Yaniv Katan Retires From The National Team
Due to nagging injuries and increasing age, Yaniv Katan has decided to retire from the National Team. Katan, who is the captain and talisman of Maccabi Haifa, is 29 years old and has been playing for Haifa’s first team since 1998. He had a brief spell with West Ham, but was unsuccessful at establishing himself there. He has had a mixed relationship with the National Team, playing only a few games under Dror Kashtan, but receiving more playing time with Avram Grant. Katan can best be described as a creative attacking midfielder. Due to his size he has played forward, but looks more comfortable in a playmaking role. Katan’s last game with the team was against Latvia in a 1-0 loss. He has been accused before of not giving his all for the National Team by some commentators in Israel. Katan has played thirty times for the team and scored five times. Yaniv will be missed and I regret that he did not play more times for the team, but that can be attributed to his inconsistency during his career. Yaniv has had one of his better seasons of his career this year and his leadership will be missed.