Who is Mordechai Haim?
Mordechai is a retired Israeli soccer player, popularly known as Moti, who played for Maccabi Jaffa and Maccabi Los Angeles during his active career.
Mordechai Haim Wiki: Age, Childhood, and Education
Mordechai Haim was born in 1954 in Tel Aviv-Yafo, Israel, of Bulgarian-Jewish ancestry – he hasn’t talked much about his childhood, and it’s only known that he grew up on Jerusalem Boulevard in Jaffa.
He became drawn to soccer at an early age, and at just 10 years old joined Maccabi Jaffa’s youth team. He started thinking about a professional career as he got older, and in the early ’70s joined the senior Maccabi Jaffa team.
Mordechai improved steadily with age, and during the ‘70s was a standard player for the Maccabi Jaffa team. In the 1976-1977 season, he led the team to the runner-up position in the Israeli Premier League, which success provided them with a spot in the now discontinued UEFA Intertoto Cup in the 1977 season, placed in the group alongside Halmstad from Sweden, Vojvodina from Serbia, and Ajax Amsterdam from the Netherlands.
They managed two wins, one drawn match, and three losses, but sadly ended last in the group due to the worst goal difference of -6 – The winner of their group was Halmstad.
After several successful seasons with Maccabi Jaffa, Mordechai was recruited by Maccabee Los Angeles, a semi-professional team competing in the Greater Los Angeles Soccer League, and the CONCACAF Champions League.
The club was formed by Israeli expatriates as a recreational Sunday soccer team, however, their aspirations increased over time, and they went on to win Lamar Hunt US Open Cup five times, and were crowned league winners seven times.
After a couple of seasons with the American soccer club, he returned to Israel and rejoined his former team, but retired from professional football in 1980 and moved permanently to the US.
Why Israeli footballer Mordechai Haim is famous?
In addition to playing soccer, Motti is a musician; while on military service with the Israel Defense Forces, he played drums in an IDF band. After his stint in the military ended, he started playing drums with the famous Tzadikov Choir. Moreover, he also played drums in the band Rockinhaim alongside his wife Donna who is a singer.
To speak further of his accomplishments, Moti appeared in the Academy Award-nominated romantic comedy-drama film “Licorice Pizza”, which starred his daughter Alana Haim, alongside Sean Penn and Cooper Hoffman.
All of this added to his popularity, while Mordechai’s children Alana, Este and Danielle are now members of the pop-rock band, Haim, making Mordechai a star behind the stage.
As of early 2022, Mordechai Haim’s net worth has been estimated to be over $1 million, earned largely through his soccer career, but also through his involvement in music and acting.
Personal Life, Marriage, Wife, Children
Mordechai is married to Donna Rose, a Jewish lady who is a former elementary school art teacher from Philadelphia, whom he met while in the US.
The couple has welcomed three children – Este, born on 14 March 1986, Danielle, born on 16 February 1989, and Alana, born on 15 December 1991.
Este was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes in 2000, which didn’t stop her from performing with the band, but back in 2014 after their concert at Glastonbury, Este almost fell into a hypoglycemic coma. Luckily, she was aware of what is happening and reacted in time, and had help from her sisters.
Haim Band Biography
Haim and Moti’s children are very popular, and not just with the Israeli community.
The band formed in 2007 but their first original release only came out in 2012, an EP entitled “Forever”. After it received positive reviews, sisters started performing at various festivals, and were noticed by musician and record producer Jay-Z. They began working together and signed a contract with Jay-Z’s record label Rock Nation.
Their full-length debut album came out on 27 September 2013, entitled “Days Are Gone”, which was a complete success, as it reached No. 6 on the US Billboard 200 chart, spawning such hits as “The Wire”, “Falling”, and “If I Could Change Your Mind”, among others, while it achieved platinum status in Australia and the UK.
The band continued to star on the world scene, touring Europe throughout 2013, while touring the US in April and May of 2014.
Their second studio album came out in 2017, entitled “Something to Tell You”, and though it didn’t achieve the success of their debut release, it still landed at the No. 7 on the Billboard 200 chart, and achieved silver status in Britain. Moreover, singles from the album include “Nothing’s Wrong”, and “Little of Your Love”.
Haim’s most recent release is the album “Women in Music, Pt. III” which came out in 2020, and earned a Grammy Award nomination in the category for Album of the Year at the 63rd Annual Grammy Awards, while the single “The Steps” was a Best Rock Performance nomination. Addition hits include “Now I’m in It”, “The Steps”, and “Gasoline”, which is a duet with Taylor Swift.
Since the Haim sisters started the band, they have collaborated with several artists, including Bastille, Stromae, Calvin Harris, and Twin Shadow, among many others.