Horizon Life Sport was founded in 2012 by David Znaty, who's also the agency's owner and CEO.
David, a former soccer player of the top divisions in Israel, decided in 2006 to make a change in his soccer career going to United States of America, where he got a full scholarship to play soccer and study the University of Wisconsin - Green Bay. A decision turned out to be, the best he ever took!
During his four years at Green Bay, David experienced both individual and team success and graduated with a B.A. degree in Marketing & Economics. When moving back home to Israel in 2012, David has founded Horizon Life Sport.
Since then, the agency has been growing and this past year became a global company, operating in Israel, Sweden, France and Germany. This year, the company will expand its operations to Brazil and Greece.
Meet The Team
Founder & CEO
David has over twenty years' experience as a football player. Grew up at the youth system of Hapoel Kfer-Saba, was also a member of all youth Israeli national teams. Dudi also experienced playing professionally in the Israeli Division 1 and 2 - playing for Hapoel Kfar-Saba. After three years of service at the Israeli Air Force, he received a full athletic scholarship at the University of Wisconsin - Green Bay. During his four years at Green Bay, Dudi experienced both individual and team success and graduated with a B.A degree in Marketing & Economics. Dudi's role is in monitoring all the company's aspects : recruiting and support of the athletes in Israel and abroad and finding the right college and career paths for them, maintaining daily contact with the coaches, marketing and advertising - website, social media and more.
Francois Basty -
Francois grew up playing soccer in Toulouse and joined in 2001 the youth academy of a professional club, the Chamois Niortais. He represented France at the 2003 world championships in China before playing semi-professionally in London. Awarded with an athletic scholarship by the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, Francois pursued his soccer career from 2006 to 2010 at the Division I collegiate level, playing alongside Dudi Znaty. After completing his B.A. degree, he continued his education at North Central College in Chicago suburbs, graduating with an MBA in 2012 while working as a graduate assistant men’s soccer coach. Also in possession of a USSF “C” license, Francois’ extensive experience with coaching and recruiting will benefit the scouting of French players.
David brings valuable coaching and playing experience from the U.S. and Sweden. He started his career in an academy team of a professional team called Örgryte IS. He started his NCAA Division 1 collegiate career with the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay for one season and then transferred to the University of Hartford where he represented the program as its captain his senior year. Proceeding the soccer career at the University of Hartford, David then took the position as the Assistant Men’s Soccer Coach at the University of Hartford while pursuing his master’s degree. David has a B.A. degree in Economics & Finance and a Master of Business Administration. David will be in charge of scouting the right players from Stockholm, Sweden and follow them throughout our process.
Lucas grew up playing soccer in Fürstenwalde (Berlin area). At 17 years old he joined the local club - Union Fürstenwalde, playing in the 6th german league. After his high school graduation he was offered a scholarship at University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, where he studied and played soccer from 2009-2012, finishing with a degree in Human Biology. This days, Lucas goes to Medical School in Magdeburg, Germany and plays soccer for TV Askania Bernburg in the 5th league in Germany. Lucas also coached several youth teams in the United States and assisted coaching a youth team in Germany of the highest divison. With his knowledge and good look for talented players Lucas will follow and find the right college and career path for German players.
Gali was born and raised in Israel. He moved to the US after serving four years in the Israeli Defense Force. Gali has worked and owned businesses in the Financial, Diamond, Restaurant, and Sports Apparel Industries. In 2004 he turned to his passion, soccer, and has seen hundreds of players develop into elite college and pro athletes through his organizations where he has served as General Manager and has won numerous executive awards. Gali has a great eye for talent, and has relationships with 100’s of colleges. Gali’s role will be to assist players choose the right schools for their interests and assist them in getting athletic scholarships.
Over the past 13 years, Lucas has dedicated his life to the study of sports and getting work experience. Lucas has a degree in Physical Education Teaching and Coaching (2004-2007), a Specialization in Exercise Physiology at the Federal University of São Paulo (2008-2009) and Master in Sport Science at the Polytechnic University of Madrid (2011-2015). He focused his researches in the football/soccer area, studying in depth the tactical, technical and physical aspects of the beautiful game. Lucas also has great international experiences, having the opportunity to live in New Zealand, Spain and Egypt (2009-2012). In Brazil, Lucas continues to acquire good experiences as a coach and physical trainer, spending a season at the Clube Atlético Bragantino, traditional club from São Paulo state (2013-2015) and currently works at the Youth Academy of São Paulo Futebol Clube.
Head of Basketball Operations
Yuval joins us after several years of experience in the basketball field, both on the technological side and on the professional side. In the past, Yuval took a significant part in a high-tech company that developed special tools and products for the NBA. In recent years, Yuval has lived in the United States where he served as the Jewish Agency emissary in the State of Indiana and at the same time as a reporter covering the NBA and college basketball all over the country. Over time, Yuval developed personal connections with a large number of coaches, connections that have been maintained and preserved to this day. Yuval will manage the basketball department of the agency and will be responsible for recruiting and accompanying our players from the beginning to the end, both professionally and personally.
Adir has over twenty years' experience as a football player. Grew up at the youth system of Tubruk - Netanya and Hapoel Ra'anana. Adir is still an active player at Hapoel Migdal Ha'emek, as he experienced playing professionally for some top Israeli clubs such as: Hapoel Ramat-Gan, Hapoel Ra'anana, Hashkelon and others. A certified instructor, his extensive experience and connections gained over the years will help Adir find the right players for us.
Adv. Shahar Greenberg
Shahar, a graduate of the university of Haifa law school, grew to the football business through his work at the Israeli Football Association legal department. Greenberg, is consider as one of the young and promising sports lawyers in Israel. Adv Greenberg, through Aharoni | Ettinger | Greenberg Law Office, will control and evaluate all legal aspects of the company.