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 Neta Lavi
Most caps Arik Benado (39)[1]
Top scorer Alon Mizrahi (15)[2]
Home stadium HaMoshava 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 consists of Israeli players aged 21 or under at the start of each two-year UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship campaign, so players can be, and often are, up to 23 years old. Team members may also simultaneously qualify to various teams for Under-20s (for non-UEFA tournaments), Under-19s and Under 17s, or even the senior national team, so long as the meet the respective age restriction. It is also possible to play for one country at youth level and another at senior level (provided the player is eligible).

The U-21 team has been constructed, 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 San Marino 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  Germany 7 5 1 1 23 6 +17 16 Final tournament
2  Republic of Ireland 6 4 1 1 10 3 +7 13 Play-offs if among four best runners-up
3  Kosovo 8 3 2 3 8 8 0 11
4  Norway 7 3 2 2 10 9 +1 11
5  Israel (Z) 7 2 1 4 10 16 −6 7
6  Azerbaijan (E) 7 0 1 6 3 22 −19 1
Updated to match(es) played on 27 March 2018. Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Qualification tiebreakers
(E) Eliminated; (Z) Cannot qualify directly, but can still qualify via play-offs.

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 called up for the 2019 UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualification matches against Germany and Norway on 22 and 27 March 2018.[1]

  • Caps and goals as of 28 March 2018.
No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Omri Glazer (1996-03-11) 11 March 1996 (age 22) 8 0 Israel Maccabi Haifa
18 1GK Assaf Tzur (1998-08-28) 28 August 1998 (age 19) 0 0 Israel Hapoel Ra'anana
1GK Tamir Lalo (1997-06-09) 9 June 1997 (age 21) 0 0 Israel Beitar Kfar Saba

3 2DF Shay Ben David (1997-07-19) 19 July 1997 (age 20) 4 0 Israel Hapoel Ashkelon
4 2DF Nir Bardea (1996-01-25) 25 January 1996 (age 22) 3 0 Israel F.C. Ashdod
5 2DF Amit Bitton (1996-07-24) 24 July 1996 (age 21) 6 0 Israel F.C. Ashdod
16 2DF Yarden Cohen (1997-03-26) 26 March 1997 (age 21) 1 0 Israel Hapoel Ra'anana
17 2DF Idan Nachmias (1997-03-17) 17 March 1997 (age 21) 3 1 Israel Ironi Kiryat Shmona
22 2DF Manamto Asefa (1998-11-19) 19 November 1998 (age 19) 2 0 Israel F.C. Ashdod
2DF Paz Ben Ari (1996-12-10) 10 December 1996 (age 21) 2 0 Israel Bnei Yehuda

2 3MF Raz Meir (1996-11-30) 30 November 1996 (age 21) 7 0 Israel Maccabi Haifa
6 3MF Dan Glazer (1996-09-20) 20 September 1996 (age 21) 5 0 Israel Maccabi Netanya
7 3MF Maxim Plakuschenko (1996-01-04) 4 January 1996 (age 22) 12 2 Israel Hapoel Haifa
8 3MF Neta Lavi (1996-08-25) 25 August 1996 (age 21) 7 0 Israel Maccabi Haifa
15 3MF Tom Rosenthal (1996-09-03) 3 September 1996 (age 21) 1 0 Netherlands Dordrecht
20 3MF Gabriel Knyakovski (1997-08-24) 24 August 1997 (age 20) 4 0 Israel Hapoel Acre
3MF Or Dasa (1998-09-20) 20 September 1998 (age 19) 1 1 Israel Hapoel Ra'anana
3MF Omer Lakou (1998-02-07) 7 February 1998 (age 20) 0 0 Israel Ironi Kiryat Shmona

9 4FW Sean Weissman (1996-02-14) 14 February 1996 (age 22) 5 1 Israel Ironi Kiryat Shmona
10 4FW Matan Hozez (1996-08-12) 12 August 1996 (age 21) 6 0 Israel Bnei Yehuda
11 4FW Manor Solomon (1999-07-24) 24 July 1999 (age 18) 3 0 Israel Maccabi Petah Tikva
12 4FW Mohammed Awaed (1997-06-09) 9 June 1997 (age 21) 3 0 Israel Maccabi Haifa
13 4FW Yonas Malede (1999-11-14) 14 November 1999 (age 18) 0 0 Israel Maccabi Netanya
4FW Mohammed Shaker (1996-11-14) 14 November 1996 (age 21) 1 0 Israel Hapoel Ra'anana

Recent callups[edit]

The following players have been called up for the team within the last 12 months:

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Sahar Hasson (1996-04-24) 24 April 1996 (age 22) 2 0 Israel Beitar Tel Aviv Ramla v.  Germany, 14 November 2017

DF Raz Nachmias (1996-05-06) May 6, 1996 (age 22) 3 0 Israel Hapoel Tel Aviv v.  Germany, 14 November 2017
DF Amir Nassar (1996-11-24) 24 November 1996 (age 21) 2 0 Israel Ironi Kiryat Shmona v.  Germany, 14 November 2017
DF Ofek Fishler (1996-08-24) 24 August 1996 (age 21) 0 0 Israel Beitar Tel Aviv Ramla v.  Germany, 14 November 2017
DF Maxim Grechkin (1996-03-04) 4 March 1996 (age 22) 1 0 Israel Beitar Tel Aviv Ramla v.  Cyprus, 23 March 2017
DF Shay Konstantini (1996-07-27) 27 July 1996 (age 21) 1 0 Israel Hapoel Nazareth Illit v.  Cyprus, 23 March 2017
DF Bar Hillel (1996-05-05) May 5, 1996 (age 22) 0 0 Israel Hapoel Acre v.  Serbia, 8 June 2017
DF Maron Gantous (1996-06-15) 15 June 1996 (age 22) 1 0 Israel Bnei Sakhnin v.  Republic of Ireland, 9 October 2017
DF Noam Gamon (1997-03-08) 8 March 1997 (age 21) 2 0 Israel Hapoel Afula v.  Republic of Ireland, 9 October 2017
DF Abdi Farhat (1996-06-03) June 3, 1996 (age 22) 0 0 Israel Hapoel Acre v.  Republic of Ireland, 9 October 2017

MF Yonatan Cohen (1996-06-29) 29 June 1996 (age 21) 3 1 Israel Bnei Yehuda v.  Germany, 14 November 2017
MF Aviv Avraham (1996-03-30) 30 March 1996 (age 22) 3 0 Israel Maccabi Netanya v.  Germany, 14 November 2017
MF Moti Barshazki (1996-09-06) 6 September 1996 (age 21) 6 2 Israel Hapoel Tel Aviv v.  Germany, 14 November 2017
MF Yuval Haliva (1996-05-08) 8 May 1996 (age 22) 0 0 Israel Hapoel Rishon LeZion v.  Serbia, 5 June 2017
MF Ariel Hadar (1996-09-10) 10 September 1996 (age 21) 0 0 Israel Hapoel Katamon v.  Serbia, 5 June 2017
MF Ihab Ganayem (1996-06-11) 11 June 1996 (age 22) 0 0 Israel Bnei Sakhnin v.  Cyprus, 6 September 2017
MF Amran El Krenawy (1996-02-21) February 21, 1996 (age 22) 0 0 Israel Hapoel Acre v.  Cyprus, 6 September 2017
MF Eliel Peretz (1996-11-18) 18 November 1996 (age 21) 8 2 Israel Bnei Yehuda v.  Republic of Ireland, 9 October 2017

FW Lior Inbrum (1996-01-12) 12 January 1996 (age 22) 4 0 Israel F.C. Ashdod v.  Germany, 14 November 2017
FW Dean David (1996-03-14) 14 March 1996 (age 22) 9 1 Israel F.C. Ashdod v.  Albania, 10 October 2016
FW Daniel Avital (1997-01-01) 1 January 1997 (age 21) 1 0 Israel Maccabi Herzliya v.  Cyprus, 23 March 2017
FW Amit Zenati (1997-04-02) 2 April 1997 (age 21) 0 0 Israel Maccabi Haifa v.  Cyprus, 23 March 2017
FW Mamoon Qashoua (1997-12-29) 29 December 1997 (age 20) 0 0 Israel Hapoel Haifa v.  Republic of Ireland, 9 October 2017

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