Marco Balbul

Marco Balbul (Hebrew: מרקו בלבול‎; born July 13, 1967) is a former Israeli football defender and the manager of Maccabi Haifa.

Marco Balbul
Personal information
Full name Marco Balbul
Date of birth (1967-07-13) July 13, 1967 (age 53)
Place of birth Tirat Carmel, Israel
Position(s) Defender
Youth career
Maccabi Haifa
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1986–1998 Maccabi Haifa 213 (2)
1998–2000 Maccabi Tel Aviv 43 (0)
2000–2002 Maccabi Haifa 3 (0)
National team
1990–1995 Israel 9 (0)
Teams managed
2002–2003 Maccabi Haifa (assistant)
2006 Maccabi Netanya (assistant)
2007–2008 Hapoel Be'er Sheva
2008–2009 Maccabi Tel Aviv (assistant)
2009–2010 Bnei Sakhnin
2011 Maccabi Petah Tikva
2012 FK Partizan (assistant)
2013–2014 Bnei Sakhnin
2014 BEC Tero Sasana (assistant)
2014–2015 Maccabi Haifa
2016–2018 Israel U21
2018–2020 Maccabi Haifa
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Early lifeEdit

Marco is the last child of Jewish immigrants from Egypt who arrived in Israel in 1950 and settled in Tirat Carmel. Aged 9, he was accepted to the youth system of Maccabi Haifa. Reuven Held, a coach of one of the youth teams, sent him to train in front of Lazar Steinberg, who allegedly said, on seeing him play, that both Balbul and Ofer Mizrahi would play for the full squad.

Managing careerEdit

On 28 December 2014, Balbul was declared as the new manager of Maccabi Haifa, replacing Aleksandar Stanojević, who resigned from the job.


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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Maccabi Haifa captain
Succeeded by
Alon Mizrahi