Eli Guttman

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Eli Guttman
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Gutman in 2011
Personal information
Date of birth (1958-02-24) 24 February 1958 (age 59)
Place of birth Israel
Playing position Manager
Club information
Current team
Hapoel Tel Aviv (manager)
Youth career
Hapoel Haifa
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1979–1980 Beitar Netanya
1980–1984 Maccabi Neve Sha'anan
1984–1985 Maccabi Kiryat Bialik
Teams managed
1985–1986 Maccabi Kiryat Bialik
1986–1987 Beitar Haifa
1988–1989 Hapoel Tirat HaCarmel
1989–1990 Maccabi Tamra
1990–1992 Maccabi Haifa (assistant manager)
1992–1994 Hapoel Tzafririm Holon
1994–1995 Maccabi Herzliya
1995 Hapoel Beit She'an
1996–1997 Hapoel Be'er Sheva
1997–2000 Hapoel Haifa
2000–2001 Beitar Jerusalem
2001–2002 Hapoel Petah Tikva
2002–2003 Hapoel Haifa
2003–2005 Hapoel Be'er Sheva
2005–2006 Paralimni
2006–2007 Maccabi Netanya
2007 AEL Limassol
2007–2011 Hapoel Tel Aviv
2011–2015 Israel
2016 Hapoel Tel Aviv
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Israel "Eli" Guttman (or Gutman, Hebrew: אלי גוטמן‎‎; born 24 February 1958) is a former Israeli football player who now works as a manager.


Guttman started playing football as a teenager in the youth ranks of Hapoel Haifa but never managed to play for the senior team. He moved to play for Beitar Netanya in Liga Alef and later played in Liga Bet for Maccabi Neve Sha'anan and Maccabi Kiryat Bialik.

After six years of playing in the lower divisions in Israeli football he retired from playing and the following season started to work as a manager. His first club as a manager was the club where he last played - Maccabi Kiryat Bialik. The next season he moved to manage Beitar Haifa in Liga Alef. A year later he worked as the manager of Hapoel Tirat HaCarmel and in 1989-90 he managed Maccabi Tamra in Liga Artzit, Tamra got relegated in the end of the season.[1]

In 1990 Guttman worked as the assistant manager of Maccabi Haifa. Guttman worked under Shlomo Scharf for two seasons, winning both the Israeli championship and the state cup in the 1990-91 season. In 1992 Guttman left Haifa to work as the manager of Tzafririm Holon, later on he managed Maccabi Herzliya and Hapoel Beit She'an.[2][3][4]

He won his first Israeli title in 1997, winning the Israel State Cup with Hapoel Be'er Sheva.

He coached Hapoel Haifa during the 1998–99 season, in which the club won their first Liga Leumit title.[5]

In 2001 he became coach of Hapoel Petah Tikva. In the 2001–02 season the team finished sixth; Gutman resigned in May immediately following the season's conclusion.[6] He subsequently returned to Hapoel Be'er Sheva,[7] and later spent two years coaching Paralimni in Cyprus.

At the start of the 2006–07 season he became coach of Maccabi Netanya, but was sacked in January 2007 following a dispute with team captain Liran Strauber.[8]

From February 2007 until early December 2007 he coached AEL Limassol before joining Hapoel Tel Aviv as successor to Guy Luzon. He helped the team escape relegation, gradually building the team until they won the Israeli double - Israeli Premier League championship and Israel State Cup - in 2010. The following season he coached the team to its first-ever qualification to the UEFA Champions League group stage. In May 2011, after winning the 2011 Israeli State Cup, he left Hapoel Tel Aviv.

On 27 December 2011, he was appointed manager of the Israeli national football team.[9] On October 14, 2015 after the Euro 2016 qualifying campaign was highly unsuccessful, Guttman decided to leave his position as the manager of the national side.[10]



Managerial statistics[edit]

As of 26 March 2016
Team Nat From To Record
G W D L Win %
Hapoel Tel Aviv Israel December 4, 2007 May 21, 2011 101 60 23 18 59.41
Israel Israel December 27, 2011 October 13, 2015 31 10 7 14 32.26
Hapoel Tel Aviv Israel January 12, 2016 Present 6 1 3 2 16.67
Total 138 71 33 34 51.45