Eyal Golasa

Eyal Golasa (or Golsa,[1] Hebrew: אייל גולסה; born 7 October 1991) is an Israeli professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for Maccabi Tel Aviv.

Eyal Golasa
Eyal Golasa with Israel in 2012
Personal information
Full name Eyal Golasa
Date of birth (1991-10-07) 7 October 1991
Place of birth Netanya, Israel
Height 1.74 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Maccabi Tel Aviv
Number 23
Youth career
2001–2008 Beitar Nes Tubruk
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2008–2014 Maccabi Haifa 127 (13)
2014–2016 PAOK 35 (0)
2016– Maccabi Tel Aviv 55 (3)
National team
2007–2008 Israel U17 16 (3)
2008–2009 Israel U18 2 (0)
2008–2010 Israel U19 8 (1)
2008–2013 Israel U21 20 (1)
2011– Israel 11 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 13:41, 9 April 2018 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 13:41, 11 June 2017 (UTC)

Early life

Golasa was born in Netanya, Israel, to a Mizrahi Jewish family.

Club career

Maccabi Haifa

Born in Netanya, Israel, Golasa came from the highly successful youth system of Beitar Nes Tubruk. In the summer of 2008, he joined Maccabi Haifa. He made his debut in the 2008–09 Israeli Premier League. The midfielder remained a substitute at the beginning of this season until coming off the bench in a UEFA Champions League match against Kazakh champion FK Aktobe on 4 August. Golasa came off the bench, almost singlehandedly turning around a 0–3 deficit as Maccabi claimed a vital 4–3 victory. After leading Maccabi to the playoff stage of the UEFA Champions League, Golasa scored a goal against Red Bull Salzburg, as the Israelis won 3–0. This result enabled the Israelis to return to the group stages of Europe's elite competition. At that time he was being monitored by major European clubs. Websites specializing on football scouting would present him as the new star of the Israeli football.

On 1 February 2010, Golasa had reportedly signed a contract with Italian club S.S. Lazio.[2] Five days later, the club announced the signing on a 4.5-year deal. However, Golasa decided to return to Israel to rejoin Maccabi Haifa and apologised for joining Lazio without informing Maccabi Haifa. Maccabi Haifa confirmed the player was staying and stated the Lazio contract was not valid because they had not been informed of negotiations between Golasa and Lazio.[3][4]

He was suspended for six months by Maccabi Haifa after agreeing to sign a new contract. He made a verbal agreement but later backed out, causing club boss Jacob Shachar to suspend him until the end of the season, after which he was sold to PAOK.

PAOK

On 24 June 2014, Golasa was transferred to the Greek football team PAOK for an undisclosed fee till summer 2017.[5] He could not help the club during the Super League 2014–15 play-offs as he suffered a second degree sprain in the left groin and medical reports stated he would be back in action after four to six weeks.[6]

Maccabi Tel Aviv

In July 2016, Golasa returned to his native Israel, joining Maccabi Tel Aviv.[7]

International career

Golasa has played extensively for his nation at youth level from the under-17 side, to the under-21 side. On 9 February 2011, he made his international debut in a 2–0 home friendly loss against Serbia.

Career statistics

Club

As of 30 May 2017.[8][9]
Club Season League Cup Toto Cup Europe Total
AppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoals
Maccabi Haifa 2008–09 271006000331
2009–10 1650040102307
2010–11 262304120353
2011–12 2532000122395
2012–13 272203000322
2013–14 50000062112
Total 126137017130618020
PAOK 2014–15 240300060330
2015–16 110400020170
Total 350700080500
Maccabi Tel Aviv 2016–17 211205041322
Total 211205041322
Career total 1821416022142726222

Honours

Maccabi Haifa
Maccabi Tel Aviv

References

  1. http://www.football.org.il/en/national-team-player/?player_id=5727
  2. Griver, Simon (1 February 2010). "Eyal Golasa joins Lazio". The Jewish Chronicle. Retrieved 8 July 2016.
  3. Griver, Simon (10 February 2010). "Golasa returns to Maccabi Haifa". Jewish Chronicle. Retrieved 30 June 2016.
  4. Landolina, Salvatore (6 February 2010). "Lazio Aiming To Bring Back Eyal Golasa From Maccabi Haifa - Report". Goal. Retrieved 8 July 2016.
  5. "Παίκτης του ΠΑΟΚ ο Εγιάλ Γκολάσα". Archived from the original on 26 June 2014. Retrieved 24 June 2014.
  6. Konstantinidis, Golasa ruled out of play-offs Retrieved 9 May 2015
  7. "Eyal Golasa signed for Maccabi". Maccabi Tel-Aviv. 8 July 2016. Retrieved 8 July 2016.
  8. "E. Golasa". Soccerway. Retrieved 30 May 2017.
  9. http://www.one.co.il/Article/17-18/1,667,0,0/303547.html?ref=hp
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