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The Top Ten Jewish Soccer Players Of All Time

In celebration of the World Cup, we look back at the best Jewish soccer players of all time.

By: Caitlin Marceau

Published: June 20th, 2014 in Sports » World

The Top Ten Jewish Soccer Players Of All Time

With the Fifa World Cup making headlines it’s only natural that this week, we take a look at the greatest Jewish soccer players of all time. From current players, to ones born before 1900, this list gives you the best of the best. So sit back, relax, and turn the volume on your TVs down low, and take a look at Shalom Life’s top ten Jewish soccer players.

10.

Dreshler Kale

Kicking off our list is Dreshler Kale. Born June 5th, 1974, under the name of Tvrtko Kale in Zagreb, Croatia, Kale has been playing as a goalkeeper for Hapoel Haifa since 2010. This incredible keeper has an Israeli Premier League championship, two Israel State Cups and a Toto Cup under his belt.

9.

Roni Porokara

Roni Porokara is a Finnish soccer player who currently plays for FC Honka and is part of Finlands national team. Born on the 12th of December, 1983, in Helsinki, Finland, this winger has two international goals to his name and the BV Cup Player of the Tournament Award for 2006.

8.

Jeffrey Alan Agoos

Jeffrey Alan Agoos is a retired American defender. Born in Geneva, Switzerland, he moved to the U.S. when he was young and played for the University of Virginia’s team before making his pro debut with the Maryland Bayrs. Having played for several teams, he ended his career in 2005 with the MetroStars. Having played with the U.S. national team, he also has 4 international goals to his name. Currently he works as a radio analyst for the San Jose Earthquakes.

7.


Andriy Voronin

Born on July 21st, 1979, in Odessa, Ukraine, Andriy Voronin is a retired striker and attacking midfielder. He ended his career in 2013 with Fortuna Dusseldorf. Voronin also has eight international goals to add to his accolades having played with the Ukrainian national team from 2002 to 2012.

6.

Rudy Wetzer

Rudolf ‘Rudy’ Wetzer is an acclaimed Romanian striker. Born on March 17th, 1901, in Haifa, Israel, Wetzer’s career lasted for over a decade. He played for the Romanian national team for nine years and has 13 international goals to his name. He began his career as a player with Chinezul Timisoara in 1920 and ended it with Electrica Timisoara in 1937. He also managed several teams between 1934 and 1952. He passed away at the age of 92 in Haifa, Israel, in 1993.

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