Jews in the Premier League

(All the people mentioned in this article are Jewish.)

The biggest League in the world has come to an end for the year. Manchester United are crowned champions and Chelsea finish in second place. Manchester United also came second in this year’s Champions League.

Manchester United are owned by the Glazer family.

Cheslea is owned by Roman Abramovich.

Arsenal finished in fourth this year and the late Danny Fiszman‘s company (Danny passed away a month ago) owns 16%.

West Ham finished bottom of the league and their Israeli manager Avram Grant was sacked, but he’s done well in the past. He managed Chelsea for a season and finished second in both the league and the Champions League.

The league has a couple of Israelis playing in it. Yossi Benayoun plays for Chelsea but doesn’t get into the starting lineup on a regular basis.

Tamir Cohen plays for Bolton. He is the son of former Liverpool defender Avi Cohen who died in a motorcycle crash earlier this year. His footballing highlight of the season came a few weeks ago when he scored a last-minute match winning goal for Bolton in the league.

Other notable Israeli’s in the premiership in recent years have been Tal Ben Haim (Bolton, Chelsea, Man City, Portsmouth, West Ham) and Ben Sahar (Chelsea).

Previous Jewish owners of English Premier League clubs have been Sir Alan Sugar who was the previous owner of Tottenham Hotspurs and Alexandre Gaydamak who briefly owned Portsmouth a number of years ago.

UPDATES (thanks to a comment by Daniel Morris): Aston Villa owner Randy Lerner has a Jewish father and may himself be Jewish.

Also, this year (2012-13) we have the addition of Itay Shechter to the Premier League. Swansea have loaned him for the year from FC Kaiserslautern. Shechter’s most famous goal was against Red Bull Salzburg when playing for Tel Aviv in a Champions League qualifying match. Shechter celebrated the goal by taking a kippa out of his sock, putting it on his head and saying Shema in the Austrian stadium. You can watch the video of the goal and celebration here.

Well done to Chelsea for winning the 2012 Champions League and to Manchester United for coming 2nd in the 2012 Premier League.



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4 responses to “Jews in the Premier League

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  2. Daniel Morris

    What about Randy Lerner and Aston Villa?

  3. KcRe

    Thanks. I’ve added him to the post. (Although there’s a good chance that Aston Villa won’t be in the Premier League in a year from now).
    I haven’t been able to find a source that says that Randy is Jewish, but his father Al was and it may well be that his mother Norma is Jewish.

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