Israel forward Yossi Benayoun has announced his retirement as a professional footballer and has taken up a role in the backroom of Israeli Premier League side Beitar Jerusalem.

The 38-year-old enjoyed a long career spell in the Premier League after leaving Racing Santander for


West Ham in 2005.

The former Israel captain went on to play for Liverpool, Chelsea, QPR and Arsenal.

The Europa League winner made the announcement via Instagram


‘’ It’s important for me to thank the fans, the ones who gave me love wherever I went.’’

‘’I am sure that the next chapter will be challenging and no less exciting. There are moments I’ll take with me for life. ‘‘He stated.

In his new position, he will be responsible for selecting the team’s managers and assembling the backroom staff.


Benayoun played 102 times for Israel and scored 24 goals.


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