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Rehavia Rosenbaum (Hebrew: רחביה רוזנבוים‎; born 29 April 1934), is a former Israeli football player and coach, mainly identified with Hapoel Tel Aviv F.C.[1]

Rehavia Rosenbaum
Personal information
Full name Rehavia Rosenbaum
(Hebrew: רחביה רוזנבוים‎)
Date of birth (1934-04-29) April 29, 1934 (age 85)
Place of birth Israel
Playing position Forward
Youth career
1947–1949 Gadna Yehuda
1949–1951 Hapoel Tel Aviv
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1951–1965 Hapoel Tel Aviv F.C. ? (78)
National team
1953–1962 Israel 18 (0)
Teams managed
1965–1968 Hapoel Tel Aviv F.C. (youth)
1968–1970 Hapoel Tel Aviv F.C.
1972–1973 Hapoel Petah Tikva F.C.
1976–1977 Hapoel Tel Aviv F.C.
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only


Playing careerEdit

Rosenbaum began playing football at the age of 13 for the Gadna Yehuda youth team. Two years later, he joined Hapoel Tel Aviv's youth team, which won the league championship in 1951.[1] In 1951, he was promoted to the senior team of the club.[1] He scored his first goal for the team against Maccabi Rishon LeZion on 5 January 1952.[citation needed]

During his time at Hapoel Tel Aviv, the club won their first championship since the Israeli war of independence, in 1957.[1] In the 1957 season, Rosenbaum scored 9 goals, including two in a derby against Maccabi Tel Aviv, which was won 4-2 by Hapoel.[citation needed] In 1961, he was part of the team that won the Israel State Cup, beating then-champions Hapoel Petah Tikva in the final.[citation needed]

On 12 October 1962, Rosenbaum served as the team captain in a match against Shimshon Tel Aviv.[citation needed] The match was the first match ever played in the Bloomfield Stadium. He also served as captain in the official inaugural match of the studio on 2 December 1962, against Dutch side FC Twente.

Rosenbaum retired from playing football in 1965,[1] having scored 78 league goals during his tenure,[citation needed] the fourth greatest amount of league goals ever scored by a Hapoel Tel Aviv player.[1]

Israel National TeamEdit

On 8 November 1953, while only 19 years old, Rosenbaum made his debut for the Israel national team, in a match against Yugoslavia, during the 1954 FIFA World Cup qualification. Rosenbaum further competed in the 1956 AFC Asian Cup, recording a total of 18 appearances for his national team, the last being a friendly against Turkey on 25 November 1962.[2][3]

Coaching careerEdit

Rosenbaum was appointed coach of the Hapoel Tel Aviv youth team in 1965,[1] and subsequently led it to the youth championship, with the young football player Ronnie Calderon starring the team under his coaching. After two years in the youth team, Rosenbaum was appointed head coach of Hapoel Tel Aviv. In his first season as head coach of the senior team, he led the senior team to the championship as well,[1] with Calderon, Shiye Feigenbaum, Yehezkel Chazom and George Borba starring the team. In his second season as coach of the team they reached the AFC Champions League final, finishing second in the tournament.[1]

After two years as head coach of Hapoel Tel Aviv, Rosenbaum left his position and coached various teams, including Hapoel Kfar Saba, which won a game 4-0 against Hapoel Tel Aviv under his coaching,[1] and then Hapoel Petah Tikva, from which he was fired in 1973 when the team was in danger of relegation, eight rounds from the end of the season. In 1976 he returned to Hapoel Tel Aviv and coached another season, which ended disappointingly as the team finished tenth. Afterward Rosenbaum managed the Hapoel Tel Aviv youth team for many years.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Bar-On, Yaakov (31 December 2015). "ממשיך לבעוט: סיפור הסינדרלה הקלאסי של רחביה רוזנבוים" [Keeps on kicking: The classic Cinderella story of Rehavia Rosenbaum]. Maariv. Retrieved 18 May 2018.
  2. ^ "רוזנבוים רחביה" [Rosenbaum, Rehavia]. The Israel Football Association. Retrieved 18 May 2018.
  3. ^ "Rehavia Rosenbaum". Retrieved 18 May 2018.