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Eran Zahavi
EranZeahviCelebrating.jpg
Zahavi celebrating a goal for Maccabi Tel Aviv at the Tel Aviv derby in 2014
Personal information
Date of birth (1987-07-25) 25 July 1987 (age 31)
Place of birth Rishon LeZion, Israel
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11 12 in)
Playing position Attacking midfielder, striker
Club information
Current team
Guangzhou R&F
Number 7
Youth career
1993–2003 Hapoel Tel Aviv
2003–2005 Ironi Rishon LeZion
2005–2006 Hapoel Tel Aviv
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006–2011 Hapoel Tel Aviv 94 (27)
2007–2008Ironi Ramat HaSharon 45 (10)
2011–2013 Palermo 23 (2)
2013–2016 Maccabi Tel Aviv 120 (98)
2016– Guangzhou R&F 88 (80)
National team
2008 Israel U21 1 (0)
2010– Israel 45 (15)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 16 July 2019
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 22:01, 7 June 2019 (UTC)

Eran Zahavi (or Zehavi, Hebrew: ערן זהבי‎; born 25 July 1987) is an Israeli professional footballer who plays as an attacking midfielder or striker for Guangzhou R&F and for the Israel national football team.

Zahavi was named the Israeli Footballer of the Year twice (2013 and 2014), and finished as the top goalscorer three seasons in a row in the Israeli Premier League, in 2013–14 (29 goals, all-time club record), in 2014–15 (27 goals), and in 2015–16 (35 goals, all-time club and league record). In December 2014, Zahavi broke the Israeli Premier League record for scoring in consecutive appearances after he scored for an 18th game in a row. In 2016, he broke the Israeli league six-decade-old season scoring record, beating the 1954–55 record.[1] He has been a senior international since 2010, earning 45 caps. He was named the 2017 Chinese Super League MVP.

Biography[edit]

Zahavi was born in Rishon Lezion, Israel, to a Jewish family.[2][3][4][5] He started his youth career with Hapoel Tel Aviv. At the age of 16 he went to Ironi Rishon LeZion, in his hometown. Two years later, in 2005 he returned to Hapoel. He managed to get to the state cup final with his team but lost to Beitar Jerusalem F.C. after a penalty shootout; he scored the equalizer that led to extra time.

Career[edit]

Hapoel Tel Aviv[edit]

Zahavi playing for Hapoel Tel Aviv in 2010

A Hapoel Tel Aviv youth product, he was promoted into the first team in 2006 and won the Israel State Cup and the championship title after a dramatic match against the fierce rival Beitar Jerusalem in which Zahavi scored at the 92nd minute of extra time. Zahavi was reported to have garnered interest from clubs in Belgium during the 2009–10 season. Zahavi has a French passport, which would mean that he would not count as a foreigner in many European leagues.[6]

In the 2010–11 season Zahavi became the top assister of the Israeli Premier League, providing 13 assists during the season.[7]

Palermo[edit]

Zahavi signed a five-year deal with the Italian Serie A club, Palermo, before the beginning of the 2011–12 Serie A season.[8] He capped two seasons with 23 appearances in the top league of Italy, scoring two goals versus Bologna and Cagliari.[9]

Maccabi Tel Aviv[edit]

Zahavi playing for Maccabi Tel Aviv in the 2015–16 Champions League match versus Chelsea

In December 2012, towards the winter transfers window opening, Zahavi showed signs of returning to Israel.[10] Following an agreement made by Palermo and Maccabi Tel Aviv, his former club Hapoel Tel Aviv was given seven days to make a bid on him due to a first-option clause in his contract,[11] but it was not exploited. On 21 January 2013, after over a month of speculation in the media, Maccabi Tel Aviv announced his arrival, signing him on a three-and-a-half year contract[12] for €250,000.[13]

At the Tel Aviv derby on 3 November 2014, Zahavi scored a penalty to equalise the score at 1–1 in the first half, but was then attacked by a pitch invader. On retaliating, he was sent off, prompting more pitch invasions which led to the match being abandoned.[14]

In the beginning of the 2015–16 season, Zahavi was appointed as Maccabi's new captain after former captain Sheran Yeini signed at Dutch football club Vitesse. On 5 August 2015, Zahavi scored two goals against Czech team Viktoria Plzeň in a 2–0 away victory in the second leg of the third qualifying round after Maccabi lost at home 2–1. On 19 August 2015, Zahavi scored a brace, including a 96th-minute equaliser, in a 2–2 draw against Swiss side Basel at St. Jakob-Park in the first leg of the Champions League playoffs.[15] On 25 August, during the second leg at Bloomfield, he scored a 24th-minute equaliser as the match ended 1–1, a result that sent Maccabi to the Champions League group stage due to the away goals rule.[16] Zahavi finished the Champions League qualifying phase and play-off round as the top goalscorer with 7 goals in 5 games.[17] During the season Zahavi scored 35 league goals, in 36 league games, and set a new Israeli record for league goals in single season. The previous record was set by the striker Nissim Elmaliach, who scored 30 goals in 26 league games during the 1954–55 season.[18]

Guangzhou R&F[edit]

On 29 June 2016, Zahavi joined Guangzhou R&F of the Chinese Football League, making him the second Israeli player in China after Liron Zarko.[19] The transfer deal will pay Zahavi a reported $12.5 million over two-and-a-half years.[20] On 2 July, Zahavi made his debut coming on from the bench at the 60th minute playing against Shijiazhuang Ever Bright with the score a 1–1 draw. 15 minutes later he scored his first goal, and later on he added an assist to lead his team to a 4–2 victory.[21]

On 13 July, Zahavi scored a hat-trick in 19 minutes in the Chinese FA Cup match against Hebei China Fortune coming on from the bench in the second half and so helping R&F to a 3–0 win.[22] On 18 October, during a league match against Hangzhou Greentown, Zahavi netted his second hat trick in an R&F jersey, propelling them to a 5–2 victory. He found the net in the 33rd, 55th, and 67th minutes of the match. Those goals gave him 16 goals in as many games for R&F, across all competitions. These scoring exploits quickly earned him the nickname "the King of Yuexiushan".[23]

Zahavi finished his first half season for Guangzhou R&F with six goals in four Chinese FA Cup games, and 11 league goals in 15 appearances. In December 2016, according to media reports, Chinese club Shandong Luneng Taishan F.C. offered $20 million for Zahavi, the highest transfer fee ever offered for an Israeli footballer.[24] On 24 January 2017, Zahavi signed a renewed contract with Guangzhou R&F until the end of the 2020 season, for an estimated $7 million per season.[25] On 23 July, in the league match against Yanbian Funde he scored four goals and Guangzhou won 6–2. Zahavi finished the 2017 season with 27 league goals (one short of the league record) to win the CSL Golden Boot Award.[26][27] He was also named the Most Valuable Player in the Chinese Super League, and selected in the CSL team of the year.[28][29]

After Shanghai Greenland Shenhua failed to sign Zahavi in September 2017 for a transfer fee of $25 million,[30] Zahavi renewed his contract with Guangzhou R&F in February 2018 for an estimated $10 million per season on a three-year contract.[31][32] On 2 March, during round 1 of the 2018 CSL season, Zahavi scored a hat-trick and assisted one goal in the 5–4 away win against reigning champions Guangzhou Evergrande Taobao.[33]

International[edit]

Zahavi playing for Israel in the 2016 Euro Qualifiers match versus Andorra

Zahavi made his international debut on 2 September 2010 against Malta in a UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying match. He scored his first goal for the national team on 10 September 2013 against Russia.[34] On 24 March 2019, he scored a hat-trick against Austria in a 4–2 home win during the UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying.[35] On 7 June 2019, Zahavi scored a back-to-back hat-trick against Latvia in a 3–0 away win.[36]

As of 2019, he has made 45 appearances for Israel, scoring 15 international goals.[37]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of 12 July 2019
Club Season League Cup League Cup Continental Other Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Hapoel Tel Aviv 2006–07 0 0 0 0 2 0 2 0
2007–08 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2008–09 26 7 0 0 5 4 0 0 31 11
2009–10 29 11 5 0 0 0 0 0 34 11
2010–11 32 9 3 2 4 2 10 4 49 17
Total 87 27 8 2 11 6 10 4 116 39
Ironi Ramat HaSharon (loan) 2006–07 14 2 0 0 14 2
2007–08 31 7 0 0 31 7
Total 45 9 0 0 45 9
Palermo 2011–12 20 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 20 2
2012–13 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
Total 23 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 23 2
Maccabi Tel Aviv 2012–13 16 7 2 1 0 0 0 0 18 8
2013–14 34 29 1 0 11 4 0 0 46 33
2014–15 34 27 5 5 4 1 6 2 0 0 49 35
2015–16 36 35 6 3 1 0 11 8 1 2 55 48
Total 120 98 14 9 5 1 28 14 1 2 168 124
Guangzhou R&F 2016 15 11 4 6 19 17
2017 30 27 4 4 34 31
2018 26 20 3 2 29 22
2019 16 20 0 0 16 20
Total 87 78 11 12 0 0 0 0 0 0 98 90
Career total 362 214 33 23 16 7 38 18 1 2 450 264

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Israel's goal tally first.[9]
No. Date Venue Cap Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 10 September 2013 Petrovsky Stadium, Saint Petersburg, Russia 15  Russia 1–3 1–3 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification
2. 1 June 2014 BBVA Compass Stadium, Houston, United States 20  Honduras 1–0 4–2 Friendly
3. 16 November 2014 Sammy Ofer Stadium, Haifa, Israel 23  Bosnia and Herzegovina 3–0 3–0 UEFA Euro 2016 qualification
4. 3 September 2015 27  Andorra 1–0 4–0
5. 31 May 2016 Karađorđe Stadium, Novi Sad, Serbia 31  Serbia 1–1 1–3 Friendly
6. 12 November 2016 Elbasan Arena, Elbasan, Albania 32  Albania 1–0 3–0 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification
7. 15 November 2018 Netanya Stadium, Netanya, Israel 41  Guatemala 1–0 7–0 Friendly
8. 20 November 2018 Hampden Park, Glasgow, Scotland 42  Scotland 2–3 2–3 2018–19 UEFA Nations League C
9. 21 March 2019 Sammy Ofer Stadium, Haifa, Israel 43  Slovenia 1–1 1–1 UEFA Euro 2020 qualification
10. 24 March 2019 44  Austria 1–1 4–2
11. 2–1
12. 3–1
13. 7 June 2019 Daugava Stadium, Riga, Latvia 45  Latvia 1–0 3–0
14. 2–0
15. 3–0

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Hapoel Tel Aviv[9]
Maccabi Tel Aviv[9]

Individual[edit]

Records[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  19. ^ 以色列球星1250万美元加盟广州富力
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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Sheran Yeini
Maccabi Tel Aviv F.C. captain
2015–2016
Succeeded by
Gal Alberman
Preceded by
Tal Ben Haim
Israel national football team captain
2016–2017
Succeeded by
Bibras Natkho