Shay Abutbul

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Shay Abutbul
Personal information
Full name Shay Abutbul
Date of birth (1983-01-16) January 16, 1983 (age 34)
Place of birth Bat Yam, Israel
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Central midfielder
Club information
Current team
Hapoel Tel Aviv
Number 18
Youth career
1999–2002 Hapoel Tel Aviv
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002– 2015 Hapoel Tel Aviv 236 (18)
2015 – Maccabi Sha'arayim 12 (0)
National team
2001 Israel U19 6 (1)
2003–2005 Israel U21 17 (3)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 1 June 2013.

Shay Abutbul (Hebrew: שי אבוטבול‎‎; born 16 January 1983) is an Israeli football player playing for Maccabi Sha'arayim.


Shay Abutbul began his career in the youth ranks of top Israeli side Hapoel Tel Aviv. After impressing with the youth side, Shay was called up to the first team in 2002. Since then Abutbul has been one of the top players for the club. During his time with Hapoel he has helped the club capture the Israeli Cup on two occasions and qualify for the UEFA Cup. During the 2008/08 season Shay appeared in 20 league matches scoring 3 goals, he also appeared in 6 UEFA Cup matches scoring 1 goal. It was reported that he has an offer from New York Red Bulls from the MLS.


Abutbul has represented Israel at the Under 19 and Under 21 level. He also served as captain of the under 21 side.


Personal life[edit]

Shay married his girlfriend Keren in May 2005. They have four children.