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Shmuel Rosenthal
שמואל רוזנטל
Personal information
Date of birth April 22, 1947 (1947-04-22) (age 62)
Place of birth   
Playing position Midfielder
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
Hapoel Petah Tikva
Borussia VfL 1900
Hapoel Petah Tikva
Beitar Tel Aviv
Oakland Stompers
Hapoel Lod

13 (1)   
National team
1965–1973 Israel Israel 30 (1)

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

This article is about the Israeli footballer. For the American musician, see Projekt Records and Black Tape for a Blue Girl.

Shmuel Rosenthal (Hebrew: שמואל רוזנטל‎, also known as Sam Rosenthal, * 22 April 1947), is a former Israeli international footballer. With Israel he participated in the Olympic Games of 1968 and the World Cup 1970. When he moved from Hapoel Petah Tikva to the German club Borussia Mönchengladbach in 1972 he became the first Israeli professional hired by a European club.


Rosenthal commenced his career 1965 with the Israeli first division side Hapoel Petah Tikva. Already in the same year he debuted with the Israel national football team. With Israel he took part in the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico. In Mexico the team reached the quarterfinals, where the side held Bulgaria to a 1-1 draw after extra time. The match was eventually decided for Bulgaria by drawing of a lot, as penalty shootouts had not yet been introduced.

With Israel he also qualified for the 1970 World Cup in Mexico via a walk over against North Korea, which refused to play in Israel and the Oceanian teams of New Zealand and Australia. There Rosenthal participated in all three matches of his team. Israel initially lost to Uruguay, but managed to hold Sweden and the later finalist Italy to draws.

Altogether Rosenthal played 30 times for his country, scoring once. Including matches in the context of Olympic tournaments and the like his tally here rises to 43 matches and two goals.[1] A contemporary of his in the Israeli sides of this era was Mordechai Spiegler, who is considered the greatest player of all times of his country.

In 1972 Rosenthal joined the then reining German champions Borussia Mönchengladbach, becoming the first professional Israeli player finding an engagement in Europe. In the first half of the season he played for the club in 13 Bundesliga-matches, scoring one goal, and a number of UEFA Cup matches. By the end of the season the club ended the league as 5th, but won the German Cup and reached the finals of the UEFA Cup. With Mönchengladbach Rosenthal played mainly libero, a position he filled "often somewhat too careless", according to the chronicles of the club.[2]

In 1973 he returened to Hapoel Petah Tikva. In 1976 he switched to Beitar Tel Aviv, before moving in 1978 to the Oakland Stompers in the then fashionable North American Soccer League, which in that era featured some well known stars from Europe and South America.

In 1979 he returned to Israel, finishing his career with the lowly Hapoel Lod FC.


  1. ^ Israel National Team - Appearances and Goalscoring
  2. ^ Die Welt, 18.8.2007: "Der Busfahrer bleibt unbewaffnet" et al.


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