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Israel national football team

The Israel national football team (Hebrew: נבחרת ישראל בכדורגל‎, Nivḥeret Yisra'el BeKhaduregel) is the national football team of Israel, governed by the Israel Football Association (IFA).

Israel
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) הכחולים-לבנים (The Blue and Whites)
Association Israel Football Association (IFA)
Confederation
Head coach Vacant
Captain Tal Ben Haim
Most caps Yossi Benayoun (102)[1]
Top scorer Mordechai Spiegler (33)[2]
Home stadium Sammy Ofer Stadium, Haifa
Teddy Stadium, Jerusalem
FIFA code ISR
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 98 Decrease 16 (23 November 2017)
Highest 15 (November 2008)
Lowest 98 (September 2016, November 2017)
Elo ranking
Current 75 (10 October 2017)
Highest 23 (4 April 1976)
Lowest 80 (February 1968)
First international
Mandatory Palestine:
 Egypt 7–1 Mandatory Palestine Mandatory Palestine
(Cairo, Egypt; 16 March 1934)
Israel:
United States USA Olympic Team 3–1 Israel Israel
(New York City, United States; 26 September 1948)
Biggest win

Mandatory Palestine:
Mandatory Palestine Mandatory Palestine 5–1 Lebanon
(Tel Aviv, Mandatory Palestine; 27 April 1940)
Israel:

Israel Israel 9–0 Chinese Taipei 
(Wellington, New Zealand; 23 March 1988)
Biggest defeat

Mandatory Palestine:
 Egypt 7–1 Mandatory Palestine Mandatory Palestine
(Cairo, Egypt; 16 March 1934)
Israel:

 Germany 7–1 Israel Israel
(Kaiserslautern, Germany; 12 February 2002)
World Cup
Appearances 1 (first in 1970)
Best result Group stage, 1970
Asian Cup
Appearances 4 (first in 1956)
Best result Champions, 1964

Israel's national team is the direct successor of the Mandatory Palestine/Eretz Israel national team, and was managed by the Eretz Israel Football Association. Israel has competed in FIFA World Cup qualifiers in three different confederations, competing in the Asian Football Confederation and the Oceania Football Confederation before settling in Europe as a member of the Union of European Football Associations in 1994.

The Israeli side qualified for their only FIFA World Cup to date in 1970. Israel also hosted and won the AFC Asian Cup in 1964, and was finalist in 1956 and in 1960.

Contents

HistoryEdit

Football has a long tradition in Israel. The game was originally introduced during the time of the Ottoman Empire. The Palestinian Football Association was formed in August 1928, and joined FIFA in June 1929, but at the time the association was made up of Arab clubs, Jewish clubs, and clubs representing British policemen and soldiers serving in the region during the British Mandate rule that spanned the period between World War One and the creation of the State of Israel in 1948. The British Mandate of Palestine national team made its debut against Egypt in 1934 FIFA World Cup qualification, losing 1–7 in Cairo. The team played five international matches, including a friendly match against Lebanon, until the British Mandate for Palestine was dissolved.

Upon Israeli independence in May 1948, the IFA became the official association of the new state. The Israel national team's first match as an independent nation was on 26 September 1948, against the USA Olympic Team. The game was won by the USA 1–3, and in the 20th minute of the game Shmuel Ben-Dror scored the first goal after the creation of the State of Israel.

Asian Football Confederation membershipEdit

 
Nahum Stelmach kicking; 1959

Israel competed in the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) between 1954 and 1974. Due to the Arab–Israeli conflict, several Muslim states refused to compete against Israel. The political situation culminated in Israel winning the 1958 World Cup qualifying stage for Asia and Africa without playing a single game, forcing FIFA to schedule a playoff between Israel and Wales to ensure the team did not qualify without playing at least one game (which Wales won).

 
Israel winning the 1964 AFC Asian Cup

Israel hosted and won the 1964 AFC Asian Cup. In 1968, Israel went to their first Olympic Games and lost to Bulgaria in the quarterfinals.

In 1969, Israel qualified for its first and only FIFA World Cup, via Asia/Oceania, and earned two points after draws with Sweden and finalist Italy, and a loss to Uruguay.

In 1976, Israel went to its second Olympic Games and lost in the quarterfinals again, this time against Brazil. In 1972 and 1977, it attempted World Cup qualification as part of Asia, which both times ended in failure.

Years in exileEdit

In 1974, Israel was excluded from AFC competitions, as a result of a proposal by Kuwait which was adopted by a vote of 17 to 13 with 6 abstentions.[3] The vote coincided with the 1974 Asian Games, where the football competition was marred by the refusal of both North Korea[4] and Kuwait to play second-round matches against Israel.

During the 1980s, it played the majority of its matches against European teams, and competed in the European stage of qualification for the 1982 FIFA World Cup. For the next two tournaments, it entered Oceania's qualification stage. In 1989, Israel made it to the CONMEBOL–OFC play-offs for the 1990 World Cup to play against Colombia, which qualified from the South American group, but lost (1–0, 0–0).

European Football Confederation membershipEdit

In 1991, Israeli clubs began participating in European club competitions, and Israel returned to the European leg of World Cup qualifying in 1992. In 1994, Israel received full UEFA membership, 20 years after it had left Asia. Within Europe, Israel has been a relatively minor nation, though with some successes, notably winning 3–2 in Paris against France in 1993, and 5–0 against Austria in 1999. That year, Israel made it to the playoffs of UEFA Euro 2000, but was beaten by Denmark.

 
Avram Grant has been the youngest national coach of Israel
 
Yossi Benayoun is Israel's most capped player with 102 caps

Israel came close to advancing to the playoff stage in their 2006 World Cup qualifying group, finishing third, behind France, and tied on points with Switzerland, which also remained unbeaten in 10 matches after 4 wins and 6 draws. The Swiss had a better goal difference, though, and advanced to the qualification play-off. Coach Avram Grant announced his resignation on 26 October 2005. After the end of his contract, he was succeeded by Dror Kashtan.

In UEFA Euro 2008 qualifying, Israel came very close to qualifying to final tournament, but finished fourth in Group E, behind group winners Croatia, 1 point behind Russia who also with Croatia qualified direct, as well as equal on 23 points (one less than Russia) from 12 games with England; who failed to advance as did Israel. The 4–3 home loss to Croatia was the first loss after 13 consecutive official games and 9 home games without a loss.

In 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification, Israel again came in fourth, behind Switzerland, Greece, and Latvia. For the UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying campaign, Kashtan was replaced as coach by Frenchman Luis Fernández, but to no avail, as Israel finished a distant third behind Greece and Croatia.

The continued presence of the Israeli Football Association in UEFA was a precedent cited by Australia to justify its transfer from the Oceania Football Confederation to the Asian Football Confederation.[5]

Ranking historyEdit

Year End rank Best rank Worst rank
All years NA 18 98
1993 57 57 71
1994 42 42 56
1995 42 40 48
1996 52 42 55
1997 61 43 61
1998 43 36 63
1999 26 22 38
2000 41 26 41
2001 49 39 50
2002 46 46 55
2003 51 40 51
2004 48 48 69
2005 44 43 52
2006 44 36 51
2007 26 26 44
2008 18 15 26
2009 26 18 26
2010 50 24 56
2011 37 30 58
2012 78 35 82
2013 63 58 76
2014 32 32 78
2015 69 26 69
2016 55 55 98
2017 TBA 55 98

Source: [6]

StadiumEdit

 
Sammy Ofer Stadium of Haifa. Israel's newest stadium

In the past, the Israel national football team's home stadium was the national stadium in Ramat Gan. The stadium seats 41,583 and was the first stadium in Israel to meet world-class standards.

Ever since 2014, Sammy Ofer Stadium in Haifa (30,784 seats) and Teddy Stadium in Jerusalem (34,000 seats) are being used as the home stadiums of the Israel national football team. Both are considered to be world-class standard stadiums. The Israel Football Association has used Teddy stadium while hosting the 2013 Euro U21 championship in Israel. Both stadiums also host matches of the Israel national football team, and of Israeli clubs for the UEFA Champions League.

Kit suppliersEdit

Israel's kits were supplied by Diadora from 1988 to 1995 and Puma from 1996 to 2008. Adidas took over in September 2008 and have remained Israel's kit suppliers since.

HonoursEdit

  Winners (1): 1964.
  Runners-up (2): 1956, 1960.
  Silver medal (1): 1974.

Competition historyEdit

FIFA World CupEdit

FIFA World Cup record FIFA World Cup Qualification record
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
  1930 Did Not Enter
  1934 Did Not Qualify
(as Eretz Israel Team)
2 0 0 2 2 11
  1938 2 0 0 2 1 4
  1950 Did Not Qualify 2 0 0 2 2 11
  1954 4 0 0 4 0 5
  1958 2 0 0 2 0 4
  1962 6 3 1 2 13 14
  1966 4 0 0 4 1 12
  1970 Group Stage 12th 3 0 2 1 1 3 4 3 1 0 8 1
  1974 Did Not Qualify 5 3 1 1 5 3
  1978 5 2 1 1 5 3
  1982 8 1 3 4 6 10
  1986 6 3 1 2 17 6
  1990 6 1 4 1 5 5
  1994 10 1 3 6 10 27
  1998 8 4 1 3 9 7
    2002 8 3 3 2 11 7
  2006 10 4 6 0 15 10
  2010 10 4 4 2 20 10
  2014 10 3 5 2 19 14
  2018
  2022 To Be Determined
Total N/A 1/21 3 0 2 1 1 3 102 33 29 40 137 149
*Denotes draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.
**Gold background colour indicates that the tournament was won.
***Red border color indicates tournament was held on home soil.


Olympic recordEdit

Olympics Record
Year Round Position GP W D L GS GA
  1952 Did Not Qualify
  1956
  1960
  1964
  1968 Quarter-finals 4 2 0 2 9 7
  1972 Did Not Qualify
  1976 Quarter-finals 4 0 3 1 4 7
  1980 Withdrew
  1984 Did Not Qualify
  1988
Total Quarter-finals 2/10 8 2 3 3 13 14

Since the 1992 Summer Olympics, the football competition is played as an Under-23 competition

*Denotes draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.
**Gold background colour indicates that the tournament was won.
***Red border color indicates tournament was held on home soil.

AFC Asian CupEdit

AFC Asian Cup record
Year Round Position GP W D* L GS GA
  1956 Runners-up 2nd 3 2 0 1 6 5
  1960 Runners-up 2nd 3 2 0 1 6 4
  1964 Champions 1st 3 3 0 0 5 1
  1968 Third Place 3rd 4 2 0 2 11 5
  1972 Withdrew
Total Champions 4/15 13 9 0 4 28 15

Israel did not compete in a regional competition between the years 1968 and 1994, although in 1972 they were scheduled to compete in the AFC Asian Cup.

*Denotes draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.
**Gold background colour indicates that the tournament was won.
***Red border color indicates tournament was held on home soil.

UEFA European Championship recordEdit

UEFA European Championship record UEFA European Championship Qualification record
Year Round Position Pld W D * L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
1960–1992 Did Not Enter
  1996 Did Not Qualify 10 3 3 4 13 13
    2000 8 4 1 3 25 9
  2004 8 2 3 3 9 11
    2008 12 7 2 3 20 12
    2012 10 5 1 4 13 11
  2016 10 4 1 5 16 14
Total 0/15 48 21 10 17 80 56
*Denotes draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.
**Gold background colour indicates that the tournament was won.
***Red border color indicates tournament was held on home soil.


2018 FIFA World CupEdit

2018 FIFA World Cup qualification – UEFA Group GEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification            
1   Spain 10 9 1 0 36 3 +33 28 Qualification to 2018 FIFA World Cup 3–0 3–0 4–1 4–0 8–0
2   Italy 10 7 2 1 21 8 +13 23 Advance to second round 1–1 2–0 1–0 1–1 5–0
3   Albania 10 4 1 5 10 13 −3 13 0–2 0–1 0–3 2–1 2–0
4   Israel 10 4 0 6 10 15 −5 12 0–1 1–3 0–3 0–1 2–1
5   Macedonia 10 3 2 5 15 15 0 11 1–2 2–3 1–1 1–2 4–0
6   Liechtenstein 10 0 0 10 1 39 −38 0 0–8 0–4 0–2 0–1 0–3
Source: FIFA
Rules for classification: Qualification tiebreakers

UEFA Euro 2016Edit

UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying Group BEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification            
1   Belgium 10 7 2 1 24 5 +19 23 Qualify for final tournament 0–0 3–1 3–1 5–0 6–0
2   Wales 10 6 3 1 11 4 +7 21 1–0 0–0 0–0 2–1 2–0
3   Bosnia and Herzegovina 10 5 2 3 17 12 +5 17 Advance to play-offs 1–1 2–0 3–1 1–2 3–0
4   Israel 10 4 1 5 16 14 +2 13 0–1 0–3 3–0 1–2 4–0
5   Cyprus 10 4 0 6 16 17 −1 12 0–1 0–1 2–3 1–2 5–0
6   Andorra 10 0 0 10 4 36 −32 0 1–4 1–2 0–3 1–4 1–3
Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Qualification tiebreakers

Recent results and forthcoming fixturesEdit

  Win   Draw   Loss

2016Edit

2017Edit

Coaching staffEdit

As of 20 April 2016[43]
Position Name Nationality
Head coach Vacant   Israel
Assistant Manager Amir Turgeman   Israel
Assistant Manager Rafi Cohen   Israel
Goalkeeper Coach Nir Davidovich   Israel
Fitness coach Ron Tziblin   Israel
Mental coach Alon Olman   Israel
Business Manager Israel Shchuchinski   Israel
Head Doctor Mark Rosnovsky   Israel

Current squadEdit

The following players have been called up for the 2018 World Cup qualification matches against Liechtenstein on 6 October 2017 and against Spain on 9 October 2017.
Caps and goals updated as of 9 October 2017 after the match against Spain.
Statistics include official FIFA-recognised matches only.

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Ariel Harush (1988-05-25) 25 May 1988 (age 29) 10 0   Anorthosis Famagusta
23 1GK Boris Klaiman (1990-10-26) 26 October 1990 (age 27) 1 0   Beitar Jerusalem
18 1GK Danny Amos (1987-02-02) 2 February 1987 (age 30) 0 0   Maccabi Netanya

3 2DF Tal Ben Haim (Captain) (1982-03-31) 31 March 1982 (age 35) 96 1   Maccabi Tel Aviv
2DF Eitan Tibi (1987-11-16) 16 November 1987 (age 30) 34 1   Maccabi Tel Aviv
2DF Omri Ben Harush (1990-03-04) 4 March 1990 (age 27) 15 0   Maccabi Haifa
20 2DF Ofir Davidzada (1991-05-05) 5 May 1991 (age 26) 11 0   Maccabi Tel Aviv
2DF Dor Elo (1993-09-26) 26 September 1993 (age 24) 0 0   Hapoel Be'er Sheva
4 2DF Hatem Abd Elhamed (1991-03-18) 18 March 1991 (age 26) 0 0   Hapoel Be'er Sheva

15 3MF Yossi Benayoun (1980-05-05) 5 May 1980 (age 37) 102 24   Beitar Jerusalem
6 3MF Bibras Natkho (1988-02-18) 18 February 1988 (age 29) 49 1   CSKA Moscow
8 3MF Lior Refaelov (1986-04-26) 26 April 1986 (age 31) 40 6   Club Brugge
5 3MF Maor Melikson (1984-10-30) 30 October 1984 (age 33) 24 3   Hapoel Be'er Sheva
8 3MF Almog Cohen (1988-09-01) 1 September 1988 (age 29) 23 0   FC Ingolstadt 04
3MF Nir Bitton (1991-10-30) 30 October 1991 (age 26) 21 2   Celtic
9 3MF Dan Einbinder (1989-02-16) 16 February 1989 (age 28) 6 1   Hapoel Be'er Sheva
16 3MF David Keltjens (1995-06-11) 11 June 1995 (age 22) 6 0   Beitar Jerusalem
22 3MF Marwan Kabha (1991-02-23) 23 February 1991 (age 26) 4 0   Maribor
3MF Idan Vered (1989-05-25) 25 May 1989 (age 28) 2 0   Beitar Jerusalem
3MF Gidi Kanyuk (1993-02-11) 11 February 1993 (age 24) 0 0   Pakhtakor

10 4FW Tomer Hemed (1987-05-02) 2 May 1987 (age 30) 31 15   Brighton & Hove Albion
11 4FW Itay Shechter (1987-02-22) 22 February 1987 (age 30) 27 5   Beitar Jerusalem
12 4FW Tal Ben Haim II (1989-08-05) 5 August 1989 (age 28) 28 5   Sparta Prague
4FW Eliran Atar (1987-02-17) 17 February 1987 (age 30) 6 1   Maccabi Tel Aviv

Recent call-upsEdit

The following players have also been called up to the Israeli squad on the last 12 months.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Omri Glazer (1996-03-11) 11 March 1996 (age 21) 1 0   Maccabi Haifa v.   Liechtenstein, 6 October 2017 INJ
GK David Goresh (1980-02-01) 1 February 1980 (age 37) 7 0   Hapoel Be'er Sheva v.   Moldova, 6 June 2017
GK Ofir Marciano (1989-10-07) 7 October 1989 (age 28) 11 0   Hibernian v.   Spain, 25 March 2017

DF Shir Tzedek (1989-08-22) 22 August 1989 (age 28) 14 0   Hapoel Be'er Sheva V.   Italy, 5 September 2017
DF Taleb Tawatha (1992-06-21) 21 June 1992 (age 25) 8 0   Eintracht Frankfurt v.   Italy, 5 September 2017
DF Omer Danino (1995-02-17) 17 February 1995 (age 22) 0 0   Maccabi Petah Tikva V.   Italy, 5 September 2017
DF Ben Bitton (1991-01-03) 3 January 1991 (age 26) 3 0   Hapoel Be'er Sheva v.   Macedonia, 2 September 2017 INJ
DF Eli Dasa (1992-12-03) 3 December 1992 (age 25) 9 0   Maccabi Tel Aviv v.   Moldova, 6 June 2017 INJ
DF Avi Rikan (1988-08-10) 10 August 1988 (age 29) 4 0   Maccabi Tel Aviv v.   Moldova, 6 June 2017
DF Rami Gershon (1988-08-12) 12 August 1988 (age 29) 26 2   Maccabi Haifa v.   Spain, 25 March 2017 INJ
DF Sheran Yeini (1986-12-08) 8 December 1986 (age 31) 18 0   Maccabi Tel Aviv v.   Spain, 25 March 2017

MF Michael Ohana (1995-10-04) 4 October 1995 (age 22) 1 0   Hapoel Be'er Sheva v.   Italy, 5 September 2017
MF Eran Zahavi (1987-07-25) 25 July 1987 (age 30) 39 6   Guangzhou R&F v.   Macedonia, 2 September 2017 RET
MF Eyal Golasa (1991-10-07) 7 October 1991 (age 26) 11 0   Maccabi Tel Aviv v.   Moldova, 6 June 2017 INJ
MF Beram Kayal (1988-05-02) 2 May 1988 (age 29) 32 1   Brighton & Hove Albion v.   Moldova, 6 June 2017 INJ
MF Dor Micha (1992-03-02) 2 March 1992 (age 25) 0 0   Maccabi Tel Aviv v.   Spain, 25 March 2017 INJ

FW Manor Solomon (1999-07-24) 24 July 1999 (age 18) 0 0   Maccabi Petah Tikva v.   Italy, 5 September 2017
FW Moanes Dabour (1992-05-14) 14 May 1992 (age 25) 7 1   Red Bull Salzburg v.   Macedonia, 2 September 2017
FW Ben Sahar (1989-08-10) 10 August 1989 (age 28) 41 7   Hapoel Be'er Sheva v.   Moldova, 6 June 2017
  • INJ Withdrew due to an injury.
  • PRE Preliminary squad.
  • SUS Suspended.
  • RET Retired from international football.

Player historyEdit

Most capped playersEdit

As of 9 October 2017, the ten players with the most caps[1] for Israel are:

Rank. Name Career Caps Goals
1 Yossi Benayoun 1998–present 102 24
2 Tal Ben Haim 2002–present 96 2
3 Arik Benado 1995–2007 94 0
4 Alon Harazi 1992–2006 89 2
5 Amir Schelach 1992–2001 85 0
6 Mordechai Spiegler 1963–1977 83 33
Nir Klinger 1987–1997 83 2
8 Avi Nimni 1992–2005 80 17
9 Tal Banin 1990–2003 78 12
Itzhak Shum 1969–1981 78 10
Eyal Berkovic 1992–2004 78 9
Dudu Aouate 1999–2013 78 0

Bold denotes still active players.

Top goalscorersEdit

 
Mordechai Spiegler (middle) is Israel's top scorer with 33 goals

As of 9 October 2017, the ten players with the most goals[2] for Israel are:

Rank. Player Career Goals Caps Average
1 Mordechai Spiegler 1963–1977 33 83 0.39
2 Yehoshua Feigenbaum 1966–1977 24 50 0.48
Yossi Benayoun 1998–present 24 102 0.24
4 Ronen Harazi 1992–1999 23 53 0.43
5 Nahum Stelmach 1956–1968 22 61 0.36
6 Gidi Damti 1971–1981 21 69 0.30
7 Giora Spiegel 1965–1980 18 44 0.40
Yehoshua Glazer 1949–1961 18 35 0.51
9 Eli Ohana 1984–1997 17 51 0.33
Avi Nimni 1992–2005 17 80 0.21

Bold denotes still active players.

ManagersEdit

Manager Years as manager Pld
W
D
L
GF GA Win%[44]
  Egon Pollak 1948 1 0 0 1 0 1 000.00
    Lajos Hess 1949 3 1 0 2 5 12 033.33
  László Székely 1950 2 1 0 1 7 4 050.00
  Jerry Beit haLevi 1953–54 5 0 0 5 1 7 000.00
  Jack Gibbons 1956 5 2 0 3 7 12 040.00
  Jerry Beit haLevi 1957 1 0 0 1 4 5 000.00
  Moshe Varon 1958 5 2 0 3 6 7 040.00
  Gyula Mándi 1959–63 31 12 7 12 49 63 038.71
  George Ainsley 1963–64 3 2 0 1 4 2 066.67
  Yosef Merimovich 1964 1 0 0 1 0 4 000.00
  Gyula Mándi 1964 3 3 0 0 5 1 100.00
  Yosef Merimovich 1964–65 3 1 0 2 2 2 033.33
  Milovan Ćirić 1965–68 25 8 2 15 43 45 032.00
  Emmanuel Scheffer 1968–70 24 8 8 8 44 34 033.33
    Edmond Schmilovich 1970–73 19 10 4 5 27 13 052.63
  David Schweitzer 1973–77 36 17 11 8 67 34 047.22
  Emmanuel Scheffer 1978–79 13 5 4 4 17 15 038.46
  Jack Mansell 1980–81 10 2 3 5 8 12 020.00
  Yosef Merimovich 1983–86 27 8 9 10 39 36 029.63
  Miljenko Mihić 1986–88 20 4 5 11 27 35 020.00
  Itzhak Schneor
  Ya'akov Grundman
1988–92 18 5 5 8 21 30 027.78
  Shlomo Scharf 1992–2000 82 31 18 33 131 118 037.80
  Richard Møller Nielsen 2000–02 20 7 4 9 29 33 035.00
  Avram Grant 2002–06 33 14 13 6 55 37 042.42
  Dror Kashtan 2006–10 31 15 10 6 51 30 048.39
  Eli Ohana (caretaker) 2010 1 1 0 0 2 0 100.00
    Luis Fernández 2010–11 15 6 1 8 12 18 040.00
  Eli Guttman 2011–15 29 8 7 14 42 46 027.59
  Alon Hazan (caretaker) 2016 1 0 0 1 0 2 000.00
  Elisha Levy 2016–2017 10 4 1 5 11 15 040.00

WDL Record since 1948Edit

Team From To Record
P W D L Win %
  1948 2017 476 177 112 187 037.18

See alsoEdit

NotesEdit

  1. ^ The Israel v Wales match was originally to kick off at 20:45 (22:45 UTC+3), but was moved to 18:00 (20:00 UTC+3) as matches cannot kick off later than 22:00 local time according to UEFA's guidelines.[27]
  2. ^ The Israel v Belgium match was originally to be played on 9 September 2014, 20:45 (21:45 UTC+3), but was postponed due to the 2014 Israel–Gaza conflict.[29]

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  44. ^ Win% is rounded to two decimal places

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