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Ben Sahar

Personal information
Date of birth10 August 1989(age 27)
Place of birthHolon, Israel
Height1.8 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing positionStriker
Club information
Current clubAuxerre
Number11

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Ben Sahar ( , changed his last name from סהר; born 10 August 1989 in Holon) is an Israeli football striker who currently plays for Ligue 1 side Auxerre on loan from Espanyol.

At just 16, Sahar was already the equivalent of a second-year apprentice at Chelsea. He first caught Chelsea's eye in an Under-16 fixture against Ireland in 2004 and has since played for the Israeli Under-21 national team and the Israeli national team. Before transferring to Chelsea, Sahar was on the Hapoel Tel Aviv books, and while he was promoted to the first team by the manager Itzhak Shum, Sahar did not feature in any matches due to his transfer being completed before the start of the 2006 07 season.

Before coming to Chelsea, he got Polish citizenship (his mother Batya is of Polish origin), which grants him an automatic right to play in the UK, as Poland is an EU member state.


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