Ronny Rosenthal

Ronny Rosenthal

Football player infobox
playername = Ronny Rosenthal

fullname = Ronny Rosenthal
height = height|ft=5|in=11
nickname = Rocket Ronny
dateofbirth = birth date and age|1963|10|11
cityofbirth = Haifa
countryofbirth = Israel
position = Striker
youthyears =
youthclubs = Maccabi Haifa
years = 1979–1986
clubs = Maccabi Haifa
Club Brugge
Standard Liège
Udinese (loan)
Luton Town (loan)
Liverpool (loan)
Tottenham Hotspur
caps(goals) = 138 0(38)
043 00(5)
054 0(24)
00? 00?
000 00(0)
008 00(7)
066 0(14)
088 00(4)
030 00(8)
nationalyears =
nationalteam = Israel
nationalcaps(goals) = 060 (11)
pcupdate = 01:26, 20 November 2007 (UTC)
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Ronny Rosenthal (Hebrew: רוני רוזנטל, born October 11, 1963, in Haifa) "nickname" Rocket Ronny is an Israeli former footballer.


Playing career

Rosenthal was born and raised in Haifa, Israel. He joined the youth team of local club, Maccabi Haifa when he was 11. At the age of 16, he was promoted to the senior squad and scored twice after coming on as a substitute.

In 1982 English coach Jack Mansell tried release Rosenthal on a free transfer. He assumed that "he will never be a player" and that he was the weakest link of the team.fact|date=November 2007 However club president Yochanan Vollach believed in Rosenthal's potential and intervened, stating he would not let him go for any price.fact|date=November 2007

Shlomo Sharf was hired as the manager for the 1983-84 season. Sharf made Rosenthal part of a three-man strikeforce in a team that won two consecutive league championships. In total Rosenthal scored 38 goals for Haifa.

Rosenthal moved to Club Brugge of Belgium at the end of the 1985-86 season, for a transfer fee of $275,000. During the 1987-88 season he was part of the Brugge team thay won the Belgian League and reached the UEFA Cup semi-finals.

In 1988 Rosenthal moved to Standard Liège as part of an exchange deal. Whilst at Liège, he was loaned out to Italian side Udinese and then in the midst of the 1989-90 season he was allowed to go on trial at English side Luton Town. Whilst he was there he was spotted by Liverpool who signed him on loan, from 22 March until the end of the season.

Rosenthal made his debut as a 70th minute sub on 31 March 1990 in a 3-2 league win over Southampton at Anfield. On 11 April he scored a hat-trick on his full debut in 4-0 win against Charlton Athletic at Selhurst Park. Liverpool went on to win the First Division championship that season, with Rosenthal scoring 7 goals in the final 8 matches.

On 29 June 1990 Rosenthal was signed permanently by Liverpool for a fee of £1.1m. He never made the same impact at the club, mainly making appearances from the bench. He was the club's top reserve team goalscorer during the 1990-91 season with 18 goals in 25 appearances.fact|date=November 2007 Against Aston Villa during the 1992-93 he hit the crossbar of an open goal from ten yards out, achieving cult status.fact|date=November 2007 Rosenthal played 97 times for the club, scoring 22 goals and was placed at No.76 in the poll 100 Players Who Shook The Kop.

Rosenthal moved to Tottenham Hotspur on 26 January 1994, for a fee of £250k. He made his Spurs debut on 29 January 1994 in a 3-0 FA Cup defeat to Ipswich Town at Portman Road. On 5 February he scored on his league debut, a twenty-yard header in a 3-1 home defeat to Sheffield Wednesday. During the 1994-95 season Rosenthal was instrumental in a 6-2 victory away at Southampton in a FA Cup 5th round replay. They were losing 2-0 at half-time, and Rosenthal scored a hat-trick. He made 100 appearances for Spurs, scoring 11 goals.

On the 10 August 1997 Rosenthal signed for Watford on a free transfer. He helped Watford win the Second Division championship, scoring the goal of the season against Blackpool. [ [ Gone but not forgotten: Ronnie Rosenthal] ] He suffered from injuries in the 1998-99 season, playing only 5 matches. He retired at the end of the season, after making 39 appearances for Watford, scoring 11 goals. In total he scored 85 goals in European football.fact|date=November 2007

International career

Rosenthal has 61 caps for Israel, 41 starting and scoring 11 goals. He was selected for the junior side after making his Maccabi Haifa debut, and made his full debut whilst still at the club.

During his international career he was involved in the match versus France in 1993, which stopped France qualifying for the 1994 World Cup. Israel won 3-2 in Paris, with Rosenthal assisting all 3 goals. His individual goal against Azerbaijan in 1996, taking the ball from the Israeli penalty area, was voted as "Millennium Goal" by the Israeli public.fact|date=November 2007

Post-playing career

Rosenthal works as a "football consultant" and he and his family live in England. He married a woman from Belgium and their two sons were born in England. One of his sons is a midfielder and is enrolled with former club Watford's Academy. [ [,,2211713,00.html Small talk: Ronnie Rosenthal] ]


* Israeli Premier Division: Champions, 1983-84 and 1984-85 with Maccabi Haifa
* Belgian Premier Division: Champions, 1987-88 with Club Brugge
* Football League First Division: Champions, 1989-90 with Liverpool
* Football League Second Division: Champions, 1997-98 with Watford


External links

*soccerbase|id=6887|name=Ronny Rosenthal UK
* [ Ronny Rosenthal's page on Official Liverpool F.C. web site]
* [

NAME=Rosenthal, Ronny
DATE OF BIRTH=October 11 1963
PLACE OF BIRTH=Haifa, Israel

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