Giora Spiegel

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Giora Spiegel
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Personal information
Full name Giora Spiegel
Date of birth (1947-07-27) July 27, 1947 (age 71)
Place of birth Petah Tikva, Mandate Palestine
Height 5-11 (181 cm)[1]
Playing position Manager (former Midfielder)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1965–1973 Maccabi Tel Aviv 176 (68)
1973–1978 Strasbourg 97 (23)
1978–1979 Lyon 43 (9)
1979 Maccabi Tel Aviv 26 (2)
1979–1980 Hakoah Ramat Gan 28 (6)
1980–1981 Beitar Tel Aviv 33 (9)
National team
Israel U-19
1965–1980 Israel 44 (18)
Teams managed
1983–1988 Hapoel Petah Tikva
1988–1989 Maccabi Tel Aviv
1989–1992 Bnei Yehuda
1993–1998 Maccabi Haifa
1999–2000 Bnei Yehuda
2000–2002 Ironi Rishon LeZion
2007–2008 Beitar Jerusalem (general manager)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of December 10, 2006
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of December 10, 2006

Giora Spiegel (Hebrew: גיורא שפיגל‎), (born July 27, 1947, in Petah Tikva) is a former Israeli footballer and coach.[2] As a footballer, he holds the record for the longest Israeli international career, spanning 14 years and 357 days.


Giora Spiegel is the son of Eliezer Spiegel, who played for Maccabi Petah Tikva and the Israel national football team.[3][4] He is Jewish.[5] Spiegel attended Herzliya Hebrew High School. In university he studied accountancy.[6]

Playing career[edit]

As a youth, he played with Maccabi Tel Aviv, and was marked early on as a future talent. By age 17, he was leading the national U-21 side to Asian championships and by 18, he had been called up to the full side. In the summer of 1970 he played as a forward for the Israel national team at the 1970 World Cup finals in Mexico.[7]

In 1973, he fought with Maccabi manager, Jerry Beit haLevi over transferring to a club in France. He later left for France in 1974 to play for French side Strasbourg, returning in 1979 to rejoin Maccabi.[7]

Managerial career[edit]

Spiegel began his career as a manager in Hapoel Petah Tikva in the mid-1980s . After several years he moved to Maccabi Tel Aviv, which won the State Cup. After problems with some of the players and a 10–0 defeat to Maccabi Haifa, Spiegel was fired.

In 1989, he moved to Bnei Yehuda, which won the Israeli Championship in 1990.[7] In 1993, he moved to Maccabi Haifa.[8] The team won the Israeli Championship that year[7] without losing a single game the whole season. Under his lead, Haifa won the State Cup twice, in 1995 and in 1998.

In 1999, Spiegel returned to Bnei Yehuda. After one unsuccessful season with the club, he moved to Ironi Rishon LeZion for two years.

In July 2007, after an absence of five years from the Israeli football scene, Spiegel was hired by Beitar Jerusalem as its general manager.[7] That year, the team won the Double. In August 2008, he retired.




Maccabi Tel Aviv


Israel Israel


As a Manager[edit]


Maccabi Tel Aviv
Bnei Yehuda
Maccabi Haifa

(general manager)

Beitar Jerusalem

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Giora Spiegel Bio, Stats, and Results". Olympics at
  2. ^ ""Giora Spiegel is done coaching, but he's not done"".
  3. ^ Wilson, Jonathan; Winner, David; Auclair, Philippe; Sandbrook, Dominic; Montague, James; Clavane, Anthony; Lowe, Sid; Lyttleton, Ben; Kuper, Simon; Smyth, Rob (26 May 2011). "The Blizzard - The Football Quarterly: Issue One". Blizzard Media Ltd – via Google Books.
  4. ^ "Maccabi Tel Aviv, Hapoel Haifa battle to draw" - Israel News - Jerusalem Post
  6. ^ Dawson, Jeff (16 August 2012). "Back Home: England And The 1970 World Cup". Orion Publishing Group – via Google Books.
  7. ^ a b c d e "Sporting Heroes for 60 years: No. 33 Giora Spiegel" - Jerusalem Post
  8. ^ "Soccer / Giora Spiegel is done coaching, but he's not done" | Haaretz
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