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Alex Zahavi is headed to Portugal
   July 5, 2011 (10:48 PM) by Matt Benson     Email This Post Email This Post

Alex Zahavi recently signed a deal with Portuguese side Vitória Setúbal according to this report out of Portugal.

As for a refresher, the 20-year-old midfielder was born in the United States to a Portuguese mother and Israeli father.  He has represented Portugal at the U-17 level, but has played with the US U-20 team and the Israeli U-20 team in the last year, so his allegiance is sort of cloudy right now until he decides to make a final decision (he has played more with the Israeli squad in the last six months).

Zahavi signed with Maccabi Haifa of the Israeli Premier League last summer before going out on loan to fellow Israeli Premier League squad Hapoel Acre in February.  With Hapoel Acre, he appeared in 10 games, mostly coming off the bench.

As for Vitória Setúbal, they play in Portugal’s Primeira Liga (top flight) where they finished in 12th place out of 16 teams in 2010-11.  They have never won the top flight league, but finished runners-up in 1971-72.  They do have three Portuguese Cups to their name, most recently in 2004-05.

And my favorite fun fact courtesy of wikipedia:

The official mascot of VitóriadeSetúbal is “Sadinho” a white Sado river dolphin with a Vitória shirt.

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4 Responses to “Alex Zahavi is headed to Portugal”

  1. Howie says:

    I had to look this up as I thought that this might have been the minor club that former obscure Nat Kamani Hill played for, but that was Vitória Guimarães.

  2. Matt says:

    I might have to get Sadinho tattooed on my neck during my next alcohol-induced bender.

  3. Steve Trittschuh says:

    That is easily one of the wimpiest looking mascots I have ever seen. Matt, please no.

  4. Matt says:

    Just wait for the pictures!

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