Eliezer Spiegel

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Eliezer Spiegel
Personal information
Date of birth (1922-06-20) 20 June 1922 (age 94)
Place of birth Petah Tikva, Mandatory Palestine
Playing position Forward
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1938–40 Maccabi Petah Tikva
1940–44 Beitar Tel Aviv
1946–57 Maccabi Petah Tikva
National team
1948–56 Israel 3 (0)
Teams managed
1955–57 Maccabi Petah Tikva
1957 Maccabi Hadera
1957–58 Hapoel Petah Tikva
1959 Hapoel Kfar Saba
1959–60 Maccabi Hadera
1960–61 Maccabi Petah Tikva
1961–62 Shimshon Tel Aviv
1962–65 Beitar Netanya
1965–66 Maccabi Tel Aviv
1966–67 Beitar Netanya
1967–69 Maccabi Sha'arayim
1969–74 Hakoah Ramat Gan
1974–75 Maccabi Netanya
1977–78 Maccabi Petah Tikva
1978–79 Maccabi Herzliya
1979–81 Hapoel Jerusalem
1981–82 Hapoel Ramat Gan
1982–84 Maccabi Jaffa
1984–86 Israel U-21
1986–87 Hapoel Marmorek
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Eliezer Spiegel (Hebrew: אליעזר שפיגל‎‎; born 20 June 1922) is a former footballer and manager, who played for Maccabi Petah Tikva, Beitar Tel Aviv and for the Israel national football team in the 1940s and 1950s.[1]

Playing career[edit]

Spiegel started playing football as in Maccabi Petah Tikva, playing against CAM Timișoara when the Romanian team visited Palestine in winter 1939.[2] Spiegel appeared with Maccabi Petah Tikva in the 1939 Palestine Cup final, losing to Hapoel Tel Aviv 1–2.

In 1940, Spiegel moved to Beitar Tel Aviv and reached the 1942 Palestine Cup final, scoring 8 goals in the match, in which Beitar won 12–1 against Maccabi Haifa.[3] In 1944, Spiegel was arrested as a suspected member of the Irgun and was sent to internment in Sembel camp, Eritrea,[4] where he stayed until June 1946.[5] Upon his release, Spiegel returned to Maccabi Petah Tikva, with whom he stayed until his retirement in 1957, winning the State Cup with the team in 1952[6] and winning top goal scorer in 1953–54.[7]

Spiegel played three official matches for the national team between 1948 and 1956. Spiegel was part of the squad in Israel's inaugural match, against the U.S.A., assisting Israel's lone goal of the match in a 1–3 defeat.[4] and later played for the national team against Cyprus in 1949[8] and made his final appearance for the national team 7 years late, in Israel's final match in the Asian Cup, against South Vietnam. I addition, Spiegel played two unofficial matches for the national team, scoring one goal in an informal meeting between the national teams of Israel and Cyprus, which was billed as a match between Tel Aviv and Nicosia[9]

Managerial career[edit]

Spiegel started his coaching career in Maccabi Petah Tikva in 1955, acting as player-manager. In 1956, Spiegel was appointed as an interim manager of the national team, when the IFA briefly sacked coach Jackie Gibbons ahead of the 1956 AFC Asian Cup.[10] As Gibbons was reinstated as coach the national team for the competition itself, Spiegel acted as his assistant.[11] In 1957 Spiegel was forced to leave Maccabi Petah Tikva[12] and moved on to coach Maccabi Hadera which Spiegel led to promotion from Liga Bet (third division).[13] Spiegel then had spells in Hapoel Petah Tikva,[14] Hapoel Kfar Saba,[15] Maccabi Hadera,[16] Maccabi Petah Tikva[17] and Shimshon Tel Aviv[18] before coaching Beitar Netanya for three years.[19]

In 1965 Spiegel moved to coach Maccabi Tel Aviv, where his son, Giora, was playing at the time.[20] In September 1966, Spiegel was fired from Maccabi Tel Aviv, as the team's players demanded that he would be replaced[21] and Spiegel returned to coach Beitar Netanya.[22] In summer 1967 Spiegel began to coach Maccabi Sha'arayim[23] and managed to save the team from relegation from the top division. Spiegel stayed with the club until February 1969, when he resigned.[24] On 24 April 1969, Spiegel, together with Edmond Schmilovich, managed the national team's match against Austria, drawing 1–1, as Emmanuel Scheffer was coaching the U-19 national team at the 1969 AFC Youth Championship.[25] In Summer 1969 Spiegel joined Hakoah Ramat Gan,[26] where he stayed for the next five seasons, winning with the club the State Cup in 1971[27] and the league championship in 1972–73.[28]

After leaving Hakoah Ramat Gan, Spiegel coached Maccabi Netanya, with which he finished as runner-up in the league, Maccabi Petah Tikva, which he assisted to gain promotion to the top division, Maccabi Herzliya, Hapoel Jerusalem, with which he won the second division and promoted to Liga Leumit, Hapoel Ramat Gan, which he also promoted to Liga Leumit and Maccabi Jaffa. In 1984 Spiegel was appointed as coach for the U-21 national team and assistant manager for the national team,[29] which he coached in the 1985 Maccabiah Games, winning the gold medal.[30] Spiegel left the u-21 team when his contract ended[31] and signed on with Hapoel Marmorek,[32] which was his final coaching position before retirement.

Personal life[edit]

Spiegel's son Giora is a former footballer and manager. His son-in-law, Danny Begbleiter, and grandson Eyal Begbleiter were also footballers.







  1. ^ "Israel Official Games 1948-1959". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved 17 October 2010. 
  2. ^ "Football in Red Shoes" (PDF). Hadshot HaSport. 1 (66): 6. 22 May 1955. Retrieved 16 February 2016. 
  3. ^ 69 Years Ago Today: Eliezer Spiegel and the Palestine Circus Arie Livnat, 6 July 2011, Haaret (Hebrew)
  4. ^ a b Montague, James (26 May 2011). "Stars of David". The Blizzard. 1: 7–14. Retrieved 17 February 2016. 
  5. ^ 23 Of Eritrea Detainees Are About to Be Released HaTzofe, 31 May 1946, Historical Jewish Press (Hebrew)
  6. ^ Maccabi P.T. Won the Cup Al HaMishmar, 8 June 1952, Historical Jewish Press (Hebrew)
  7. ^ A Signal from Petah Tikva Uzi Dan, 21 March 2004, Haaretz (Hebrew)
  8. ^ Israel Had Beaten Cyprus 3:1 (2:1) Al HaMishar, 31 July 1949, Historical Jewish Press (Hebrew)
  9. ^ Nicosia – Tel Aviv 2:2 in the Rematch Y. Ram, 31 July 1949, Sport Israel, p. 1, via archive.football.org.il (Hebrew)
  10. ^ Spiegel Appointed Coach of the Football National Team Herut, 19 August 1956, Historical Jewish Press (Hebrew)
  11. ^ Israel National Team Left for the Asian Cup Finals Herut 24 August 1956, Historical Jewish Press (Hebrew)
  12. ^ A Players Revolt Deposed Spiegel from Maccabi P.T. Herut, 19 May 1957, Historical Jewish Press (Hebrew)
  13. ^ Spiegel Brought Maccabi Safely Back to Liga Alef Herut, 16 July 1957, Historical Jewish Press (Hebrew)
  14. ^ 1957/58 Season – The Story of the Season hpt.co.il (Hebrew)
  15. ^ Statistics – the 40s and the 50s Hapoel Kfar Saba Official Website (Hebrew)
  16. ^ Hakoah T.A. Declared as Champion of the First Round in Liga Alef, But the Struggle for the Top Will Begin Only in the Second Round Herut, 3 January 1960, Historical Jewish Press (Hebrew)
  17. ^ The Players Stayed – The Coaches Changed Ma'ariv, 4 November 1960, Historical Jewish Press (Hebrew)
  18. ^ Spiegel – to Shimshon T.A. Yesha'ayahu Porat, 5 June 1961, Ma'ariv, Historical Jewish Press (Hebrew)
  19. ^ Spiegel: Discipline and Practice Are a Good Guarantee for Success Ma'ariv, 23 November 1964, Historical Jewish Press (Hebrew)
  20. ^ The Problem of Maccabi Tel Aviv – a Surplus of Players in Training Ma'ariv, 6 September 1965, Historical Jewish Press (Hebrew)
  21. ^ Coach Spiegel Released from His Post Ma'ariv, 13 September 1966, Historical Jewish Press (Hebrew)
  22. ^ Hapoel Kiryat Haim – Beitar Netanya 2:0 (1:0) Yehuda Goren, Ma'ariv, 30 October 1966, Historical Jewish Press (Hebrew)
  23. ^ The Main Thing – Physical Shape A. Avi-Ro'ee, Ma'ariv, 23 August 1967, Historical Jewish Press (Hebrew)
  24. ^ E. Spiegel Asked to Be Released from Coaching Maccabi Sha'arayim Ma'ariv, 4 February 1969, Historical Jewish Press (Hebrew)
  25. ^ The Draw Satisfied Both Sides Yesha'ayahu Porat, 24 April 1969, Ma'ariv, Historical Jewish Press (Hebrew)
  26. ^ Hakoah T.A.: The Aim: Mid-table Dan Dudiuk, 9 September 1969, Ma'ariv, Historical Jewish Press (Hebrew)
  27. ^ Only Eliezer Spiegel Didn't Get a Medal at the Cup Final Davar, 27 June 1971, Historical Jewish Press (Hebrew)
  28. ^ Bad conditions were not obstacles in the way of Hakoah to the Championship Shai Kfir, 6 May 1973, Davar, Historical Jewish Press (Hebrew)
  29. ^ Shirazi Is Wounded – But Was Summoned to the U-21 Team Meir Rifman, 2 October 1984, Ma'ariv, Historical Jewish Press (Hebrew)
  30. ^ Yaron Returned the Goldy Medal to Israel Meir Rifman, 25 July 1985, Ma'ariv, Historical Jewish Press (Hebrew)
  31. ^ The U-21 Disbanded Until September A. Tabak, 28 January 1986, Ma'ariv, Historical Jewish Press (Hebrew)
  32. ^ Eliezer Spiegel – to Marmorek Yehiel Hofi, 25 February 1986, Ma'ariv, Historical Jewish Press (Hebrew)