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|Date of birth||25 May 1966|
|Place of birth||Haifa, Israel|
|F.C. Ashdod (Manager)|
|1990–1998||Maccabi Tel Aviv||220||(26)|
|2000–2002||Beitar Be'er Sheva|
|2002–2005||Maccabi Tel Aviv|
|2006–2007||Enosis Neon Paralimni|
|2010–2011||Hapoel Be'er Sheva|
|2012||Enosis Neon Paralimni|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 11:19, 6 November 2008 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).
Nir Klinger (Hebrew: ניר קלינגר; born 25 May 1966) is an Israeli former footballer and currently the manager of Hapoel Haifa. He was manager of Maccabi Tel Aviv, before resigning under pressure on 5 December 2005. Klinger achieved with Maccabi the Israeli championship and two Israel state cups.
Klinger led Maccabi Tel Aviv to UEFA Champions League Groups 2004–05 season. The manager and the team beat HJK Helsinki and PAOK Thessaloniki in the qualifying rounds. Maccabi played against former European champions: Juventus, Ajax Amsterdam and Bayern Munchen. Maccabi managed to get one victory over Ajax Amsterdam 2–1 and held Juventus into a draw, 1–1.
A product of the Maccabi Haifa youth team, he was a defensive player. He made his league debut for Maccabi on 3 November 1984 against Hakoah Ramat Gan, when he came on as a substitute in the 80th minute.
He spent six seasons with Maccabi Haifa before he moved to Maccabi Tel Aviv for eight seasons. He won two Israeli championships with Maccabi Haifa and three championships and another two Israel State Cup with Maccabi Tel Aviv.
He retired due to injury during the 1997–98 season.
Klinger made his debut for Israel on 18 February 1987 in a 1–1 draw with Northern Ireland. He scored his first goal against Wales in a 3–3 draw on 8 February 1989. His last appearance was on 31 March 1997 in a 3–0 win over Luxembourg.
In total, Klinger won 83 caps for the Israel national football team between 1987 and 1997, and captained the team from August 1992 until March 1997.
In 2002 he left the club to return to Maccabi as manager. In his first season Maccabi won the title. They finished runners-up the following year, and won the State Cup in 2004–05. On 5 December 2005 he resigned as manager.
In 2006 he was appointed manager of Cypriot club Enosis Neon Paralimni, but resigned in September 2007. Soon afterward he was appointed manager of AEK Larnaca but was fired in October 2008 after poor start of the season. He finished with Paralimni and Aek in the 4–5 place in the Cypriot premier league. In the 2008–09 season he was appointed manager of newly promoted AEP Paphos and under his management the team was able to avoid relegation. On 24 May 2009 Klinger signed a three-year contract with AEL Limassol.
While managing AEL Limassol, a crucial derby match against Anorthosis Famagusta fell on the Jewish holiday, Yom Kippur. Klinger, who defines himself as a faithful Jew, advised the club's management of the importance of the holiday and that he would miss the match along with his assistant, Felix Naim, who was also Jewish. The club tried to have the match moved to accommodate them.
- Israeli Premier League (5):
- 1984–85, 1988–89, 1991–92, 1994–95, 1995–96
- Israel State Cup (2):
- 1993–94, 1995–96
- Toto Cup (1):
- Member of the Israeli Football Hall of Fame (2009)
- Ziv, Ya'akov (2009-09-23). בגלל יוה"כ: ניר קלינגר עשוי להחמיץ את הדרבי מול פמגוסטה [Because of Yom Kippur: Nir Klinger Will Miss The Derby Against Famagusta]. Ma'ariv (in Hebrew). Retrieved 24 September 2009.
- Grundland, Michal (2009-09-24). קלינגר: לא אאמן ביום כיפור, יסתדרו כאן בלעדיי [Klinger: I Will Not Coach On Yom Kippur, They Should Be Fine Without Me] (in Hebrew). One.co.il. Retrieved 24 September 2009.
- "Nir Klinger signed a one year contract with Hapoel Haifa" (in Hebrew). . ONE. 23 May 2012. Retrieved 23 May 2012.
|Israel national football team captain