Itzhak Shum

Itzhak Shum (Hebrew: יצחק שום‎, born 1 September 1948 in Kishinev, Moldavian SSR) is a retired Israeli football player and manager, and currently the owner of Hapoel Kfar Saba.

Itzhak Shum
Itzhak Shum 1970.jpg
Personal information
Date of birth (1948-09-01) 1 September 1948 (age 72)
Place of birth Kishinev, Moldavian SSR
Position(s) Midfielder
Youth career
1959–1966 Hapoel Kfar Saba
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1966–1983 Hapoel Kfar Saba[1] 455 (71)
National team
1969–1981 Israel 78 (10)
Teams managed
1985–1986 Maccabi Sha'arayim
1990–1991 Beitar Tel Aviv
1993–2001 Israel (assistant manager)
1998–2000 Israel U-21
2001–2002 Hapoel Kfar Saba
2002–2003 Maccabi Haifa
2003–2004 Panathinaikos
2004–2005 Litex Lovech
2005 Alania Vladikavkaz
2006 Hapoel Tel Aviv
2007–2008 Beitar Jerusalem
2009–2010 Beitar Jerusalem
2010–2011 Alki
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Playing careerEdit

He played 78 times and scored 10 goals for Israel national football team and was a participant at the 1970 FIFA World Cup and the 1968 and 1976 Olympic Games.[2]

Manager careerEdit

In the 2002–03 season, Shum was appointed to the manager of Maccabi Haifa replacing the next national manager Avram Grant. With shum. Haifa became the first ever Israeli team to reach the UEFA Champions League group stage. However, he lost the Israeli championship to Maccabi Tel Aviv because of better goal difference. In the end of the season he left to Greece.

He is one of Israel's most successful coaches ever working abroad, having led Greek side Panathinaikos to the double in 2004 and was the first time that Panathinaikos had won the Greek championship since 1996 and the Greek cup since 1995. Nevertheless, Shum was given the sack early on in the following season. Shum has also unsuccessfully managed Bulgarian side Litex Lovech and Russian side Alania Vladikavkaz. Not only this but Shum has also been a successful manager in his homeland. In the 2002–03 season Shum made history by leading Maccabi Haifa to become the first Israeli team to qualify for the group phase of the UEFA Champions League. In the group phase, the team defeated Olympiacos and the legendary Manchester United despite them not having their strongest team. Haifa finished the group in third place with 7 points, allowing Maccabi Haifa a place in the UEFA Cup.

Shum was most recently the manager of Israeli side Hapoel Tel Aviv, after he replaced Dror Kashtan. He led Hapoel into the Knockout stage of the 2006–07 UEFA Cup after beating Ukrainian side Chornomorets Odesa 4–1 on aggregate in the first round, and progressing in 2nd place from their group.

In the 2007–08 season, Shum managed Beitar Jerusalem for a year and was very successful by leading the team to a double. the Israeli Premier League championship and the Israeli State Cup, Making it the first time that Beitar Jerusalem toke both of the titles in the same season.

In the 2009–10 season, Shum returned as Beitar Jerusalem manager, alongside the new assistant manager David Amsalem. On 26 January 2010 he won Toto Cup, but did not finish that season in his role. David Amsalem replaced him.

On 21 October 2010, Shum was appointed as the manager of Alki from the Cypriot First Division.[3]


As a PlayerEdit

As a ManagerEdit


  1. ^ Itzhak Shum at
  2. ^ "Itzhak Shum Biography and Statistics". Sports Reference. Archived from the original on 23 October 2012. Retrieved 27 October 2009.
  3. ^ "ΝΕΟΣ ΤΕΧΝΙΚΟΣ Ο ΓΙΤΖΑΚ ΣΟΥΜ". 21 October 2010. Retrieved 21 October 2010.