Israel national under-21 football team

Israel's national Under-21 team (Hebrew: הנבחרת הצעירה של ישראל בכדורגל‎) is considered to be the feeder team for the Israel national football team. It has recently qualified for the European Championships to be held in the Netherlands after beating the French under-21 team 2–1 on aggregate.

 Israel Under-21
Shirt badge/Association crest
AssociationIsrael Football Association
Head coachIsrael Nir Levine
CaptainNeta Lavi
Most capsArik Benado (39)[1]
Top scorerAlon Mizrahi (15)[2]
FIFA codeISR
First colours
Second colours
First international
Greece Greece 2–2 Israel Israel
(Greece; 1990)
Biggest win
Israel Israel 6–0 Austria Austria
(Israel)
Biggest defeat
Israel Israel 0–4 Spain Spain
(Israel)
Israel Israel 0–4 Italy Italy
(Israel; 2013)
UEFA U-21 Championship
Appearances2 (first in 2007)
Best resultGroup Stage, 3rd Place

This team consists of Israeli players aged 21 or under at the start of each two-year UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship campaign, so players can be, and often are, up to 23 years old. Team members may also simultaneously qualify to various teams for Under-20s (for non-UEFA tournaments), Under-19s and Under 17s, or even the senior national team, so long as the meet the respective age restriction. It is also possible to play for one country at youth level and another at senior level (provided the player is eligible).

The U-21 team has been constructed, following the Israel's acceptance as a full member of UEFA. A draw in a qualifier against Greece in Greece was Israel U-21s' first result.

Israel U-21s 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).

Competition HistoryEdit

There is no Under-21 World Cup, although there is an Under-20 World Cup. European U-21 teams compete for the European Championship, with the finals every even-numbered year. It will be held in odd-numbered years from 2007. Israel has never fared well in European Under-21 Football Championships.

The current campaign started shortly after the 2006 finals - the qualification stage of the 2007 competition. UEFA have decided to shift the next tournament forward to avoid a clash with senior tournaments taking place in even-numbered years. The competition has therefore been reduced as qualifying must be completed in a year's less time. In their three-team qualification group, Israel finished ahead of Turkey and Wales. In the two-legged play-off against France for a place in the final stage, the team achieved a surprising 1–1 draw in France and won the home match 1–0, with Amir Taga scoring in stoppage time.

Note: The year of the tournament represents the year in which it ends.

Competitive RecordEdit

UEFA European Under-21 Championship RecordEdit

 
Israel national under-21 football team at the 2013 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship
Year Round GP W D* L GS GA
  1992 Qualifying Stage 6 3 2 0 17 3
  1994 Qualifying Stage 10 3 1 6 17 16
  1996 Qualifying Stage 10 3 3 4 12 11
  1998 Qualifying Stage 8 5 2 1 17 9
  2000 Qualifying Stage 8 2 2 4 6 13
  2002 Qualifying Stage 8 4 0 4 16 13
  2004 Qualifying Stage 8 3 1 4 6 11
  2006 Qualifying Stage 8 4 3 1 11 7
  2007 Group Stage 5 1 1 3 3 8
  2009 Qualification Playoffs 8 5 2 1 16 5
  2011 Qualifying Stage 8 5 1 2 18 8
  2013 Group Stage 3 1 1 1 3 6
  2015 Qualifying Stage 8 5 0 3 22 15
  2017 Qualifying Stage 10 6 3 1 21 4
    2019 TBA - - - - - -
Total 2/14 88 39 18 34 146 106

PlayersEdit

Top AppearancesEdit

Rank Player Club(s) Year(s) U-21 Caps
1 Arik Benado Maccabi Haifa, Beitar Jerusalem 1992–1995 39
2 Nir Sivilia Maccabi Tel Aviv, Bnei Yehuda, Beitar Jerusalem 1993–1997 34
2 Shay Holtzman Maccabi Netanya, Maccabi Haifa, Tzafririm Holon 1992–1995 34
3 Dekel Keinan Maccabi Haifa, Bnei Sakhnin, Maccabi Netanya 2003–2007 30
4 Alon Halfon Maccabi Netanya, Hapoel Haifa 1993–1995 29
4 Tom Almadon Maccabi Haifa 2004–2007 29
5 Ofer Talker Ironi Ashdod, Hapoel Haifa 1992–1995 28
6 Ofir Kopel Maccabi Haifa 1994–1997 27
7 Lior Jan Maccabi Tel Aviv 2006–2008 26
8 Moshe Ohayon F.C. Ashdod 2001–2005 24

Note: Club(s) represents the permanent clubs during the player's time in the Under-21s.

Top GoalscorersEdit

Rank Player Club(s) Year(s) U-21 Goals
1 Alon Mizrahi Bnei Yehuda 1992–1993 15
2 Shay Holtzman Maccabi Netanya, Maccabi Haifa, Tzafririm Holon 1992–1995 14
3 Mu'nas Dabbur Maccabi Tel Aviv, Grasshopper 2011–2014 13
4 Nir Sivilia Maccabi Tel Aviv, Bnei Yehuda, Beitar Jerusalem 1993–1997 12
5 Ben Sahar Chelsea, Espanyol 2007–2010 8
5 Maor Buzaglo Maccabi Haifa, Hapoel Petah Tikva, Bnei Sakhnin, Maccabi Tel Aviv 2007–2010 8
6 Eli Abarbanel Hapoel Petah Tikva 1994–1999 7
6 Amir Turgeman Ironi Ashdod 1992–1993 7

Note: Club(s) represents the permanent clubs during the player's time in the Under-21s.

2021 UEFA European Under-21 Football ChampionshipEdit

2021 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship qualification Group 6Edit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification            
1   Spain 10 9 1 0 20 1 +19 28 Final tournament 3–0 3–0 3–0 2–0 2–0
2   North Macedonia 10 5 3 2 20 12 +8 18 0–1 1–1 1–1 7–1 2–1
3   Israel 10 3 4 3 12 14 −2 13 1–1 1–1 1–2 3–1 0–0
4   Kazakhstan 10 3 1 6 12 21 −9 10 0–1 1–4 1–2 2–3 0–4
5   Faroe Islands 10 3 0 7 11 25 −14 9 0–2 1–2 3–1 1–3 1–0
6   Montenegro 10 2 1 7 11 13 −2 7 0–2 1–2 1–2 1–2 3–0
Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Tiebreakers

Coaching staffEdit

Position Name
Manager   Marco Balbul
Assistant Manager   Ofer Fabian
Assistant Manager   Alon Hazan
Goalkeeper Coach   Nir Davidovich
Fitness Coach   Yossi Kakun

Current squadEdit

The following players were called up for the 2021 UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualification matches against North Macedonia on 12 November & Spain on 17 November 2020.[1]

  • Caps and goals as of 18 November 2020.
No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Assaf Tzur (1998-08-28) 28 August 1998 (age 22) 15 0   Anorthosis
23 1GK Omer Nir'on (2001-04-17) 17 April 2001 (age 20) 0 0   Bnei Yehuda Tel Aviv

2 2DF Noam Cohen (1999-01-06) 6 January 1999 (age 22) 7 0   Hapoel Hadera
3 2DF Yahav Gurfinkel (1998-06-27) 27 June 1998 (age 22) 14 0   Hapoel Haifa
4 2DF Or Blorian (2000-03-07) 7 March 2000 (age 21) 5 0   Maccabi Petah Tikva
13 2DF Denny Gruper (1999-03-16) 16 March 1999 (age 22) 8 0   Hapoel Tel Aviv
15 2DF Ofri Arad (1998-09-11) 11 September 1998 (age 22) 11 2   Maccabi Haifa
17 2DF Gil Cohen (2000-11-08) 8 November 2000 (age 20) 6 0   F.C. Ashdod
21 2DF Amit Cohen (1998-11-21) 21 November 1998 (age 22) 9 0   Bnei Yehuda
2DF Fadi Najar (1998-05-30) 30 May 1998 (age 22) 1 0   Bnei Yehuda

6 3MF Samuel Broun (1998-03-03) 3 March 1998 (age 23) 9 0   Ironi Kiryat Shmona
7 3MF Eden Karzev (2000-04-11) 11 April 2000 (age 21) 11 1   Maccabi Tel Aviv
8 3MF Tomer Altman (1998-02-08) 8 February 1998 (age 23) 8 0   Hapoel Haifa
11 3MF Shay Elias (1999-02-25) 25 February 1999 (age 22) 6 1   Hapoel Tel Aviv
12 3MF Omer Lakou (1998-02-07) 7 February 1998 (age 23) 11 0   Hapoel Kfar Saba
14 3MF Tomer Yosefi (1999-02-02) 2 February 1999 (age 22) 11 3   Hapoel Be'er Sheva
16 3MF Ido Shahar (2001-08-20) 20 August 2001 (age 19) 3 0   Hapoel Haifa
22 3MF Osher Davida (2001-02-18) 18 February 2001 (age 20) 2 0   Hapoel Tel Aviv

9 4FW Tai Baribo (1998-01-15) 15 January 1998 (age 23) 13 2   Maccabi Petah Tikva
10 4FW Eylon Almog (1999-01-08) 8 January 1999 (age 22) 13 3   Maccabi Tel Aviv
19 4FW Yonas Malede (1999-11-14) 14 November 1999 (age 21) 7 1   Gent
20 4FW Liel Abada (2001-10-03) 3 October 2001 (age 19) 5 0   Maccabi Petah Tikva

Recent callupsEdit

The following players have been called up for the team within the last 12 months:

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Haviv Ohayon (1998-08-17) 17 August 1998 (age 22) 2 0   Hapoel Hadera v.   Georgia, 26 March 2019
GK Daniel Peretz (2000-07-10) 10 July 2000 (age 20) 0 0   Maccabi Tel Aviv v.   Kazakhstan, 8 September 2020
GK Omer Hanin (1998-08-17) 17 August 1998 (age 22) 0 0   Mainz 05 v.   Kazakhstan, 10 September 2019
GK Omer Katz (1998-04-21) 21 April 1998 (age 23) 0 0   Hapoel Petah Tikva v.   Kazakhstan, 10 September 2019
GK Netanel Daloya (1998-07-14) 14 July 1998 (age 22) 0 0   Beitar Jerusalem v.   North Macedonia, 18 October 2020

DF Manamto Asefa (1998-11-19) 19 November 1998 (age 22) 2 0   F.C. Ashdod v.   Slovenia, 31 May 2018
DF Yarin Peretz (1998-07-17) 17 July 1998 (age 22) 2 0   Karmiotissa v.   Kazakhstan, 10 September 2019
DF Yonatan Levi (1998-01-02) 2 January 1998 (age 23) 2 0   Maccabi Haifa v.   Faroe Islands, 14 October 2019
DF Omri Luzon (1999-01-07) 7 January 1999 (age 22) 2 0   Reading v.   Spain, 19 November 2019
DF Raz Shlomo (1999-08-13) 13 August 1999 (age 21) 4 0   Hapoel Tel Aviv v.   North Macedonia, 18 October 2020
DF Uri Dahan (1999-12-07) 7 December 1999 (age 21) 1 0   Ironi Kiryat Shmona v.   North Macedonia, 18 October 2020

MF Mohammad Abu Fani (1998-04-27) 27 April 1998 (age 23) 8 0   Maccabi Haifa v.   Kazakhstan, 8 September 2020
MF Ben Savir (1998-03-05) 5 March 1998 (age 23) 4 0   Hapoel Ra'anana v.   Faroe Islands, 14 October 2019
MF Shay Golan (1998-01-17) 17 January 1998 (age 23) 3 0   Hapoel Petah Tikva v.   Faroe Islands, 14 October 2019
MF Ilay Elmkies (2000-03-10) 10 March 2000 (age 21) 2 0   ADO Den Haag v.   Kazakhstan, 8 September 2020
MF Arad Bar (2000-01-29) 29 January 2000 (age 21) 0 0   Maccabi Petah Tikva v.   Kazakhstan, 8 September 2020
MF Or Dasa (1998-09-20) 20 September 1998 (age 22) 15 1   Hapoel Kfar Saba v.   North Macedonia, 18 October 2020
MF Mohammed Kna'an (2000-01-14) 14 January 2000 (age 21) 2 0   F.C. Ashdod v.   North Macedonia, 18 October 2020

FW Manor Solomon (1999-07-24) 24 July 1999 (age 21) 3 0   Shakhtar Donetsk v.   Slovenia, 31 May 2018
FW Yoav Tomer (1998-01-17) 17 January 1998 (age 23) 3 0   Hapoel Ra'anana v.   Spain, 19 November 2019
FW Ron Ashkenazi (1998-01-15) 15 January 1998 (age 23) 3 0   Maccabi Netanya v.   Kazakhstan, 8 September 2020
FW Roi Ben Shimon (2000-12-04) 4 December 2000 (age 20) 1 0   Bnei Yehuda v.   Kazakhstan, 8 September 2020
FW Osama Khalaila (1998-04-06) 6 April 1998 (age 23) 6 0   Bnei Sakhnin v.   North Macedonia, 18 October 2020
FW Itamar Shviro (1998-06-17) 17 June 1998 (age 22) 1 1   Hapoel Be'er Sheva v.   North Macedonia, 18 October 2020

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