Nahum Stelmach

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Nahum Stelmach
Personal information
Full name Nahum Stelmach
Date of birth (1936-07-19)July 19, 1936
Place of birth Petah Tikva, Mandate Palestine
Date of death March 27, 1999(1999-03-27) (aged 62)
Playing position Manager (former Right forward)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1951–69 Hapoel Petah Tikva[1] 349 (154)
1969–70[1] Bnei Yehuda[2] 18 (4)
National team
1956–68[3] Israel[3] 61 (22)
Teams managed
1967–69 Hapoel Petah Tikva (Player-manager)
1987–88 Hapoel Petah Tikva (General Manager)
1999 Israel
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Nahum Stelmach (Hebrew: נחום סטלמך‎‎; 1936–1999) was an Israeli footballer and manager.[4]

Stellmach (on left); 1959


He was chosen third by Yediot Aharonot's greatest Israeli footballers. He made a name for himself as the leader of Hapoel Petah Tikva. At the height of his career in Hapoel Petah Tikva, Stelmach received offers to sign for Arsenal and Fenerbahçe but declined due to his loyalty to the team. He led his team to five national championships, four of them consecutive.

His most recognizable attribute was the quality of his headers, with which he scored most of his international goals. As a result he was commonly nicknamed "the golden head" in Israel.

He scored what was arguably his most famous goal for the Israeli national football team in an Olympic qualifier against The USSR, with Lev Yashin as goalkeeper at the Ramat Gan Stadium on 1956. Despite the fact that Israel lost the game 2:1 (his goal was a temporary equalizer), and that the game was not televised, that goal is widely considered a defining moment in the history of Israel's national team's early years.


He was the trainer of Hapoel Haifa in the 1970s, while training the international stars Yochanan Vollach and Itzhak Englander.