Ali El-Khatib

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Ali El-Khatib
علي الخطيب
עלי חטיב
Ali El-Khatib. Reuven Rivlin with Israeli footballers (cropped).jpg
Personal information
Full name Ali El-Khatib
علي الخطيب
עלי חטיב
Date of birth (1989-03-18) 18 March 1989 (age 28)
Place of birth Shefa-'Amr, Israel
Height 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Playing position Attacking Midfielder, Right winger
Club information
Current team
Maccabi Ahi Nazareth
Number 23
Youth career
2001–2006 Hapoel Shefa-'Amr
2006–2008 Hapoel Haifa
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2008–2009 Maccabi Ironi Shlomi Nahariya 7 (4)
2009 Maccabi Ironi Tamra 12 (1)
2009–2011 Jabal Al-Mukaber (–)
2011 Hilal Al-Quds 2 (2)
2012 Jabal Al-Mukaber 1 (0)
2012 Hapoel Haifa 8 (4)
2012–2013 Maccabi Netanya 27 (6)
2013–2015 Maccabi Ahi Nazareth 45 (14)
2015–2016 Hapoel Haifa 10 (0)
2016– Maccabi Ahi Nazareth 18 (2)
National team
2010 Palestine U23 8 (0)
2011– Palestine 6 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 1 January 2016.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 17:54, 31 January 2012 (UTC)

Ali El-Khatib (Arabic: علي الخطيب‎‎, Hebrew: עלי חטיב‎‎; born 18 March 1989) is an Arab-Israeli professional football (soccer) player currently playing for Maccabi Ahi Nazareth.

Israeli sports career[edit]

El-Khatib grew up in the Arab city of Shefa-'Amr in Northern Israel where he played for local side, Hapoel Shefa-'Amr.[1]

He was brought to Palestinian club Jabal Al-Mukaber in by the coach, Samir Issa, in 2012. While playing for them, a controversy erupted over El-Khatib's contract.

Hapoel Haifa had given him a trial after someone had informed the coach of El-Khatib's talents. He was then chosen to join the club after 5 or 10 minutes of his try-out.

However, the signing caused an outrage with his previous club, who alleged that he had three-and-a-half years left on his contract, resulting in them taking the case to FIFA after a Tel Aviv District Court denied their appeal. El-Khatib denied that he signed a contract with the club, claiming that they had forged his signature on the contract. The president of Jabal Al-Mukaber compared Hapoel's action to that of a horse thief under the pretence that they stole a player who was under contract.[2]

Hapoel Haifa[edit]

In a league match on April 1, 2012, he was involved in a mass brawl in which he was assaulted by staff members. The match, which was against Maccabi Petah Tikva, had ended with a free-kick goal for the hosts, Maccabi Petah Tikva. Immediately after the final whistle, the players went at each other.

Petah Tikva's goalkeeping coach, Ami Ganish, had unprovokingly headbutted El-Khatib which knocked him down. Afterwards, Yigal Maman, a high-ranking employee kicked him in the head while he was on the ground, causing him to lose consciousness.

El-Khatib had to be taken to the hospital and was treated for a fractured jaw and missing teeth. The two members of staff were detained by police.[3]

Maccabi Netanya[edit]

In June 2012 it was announced that Ali El-Khatib has joined Maccabi Netanya.

International sports career[edit]

As one of a growing number of Arab-Israelis playing professionally in the WBPL and representing Palestine internationally .[4] He stated his dream is to play for Israel, and also said "It would be wonderful if one day the Palestinian national team could play against the Israeli national team. Then I would play the first half of the game with one team and the second half with the other team."[2]

He received his first national team cap against Thailand in 2014 World Cup qualifying on July 23, 2011. He scored his first senior team goal in a friendly match against Bahrain, the 67th-minute goal proved to be the winner as the game ended 1–0. 11 days later, he scored his second goal in a crucial match against Sudan which secured Palestine passage to the 2011 Pan Arab Games semifinal.

International Goals[edit]

As of 31 January 2012

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition Reports
1. 6 December 2011 Al Muharraq Stadium, Arad  Bahrain 1–0 1–0 Friendly
2. 17 December 2011 Ahmed bin Ali Stadium, Al-Rayyan  Sudan 1–0 2–0 2011 Pan Arab Games


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
2008–2009 Maccabi Ironi Shlomi Nahariya Liga Alef 19 5 1 0 0 0 0 0 20 5
Palestine League Cup League Cup Asia Total
2009–2010 Jabal Al Mukaber Premier League - - - - - - - - - -
2010–2011 - - - - - - - - - -
2011 Hilal Al-Quds 2 1 - - - - - - 2 1
2011 Jabal Al Mukaber 1 0 - - - - - - 1 0
Israel League Israel State Cup Toto Cup Europe Total
2011–12 Hapoel Haifa Liga Al 11 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 12 4
2012–13 Maccabi Netanya Liga Al 27 6 1 0 3 0 1 0 32 6
Career total 60 15 3 0 3 0 1 0 67 15


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