Walid Badir

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Walid Badir
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Badir playing for Hapoel Tel Aviv in 2010
Personal information
Full name Walid Badir
Date of birth (1974-03-12) 12 March 1974 (age 40)
Place of birth Kafr Qasim, Israel
Playing position Central Defender/Defensive Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Hapoel Tel Aviv
Number 10
Youth career
1987–1989 Hapoel Kafr Qasim
1990–1992 Hapoel Petah Tikva
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1992–1999 Hapoel Petah Tikva[1] 153 (19)
1999–2000 Wimbledon 21 (1)
2000–2005 Maccabi Haifa 141 (28)
2005–2013 Hapoel Tel Aviv 237 (24)
National team
1997–2007 Israel 74 (12)
* 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 30 June 2007

Walid Badir (Arabic: وليد بادر‎, Hebrew: וואליד באדיר; born March 12, 1974) is a retired Israeli football player, who played as a central defender or midfielder.

He won four league titles in five seasons with Maccabi Haifa before joining Hapoel Tel Aviv in 2005. He served as their captain, and won a further league title before retiring in 2013.

Badir scored 12 goals in 74 games for the Israel national football team between 1997 and 2007.

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Badir was recognized early on as a valuable prospect, and played for the youth clubs Hapoel Kafr Qasim and Hapoel Petah Tikva, and later was given a spot on the second team's Premier League squad. Badir played for Petach Tikva for 7 consecutive seasons (1992–1997) and scored 19 goals.

Wimbledon[edit]

During Badir's time at Wimbledon he scored one league goal against Manchester United at Old Trafford.[2] However, other than this he did not make a major impact in his time with the club.

Maccabi Haifa[edit]

Badir returned to Israel to Maccabi Haifa in 2000–01 at the beginning of the Avram Grant era. Grant, a longtime manager of clubs including Beitar Jerusalem and Maccabi Tel Aviv, moulded from young players like Badir and Yossi Benayoun one of the most dangerous clubs in the history of Israeli football. With Badir, Haifa would win four championships, failing only once, in 2002–03 when Maccabi Tel Aviv won the title.

Hapoel Tel Aviv[edit]

In 2005, while Haifa began a major campaign to revamp the squad with South American players such ad Gustavo Boccoli and Roberto Colautti, Badir signed with Hapoel Tel Aviv. He became a major part of their 2005–06 season when they were runners-up to his former team and State Cup winners. He was awarded the captaincy of the team and held it until his retirement.

On 26 August 2013, in Bloomfield Stadium, the club and its fans made a thankful standing ovation in honour of Badir's last appearance with Hapoel Tel Aviv before formally retiring.

International career[edit]

Badir appeared in 74 games with the Israel national football team, and scored 12 goals. His first appearance was on 5 August 1997 in a friendly match against Belarus (3–2).

One of his most notable games was his 83rd-minute goal in Israel's draw against France in a 2006 World Cup qualifying match.

Honours[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ וואליד באדיר
  2. ^ Wilson, Paul (18 September 1999). "Cruyff rescues below-par United". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 5 November 2009. 

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