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Israel wins 4:0 over Andorra in Euro 2016 Qualifying!

September 4, 2015 // 0 Comments

The Israel National Team defeated Andorra 4:0 at Sammy Ofer Stadium in Haifa in front of over 22K supporters. Everyone got their money’s worth on this night as the first half was goals galore with Maccabi Tel Aviv captain Eran Zahavi opening the scoring in the 3rd minute to give Israel a [Read More]

Dress Rehearsal for Israel National Team!

September 3, 2015 // 0 Comments

The Israel National Team is at a crossroads of some sort. Head Coach Eli Gutman will have to dig down deep in order to get maximum points from the next two matches, Thursday night in Haifa against Andorra and Sunday evening in Wales. The Andorra match will be a walk in the park compared to a trip [Read More]

The Pulpit – Closing the Gap! Israel U19 Women & Maccabi Tel Aviv

July 21, 2015 // 0 Comments

It was a long and rough 24-hours for The Sports Rabbi between last Tuesday and Wednesday night. However sometimes those are the moments in time when we get to see what one is made of and how the gap has closed between nations. On Tuesday night I witnessed a disappointing 2:1 Maccabi Tel Aviv loss [Read More]

Israel MUST invest in its youth!

June 14, 2015 // 0 Comments

Well what can you do. As they say, payback’s a B—- and Israel,was given its due in Zenica, Bosnia on Friday night going down to the home side 3-1. Shockingly Israel actually took a 1-0 lead on a Tal Ben Chaim nifty strike off a short corner (yes, amazingly Israel scored on a shirt [Read More]

Maccabi Tel Aviv influences Israel National Team

June 11, 2015 // 0 Comments

The Israel National Football Team plays Bosnia-Herzegovina on Friday night in a crucial UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying matchup which may determine Israel’s fortunes going forward in the 2nd most prestigious football tournament in the world just behind the FIFA World Cup. After taking nine out of a [Read More]

Sepp Blatter, FIFA & Israel

May 20, 2015 // 0 Comments

FIFA President Sepp Blatter was in Jerusalem yesterday to meet with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Israel Football Association President Ofer Eini to discuss the upcoming FIFA Congress where a vote will be held to expel Israel from FIFA. The proposal was put on the agenda by the PFA in order [Read More]

Missed opportunities & Moral victories

March 31, 2015 // 0 Comments

Eli Gutman, the Israel National team coach may look back at the end of the Euro 2016 campaign wondering what would have been should he have secured one point against 10-man Belgium at home. The same way that Avram Grant picked up only one point instead of three against 10-man France in March 2005 [Read More]

Cheeky Backheel Show March 30, 2015

March 30, 2015 // 0 Comments

Right click here to download The Cheeky Backheel Podcast from March 30, 2015 Raphael Gellar of the BBC joined me The Sports Rabbi Josh Halickman on the Cheeky Backheel Podcast to talk Football Israel! Bart Lagae of Nieuwsblad joined us to preview the Belgium v Israel match Tuesday night as we [Read More]

Taking a step back and going forward

March 29, 2015 // 0 Comments

That’s what Israel needs to do now as they prepare for a quick turnaround match with the world’s 4th best National team according to FIFA, Belgium. Coach Eli Gutman needs to take a good hard look at what needs to be done in order to capture one point and come away with at worst a draw [Read More]
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