|Full name||Yosef Shai Benayoun|
יוסף שי בניון
|Date of birth||May 5, 1980|
|Place of birth||Dimona, Israel|
|Height||1. Events 553 - The Second Council of Constantinople begins 1215 - Rebel Barons renounce their allegiance to King John Year 1980 ( MCMLXXX) was a Leap year starting on Tuesday (link displays the 1980 Gregorian calendar) Dimona (דִּימוֹנָה is an Israeli city in the Negev desert to the south of Beersheba and west of the Dead Sea above the For a topic outline on this subject see List of basic Israel topics. 75 m (5 ft 9 in)|
|Playing position||Attacking midfielder/ Right Midfielder|
|Hapoel Be'er Sheva|
|Hapoel Be'er Sheva|
Racing de Santander
West Ham United
1 Senior club appearances and goals
Yosef Shai "Yossi" Benayoun (Hebrew: יוסי בניון, sometimes spelled Benayun, born Hebrew: יוסי שי בניון on 5 May 1980 in Dimona, Israel) is an Israeli football player with Liverpool FC of the English Premier League. Events 553 - The Second Council of Constantinople begins 1215 - Rebel Barons renounce their allegiance to King John Year 1980 ( MCMLXXX) was a Leap year starting on Tuesday (link displays the 1980 Gregorian calendar) Dimona (דִּימוֹנָה is an Israeli city in the Negev desert to the south of Beersheba and west of the Dead Sea above the For a topic outline on this subject see List of basic Israel topics. Association football, more commonly known as football or soccer, is a Team sport played between two teams of eleven players and is widely considered Liverpool Football Club are an English professional Association football club based in Liverpool England. The Premier League, colloquially referred to as the Premiership, is an English professional league for football clubs Benayoun plays as an attacking midfielder, occupying the space just behind the striker. For the Australian Rules position see Midfielder (Australian Rules. In Israel he is nicknamed "The Kid" and "The Diamond", and he is the captain of the Israeli national football team. The Israeli National Football Team (נבחרת ישראל בכדורגל is the national football team of Israel and is controlled by the Israel Football Association
Jason Burt writing for The Independent described Benayoun's youth years: "aged nine and he was spotted as a footballing talent. The Independent is a British compact Newspaper published by Tony O'Reilly 's Independent News & Media. Aged 11 and the talent was labelled a genius. By 13 his face appeared on the front of magazines in Israel. " Benayoun started his career aged 9 with Hapoel Be'er Sheva. Hapoel Be'er Sheva ( עמותת הפועל באר שבע, Amutat Hapoel Be'er Sheva) are an Israeli football club from the southern Israeli To attend training he regularly hitchhiked the 60km roundtrip with his father.  After making a name for himself, he was scouted by Ajax Amsterdam. Amsterdamsche Football Club Ajax ( also referred to as AFC Ajax, or simply Ajax, is a professional football club from Amsterdam They invited the 15 year old Benayoun and his family to the Netherlands. By his 16th birthday, he was the Ajax youth team's highest scorer and best player, and Ajax duly offered Benayoun a four-year professional contract.  However, Benayoun and his family hadn't settled very well in Amsterdam, and so he turned his back on the contract and returned to Israel after just eight months.  In Israel he was criticized for letting go of a golden opportunity. 
At the age of 17½, he was promoted to the Hapoel Be'er Sheva senior team, but could not prevent the club from being relegated to Israel's second division. In the last match of the season against Maccabi Haifa, Benayoun got a penalty kick in the 90th minute. Maccabi Haifa Football Club (מועדון הכדורגל מכבי חיפה Moadon HaKaduregel Maccabi Haifa) is an Israeli football club and one of the leading football Haifa's goalkeeper, Nir Davidovich saved the shot but Benayoun scored the rebound. In many team Sports a goalkeeper (termed goaltender netminder, goalie, or keeper in some sports Nir Davidovich (ניר דוידוביץ' born December 17, 1976 and also spelled Davidovitch) is an Israeli Goalkeeper who plays for However, their relegation rival had won their match, meaning that his team would be relegated nonetheless. 
After that season, Benayoun moved to Maccabi Haifa in a deal signed by Ya'akov Shahar (Maccabi Haifa's president) and Eli Zino (the former Be'er Sheva president), and it was agreed that the two clubs would share the profits from selling Benayoun to a European club. Ya'akov Shahar (born 1941) is an Israeli businessman best known for his ownership of Maccabi Haifa F
In 1998, under the guidance of Dusan Uhrin and Daniel Brailovsky, Benayoun and Haifa reached the quarterfinals of the Cup Winners' Cup, and he scored against Paris Saint-Germain by the help of Reuven Atar in an unforgettable match and SV Ried. Year 1998 ( MCMXCVIII) was a Common year starting on Thursday (link will display full 1998 Gregorian calendar) Dušan Uhrin (born February 5, 1943 in Nová Ves nad Žitavou) is a Czech and Slovak Football coach. Alberto Daniel Brailovsky ( Hebrew: דניאל בריילובסקי sometimes spelled Brailovski, born November 18, 1958 in Buenos Aires Paris Saint-Germain Football Club, or PSG, is a French football club based in Paris. Reuven Atar (רְאוּבֵן עטר born January 3 1969) is a former Israeli football player and currently manager of Israeli football club SV Ried is an Austrian football club from Ried im Innkreis. The team plays its home matches at the 7680 capacity Fill Metallbau Stadion
In 1999, he confronted his manager Eli Cohen, when Benayoun allegedly refused to be substituted during a match. Eli Cohen (אלי כהן born January 3, 1951) is a former football player This incident, plus a bad month for the club, ultimately caused Cohen's resignation.
In the 2000/2001 season under the guidance of Avram Grant, Benayoun led Haifa to a first championship after seven years and was chosen as the MVP of the season. Avraam Grant (אברהם "אברם" גרנט born Avraham Granat on 4 May 1955 in Petah Tikva Israel) is an Israeli Association The next season, Benayoun helped Maccabi Haifa win another championship, despite suffering from an injury in the beginning of the season. When he returned to play, he combined well with Giovanni Rosso, Raimondas Žutautas and Aiyegbeni Yakubu to win the championship. Giovanni Rosso (born November 17, 1972) is a Croatian football player of Croatian & partly Italian ethnicity who plays his Raimondas Žutautas (born September 4, 1972) is a former Lithuanian footballer and currently works as an assistant manager This article is about the Nigerian footballer For other people named Yakubu see Yakubu (disambiguation.
Benayoun made 130 appearances for Maccabi, scoring 55 goals. 
In 2002, Benayoun moved to Racing de Santander in Spain, with his friends, Dudu Aouate, Omri Afek and Ilan Bakhar, where he became one of the big stars of the club and one of its leading scorers during the 2004/2005 season. Real Racing Club de Santander, sometimes abbreviated to Racing or Racing Santander, is a Spanish La Liga football club Spain () or the Kingdom of Spain (Reino de España is a country located mostly in southwestern Europe on the Iberian Peninsula. David "Dudu" Aouate, (דוד "דודו" אוואט pronounced Dūdū Ahwaht; born 17 October 1977 in Nazareth Illit) is Omri Afek (עמרי אפק born 31 March 1979) is an Israeli football player who currently plays for Maccabi Haifa. Ilan Bakhar (born May 17, 1975 in Ramat Gan, Israel) is an Israeli football player who currently plays for Maccabi Herzliya "MMIV" redirects here For the Modest Mouse album see " Baron von Bullshit Rides Again " Year 2005 ( MMV) was a Common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. He made 101 appearances for Racing, scoring 21 goals. 
After his performances for the Israeli national team and Racing Santander, his name was connected with many teams, such as FK Moscow, CSKA Moscow, Arsenal, Liverpool, West Ham United and Bolton Wanderers, where the Israeli Tal Ben Haim played until joining Chelsea in the summer of 2007. This article refers to the Moscow government team formed in 2004 See also CSKA Moscow PFC CSKA Moskva (Профессиональный футбольный клуб ЦСКА Москва or Professional Football Club — Central Liverpool Football Club are an English professional Association football club based in Liverpool England. } West Ham United Football Club is an English football club based in Upton Park, London Borough of Newham, East London, who have played Bolton Wanderers Football Club is an English professional football club based in Horwich, in the Metropolitan Borough of Bolton, Greater Tal Ben Haim or Tal Ben-Haim (טל בן-חיים born March 31, 1982 in Rishon LeZion, Israel) is an Israeli professional West Ham completed the signing of Benayoun in July 2005 after an offer of £2. 5 million was accepted by Racing and Benayoun signed a four-year contract. 
His career at West Ham took off almost immediately, albeit amidst controversy surrounding his perceived shunning of Bolton Wanderers. He made his Premiership debut for West Ham on the opening day of the 2005-06 season (13 August 2005 against Blackburn Rovers) and he laid on passes for 2 of West Ham's goals in their 3-1 win. Events 3114 BC - According to the Lounsbury correlation the start of the Maya calendar. Year 2005 ( MMV) was a Common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. Blackburn Rovers Football Club is an English Premier League football club based in the town of Blackburn, Lancashire. He went on to score his first Premiership goal for the club when he netted the closing goal in a 4-0 home victory over Aston Villa on 12 September 2005. Events 1213 - Albigensian Crusade: Simon de Montfort 5th Earl of Leicester, defeats Peter II of Aragon at the Year 2005 ( MMV) was a Common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. Under manager Alan Pardew the now 27 year old flourished, producing skillful performances and goals on one of the world's biggest football stages, including a notably stunning chip from the edge of the box against Fulham (Monday 23 January 2006). Alan Scott Pardew (born 18 July 1961 in Wimbledon London) is an English football manager and former player Fulham (pronounced "fullum" is an area of south-west London in the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham, (the successor to the Metropolitan Borough of Fulham Events 393 - Roman Emperor Theodosius I proclaims his nine year old son Honorius co-emperor Year 2006 ( MMVI) was a Common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar.
A player with exceptional flair, creativity and originality, he proved himself to be up to the rigours of the English Premiership, by producing many assists and scoring four times in his opening Premiership season. Once doubted for his outwardly meek physical appearance, Benayoun surprised many with his body application even when faced with strong defenders by outmuscling defenders to score or set up chances. It is these attributes that have established his place as one of the leading right sided players in the Premiership. He also scored the goal that stopped West Ham's bitter rivals Spurs qualifying for the Champions League in the last minutes of the last game of the season.
Benayoun played in the 125th FA Cup Final for West Ham against European Champions Liverpool. Liverpool Football Club are an English professional Association football club based in Liverpool England.  in which he displayed a fine performance. West Ham eventually lost to Liverpool after a penalty shoot out. The result was 3-3 after 120 minutes. Benayoun was seen in tears at the final whistle, which set him as a fan favourite for his outward display of passion.
He scored two goals in a Premiership match against Fulham in the 2006-07 season, and in the last Premiership match of the season against Manchester United, he headed goalbound shots from Kieran Richardson and Alan Smith to safety. These saves ensured West Ham United stayed in the Premiership and avoided relegation. } West Ham United Football Club is an English football club based in Upton Park, London Borough of Newham, East London, who have played
In 63 appearances for the Hammers, Benayoun scored 8 goals.
Benayoun agreed a new five-year deal with West Ham in May 2007 but had not signed it when Liverpool F.C. confirmed in July 2007 that they had made an approach for him. May 2007 is the fifth month of that year It began on a Tuesday and 31 days later ended on a Thursday. Liverpool Football Club are an English professional Association football club based in Liverpool England. July 2007 is the seventh month of that year It began on a Sunday and 31 days later ended on a Tuesday.  West Ham rejected a £3 million bid from Liverpool, but Liverpool made an increased offer of £4. 5 million. On 10 July, Israeli media reported that Benayoun's manager, Ronen Katsav, had agreed a deal with Liverpool which would mean Benayoun taking a lower pay than the £50,000 a week offered by West Ham in May.  The BBC reported that West Ham had agreed a fee of £4 million with Liverpool and that the transfer was expected to be finalised on 11 July. Events 911 - Signing of the Treaty of Saint-Clair-sur-Epte between Charles the Simple and Rollo of Normandy.  On 12th July, Liverpool FC reported on their official website that the signing of Yossi Benayoun had been completed.  He had signed a four-year contract in a reported £5 million deal.  Benayoun was introduced as a Liverpool player along with Ryan Babel on 13 July, and was given the number 11 shirt. Ryan Miguel Guno Babel (born 19 December 1986 in Amsterdam) is a Dutch professional footballer who currently plays for Liverpool Events 1174 - William I of Scotland, a key rebel in the Revolt of 1173-1174, is captured at Alnwick by forces loyal to He made his first competitive start for Liverpool against Toulouse FC in the UEFA Champions League qualifier 3rd round 1st leg. Toulouse Football Club is a French football team playing in the city of Toulouse, Haute-Garonne. See also List of European Cup and UEFA Champions League winners The UEFA Champions League, which evolved from the European Champion Clubs' Cup is a seasonal club He then came on as a substitute against Derby County in a 6-0 win. His first goal for Liverpool came on the 25th September 2007 when he scored against Reading in the Carling Cup with a wonderful solo effort. Liverpool Football Club are an English professional Association football club based in Liverpool England. Events 303 - On a voyage preaching the Gospel, Saint Fermin of Pamplona is beheaded in Amiens, France Year 2007 ( MMVII) was a Common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century. Reading Football Club are an Association football club based in the English town of Reading, in Berkshire. Then in his next match he scored his first Premiership goal for Liverpool with another stunning effort. After receiving a through ball from Jermaine Pennant, he took on his man and slid the ball past the Wigan (and former Liverpool goalkeeper), Chris Kirkland. Jermaine Lloyd Pennant (born 15 January 1983 in Nottingham) is an English footballer who plays for Liverpool. Wigan Athletic Football Club is a professional football team based in Wigan, Greater Manchester, England. Liverpool Football Club are an English professional Association football club based in Liverpool England. In many team Sports a goalkeeper (termed goaltender netminder, goalie, or keeper in some sports Christopher Edmund "Chris" Kirkland (born 2 May 1981 in Barwell, Leicestershire) is an English football Goalkeeper. On 6 November 2007 Benayoun scored an in-a-row hat-trick to go along with two assists against Beşiktaş J.K. in the Champions League. Events 355 - Roman Emperor Constantius II promotes his cousin Julian to the rank of Caesar, entrusting him with Year 2007 ( MMVII) was a Common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century. Beşiktaş Jimnastik Kulübü (commonly Beşiktaş, bɛʃɪktɑːʃ ( English: Beşiktaş Gymnastics Club) is a professional Sports club Liverpool went on to beat Beşiktaş J.K. 8-0, which set the record for largest margin of victory in a Champions League match. Beşiktaş Jimnastik Kulübü (commonly Beşiktaş, bɛʃɪktɑːʃ ( English: Beşiktaş Gymnastics Club) is a professional Sports club Benayoun made history by scoring the 500th goal in Liverpool Champions League history. Yossi scored a second hat trick against a mismatched opponent in his first season against non-league side Havant & Waterlooville in the FA Cup, a team 122 places behind Liverpool on the league pyramid. The Football Association Challenge Cup, commonly known as the FA Cup, is a knockout cup competition in English football, run by and named after
Benayoun was a member of the Israel U16 team that came third in the 1996 UEFA European Under-16 Championship. 
He made his senior debut for Israel against Portugal in November 1998. The Portugal national football team is controlled by the Portuguese Football Federation (FPF finishing 4th at the last World Cup.
During the World Cup 2006 qualifiers, Benayoun became the leading player of the Israeli national team after equalizing against Cyprus at home (in a game that ended 2-1 to Israel) and scoring twice against Switzerland. The 2006 FIFA World Cup was the 18th instance of the FIFA World Cup, the quadrennial international football world championship tournament The Israeli National Football Team (נבחרת ישראל בכדורגל is the national football team of Israel and is controlled by the Israel Football Association The Cyprus national football team is the national football team of the island of Cyprus and is controlled by the Cyprus Football Association. The Swiss national football team (also known as the Schweizer Nati in German La Nati in French is the national football team of Switzerland In the away game in Cyprus, Benayoun assisted the winning goal after Nir Davidovich saved a crucial penalty. His strong performances gave Israel a chance at qualifying for the World Cup, but they missed out on goal difference.
Just prior to the EURO 2008 Qualifiers, Benayoun was given the captaincy of the Israeli national team. The Israeli National Football Team (נבחרת ישראל בכדורגל is the national football team of Israel and is controlled by the Israel Football Association In eight appearances in the qualifiers, Benayoun has scored two goals. Benayoun's motivation and dedication to the Israeli national team is well documented. The Israeli National Football Team (נבחרת ישראל בכדורגל is the national football team of Israel and is controlled by the Israel Football Association He puts his body on the line for his country, and one such example occurred in a EURO 2008 Qualifier against the Croatian national team. The Croatian national football team ( Croatian pronunciation: Hrvatska nogometna reprezentacija) is the national side representing Croatia Benayoun received several injections in order to be available for the match despite knowing the effects it could have in the following weeks. After the match, the injury worsened and he had to miss over three weeks of football for his team at the time, West Ham United. } West Ham United Football Club is an English football club based in Upton Park, London Borough of Newham, East London, who have played