Duels won
7
Age
26
33
Tawatha
Taleb Defender
Country Birthday
Israel 1992-06-21
Height Birthplace
1.76m Jisr az-Zarqa

Fast, agile, committed

Taleb Tawatha is a perfect example of how quickly things can change in professional football. The left-back had a rather underwhelming first two seasons in Frankfurt, making just 27 Bundesliga appearances as well as losing his place in the Israel national team. Tawatha considered returning to his homeland over the summer, but opted to stay – and Eintracht are all the better for it.

Coach Adi Hütter is a big admirer of the 26-year-old’s qualities. There’s no doubting his pace, commitment and agility, and slowly but surely he’s found his feet in the Bundesliga. In fact, Tawatha started at left-back in the first two Bundesliga games of the 2018/19 season and was recalled by the national team in September. “New coach, new luck,” he says with a big grin on his face.

Tawatha was born in Jisr az-Zarqa, a small Arab town on Israel’s Mediterranean coast. In the summer of 2016 he moved to a world that was alien in both a footballing and social sense. The European winter was also an issue for him. “In Israel it’s sometimes cool but not as much as here,” he says. “Sometimes I’ve thought we can’t go outside and train in this cold.” Those integration challenges are long behind him now; he’s settled in Germany and Frankfurt.

He has also clearly improved in the tackling department, having now adapted to German football in an example of his willingness and ability to learn. Indeed, Tawatha lives by those attributes both on and off the pitch. He enjoys Frankfurt, the city's warm and helpful people, and no longer has communication problems. “It’s very nice that virtually everyone here speaks English,” he admits. That’s something that benefits him in the dressing room, too.

Factfile:

  • Date of birth: 21 June 1992
  • Place of birth: Jisr az-Zarqa, Israel
  • Nationality: Israeli
  • Position: Defence
  • Shirt number: 33
  • Former clubs: Maccabi Haifa

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General
Games played
Games played
3
Total number of starts
Total number of starts
1
Time played
Time played
125
Total times brought on as a substitute
Total times brought on as a substitute
2
Total times substituted off
Total times substituted off
1
Goals
Goals
0
Penalty goals
Penalty goals
0
Assists
Assists
0
Duels won
Duels won
7
Duels lost
Duels lost
5
Yellow cards
Yellow cards
0
Red cards (2nd Yellow)
Red cards (2nd Yellow)
0
Red cards
Red cards
0
Defender
Sum of all a player's ball events 65
Goals scored with the right foot 0
Goals scored with the left foot 0
Goals scored from inside the box 0
Goals scored from outside the box 0
Headed goal 0
Goals scored from set pieces 0
Assists 0
Shots on target 0
Total number of successful passes 26
Number of successful short passes 22
Number of successful long passes 4
Successful passes in own half 14
Successful passes in the opponents half 12