Tal Ben Haim (footballer, born 1989)

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Tal Ben Haim
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Ben Haim signing for Maccabi Tel Aviv in 2013
Personal information
Date of birth (1989-08-05) 5 August 1989 (age 29)
Place of birth Kfar Saba, Israel
Height 1.79 m (5 ft 10 12 in)
Playing position Winger / Forward
Club information
Current team
Sparta Prague
Number 11
Youth career
2003–2007 Maccabi Petah Tikva
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2007–2012 Maccabi Petah Tikva 122 (29)
2012–2013 Hapoel Tel Aviv 30 (7)
2013–2017 Maccabi Tel Aviv 119 (34)
2017– Sparta Prague 20 (0)
National team
2007–2008 Israel U19 4 (1)
2008–2010 Israel U21 9 (1)
2011– Israel 22 (5)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 11:42, 16 October 2017 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 9 October 2016

Tal Ben Haim (born 5 August 1989), sometimes known as Tal Ben Chaim (Hebrew: טל בן-חיים‎) or Tal Ben Haim II, is an Israeli footballer who plays for Sparta Prague as a winger. He can also play in the forward position.

Career[edit]

Maccabi Petah Tikva[edit]

Ben Haim started his career with Maccabi Petah Tikva youth team when he was 14 years old. On 2007–08 season he started playing for the youth ranks of the club, scoring 19 goals in the Israeli Noar Premier League, while late in the season he was promoted to the senior team. On 3 May 2008 he made his debut for the club in a match against Bnei Yehuda Tel Aviv. He scored his first goal in the Israeli Premier League against Hapoel Tel Aviv on 24 May 2008.

In the 2008–09 season Ben Haim become a regular choice for the senior squad, and in 2009–10 he occupied the forward position in the club alongside Omer Damari. At the end of the 2011–12 summer transfer window Ben Haim was about to move to Hapoel Tel Aviv after his teammate Omer Damari has moved earlier in that period, but the deal was cut short and he remained with the club for another season. That season was a bad one for the club and eventually it was relegated to the second division.

Hapoel Tel Aviv[edit]

On 16 July 2012, Ben Haim officially signed a two-year contract with Hapoel Tel Aviv in a complicated contract that left Maccabi Petah Tikva 75% of the fees from his next transfer, alongside a release clause of €1.5 million.[1] He made his debut for the club on his 23rd birthday, 5 August 2012, in the Toto Cup. Seven days later he scored his first goal for the club in the Toto Cup against Maccabi Netanya. On 23 August 2012 he made his first appearance in a European competition against the Luxembourg side F91 Dudelange in a match he also scored. Three days later he scored his first goal in the Israeli Premier League for Hapoel Tel Aviv against Hapoel Rishon LeZion.

Maccabi Tel Aviv[edit]

On 25 June 2013 Ben Haim was purchased by Maccabi Tel Aviv in a deal including €1.1 million and a future 25% sell-fee to Maccabi Petah Tikva, and he officially signed a four-year contract with the club.[2] He made his debut for the club on 17 July 2013 in the 2013–14 UEFA Champions League second qualifying round match against Győri ETO FC. Ben Haim scored his first goal for the club in the second leg of the match against Győri ETO FC just one week later.

He made his debut for Maccabi in the Israeli Premier League in the first round against Hapoel Acre, providing an assist in a match won 2–0. On 28 September 2013 he scored his first league goal for Maccabi in a 3-0 victory over Ironi Kiryat Shmona. He finished his first season for Maccabi with a championship. The 2014-15 season was successful as well as he won a local Treble with Maccabi.

A season later he qualified with his team to the Champions League Group Stage after 11 years, He finished the season with 10 league goals in 31 appearances.

Sparta Prague[edit]

In June 2017, Ben Haim joined Sparta Prague on a four-year deal, reportedly worth around €1 million per season after Sparta had activated a €2.9 million release clause in Ben Haim's contract with Maccabi Tel Aviv.[3]

International career[edit]

Ben Haim made his debut for the national team on 29 March 2011 in a UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying match against Georgia. In that match he also scored his first goal for the team, which appeared to be the winning goal, just six minutes after he was substituted into the game.

International goals[edit]

As of match played 9 October 2016. Israel score listed first, score column indicates score after each Ben Haim goal.[4]
International goals by date, venue, cap, opponent, score, result and competition
No. Date Venue Cap Opponent Score Result Competition
1 6 September 2011 Bloomfield Stadium, Tel Aviv, Israel 1  Georgia 1–0 1–0 UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying
2 10 October 2014 GSP Stadium, Nicosia, Cyprus 8  Cyprus 2–0 2–1 UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying
3 12 June 2015 Bilino Polje Stadium, Zenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina 13  Bosnia and Herzegovina 1–0 1–3
4 5 September 2016 Sammy Ofer Stadium, Haifa, Israel 20  Italy 1–2 1–3 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification
5 6 October 2016 Philip II Arena, Skopje, Macedonia 21  Macedonia 2–0 2–1

Personal life[edit]

Tal is the son of ex-footballer Ofir Ben Haim.

He has exactly the same name as Maccabi Tel Aviv central defender, Tal Ben Haim, who also plays for the Israel national football team, and he is referred to in UEFA reports as Tal Ben Haim II or Tal Ben Haim Junior, and wears a jersey with his surname spelled as Ben Chaim to distinguish him from his fellow countryman.[5]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of 28 June 2017[6]
Club Season League Cup[nb 1] League Cup[nb 2] Europe Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Maccabi Petah Tikva 2006–07 Israeli Premier League 1 0 1 0
2007–08 5 1 5 1
2008–09 24 0 1 0 1 0 26 0
2009–10 29 9 3 1 3 0 35 10
2010–11 30 10 1 0 7 3 38 13
2011–12 34 9 3 1 3 2 40 12
Total 122 29 8 2 15 5 0 0 145 36
Hapoel Tel Aviv 2012–13 Israeli Premier League 30 7 1 0 3 2 7 1 41 10
Total 30 7 1 0 3 2 7 1 41 10
Maccabi Tel Aviv 2013–14 Israeli Premier League 29 4 1 0 9 1 39 5
2014–15 30 7 3 0 6 2 6 2 45 11
2015–16 31 8 3 1 1 1 12 1 47 11
2016–17 29 15 5 1 3 0 12 3 49 19
Total 119 34 12 2 12 3 39 7 182 46
Sparta Prague 2017–18 Czech First League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Career Total 271 70 21 4 30 10 46 8 368 92
Notes
  1. ^ Includes Israel State Cup
  2. ^ Includes Toto Cup

International[edit]

As of 9 October 2016[4][7]
National team Year Apps Goals
Israel
2011 3 1
2013 2 0
2014 5 1
2015 7 1
2016 5 2
Total 22 5

References[edit]

  1. ^ Tal Ben Haim signed with Hapoel Tel Aviv on NRG.co.il (Hebrew)
  2. ^ TAL BEN HAIM AGREES 4-YEAR DEAL AT MACCABI in Maccabi Tel Aviv official website
  3. ^ Sinai, Allon (26 June 2017). "Ben-Haim completes move to Sparta Prague". Jerusalem Post. Retrieved 27 June 2017. 
  4. ^ a b "Tal Ben Haim". Israeli Football Association. Retrieved 13 October 2016. 
  5. ^ "Tal Ben Haim". UEFA. 
  6. ^ "T. Ben Chaim". Soccerway. Retrieved 28 June 2017. 
  7. ^ "Tal Ben Chaim". UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. Retrieved 13 October 2016. 

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