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Bachar, Ilan

Bachar, a hard-working defender, is owned by Spanish side Racing Santander and signed for S.C Ashdod in the 2003-04 season. He has also played for the Israeli national team, but thanks to graceful veteran Alon Harazi he has had limited opportunities.

Birth and Death Dates:
b. May 17, 1975

Career Highlights:
Bachar began his career as an attacker for Hapoel Ramat Gan, but veteran coach Yehoshua Faygenbaum made him as a defender after he transferred to Maccabi Herzelyia. Betar Jerusalem then discovered the young talent and he soon made their starting lineup. Bachar played well for Jerusalem in the 1998-99 season as they reached the cup final.

Bachar moved to Hapoel Tel Aviv for the 1999-2000 season, in a move that changed his playing style. In the flashy attacking style touted by Betar, Ilan held the defensive line tightly. In the hardworking proletarian enviroment of Hapoel Tel Aviv, where there where no big offensive stars, Bachar was allowed the freedom to express his untapped attacking flair. Tel Aviv won the double that year and Bachar enjoyed his best year yet.

In 2001-02, the Reds made a deep impression in Europe. They reached the UEFA Cup quarterfinals, dispensing powerhouses like Chelsea and Parma along the way. Bachar was solid and was soon signed along with Yossi Benayoun by Spanish Premier Liga newcomers, Racing Santandar. During the 2002-03 season, however, Bachar mostly warmed benches all across Spain.

In 2003-04 the defender was loaned to S.C Ashdod in Israel from his Spanish club. Bachar was among the few players who produced credible performances for Ashdod that year, as he scored two goals and helped the team avoid relegation. He has returned to Spain for the 2004-05 campaign.


Right sided defender

Physical description:
176 pounds


Career Statistics:
6 caps

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