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 Israel Marco Balbul
Captain Ataa Jaber
Most caps Arik Benado (39)[1]
Top scorer Alon Mizrahi (15)[2]
Home stadium Ness Ziona Stadium
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) 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 8 5 0 3 22 15
Poland 2017 Qualifying Stage 10 6 3 1 21 4
Italy 2019 TBA - - - - - -
Total 2/14 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 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 Championship[edit]

2019 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship qualification Group 5[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Republic of Ireland 1 1 0 0 1 0 +1 3 Final tournament
2  Germany 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Play-offs if among four best runners-up
3  Israel 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
4  Norway 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
5  Azerbaijan 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
6  Kosovo 1 0 0 1 0 1 −1 0
Updated to match(es) played on 25 March 2017. Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Qualification tiebreakers

Coaching staff[edit]

Position Name
Manager Israel Marco Balbul
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 11 October 2016.
0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Omri Glazer (1996-03-11) 11 March 1996 (age 21) 3 0 Israel Maccabi Haifa
1GK Sahar Hasson (1996-04-24) 24 April 1996 (age 20) 0 0 Israel Beitar Tel Aviv Ramla
1GK Tamir Lalo (1997-06-09) 9 June 1997 (age 19) 0 0 Israel Beitar Jerusalem

2DF Nir Bardea (1996-01-25) 25 January 1996 (age 21) 0 0 Israel F.C. Ashdod
2DF Paz Ben Ari (1996-12-10) 10 December 1996 (age 20) 0 0 Israel Bnei Yehuda Tel Aviv
2DF Shay Ben David (1997-07-19) 19 July 1997 (age 19) 0 0 Israel Maccabi Haifa
2DF Amit Bitton (1996-07-24) 24 July 1996 (age 20) 0 0 Israel Hapoel Tel Aviv
2DF Noam Gamon (1997-03-08) 8 March 1997 (age 20) 0 0 Israel Hapoel Afula
2DF Maxim Grechkin (1996-03-04) 4 March 1996 (age 21) 0 0 Israel Beitar Tel Aviv Ramla
2DF Amir Nassar (1996-11-24) 24 November 1996 (age 20) 0 0 Israel Ironi Kiryat Shmona

3MF Moti Barshazki (1996-09-06) 6 September 1996 (age 20) 2 1 Israel Hapoel Tel Aviv
3MF Yonathan Cohen (1996-06-29) 29 June 1996 (age 20) 1 0 Israel Bnei Yehuda Tel Aviv
3MF Dan Glazer (1996-09-20) 20 September 1996 (age 20) 0 0 Israel Beitar Tel Aviv Ramla
3MF Gabriel Knaykovski (1997-08-24) 24 August 1997 (age 19) 0 0 Israel Hapoel Petah Tikva
3MF Neta Lavi (1996-08-25) 25 August 1996 (age 20) 5 0 Israel Maccabi Haifa
3MF Raz Meir (1996-11-30) 30 November 1996 (age 20) 0 0 Israel Hapoel Ashkelon
3MF Eliel Peretz (1996-11-18) 18 November 1996 (age 20) 4 1 Israel Maccabi Tel Aviv
3MF Maxim Plakuschenko (1996-01-04) 4 January 1996 (age 21) 5 1 Israel Hapoel Haifa

4FW Daniel Avital (1997-01-01) 1 January 1997 (age 20) 0 0 Israel Bnei Yehuda Tel Aviv
4FW Matan Hozez (1996-08-12) 12 August 1996 (age 20) 0 0 Israel Hapoel Ashkelon
4FW Mohammed Shaker (1996-11-14) 14 November 1996 (age 20) 0 0 Israel Hapoel Ra'anana
4FW Sean Weissman (1996-02-14) 14 February 1996 (age 21) 0 0 Israel Maccabi Netanya
4FW Amit Zenati (1997-04-02) 2 April 1997 (age 19) 0 0 Israel Maccabi Haifa

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



FW Dean David (1996-03-14) 14 March 1996 (age 21) 9 1 Israel F.C. Ashdod v.  Albania, 10 October 2016
FW Or Inbrom (1996-01-12) 12 January 1996 (age 21) 3 0 Israel F.C. Ashdod v.  Albania, 10 October 2016

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