Injury forces Katan to step down from national team

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 team.

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May 6, 2010 05:27
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Yaniv Katan.

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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.



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“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.”

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