The Sports Rabbi will be bringing you all the latest news & views from the Israel Euro 2016 Training Camp as the team prepares to take on Wales this Saturday night March 28th in Haifa & Belgium on Tuesday March 31st in Jerusalem! Keep it right here to know what’s going on!
Israel & Maccabi Haifa striker Itay Shecter speaks to the British press about his spell at Swansea and more!
Israel & CSKA standout Bibras Natcho says it was hard to see people blaming coach Eli Gutman. He also says that Israel has an advantage playing at home because of the home supporters, along with saying the media made a bigger story out of the Eliran Atar issue than was needed.
Israel coach Eli Gutman was interviewed in the British press and said that his comments about Gareth Bale saving his energy for the Wales v Israel match was taken out of context and that he gives the same effort with Real Madrid as well. He goes on to say that in Israel there is no middle, just black and white. If he loses the Israel media will “kill us”.
Israel coach Eli Gutman prepares the team to defend Wales set pieces and warns the squad of the tall players that could cause problems for Israel.
Some Israeli Arabs support the Israel National Team. Here’s a whole article about those that do!
Israel National Team doctor Mark Rosnovsky has been with the team for 40 years! Motty Peshavski has a terrific interview with the doctor.
Wales will be ushered through a side exit at Ben Gurion Airport when they arrive later on Thursday.
The Sports Rabbi had an exclusive interview with Israel National Team & Kiryat Shemona ‘keeper Guy Haimov.
Israel Nat’l team & Maccabi Tel Aviv star Eran Zahavi speaks to Raz Amir of One.co.il in an excellent interview!
Israel coach Eli Gutman & Eliran Atar may be having others trying to get them to make peace.
Israel captain Tal Ben Haim & Charlton teammate Simon Church who plays for Wales had a nice article in The Guardian.
Israel coach Eli Gutman is working on ways to slow Wales star Gareth Bale down on the right side and as such Beitar Jerusalem defender Eli Dasa may start. Israel will also probably have 3 players within 5 meters of Real Madrid Star Gareth Bale at all times.
Beram Kayal Brighton midfielder called Eli Gutman to turn a new page & was called up for upcoming matches v Wales & Belgium. Kayal along with Nir Bitton of Celtic & Bibras Natcho from CSKA may start as defensive midfielders v Belgium.
Tal Ben Haim of Charlton doesn’t seem to be worried about facing Gareth Bale & Wales as he says he did good work against Ronaldo & Messi in the past. Ben Haim teammate at Charlton Simon Church goes to training with him and discusses the upcoming match as well.
Wales technical director Osian Roberts says that Sammy Ofer Stadium in Haifa is one of the hardest places to play in Europe, similar to Serbia & Croatia.
Carlos Garcia Maccabi Tel Aviv central defender wishes luck to the Israel Nat’l team and feels that they can make it to the Euro 2016 Tourney. He also comments that Israel is better than Wales and there is a good chance he will go to see Belgium face Israel in Jerusalem.
Nir Biton the Cletic midfielder speaks about how Israel may not have players on Real Madrid or in the English Premier League, they are not favorites against Wales but that Israel is competitive and all the players could start. They are not in any way inferior to the other sides.
Ben Sahar striker playing for Willem II in Holland had some issues with his knee and was taken to the hospital for x-rays and an ultrasound test which all came up negative. He has been cleared to resume regular training.
Tal Ben Chaim winger from Maccabi Tel Aviv only did running exercises but should be in the starting lineup against Wales. Orel Degani playing with Maccabi Haifa may be the starting right back Saturday night for Israel.
Israel National Team coach Eli Gutman speaks to the press before the official opening of training camp. Gutman has some harsh words and criticism of Eliran Atar the Maccabi Haifa striker who he had not selected to the squad due to lack of professionalism.
Israel national Team roster: GK-Ofir Marchiano, Ariel Harush, Guy Haimov. D-Eli Dasa, Eitan Tibi, Orel Degani, Tal Ben Haim, Omri Ben Harush, Taleb Tawhatha, Rami Gershon. M-Sheran Yeini, Nir Biton, Eran Zahavi, Bibras Natcho, Roie Kehat, Lior Refaelov, Beram Kayal, Maor Bozaglo. F-Tal Ben Chaim, Tomer Hemed, Omer Damari, Itay Shecter, Ben Sahar, Eliyaniv Barda, Monas Dabbur.