Avi Ran

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Avi Ran
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Full nameAvi Ran
Date of birth(1963-08-25)August 25, 1963
Place of birth Haifa, Israel
Date of death July 11, 1987(1987-07-11) (aged 23)
Place of death Tiberias, Israel
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Senior career*
1981–1987 Maccabi Haifa 165 (0)
National team
1986–1987 Israel 9 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Avi Ran (August 25, 1963 - July 11, 1987) was a goalkeeper at the Israeli football club Maccabi Haifa. Widely considered one of the greatest football players in Israel, he had a promising future which was cut short by a fatal accident.

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Football career

1981/1982 season at the age of 17, started his debut as a senior for Maccabi Haifa match against Maccabi Tel Aviv, and kept his goal clean. Ran went on to play for most of the season, when he competes on and off the goalie vest with Zadok Avrahami. The competition was tough, but Ran was known for his perseverance and diligence in training, as well as his good manners and social character which earned him a social status loud and sympathetic off the court. A season later, he found himself less than Ran partner, and competition with Abraham was more difficult.

1983/1984 season came to Maccabi Haifa Shlomo Scharf. Porter was looking for a new coach and veteran instead of 20 year old Ran, seeking the release Ran to place the Arie Haviv from Hapoel Yehud. Being a popular social figure in the group, led Wren wave of protests from a number of players such as Baruch Maman and Ronnie Rosenthal, who asked him to stay, but he would not hear them. Yohanan Volach, "brain vocational", Maccabi Haifa, who was a devoted follower of relying on the players home and have already prevented the release of many players, including Rosenthal, Moshe Selektar, Rafi Osmo and Joseph Kramer, torpedoed the move and managed to prevent the release of Ran. Volach believed gatekeeper young, and knew his ability when he was a child, both as a player in Maccabi Haifa's children, and his wife Rachel student's school principal Mishlav, which earned Championship in football. He was also a member of Volach father, Ran.

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Ran did not disappoint, and the beams of Haifa revealed an excellent goalkeeper, who quickly crowned as his successor newspapers Ya'akov Hodorov. Ran helped to Haifa to win the first time in its history, while absorbing 28 goals. Wren's second season has already established him as one of the key players of Maccabi Haifa, while breaking a club record and took only 18 goals this season. That season was Haifa close to winning the double and reached the cup final, which lost to Beitar Jerusalem. In 1986, faced Maccabi Haifa Championship third in a row and led the table for most of the season. Ran excelled and he was named both the season, but his team lost the championship to Hapoel Tel Aviv in circulation last.

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That same year, the first time the team was summoned Israel, the foreign game against Scotland. So also were suggestions sales group in Europe, including Liverpool, exhibition games held in Israel Ran introduced one of his best games career. Liverpool were very impressed by the concierge of Haifa and wanted to sign him. Ren played nine games the team, of which eight resulted in a loss (and defeats) and a draw one, so in a couple of top teams in the world, Brazil, Argentina and West Germany team.

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Fatal accident

On 11 July 1987, Ran was killed on the "Guy" beach in Tiberias when he was hit by a passing racing boat whilst Maccabi Haifa were celebrating their championship in the Sea of Galilee. 14,000 people attended Ran's funeral.

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Career 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
1981-82 Maccabi Haifa Liga Leumit 200
1982-83 100
1983-84 250
1984-85 300
1985-86 300
1986-87 300
Total Israel1450
Career total1450

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