Daniel Brailovsky

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Daniel Brailovsky
Brailovsky playing for Maccabi Haifa
Personal information
Full name Daniel Alberto Brailovsky Poliak
Date of birth (1958-11-18) November 18, 1958 (age 60)
Place of birth Buenos Aires, Argentina
Playing position Midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1976–1978 Peñarol
1980 All Boys 26 (7)
1980–1982 Independiente 75 (27)
1982–1985 América 87 (37)
1986–1988 Maccabi Haifa 56 (11)
National team
1977–1978 Uruguay U-20
1981–1982 Argentina
1986–1988 Israel 18 (3)
Teams managed
Maccabi Kfar Kana
Maccabi Herzliya
1998–1999 Maccabi Haifa
2002 Veracruz
2007–2008 América
2010–2011 Necaxa
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Daniel Alberto Brailovsky Poliak (Hebrew: אלברטו דניאל בריילובסקי‎, sometimes spelled Brailovski, born November 18, 1958) is an Argentine-born Israeli former footballer and manager.

He was born in Buenos Aries, Argentina, and is Jewish.[1] Though he was born and raised in Argentina, he only played officially for the Israel national team. He had previously represented Uruguay at the youth level as well as Argentina.

Playing career[edit]

An attacking midfielder and striker, Brailovsky was born in Buenos Aires,[2][3][4][5] and after playing amateur football at Jewish clubs, Brailovsky was brought to Montevideo for a trial at Peñarol. Under the guidance of coach Roque Máspoli, Brailovsky became part of the team that won the 1978 championship and qualified for the 1979 Copa Libertadores. Brailovsky also was member of the Uruguay National Youth team in 1977–78.

After being dropped from Peñarol by coach Dino Sani in 1979, Brailovsky returned to Argentina to play for All Boys. At the end of Metropolitano 1980, Brailovsky's first tournament in Argentina, All Boys was relegated to Primera B (Second Division), but Brailovsky left a good impression and was eventually signed by Independiente. With the Avellaneda club, Brailovsky made his debut on 7 September 1980 against Ferro Carril Oeste, replacing Norberto Outes. The game ended 1–0 to Ferro.

While at Independiente, Brailovsky was called up a few times to play for the Argentina national team, but never did it officially, except for a few matches against regional teams. Previous to the 1982 FIFA World Cup he was in coach César Luis Menotti’s consideration, but never made it to Spain. Brailovsky’s last game for Independiente was on 16 May 1982; a 0–4 defeat against Ferro Carril Oeste, then champion of the Nacional 1982. Brailovsky was sent off in the 82nd minute by referee Arturo Ithurralde. In total in Argentina, Brailovsky played 101 games (26 with All Boys and 75 with Independiente), and scored 34 goals (7 with All Boys and 27 with Independiente).

In 1982, he signed with Mexican Club América, and helped Las Águilas to win three championships. Those championships were the 1983–1984 season (when defeated Chivas Guadalajara), then the 1984–1985 (when defeated UNAM Pumas in a controversial decisive 3rd match held in Santiago de Querétaro), his last one with the team was the 1985 summer tournament once known as the " Prode '85 "- a short tournament where they defeat the then team known as los Jaibos Tampico Madero.

After the earthquake suffered by Mexico in 1985, his wife was afraid something worse might happen, so Brailovsky left the country without notifying Club América officials. As a result he was suspended for breach of contract by America for about a year with FIFA's consent. He then immigrated to Israel and joined Maccabi Haifa.[6] He was capped 18 times for Israel from 1986 to 1988, scoring three international goals during his career. He said about living in Israel, "I have played in Argentina, Mexico, Uruguay and Israel, but only Israel feels like home."[7]


As a player[edit]

Season Club Title
1978 Uruguay Peñarol Primera División Uruguaya
1983–1984 Mexico Club América Primera División de México
1984–1985 Mexico Club América Primera División de México
Prode 1985 Mexico Club América Primera División de México

Coaching career[edit]

Brailovsky began coaching in Israel in 1996 with Maccabi Kfar Kana in the Second Division and that year, he led them to the title. Daniel moved to Maccabi Herzliya the following year and then to Maccabi Haifa in 1998. In September 2002, Brailovsky became the head coach of Veracruz in Mexico.

In October 2007, Brailovsky became the head coach of Club América in Mexico until fired in February 2008.

In August 2010, he became the head coach of Club Necaxa in Mexico.


After leaving Veracruz, Brailovsky took a job at a local show in Mexico city called "Super Estadio." in the Estadio W company. After the show cancelled, Brailovsky took a job offering from ESPN Deportes, the Spanish-language version of ESPN. He was then a correspondent for SportsCenter and Fútbol Picante, as well as the radio/TV show ESPN Radio Formula. He also had his own show that aired Sunday nights on ESPN Deportes called "La Ruleta Rusa." After his firing in Necaxa, he was not asked to return to ESPN soon enough and opted to join Fox Deportes where he is one their main contributors for their new show La Ultima Palabra.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Mexican soccer mogul apologizes for linking Jews and money in TV interview"
  2. ^ BDFA futbol (in Spanish)
  3. ^ Es Mas Archived 2008-09-23 at the Wayback Machine (in Spanish)
  4. ^ Club América profile Archived 2008-11-06 at the Wayback Machine (in Spanish)
  5. ^ Weltfussball profile (in German)
  6. ^ Ortiz, Héctor (19 September 2017). "1985, el temblor que 'retiró' a Brailovsky". Milenio (in Spanish). Retrieved 24 October 2017.
  7. ^ [1]

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