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Mordechai Shpigler
Personal information
Full name Mordechai Shpigler
Date of birth 19 August 1944 (1944-08-19) (age 65)
Place of birth    Sochi, Soviet Union
Playing position Striker
Youth career
1957–1961 Maccabi Netanya
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
Maccabi Netanya
Paris FC
Paris Saint-Germain
New York Cosmos
255 (168)
039 0(11)
013 0(10)
017 00(6)   
National team
1963–1977 Israel 082 0(32)
Teams managed
Maccabi Haifa
Hapoel Haifa
Beitar Tel Aviv
Maccabi Netanya

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only.
* Appearances (Goals)

Mordechai "Motaleh" Shpigler (Hebrew: מרדכי שפיגלר‎, born 19 August 1944) is a former Israeli footballer. He remains Israel's record goalscorer, with 32 goals in 82 caps.[1]


Playing career

Domestic 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 holds a record of four times he was chosen as the Israeli Player of the Year, in 1967/68, 1968/69, 1969/70, and in 1970/71.[2]

International career

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 Football World Cup 1970 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 seven more goals.

Shpigler captained the 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

He was nominated as the best Israeli player of the last 50 years by the Israel Football Association in the UEFA Jubilee Awards in November 2003.[3]. Shpigler is a member of the Education and Publicity Committee of the IFA.[4] In 2007, he won a lifetime contributions special award for the Israeli national team in the 1970 world cup, determined by Yedioth Ahronoth and the Israeli football player association.[5]


As a Player

  • Israeli Player of the Year (4):
    • 1967-68, 1968-69, 1969-70, 1970-71

As a Manager

  • Israeli Supercup (1):
    • 1983


  1. ^ the scoring sensation UEFA, 21 June 2004
  2. ^
  3. ^ Golden Players take centre stage UEFA
  4. ^ Committees Israel Football Association (Hebrew)
  5. ^ Lifetime Contribution Prize Israeli Football Player Association

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Preceded by
South Korea Cho Yoon-Ok
Asian Cup Top scorer
Shared with
India Inder Singh
Succeeded by
Iran Homayoun Behzadi
IsraelGiora Spiegel
IsraelMoshe Romano

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