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Who is Avram Grant?

Avram Grant, whose name is actually spelled Avraham Grant, was manager of Israel from 2002 to 2006 where he took the country to the brink of qualifying for the 2006 World Cup. Despite being undefeated in their qualifying (four wins and six draws), Grant lost out to France and Switzerland who qualified instead.

His record at Israel was played 33, won 14, drawn 13 and lost 6, which was a win percentage of 62. In comparison, Steve McClaren’s winning percentage for England is 50, while Jose Mourinho at Chelsea achieved a 68% record.

At club level, Grant managed several sides in Israel including Maccabi Haifa and Maccabi Tel Aviv.

Interestingly, while at Maccabi Haifa, Grant won Israeli championships with players who would later go on to become famous in the Premier League such as Yossi Benayoun and Yakubu. While at Haifa, Grant was known for his attacking style of play and tactical wisdom.

More details about Grant can be found here.

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  1. Kartik

    September 20, 2007 at 12:45 pm

    I stand corrected. A good choice by Roman. Grant played a very sound tactical game in the World Cup 2006 qualifiers and Israel deserved to be in Germany. He is a quality manager, but maybe he is only a caretaker.

  2. daniel

    September 20, 2007 at 7:50 am

    Someone just posted a poll on “Does Avram Grant deserve to coach Chelsea?”:

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