Israel national under-21 football team

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 Israel Under-21
הנבחרת הצעירה
Shirt badge/Association crest
Association Israel Football Association
Head coach Germany Michael Nees
Captain Eli Dasa
Most caps Arik Benado (39)[1]
Top scorer Alon Mizrahi (15)[2]
FIFA code ISR
First colours
Second colours
First international
Greece Greece U-21 2-2 Israel U-21 Israel
(Greece; 1990)
Biggest win
Israel Israel U-21 6-0 Austria U-21 Austria
(Israel)
Biggest defeat
Israel Israel U-21 0-4 Spain U-21 Spain
(Israel)
Israel Israel U-21 0-4 Italy U-21 Italy
(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).

Competition History[edit]

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[edit]

UEFA European Under-21 Championship Record[edit]

Israel national under-21 football team at the 2013 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship
Year Round GP W D* L GS GA
Europe 1992 Qualifying Stage 6 3 2 0 17 3
France 1994 Qualifying Stage 10 3 1 6 17 16
Spain 1996 Qualifying Stage 10 3 3 4 12 11
Romania 1998 Qualifying Stage 8 5 2 1 17 9
Slovakia 2000 Qualifying Stage 8 2 2 4 6 13
Switzerland 2002 Qualifying Stage 8 4 0 4 16 13
Germany 2004 Qualifying Stage 8 3 1 4 6 11
Portugal 2006 Qualifying Stage 8 4 3 1 11 7
Netherlands 2007 Group Stage 5 1 1 3 3 8
Sweden 2009 Qualification Playoffs 8 5 2 1 16 5
Denmark 2011 Qualifying Stage 8 5 1 2 18 8
Israel 2013 Group Stage 3 1 1 1 3 6
Czech Republic 2015 Qualifying Stage 1 1 0 0 7 2
Total 2/13 88 39 18 34 146 106

Players[edit]

Top Appearances[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

Group A[edit]

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 Goal 16' (pen.)
Turgeman Goal 71'
Report Pedersen Goal 24'
Singh Goal 90+2'
Netanya Stadium, Netanya
Attendance: 10,850
Referee: Paweł Gil (Poland)

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

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

2015 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship[edit]

2015 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship qualification Group 8[edit]

Team
Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Portugal 8 8 0 0 22 6 +16 24
 Israel 8 5 0 3 22 15 +7 15
 Norway 8 3 0 5 11 19 –8 9
 Azerbaijan 8 2 1 5 9 15 –6 7
 Macedonia 8 1 1 6 4 13 –9 4
  Azerbaijan Israel Republic of Macedonia Norway Portugal
Azerbaijan  3–0 0–0 0–1 0–2
Israel  7–2 2–1 4–1 3–4
Macedonia  1–0 0–3 1–3 0–1
Norway  1–3 1–3 2–1 1–2
Portugal  3–1 3–0 2–0 5–1


Fixtures[edit]


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

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

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

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

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

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

3 September 2014
Azerbaijan  v  Israel


9 September 2014
Israel  v  Macedonia

Coaching staff[edit]

As of 8 October 2013[3]
Position Name
Manager Germany Michael Nees
Assistant Manager Israel Ofer Fabian
Assistant Manager Israel Alon Hazan
Goalkeeper Coach Israel Nir Davidovich
Fitness Coach Israel Yossi Kakun

Current squad[edit]

The following players were named in the squad for 2015 UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualification Match on 2 September 2014 against Azerbaijan.[1]

  • Caps and goals as of 10 September 2014.
0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
Goalkeepers
1 1GK Barak Levi (1993-01-07) 7 January 1993 (age 21) 11 0 Israel Maccabi Tel Aviv
18 1GK Ram Strauss (1992-04-28) 28 April 1992 (age 22) 3 0 Cyprus Nea Salamis Famagusta
Defenders
2 2DF Eli Dasa (Captain) (1992-12-03) 3 December 1992 (age 22) 25 0 Israel Beitar Jerusalem
4 2DF Adi Gotlieb (1992-08-16) 16 August 1992 (age 22) 16 0 Israel Hapoel Acre
5 2DF Ben Vehava (1992-03-27) 27 March 1992 (age 22) 19 1 Israel Hapoel Ra'anana
13 2DF Taleb Tawatha (1992-06-21) 21 June 1992 (age 22) 17 2 Israel Maccabi Haifa
20 2DF Tal Kachila (1992-06-26) 26 June 1992 (age 22) 2 0 Israel Beitar Jerusalem
2DF Avraham Chekol (1992-01-26) 26 January 1992 (age 22) 0 0 Israel Hapoel Tel Aviv
2DF Yarin Hassan (1994-03-22) 22 March 1994 (age 20) 1 0 Israel Maccabi Netanya
Midfielders
6 3MF Ben Reichert (1994-03-04) 4 March 1994 (age 20) 5 0 Israel Maccabi Tel Aviv
7 3MF Ahad Azam (1992-01-14) 14 January 1992 (age 22) 20 0 Israel Hapoel Ironi Kiryat Shmona
9 3MF Kenny Hasan Sayef (1993-12-17) 17 December 1993 (age 21) 7 0 Belgium Gent
14 3MF Gadi Kinda (1994-01-01) 1 January 1994 (age 20) 11 0 Israel F.C. Ashdod
15 3MF Dor Micha (1992-03-02) 2 March 1992 (age 22) 16 3 Israel Maccabi Tel Aviv
17 3MF Lidor Cohen (1992-12-16) 16 December 1992 (age 22) 3 1 Israel Beitar Jerusalem
19 3MF Roi Kahat (1992-05-12) 12 May 1992 (age 22) 12 2 Israel Hapoel Ironi Kiryat Shmona
21 3MF Dia Saba (1992-11-18) 18 November 1992 (age 22) 10 2 Israel Maccabi Netanya
3MF Omri Altman (1994-03-23) 23 March 1994 (age 20) 12 1 Israel Hapoel Petah Tikva
Forwards
8 4FW Ofir Mizrahi (1993-12-04) 4 December 1993 (age 21) 10 6 Israel Hapoel Ironi Kiryat Shmona
10 4FW Moanes Dabour (1992-05-14) 14 May 1992 (age 22) 22 13 Switzerland Grasshopper
11 4FW Shahar Hirsh (1993-02-13) 13 February 1993 (age 21) 3 0 Israel Hapoel Petah Tikva
4FW Shoval Gozlan (1994-04-25) 25 April 1994 (age 20) 3 1 Israel Hapoel Tel Aviv

Recent callups[edit]

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 Niv Antman (1992-08-02) 2 August 1992 (age 22) 0 0 Israel Hapoel Haifa Training camp, May 2014
GK Dean Gal (1995-02-13) 13 February 1995 (age 19) 0 0 Israel Maccabi Netanya v.  Russia, 28 May 2014
GK Roi Mishpati (1992-11-23) 23 November 1992 (age 22) 0 0 Israel F.C. Ashdod v.  Russia, 28 May 2014
DF Obieda Khateb (1992-07-14) 14 July 1992 (age 22) 0 0 Israel Hapoel Tel Aviv Training camp, May 2014
DF Ahmed Sha'aban (1993-04-14) 14 April 1993 (age 21) 0 0 Israel Hapoel Bnei Lod Training camp, May 2014
DF Eyad Abu Abaid (1994-12-31) 31 December 1994 (age 19) 0 0 Israel Maccabi Netanya Training camp, May 2014
DF Liran Serdal (1994-07-02) 2 July 1994 (age 20) 0 0 Israel Hapoel Haifa Training camp, May 2014
DF Ben Grabli (1994-04-08) 8 April 1994 (age 20) 0 0 Israel Hapoel Nir Ramat HaSharon v.  Netherlands, 6 March 2014
DF Amir Ben-Shimon (1993-12-14) 14 December 1993 (age 21) 8 0 Israel F.C. Ashdod v.  Macedonia, 13 August 2014
MF Raul Gorshumov (1994-08-13) 13 August 1994 (age 20) 0 0 Israel Maccabi Netanya Training camp, May 2014
MF Gidi Kanyuk (1993-02-11) 11 February 1993 (age 21) 0 0 Israel Maccabi Petah Tikva Training camp, May 2014
MF Ramzi Safouri (1995-10-21) 21 October 1995 (age 19) 1 0 Israel Hapoel Tel Aviv v.  Belgium, 13 August 2013
MF Lotem Zino (1992-03-16) 16 March 1992 (age 22) 4 0 Switzerland FC Thun v.  Russia, 28 May 2014
MF Aviad Bourla (1993-12-13) 13 December 1993 (age 21) 2 0 Israel Bnei Yehuda Tel Aviv v.  Russia, 28 May 2014
MF Amir Agayov (1992-02-10) 10 February 1992 (age 22) 6 1 Israel Bnei Yehuda Tel Aviv v.  Russia, 28 May 2014
MF Omer Atzili (1993-07-27) 27 July 1993 (age 21) 5 0 Israel Beitar Jerusalem v.  Macedonia, 13 August 2014
MF Omer Tchalisher (1993-01-22) 22 January 1993 (age 21) 5 0 Israel Maccabi Netanya v.  Macedonia, 13 August 2014
FW Gil Itzhak (1993-06-29) 29 June 1993 (age 21) 3 1 Israel Bnei Yehuda Tel Aviv v.  Netherlands, 6 March 2014
FW Oz Peretz (1994-04-19) 19 April 1994 (age 20) 0 0 Israel Maccabi Petah Tikva Training camp, May 2014
FW Niv Zrihan (1994-05-24) 24 May 1994 (age 20) 1 0 Israel F.C. Ashdod Training camp, May 2014

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