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Yaniv Katan announced on Wednesday that he is retiring from the Israel national team at the age of 29 due to a back injury.
The Maccabi Haifa forward has been one of the Premier League’s best players over the past decade, but never really realized his potential on the national team, making just 31 appearances since his debut in June 2000, scoring only five goals.
“After serving the national team for many years I am forced to announce
my retirement,” Katan wrote in a statement. “This was a difficult
decision, but I eventually came to the conclusion that this is the
right move for my health and for the team.”
Katan, who was out of the Israel side for two years after clashing with
coach Dror Kashtan in September 2007, explained that he can’t afford to
play for both his club and Israel due to an ongoing back problem.
“It is no secret that I have a problem with my back,” he said. “The
many matches I played this past season have deteriorated my physical
condition and I could suffer irreversible damage if I continue this
way. Therefore I have come to the conclusion that I can not give my all
for both my club and the national team.”