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Ilan Boccara

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Born
1993 (29 years old)

Birth Place
Boulogne-Billancourt, France

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Defensive Midfielder

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1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)

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Ilan Boccara (born 14 May 1993) is a French-born Dutch professional footballer who currently plays as a midfielder for Hapoel Jerusalem in the Liga Leumit having last played for Ajax where he was acquired from the youth ranks of Paris Saint-Germain.

Club career
Early career
Born in Boulogne-Billancourt, a western suburb of Paris to a Dutch mother and a French father, Boccara joined local club ES16 in the 16th arrondissement of Paris at the age of six. After one season, he transferred to Stade Français, to play for Athletic Club de Boulogne-Billancourt for the next five years.

Paris Saint-Germain

Ilan Boccara (4th from right) with PSG II (2011).
At the age of 13, Boccara was discovered by scouts of Paris Saint-Germain, who recruited him to their academy. After progressing through the youth system, he was promoted to the reserve squad playing in the Championnat de France amateur during the 2010–11 season. He spent most of the season on the bench.

In the 2011–12 season, Boccara played in 28 matches, starting in 26 of them. His performances earned Boccara a call-up to the Netherlands national under-19 team.

In 2011, Paris Saint-Germain was purchased by Qatar Sports Investments, which invested millions bringing in star footballers. Boccara decided on a transfer to Dutch club Ajax for regular game time, moving to his mother's hometown of Amsterdam.

Ajax
In the Summer of 2012, Boccara signed a 3-year contract with Ajax, when the club paida transfer fee of €500.000 to PSG for the young midfielder. Having started the season with Jong Ajax, Boccara was promoted to the first team in late August 2012, making his Eredivisie debut in the away match against Heerenveen as a substitute for Lasse Schöne in the 77th minute.

Loan to Evian
On 2 September 2013, it was announced that Boccara would be loaned to Ligue 1 club Evian TG for the 2013–14 season. Spending the first half of the season with the clubs reserves team, he made his debut for the first team of Evian TG on 8 March 2014 in a 1–0 away win against EA Guingamp.

Return to Ajax
Following his loan spell, Boccara returned to Amsterdam where he joined the reserves team Jong Ajax competing in the Eerste Divisie. He made 4 appearances during the 2014–15 season, playing his final match on 26 September 2014 in a 2–2 draw against FC Emmen. After spending the full 90-minutes on the bench in a 6–0 away loss to Sparta Rotterdam on 25 January 2015, Ajax announced the immediate release of Boccara on 2 March 2015. having only made a single appearance for the first team.

Hapoel Kfar Saba
On 25 September 2015 it was announced that Ilan Boccara had signed with Israeli Premier League side Hapoel Kfar Saba.

International career
Boccara played for Netherlands at U-19 level. He made third place with Jong Oranje at the Festival International Espoirs 2012 in Toulon, France. He holds dual citizenship and is still eligible to represent either Netherlands or France at senior level, and has expressed his interest in playing for Netherlands.

Maccabiah Games
He played for Team France in Israel at the 2017 Maccabiah Games.

Personal life
Boccara is Jewish, and is the second cousin of chairman of the board of directors at AFC Ajax, Michael Kinsbergen by way of his mother.


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2012-2013

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