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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
הנבחרת הצעירה
Shirt badge/Association crest
AssociationIsrael Football Association
Head coachIsrael Nir Levine
CaptainNeta Lavi
Most capsArik Benado (39)[1]
Top scorerAlon Mizrahi (15)[2]
Home stadiumHaMoshava Stadium
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).

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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 Moanes Dabour 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.

2019 UEFA European Under-21 Football ChampionshipEdit

2019 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship qualification Group 5Edit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification            
1   Germany 10 8 1 1 33 7 +26 25 Final tournament 2–1 2–0 3–0 1–0 6–1
2   Norway 10 4 3 3 15 13 +2 15 3–1 2–1 0–0 0–3[a] 1–1
3   Republic of Ireland 10 4 2 4 12 15 −3 14[b] 0–6 0–0 4–0 1–0 1–0
4   Israel 10 4 2 4 17 18 −1 14[b] 2–5 1–3 3–1 3–0 3–1
5   Kosovo 10 3 3 4 9 12 −3 12 0–0 3–2 1–1 0–4 2–0
6   Azerbaijan 10 0 3 7 6 27 −21 3 0–7 1–3 1–3 1–1 0–0
Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Qualification tiebreakers
Notes:
  1. ^ The Norway v Kosovo match originally ended with a 5–0 win for Norway, but was later awarded as a 0–3 win for Kosovo, after UEFA concluded that Norway had played Kristoffer Ajer in this match, who was ineligible after being suspended due to cards in his U-19 tournament match.[3][4]
  2. ^ a b Head-to-head results: Republic of Ireland 4–0 Israel, Israel 3–1 Republic of Ireland.

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 2019 UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualification match against Georgia 26 March 2019.[1]

  • Caps and goals as of 27 March 2019.
No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Assaf Tzur (1998-08-28) 28 August 1998 (age 20) 4 0   Hapoel Ra'anana
1GK Haviv Ohayon (1998-08-17) 17 August 1998 (age 20) 2 0   Hapoel Hadera
1GK Omer Katz (1998-04-21) 21 April 1998 (age 21) 0 0   Beitar Tel Aviv Ramla

2DF Ofri Arad (1998-09-11) 11 September 1998 (age 20) 3 1   Maccabi Haifa
2DF Yonatan Levi (1998-01-02) 2 January 1998 (age 21) 1 0   Hapoel Nazareth Illit
2DF Yarin Peretz (1998-07-17) 17 July 1998 (age 20) 1 0   Hapoel Hadera
2DF Noam Cohen (1999-01-06) 6 January 1999 (age 20) 1 0   Beitar Tel Aviv Ramla
2DF Omri Luzon (1999-01-07) 7 January 1999 (age 20) 1 0   Hapoel Ashkelon
2DF Fadi Najar (1998-05-30) 30 May 1998 (age 21) 1 0   Beitar Tel Aviv Ramla
2DF Raz Shlomo (1999-08-13) 13 August 1999 (age 19) 0 0   Hapoel Tel Aviv

3MF Yahav Gurfinkel (1998-06-27) 27 June 1998 (age 20) 3 0   Hapoel Hadera
3MF Omer Lakou (1998-02-07) 7 February 1998 (age 21) 3 0   Ironi Kiryat Shmona
3MF Mohammad Abu Fani (1998-04-27) 27 April 1998 (age 21) 3 0   Maccabi Haifa
3MF Shay Golan (1998-01-17) 17 January 1998 (age 21) 2 0   Beitar Tel Aviv Ramla
3MF Ben Savir (1998-03-05) 5 March 1998 (age 21) 1 0   Hapoel Ra'anana
3MF Tomer Yosefi (1999-02-02) 2 February 1999 (age 20) 1 0   Hapoel Be'er Sheva
3MF Samuel Broun (1998-03-03) 3 March 1998 (age 21) 1 0   Ironi Kiryat Shmona
3MF Amit Cohen (1998-11-21) 21 November 1998 (age 20) 1 0   Hapoel Hadera
3MF Shay Elias (1999-02-25) 25 February 1999 (age 20) 1 0   Hapoel Tel Aviv

4FW Osama Khalaila (1998-04-06) 6 April 1998 (age 21) 3 0   Bnei Sakhnin
4FW Eylon Almog (1999-01-08) 8 January 1999 (age 20) 3 0   Hapoel Hadera
4FW Tai Baribo (1998-01-15) 15 January 1998 (age 21) 2 0   Maccabi Petah Tikva
4FW Yonas Malede (1999-11-14) 14 November 1999 (age 19) 2 0   Maccabi Netanya

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 Tamir Lalo (1997-06-09) 9 June 1997 (age 22) 0 0   Hapoel Marmorek v.   Germany, 27 March 2018

DF Noam Gamon (1997-03-08) 8 March 1997 (age 22) 2 0   Hapoel Afula v.   Republic of Ireland, 9 October 2017
DF Shay Ben David (1997-07-19) 19 July 1997 (age 21) 6 0   Hapoel Afula v.   Slovenia, 31 May 2018
DF Yarden Cohen (1997-03-26) 26 March 1997 (age 22) 1 0   Hapoel Ra'anana v.   Slovenia, 31 May 2018
DF Idan Nachmias (1997-03-17) 17 March 1997 (age 22) 10 1   Ironi Kiryat Shmona v.   Slovenia, 31 May 2018
DF Manamto Asefa (1998-11-19) 19 November 1998 (age 20) 2 0   F.C. Ashdod v.   Slovenia, 31 May 2018

MF Amit Zenati (1997-04-02) 2 April 1997 (age 22) 0 0   Bnei Yehuda v.   Cyprus, 23 March 2017
MF Gabriel Knyakovski (1997-08-24) 24 August 1997 (age 21) 4 0   Maccabi Netanya v.   Slovenia, 31 May 2018
MF Or Dasa (1998-09-20) 20 September 1998 (age 20) 1 1   Hapoel Ra'anana v.   Slovenia, 31 May 2018

FW Daniel Avital (1997-01-01) 1 January 1997 (age 22) 1 0   Bnei Yehuda v.   Cyprus, 23 March 2017
FW Mamoon Qashoua (1997-12-29) 29 December 1997 (age 21) 0 0   Hapoel Haifa v.   Republic of Ireland, 9 October 2017
FW Manor Solomon (1999-07-24) 24 July 1999 (age 19) 3 0   Shakhtar Donetsk v.   Slovenia, 31 May 2018
FW Eden Karzev (2000-04-11) 11 April 2000 (age 19) 2 0 Hapoel Hadera v.   Slovenia, 31 May 2018
FW Mohammed Awaed (1997-06-09) 9 June 1997 (age 22) 3 0   Maccabi Haifa v.   Slovenia, 31 May 2018

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ http://football.org.il/NationalTeam/Pages/NationalTeamAppearance.aspx?NATIONAL_TEAM_ID=943&PAGE_NUM=1
  2. ^ http://football.org.il/NationalTeam/Pages/NationalTeamCaptivate.aspx?NATIONAL_TEAM_ID=943&PAGE_NUM=1
  3. ^ "UEFA confirms: Kosovo wins three points on table against Norway". Football Federation of Kosovo. 29 July 2017.
  4. ^ "NFF har tatt grep etter Kristoffer Ajer-brøleren" (in Norwegian). Aftenposten. 2 June 2018. Retrieved 10 June 2018.

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