Eden Ben Basat

Eden Ben Basat (Hebrew: עדן בן בסט‎; born 8 September 1986) is an Israeli professional footballer who plays for the Israeli Premier League side Hapoel Haifa. At the international level, Ben Basat was capped from the under-17 level onward and is now a member of the Israeli national squad.[1]

Eden Ben Basat
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Ben Basat playing for Maccabi Tel Aviv in 2015
Personal information
Date of birth (1986-09-08) 8 September 1986 (age 35)
Place of birth Kiryat Haim, Israel
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Position(s) Striker
Club information
Current team
Hapoel Haifa
Number 9
Youth career
Hapoel Haifa
Maccabi Haifa
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004–2009 Maccabi Haifa 21 (4)
2007Maccabi Herzliya (loan) 9 (0)
2007–2008Hapoel Haifa (loan) 26 (13)
2008Ironi Kiryat Shmona (loan) 13 (2)
2009Hapoel Tel Aviv (loan) 9 (1)
2009–2011 Hapoel Haifa 59 (27)
2011–2013 Brest 52 (13)
2013–2014 Toulouse 32 (7)
2014–2017 Maccabi Tel Aviv 57 (9)
2017–2018 Hapoel Haifa 43 (14)
2018–2019 Hapoel Be'er Sheva 16 (1)
2019– Hapoel Haifa 38 (6)
National team
2003 Israel U17 4 (0)
2004 Israel U18 3 (4)
2004–2005 Israel U19 10 (5)
2012– Israel 13 (7)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 22 May 2021
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 25 June 2015

Early lifeEdit

Ben Basat was born in Kiryat Haim, Israel, to a Jewish family.[2]

He is the nephew of the legendary defender Eitan Aharoni, who also played for Maccabi Haifa and Hapoel Haifa.[citation needed]

Club careerEdit

Ben Basat grew up in the red side of Haifa, at Hapoel Haifa, but moved to the youth academy of Maccabi Haifa. In the U-16 team, he averaged more than 20 goals per season. Ben Basat played for every national team in Israel. Ronny Levy promoted him to the first team of Maccabi Haifa, and he made his first appearance on 19 December 2004 against Hapoel Nazareth Illit.

Ben Basat was the only Israeli selected to play an England Schools under-18 team with the Rest of the World Schools XI in a match to celebrate the 2004 centenary of the English Schools' Football Association.[3] In this game he scored one of the goals.[4]

At the end of the 2009–10 Israeli Premier League, Ben Basat negotiated the purchase of his player card with Maccabi Haifa. The negotiated fee settled upon was US$50,000.[5]


At the end of the 2010–11 Israeli Premier League season, Ben Basat received a phone call to meet with Maccabi Haifa owner, Ya'akov Shahar.[5] In that meeting, Shahar asked Ben Basat to return to Haifa in order to become a central part of the attack together with Tomer Hemed.[5] Ben Basat politely declined and informed Shahar of his desire to try to play in Europe.[5] In June 2011, Ben Basat announced that he had signed with French club, Stade Brestois 29.[5] Ben Basat cited the club's seriousness in him as well as financial motivations for signing with the club.[5]

Ahead of his move to France, Ben Basat acknowledged that it would be difficult.[5] The language barrier as well as there being difficulties adhering to his kosher diet in France were some of the hardships he cited, but signing together with Colombian Jhon Culma meant that he would have someone who be understanding of his situation.[5]


On 31 January 2013, Toulouse signed Ben Basat to a four-and-a-half-year deal from Brest for an undisclosed fee.

Maccabi TelEdit

On 22 July 2014, Maccabi Tel Aviv signed Ben Basat to a four-year deal, for 700,000 €. On 20 October 2014, he scored his debut goal for his team at the 3–1 win against Maccabi Haifa.

Hapoel HaifaEdit

On 14 January 2018, Eden Ben Basat scored the first goal of the match for Hapoel Haifa against league champions Hapoel Be'er Sheva F.C., after no more than seven seconds, breaking an all-time Israeli Premier League record.

International careerEdit

Ben Basat made his debut in the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification campaign as a substitute against Russia in a 4–0 defeat, and scored his first goal against Luxembourg in his second appearance.

International goalsEdit

Scores and results list Israel's goal tally first, score column indicates score after each Ben Basat goal.
List of international goals scored by Eden Ben Basat
No. Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 12 October 2012 Stade Josy Barthel, City of Luxembourg, Luxembourg   Luxembourg 2–0 6–0 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification
2 16 October 2012 Ramat Gan Stadium, Ramat Gan, Israel   Luxembourg 2–0 3–0 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification
3 6 February 2013 Netanya Stadium, Netanya, Israel   Finland 1–0 2–1 Friendly
4 22 March 2013 Ramat Gan Stadium, Ramat Gan, Israel   Portugal 2–1 3–3 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification
5 26 March 2013 Windsor Park, Belfast, Northern Ireland   Northern Ireland 2–0 2–0 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification
6 11 October 2013 Estádio José Alvalade, Lisbon, Portugal   Portugal 1–1 1–1 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification
7 15 October 2013 Ramat Gan Stadium, Ramat Gan, Israel   Northern Ireland 1–0 1–1 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification



Maccabi Haifa

Maccabi Tel Aviv

Hapoel Haifa


  1. ^ "National team player's details: Ben Basat Eden". The Israel Football Association. Archived from the original on 21 September 2012. Retrieved 27 December 2010.
  2. ^ https://www.maccabi-tlv.co.il/en/2015/04/passover-at-maccabi-tel-aviv/
  3. ^ "Wilson To Play in England vs. Rest of the World Match". CanadaSoccer. 4 May 2004. Archived from the original on 15 December 2010. Retrieved 27 December 2010.
  4. ^ "Brown strike seals victory" (reprint). Newcastle Evening Chronicle. The Free Library (Farlex). 20 May 2004. Retrieved 27 December 2010.
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h Ben Dor, Doron (11 June 2011). בן בסט: לכסף שהציעו לי היה משקל בהחלטה [Ben Basat: The Money Offered To Me Had Weight In My Decision] (in Hebrew). One.co.il. Retrieved 11 June 2011.