Israel national under-19 football team

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Association IFA
Confederation UEFA (Europe)
Head coach Flag of Israel.svg Alon Hazan
Most caps Maor Buzaglo (36)
Top scorer Maor Buzaglo (22)
Home stadium Netanya Stadium
FIFA code ISR
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First colours
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Biggest win
Flag of Israel.svg Israel 14 - 0 San Marino  Flag of San Marino (1862-2011).svg
(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.

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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

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

AFC U-19 Championship

EditionRoundMPWD*LGFGA
Flag of South Vietnam.svg 1964 Champions*4310100
Flag of Japan.svg 1965 Champions6600324
Flag of the Philippines.svg 1966 Champions*5320162
Flag of Thailand.svg 1967 Champions5410141
Flag of South Korea.svg 1968 Third Place*7421162
Flag of Thailand.svg 1969 Fourth Place640283
Flag of the Philippines.svg 1970 Quarter-finals4211101
Flag of Japan.svg 1971 Champions6510121
Flag of Thailand.svg 1972 Champions6600200
Total9/949378413814

OFC U-20 Championship

EditionRoundMPWD*LGFGA
Flag of Australia (converted).svg 1985 Runners-up5311156
Flag of New Zealand.svg 1986 Runners-up4220113

South American Youth Championship

EditionRoundMPWD*LGFGA
Flag of Argentina.svg 1988 Group Phase530264

UEFA European Under-19 Championship

EditionRoundMPWD*LGFGA
Flag of Germany.svg 1992 Did not qualify
Flag of England.svg 1993
Flag of Spain.svg 1994
Flag of Greece.svg 1995
Flag of France.svg 1996
Flag of Iceland.svg 1997 Group phase301216
Flag of Cyprus.svg 1998 Did not qualify
Flag of Sweden.svg 1999
Flag of Germany.svg 2000
Flag of Finland.svg 2001
Flag of Norway.svg 2002
Flag of Liechtenstein.svg 2003
Flag of Switzerland.svg 2004
Ulster Banner.svg 2005
Flag of Poland.svg 2006
Flag of Austria.svg 2007
Flag of the Czech Republic.svg 2008
Flag of Ukraine.svg 2009
Flag of France.svg 2010
Flag of Romania.svg 2011
Flag of Estonia.svg 2012
Flag of Lithuania.svg 2013
Flag of Hungary.svg 2014 Group Stage300318
Flag of Greece.svg 2015 Did not qualify
Flag of Germany.svg 2016
Flag of Georgia.svg 2017
Flag of Finland.svg 2018 To be determined
Flag of Armenia.svg 2019

Honours

Current squad

This squad is the squad selection for the Exhibition game against Netherlands on 14 October 2019.

No.Pos.PlayerDate of birth (age)CapsGoalsClub
Goalkeepers
11 GK Omer Nir'on (2001-04-17) April 17, 2001 (age 19)110 Flag of Israel.svg Bnei Yehuda
181 GK Sharif Kaiouf (2001-06-25) June 25, 2001 (age 19)50 Flag of Israel.svg Hapoel Kfar Shalem
Defenders
32 DF Nir Drori (2001-12-25) December 25, 2001 (age 18)51 Flag of Israel.svg Ironi Kiryat Shmona
42 DF Dan Lugasi (2001-02-27) February 27, 2001 (age 19)60 Flag of Israel.svg Hapoel Hadera
52 DF Ronny Laufer (2001-02-18) February 18, 2001 (age 19)70 Flag of Israel.svg Maccabi Haifa
132 DF Shalev Avitan (2001-03-15) March 15, 2001 (age 19)40 Flag of Israel.svg Sektzia Nes Tziona
152 DF Nadav Nidam (2001-04-11) April 11, 2001 (age 19)52 Flag of Israel.svg Hapoel Tel Aviv
172 DF Itamar Efrat (2001-10-02) October 2, 2001 (age 19)30 Flag of Israel.svg Hapoel Tel Aviv
202 DF Tom Ahi Mordechai (2001-05-09) May 9, 2001 (age 19)40 Flag of Israel.svg Hapoel Kfar Shalem
Midfielders
23 MF Guy Mizrahi (2001-03-30) March 30, 2001 (age 19)50 Flag of Israel.svg Beitar Tel Aviv Bat Yam
63 MF Mohamad Ghadir (2001-01-10) January 10, 2001 (age 19)60 Flag of Israel.svg Maccabi Haifa
73 MF Ido Shahar (2001-08-20) August 20, 2001 (age 19)90 Flag of Israel.svg Hapoel Haifa
83 MF Bar Cohen (2001-03-10) March 10, 2001 (age 19)50 Flag of Israel.svg Hapoel Haifa
143 MF Roy Korine (2002-09-10) September 10, 2002 (age 18)41 Flag of Israel.svg Maccabi Netanya
163 MF Amit Meir (2001-01-07) January 7, 2001 (age 19)70 Flag of Israel.svg Maccabi Petah Tikva
Forwards
94 FW Liel Abada (2001-10-03) October 3, 2001 (age 19)124 Flag of Israel.svg Maccabi Petah Tikva
104 FW Ibrahim Gobara (2001-01-03) January 3, 2001 (age 19)70 Flag of Israel.svg Hapoel Iksal
114 FW Osher Davida (2001-02-18) February 18, 2001 (age 19)70 Flag of Israel.svg Maccabi Ironi Bat Yam
124 FW Abdallah Abu Abaid (2001-12-14) December 14, 2001 (age 18)50 Flag of Israel.svg Hapoel Kfar Shalem
194 FW Stav Nachmani (2001-10-06) October 6, 2001 (age 19)20 Flag of Israel.svg Maccabi Haifa

Recent results

14 February 2017 Friendly Cyprus  Flag of Cyprus.svg0-3Flag of Israel.svg  Israel Haifa
11:00 Report
28 February 2017 Friendly Ukraine  Flag of Ukraine.svg1-3Flag of Israel.svg  Israel Haifa
11:00 Report
2 March 2017 Friendly Ukraine  Flag of Ukraine.svg0-1Flag of Israel.svg  Israel Haifa
13:00 Report
22 March 2017 Friendly Bulgaria  Flag of Bulgaria.svg1-1Flag of Israel.svg  Israel Haifa
20:00 Report

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References

  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