Zahavi celebrating after scoring against Hapoel Tel Aviv in the Tel Aviv derby in March 2014
|Date of birth||25 July 1987|
|Place of birth||Rishon LeZion, Israel|
|Height||1.81 m (5 ft 11 1⁄2 in)|
|Playing position||Attacking midfielder|
|1993–2003||Hapoel Tel Aviv|
|2003–2005||Ironi Rishon LeZion|
|2005–2006||Hapoel Tel Aviv|
|2006–2011||Hapoel Tel Aviv||87||(27)|
|2007–2008||→ Ironi Ramat HaSharon||45||(10)|
|2013–2016||Maccabi Tel Aviv||120||(99)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 16 October 2016.
Zahavi was named the Israeli Footballer of the Year twice (2013 and 2014) and finished as the top goalscorer in the Israeli Premier League in 2013–14 (29 goals, all-time club record) and in 2015–16 (35 goals, all-time league record) . In December 2014, Zahavi broke the Israeli Premier League record for scoring in consecutive appearances after he scored for an 18th game in a row. He has been a senior international since 2010, earning over 30 caps.
Eran Zahavi was born in Rishon Lezion. Zahavi started his youth career with Hapoel Tel Aviv. At the age of 16 he went to Ironi Rishon LeZion, in his hometown. Two years later, in 2005 he returned to Hapoel, he managed to get to the state cup final with his team but lost to Beitar Jerusalem F.C. after a penalty shootout, he scored the equalizer that led to extra time.
Hapoel Tel Aviv
A Hapoel Tel Aviv youth product, he was promoted into the first team in 2006 and won the Israel State Cup and the championship title after a dramatic match against the fierce rival Beitar Jerusalem in which Zahavi scored at the 92nd minute of extra time. Zahavi was reported to have garnered interest from clubs in Belgium during the 2009–10 season. Zahavi has a French passport which would mean that he would not count as a foreigner in many European leagues.
In the 2010–11 season Zahavi became the top assister of the Israeli Premier League, providing 13 assists during the season.
Maccabi Tel Aviv
In December 2012, towards the winter transfers window opening, Zahavi showed signs of returning to Israel. Following an agreement made by Palermo and Maccabi Tel Aviv, his former club Hapoel Tel Aviv was given 7 days to make a bid on him due to a first-option clause in his contract, but it was not exploited. On 21 January 2013, after over a month of speculations in the media, Maccabi Tel Aviv announced his arrival, signing him on a three-and-a-half year contract for €250,000.
In a Tel Aviv derby on 3 November 2014, Zahavi scored a penalty to equalise the score at 1–1 in the first half, but was then attacked by a pitch invader. On retaliating, he was sent off, prompting more pitch invasions which led to the match being abandoned.
On 5 August 2015, Zahavi scored two goals against Czech team Viktoria Plzeň in a 2–0 away victory on the second leg of the third qualifying round after Maccabi lost at home 2–1.
On 19 August 2015, Zahavi scored a brace, including a 96th-minute equaliser, in a 2–2 draw against Swiss side FC Basel at St. Jakob-Park in the first leg of the Champions League playoffs. On 25 August, the second leg at Bloomfield, he scored a 24th-minute equaliser and the match ended 1–1, a result that sent Maccabi to the Champions League group stage due to the away goals rule. Zahavi finished the 2015–16 UEFA Champions League qualifying phase and play-off round as the top goalscorer with 7 goals in 5 games. During the season Zahavi scored 35 league goals, in 36 league games, and set a new Israeli record for league goals in single season. the previous record was set by the striker Nissim Elmaliach who scored 30 goals in 26 league games at 1954–55 season.
On June 29, Zahavi joined Guangzhou R&F of the Chinese Football League. The transfer deal will pay Zahavi $12.5 million over 2.5 years. On July 2, Zahavi made his debut coming on from the bench at the 60th minute playing against Shijiazhuang Ever Bright with the score a 1–1 draw. 15 minutes later he scored his first goal and later on added an assist to lead his team to a 4–2 victory.
On October 18, during a league match against Hangzhou Greentown, Zahavi netted his second hat trick in an R&F jersey, propelling his team to a 5-2 victory over Hangzhou. He found the net in the 33rd, 55th and 67th minutes of the match. Those goals gave him 16 goals in as many games for FuLi, across all competitions, .
Zahavi made his international debut on 2 September 2010 against Malta in Ramat Gan Stadium, in a UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying match. He scored his first goal for the national team on 10 September 2013 against Russia. On 2 June 2014, he scored his second goal in a friendly match against Honduras.
Style of play
Zahavi started his professional career as a central midfielder, helping both defensive and offensive sides. After moving to Maccabi Tel Aviv, guided at the time by coach Óscar García, Zahavi took the role of an attacking midfielder. In the 2013/14 season, coached by Paolo Sousa, Zahavi became a "False 9 Striker", where he shined as a top goal scorer. Zahavi is known for his movement off the ball and position. He is also well known for his finishing ability and one-touch capabilities. As he decided many games with final-minutes goals, Zahavi is considered by many as a cold-blooded player and the greatest winner of the Israeli football.
- As of 30 October 2016
|Hapoel Tel Aviv||2006–07||0||0||0||0||2||0||—||—||2||0|
|Ironi Ramat HaSharon (loan)||2006–07||14||2||0||0||—||—||—||14||2|
|Maccabi Tel Aviv||2012–13||16||7||2||1||—||0||0||0||0||18||8|
- As of match played 12 November 2016. Israel score listed first, score column indicates score after each Zahavi goal.
|1||10 September 2013||Petrovsky Stadium, Saint Petersburg, Russia||15||Russia||1–3||1–3||2014 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|2||1 June 2014||BBVA Compass Stadium, Houston, United States||20||Honduras||1–0||4–2||Friendly|
|3||16 November 2014||Sammy Ofer Stadium, Haifa, Israel||23||Bosnia and Herzegovina||3–0||3–0||UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying|
|4||3 September 2015||Sammy Ofer Stadium, Haifa, Israel||27||Andorra||1–0||4–0||UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying|
|5||31 May 2016||Karađorđe Stadium, Novi Sad, Serbia||31||Serbia||1–1||1–3||Friendly|
|6||12 November 2016||Elbasan Arena, Elbasan, Albania||32||Albania||1–0||3–0||2018 FIFA World Cup qualification|
- Israeli Premier League (3): 2012–13, 2013–14, 2014–15
- Toto Cup (1): 2014–15
- Israel State Cup (1): 2014–15
- Footballer of the Year in Israel: 2013–14, 2014–15
- Israeli Premier League Top Goalscorer: 2013–14, 2014–15, 2015–16
- Israeli Premier League Top Assists: 2010–11
- Player of the Month: December 2014
- 2015–16 UEFA Champions League qualifying phase: Top Goalscorer (7 goals)
- Most goals in a row – 11 games in a row: 14 goals 2014–15
- Most goals in a season – Israeli Premier League: 35 goals 2015–2016
- "Israeli Sports", Jewish Sports Review, Vol. 9, No. 11, Issue 107, p. 21, January/February 2015.
- "Eran Zahavi". Yahoo Eurosport UK.
- Gladstone, Roy (11 February 2010). קבוצה בכירה מהליגה הבלגית הציעה חוזה לערן זהבי [A Leading Club From The Belgian League Offers Contract To Eran Zahavi] (in Hebrew). One. Retrieved 11 February 2010.
- 2010/11 IPL top assisters on one.co.il (Hebrew)
- "Palermo is strengthen, here is the initial balance". US Città di Palermo (in Italian). www.ilpalermocalcio.it. 9 August 2011. Retrieved 18 August 2011.
- Eran Zahavi claims return to Israel, nrg, 14 December 2012
- Palermo: Hapoel Tel Aviv got a first-option on Eran Zahavi, ynet, 2 January 2013
- "Zahavi agrees 3.5 years deal". Maccabi Tel Aviv F.C. 21 January 2013. Retrieved 21 January 2013.
- Eran Zahavi moves to Maccabi Tel Aviv, walla!, 21 January 2013
- "Tel Aviv derby abandoned after player and fan clash". BBC Sport. 4 November 2014. Retrieved 4 November 2014.
- "Zahavi header ensures Maccabi deny Basel". UEFA. 19 August 2015. Retrieved 20 August 2015.
- "Zahavi strike ensures Maccabi edge out Basel". UEFA. 25 August 2015. Retrieved 25 August 2015.
- Israeli soccer star Eran Zahavi completes record transfer to Chinese club
- "לא עוצר: ערן זהבי נכנס כמחליף וכבש שלושער לזכות גוואנגז'ו R&F [Doesn't stop: Eran Zahavi came on as a substitute and scored a hat-trick for Guangzhou R&F]" (in Hebrew). Walla!. 13 July 2016.
- Sinai, Allon (11 September 2013). "Downtrodden Israel decisively defeated". Jerusalem Post. Retrieved 17 November 2014.
- "Honduras struggle again in 4–2 loss to Israel". Yahoo! Sports. Reuters. 2 June 2014. Retrieved 17 November 2014.
- Eran Zahavi profile at Soccerway
- Eran Zahavi profile at Soccerway
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- Eran Zahavi club profile on the Israel Football Association website. (Hebrew)
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|Maccabi Tel Aviv F.C. captain
| Succeeded by|
Tal Ben Haim
|Israel national football team captain
| Succeeded by|