Israel national under-19 football team

Israel's national Under-19 team (Hebrew: נבחרת הנוער של ישראל בכדורגל‎), also known as Israel Under-19s or Israel U-19s, is considered to be the feeder team for the Israel national under-21 football team.

 Israel under-19
Shirt badge/Association crest
AssociationIFA
ConfederationUEFA (Europe)
Head coachIsrael Alon Hazan
Most capsMaor Buzaglo (36)
Top scorerMaor Buzaglo (22)
Home stadiumNetanya Stadium
FIFA codeISR
First colours
Second colours
Biggest win
Israel Israel 14 - 0 San Marino 
(Israel, 1997)
AFC U-19 Championship
Appearances9 (first in 1964)
Best resultWinners, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1971, 1972
OFC Championship
Appearances2 (first in 1985)
Best resultRunners-up, 1985, 1986
European Championship
Appearances2 (first in 1997)
Best resultGroup stage, 1997, 2014

This team is for Israeli players aged 19 or under at the start of a two-year UEFA European Under-19 Championship campaign, so players can be, and often are, up to 20 years old. Also in existence are teams for Under-21s and Under-20s (for non-UEFA tournaments) and Under 17s. As long as they are eligible, players can play at any level, making it possible to play for the U-19s, senior side and again for the U-19s. It is also possible to play for one country at youth level and another at senior level (providing the player is eligible).

Israel U-19s do not have a permanent home. They play in stadia dotted all around Israel in an attempt to encourage fans in all areas of the country to get behind Israel. Because of the lack of appeal compared to the senior national team, smaller grounds are used (such as HaMoshava Stadium).

HistoryEdit

The idea to form a youth team first came about in 1957, as the IFA considered entering a team to the 1958 UEFA European Under-18 Championship.[1] The youth team, an under-19 squad, played its first match against its England equivalent on 20 May 1962, losing 1–2.[2] Two days later, the team recorded its first victory, winning 2–1 in a rematch against England.[3]

In 1964, the youth team participated for the first time in the AFC Youth Championship, sharing the cup with Burma in its first tournament. The team went on to win the cup five more times in the next 8 years, before Israel was banned from participating in AFC tournaments.[4]

Until 1992, the youth team's only official tournaments were FIFA Youth Championship qualification tournaments, twice participating in the process in the OFC U-20 Championship and once in the South American Youth Football Championship. At the same period of time, to give the youth squad its share of international matches, the IFA established an annual tournament for under-18 teams, which was held in December and January between 1974 and 1989 (after which the tournament became a tournament for under-17 teams).[5]

In 1992, as Israel was admitted to UEFA, the youth started participating in the UEFA European Under-19 Championship (under-18 tournament until 2002), appearing in the final tournament in 1997 and 2014.

International recordsEdit

AFC U-19 ChampionshipEdit

Edition Round MP W D* L GF GA
  1964 Champions* 4 3 1 0 10 0
  1965 Champions 6 6 0 0 32 4
  1966 Champions* 5 3 2 0 16 2
  1967 Champions 5 4 1 0 14 1
  1968 Third Place* 7 4 2 1 16 2
  1969 Fourth Place 6 4 0 2 8 3
  1970 Quarter-finals 4 2 1 1 10 1
  1971 Champions 6 5 1 0 12 1
  1972 Champions 6 6 0 0 20 0
Total 9/9 49 37 8 4 138 14
  • Champions* : Title shared
  • DNP : Did Not Participate
  • DNQ : Did Not Qualify

OFC U-20 ChampionshipEdit

Edition Round MP W D* L GF GA
  1985 Runners-up 5 3 1 1 15 6
  1986 Runners-up 4 2 2 0 11 3

South American Youth ChampionshipEdit

Edition Round MP W D* L GF GA
  1988 Group Phase 5 3 0 2 6 4

UEFA European Under-19 ChampionshipEdit

Edition Round MP W D* L GF GA
  1992 Did not qualify
  1993
  1994
  1995
  1996
  1997 Group phase 3 0 1 2 1 6
  1998 Did not qualify
  1999
  2000
  2001
  2002
  2003
  2004
  2005
  2006
  2007
  2008
  2009
  2010
  2011
  2012
  2013
  2014 Group Stage 3 0 0 3 1 8
  2015 Did not qualify
 2016
 2017
 2018 To be determined
 2019

HonoursEdit

Current squadEdit

This squad is the squad selection for the Exhibition game against Netherlands on 14 October 2019.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
Goalkeepers
1 1GK Omer Nir'on (2001-04-17) April 17, 2001 (age 20) 11 0   Bnei Yehuda
18 1GK Sharif Kaiouf (2001-06-25) June 25, 2001 (age 19) 5 0   Hapoel Kfar Shalem
Defenders
3 2DF Nir Drori (2001-12-25) December 25, 2001 (age 19) 5 1   Ironi Kiryat Shmona
4 2DF Dan Lugasi (2001-02-27) February 27, 2001 (age 20) 6 0   Hapoel Hadera
5 2DF Ronny Laufer (2001-02-18) February 18, 2001 (age 20) 7 0   Maccabi Haifa
13 2DF Shalev Avitan (2001-03-15) March 15, 2001 (age 20) 4 0   Sektzia Nes Tziona
15 2DF Nadav Nidam (2001-04-11) April 11, 2001 (age 20) 5 2   Hapoel Tel Aviv
17 2DF Itamar Efrat (2001-10-02) October 2, 2001 (age 19) 3 0   Hapoel Tel Aviv
20 2DF Tom Ahi Mordechai (2001-05-09) May 9, 2001 (age 20) 4 0   Hapoel Kfar Shalem
Midfielders
2 3MF Guy Mizrahi (2001-03-30) March 30, 2001 (age 20) 5 0   Beitar Tel Aviv Bat Yam
6 3MF Mohamad Ghadir (2001-01-10) January 10, 2001 (age 20) 6 0   Maccabi Haifa
7 3MF Ido Shahar (2001-08-20) August 20, 2001 (age 19) 9 0   Hapoel Haifa
8 3MF Bar Cohen (2001-03-10) March 10, 2001 (age 20) 5 0   Hapoel Haifa
14 3MF Roy Korine (2002-09-10) September 10, 2002 (age 18) 4 1   Maccabi Netanya
16 3MF Amit Meir (2001-01-07) January 7, 2001 (age 20) 7 0   Maccabi Petah Tikva
Forwards
9 4FW Liel Abada (2001-10-03) October 3, 2001 (age 19) 12 4   Maccabi Petah Tikva
10 4FW Ibrahim Gobara (2001-01-03) January 3, 2001 (age 20) 7 0   Hapoel Iksal
11 4FW Osher Davida (2001-02-18) February 18, 2001 (age 20) 7 0   Maccabi Ironi Bat Yam
12 4FW Abdallah Abu Abaid (2001-12-14) December 14, 2001 (age 19) 5 0   Hapoel Kfar Shalem
19 4FW Stav Nachmani (2001-10-06) October 6, 2001 (age 19) 2 0   Maccabi Haifa

Recent resultsEdit

14 February 2017 Friendly Cyprus   0-3   Israel Haifa
11:00 Report
28 February 2017 Friendly Ukraine   1-3   Israel Haifa
11:00 Report
2 March 2017 Friendly Ukraine   0-1   Israel Haifa
13:00 Report
22 March 2017 Friendly Bulgaria   1-1   Israel Haifa
20:00 Report

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ The Israeli Youth Team to the Luxembourg World Championship[permanent dead link] Herut, 17 November 1957, Historical Jewish Press (in Hebrew)
  2. ^ The English Youth Team Bested Israel (3:1)[permanent dead link] Herut 21 May 1962, Historical Jewish Press (in Hebrew)
  3. ^ Israel Youth Repaid the English in the Haifa Match – 2:1[permanent dead link] Shlomo Mozar, Davar, 23 May 1962, Historical Jewish Press (in Hebrew)
  4. ^ Time is right for Israel to return to its Asian roots James Montague, 27 February 2008, The Guardian
  5. ^ Winter U-18/U-17 Tournament in Israel RSSSF