Quantcast

Jewish Journal

JewishJournal.com

December 28, 2012

Former Israel national soccer coach Emanuel Sheffer dies at 88

http://www.jewishjournal.com/sports/article/former_israel_national_soccer_coach_emanuel_sheffer_dies_at_88

Emanuel Sheffer (1969).  Photo by Moshe Milner/Wikipedia.

Emanuel Sheffer (1969). Photo by Moshe Milner/Wikipedia.

Emanuel Sheffer - the coach who led Israel to their only World Cup finals in Mexico in 1970 - died on Friday aged 88, the Israel Football Association said.

German-born Sheffer was described by Israeli FA chairman Avi Luzon as "the greatest of all Israeli coaches whose influence on the Israeli game and its development was decisive". He also led Israel to the quarter-finals of the 1968 Olympic tournament.

A tough taskmaster who put a strong emphasis on physical fitness, Sheffer was credited by one of his charges for replacing old-style amateur practices with a far more professional approach.

"He was an innovator and insisted on three training sessions every day with demands that I don't know if today's players would even be able to withstand," said Yitzhak Shum, who played under Sheffer in Mexico and went on to become a top coach.

Writing by Ori Lewis, editing by Mark Meadows

JewishJournal.com is produced by TRIBE Media Corp., a non-profit media company whose mission is to inform, connect and enlighten community
through independent journalism. TRIBE Media produces the 150,000-reader print weekly Jewish Journal in Los Angeles – the largest Jewish print
weekly in the West – and the monthly glossy Tribe magazine (TribeJournal.com). Please support us by clicking here.

© Copyright 2014 Tribe Media Corp.
All rights reserved. JewishJournal.com is hosted by Nexcess.net
Web Design & Development by Hop Studios 0.2566 / 42