Idan Tal

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Idan Tal
Idan Tal.jpg
Personal information
Date of birth (1975-09-13) 13 September 1975 (age 43)
Place of birth Beersheba, Israel
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Hapoel Jerusalem
Youth career
Hapoel Jerusalem
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1994–1996 Hapoel Jerusalem 2 (0)
1997–1998 Maccabi Petah Tikva 71 (10)
1998–2000 Hapoel Tel Aviv 14 (2)
1999–2000Mérida (loan) 36 (5)
2000 Maccabi Petah Tikva 7 (1)
2000–2002 Everton 29 (2)
2003 Rayo Vallecano 6 (0)
2003–2006 Maccabi Haifa 109 (30)
2006–2007 Bolton Wanderers 16 (0)
2007–2011 Beitar Jerusalem 122 (16)
2011–2013 Hapoel Jerusalem 53 (3)
National team
1995–1997 Israel U21 13 (2)
1998–2007 Israel 69 (5)
Teams managed
2013 Hapoel Jerusalem
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 19 May 2012

Idan Tal (Hebrew: עידן טל; born 13 September 1975 in Jerusalem) is a former Israeli professional footballer who now works as a manager.

Tal was born in Beersheba, Israel, and is Jewish.[1] He lives in Haifa, is married to Doreen, and has two children, Miron and Amit.[2]

Club career[edit]

Tal started his career at Hapoel Jerusalem FC, moving to Maccabi Petah Tikva F.C. midway through the 1996–97 season. He joined his next club, Hapoel Tel Aviv FC, in the same period of 1998–99, winning the Israel State Cup with the side (its first title in 11 years).[3]

In 1999–2000 Tal represented CP Mérida in Spain. Even though the Extremadura team finished in sixth position in the second division, it would be relegated due to irregularities, and he returned to Maccabi Petah Tikva, playing a handful of games before changing teams – and countries – again, as he signed with Everton in October 2000, appearing sparingly over the course of two 1/2 seasons.[4]

In January 2003 Tal was released and returned to Spain, joining La Liga side Rayo Vallecano and suffering another relegation, this time on the pitch. In the summer, he signed for Maccabi Haifa FC.[5]

On 9 November 2005, Tal received French citizenship, a process that took him five years to complete: his eligibility came through his wife Doreen, of French descent. The fact that he had acquired a European passport, along with his contract with Maccabi being due to expire at the end of the season, allowed him to renegotiate a return to Europe on a free transfer, where he would not count as a foreign player.[6] In July 2006 he left the national champions to return to England, signing with Bolton Wanderers and sharing teams with compatriot Tal Ben Haim.[7]

During his sole season, as Bolton qualified for the UEFA Cup as seventh, Tal appeared almost exclusively from the bench (12 out of his 16 Premier League appearances). He scored once, against Doncaster Rovers for the season's FA Cup.[8] In July 2007, at nearly 32, he was sold to Beitar Jerusalem FC,[9] signing a three-year contract worth £246,000.

Tal returned to Hapoel Jerusalem in July 2011, agreeing to a three-year deal with the second level outfit. On 26 October 2011 he revealed that, although he had signed a long-term contract, he would retire at the end of the season if he did not achieve promotion to the top flight,[10] which eventually happened yet Tal continues to play for Hapoel to this date. In April of the following year he was given a US$2000 fine and a month-long suspension by the club, after an argument with Hapoel manager Michael Kadosh.[11]

Coaching career[edit]

On June 30, 2013 he was appointed the manager of Hapoel Jerusalem.[12] On December he left the job due to poor results.[13]


Team Nat From To Record
G W D L Win %
Hapoel Jerusalem Israel June 30, 2013 December 4, 2013 13 3 5 5 023.08
Total 13 3 5 5 023.08

International career[edit]

Tal earned 69 caps for the Israeli national team during nine years, scoring five goals.




  • Israeli Player of the Year: 2004–05[14]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Day by Day in Jewish Sports History - Bob Wechsler
  2. ^ [1]
  3. ^,7340,L-3265042,00.html
  4. ^ ToffeeWeb - "Everton Past Player: Idan Tal"
  5. ^ Soccer / "Maccabi Haifa, Tal heal rift" | Haaretz
  6. ^ Motola, Gur (9 November 2005). מכבי חיפה: עידן טל קיבל אזרחות צרפתית (in Hebrew). Yedioth Ahronoth. Retrieved 14 October 2008.
  7. ^ Bolton sign Israel midfielder Tal; BBC Sport, 30 March 2006
  8. ^ "Doncaster 0–4 Bolton". BBC Sport. 6 January 2007. Retrieved 14 September 2009.
  9. ^ Bolton set to sell midfielder Tal; BBC Sport, 5 July 2007
  10. ^ עידן טל יפרוש בתום העונה: הגיל עושה את שלו; One, 26 October 2011 (in Hebrew)
  11. ^ עידן טל הושעה מהפועל ירושלים עד סיום העונה; One, 8 April 2012 (in Hebrew)
  12. ^ עידן טל מונה למאמן הפועל ירושלים - וואלה! ספורט
  13. ^ [2]
  14. ^ Israel – Player of the Year; at RSSSF

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