Nir Davidovich

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Nir Davidovich
Nir Davidovich.jpg
Personal information
Date of birth (1976-12-17) 17 December 1976 (age 37)
Place of birth Haifa, Israel
Height 1.87 m (6 ft 1 12 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
[Retired
Youth career
1986–1994 Maccabi Haifa
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1994 - 2013 Maccabi Haifa 386 (0)
National team
1995–1997 Israel U21 19 (0)
1998–2010 Israel 51 (0)
Teams managed
2013–Present Israel U-21 (goalkeeping coach)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 18 May 2013.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 06:36, 19 September 2010 (UTC)

Nir Davidovich (Hebrew: ניר דוידוביץ'‎; also spelled Davidovitch; born 17 December 1976) is a former Israeli goalkeeper who played for Maccabi Haifa football club and the Israeli national team.

Davidovich played as the number one goalkeeper in the Israeli national team for a time. Davidovich suffered from 3 serious injuries but managed to recover and lead Maccabi Haifa to its 8th championship, winning the MVP title in 2004. Davidovich played all of his career at Maccabi Haifa and is considered a "symbol" of the club along with the veteran captain Yaniv Katan. Many talk about him as the successor of legendary goalkeeper Avi Ran, a Maccabi Haifa prodigy who died in a diving accident.

His father is Benjamin Davidovich.

Records[edit]

  • Nickname: "The Octopus"
  • Birth Date: 17 December 1976.
  • Played for: Maccabi Haifa, Israel
  • First Appearance:
  • Number of appearances (as for September 2011) at:[1]
    • Israel national team - 51 (1 as captain).
    • European competitions - 55.
    • Domestic league - 368.
    • Domestic cup - 39.
  • Height: 185 cm.
  • Weight: 85 kg.
  • Status: married to Avital, with three children.
  • Honours: 7 championships, 2 Israeli cups, 3 Toto Cups, 1 MVP of the season.

Football career[edit]

Nir Davidovich in Maccabi Haifa's UEFA Champions League match against FC Girondins de Bordeaux.
  • Played in each age-class youth national team of Israel.
  • 1995: Promoted to senior team of Maccabi Haifa.
  • 1996: Gave outstanding performance when Maccabi Haifa kept a 0–0 against Hapoel Petah Tikva after 3 (!) "greens" were sent off.
  • 1997: Overcame veteran goalkeeper Bonni Ginzburg to become MHFC senior goalkeeper.
  • 1998: First international appearance at Israel 4-0 victory over Turkey.
  • 1998: Wins the Israeli cup after 2-0 victory over Hapoel Jerusalem.
  • 1998: Excels in 1-1 draw against French top football club Paris Saint-Germain.
  • 1999: Injured seriously in the crounch and missed the entire season.
  • 2000–2001: Won the championship with Maccabi Haifa, conceding only 28 goals (the lowest in that season).
  • 2001: Injured in his knee in the match versus Spain, where he kept the Israeli goal clean until he was replaced in half-time.[2][3]
  • 2002: Missed most of the season because of his knee injury.
  • 2003: Recovered from knee injury and played the final matches in the league.
  • 2003: Excelled in MHFC 0:0 draw against Valencia. After his performance he received grades of 10 in the Israeli press (just seven players received grade of 10 in the history of the Israeli press) and was dubbed "The Octopus" by the Spanish press.
  • 2003–2004: Won the championship with Maccabi Haifa and chosen by player, press and coaches as the MVP of the season.
  • 2004: saves a penalty kick as Israel beat Cyprus 2–1 in a 2006 FIFA World Cup qualifier.
  • 2009: On 19 April Davidovich made his 300th league appearance in Maccabi Haifa.
  • 2009: First time in the UEFA Champions League with Maccabi Haifa.
  • 2010: Davidovich and Maccabi Haifa conceded only 16 goals in 35 league games, breaking the national record of lowest average goals per games.
  • 2013: Nir Davidovich retired from football as a player. Throughout his career he played in Maccabi Haifa F.C., 18 years of the Club Concierge.

Career statistics[edit]

[4]

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
1995–96 Maccabi Haifa Liga Leumit 7 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 9 0
1996–97 17 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 20 0
1997–98 30 0 5 0 0 0 0 0 35 0
1998–99 26 0 0 0 0 0 8 0 34 0
1999–2000 Israeli Premier League 23 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 24 0
2000–01 37 0 4 0 0 0 3 0 45 0
2001–02 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
2002–03 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
2003–04 33 0 3 0 0 0 6 0 42 0
2004–05 18 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 22 0
2005–06 31 0 4 0 0 0 2 0 37 0
2006–07 26 0 6 0 0 0 12 0 41 0
2007–08 30 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 32 0
2008–09 22 0 5 0 0 0 0 0 28 0
2009–10 35 0 2 0 0 0 12 0 49 0
Total Israel 385 0 43 0 0 0 59 0 535 0
Career total 385 0 43 0 0 0 59 0 535 0

Honours[edit]

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