Swiss striker wants to play for Hap TA, convert to Judaism

Hapoel desperate to bolster its squad when January transfer window opens, especially with prospect of star Itai Shechter leaving for Europe.

October 28, 2010 00:01
1 minute read.
Hapoel Tel Aviv

Johan Vonlanthen 58. (photo credit: AP)


Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analysis from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user experience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Report and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew - Ivrit
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief


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 international.

Vonlanthen’s dream of joining Hapoel goes far beyond an opportunity to play Champions League soccer.

Betar fails to subdue Sakhnin
Toama’s late winner boosts Hap TA over Mac PT

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 here.”

Hapoel is desperate to bolster its squad when the January transfer window opens, especially with the prospect of star striker Itai Shechter leaving for Europe.

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.”

Join Jerusalem Post Premium Plus now for just $5 and upgrade your experience with an ads-free website and exclusive content. Click here>>

Related Content

dudi sela
August 31, 2014
Sela steamrolled by Dimitrov