Profile of the U-20 Israel National Team who will appear at the U-20 World Cup in Indonesia


Profile of the U-20 Israel National Team who will appear at the U-20 World Cup in Indonesia. Photo: Instagram/@israel_football_association

JAKARTA – The existence of the U-20 Israel National Team at the 2023 U-20 World Cup has received negative attention from the world. Unfortunately, FIFA’s number two biggest event this year is being held by a Muslim-majority country in the world, namely in Indonesia, May 20-June 11 2023.

Israel itself is a country that does not have diplomatic relations with Indonesia. There are quite a number of unanswered questions, such as the technical arrival of the Israeli U-20 national team players, and how Indonesia should position itself to welcome Israeli players is still a question mark.

But in fact, apart from all that, the Israel U-20 National Team can appear in the 2023 U-20 World Cup because their football federation is recognized by FIFA and their national team has qualified for the finals. So, what is the profile of the U-20 Israel National Team that will appear in Indonesia?

The Israeli national team was founded in 1928 and registered with the International Football Federation (FIFA) a year later. The latest data released by FIFA, Israel is ranked 76th in the world with 1,315.67 points. The Israeli U-20 and U-21 national teams usually play in non-UEFA matches.

The initial idea of ​​forming an Israeli youth team sparked in 1957. At that time, the Israeli Football Association (IFA) was considering a squad to take part in the 1958 UEFA U-18 championship. However, the debut of young Israeli players, who were still under the U-18 umbrella 19, only implemented in May 1962.

In that event Israel had to swallow a 1-3 defeat to England. Subsequently, the team continued to participate in other world championships. Israel has qualified for the 2023 U-20 World Cup, after performing well at the 2022 U-19 European Championship.

Meanwhile, the players who will appear include Noam Benharush, Nitai Greis, Ofek Melika, Tai Abed, Roee Alkokin, Roy Navi, Adi Yona, Ariel Lugassy, ​​Anan Khalaili, and many others.

Based on available data, the Israeli U-19 national team won the AFC U-19 Championship in 1964, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1971 and 1972. Then, was runner up at the 1990 FIFA World Youth Championship, the OFC U-20 Championship in 1985 and 1986.

With Israel’s success competing in the 2023 U-20 World Cup, this is considered an extraordinary achievement. Despite losing 0-1 to England, Israel can still progress to the 2023 U-20 World Cup stage.


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