Thursday, February 18, 2010

18 February 2004 - An Impressive First Impression

On 18 February 2004, Israel beat Azerbaijan 6-0 in a friendly played at Tel Aviv's Ramat Gan Stadium. It was a memorable match for Israeli forward Shlomi Arbeitman, making his international debut.

Arbeitman (right) scored a hat-trick, which set two Israeli national team records: he was the first national team player to score three goals on his debut and, at the age of 18 years, 270 days, he was the youngest person to score a hat-trick for the national team.

Unfortunately, they would prove to be Arbeitman's only international goals, as he was unable to replicate his success against Azerbaijan in his four other national team appearances. He currently plays for Israeli Premier League side Maccabi Haifa, his club since 2005.

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