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Walid Badir

Walid Badir

Hapoel Petah Tikva

80 kg

Hapoel Kafr Qasim

1.83 m

Football player

Defender, Midfielder

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Date of birth
(1974-03-12) 12 March 1974 (age 41)

Playing position
Central Defender/Defensive Midfielder

10 (Hapoel Tel Aviv F.C. / Defender, Midfielder)

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Current team
Hapoel Tel Aviv F.C.

Place of birth
Kafr Qasim, Israel

Walid Badir (Arabic: وليد بدير‎‎, Hebrew: ואליד באדיר‎‎; born March 12, 1974) is a retired Arab-Israeli football player, who played as a midfielder.


He won four league titles in five seasons with Maccabi Haifa before joining Hapoel Tel Aviv in 2005. He served as their captain, and won a further league title before retiring in 2013.

Badir scored 12 goals in 74 games for the Israel national football team between 1997 and 2007.

Early career

Badir was recognized early on as a valuable prospect, and played for the youth clubs Hapoel Kafr Qasim and Hapoel Petah Tikva, and later was given a spot on the second team's Premier League squad. Badir played for Petach Tikva for 7 consecutive seasons (1992–1997) and scored 19 goals.


During Badir's time at Wimbledon he scored one league goal against Manchester United at Old Trafford. However, other than this he did not make a major impact in his time with the club.

Maccabi Haifa

Badir returned to Israel to Maccabi Haifa in 2000–01 at the beginning of the Avram Grant era. Grant, a longtime manager of clubs including Beitar Jerusalem and Maccabi Tel Aviv, moulded from young players like Badir and Yossi Benayoun one of the most dangerous clubs in the history of Israeli football. With Badir, Haifa would win four championships, failing only once, in 2002–03 when Maccabi Tel Aviv won the title.

Hapoel Tel Aviv

In 2005, while Haifa began a major campaign to revamp the squad with South American players such ad Gustavo Boccoli and Roberto Colautti, Badir signed with Hapoel Tel Aviv. He became a major part of their 2005–06 season when they were runners-up to his former team and State Cup winners. He was awarded the captaincy of the team and held it until his retirement.

On 26 August 2013, in Bloomfield Stadium, the club and its fans made a thankful standing ovation in honour of Badir's last appearance with Hapoel Tel Aviv before formally retiring.

Coaching career

17 November 2012, Badir was appointed as caretaker manager for Hapoel Tel Aviv.

International career

Badir appeared in 74 games with the Israel national football team, and scored 12 goals. His first appearance was on 5 August 1997 in a friendly match against Belarus (3–2).

One of his most notable games was his 83rd-minute goal in Israel's draw against France in a 2006 World Cup qualifying match.


  • Israeli Premier League (5):
  • 2000–01, 2001–02, 2003–04, 2004–05, 2009–10
  • Toto Cup (1):
  • 2002–03
  • Israel State Cup (5):
  • 2006, 2007, 2010, 2011, 2012
  • References

    Walid Badir Wikipedia

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