David Amsalem

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David Amsalem
דוד אמסלם
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Personal information
Date of birth (1971-09-04) 4 September 1971 (age 48)
Place of birth Lod, Israel
Playing position Left-Back
Youth career
1979–1983 Ayelat Lod
1984–1986 Hapoel Tel Aviv
1986–1990 Bnei Yehuda
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1990–1993 Bnei Yehuda 59 (2)
1994–1995 Hapoel Tel Aviv 28 (1)
1995–1998 Beitar Jerusalem 85 (5)
1998–1999 Crystal Palace 10 (0)
1999–2000 Hapoel Haifa 35 (2)
2000–2009 Beitar Jerusalem 182 (7)
National team
1991–1993 Israel U21 11 (1)
1992–1999 Israel 31 (0)
Teams managed
2009–2010 Beitar Jerusalem (assistant manager)
2010 Beitar Jerusalem
2010–2011 Beitar Jerusalem (assistant manager)
2011 Beitar Jerusalem
2013 Beitar Jerusalem (caretaker)
2013–2014 Beitar Jerusalem (assistant manager)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 21 May 2007
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 21 May 2007

David Amsalem (Hebrew: דוד אמסלם‎; born on 4 September 1971 in Israel) is an Israeli retired footballer.


He started his career with Bnei Yehuda and then joined Hapoel Tel Aviv whom he played for during the 1994–1995 season. He became the second Israeli to join Crystal Palace following Itzik Zohar who left just as Amsalem was signing.

Terry Venables signed Amsalem from Beitar Jerusalem for £800,000 in 1998 via a third party at a time when Amsalem was captain of the Israeli national side. Controversy surrounded his signing as there were claims the money never reached Beitar. Beitar chairman Ehud Federman said that his contract had run out and had left the club on a free transfer.

He played for Beitar Jerusalem for three seasons 1995–1998. He started six games for Palace and played in a total of ten games for them. He was released from the club in 1999 and joined Hapoel Haifa who he played for until the end of the 1999–2000 season.

He made his return to Beitar Jerusalem in 2000 and played there for eight-and-a-half seasons, until he retired in July 2009, to become assistant coach at the club.


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