In-Form Shechter Saves Day In Kaiserslautern

1.FC Kaiserslautern international striker ITAY SHECHTER (9), the 2.5 million Euro purchase from FC Hapoel Tel Aviv with nine caps and three goals for Israel under his belt, battles for the ball with FC Augsburg defender JAN-INGWER CALLSEN-BRACKER, the former Germany U-21 international previously with Bayer Leverkusen and Borussia Moenchengladbach, during the Bundesliga match at the Fritz Walter Stadion in Rhineland-Palatinate.

Israel international ITAY SHECHTER selected a good time to score his first career Bundesliga goal with an emphatic strike a little over ten minutes from time to salvage a share of the spoils for 1.FC KAISERSLAUTREN in a 1-1 draw with newly-promoted FC Augsburg in the German top flight on Sunday.

Shechter was signed by 1.FC Kaiserslautern specifically to replace Croatian striker SRDJAN LAKIC, who scored 16 goals in the Bundesliga last season but has since moved on a free transfer to Vfl Wolfsburg. The 24-year-old accepted a pass just outside the penalty area and confidently stormed into the box to lash a low, left-footed drive past FC Augburg’s outstretched goalkeeper SIMON JENTZSCH in the 80th minute. Shechter made his Bundesliga debut for 1.FC Kaiserslautern last week as the club from Rhineland-Palatinate lost 0-2 away at Werder Bremen.

The currently in-form Shechter also scored on international duty this past Wednesday during Israel’s 4-3 loss in the friendly with the Ivory Coast at Geneva, Switzerland.


Israel striker ITAY SHECHTER (11) of German Bundesliga club 1.FC Kaiserslautern shoots past Ivory Coast World Cup goalkeeper BOUBACAR BARRY (1) of Belgian club KSC Lokeren to score his country’s first goal during the international friendly played this past Wednesday at the neutral site of Geneva, Switzerland.

1.FC Kaiserslautern, who were originally founded in June of 1900, paid a reported 2.5 million Euros to Ligat Ha’Al outfit FC Hapoel Tel Aviv for the services of Shechter this summer. The Israel club, who impressed in the UEFA Champions League last season, apparently also stand to pocket 20% of any future transfer fees the German club might receive, as well. Die Roten Teufel also acquired Israel international GIL VERMOUTH from FC Hapoel Tel Aviv for an additional 750,000 Euros, but the 25-year-old midfielder has yet to make his Bundesliga debut for the Red Devils.

Shechter, who had scored 22 goals in 34 games for league champion FC Hapoel Tel Aviv during the 2009-10 campaign, registered four strikes from eleven matches in the Israeli top flight before going down injured in the middle of January and missing the rest of last season as a result. The emerging international attacker also shot the Israeli club’s lone goal in the UEFA Champions League 3-1 loss to Schalke 04 Gelsenkirchen in Germany last fall. Shechter’s absence from the line-up contributed heavily to the failure of FC Hapoel Tel Aviv to defend its Israeli domestic title.


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