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Shay Abutbul
Personal information
Date of birth January 16, 1983 (1983-01-16) (age 27)
Place of birth    Bat Yam, Israel
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Central midfielder
Club information
Current club Hapoel Tel Aviv
Number 18
Youth career
1999-2002 Hapoel Tel Aviv
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
2002-present Hapoel Tel Aviv 147 (6)   
National team2
Israel U19
Israel U21
6 (1)
17 (3)

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only and
correct as of 18:53, 7 January 2007 (UTC).
2 National team caps and goals correct
as of 18:32, 7 January 2007 (UTC).
* Appearances (Goals)

Shay Abutbul (Hebrew: שי אבוטבול‎; born 16 January 1983) is an Israeli football player playing for Hapoel Tel Aviv.



Shay Abutbul began his career in the youth ranks of top Israeli side Hapoel Tel Aviv. After impressing with the youth side, Shay was called up to the first team in 2002. Since than Abutbul has been one of the top players for the club. During his time with Hapoel he has helped the club capture the Israeli Cup on two occasions and qualify for the UEFA Cup. During the 2008/08 season Shay appeared in 20 league matches scoring 3 goals, he also appeared in 6 UEFA Cup matches scoring 1 goal. It was reported that he has an offer from New York Red Bulls from the MLS.


Abutbul has represented Israel at the Under 19 and Under 21 level. He also served as captain of the under 21 side.


Personal life

Shay was married to his girlfriend Keren on May 2005, they had a daughter, Tahel.




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