Israel Calls Up Squad For Romania Friendly
Israel will play a friendly on March 3rd against Romania. Due to the fact that Israel’s National Team is currently without a coach, the selection of the team was made by the IFA.
Dudu Aouate – Mallorca, Nir Davidovic – Maccabi Haifa.
Klemi Saban – Maccabi Netanya, Eyal Meshumar – Maccabi Haifa, Dedi Ben-Dayan – Hapoel Tel-Aviv, Dekel Keinan – Maccabi Haifa, Avi Strul – Lokeren, Yoav Ziv – Lokeren, Tal Ben-Haim – Portsmouth.
Gili Vermut – Hapoel Tel-Aviv, Biram Kiyal – Maccabi Haifa, Bibras Natcho – Hapoel Tel-Aviv, Avihai Yadin – Hapoel Tel-Aviv, Tamir Cohen – Bolton Wanderers, Yossi Benayoun – Liverpool.
Shlomi Arbeitman – Maccabi Haifa, Itay Shechter – Hapoel Tel-Aviv, Elyaniv Barda – Racing Genk, Omer Golan – Lokeren, Roberto Colautti – Borussia Monchengladbach.
I am content with the selection of the players, except one. I would have preferred that Omer Golan wouldn’t have been called up and instead Yaniv Katan be called up. Katan should be an integral part of the National Team, he is a good passer and playmaker. In his one game that he played last campaign, Katan was the best player on the field for Israel. Golan isn’t a terrible player, but he hasn’t been playing at all for his club. If player can’t make it at his club, how can he get called up for the National Team? Katan had disagreements in the past with Dror Kashtan and it appears this has carried over. It is understandable that Ben Sahar wasn’t called up, because he hasn’t played much this season. I hope for more than an anemic showing from the National Team when they play.