Avi Rikan

Avraham "Avi" Rikan (Hebrew: אבי ריקן; born September 10, 1988) is an Israeli football player who plays for Maccabi Tel Aviv. He has also played for Maccabi Herzliya, Hapoel Petah Tikva, Beitar Jerusalem and FC Zürich.[1] At international level, Rikan was capped at levels from under-17 to senior team.[2]

Avi Rikan
Rikan playing for Israel in 2015
Personal information
Full name Avraham Rikan
Date of birth (1988-09-10) September 10, 1988
Place of birth Ma'ale Adumim, West Bank
Height 1.71 m (5 ft 7 12 in)
Playing position Defender/Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Maccabi Tel Aviv
Number 22
Youth career
2000–2006 Beitar Jerusalem
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006–2013 Beitar Jerusalem 121 (15)
2007–2008Maccabi Herzliya (loan) 8 (2)
2008–2009Hapoel Petah Tikva (loan) 30 (1)
2013–2015 FC Zürich 50 (10)
2015– Maccabi Tel Aviv 103 (15)
National team
2004–2005 Israel U17 13 (2)
2006 Israel U18 3 (0)
2006–2007 Israel U19 16 (5)
2007–2010 Israel U21 14 (0)
2012– Israel 5 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 23 July 2015
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 3 September 2015

Early life

Rikan was born in the Israeli settlement Ma'ale Adumim, to a Sephardic Jewish family.[3]

Club career

Maccabi Tel Aviv

International career

Style of play

Rikan is a versatile box-to-box player, who is capable of playing anywhere in midfield, he has been used as a central midfielder, attacking midfielder, defensive midfielder, and even utilized as a Left back on occasion. A hard-working player, with notable stamina and an ability to read the game with a positive and direct approach of bringing the ball forward. In addition to his creative and defensive midfield roles, Rikan also possesses a keen eye for goal, due to his ability to find space and make attacking runs into the area, or produce accurate and powerful shots from distance.


Beitar Jerusalem
FC Zürich
Maccabi Tel Aviv


  1. "Player Details: Rikan Avi". The Israel Football Association. Archived from the original on 2013-12-16. Retrieved December 23, 2010.
  2. "National team player's details: Rikan Avi". The Israel Football Association. Archived from the original on May 25, 2012. Retrieved December 23, 2010.
  3. http://www.i24news.tv/en/news/sport/170850-180326-israel-allows-footballers-to-continue-playing-on-shabbat
  4. http://www.one.co.il/Article/17-18/1,667,0,0/303547.html?ref=hp

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