Tomer Chencinski

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Tomer Chencinski
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Personal information
Full name Tomer Chencinski
Date of birth (1984-12-01) December 1, 1984 (age 33)
Place of birth Bat Yam, Israel
Height 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
Shamrock Rovers
Number 1
Youth career
2003–2004 Robert Morris Colonials
2005–2006 Fairleigh Dickinson Knights
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2007 Toronto FC 0 (0)
2007–2008 Detroit Ignition (indoor) 7 (0)
2008 Newark Ironbound Express 12 (0)
2008 Nistru Otaci 3 (0)
2009–2010 Harrisburg City Islanders 9 (0)
2011 Vaasan Palloseura 28 (0)
2012 Örebro SK 14 (0)
2013–2014 Maccabi Tel Aviv 1 (0)
2014 Hakoah Amidar Ramat Gan 19 (0)
2014 Hapoel Nir Ramat HaSharon 6 (0)
2015 RoPS 12 (0)
2015 FC Santa Claus 2 (0)
2016 Helsingborgs IF 19 (0)
2017– Shamrock Rovers 15 (0)
National team
2013– Canada[1] 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of May 30, 2017.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 17:58, July 17, 2014 (UTC)

Tomer Chencinski (Hebrew: תומר חנצ'ינסקי‎; born December 1, 1984) is an Israeli-Canadian[2][3] soccer player who currently plays for Shamrock Rovers in the League of Ireland Premier Division.

Personal life[edit]

Chencinski was born in Bat Yam/Tel Aviv, Israel, and lived in Israel until he was eight years old. He and his family then moved to Thornhill, Ontario, where he grew up. He speaks both English and Hebrew fluently.[2][3][4][5]

He played in the 2005 Maccabiah Games, the "Jewish Olympics", in Israel for the Canadian team.[6]

He is eligible to play for the national teams of both Canada and Israel, as well as Poland.[4]

In 2013, he was one of the coaches of Maccabi Canada's youth soccer team.[7][8]



Chencinski attended Westmount Collegiate Institute, and played two years of college soccer at Robert Morris University, where in 2004 he ranked 16th in the nation in saves per game and recorded six shutouts. He transferred to Fairleigh Dickinson University as a junior, where he played his final two collegiate seasons.

United States and Canada[edit]

Chencinski turned professional in 2007 when he signed with Major League Soccer side Toronto FC after impressing during a tryout,[9] but never made an appearance for the team, and left to play indoor soccer for Major Indoor Soccer League side Detroit Ignition.

He dropped down a division to play in the USL Premier Development League for expansion side Newark Ironbound Express in 2008, but left mid-season when he was offered a contract by Moldova National Division side Nistru Otaci.

After playing just three games for Nistru Otaci, he returned to the United States, and signed for the Harrisburg City Islanders in 2009.

After completing his season with the Harrisburg City Islanders, Chencinski spent time training with Major League Soccer side Philadelphia Union.


Expecting to start another season with Harrisburg, Chencinski was given the chance of a week-long trial with Finnish side VPS. After a successful trial, he was signed by the Finnish club to provide competition for the goalkeeper position.[10]

He made his debut for VPS on February 5, 2011 in a 2–2 draw with FF Jaro in the Finnish League Cup.[11]


On December 5, 2011, he was confirmed for the Swedish Allsvenskan side Örebro SK for the 2012 season.


In late December 2012 Chencinski was transferred from Örebro to Maccabi Tel Aviv in the Israeli Premier League, for an undisclosed transfer fee.[12]

Return to Finland[edit]

In January 2015, Chencinski left Israel and joined RoPS of Finland.[13] RoPS would eventually finish in 2nd place during the 2015 Veikkausliiga, one point behind league winners SJK.[14] Their finish earned the club entry into the first round of qualification for the 2016–17 UEFA Europa League.

Return to Sweden[edit]

After his successful season in Finland, Chencinski joined Swedish club Helsingborg on December 8, 2015.[15]

Move to Ireland[edit]

Chencinski joined Irish club Shamrock Rovers on December 15, 2016.[16]

International career[edit]

On March 14, 2013, Chencinski received his first call up by the Canadian national team for friendlies against Japan and Belarus.[17] Chencinski made his debut for the national team on March 25 starting the game against Belarus after Milan Borjan was benched following the loss to Japan, the game ended in a 2–0 defeat to the European nation.[18][19]


Maccabi Tel Aviv


  1. ^ "Player profile". Retrieved July 17, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b Bird, Liviu (January 18, 2013). "Peripatetic Goalkeeper Lands in Israel". New York Times. Retrieved July 17, 2014. 
  3. ^ a b "Tomer Chencinsk signed for Maccabi Tel Aviv". Maccabi Tel Aviv Football Club. December 31, 2012. Retrieved July 17, 2014. 
  4. ^ a b "Tomer Chencinski". Canada Soccer. Canadian Soccer Association. Retrieved July 17, 2014. 
  5. ^ Sandor, Steven (March 14, 2013). "Chencinski's inclusion highlights Canadian national-team roster". The 11. Retrieved July 17, 2014. 
  6. ^ Zer Aviv, Shimon (July 9, 2012). "And the winner is… Israel or Canada?". Shalom Toronto Online. Retrieved July 17, 2014. 
  7. ^ Lungen, Paul (February 8, 2013). "Maccabi Canada's soccer program growing fast". The Canadian Jewish News. Retrieved July 17, 2014. 
  8. ^ Shear, David (January 7, 2013). "Soccer is Alive and Well and Living in Toronto". Shalom Life. Retrieved July 17, 2014. 
  9. ^ "FDU's Tomer Chencinski Signs With Toronto FC Of The MLS". Retrieved March 15, 2013. 
  10. ^ Meluzio, Derek. "Tomer Chencinski signs with VPS of the Finnish Veikausliiga". PA Media Group. Retrieved March 15, 2013. 
  11. ^ "Jaro vs. VPS". Soccerway. February 5, 2011. Retrieved March 15, 2013. 
  12. ^ "Chenciski transfer from Orebro agreed". Maccabi Tel Aviv Football Club. December 26, 2012. Retrieved March 15, 2013. 
  13. ^
  14. ^ Melander, Oscar (November 29, 2015). "Canucks Abroad: 2015 review of Finland's Veikkausliiga". 
  15. ^ "TOMER CHENCINSKI NY MÅLVAKT I HIF". December 8, 2015. 
  16. ^ "Two new 'keepers". December 15, 2016. 
  17. ^ "Canada announces roster, additional match for camp in Qatar". Canada Soccer. Canadian Soccer Association. March 29, 2011. Retrieved March 15, 2013. 
  18. ^ "Canada vs Belarus - 2013-03-25". Canada Soccer. Canadian Soccer Association. Retrieved July 17, 2014. 
  19. ^ Meluzio, Derek (March 27, 2013). "Chencinski records first cap with Canada, Union victory has City Islander flavor to it, plus more.." PA Media Group. Retrieved July 17, 2014. 

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