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Salem Abu Siam
سالم أبو سيام
סאלם אבו-סיאם
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Personal information
Date of birth 8 March 1983 (1983-03-08) (age 26)
Place of birth    Lod, Israel
Playing position Left Defender
Club information
Current club Hapoel Petah Tikva
Youth career
2002 Maccabi Tel Aviv
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
2001-2006
2006-2008
2008 
2009-
Maccabi Tel Aviv
Bnei Yehuda
Hapoel Acre
Hapoel Petah Tikva
094 (1)
044 (0)
06 (0)
00 (0)   
National team2
2001
2002-2005
Israel U19
Israel U21
06 (0)
14 (0)

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only and
correct as of 03:38, 11 May 2009 (UTC).
2 National team caps and goals correct
as of 03:38, 11 May 2009 (UTC).
* Appearances (Goals)

Salem Abu Siam (Arabic: سالم أبو سيام‎, Hebrew: סאלם אבו-סיאם‎; born 8 March 1983 in Lod) is an Arab Israeli professional association football player who currently plays for Hapoel Petah Tikva and is former Under-21 international.

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Youth career

Salem was part of the youth side at Maccabi Tel Aviv that won two straight championship titles as well as a cup title. It was inevitable that he would be promoted to the first side where he eventually received a starting role.

Maccabi

While in his first season at Maccabi Tel Aviv, they won a league championship and in his third season, Abu Siam was playing in the UEFA Champions League. Abu Siam, although as a Beduin belongs to a group not totally identified with the Arab community and therefore is not exactly of the same ethnic background as other Arab Israeli footballers such as Salim Tuama, Salah Hasarme or Abbas Suan, often had to turn the other cheek to racist remarks shouted at those players (or occasionally at him) by Maccabi fans, who are known for their often flagrantly personally offensive chants, and are often ranked highest on the Israeli press's tally for most racist fan community.

Bnei Yehuda TA

At the beginning of the 2006-07 season Abu Siam made the eyebrow-raising decision to sign with one of Mac TA's crosstown rivals, Bnei Yehuda Tel Aviv, a club with a fanatical fanbase smaller than Maccabi's, but more violent. Although at the beginning of the season the fans ridiculed the decision to sign the club's first Arab player, the furor soon died down, which came to a surprise following similar affairs with Beitar Jerusalem that had occurred in 2005 and 2006 in regards to efforts to sign Muslim Nigerian player Ndala Ibrahim.

Petah Tikva

Abu Siam signed a one year contract with Hapoel Petah Tikva on October 2009.

Statistics

Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Israel League Israel State Cup Toto Cup Europe Total
2006–2007 Bnei Yehuda Ligat ha'Al 26 0 1 0 5 1 0 0 32 1
2007–2008 18 0 1 1 5 0 0 0 24 1
2008–2009 Hapoel Acre Liga Leumit 6 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 7 0
2009–2010 Hapoel Petah Tikva Ligat ha'Al 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Career Total - - - - - - - - - -

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