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]

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[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 Friendly Match against Cyprus.[1]

  • Caps and goals as of 27 March 2015.
0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
Goalkeepers
1GK Golan Elkaslasy (1994-01-19) 19 January 1994 (age 21) 1 0 Israel Hapoel Nir Ramat HaSharon
1GK Mahadi Zuabi (1995-02-13) 13 February 1995 (age 20) 0 0 Israel Hapoel Ironi Kiryat Shmona
Defenders
2DF Eyad Abu Abaid (1994-12-31) 31 December 1994 (age 20) 1 0 Israel Maccabi Netanya
2DF Sean Goldberg (1995-06-13) 13 June 1995 (age 20) 1 0 Israel Hapoel Tel Aviv
2DF Ben Grabli (1994-04-08) 8 April 1994 (age 21) 1 0 Israel Hapoel Nir Ramat HaSharon
2DF Ayid Habshi (1995-05-10) 10 May 1995 (age 20) 1 0 Israel Bnei Sakhnin
2DF Liran Serdal (1994-07-02) 2 July 1994 (age 21) 1 0 Israel Hapoel Haifa
2DF Dudu Twito (1994-02-06) 6 February 1994 (age 21) 0 0 Israel Hapoel Be'er Sheva
2DF Yuval Yosipovich (1994-02-22) 22 February 1994 (age 21) 1 0 Israel Hapoel Afula
Midfielders
3MF Omri Altman (1994-03-23) 23 March 1994 (age 21) 13 3 Israel Hapoel Petah Tikva
3MF Yaniv Brik (1995-05-28) 28 May 1995 (age 20) 0 0 Israel F.C. Nazareth Illit
3MF Ataa Jaber (1994-10-03) 3 October 1994 (age 20) 1 1 Israel Bnei Sakhnin
3MF Adi Konstantinos (1994-09-11) 11 September 1994 (age 20) 1 0 Israel Hapoel Acre
3MF Gadi Kinda (1994-01-01) 1 January 1994 (age 21) 12 0 Israel F.C. Ashdod
3MF Michael Ohana (1995-10-04) 4 October 1995 (age 19) 1 0 Israel F.C. Ashdod
3MF Ben Reichert (1994-03-04) 4 March 1994 (age 21) 6 1 Israel Hapoel Tel Aviv
3MF Ismaeel Ryan (1994-04-24) 24 April 1994 (age 21) 1 0 Israel Bnei Sakhnin
3MF Ramzi Safouri (1995-10-21) 21 October 1995 (age 19) 2 0 Israel Hapoel Tel Aviv
3MF Tambi Sagas (1995-10-21) 21 October 1995 (age 19) 1 0 Israel Hapoel Tel Aviv
Forwards
4FW Shoval Gozlan (1994-04-25) 25 April 1994 (age 21) 2 1 Israel Hapoel Ra'anana
4FW Sagiv Yehezkel (1995-03-21) 21 March 1995 (age 20) 1 0 Israel Hapoel Tel Aviv
4FW Niv Zrihan (1994-05-24) 24 May 1994 (age 21) 1 0 Israel F.C. Ashdod

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 Dean Gal (1995-02-13) 13 February 1995 (age 20) 0 0 Israel Maccabi Netanya Training camp, January 2015
DF Orel Horev (1994-01-01) 1 January 1994 (age 21) 0 0 Israel Hakoah Amidar Ramat Gan Training camp, January 2015
DF Omer Mashalla (1994-06-26) 26 June 1994 (age 21) 0 0 Israel Hakoah Amidar Ramat Gan Training camp, January 2015
DF Shahar Piven (1995-09-21) 21 September 1995 (age 19) 0 0 Israel Maccabi Tel Aviv Training camp, January 2015
MF Gal Dvir (1994-03-20) 20 March 1994 (age 21) 0 0 Israel Maccabi Herzliya Training camp, January 2015
MF Dan Glazer (1996-09-20) 20 September 1996 (age 18) 0 0 Israel Maccabi Tel Aviv Training camp, January 2015
MF Raul Gorshumov (1994-08-13) 13 August 1994 (age 20) 0 0 Israel Maccabi Netanya Training camp, January 2015
MF Matan Hozez (1996-08-12) 12 August 1996 (age 18) 0 0 Israel Maccabi Tel Aviv Training camp, January 2015
MF Or Inbroom (1996-01-12) 12 January 1996 (age 19) 0 0 Israel F.C. Ashdod Training camp, January 2015
MF Eden Shamir (1995-06-25) 25 June 1995 (age 20) 0 0 Israel Hapoel Ironi Kiryat Shmona Training camp, January 2015
FW Amit Amzaleg (1994-04-07) 7 April 1994 (age 21) 0 0 Israel Hapoel Acre Training camp, January 2015
FW Raz Cohen (1994-11-11) 11 November 1994 (age 20) 0 0 Israel Hapoel Kfar Saba Training camp, January 2015
FW Yonathan Cohen (1996-06-29) 29 June 1996 (age 19) 0 0 Israel Maccabi Tel Aviv Training camp, January 2015
FW Oz Peretz (1994-04-19) 19 April 1994 (age 21) 0 0 Israel Maccabi Petah Tikva Training camp, May 2014
FW Omri Perl (1994-02-15) 15 February 1994 (age 21) 0 0 Israel Hakoah Amidar Ramat Gan Training camp, January 2015

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