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Faygenbaum, Yehoshua


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Olympic Info:
Faygenbaum was a member of the 1968 Israeli Olympic team that reached the quarterfinals and finished fifth. A midfielder, he was one of Israel's best players and started the tournament with a bang. In their preliminary group, the Israeli team first faced Ghana and defeated their opponents, 5-3, with Faygenbaum scoring three goals for a hat trick! In the following game, Israel defeated El Salvador, 3-1, but then lost, 2-0, to Hungary in their final preliminary game. With their two victories, however, Israel finished in second place in their group, and advanced to the quarterfinals. In that game, Faygenbaum scored the only Israeli goal in a 1-1 tie against Bulgaria. Unfortunately, to determine which team advanced to the semifinals, there was a coin toss, which the Bulgarians won, and Bulgaria eventually won the silver medal. Faygenbaum's four goals placed him tied for third among scoring leaders in the tournament.

Career Highlights:
Faygenbaum was a member of the Israeli National team in the late 1960s and early 1970s. He was a starting midfielder in the 1970 World Cup, the only time in the country's history that they advanced to the final stage. In their group, Israel lost to Uruguay (2-0), tied Sweden (1-1), and tied Italy (0-0), but did not advance past the preliminary group. Faygenbaum also played in the 1974 Asian Cup when Israel reached the final, but lost to Iran, 1-0. After retiring as a player, Faygenbaum turned to coaching in the Israel National League. He led Maccabi Herzilia in the mid-1990s and B'nei Yehuda during the 1999-2000 season. One of the top scorers in Israeli history, Faygenbaum is still No. 8 all-time in Israel National League history with 147 goals.

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