title second year in a row.

International career[edit]

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.

Statistics[edit]

Honours[edit]

Hapoel Tel Aviv
Maccabi Tel Aviv

Individual[edit]

Records[edit]

  • Most goals in a season in MTA (player) – 29- 2013-2014

Club[edit]

As of 26 November 2013.

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 Hapoel Tel Aviv Ligat ha'Al 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 2 0
2007 Ironi Nir Ramat HaSharon Liga Leumit 17 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 18 2
2007–08 28 7 2 1 2 2 0 0 32 10
2008–09 Hapoel Tel Aviv Ligat ha'Al 28 7 1 0 7 4 6 1 42 12
2009–10 33 11 5 1 6 1 9 0 53 13
2010–11 33 9 4 2 1 1 12 5 50 17
Italy League Coppa Italia League Cup Europe Total
2011–12 Palermo Serie A 20 2 0 0 2 0 22 2
2012–13 3 0 1 0 0 0 4 0
Israel League Israel State Cup Toto Cup Europe Total
2012–13 Maccabi Tel Aviv Ligat ha'Al 16 7 2 1 0 0 0 0 18 8
2013–14 33 29 1 1 0 0 11 4 45 34
Total Israel 164 49 15 5 18 8 37 9 234 71
Italy 23 2 1 0 - - 2 0 26 2
Career total 187 51 16 5 18 8 39 9 286 98

National team[edit]

As of 16 October 2013.

National team Year Total
Apps Goals
Israel 2010 3 0
2011 5 0
2012 3 0
2013 6 1
Career total 17 1

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ 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 2010-02-11. 
  2. ^ 2010/11 IPL top assisters on one.co.il (Hebrew)
  3. ^ "Palermo is strengthen, here is the initial balance". US Città di Palermo (in Italian). www.ilpalermocalcio.it. 9 August 2011. Retrieved 18 August 2011. 
  4. ^ Eran Zahavi claims return to Israel, nrg, 14 December 2012
  5. ^ Palermo: Hapoel Tel Aviv got a first-option on Eran Zahavi, ynet, 2 January 2013
  6. ^ "Zahavi agress 3.5 years deal". Maccabi Tel Aviv F.C. 21 January 2013. Retrieved 21 January 2013. 
  7. ^ Eran Zahavi moves to Maccabi Tel Aviv, walla!, 21 January 2013

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