Tvrtko Kale

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Tvrtko Kale
Personal information
Full name Tvrtko Kale (changed to Dreshler Kale)
Date of birth (1974-06-05) 5 June 1974 (age 45)
Place of birth Samobor, Zagreb, Zagreb, SFR Yugoslavia
Height 1.94 m (6 ft 4 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
NK Lokomotiva
1994 NK Hrvatski dragovoljac
1995 NK Čakovec
1996–1998 NK Inker
1998–2000 NK Rijeka 0 (0)
2001–2002 NK Hrvatski dragovoljac 4 (0)
2003–2004 NK Zadar 25 (0)
2004–2006 Hajduk Split 32 (1)
2006 Neuchâtel Xamax 11 (0)
2006–2007 Maccabi Tel Aviv 33 (0)
2007–2009 Beitar Jerusalem 59 (0)
2009–2010 Hapoel Be'er Sheva 31 (1)
2010–2014 Hapoel Haifa 116 (0)
2014–2015 Hapoel Petah Tikva 28 (0)
2015–2016 Maccabi Kiryat Gat 21 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 28 May 2015

Tvrtko Kale (now Dreshler Kale, Hebrew: טברטקו קאלה‎; born 5 June 1974) is a retired Croatian-Israeli footballer who played as of July 2015 for Maccabi Kiryat Gat.[1] The newspaper Slobodna Dalmacija rated him the best player in the Croatian First League in 2004.

Football career[edit]

Born in Samobor, Zagreb, Croatia, Kale started his career at NK Lokomotiva before moving to NK Hrvatski Dragovoljac in 1994 and NK Čakovec in 1995. From 1996 to 1998 he played for NK Inker moving around the Croatian League until signing with Hajduk Split in 2004. He was league champion with Hajduk in the 2004/2005 season. Starting in 2006, he played for Neuchâtel Xamax.

On 22 June 2007, Kale was transferred from Maccabi Tel Aviv to Israeli league champions Beitar Jerusalem for a price of $350,000 and a 2-year deal worth $300,000 per annum.

Kale moved to Hapoel Be'er Sheva for the 2009–2010 season, and scored one goal for the club[2]

Personal life[edit]

In an interview with Israeli sport portal Sport 5, Tvrtko revealed that he is a Jew according to Jewish law, since his grandmother on his mother's side was Jewish.[3] In September 2007, Kale received his own Israeli identity card. He is engaged to Ronit Dahan, who is Jewish. In June 2010 Kale decided to change his first name so it would be more Jewish due to his forthcoming wedding. His new name is Dreshler.[4]



Hajduk Split
Beitar Jerusalem
Hapoel Haifa

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Croatia - T. Kale Dreshler - Profile with news, career statistics and history - Soccerway
  2. ^ Everyone loves a scoring goalie: Tvrtko Kale (Hapoel Be’er Sheva) vs Hapoel Acco
  3. ^ "Tvrtko reveals: My grandmother was Jewish". 27 February 2008. Archived from the original on 11 October 2008. Retrieved 6 January 2011.
  4. ^ "Tvrtko? Now he is Dreshler Kale". 27 February 2008. Archived from the original on 16 July 2011. Retrieved 6 January 2011.

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