Reuven Atar

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Reuven Atar
Personal information
Full name Reuven Atar
Date of birth (1969-01-03) January 3, 1969 (age 45)
Place of birth Tirat Carmel, Israel
Playing position Midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1986-1994 Maccabi Haifa 198 (49)
1994-1997 Hapoel Haifa 69 (37)
1997 Beitar Jerusalem 1 (0)
1998-1999 Hapoel Petah Tikva 27 (5)
1999 Hapoel Haifa 5 (2)
2000 Beitar Jerusalem 16 (5)
2000-2002 Maccabi Haifa 66 (6)
2002-2003 Maccabi Netanya 21 (9)
National team
1989-1997 Israel 33 (3)
Teams managed
2003-2004 Maccabi Netanya (assistant)
2004-2006 Maccabi Netanya
2006 Maccabi Herzliya
2007-2008 Maccabi Netanya
2008-2009 Beitar Jerusalem
2009-2012 Maccabi Netanya
2012 Maccabi Haifa
2013 Maccabi Netanya
2014- Hapoel Haifa
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of June 2007.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of June 2007

Reuven Atar (Hebrew: רְאוּבֵן עטר; born January 3, 1969) is a retired Israeli football player and now he works as a Manager.

Early years[edit]

Atar is a first generation Israeli of Moroccan immigrants who settled in Tirat Carmel. During his adolescence, he played football for the Maccabi Haifa youth club. For many, he is one of the greatest players to ever don the Haifa colors.

His Professional Career[edit]

After playing eight seasons for Maccabi Haifa and winning three titles for the club (The Toto Cup, and the Israeli Cup twice - one of which as both a Cup and a championship title at the same year), he joined the local rival team - Hapoel Haifa for four seasons, before being signed off to Beitar Jerusalem. At Beitar he played only one match before being injured, which rendered him unable to play during the rest of the season.

In the next season, Atar moved to Hapoel Petah Tikva for a single season, before moving back to Hapoel Haifa and a few months later back to Beitar Jerusalem, where he became one of the most popular players. In 2000 he returned to Maccabi Haifa, winning two championships. Atar left Haifa for Maccabi Netanya before the 2002/03 season, the last team in his professional career as a player.

Coaching career[edit]

During the season in Netanya, Atar was injured and decided to retire from his career as a player. He quickly signed as assistant coach in Netanya, first alongside Gili Landau and later on Eli Cohen. At the end of the 2003/04 season, Cohen has left the club, and Atar was chosen as the club's head-coach. Even though the M.C Netanya was relegated at the end of that season to the second league in Israel, "Liga Leumit", Atar remained in his position and helped the club return to the Premier League after only one season. In 2006, Atar was sent home by Netanya's new manager, Eyal Berkovich, and proceeded to move and coach Maccabi Herzliya, from which he was fired after only 8 league games[1] before returning to Netanya, later guiding the club to the second place in the Israeli Premier League, and the UEFA Cup Qualifying rounds.

Atar was later dismissed from Netanya, after team's owner Daniel Jammer signed Lothar Matthäus.

In September 2008, he signed for Beitar replacing Shum. Later that year he won the Israeli Cup, but was dismissed and replaced by Shum.

On September 29, 2009, Atar returned once again to Maccabi Netanya, making it his 3rd stint as the manager of the club. On May 7, 2011 he broke Netanya's undefeated streak from 1971 as he managed the team for 16 straight games without losing a single game.[2]

On April 23, 2012 he signed a two years contract for his home club of Maccabi Haifa.[3] In November 13 he was sacked from Haifa.[4]

On March 19, 2013 he returned to Maccabi Netanya for his 4th stint as the manager of the club.[5]

Honours[edit]

As a Player[edit]

with Maccabi Haifa[edit]

  • Israeli Premier League
    • Winner (5): 1988-89, 1990–91, 1993–94, 2000–01, 2001–02
    • Runner-up (2): 1994–95, 1995–96
  • State Cup
    • Winner (2): 1991, 1993
    • Runner-up (3): 1987, 1989, 2002
  • Toto Cup
    • Winner (2): 1993-94, 2001–02

As a Manager[edit]

with Maccabi Netanya[edit]

with Beitar Jerusalem[edit]

career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

[6]
Club Season League Cup Toto Cup Europe Total
Apps Goals Assists Apps Goals Assists Apps Goals Assists Apps Goals Assists Apps Goals Assists
Maccabi Haifa 1986-87 4 1
Maccabi Haifa 1987-88 16 2
Maccabi Haifa 1988-89 27 8
Maccabi Haifa 1989-90 23 2
Maccabi Haifa 1990-91 30 15
Maccabi Haifa 1991-92 28 13
Maccabi Haifa 1992-93 31 10
Maccabi Haifa 1993-94 37 8
Hapoel Haifa 1994-95 19 5
Hapoel Haifa 1995-96 27 21
Hapoel Haifa 1996-97 6 1
Maccabi Haifa 1996-97 18 6
Hapoel Haifa 1997-98 11 5
Beitar Jerusalem 1997-98 1 0
Hapoel Petach Tikva 1998-99 27 5
Hapoel Haifa 1999-00 5 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 8 2 1
Beitar Jerusalem 1999-00 16 5 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 16 5 2
Maccabi Haifa 1999-00 13 2 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 13 2 3
Maccabi Haifa 2000-01 35 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 37 4 1
Maccabi Haifa 2001-02 18 1 1 1 0 0 3 1 1 1 0 0 23 2 2
Maccabi Netanya 2002-03 21 9 6 0 0 0 3 2 0 0 0 0 24 11 6
Career 423 113

International[edit]

Israel national team
Year Apps Goals
1989 2 0
1990 3 0
1991 0 0
1992 1 0
1993 12 1
1994 6 0
1995 3 1
1996 5 1
1997 1 0
Total 33 3

International goals[edit]

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 13 October 1993 Parc des Princes, Paris, France  France 2-3 Win 1994 FIFA World Cup 2004 qualifying
2. 20 September 1995 Teddy Stadium, Jerusalem, Israel  Uruguay 3-1 Win Friendly
3. 21 February 1996 Kiryat Eliezer Stadium, Haifa, Israel  Lithuania 4-2 Win Friendly

Managerial stats[edit]

[7]
Team Nat From To Record
P W D L Win %
Maccabi Netanya Israel February 21, 2004 May 14, 2006 94 38 23 33 40.43
Maccabi Herzliya Israel July 21, 2006 November 7, 2006 13 2 5 6 15.38
Maccabi Netanya Israel January 3, 2007 June 1, 2008 66 32 21 13 48.48
Beitar Jerusalem Israel September 3, 2008 May 26, 2009 45 23 8 14 51.11
Maccabi Netanya Israel September 29, 2009 May 12, 2012 112 47 27 38 41.96
Maccabi Haifa Israel July 1, 2012 November 13, 2012 13 3 6 4 23.08
Maccabi Netanya Israel March 19, 2013 May 18, 2013 6 2 2 2 33.33
Hapoel Haifa Israel May 12, 2014 16 7 2 7 43.75
Total 365 154 94 117 42.19

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