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Israel national under-21 football team

 Israel Under-21
הנבחרת הצעירה
Shirt badge/Association crest
Association Israel Football Association
Head coach Arik Benado
Captain Eli Dasa
Most caps Arik Benado (39)[1]
Top scorer Alon Mizrahi (15)[2]
FIFA code ISR
First international
Greece U-21 2-2 Israel U-21
(Greece; 1990)
Biggest win
Israel U-21 6-0 Austria U-21
(Israel)
Biggest defeat
Israel U-21 0-4 Spain U-21
(Israel)
Israel U-21 0-4 Italy U-21
(Israel; 2013)
UEFA U-21 Championship
Appearances 2 (First in 2007)
Best result Group Stage, 3rd Place

Israel's national Under-21 team (Hebrew: הנבחרת הצעירה של ישראל בכדורגל‎), also known as Israel Under-21s or Israel U-21s, 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.

This team is for Israeli players aged 21 or under at the start of a two-year UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship campaign, so players can be, and often are, up to 23 years old. Also in existence are teams for Under-20s (for non-UEFA tournaments), Under-19s and Under 17s. As long as they are eligible, players can play at any level, making it possible to play for the U-21s, senior side and again for the U-21s, as Shlomi Arbeitman has done recently. It is also possible to play for one country at youth level and another at senior level (providing the player is eligible).

The U-21 team came into existence, 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).

Contents

  • Competition History 1
  • Competitive Record 2
    • UEFA European Under-21 Championship Record 2.1
  • Players 3
    • Top Appearances 3.1
    • Top Goalscorers 3.2
  • 2013 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship 4
    • Group A 4.1
  • 2015 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship 5
    • 2015 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship qualification Group 8 5.1
    • Fixtures 5.2
  • Coaching staff 6
  • Current squad 7
    • Recent callups 7.1
  • See also 8
  • References 9
  • External links 10

Competition History

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 Record

UEFA European Under-21 Championship Record

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 1 1 0 0 7 2
Total 2/13 88 39 18 34 146 106

Players

Top Appearances

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 Goalscorers

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 Nir Sivilia Maccabi Tel Aviv, Bnei Yehuda, Beitar Jerusalem 1993–1997 12
3 Moanes Dabour Maccabi Tel Aviv 2011– 12
4 Ben Sahar Chelsea, Espanyol 2007–2010 8
4 Maor Buzaglo Maccabi Haifa, Hapoel Petah Tikva, Bnei Sakhnin, Maccabi Tel Aviv 2007–2010 8
5 Eli Abarbanel Hapoel Petah Tikva 1994–1999 7
5 Amir Turgeman Ironi Ashdod 1992–1993 7

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

2013 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship

Group A

Team Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
 Italy 3 2 1 0 6 1 +5 7
 Norway 3 1 2 0 6 4 +2 5
 Israel 3 1 1 1 3 6 −3 4
 England 3 0 0 3 1 5 −4 0
5 June 2013
19:00
Israel  2 – 2  Norway
Biton  16' (pen.)
Turgeman  71'
Report Pedersen  24'
Singh  90+2'
Netanya Stadium, Netanya
Attendance: 10,850
Referee: Paweł Gil (Poland)

8 June 2013
21:30
Italy  4 – 0  Israel
Saponara  18'
Gabbiadini  42'53'
Florenzi  71'
Report
Bloomfield Stadium, Tel Aviv
Attendance: 13,750
Referee: Ovidiu Haţegan (Romania)

11 June 2013
19:00
Israel  1 – 0  England
Kriaf  80' Report
Teddy Stadium, Jerusalem
Attendance: 22,183
Referee: Serhiy Boiko (Ukraine)

2015 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship

2015 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship qualification Group 8

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Portugal 8 8 0 0 22 6 +16 24 Play-offs
2  Israel 8 5 0 3 22 15 +7 15
3  Norway 8 3 0 5 11 19 −8 9
4  Azerbaijan 8 2 1 5 9 15 −6 7
5  Macedonia 8 1 1 6 4 13 −9 4
Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Tiebreakers

Fixtures


8 September 2013
18:00
Israel  7–2  Azerbaijan
Dabour  3'51'
Micha  4' (pen.)65'
Mizrahi  72'84'
Saba  90+2'
Report Erat  25'
Abasiyev  77'
Netanya Stadium, Netanya
Referee: Gerhard Grobelnik (Austria)

10 October 2013
19:15
Portugal  3–0  Israel
Carvalho  15'
Bruma  45'
Tawatha  78' (o.g.)
Report

15 October 2013
17:00
Norway  1–3  Israel
Hussain  12' Report Dabour  29'
Itzhak  38'
Agajev  85'

15 November 2013
13:00
Israel  4–1  Norway
Dabour  37'49'84'
Grøgaard  88' (o.g.)
Report Ben-Shimon  83' (o.g.)

18 November 2013
20:30
Israel  3–4  Portugal
Dabour  9'
Saba  55'
Tawatha  74'
Report Cavaleiro  16'
Ricardo  59'
Bernardo Silva  64'86'
HaMoshava Stadium, Petah Tikva
Referee: Stephan Klossner (Switzerland)

13 August 2014
20:00
Macedonia  0–3  Israel
Mizrahi  33'41'
Gozlan  81'

3 September 2014
Azerbaijan  v  Israel

9 September 2014
Israel  v  Macedonia

Coaching staff

As of 27 August 2015[3]
Position Name
Manager Arik Benado
Assistant Manager Ofer Fabian
Assistant Manager Alon Hazan
Goalkeeper Coach Nir Davidovich
Fitness Coach Yossi Kakun

Current squad

The following players were named in the squad for Friendly Match against Poland.[2]

  • Caps and goals as of 4 September 2015.
0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
Goalkeepers
1GK Golan Elkaslasy (1994-01-19) 19 January 1994 2 0 Hapoel Nir Ramat HaSharon
1GK Omri Glazer (1996-03-11) 11 March 1996 1 0 Hapoel Ra'anana
Defenders
2DF Ayid Habshi (1995-05-10) 10 May 1995 3 0 Maccabi Haifa
2DF Eyad Abu Abaid (1994-12-31) 31 December 1994 2 0 Hapoel Tel Aviv
2DF Sean Goldberg (1995-06-13) 13 June 1995 1 0 Bnei Yehuda Tel Aviv
2DF Dudu Twito (1994-02-06) 6 February 1994 2 0 Maccabi Petah Tikva
2DF Omer Danino (1995-02-17) 17 February 1995 1 0 Maccabi Petah Tikva
2DF Eli Balilty (1992-02-23) 23 February 1992 0 0 Hapoel Ironi Kiryat Shmona
2DF Gal Dvir (1994-03-20) 20 March 1994 1 0 Maccabi Herzliya
2DF Yarin Hassan (1994-03-22) 22 March 1994 1 0 Maccabi Netanya
Midfielders
3MF Ben Reichert (1994-03-04) 4 March 1994 7 1 Hapoel Tel Aviv
3MF Ismaeel Ryan (1994-04-24) 24 April 1994 2 0 Maccabi Haifa
3MF Ataa Jaber (1994-10-03) 3 October 1994 3 1 Maccabi Haifa
3MF Raz Cohen (1994-11-11) 11 November 1994 0 0 Hapoel Kfar Saba
3MF Ramzi Safouri (1995-10-21) 21 October 1995 3 0 Hapoel Tel Aviv
3MF Eden Shamir (1995-06-25) 25 June 1995 0 0 Hapoel Ironi Kiryat Shmona
3MF Adi Konstantinos (1994-09-11) 11 September 1994 1 0 Hapoel Acre
3MF Dolev Haziza (1995-07-05) 5 July 1995 0 0 Bnei Yehuda Tel Aviv
3MF Dean David (1996-03-14) 14 March 1996 0 0 F.C. Ashdod
Forwards
4FW Shoval Gozlan (1994-04-25) 25 April 1994 4 1 Maccabi Haifa
4FW Dor Hugi (1995-07-10) 10 July 1995 1 1 Maccabi Petah Tikva
4FW Sagiv Yehezkel (1995-03-21) 21 March 1995 1 0 Hapoel Tel Aviv

Recent callups

The following players have been called up for the team within the last 8 months:

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Mahadi Zuabi (1995-02-13) 13 February 1995 0 0 Hapoel Ironi Kiryat Shmona v.  Liechtenstein, 8 June 2015
DF Ben Grabli (1994-04-08) 8 April 1994 1 0 Hapoel Tel Aviv v.  Cyprus, 26 March 2015
DF Yuval Yosipovich (1994-02-22) 22 February 1994 1 0 Maccabi Haifa v.  Liechtenstein, 8 June 2015
DF Liran Serdal (1994-07-02) 2 July 1994 2 0 Hapoel Haifa v.  Albania, 3 September 2015
MF Yaniv Brik (1995-05-28) 28 May 1995 0 0 Hapoel Nazareth Illit v.  Cyprus, 26 March 2015
MF Michael Ohana (1995-10-04) 4 October 1995 1 0 F.C. Ashdod v.  Cyprus, 26 March 2015
MF Tambi Sagas (1995-10-21) 21 October 1995 1 0 Bnei Sakhnin v.  Liechtenstein, 8 June 2015
MF Omri Altman (1994-03-23) 23 March 1994 15 5 Hapoel Tel Aviv v.  Albania, 3 September 2015
MF Dor Peretz (1995-05-11) 11 May 1995 2 0 Maccabi Tel Aviv v.  Albania, 3 September 2015
MF Gadi Kinda (1994-01-01) 1 January 1994 14 1 F.C. Ashdod v.  Albania, 3 September 2015
FW Avishay Cohen (1995-06-19) 19 June 1995 0 0 Beitar Jerusalem v.  Albania, 3 September 2015
FW Niv Zrihan (1994-05-24) 24 May 1994 1 0 F.C. Ashdod v.  Albania, 3 September 2015

See also

References

  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. ^ "National team staff". Israel Football Association. Retrieved 8 October 2013. 

External links

  • Uefa Under-21 website Contains full results archive
  • The Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation Contains full record of U-21 Championship hosts and additional statistics, such as the Group Winners table for the 1998 qualifiers.
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