After a wonderful career and historic championship with Kiryat Shmona, the injuries overwhelmed the 33-year-old striker: "Thank you to the Creator of the world who fulfilled my dream.
A look at the historic QS championship season
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After a 15-year professional career, Shimon Abuhtsira announced his retirement from football this morning.
The pioneer planted his shoes at the age of 33 began his career at Hapoel PAT and from there he went on to a wonderful career at Greek Larissa, Urban Kash (three terms, historic championship in 2012), Maccabi Haifa, Betar Jerusalem, Hapoel Raanana and Nir Rama "That.
"Dear football, it's time to say thank you," Abouhtsira wrote in a post on social networks, "Thank you to a world creator who made my dream come true, to be a football player and to make kids and adults happy every week. I touched on almost every possible title: goalkeeping, league, European football, The Israeli team, winning the championship, qualifying for the Champions League playoffs, today I retire with my head lifted and full of pride.
Selection in the selected uniform. Single Gate // Photo: Ami Shuman
"In all my years in football, when I knew I couldn't give 100 percent of myself - I wouldn't go up to the field. Today, unfortunately, after a year of trying - I realize that after the injury I went through I will never be able to give 100 percent of myself. I want to thank the coaches, the owners and the people The profession throughout my career.
"Thanks to my dear family who always supported me and of course to my dear wife who was there every moment. She cared for my quiet, raised my children leisurely and did not for one moment lose my concentration during my career. I promise to pass on all the tools to the future generation, Their dreams. "
In 331 career appearances, Abuhtsira scored 93 goals. In the Israeli national team he recorded three performances, in which he scored a single goal. In addition to the historic championship with Kiryat Shmona in 2011/12, Abouhtsira also won the Toto Cup that season, and three years earlier (2009 finished as the league's top scorer.
Hapoel Ra'anana uniform near the end of the career // Photo: Danny Maron