Shay Holtzman

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Shay Holtsman
שי הולצמן
Personal information
Full name Shay Holtzman
Date of birth (1974-01-01) January 1, 1974 (age 43)
Place of birth Netanya, Israel
Playing position Striker
Youth career
Maccabi Netanya
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1990–1993 Maccabi Netanya 78 (13)
1993–1994 Maccabi Haifa 41 (10)
1994–1996 Tzafririm Holon 41 (18)
1996–1997 Hapoel Be'er Sheva 28 (11)
1997 Stade Rennais 17 (5)
1997–1998 Beitar Jerusalem 13 (3)
1998 Hapoel Haifa 5 (1)
1998–1999 Austria Wien 15 (3)
1999 Maccabi Netanya 7 (2)
2000–2001 Maccabi Petah Tikva 51 (15)
2001–2002 Ironi Rishon leZion 47 (25)
2002–2009 F.C. Ashdod 163 (72)
Total 506 (178)
National team
1990–1991 Israel U-17 4 (3)
Israel U-18 ? (4)
1992–1995 Israel U-21[1] 34 (14)
1995–2004 Israel 9 (1)
Teams managed
2010–2013 F.C. Ashdod (assistant manager)
2013–2014 Maccabi Netanya (assistant manager)[2]
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 9 February 2007.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 9 February 2007

Shay Holtsman (Hebrew: שי הולצמן‎‎, born January 1, 1974) is a retired Israeli footballer. He played as a striker in the top level of Israeli league football for Maccabi Netanya, Maccabi Haifa, Tzafririm Holon, Hapoel Be'er Sheva, Beitar Jerusalem, Hapoel Haifa, Maccabi Petah Tikva, Ironi Rishon leZion, F.C. Ashdod and for the Israel national team. He also played for Austrian giants Austria Wien for one season. He is widely considered as one of the greatest strikers of all time, being both F.C. Ashdod's and the Israeli Premier League's record goalscorer. After retiring as a player, Holtzman worked as an assistant manager in F.C. Ashdod and Maccabi Netanya.


Holtzman grew in the Maccabi Netanya youth team, and in 1990–91 season he went to the first team of the club until 1992–93 season. In 1993–94 season he played in Maccabi Haifa and won with the team in the Israeli Championship and the Toto Cup.

During 1994–95 season he went from Maccabi Haifa to Tzafririm Holon, until 1996–97 season which he transferred to Hapoel Be'er Sheva and won in the Israel State Cup.

In 1997–98 Holtzman went abroad to France, to Stade Rennais but during the season he went back to Israel, to Beitar Jerusalem which he won with the team in the Israeli Championship and the Toto Cup. In the beginning of 1998–99 Holtzman started in Hapoel Haifa but later during the season he went abroad again, to FK Austria Wien of Austria.

In the beginning of 1999–2000 season Holtzman went back to his local club, Maccabi Netanya, but later he decided to leave again, to Maccabi Petah Tikva. After a year and a half in Petah Tikva, he started the 2001–02 season in Ironi Rishon leZion. That season he finished second place in the top scorers list with 17 goals. During 2002–03 he left Rishon leZion and signed with F.C. Ashdod. Holtzman finished the same season as the co-top scorer with Yaniv Abargil with 18 goals, the next season again he shared the title with Ofir Haim, and in 2005–06 season he won again in this title but alone.

Personal life[edit]

Holtzman has a cat named Mitzi.





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