The Golden Age: Who can break Eran Zahavi's goalscoring record?
The 35-year-old striker safely leads the table of active goalscorers in the Premier League, but who can "endanger him" in the foreseeable future?
And who are the oldest active players in the league and the performers who are approaching their 400th game at the age of 36?
Moti Habib is good with the numbers
Wednesday, August 17, 2022, 2:00 p.m
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Summary: Eran Zahavi's goal in the uniform of Maccabi Tel Aviv against Aris Thessaloniki (Sport 1)
When Eran Zahavi scored his last league goal in Israeli football, Barak Itzhaki and Eden Ben Best were still strikers by his side in Maccabi Tel Aviv.
Team manager Yoav Ziv was an active defender.
Sharan Yeni still played for Vitsa Arnheim and Gal Alberman did not plan to become a sports director at Maccabi Haifa, Mola collaborated with Zahavi in that unforgettable meeting - 0:6 to Maccabi Tel Aviv.
A little more than six years have passed, over 200 league games for each team in the Premier League , and yet Eran Zahavi opens a season when he is not only the top scorer among the active players, but there is no chance that anyone will surpass him at least in the next five years!
He will not be overtaken in the coming years.
Eran Zahavi (Photo: Danny Maron)
Zahavi, the record scorer in one season in our football (35), and also the record scorer in a calendar year (35), starts with 125 league goals, 20 more than his main "competitor" Itay Schechter, who is four months older than Zahvi.
Ranked third among the active players is Nikita Rocavicia, who lacks 37 goals to reach the gold medal, and Nikita is also not younger than the Tel Aviv phenomenon whose record-breaking is his profession.
Eran Zahavi, top scorer of the Premier League three times, top scorer of the national team and holder of a personal record of 17 consecutive games in which he played and scored, left our football in favor of Chinese football with a trio that he sent to the Maccabi Haifa network (then in front of Dekal Keenan and Eyal Meshomer in defense, Gili Vermot , Kobi Moyal and Khan Ezra in Kishore - all retired already).
Who, after all, can "endanger" the kingdom of Zahavi's gates?
The youngest among the active ten is Omar Atzili, 29 years old, and he lacks 57 goals to equal...
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The active top scorer (Photo: Doron Shiner)
Two players who were removed from this list are the striker Tal Ben Haim who was in fifth place with 79 goals, but returned home to Maccabi Petu Tikva who will play in the national league, and Khan Ezra who announced his retirement from playing with a record of 61 goals.
In this list appears Mohamed Gadir who is suffering from an injury and has not yet concluded his terms with a team in the Premier League.
Since this is a 31-year-old striker, it is likely that he will return this season, unless the injury disables him for a long period of time.
In any case, there are no more active players in the Premier League who have reached the amount of 50 league goals.
If there is anyone who can "endanger" my gold, it is Azili (Photo: Maor Alxalsi)
The return of Eran Zahavi did rob Iti Shechter of the top in terms of scoring goals, but in the coming year, at least, no one will be able to surpass the Hapoel Beer Sheva striker in terms of appearances in the Premier League among the active players.
Moreover, if there is not a tsunami or an earthquake God forbid, Itay Shechter will become the first active footballer to cross the line of 400 league games and this is impressive in light of the fact that about a decade ago he made a foray to Kaiserslautern from the Bundesliga, was loaned from it to Swansea from the Premier League and after returning to Hapoel Tel Aviv he went again to Nantes in France .
Shechter lacks 7 games to reach 400 and even at a slow pace he will reach that amount.
The one who closed gaps from him last season, the goalkeeper Danny Amos, who reached a respectable amount of 372 games, was relegated to the national league, leaving the "runners up" to Sharan Yeni, who even if he tries very hard, will not be able to reach 400 games this season.
Chen Ezra - 340 games - was also removed from this list following his retirement from playing, as well as striker Tal Ben Haim - 320 games - who was relegated to the national team.
Performance records (Photo: Doron Shiner)
No one can know who will be the youngest player to take part in the games of the 2022/23 season, and in any case no one will be able to break the record of Bonnie Ginzburg who played in the first division at the age of 15 years and eleven months!
(Today the regulations prevent playing in an adult team at this age), but who will be the elder of the tribe?
Who sets out at the oldest age?
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On the face of it, it seems that Levita is becoming the "oldest" player in the league following the departure of the Lithuanian goalkeeper Ernests Stakes (37 and three months), but the truth is that the oldest player who played last season in our league, and could be The one you haven't been exposed to is Reuven Gal from Hapoel Nof HaGalil who took part in four games (98 minutes in total) and in the farewell game he even received the first team shirt in the 0:1 home win over Hapoel Haifa.
Gal, 38 and a half years old, is a kind of symbol since the days of Nazareth Illit, he played in the Premier League in the team's previous term in the 2004/05 season with Yoav Ziv, Jose Duarte, the brothers Shahar and Nadiv Siman Tov and the goalkeepers Shuli Gilardi and Usheri Levy.
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Apart from Gal and Stakus, Danny Amos, who moved to Maccabi Petah from the National League at the age of 35 and a half, Adrian Rochet, who retired from playing and is 35 and three months old, and the Brazilian Marcus Deniz, ex-Krayat Shmona and Maccabi Petah, who went down to the National League and will play for Hapoel Om El, are leaving the Premier League. Faham