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Mordechai Shpigler
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Personal information
Date of birth 19 August 1944 (1944-08-19) (age 77)
Place of birth Asbest, Russian SFSR, USSR
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.79 m)
Playing position Striker
Youth career
1957–1961 Maccabi Netanya
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1963–1971 Maccabi Netanya 255 (168)
1972–1973 Paris FC 39 (11)
1973–1974 Paris Saint-Germain 13 (10)
1974–1975 Maccabi Netanya 26 (5)
1975 New York Cosmos 17 (6)
1975–1978 Maccabi Netanya 61 (11)
1978–1979 Hapoel Haifa 20 (1)
1981–1982 Beitar Tel Aviv (player-manager) 15 (2)
Total 446 (214)
National team
1963–1977 Israel 83 (33)
Teams managed
1979 Maccabi Haifa
1979–1980 Hapoel Haifa
1980–1982 Beitar Tel Aviv
1982–1984 Maccabi Netanya
1984 Hapoel Tel Aviv
1985 Maccabi Jaffa
1990–1992 Maccabi Netanya
1994–1996 Tzafririm Holon
2013 Maccabi Netanya (general manager)
  • Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Mordechai "Motaleh" Shpigler (Hebrew: מרדכי שפיגלר, born 19 August 1944) is an Israeli former footballer and manager. He remains Israel's record goalscorer, with 33 goals in 83 caps.

Early life

Mordechai Shpigler was born in Asbest, Soviet Russia, and is Jewish. He moved to Netanya, Israel, when he was a boy.

Playing career

Club career

As a striker, he played for Maccabi Netanya along with Paris Saint Germain in France and alongside Pelé for New York Cosmos of the North American Soccer League in the 1970s.

He was chosen as the Israeli Player of the Year a record four times, in 1967–68, 1968–69, 1969–70, and in 1970–71.

International career

Israel soccer team holding Asian cup 1964a
Asian Cup football 1964

Shpigler made his international debut for Israel on 2 January 1964 against Hong Kong. He took part in the Israeli win in the 1964 AFC Asian Cup, and scored 2 goals at the tournament, which made him a joint top scorer of the tournament.

His major achievement was helping Israel qualify for the 1970 FIFA World Cup in Mexico. He scored Israel's lone goal in World Cup history in a 1–1 draw against Sweden.

His 32 goals for the national team (according to IFA count, FIFA counts only 25 of them) is the Israeli record. Shpigler scored 25 goals in 62 'official' internationals for the Israeli national side, he also played in 21 other 'unofficial' matches (mostly Olympic Games qualifiers) scoring eight more goals.

Shpigler captained the Israeli Olympic team at Mexico City 1968 which reached the quarter-finals, losing to Bulgaria by a draw after the match ended 1–1.

Post-playing career

Spiegler was nominated as the best Israeli player of the prior 50 years by the Israel Football Association in the UEFA Jubilee Awards in November 2003. Shpigler is a member of the Education and Publicity Committee of the IFA.

In 2007, he won a lifetime contributions special award for the Israeli national team in the 1970 FIFA World Cup, determined by Yedioth Ahronoth and the Israeli football player association.

Career statistics

International

Appearances and goals by national team and year
National team Year Apps Goals
Israel 1963 1 0
1964 8 4
1965 5 0
1966 8 4
1967 1 0
1968 14 15
1969 10 3
1970 8 3
1971 5 1
1972 6 1
1973 6 2
1974 0 0
1975 0 0
1976 3 0
1977 8 0
Total 83 33

International goals

Scores and results list Israel's goal tally first, score column indicates score after each Spiegler goal.
List of international goals scored by Mordechai Spiegler
No. Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 2 January 1964 Government Stadium, Wan Chai, Hong Kong  Hong Kong 3–0 Win Friendly
2 26 May 1964 Ramat Gan Stadium, Ramat Gan, Israel 1–0 Win 1964 AFC Asian Cup
3 29 May 1964 Bloomfield Stadium, Tel Aviv, Israel  India 2–0 Win
4 28 November 1964  Yugoslavia 2–0 Win Friendly
5 6 April 1966  Finland 7–1 Win
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7 15 June 1966 Ramat Gan Stadium, Ramat Gan, Israel  Uruguay 1–2 Loss
8 12 October 1966 Bloomfield Stadium, Tel Aviv, Israel  Yugoslavia 1–3 Loss
9 14 February 1968   Switzerland 2–1 Win
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11 17 March 1968  Ceylon 7–0 Win 1968 Summer Olympics qualification
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14 12 May 1968 Amjadieh Stadium, Tehran, Iran  Hong Kong 6–1 Win 1968 AFC Asian Cup
15
16 10 September 1968 Bloomfield Stadium, Tel Aviv, Israel  Northern Ireland 2–3 Loss Friendly
17 15 September 1968 Yankee Stadium New York City, United States  United States 3–3 Draw
18
19 25 September 1968 Temple Stadium, Philadelphia, United States 4–0 Win
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23 15 October 1968 Estadio Nou Camp, León, Guanajuato, Mexico  El Salvador 3–1 Win 1968 Summer Olympics
24 28 September 1969 Ramat Gan Stadium, Ramat Gan, Israel  New Zealand 2–0 Win 1970 FIFA World Cup qualification
25 1 October 1969 4–0 Win
26 14 December 1969 Sydney Sports Ground, Sydney, Australia  Australia 1–1 Draw
27 22 March 1970 Addis Ababa Stadium, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia  Ethiopia 5–1 Win Friendly
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29 7 June 1970 Estadio Luis Dosal, Toluca, Mexico  Sweden 1–1 Draw 1970 FIFA World Cup
30 11 November 1971 Lang Park, Brisbane, Australia  Australia 2–2 Draw Friendly
31 28 March 1972 Bogyoke Aung San Stadium, Yangon, Burma  India 1–0 Win 1972 Summer Olympics qualification
32 16 May 1973 Seoul, South Korea  Japan 2–1 Win 1974 FIFA World Cup qualification
33 21 May 1973  Thailand 6–0 Win

Managerial statistics

Team Nat. From To Record
M W D L Win %
Maccabi Haifa Israel 1979 1979 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&03.&&&&&03 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&00.&&&&&00 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&00.&&&&&00 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&03.&&&&&03 &0&&&&&&&&&&&&&&00.&&&&&00.00
Hapoel Haifa Israel 1979 1980 &&&&&&&&&&&&&030.&&&&&030 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&08.&&&&&08 &&&&&&&&&&&&&011.&&&&&011 &&&&&&&&&&&&&011.&&&&&011 &&&&&&&&&&&&&026.67000026.67
Beitar Tel Aviv Israel 1980 1982 &&&&&&&&&&&&&065.&&&&&065 &&&&&&&&&&&&&028.&&&&&028 &&&&&&&&&&&&&021.&&&&&021 &&&&&&&&&&&&&016.&&&&&016 &&&&&&&&&&&&&043.&8000043.08
Maccabi Netanya Israel 1982 1984 &&&&&&&&&&&&&080.&&&&&080 &&&&&&&&&&&&&044.&&&&&044 &&&&&&&&&&&&&017.&&&&&017 &&&&&&&&&&&&&019.&&&&&019 &&&&&&&&&&&&&055.&&&&&055.00
Hapoel Tel Aviv Israel 1984 1984 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&08.&&&&&08 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&01.&&&&&01 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&03.&&&&&03 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&04.&&&&&04 &&&&&&&&&&&&&012.50000012.50
Maccabi Jaffa Israel 1985 1985 &&&&&&&&&&&&&012.&&&&&012 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&05.&&&&&05 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&05.&&&&&05 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&02.&&&&&02 &&&&&&&&&&&&&041.67000041.67
Maccabi Netanya Israel 1990 1992 &&&&&&&&&&&&&086.&&&&&086 &&&&&&&&&&&&&027.&&&&&027 &&&&&&&&&&&&&026.&&&&&026 &&&&&&&&&&&&&033.&&&&&033 &&&&&&&&&&&&&031.40000031.40
Tzafririm Holon Israel 1994 1996 &&&&&&&&&&&&&055.&&&&&055 &&&&&&&&&&&&&019.&&&&&019 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&09.&&&&&09 &&&&&&&&&&&&&027.&&&&&027 &&&&&&&&&&&&&034.55000034.55
Total &&&&&&&&&&&&0339.&&&&&0339 &&&&&&&&&&&&0132.&&&&&0132 &&&&&&&&&&&&&092.&&&&&092 &&&&&&&&&&&&0115.&&&&&0115 &&&&&&&&&&&&&038.94000038.94

Honours

Player

Maccabi Netanya

Israel

Individual

  • Israeli Premier League top goalscorer: 1965–66, 1967–68, 1968–69
  • Israeli Player of the Year: 1965–66, 1968–69, 1969–70, 1970–71
  • Member of the Israeli Football Hall of Fame

Manager

Beitar Tel Aviv

  • Second Division:1980–81

Maccabi Netanya

  • Israeli Premier League: 1982–83
  • Israeli Supercup: 1983
  • UEFA Intertoto Cup: 1983, 1984
  • League Cup: 1982, 1983
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