Haim Revivo

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Haim Revivo
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Personal information
Full name Haim Michael Revivo
Date of birth (1972-02-22) 22 February 1972 (age 47)
Place of birth Ashdod, Israel
Height 1.77 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Attacking midfielder, Winger
Youth career
1984–1988 Hapoel Ashdod
1988–1990 Gadna Tel Aviv Yehuda
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1990–1993 Bnei Yehuda 76 (20)
1993–1994 Hapoel Tel Aviv 36 (12)
1994–1996 Maccabi Haifa 57 (45)
1996–2000 Celta Vigo 124[1] (23)
2000–2002 Fenerbahçe 68 (30)
2002–2003 Galatasaray 12 (5)
2003–2004 Ashdod 10 (3)
Total 383 (138)
National team
1990 Israel U18 1 (0)
1992–1993 Israel U21 9 (5)
1992–2004 Israel 67 (15)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Haim Michael Revivo (Hebrew: חיים מיכאל רביבו; born 22 February 1972) is a retired Israeli football player who played as a midfielder, and a businessman.

Sports career[edit]

Revivo is Jewish and was born to a traditional Mizrahi Jewish family in Ashdod, Israel.[2][3][4] One of his grandmothers is from Morocco.[5]

He played football at Hapoel Ashdod until the age of 16 when he transferred to the youth club of Gadna Tel Aviv Yehuda. Revivo liked that the club had no senior team and he would be a free agent once he reached 18. When he turned 19, Giora Spiegel brought him to Bnei Yehuda after both Hapoel Kfar Saba and Maccabi Petah Tikva turned him down. Revivo spent three seasons at Bnei Yehuda before transferring to city rivals, Hapoel.

When Reuven Atar requested to leave Maccabi Haifa for Hapoel Haifa, Ya'akov Shahar was quick to sign a replacement. He brought in Revivo, who was happy to join Haifa since he believed that from there he could get to a European club. In his first season with Haifa, Revivo led the league (along with Amir Turgeman) with 17 goals. In his second season, he wanted to move from the left side of the midfield to the center of the pitch. Then club manager, Giora Spiegel, was reluctant but in order to avoid a fight with his star, he released Alon Mizrahi. Revivo paid off dividends and was once again the league leading goal scorer. Haifa was quick to sell their star to Spanish club, Celta de Vigo.

Revivo became a starter at Celta Vigo. In October 1996, shortly after Revivo joined the club, he made headlines because of the club's league clash on Yom Kippur. Revivo desperately wanted to avoid the match that fell on the Jewish holiday. The club was able to move the match fixture ahead by a couple of hours and Revivo played for as long he could before being brought off in the second half to hurry home for the holiday.[3] He played in Spain a few successful years, and was very popular in Spain.[5] He was named co-winner of the 1998 Israel Sports Figure of the Year Award.[4]

His first two years with Fenerbahçe were a success, and he led the team to the 2001 Turkish championship, but then he lost the attention of the club's management after other famous foreign players were brought in. He decided to leave, and caused much controversy with his move to Istanbul rivals Galatasaray. His spell at Galatasaray only lasted a year before he left Turkey.

After his return to Israel, he signed for Israel's F.C. Ashdod, but after 12 games he retired from football. He is now a successful businessman and one of the former owners of F.C. Ashdod.

Israeli national team[edit]

Revivo made his first appearance for a national side on December 18, 1990, playing with the Israel national under-18 football team against their Portuguese counterparts at the Estádio da Luz in Lisbon. Revivo played in the midfield along with Avi Nimni and Eyal Berkovic who he would end up playing with most of his national team career.

A year and a half later, Revivo debuted with the Israel national under-21 football team on May 13, 1992 in a friendly against their Turkish counterparts at Herzliya Municipal Stadium in Israel. He scored on his debut and added another four goals in nine appearances, including a brace in a 1994 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship qualifier against Austria.

Six months after making his under-21 debut, he represented the full side in a 1994 FIFA World Cup qualifier at Ramat Gan Stadium against Sweden. Revivo became a fixture in the national team lineup under Shlomo Scharf and competed for Israel in three FIFA World Cup qualifying campaigns and UEFA European Football Championship qualifying campaigns in addition to 26 friendly matches.[4]



Bnei Yehuda Tel Aviv
Maccabi Haifa


See also[edit]


  1. ^ Revivo, Michail Haim Revivo - Futbolista
  2. ^ Day by Day in Jewish Sports History - Bob Wechsler
  3. ^ a b ספורט ביום כיפור? היה דבר כזה (in Hebrew). Yedioth Ahronoth. October 8, 2008. Retrieved October 10, 2008.
  4. ^ a b c Great Jews in Sports - Robert Slater
  5. ^ a b Languages of Modern Jewish Cultures: Comparative Perspectives
  6. ^ Israel - Player of the Year

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