Tvrtko Kale (now Dreshler Kale, Hebrew: טברטקו קאלה‎‎; born 5 June 1974 in Zagreb) is a Israeli football player who played as of July 2015 for Maccabi Kiryat Gat. The newspaper Slobodna Dalmacija rated him the best player in the Croatian First League in 2004.

Football career

He started his career at NK Lokomotiva before moving to NK Hrvatski Dragovoljac in 1994 and NK Čakovec in 1995. From 1996 to 1998 he played for NK Inker moving around the Croatian league until signing with Hajduk Split in 2004. He was league champion with Hajduk in the 2004/2005 season. Starting in 2006, he played for Neuchâtel Xamax.

On 22 June 2007, Kale was transferred from Maccabi Tel Aviv to Israeli league champions Beitar Jerusalem for a price of $350,000 and a 2-year deal worth $300,000 per annum.

Kale moved to Hapoel Be'er Sheva for the 2009–2010 season, and scored one goal for the club[1]

Personal life

In an interview with Israeli sport portal, Sport 5, Tvrtko revealed that he is a Jew according to Jewish law, since his grandmother on his mother's side was Jewish.[2] In September 2007, Kale received his own Israeli identity card. He is engaged to Ronit Dahan, who is Jewish. In June 2010 Kale decided to change his first name so it would be more Jewish due to his forthcoming wedding. His new name is Dreshler.[3]



Hajduk Split
Beitar Jerusalem
Hapoel Haifa


  1. ^ Everyone loves a scoring goalie: Tvrtko Kale (Hapoel Be’er Sheva) vs Hapoel Acco
  2. ^ "Tvrtko reveals: My grandmother was Jewish". 27 February 2008. Retrieved 6 January 2011. 
  3. ^ "Tvrtko? Now he is Dreshler Kale". 27 February 2008. Retrieved 6 January 2011. 

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