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Maor Bar Buzaglo (Hebrew: מאור בוזגלו‎; born January 14, 1988) is an Israeli football player who currently plays for Israeli club Hapoel Tel Aviv and the Israel national football team.

Maor Buzaglo
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Buzaglo with Standard Liège in 2011
Personal information
Full name Maor Bar Buzaglo
Date of birth (1988-01-14) January 14, 1988 (age 31)
Place of birth Karmiel, Israel
Height 1.76 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Attacking Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Hapoel Tel Aviv
Youth career
1996–1999 Maccabi Tel Aviv
1999–2000 Hapoel Tel Aviv
2000–2001 Beitar Jerusalem
2001–2002 Hapoel Tel Aviv
2002–2003 Olympique Lyon
2003–2006 Maccabi Haifa
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2005–2008 Maccabi Haifa 2 (0)
2006–2007Hapoel Petah Tikva (loan) 21 (5)
2007–2008Bnei Sakhnin (loan) 33 (9)
2008–2011 Maccabi Tel Aviv 81 (18)
2011–2013 Standard Liège 25 (1)
2013–2017 Hapoel Beer Sheva 132 (36)
2017–2018 Maccabi Haifa 5 (0)
2018–2019 Beitar Jerusalem 21 (3)
2019– Hapoel Tel Aviv
National team
2004–2005 Israel U17 12 (9)
2005–2007 Israel U19 34 (21)
2007–2010 Israel U21 15 (8)
2007– Israel 23 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 23:33, 12 February 2019 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 30 October 2017

Club careerEdit

Youth careerEdit

Buzaglo played for the youth clubs of Maccabi Tel Aviv, Hapoel Tel Aviv and Beitar Jerusalem. In 2002, he went on trial to Juventus and participated in a youth tournament. At this tournament he was scouted by Olympique Lyon with whom he signed. After a year in France he returned to Israel joining Maccabi Haifa.

Hapoel Petah Tikva (loan)Edit

Buzaglo played two matches for Maccabi Haifa, before being loaned out to Hapoel Petah Tikva for the 2006–07 season. In 21 league matches for the club he scored 5 goals including a hat-trick against Hakoah Amidar Ramat Gan in a 3–2 victory.

Bnei Sakhnin (loan)Edit

Buzaglo spent the following 2007–08 season on loan at newly promoted club Bnei Sakhnin. He scored 9 goals in the season while the club finished 4th in the league earning qualification for the opening rounds of the Intertoto Cup. He was named Discovery of the Year at the end of the season.

Maccabi Tel AvivEdit

On 30 July 2008, Buzaglo left Maccabi Haifa and signed to a four-year contract with Maccabi Tel Aviv after long negotiations between Haifa and his father (who is also his agent).[citation needed] In the last game of 2008–09 season Buzaglo tore his knee ligaments forcing him out of action for seven months. He returned midway through the 2009–10 season and went on to score 3 goals and assisting 5. He finished the 2010–11 season with 4 goals. At the end of the 2010–11 season he criticised the club publicly in an interview to the Israeli press which, along with his father's criticism, resulted in a misconduct fine and suspension from the club.[citation needed] On 26 June club owner Mitchell Goldhar announced that Buzaglo would no longer be part of the first-team's plans and instead be placed on the transfer list.[citation needed]

Standard LiègeEdit

On 19 August 2011, Buzaglo signed a two-year contract with Belgian club Standard Liège for a transfer fee of €440,000.[1] In his first season with the club he made 10 caps without any goals or assists. In his second and last season with the club he made 21 caps with a goal and two assists to his name.

Hapoel Be'er ShevaEdit

On 1 July 2013, Buzaglo signed a one-year contract with Hapoel Be'er Sheva, with option for two more years.[2] In his first season at Be'er Sheva, he scored 10 goals and assisted 14 becoming the highest assist provider of the 2013–14 season.

Maccabi HaifaEdit

In December 2017 Buzaglo re-injured one of his ACLs after a long period of recuperation, meaning that he would be unable to participate in the rest of the season as a Maccabi Haifa player.[3]

Beitar JerusalemEdit

In August 2018, Buzaglo signed for Beitar Jerusalem. Still not fully fit following the knee injury that had kept him out during the previous season, it was expected that he would be able to resume full training after a month. The transfer was subject to an agreement between the clubs that the contract would be cancelled if Buzaglo were to suffer a recurrence of the injury.[4] He scored his first goal at Beitar Jerusalem on November 5, 2018 with a free kick from 20 meters against Maccabi Haifa. On May 21, 2019, Buzaglo scored twice in a friendly match versus Atlético Madrid, at the Teddy Stadium of Jerusalem, where Beitar finished with a 2-1 win.[5]

Hapoel Tel AvivEdit

On June 29, 2019, Buzaglo signed at Hapoel Tel Aviv for two years.[6]

International careerEdit

 
Buzaglo playing for Israel in 2015

Buzaglo has represented his country from a very early age, from the U17 level to the senior team. At U19 level, Buzaglo scored 21 goals in 34 matches, including 4 goals in one game against Denmark in a Milk Cup match in 2007. For the Israel U21 team, Buzaglo scored three times in 8 matches.

Buzaglo made his senior international debut for the Israel national football team against the Russian national football team in a EURO 2008 qualifier on 17 November 2007.

Club career statisticsEdit

As of 29 June 2019
Club Season League Cup League Cup Super Cup Europe Total
Apps Goals Assists Apps Goals Assists Apps Goals Assists Goals Assists Apps Goals Assists Apps Goals Assists
Maccabi Haifa 2005–06 2 0 0 0 0 0 5 0 0 - - 0 0 0 7 0 0
Hapoel Petah Tikva (loan) 2006–07 21 8 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 - - 0 0 0 23 8 0
Bnei Sakhnin (loan) 2007–08 33 9 12 1 1 0 8 0 2 - - 0 0 0 42 10 14
Maccabi Tel Aviv 2008–09 33 9 8 1 0 0 8 3 0 - - 0 0 0 42 12 8
2009–10 17 4 5 1 0 0 1 0 0 - - 0 0 0 19 4 5
2010–11 33 4 11 1 0 0 6 1 0 - - 6 0 1 46 5 12
Standard Liège 2011–12 5 0 0 1 0 0 - - - - - 4 0 0 10 0 0
2012–13 20 1 2 1 0 0 - - - - - 0 0 0 21 1 2
Hapoel Be'er Sheva 2013–14 35 10 14 4 1 4 - - - - - 0 0 0 39 11 18
2014–15 35 13 13 5 1 1 3 0 1 - - 2 1 0 45 15 15
2015-16 25 6 4 5 0 2 5 0 1 - - 2 0 1 37 6 8
2016-17 27 7 6 1 0 0 3 2 1 2 1 11 2 0 44 13 8
Maccabi Haifa 2017–18 5 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 0 0
Beitar Jerusalem 2018–19 24 4 6 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 25 4 7
Hapoel Tel Aviv 2019–20 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total Career 315 75 81 23 3 8 41 6 5 1 2 25 3 2 406 89 97

HonoursEdit

Personal lifeEdit

Maor's father is Jacob Buzaglo a former player who played in the 70's and 80's in Hapoel Tel Aviv, Beitar Jerusalem and Hapoel Jerusalem. Older brother Asi Buzaglo and younger brother Almog Buzaglo also play football, Asi at Hapoel Ashkelon and Ohad Buzaglo Manager at Hapoel Jerusalem.[10]

Maor is married to Meran Nimni, niece of Avi Nimni, his former manager at Maccabi Tel Aviv.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Asayag, Ofira; Timor, Lior (19 August 2011). "Maor Buzaglo signed a 2-year contract with Standard Liège" (in Hebrew). ONE. Retrieved 19 August 2011.
  2. ^ Salant, Talia (29 June 2013). "Down to the Negev: Maor Buzaglo signed for 3 years at Hapoel Be'er Sheva" (in Hebrew). Sport5. Retrieved 29 June 2013.
  3. ^ Sinai, Allon (27 December 2017). "Buzaglo Suffers Cruel Twist Of Fate With Season-Ending Injury". The Jerusalem Post. Retrieved 1 January 2018.
  4. ^ "Buzaglo latest addition to new-look Beitar". The Jerusalem Post. 20 August 2018. Retrieved 20 August 2018.
  5. ^ http://www.espn.com/soccer/matchstats?gameId=539839
  6. ^ https://www.ynet.co.il/articles/0,7340,L-5539264,00.html
  7. ^ "בפעם השנייה ברצף: הפועל ב"ש אלופת המדינה".
  8. ^ "ליגת העל 2013/14 - וואלה! ספורט".
  9. ^ "ליגת העל - 2014/15 - וואלה! ספורט".
  10. ^ Jacob Buzaglo attacks again Oren Korenfeld, 24 April 2008 (in Hebrew)