Guy Luzon

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Guy Luzon
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Personal information
Date of birth (1975-08-07) 7 August 1975 (age 39)
Place of birth Israel
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Club information
Current team
Charlton Athletic (manager)
Youth career
Maccabi Petah Tikva
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1992–1996 Maccabi Petah Tikva[1][2][3] 11 (0)
Teams managed
2001–2007 Maccabi Petah Tikva
2007 Hapoel Tel Aviv
2008 Maccabi Petah Tikva
2008–2010 Bnei Yehuda
2010–2013 Israel U-21
2013–2014 Standard Liège
2015– Charlton Athletic

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

† Appearances (Goals).

Guy Luzon (Hebrew: גיא לוזון‎; born 7 August 1975) is a former Israeli fooballer, currently head coach at Charlton Athletic. He was appointed to the post in January 2015.[4]

Club Career[edit]

Guy Luzon was a graduate of the Maccabi Petah Tikva youth program, joining Maccabi Petah Tikva at the age of 10. Luzon started playing for the first team at the age of 18, making his debut against Beitar Tel Aviv in 1992. He played for Maccabi Petah Tikva for 3 years, until an injury caused by Jan Talesnikov caused him to retire at the age of 21 in 1996.

Managerial Career[edit]

After Luzon's forced retirement from football, he was offered a job to coach the Maccabi Petah Tikva youth team, under head coach Eli Ohana. Luzon took over as manager after Ohana in the 2001–02 Israeli Premier League season, leading Maccabi to finish in 8th place. Luzon's biggest success at Maccabi was winning the Toto Cup in 2004 along with placing second in the 2004–05 Israeli Premier League and qualifying for the UEFA Cup 2nd Qualifying Round. Luzon was appointed by Hapoel Tel Aviv before the beginning of the 2007–08 Israeli Premier League season, however he resigned on November 25, 2007 when Hapoel was bottom of the league with only 6 points. Luzon returned to coach Maccabi Petah Tikva, however he resigned after only a few months, on April 6, 2008, because of several losses. On June 12, 2008, Luzon was appointed as manager of Bnei Yehuda, leading them to the 2009–10 UEFA Europa League, where they had several victories before being knocked out by PSV Eindhoven in the play-off round.

On August 4, 2010 Luzon was appointed to coach the Israel national under-21 football team, with which he competed at the 2013 UEFA European Under-21 Championship because Israel qualified automatically as hosts. Luzon led the Israeli U-21 team to a 3rd place finish in Group A, including a victory against the England U-21's. Luzon was appointed by Standard Liège on May 27, 2013, which was met with protests from some of the Standard fans.[5] However, Luzon exceeded expectations, leading Standard to a second place finish in the 2013–14 Belgian Pro League and qualifying for the 2014–15 UEFA Champions League, where they lost in the play-off round to Zenit Saint Petersburg. On October 20, 2014 Luzon was dismissed from his job at Standard because of the poor results in the beginning of the season.

On January 13, 2015, Luzon was appointed as head coach of Charlton Athletic.[6] His first game in charge of Charlton Athletic was a 0-0 tie with Wolverhampton Wanderers on January 24, 2015. Luzon's first win as Charlton Athletic's coach was a 3-0 win against Brentford on February 14, 2015.

Honours[edit]

As a player[edit]

As a manager[edit]

Managerial statistics[edit]

As of 2 May 2015[12][13]
Team Nat From To Record
P W D L Win %
Maccabi Petah Tikva Israel 2001 2007 230 109 58 63 47.39
Hapoel Tel Aviv Israel 2007 2007 22 5 5 12 22.73
Maccabi Petah Tikva Israel 2008 2008 17 3 3 11 17.65
Bnei Yehuda Israel 2008 2010 98 44 23 31 44.90
Israel U-21 Israel 2010 2013 26 12 5 9 46.15
Standard Liège Belgium 2013 2014 72 35 16 21 48.61
Charlton Athletic England 2015 20 8 5 7 40.00
Total 485 216 115 154 44.54

Personal Life[edit]

Guy Luzon's uncle, Avi Luzon is the former chairman of Maccabi Petah Tikva and another uncle, Amos Luzon is the current chairman. His cousin, Idan Malichi played for Maccabi Petah Tikva between 1997 and 2003. Luzon is married to his wife, Dana Luzon, a fitness instructor, and they have two children together.

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