(1977 - )
Dudu Awat began his career with Nazareth, but moved
to Maccabi Haifa at an early age and was put behind Nir Davidovic as the leading goalkeeping
prospect in the organization. Offended by this placement, Awat moved
to Maccabi Tel Aviv, but was again underplayed. He then transfered to
Hapoel Haifa, under the impression that he would finally start, but
he was demoted again. Early in the 1998-99 season, however, the regular
goalie was injured and Awat took his place. Hapoel won the championship
that year and Dudu performed very well as a goalie. By the time the
original goalie, Avi Peretz, recovered, Awat was irreplacable.
Awat was called up to the national team, but only as
a replacement for another player. In 2002, Awat returned to Maccabi
Haifa as a cover for another seriously injured player. They won the
championship, and Awat will be goalie for them again this term. Awat
has performanced fabulously on the national team, and is considered
by many the leading goalkeeper in the country.
During the 2002-03 season, Awat was goalie for Maccabi
Haifa as they played in the Champions League, the first time an Israeli
squad made it to the group stage of the competition. Haifa finished
in third place in their group following an historic victory over powerhouse
Manchester United. In the Israel League, Haifa finished in second place.
On July 17, 2003, Awat signed with the Spanish Racing
Santander. A French citizen, Awat joins Israeli Yossi Benayoun in the
squad. Benayoun said, "Dudu is a very good keeper and an excellent
friend, who will prove to be a great addition to our squad..."