Toto Tamuz

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Toto Tamuz
Tamuz, Toto Hapoel 11-12 WP.JPG
Tamuz playing for Hapoel Tel Aviv in 2011
Personal information
Full name Toto Adaruns Tamuz Temile
Date of birth (1988-04-01) 1 April 1988 (age 27)
Place of birth Nigeria
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
Petrolul Ploiești
Number 99
Youth career
2002–2005 Hapoel Petah Tikva
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2005–2006 Hapoel Petah Tikva 28 (11)
2006–2010 Beitar Jerusalem 95 (33)
2010–2013 Hapoel Tel Aviv 88 (44)
2013 Ural Sverdlovsk 7 (0)
2014– Petrolul Ploiești 42 (14)
National team
2006 Israel U18 2 (0)
2006–2007 Israel U19 9 (4)
2006–2009 Israel U21 11 (3)
2006– Israel 10 (2)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 18 October 2015.
† Appearances (goals)

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 10 October 2014

Toto Adaruns Tamuz Temile (Hebrew: טוטו אדיוראנס תמוז טמילה; born 1 April 1988), commonly known as Toto Tamuz, is a Nigerian-born Israeli footballer who plays as a striker for Romanian Liga I club Petrolul Ploiești and the Israeli national team.

Early life[edit]

Born in Nigeria, his parents came to Israel in 1990, where his father, footballer Clement Temile, played professionally for Beitar Netanya. When the team ran into financial dire straits and was forced to stop paying salaries, his parents reverted to working various odd jobs. His parents left Israel in 1991 to try to find gainful employment in Nigeria or elsewhere, leaving Toto temporarily with a teammate of his father. When it became obvious that his parents were not coming back for him, Toto was adopted (unofficially) by Orit Tamuz who cared for him and raised him, which is where his Hebrew surname derives from. Although it is unclear if he formally converted to Judaism, it was stated in a 2007 Ynetnews article that Tamuz was raised Jewish, attending the synagogue on holidays and performing kiddush each Friday.[1]

Playing career[edit]

Tamuz started to play organised football at Hapoel Petah Tikva F.C., where he made his professional debut during the 2005–2006 season in a match against F.C. Ashdod. His debut made national headlines after he scored two goals during the match.

Beitar Jerusalem[edit]

Tamuz signed a deal with Ronen Katzav making him his agent. After declaring on numerous occasions that he was not interested in a big money contract, he ended up declaring his will to be transferred to Beitar Jerusalem citing moves made by the management of the club.

After officially signing with Beitar, Toto had to apply for visas to the Netherlands and Romania[2] to join the club for its training camps because he possessed an Israeli travel document and not an Israeli passport.

Tamuz won five titles as a Beitar Jerusalem player: two championships, two State Cups and one Toto Cup. On his way to win the Toto Cup, Tamuz scored 5 of Beitar Jerusalem's 15 goals in the 2009–2010 Toto Cup.

Hapoel Tel Aviv[edit]

Tamuz signed for Hapoel Tel Aviv in August 2010 for undisclosed fee. On 11 September, he scored on his league debut for Hapoel in a 2–2 draw with Hapoel Acre.

Petrolul Ploiești[edit]

2013–14 season[edit]

In February 2014, Toto Tamuz has signed a two-and-a-half-year contract to play for Petrolul Ploiești.[3] He scored his first goal on 2 March, against Oțelul Galați, in Liga I. On 16 April, he scored a header in the semi-finals second leg in Cupa României, against Astra Giurgiu, but Petrolul lost 2–1 on aggregate.[4]

2014–15 season[edit]

On 7 August 2014, Tamuz scored the last goal of an eventual 4–1 win against Viktoria Plzeň, in the Europa League third qualifying round second leg.[5] Tamuz also scored against Dinamo Zagreb in the first leg of the play-off, but Petrolul lost the match 1–3. After a good season debut with Petrolul, he was called up to the Israel national team to play in the UEFA Euro 2016 qualifiers. On 21 September, Tamuz scored a doppietta against Steaua București, but unfortunately, Petrolul lost the match 2–3.

Personal life[edit]

Though most of his formulative years were spent in Israel, Tamuz still did not carry full Israeli citizenship.[6] His legal status in the country was indeterminable for many years until then Deputy Interior Minister Ruhama Avraham granted him an Israeli A1 visa granting temporary residence for a term of three years. After petitioning to FIFA, and given that he has no other citizenship, Tamuz received special permission to play on Israeli national teams even though he still did not possess an Israeli passport, but only an Israeli laissez-passer.[7] After his temporary visa expired, Tamuz was unable to play for the Israeli national team until he received full Israeli citizenship, a process which could take three years. The Israel Interior Office had refused attempts to fast-track his application.[8] However, his eligibility was confirmed when his case was taken to the Supreme Court and after Tamuz began the formal naturalisation process he was named in the Israel squad for games against England and Estonia in March 2007.[9] Three months later, Tamuz was granted full citizenship along with Argentine-born Roberto Colautti after their respective applications were approved by Roni Bar-On, Minister of Internal Affairs.[10]



Beitar Jerusalem
Hapoel Tel Aviv



  1. ^ Beitar Jerusalem soccer star has one problem – he has no country, Retrieved 15 June 2009.
  2. ^ טוטו תמוז עלול להחמיץ את מחנה האימון (in Hebrew). 23 June 2006. Retrieved 1 December 2006. 
  3. ^ "Petrolul l-a transferat pe Toto Tamuz" (in Romanian). FC Petrolul Ploiești Official Website. 13 February 2014. 
  4. ^ "Am ratat dramatic finala Cupei României!" [We dramatically missed the Romanian Cup final!]. FC Petrolul Ploiești (in Romanian). 16 April 2014. 
  5. ^ "Petrolul and Hajduk heroics stun Europe". UEFA. 7 August 2014. 
  6. ^ בשעה טובה: טוטו תמוז קיבל תעודת זהות (in Hebrew). 27 December 2005. Retrieved 1 December 2006. 
  7. ^ טוטו תמוז יכול לשחק בנבחרת ישראל (in Hebrew). 5 March 2006. 
  8. ^ When Saturday Comes, Shaul Adar, Toto Fiasco, issue 242
  9. ^ Tamuz in Israel squad for England, Estonia games,, 13 March 2007
  10. ^ Boker (2007), Bar-On approves citizenship for soccer players Tamuz and Colautti, Haaretz, 26 June. Accessed 9 July 2007.

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