Sheran Yeini

Sheran Yeini (sometimes Sherran or Shiran,[1][2] Hebrew: שרן ייני; born December 8, 1986) is an Israeli footballer who currently plays for Maccabi Tel Aviv. Throughout his career he played several defensive positions including defensive midfielder, right back, left back, goalkeeper[3] and centre back.

Sheran Yeini
Yeini in a Maccabi Tel Aviv press conference in 2013
Personal information
Full name Sheran Yeini
Date of birth (1986-12-08) December 8, 1986
Place of birth Tel Aviv, Israel
Height 1.77 m (5 ft 9 12 in)
Playing position Midfielder/Defender
Club information
Current team
Maccabi Tel Aviv
Number 21
Youth career
1993–2004 Maccabi Tel Aviv
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004–2015 Maccabi Tel Aviv 236 (14)
2015–2017 Vitesse 36 (1)
2017– Maccabi Tel Aviv 37 (0)
National team
2007–2008 Israel U21 11 (0)
2013– Israel 20 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 16 August 2018
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 11 September 2018

Early life

Yeini was born in Tel Aviv-Jaffa, Israel, to an Ashkenazi Jewish family.[4][5][6]

Club career

Sheran Yeini began his football career with Maccabi Tel Aviv's youth ranks. He made his professional debut with the senior squad under the guidance of coach Nir Klinger for an Israeli Premier League match against Hapoel Be'er Sheva in 2004\2005.

In 2006/2007, Yeini served on the opening squad for 10 matches due to injuries faced by the team's star midfielder at the time : Avi Nimni . Yeini showed great ability, which lead then Israel national under-21 football team coach Guy Levi to summon him up for the UEFA European Under-21 Championship campaign, where Yeini appeared in 10 games.

In 2012–13, Yeini was named team captain. For the most part, he played at right back and has become one of the most influential players on a team that won the Israeli Premier League championship after a ten-year drought. On June 26, 2013, Sheran Yeni's contract was extended for an additional four years.

In the 2013/14 season, Yeini continued to take a significant role with the team while participating in 29 league games and 42 official games in total, en route to winning a second consecutive state championship. During that season, Yeini reached his 200th Israeli Premier League game with the senior squad, while also becoming Maccabi Tel Aviv's record holder for most caps played in European Competition. By the end of the 2014/2015 season, Yeini was part of the Maccabi Tel Aviv team that has won a 3rd straight Israeli Premier League championship along with Israel State Cup as well as the Toto Cup.

In the summer of 2015, Yeini transferred to Dutch side Vitesse.

On January 27, 2017, Yeini returned to Maccabi Tel Aviv with a new 3.5 year contract.

International career

Yeini made his first international appearance for Israel on 22 March 2013 in the World Cup 2014 qualifier match against Portugal during which he successfully guarded Cristiano Ronaldo and was elected MVP of the match.


Maccabi Tel Aviv


Sporting positions
Preceded by
Avi Nimni
Maccabi Tel Aviv F.C. captain
2008–2015, 2017-
Succeeded by
Eran Zahavi
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