Mordechai Spiegler

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Mordechai Shpigler
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Mordechai Spiegler (right) and sportscaster Yoram Arbel
Personal information
Full name Mordechai Spiegler
Date of birth (1944-08-19) 19 August 1944 (age 70)
Place of birth Sochi, Soviet Union
Playing position Striker
Youth career
1957–1961 Maccabi Netanya
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1963–1971 Maccabi Netanya 255 (168)
1972–1973 Paris FC 39 (11)
1973–1974 Paris Saint-Germain 13 (10)
1974–1975 Maccabi Netanya 26 (5)
1975 New York Cosmos 17 (6)
1975–1978 Maccabi Netanya 61 (11)
1978–1979 Hapoel Haifa 20 (1)
1981–1982 Beitar Tel Aviv (player-manager) 15 (2[1])
National team
Israel U-19
1963–1977 Israel 83 (33)
Teams managed
1979 Maccabi Haifa
1979–1980 Hapoel Haifa
1980–1982 Beitar Tel Aviv
1982–1984 Maccabi Netanya
1984 Hapoel Tel Aviv
1985 Maccabi Jaffa
1990–1992 Maccabi Netanya
1994–1996 Tzafririm Holon[2]
2013 Maccabi Netanya (general manager)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Mordechai "Motaleh" Spiegler (Hebrew: מרדכי שפיגלר‎, born in Sochi, Soviet Union, 19 August 1944) is a former Israeli footballer and manager. He remains Israel's record goalscorer, with 33 goals in 83 caps.[3]

Playing career[edit]

Domestic career[edit]

As a striker, he played for Maccabi Netanya along with Paris Saint Germain in France and alongside Pelé for New York Cosmos of the North American Soccer League in the 1970s.

He was chosen as the Israeli Player of the Year a record four times, in 1967/68, 1968/69, 1969/70, and in 1970/71.[4]

International career[edit]

Spiegler made his international debut for Israel on 2 January 1964 against Hong Kong. He took part in the Israeli win in the 1964 AFC Asian Cup, and scored 2 goals at the tournament, which made him a joint top scorer of the tournament.

His major achievement was helping Israel qualify for the Football World Cup 1970 in Mexico. He scored Israel's lone goal in World Cup history in a 1–1 draw against Sweden.

His 32 goals for the national team (according to IFA count, FIFA counts only 25 of them) is the Israeli record. Spiegler scored 25 goals in 62 'official' internationals for the Israeli national side, he also played in 21 other 'unofficial' matches (mostly Olympic Games qualifiers) scoring seven more goals.

Spiegler captained the Olympic team at Mexico City 1968 which reached the quarter-finals, losing to Bulgaria by a draw after the match ended 1–1.

International[edit]

Israel national team
Year Apps Goals
1963 1 0
1964 6 3
1965 5 0
1966 8 4
1967 1 0
1968 12 15
1969 8 3
1970 6 3
1971 4 1
1972 5 1
1973 6 1
1974 - -
1975 - -
1976 3 0
1977 8 0
Total 83 33

International goals[edit]

[5]

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 2 January 1964 Government Stadium, Wan Chai Hong Kong  Hong Kong 3–0 Win Friendly
2. 26 May 1964 Ramat Gan Stadium, Ramat Gan, Israel  Hong Kong 1–0 Win 1964 AFC Asian Cup
3. 29 May 1964 Bloomfield Stadium, Tel Aviv, Israel  India 2–0 Win 1964 AFC Asian Cup
4. 28 November 1964 Bloomfield Stadium, Tel Aviv, Israel  Yugoslavia 2–0 Win Friendly
5. 6 April 1966 Bloomfield Stadium, Tel Aviv, Israel  Finland 7–1 Win Friendly
6. 6 April 1966 Bloomfield Stadium, Tel Aviv, Israel  Finland 7–1 Win Friendly
7. 15 June 1966 Ramat Gan Stadium, Ramat Gan, Israel  Uruguay 1–2 Lose Friendly
8. 12 October 1966 Bloomfield Stadium, Tel Aviv, Israel  Yugoslavia 1–3 Lose Friendly
9. 14 February 1968 Bloomfield Stadium, Tel Aviv, Israel  Switzerland 2–1 Win Friendly
10. 14 February 1968 Bloomfield Stadium, Tel Aviv, Israel  Switzerland 2–1 Win Friendly
11. 17 March 1968 Bloomfield Stadium, Tel Aviv, Israel  Sri Lanka 7–0 Win Friendly
12. 17 March 1968 Bloomfield Stadium, Tel Aviv, Israel  Sri Lanka 7–0 Win Friendly
13. 17 March 1968 Bloomfield Stadium, Tel Aviv, Israel  Sri Lanka 7–0 Win Friendly
14. 12 May 1968 Amjadieh Stadium, Tehran, Iran  Hong Kong 6–1 Win 1968 AFC Asian Cup
15. 12 May 1968 Amjadieh Stadium, Tehran, Iran  Hong Kong 6–1 Win 1968 AFC Asian Cup
16. 10 September 1968 Bloomfield Stadium, Tel Aviv, Israel  Northern Ireland 2–3 Lose Friendly
17. 15 September 1968 Yankee Stadium New York, USA  United States 3–3 Draw Friendly
18. 15 September 1968 Yankee Stadium New York, USA  United States 3–3 Draw Friendly
19. 25 September 1968 Temple Stadium, Philadelphia, USA  United States 4–0 Win Friendly
20. 25 September 1968 Temple Stadium, Philadelphia, USA  United States 4–0 Win Friendly
21. 25 September 1968 Temple Stadium, Philadelphia, USA  United States 4–0 Win Friendly
22. 25 September 1968 Temple Stadium, Philadelphia, USA  United States 4–0 Win Friendly
23. 15 October 1968 Estadio Nou Camp, León, Guanajuato, Mexico  El Salvador 3–1 Win 1968 Summer Olympics
24. 28 September 1969 Ramat Gan Stadium, Ramat Gan, Israel  New Zealand 2–0 Win 1970 FIFA World Cup qualification
25. 1 October 1969 Ramat Gan Stadium, Ramat Gan, Israel  New Zealand 4–0 Win 1970 FIFA World Cup qualification
26. 14 December 1969 Sydney Sports Ground, Sydney, Australia  Australia 1–1 Draw 1970 FIFA World Cup qualification
27. 22 March 1970 Addis Ababa Stadium, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia  Ethiopia 5–1 Win Friendly
28. 7 June 1970 Estadio Luis Dosal, Toluca, Mexico  Sweden 1–1 Draw 1970 FIFA World Cup
29. 11 November 1971 Lang Park, Brisbane, Australia  Australia 2–2 Draw Friendly
30. 28 March 1972 Bogyoke Aung San Stadium, Yangon, Burma  India 1–0 Win 1972 Summer Olympics qualification
31. 16 May 1973 Seoul, South Korea  Japan 2–1 Win 1974 FIFA World Cup qualification
32. 21 May 1973 Seoul, South Korea  Thailand 6–0 Win 1974 FIFA World Cup qualification

Post-playing career[edit]

He was nominated as the best Israeli player of the prior 50 years by the Israel Football Association in the UEFA Jubilee Awards in November 2003.[6] Spiegler is a member of the Education and Publicity Committee of the IFA.[7]

In 2007, he won a lifetime contributions special award for the Israeli national team in the 1970 world cup, determined by Yedioth Ahronoth and the Israeli football player association.[8]

Honours[edit]

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