Gideon “Gadi” Brumer
(1973 - )
Born in South Africa on November 5, 1973, some argue
that Gideon Brumer should have gone down in history as the greatest
Israeli defender of all-time, but a crippling injury and a confidence
crisis undermined his soccer career for a time. Although he never regained
all of his prior form, Gadi did reclaim his place on the national team
and looked good. Gadi had 23 caps and two goals.
Brumer has been loyal to his club and Maccabi Tel
Aviv have in return shown remarkable patience toward the crisis-prone
player. Gadi came through the ranks for Maccabi and debuted during the
1989-90 season as a youth. He played a role in Maccabi's 1991-92 Israel
League title and established himself as the best defender in Israel
during the 1993-94 season when Maccabi won the State Cup.
During the 1994-95 campaign Maccabi won the league
title, and Brumer was widely considered by both players and press to
be the best Israeli defender in the country's history. In 1995-96, Gadi
was impenetrable, his passes were inspiring, and he packed a mean free-kick
shot. Brumer became an essential component of Shlomo Scharf's national
team and scored a great goal against Russia in a qualifying match that
ended in a 1-1 draw.
During the 1995-96 season, Tel Aviv won the league
and Cup "double" with ease, due in part, to the great defensive
pairing of Brumer and Amir Shelah. At the season's end, Brumer was summoned
to a trial with Manchester United. Though he was good in the trial,
Manchester preferred Norwegian Ronnie Johnsen. Brumer was offered contracts
from other teams, but decided to hold out for a big club.
Brumer began the 1996-97 season well enough, but broke
his leg mid-season. He returned the following year, but was a shadow
of his former self and lost his place in the national team. By 1998-99,
Gadi had regained his first team place, but was in fairly miserable
form. He seemed scared to tackle and to take players on. There was some
improvement in 2000-01, when Brumer scored a league goal and helped
Maccabi win the State Cup.
In 2001-02, under the patient tutelage of Nir Levin,
Brumer began to regain his confidence. He anchored an exciting side
featuring young talents like Eli Biton and Baruch Dago and helped them
to their second straight State Cup. Maccabi had a new coach for the
2002-03 season, Gadi's former teammate, Nir Klinger. Klinger has helped
Brumer regain his place in the national team. The veteran provides valuable
service at the back, even though his long time partnership with Amir
Shelah ended in 2001-02.
Gadi was ever-present in Maccabi's lineup during 2002-03,
a veteran on an otherwise young and inexperienced side. Tel Aviv won
the title on the last day of the season as Brumer enjoyed his fourth
It seems that Gadi's career is now over due to a lack
of interest in his services. Maccabi Tel Aviv released him before the
2004-05 season and he will seek a role in management.
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