Johan Vonlanthen 58.
(photo credit: AP)
Hapoel Tel Aviv is awaiting the medical tests of striker Johan Vonlanthen before
it decides whether to move ahead with the signing of the former Swiss
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Vonlanthen’s dream of joining Hapoel goes far beyond an
opportunity to play Champions League soccer.
The 24-year-old, who became
the youngest scorer ever in the European Championship when he equalized against
France in Euro 2004, has been out of action since the end of last season with a
knee injury and is hoping to start his comeback at Hapoel, while also pursuing
his desire of becoming a Jew.
“I feel like I’m already a spiritual Jew,”
said Vonlanthen, who is under contract at Red Bull Salzburg until the end of
June. “I believe in the god of Avraham and Jacob so for me it is beautiful to be
Hapoel is desperate to bolster its squad when the January transfer
window opens, especially with the prospect of star striker Itai Shechter leaving
After undergoing a medical on Wednesday, Vonlanthen will
train with Hapoel in the coming days and he hopes to get the chance to restart
his career in Israel.
“I like Israel. It’s really beautiful,” he said.
“The important thing is the medical test and then training with the team and
then we will see. I hope I will sign with Hapoel.”