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A List of Players From the Former Yugoslavia Currently Playing in Israel’s Premier League


In Israel, teams are limited to five foreign players per team. Currently there are 16 teams in the Israeli Premier League, or Ligat Ha’al.  That means there are 80 slots for foreign players in the Israeli league.Twelve out of sixteen teams currently have at least one player originating from countries that composed the former Yugoslavia.  There are a total of 27 players from those countries. That is roughly 33% of all foreign players in Israel.  I broke down the stats for you below.

By Country

Slovenia (1) Serbia (9) Bosnia (4)  Croatia (8) Montenegro (5)

By Position

Strikers (9) Midfielders (6) Defenders (10) Keepers (2)

Bnei Yehuda

  • Nenad Marinković – Striker (Serbia)

Hapoel Acco

  • Stefan Šćepović – Striker (Serbia)
  • Nikola Trujić – Striker (Serbia)
  • Nebojša Marinković – Midfielder (Serbia)
  • Aleksandar Davidov – Midfielder (Serbia)

Hapoel Be’er Sheva

  • Petar Grbić – Striker (Montenegro)
  • Draško Božović – Defender (Montenegro)
  • Nenad Kiso – Midfielder (Bosnia)

Hapoel Haifa

  • Tvrtko Kale – Keeper (Croatia)
  • Marko Kartelo – Defender (Croatia)
  • Stefan Denković – Striker (Montenegro)
  • Dragan Ćeran – Striker (Serbia)
  • Vladimir Gluščević – Striker (Montenegro)

Ironi Kiryat Shmona

  • Dušan Matović – Defender (Serbia)

Ironi Ramat HaSharon

  • Ognjen Damjanović – Striker (Serbia)

Hapoel Rishon LeZion

  • Elvis Mešić – Defender (Bosnia)

Hapoel Tel Aviv

  • Marko Šuler – Defender (Slovenia)
  • Mirko Oremuš – Midfielder (Croatia)

Maccabi Haifa

  • Jurica Buljat – Defender (Croatia)
  • Danijel Cesarec – Striker (Croatia)
  • Bojan Šaranov – Keeper (Serbia)
  • Edin Cocalić – Defender (Bosnia)

Maccabi Netanya

  • Ivan Ćosić – Defender (Croatia)

Maccabi Petah Tikva

  • Mario Carević – Midfielder (Croatia)

Maccabi Tel Aviv

  • Haris Medunjanin – Midfielder (Bosnia)
  • Roberto Punčec – Defender (Croatia)
  • Savo Pavićević – Defender (Montenegro)
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