Barak Bakhar

Barak Bakhar (Hebrew: ברק בכר‎; born September 21, 1979) is an Israeli former footballer who is currently a football manager.

Barak Bakhar
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Personal information
Full name Barak Bakhar
Date of birth (1979-09-21) 21 September 1979 (age 40)
Place of birth Tzrufa, Israel
Height 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Playing position(s) Defender
Youth career
F.C. Neve Yosef
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1998–2002 Hakoah Ramat Gan
2002–2004 Hapoel Petah Tikva 50 (0)
2004–2011 Ironi Kiryat Shmona 156 (2)
Teams managed
2011–2012 Ironi Kiryat Shmona (assistant)
2012–2015 Ironi Kiryat Shmona
2015–2020 Hapoel Be'er Sheva
2020– Maccabi Haifa
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 20:59, 5 October 2008 (UTC)


Bakhar was born in Tzrufa, Israel, to a Sephardic Jewish family. His uncle was the Israeli Minister of Tourism Rehavam Ze'evi.[1]

Football careerEdit

After going through the ranks of the youth system of Neve Yosef, Bakhar transferred to Liga Artzit side, Hakoah Ramat Gan.[2] After four seasons in the second tier of Israeli football, he made the jump to Hapoel Petah Tikva.

In 2004, Bakhar joined Liga Leumit side, Ironi Kiryat Shmona. He established himself in the starting line up on the right side of their defense and helped them gain promotion to Israeli Premier League, the highest tier of Israeli football. During the 2007–08 season, Bakhar played all but one league match for Kiryat Shmona, due to yellow card accumulation.

In October 2008, Bakhar was called up by national team manager, Dror Kashtan for the FIFA World Cup qualification matches against Luxembourg and Latvia. His call up was canceled though, being that he never completed his service in the IDF, a requirement of all Jewish players in order to represent Israel on the national side, and Eyal Meshumar was called up in his place.[3]

Bakhar cited that the IDF did not suit him as to why he did not complete his service. He told Israeli Yedioth Ahronoth, "they wanted to send me to a combat unit in the armor corps." Additionally, Sport 5 pointed out that Bakhar was not match fit and was expected to undergo surgery soon. This in turn embarrassed the Israel Football Association that they had missed all these items before announcing the pool of players called in for the qualification matches[4] Bakhar has pledged to do sherut leumi or any other kind of national service in order to be called up for future matches.[5]

Managerial careerEdit

In October 3, 2012 he was appointed as the manager of Hapoel Ironi Kiryat Shmona.[6] In May 14, 2015, he End his contract and In the 2015-2016 season, he was appointed of manager of Hapoel Be'er Sheva. He got Be'er Sheva to win the Israeli League for the first time in forty years after a 3-1 win against Bnei Sachnin. By winning the league, Be'er got in the UEFA Champions League for the first time and will start in the second qualifying round. He got Be'er Sheva into the third qualifying round of 2016-2017 UEFA Champions League in a 3-2 win on aggregate against FC Sheriff Tiraspol. Then, he got Be'er Sheva secured a Europa League group stage position by stunning Greek side Olympiacos F.C. 1-0 on aggregate, the furthest they ever reached. In the playoff qualifying round of the UEFA Champions League, Badkar's Be'er Sheva lost 5-4 on aggregate to Celtic despite winning 2-0 at Turner Stadium. In the 2016-2017 UEFA Europa League, Be'er Sheva made it in the round of 32 in the Europa League in 2nd place behind Sparta Prague in Group K by getting famous results against Southampton and Inter Milan. Bakhar also won the Toto Cup for Be'er Sheva on December 28, 2016 beating his former club Hapoel Ironi Kiryat Shmona 4-1.


Team Nat From To Record
G W D L Win %
Hapoel Ironi Kiryat Shmona   October 3, 2012 May 14, 2015 114 56 28 30 049.12
Hapoel Be'er Sheva   May 24, 2015 January 6, 2020 144 90 33 21 062.50
Total 258 146 61 51 056.59


As a PlayerEdit

As a ManagerEdit


  1. ^ Sardis, Adi (2008-10-06). ברק בכר: מוצדק לא לזמן שחקנים שהשתמטו (in Hebrew). Yedioth Ahronoth. Archived from the original on 9 October 2008. Retrieved 2008-10-06.
  2. ^ Up until 1999, the top division of Israeli football was the Liga Leumit; since then, it has been Israeli Premier League.
  3. ^ Sardis, Adi (2008-10-05). זימונו של ברק בכר בוטל, בגלל שלא השלים צבא: זימונו של ברק בכר בוטל (in Hebrew). Yedioth Ahronoth. Archived from the original on 8 October 2008. Retrieved 2008-10-05.
  4. ^ Shifchotzky, Motti (2008-10-05). ברק בכר נכלל בסגל של דרור קשטן למרות שלא שירת בצה"ל (in Hebrew). Sport 5. Archived from the original on 6 October 2008. Retrieved 2008-10-05.
  5. ^ Zioni, Joup (2008-10-05). זימונו של ברק בכר בוטל, משומר זומן במקומו (in Hebrew). Archived from the original on 8 October 2008. Retrieved 2008-10-05.
  6. ^ אלבז, שמעון (10 March 2012). "שרצקי: "דברים ביני לבין גילי לא עבדו". צפו" – via Ynet.

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