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Fernandez Calls Up Squad For Friendlies


Luis Fernandez has called up The National Team squad for the friendlies against Uruguay, Chile , and Cote D’Ivoire. The big surprises were the selections of Maor Melikson, Shai Maimon, and Nir Biton.  Also he left the Beitar Jerusalem trio of  Barak Itzhaki, Amit Ben-Shushan out of the squad because he said they weren’t fit, although he left the possibility that they might be included due to other  players injuries.  Nir Biton was clearly the biggest surprise, Biton is an U-19 international for Israel and Fernandez saw him play for Ashdod and was impressed.

Analysis: I was pretty satisfied with Fernandez’s call up although I would have preferred that he left out Omer Golan and put in Barak Itzhaki instead. I think that Itzhaki is going to continue to be looked over as long as he plays for a Beitar and doesn’t move to a bigger club. Golan has had some good moments for the team, even though I’m not his biggest fan, I can understand why he was called up. The inclusion of Nir Biton was a shock, but I’m glad that Fernandez is experimenting with players that are the future of our team. I’m glad that Ali Ottman got his first call up, he is clearly the best right back in Israel  and today an article was written about him on the football website Imscouting. Ben Sahar is back in the team after a long absence.  The selection that Fernandez called up is an interesting blend of youth and more experienced players and should give Fernandez an idea of what he needs to do to improve the level of the National Team.

Here is the squad.

GK – Dudu Aouate, Nir Davidovic, Ariel Harush, Ohad Levita

DF – Tal Ben-Haim, Avi Strool, Dekel Keinan, Shai Maimon, Klemi Saban, Dedi Ben-Dayan, Yoav Ziv, Ali Ottman

MF – Bibras Natcho, Avihai Yadin, Lior Rafaelov, Maor Melikson, Yossi Benayoun, Nir Biton, Gil Vermouth

FW – Ben Sahar, Roberto Colautti, Shlomi Arbeitman, Elyaniv Barda, Omer Golan, Itay Shechter

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