Rodrigo Goldberg

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Rodrigo Goldberg
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Personal information
Full name Rodrigo Alejandro Goldberg Mierzejewski
Date of birth (1971-08-09) August 9, 1971 (age 47)
Place of birth Santiago, Chile
Playing position Striker
Youth career
Universidad de Chile
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1989–1991 Universidad de Chile - (-)
1992–1993 Santiago Wanderers - (-)
1994–1997 Universidad de Chile - (-)
1997 Maccabi Tel Aviv - (-)
1998 Universidad Católica - (-)
2000–2003 Maccabi Tel Aviv 75 (28)
2005–2006 Santiago Morning - (-)
National team
19952001 Chile 13 (4)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Rodrigo Goldberg (born August 9, 1971) is a former Chilean international football player. As a player, he gained national notoriety in Israel for his talented play with Maccabi Tel Aviv and good use of the Hebrew language.[1] Today, he works as a commentator on Canal del Fútbol in Chile.

Time in Israel[edit]

Goldberg was an integral part of the Maccabi Tel Aviv squad that took back to back cup titles and a league championship thereafter.[2] He had a strained relationship with club captain, Avi Nimni, and even verbally criticized him in the Israeli media before returning to Chile.[3]

Return to Chile[edit]

After playing for four seasons in Israel, Goldberg returned to his native Chile to play for Santiago Morning. During a club match against Palestino, he was subjected to anti-semitic abuse from the oppositions supporters because of his Polish and German Jewish background.[4] Goldberg is, however, a Catholic, as a result of the conversion of his grandparents.[5]





  1. ^ Sagi, Miki (2006-04-19). רודריגו גולדברג: "קראו לי בצ'ילה יהודי זבל" (in Hebrew). Yedioth Ahronoth. Retrieved 2007-05-21. 
  2. ^ Sagi, Miki (2006-04-19). "'They called me Jewish garbage'". Yedioth Ahronoth. Retrieved 2007-05-21. 
  3. ^ Zenzifer, Nadav (2003-03-10). נמני: "גורמים במכבי הסיתו שחקנים נגדי" (in Hebrew). Iton Tel Aviv. Archived from the original on February 23, 2006. Retrieved 2007-05-21. 
  4. ^ AFP (2006-04-18). "Insultos antisemitas en torneo chileno" (in Spanish). Archived from the original on June 6, 2011. Retrieved 2007-05-21. 
  5. ^ Eskenazi, Gerald (20 March 2012). "Chile's 'Jewish' soccer star". Retrieved 25 January 2014. I'm not Jewish. The only Hebrew word I knew was 'shalom.' My grandparents were German and Polish Jews, and they converted because in this country, it was easier to be Catholic 

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