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Ilay Elmkies

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Ilay Elmkies
Personal information
Full name Ilay Eliyau Elmkies
Date of birth (2000-03-10) 10 March 2000 (age 21)
Place of birth Nahariya, Israel
Height 1.72 m (5 ft 8 in)
Position(s) Midfielder
Club information
Current team
ADO Den Haag
Number 10
Youth career
Beitar Nahariya
Maccabi Haifa
0000–2015 SV Sinsheim
2015–2019 1899 Hoffenheim
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2019–2020 1899 Hoffenheim II 22 (1)
2020– 1899 Hoffenheim 1 (0)
2020–ADO Den Haag (loan) 1 (0)
National team
2015–2016 Israel U16 9 (0)
2016–2017 Israel U17 12 (0)
2018– Israel U19 9 (0)
2019– Israel U21 2 (0)
2019– Israel 5 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 25 September 2020
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 25 September 2020

Ilay Eliyau Elmkies (or Elmakayes,[1] Hebrew: עילי אלמקייס‎; born (2000-03-10)10 March 2000) is an Israeli professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for Dutch club ADO Den Haag on loan from 1899 Hoffenheim, and the Israel national team.

Early life

Elmkies was born in Nahariya, Israel, to a Sephardic Jewish family.[2]

Club career

A 1899 Hoffenheim youth product, Elmkies was promoted to the club's senior reserve team, 1899 Hoffenheim II, in 2019.

International career

Elmkies received his first call-up to the Israel national team in October 2019 for Euro 2020 qualifiers against Austria and Latvia. He made his debut on 15 October 2019 in a game against Latvia. He substituted Dia Saba in the 76th minute as Israel won 3–1.[3]

International goals

Scores and results list Israel's goal tally first, score column indicates score after each Elmkies goal.
List of international goals scored by Ilay Elmkies
No. Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 7 September 2020 Netanya Stadium, Netanya, Israel  Slovakia 1–1 1–1 2020–21 UEFA Nations League B

Personal life

Elmkies speaks Hebrew and English and has quickly mastered German. A film looking at the Jewish experience in the German village of Hoffenheim during World War II aired in 2018 at the Sinsheimer Citydome. He played a leading role, and provided commentary in all three languages.[2]


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  2. ^ a b "Ilay Elmkies: Thiago Alcantara's heir, a budding actor, and Hoffenheim's wonderkid". Bundesliga. Retrieved 20 October 2019.
  3. ^ "Israel v Latvia game report". ESPN. 15 October 2019.
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