Nir Bitton

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Nir Bitton
Nir Biton Euro U-21 2013.jpg
Bitton lining up for Israel U21 in 2013
Personal information
Date of birth (1991-10-30) 30 October 1991 (age 25)
Place of birth Ashdod, Israel
Height 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in)
Playing position Defensive Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Celtic
Number 6
Youth career
1997–2009 FC Ashdod
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2009–2013 FC Ashdod 123 (14)
2013– Celtic 98 (8)
National team
2008 Israel U17 5 (0)
2009 Israel U18 2 (0)
2009 Israel U19 15 (0)
2010–2013 Israel U21 21 (2)
2010– Israel 19 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 00:48, 13 March 2017 (UTC).
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 13 November 2016

Nir Bitton (Hebrew: ניר ביטון‎‎; born 30 October 1991) is an Israeli professional footballer who plays as a defensive midfielder for Scottish Premiership club Celtic and the Israel national football team. Prior to his professional football career, he completed mandatory military service in the Israel Defense Forces.[1]

Club career[edit]

Bitton broke into the first team of his home-town club FC Ashdod at the age of 17, and went on to make over 100 appearances.[2]

Celtic[edit]

On 30 August 2013, Biton signed a four-year deal with Scottish Premiership club Celtic, for a fee of around £700,000 and a 20% sell-on clause for Israeli Premier League club FC Ashdod.[3]

2013–2014 season[edit]

He made his debut for the club on 18 September, in a Champions League group stage match against AC Milan, coming into the game as a late substitute at the 89th minute.[4][5] Three weeks later he made another Champions League appearance for Celtic, coming as a 77th-minute substitute against Ajax on 22 October, but was sent off eleven minutes later for a late tackle on Thulani Serero.[4][6] The resulting suspension and a few niggling injuries hindered Biton's efforts to establish himself in the team,[7] but he still managed to make a total of 20 appearances for Celtic by the end of his first season there.[8] Celtic won their third successive league title, and Biton's 15 league appearances saw him pick up his first major honour.[7][9]

2014–2015 season[edit]

In the 2014-15 season, Biton scored in Celtic's first league match of the season from the penalty spot after a controversial red card for St Johnstone defender Dave Mackay.[10] Celtic winger Derk Boerrigter was later given a 3-match ban for simulation.[11] Later in the season, Biton scored a stunning 30-yard goal against Dundee. in a 5–0 win.[12] He scored another long distance strike on 12 August 2015, netting from 25 yards into the top corner in a 2–2 draw with Kilmarnock.[13]

2015–2016 season[edit]

To begin the 2015–16 season, on 19 August 2015 Biton scored against Swedish side Malmö FF in a 3–2 win at Celtic Park in the first leg of the Champions League playoffs.[14]

International career[edit]

In 2009, Biton was selected to represent Israel at the 2009 Maccabiah Games, and the team won a bronze medal.[15] He made his senior debut for Israel in a friendly match against Uruguay on 26 May 2010. Biton played a major role in qualifying gamees for the 2016 UEFA Euro Tournament.[16] He scored his first goal for the national team against Andorra in a 4-0 victory On 3 September 2015.[17]

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Israel's goal tally first.[16]
No Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 3 September 2015 Sammy Ofer Stadium, Haifa, Israel  Andorra 2–0 4–0 UEFA Euro 2016 qualification
2. 10 October 2015 Teddy Stadium, Jerusalem, Israel  Cyprus 1–1 1–2 UEFA Euro 2016 qualification

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Celtic[18]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Manchester City try to free talented Israeli midfielder from national service". Daily Mail. 12 January 2012. Retrieved 15 July 2014. 
  2. ^ "Nir Bitton". Celtic FC. Retrieved 30 August 2016. 
  3. ^ "Celtic sign Israeli star, Nir Biton". Celtic FC. 30 August 2013. Retrieved 30 August 2013. 
  4. ^ a b "Games Involving Biton, Nir in season 2013/2014". FitbaStats. Retrieved 1 September 2014. 
  5. ^ "0-2 Vs AC Milan in UEFA Champions League (18/09/2013)". FitbaStats. Retrieved 1 September 2014. 
  6. ^ McGowan, Stephen (22 October 2013). "Celtic 2 Ajax 1: Lennon's 10 men seal victory after goals from Forrest and Kayal". Mail Online. Retrieved 1 September 2014. 
  7. ^ a b Cully, Ronnie (13 February 2014). "Biton out for Celtic shot at glory". Evening Times. Retrieved 1 September 2014. 
  8. ^ "Biton, Nir". FitbaStats. Retrieved 1 September 2014. 
  9. ^ "N. Biton". Soccerway. Retrieved 1 September 2014. 
  10. ^ Burns, Cheri (13 August 2015). "St Johnstone 0 - 3 Celtic". BBC Sport. Retrieved 3 November 2015. 
  11. ^ "Derk Boerrigter accepts two-match ban for 'simulation'". BBC Sport. 18 August 2014. Retrieved 3 November 2015. 
  12. ^ "See Bitton hit wonder goal as Celtic edge closer to title with 5-0 win". STV Sport. 2 May 2015. Retrieved 3 November 2015. 
  13. ^ Campbell, Andy (12 August 2015). "Kilmarnock 2 - 2 Celtic". BBC Sport. Retrieved 3 November 2015. 
  14. ^ "Celtic on top but Berget gives Malmö hope". UEFA. 19 August 2015. Retrieved 20 August 2015. 
  15. ^ "סגלי נבחרות ישראל לטורניר הכדורגל של המכביה". Israel Football Association. 9 July 2009. Retrieved 12 July 2009. 
  16. ^ a b "Nir Biton". National Football Teams. Retrieved 1 September 2014. 
  17. ^ "Israel back on track after Andorra stroll". UEFA. Retrieved 3 September 2015. 
  18. ^ Nir Biton at Soccerway

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