Paintsil's special mention for Fulham and Hopoel Tel Aviv

John Paintsil - Hapoel Aviv, Ghana
The retired footballer reflects on his club career

Isreali club Hapoel Tel Aviv and English outfit Fulham hold a special place in the heart of former Ghana international John Paintsil.

Now a coach, the ex-right-back spent time in Poland, Israel, England and South Africa, playing for eight clubs since leaving Ghana in search of greener pastures.

Two years after hanging up his boots, the 36-year-old looks back on some special moments. 

“It was two clubs – Hapoel Tel Aviv and Fulham, these were the clubs that made me feel at home," Paintsil told Ghanasoccernet.

"The fans, coaches and all my team mates were very supportive and I played more games with these clubs.

“We achieved a lot, winning trophies and then playing in the Uefa Champions League and the Uefa Cup [now Europa League]. 

"I had an amazing stay with these two clubs and I still have a good relationship with them, including all the clubs I played for.

“With Fulham, we played in the Uefa Cup final which was good for me. I did well during my playing days and also played in the Champions League with Hapoel Tel Aviv."

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Paintsil initially joined Polish side Widzew Lodz when he left Ghana, before later moving to Israeli team Maccabi Tel Aviv. 

He also spent time with English outfits West Ham United and Leicester City as well as South African clubs Santos and Maritzburg United