Asulin, Lior : Jews In Sports @ Virtual Museum

Asulin, Lior

Asulin is an up-and-coming forward with an undeniable knack for goal scoring.

Birth and Death Dates:
b. Oct. 6, 1980

Career Highlights:
Asulin played his debut season for Maccabi Herzelyia in the top division during the 1999-2000 season. That season, he deputized for legendary Hungarian forward Istvan Shalloi and managed four goals coming off the bench. Herzelyia featured an disappointing back four that year and were relegated at the season's end.

During the 2000-01 campaign, Lior established himself as a starter in the second division. He set the league on fire in 2001-02, scoring 28 goals to lead the division in scoring and nearly carrying his mediocre side to promotion.

He was a hot property at the start of the 2002-03 season and was courted by several teams, including Betar Jerusalem. In the end he signed for Maccabi Petah Tikva. Though Lior had a unsteady start in the top division in 2002-03, he soon began firing on all cylinders. The striker scored 11 goals and added four assists in an incredible rookie year. Petah Tikva finished sixth thanks to Lior's predatory instincts.

Lior signed to play for Arab side B'nei Sakhnin in the 2003-04 season. Asulin was very sharp, scoring 10 goals in 28 league appearances to lead the team. B'nei Sakhnin surprised the pundits by avoiding relegation. Amazingly enough, the underdogs also won the State Cup. Asulin scored a goal against Hapoel Nazareth-Elite in their second round of play. He scored tow more in the dramatic 4:1 State Cup final win against Hapoel Haifa. Lior will play for Betar Jerusalem in 2004-05 after an endless transfer saga involving a tooth and nail battle between Jerusalem and Maccabi Tel Aviv for his services. The duel involved an orthodox rabbi at one point, as the owner of Lior's player card consulted the rabbinical authority on his sporting future.

Tel Aviv, Israel

Career Dates:
Player: 1999-present


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