Eyal Golasa

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Eyal Golasa
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Eyal Golasa with Israel in 2012
Personal information
Full name Eyal Golasa
Date of birth (1991-10-07) October 7, 1991 (age 24)
Place of birth Netanya, Israel
Height 1.74 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
PAOK
Number 7
Youth career
2001–2008 Beitar Nes Tubruk
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2008–2014 Maccabi Haifa 128 (13)
2014– PAOK 33 (0)
National team
2007–2008 Israel U17 16 (3)
2008–2009 Israel U18 2 (0)
2008–2010 Israel U19 8 (1)
2008–2013 Israel U21 20 (1)
2010– Israel 7 (0)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 01 December 2015.

† Appearances (goals)

Eyal Golasa (or Eyal Golsa, Hebrew: אייל גולסה‎), (born October 7, 1991 in Netanya) is an Israeli professional footballer who plays for PAOK as a midfielder.

Career[edit]

Club[edit]

Maccabi Haifa[edit]

Golasa came from the highly successful youth system of Beitar Nes Tubruk and, in the summer of 2008, he joined Maccabi Haifa. Golasa made his debut in the 2008–09 Israeli Premier League. The midfielder remained a substitute at the beginning of this season until coming off the bench in a UEFA Champions League match against Kazakh champion FK Aktobe on August 4. Golasa came off the bench, almost singlehandedly turning around a 0–3 deficit as Maccabi claimed a vital 4–3 victory. After leading Maccabi to the playoff stage of the UEFA Champions League, Golasa scored a goal against Red Bull Salzburg, as the Israelis won 3–0. This result enabled the Israelis to return to the group stages of Europe's elite competition. At that time he was being monitored by major European clubs. Websites specializing on football scouting would present him as the new star of the Israeli football.

Golasa has allegedly signed a contract with Italian club S.S. Lazio on February 1, 2010.[1] On 6 February 2010 S.S. Lazio announced the movement of the talented half-forward on a 4 years and a half deal, with a €4 million release clause. However Lazio, which had purchased Golasa last January and had to give up on him just because of bureaucratic troubles, are going to track him starting from next summer transfer market.[2] Unfortunately, this move never happened. Maccabi Haifa swiftly reported S.S. Lazio to CAS in order to keep Golasa. Their arguments are strong: signing without the consent of the club, damage of the image of the club. The club based their case on the Israeli laws that forbids minors from signing contracts unless their parents consent, plus the fact that he hadn't gone through his military duty yet.[3]

In March 2013, TSG 1899 Hoffenheim were rumored to be interested in the services of Golasa, after scoring in Israel U-21s 1–2 loss over Germany U-21s.

He was suspended for six months by Maccabi Haifa after agreeing to sign a new contract. He made a verbal agreement but later backed out, causing club boss Jacob Shachar to suspend him until the end of the season, after which he was sold to PAOK.

PAOK[edit]

On 24 June 2014 he was transferred to the Greek football team PAOK for an undisclosed fee till summer 2017.[4] Golasa couldn't help the club during the Super League 2014–15 play-offs as he suffered a 2nd degree sprain in the left groin and according to medical reports will be back in action after four to six weeks.[5]

Style of play[edit]

Golasa is a central midfielder who can play as a playmaker and left midfielder. He is a skilful, modern versatile midfielder who is most comfortable playing an attacking midfielder role; he also can play as a winger or a central midfielder. He has similar characteristics to Barcelona player Iniesta and former footballer Xavi, as well as Mesut Ozil. He has very good touch on the ball, the ability to use both feet, has a great vision and is a great dribbler. He enjoys making fast offensive bursts in the final 3rd of the pitch and has an eye for the goal. He frequently tries scoring long distance goals, but his accuracy and power have to be heavily refined before he will become a deadly long range striker on the ball. In recent times, he has been improving his finishing attributes and Maccabi Haifa has already benefitted from his vital goals. In order for Eyal Golasa to develop into a solid, elegant, all round midfielder, he needs to improve on his strength and fitness; this will then allow him to enter the football elite.[6]

International[edit]

Golasa has played extensively for his nation at youth level from the under-17 side, to the under-21 side. On 9 February 2011, he made his international debut in a 2–0 home friendly loss against Serbia.

Club career statistics[edit]

(correct as of September 2015)[7]
Club Season League Cup Toto Cup Europe Total
Apps Goals Assists Apps Goals Assists Apps Goals Assists Apps Goals Assists Apps Goals Assists
Maccabi Haifa 2008–09 27 1 0 0 0 0 6 0 0 0 0 0 33 1 0
Maccabi Haifa 2009–10 16 5 2 0 0 0 4 0 0 10 2 0 30 7 2
Maccabi Haifa 2010–11 26 2 1 3 0 0 4 1 0 2 0 0 35 3 1
Maccabi Haifa 2011–12 25 3 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 12 2 3 39 5 5
Maccabi Haifa 2012–13 27 2 2 2 0 1 3 0 0 0 0 0 32 2 3
Maccabi Haifa 2013–14 5 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 2 1 11 2 2
PAOK 2014–15 24 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 7 0 1 34 0 1
PAOK 2015–16 7 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 12 0 0
Career 150 13 8 10 0 1 17 1 0 38 6 5 215 20 14

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Maccabi Haifa

Personal[edit]

His father Avner played for Hapoel Kfar Saba in the 1970's and 1980's. His twin brother Orel played for Maccabi Haifa but only managed to play twice for the senior side before he retired because of an injury at the end of the 2009-10 season.

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.thejc.com/sport/sport-news/26678/eyal-golasa-joins-lazio
  2. ^ Lazio Aiming To Bring Back Eyal Golasa From germany
  3. ^ Eyal Golasa Biography
  4. ^ Παίκτης του ΠΑΟΚ ο Εγιάλ Γκολάσα
  5. ^ Konstantinidis, Golasa ruled out of play-offs Retrieved 9 May 2015
  6. ^ "Maccabi Haifa's Scouting Eyal Golasa". afootballreport.com. 
  7. ^ [1]

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