Kobi Dajani

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Kobi Dajani
קובי דג'אני
Personal information
Full name Ya'akov Dajani
Date of birth (1984-11-05) 5 November 1984 (age 29)
Place of birth Jaffa, Israel
Height 1.74 m (5 ft 8 12 in)
Playing position Defensive Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Hapoel Be'er Sheva
Number 17
Youth career
Gadna Tel Aviv Yehuda
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002–2007 Bnei Yehuda 98 (2)
2007–2009 F.C. Ashdod 44 (0)
2009–2010 Hapoel Petah Tikva 13 (0)
2010 Hapoel Ashkelon 16 (1)
2010-2013 Maccabi Netanya 93 (8)
2013- Hapoel Be'er Sheva 11 (0)
National team
2002–2003 Israel U19 8 (0)
2003–2007 Israel U21 15 (0)
2010 Israel 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 30 December 2012.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 13:40, 7 October 2009 (UTC)

Ya'akov "Kobi" Dajani (Hebrew: יעקב "קובי" דג'אני‎; born 5 November 1984) is an Israeli professional association football player and former Israel U21 international who is currently contracted to Maccabi Netanya.

Biography[edit]

Early life[edit]

Kobi Dajani started playing football in the youth ranks of Gadna Tel Aviv Yehuda in Tel Aviv.

Playing career[edit]

Domestic[edit]

Dajani made his first team debut, as a substitute, for Bnei Yehuda in a Premier League match against city rivals, Hapoel on 19 October 2002.

During a training session on 6 October 2009, Dajani got into a heated war of words with youth player, Raphael Maltinsky.[1] After some physical play, Dajani walked over to Maltinsky and headbutted him in the face requiring Maltinsky to be taken to a hospital where he had four stitches put in.[2] Dajani apologized that night to Maltinsky over the phone.[3] The following day, both Dajani and Maltinsky came to training but both were not allowed to train with the club without going before a tribunal.[4]

In June 2010 Dajani signed a 1 year deal with Maccabi Netanya. His debut season with the club proved to be his finest and he is considered by many fans as the MVP of Netanya in the 2010-11 season.[5] In June 2011 he signed a new 4-years contract with Netanya worth $480,000 which means a 60% upgrade to his yearly salary.[6]

International[edit]

Dajani was part of the Israel national under-21 football team that qualified for the 2007 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship, but was not named to the final squad.

In 17 November 2010 he made his debut for the senior side when Israel played against Iceland.

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
2002–2003 Bnei Yehuda Ligat ha'Al 7 1 2 0 4 0 0 0 13 1
2003–2004 16 1 1 0 5 0 0 0 22 1
2004–2005 28 0 3 1 6 1 0 0 37 2
2005–2006 23 0 0 0 7 0 0 0 30 0
2006–2007 23 0 0 0 6 0 0 0 29 0
2007–2008 F.C. Ashdod 24 0 1 0 3 0 0 0 28 0
2008–2009 20 0 2 0 8 0 0 0 30 0
2009–2010 Hapoel Petah Tikva 5 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 8 0
2009–2010 Hapoel Ashkelon Liga Leumit 16 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 18 1
2010-11 Maccabi Netanya Ligat ha'Al 32 3 4 0 7 0 0 0 43 3
2011–2012 36 2 3 0 3 0 0 0 42 2
2012–2013 25 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 26 2
Total Israel 251 11 19 1 52 1 0 0 322 12
Career total 251 11 19 1 52 1 0 0 322 12

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