Israel national under-19 football team

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 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

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.

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).

History[edit]

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 records[edit]

AFC U-19 Championship[edit]

Edition Round MP W D* L GF GA
South Vietnam 1964 Champions* 4 3 1 0 10 0
Japan 1965 Champions 6 6 0 0 32 4
Philippines 1966 Champions* 5 3 2 0 16 2
Thailand 1967 Champions 5 4 1 0 14 1
South Korea 1968 Third Place* 7 4 2 1 16 2
Thailand 1969 Fourth Place 6 4 0 2 8 3
Philippines 1970 Quarter-finals 4 2 1 1 10 1
Japan 1971 Champions 6 5 1 0 12 1
Thailand 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 Championship[edit]

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

South American Youth Championship[edit]

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

UEFA European Under-19 Championship[edit]

Edition Round MP W D* L GF GA
Germany 1992 Did not qualify
England 1993
Spain 1994
Greece 1995
France 1996
Iceland 1997 Group phase 3 0 1 2 1 6
Cyprus 1998 Did not qualify
Sweden 1999
Germany 2000
Finland 2001
Norway 2002
Liechtenstein 2003
Switzerland 2004
Northern Ireland 2005
Poland 2006
Austria 2007
Czech Republic 2008
Ukraine 2009
France 2010
Romania 2011
Estonia 2012
Lithuania 2013
Hungary 2014 Group Stage 3 0 0 3 1 8
Greece 2015 Did not qualify
Germany2016
Georgia (country)2017
Finland2018 To be determined
Armenia2019

Honours[edit]

Current squad[edit]

This squad is the squad selection for the Exhibition game against Belgium and Hungary.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
Goalkeepers
1GK Sahar Hasson (1996-04-24) April 24, 1996 (age 23) 1 0 Israel Maccabi Tel Aviv
1GK Raz Rahamim (1995-05-14) May 14, 1995 (age 24) 2 0 Israel Hapoel Be'er Sheva
Defenders
2DF Guy Aviv (1996-02-26) February 26, 1996 (age 23) 9 0 Israel Maccabi Tel Aviv
2DF Idan Cohen (1996-01-06) January 6, 1996 (age 24) 5 0 Israel Hapoel Tel Aviv
2DF Mor Fhima (1996-01-10) January 10, 1996 (age 24) 3 0 Israel Hapoel Tel Aviv
2DF Neta Lavi (1996-08-25) August 25, 1996 (age 23) 3 0 Israel Maccabi Haifa
2DF Israel Mucha (1996-06-12) June 12, 1996 (age 23) 1 0 Israel Beitar Nes Tubruk
Midfielders
3MF Aviv Avraham (1996-03-30) March 30, 1996 (age 23) 3 0 Israel Maccabi Netanya
3MF Eran Biton (1996-01-16) January 16, 1996 (age 24) 5 0 Israel Maccabi Haifa
3MF Dan Glazer (1996-09-20) September 20, 1996 (age 23) 9 0 Israel Maccabi Netanya
3MF Or Hasidim (1996-01-11) January 11, 1996 (age 24) 3 1 Israel Hapoel Tel Aviv
3MF Matan Hozez (1996-08-12) August 12, 1996 (age 23) 3 3 Israel Maccabi Tel Aviv
3MF Lior Inbroom (1996-01-12) January 12, 1996 (age 24) 3 2 Israel Maccabi Netanya
3MF Maxim Plakuschenko (1996-01-04) January 4, 1996 (age 24) 2 0 Israel Hapoel Haifa
3MF Idan Yogev (1996-01-03) January 3, 1996 (age 24) 3 1 Israel Maccabi Tel Aviv
Forwards
4FW Stav Ben Aharon (1996-01-10) January 10, 1996 (age 24) 2 0 Israel Maccabi Tel Aviv
4FW Vitalik Nashvilli (1997-02-15) February 15, 1997 (age 22) 6 3 Israel Maccabi Ironi Bat Yam
4FW Roberto Gingihashvilli (1997-11-21) November 21, 1997 (age 22) 3 4 Israel Maccabi Ironi Bat Yam
4FW Eldar Shafsha (1995-03-21) March 21, 1995 (age 24) 3 0 Israel Hapoel Ironi Kiryat Shmona
4FW Sean Weissman (1996-02-14) February 14, 1996 (age 23) 17 2 Israel Maccabi Haifa

Recent results[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  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