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Israel vs Uruguay – Preview

Israel and Uruguay are located several thousand miles away from one another and both are relatively small countries however the similarities end there when it comes to football. While Israel has experienced very little success at reaching big tournaments, just reaching the World Cup once in 1970. Uruguay has reached 10 world cups and won it twice. However, Israel’s squad has slowly improved over the years and some may argue that with the right coach Israel could have reached some recent tournaments. Both squads have talented players, but Uruguay has the slight edge when it comes to its players at bigger clubs. It’s unlikely that either side will field their strongest squads as Uruguay will be looking to test some of its fringe players for the world cup. Israel’s new coach Luis Fernandez will also be looking to use some of the uncapped players he brought on the trip. Uruguay currently hold’s the series edge over Israel having played five times, with Uruguay winning three times, Israel winning once and one tie. Let’s take a look at the teams.


Manager Oscar Tabarez has called up a 26 man squad, which will be trimmed after Uruguay’s friendly with Israel. Uruguay is a very solid team with no obvious weaknesses apart from a lack depth. However, Uruguay beat the Swiss 3-1 in a friendly in March, which can give you an indication of the strength of their team. Forwards Diego Forlan and Luis Suarez will lead the attack while Edinson Cavani is also an option. All three are outstanding strikers and should cause Israel’s defenders plenty of headaches. In the midfield young starlet Nicolas Lodeiro is a threat while Sebastien Eguren looks to anchor Uruguay in the midfield. Luckily for Israel Cristian Gonzalez was not called up because he would miss two world cup games. Alvaro and Maxi Pereira may figure into the mix as well, both players are wingers and should give Israel plenty to think about. Uruguay’s back four is very solid with Diego Lugano, Diego Godin both at center-back and the full backs Jorge Fucile and Andres Scotti are very good as well. Fernando Muslera is the number one keeper for Uruguay and he plays for the Italian club Lazio. If Uruguay chooses to play its full squad then it may be game over for Israel, but usually Israel puts up a good fight so, any result is possible. After all it is a friendly.

Uruguay Squad

Keepers: ( Fernando Muslera (Lazio), Juan-Guillermo Castillo (Cali), Martin Silva (Defensor Sporting)

Defenders: (Diego Lugano (Fenerbahce), Diego Godin (Villareal), Andres Scotti (Colo Colo), Jorge Fucile (Porto), Martin Caceres (Juventus), Mauricio Victorino (Universidad de Chile), Maximiliano Pereira (Benfica)

Midfielders (Walter Gargano (Napoli), Egidio Arevalo-Rios (Penarol), Sebastian Eguren (AIK Stockholm), Diego Perez (Monaco), Alvaro Pereira (Porto), Alvaro Fernandez (Universidad de Chile), Jorge Rodriguez (River Plate), Alvaro Gonzalez (Nacional), Ignacio Gonzalez (Valencia), Nicolas Lodeiro (Ajax)

Forwards: (Sebastian Fernandez (Banfield), Luis Suarez (Ajax), Diego Forlan (Atletico Madrid), Sebastian Abreu (Botafogo), Edinson Cavani (Palermo), Jorge Martinez (Catania)


I’m not really sure what to expect from Israel. New manager Luis Fernandez will likely want to see what the quality of the players are that he called up.  Fernandez has a similar squad to pick from as Dror Kashtan, but he may lineup in a more offensive formation, since this the kind of  football he is known for implementing. Israel’s captain Yossi Benayoun has chose not to come for the trip which will make the lineup a little more intriguing. Fernandez could line Israel up with three strikers in a 4-3-3 formation or he may use the 4-4-2 that Kashtan preferred. Israel has three in form forwards right now on the trip Elyaniv Barda, Shlomi Arbeitman and Itay Shechter. There is a distinct possibility all three could start. In the midfield Bibras Natcho and Avihai Yadin could  be reunited will Gil Vermouth is a likely starter as well. In defense Tal Ben-Haim is a likely starter while the other center back position will go between Avi Strul and Dekel Keinan. New boy Ali Ottman may get his first opportunity to start at right back after he impressed Fernandez with some showings he had for Maccabi Haifa. There is also a battle for the number two keeper slot, between Ohad Levita and Ariel Harush. Both have played for Israel’s U-21 team and it will be interesting to see who Fernandez picks. I’m really excited to see what Fernandez will do with our team against Uruguay and I hope they get a positive result.

Israel Squad

Keepers: (Dudu Aouate (Mallorca), Ariel Harush (Beitar Jerusalem), Ohad Levita (Waalwijk)

Defenders: (Eliran Danin (Beitar Jerusalem), Tal Ben-Haim (Portsmouth), Dekel Keinan (Maccabi Haifa), Shai Maimon (Maccabi Haifa), Avi Strul (Lokeren), Yoav Ziv (Maccabi Tel-Aviv), Klemi Saban (Maccabi Tel-Aviv), Ali Ottman (Maccabi Haifa)

Midfielders: ( Lior Rafaelov (Maccabi Haifa), Bibras Natcho (Rubin Kazan), Gili Vermouth (Hapoel Tel-Aviv), Avihai Yadin (Hapoel Tel-Aviv), Maor Melikson (Hapoel Be’er Sheva) Nir Biton (M.S. Ashdod)

Forwards: (Roberto Colautti (Maccabi Tel-Aviv), Shlomi Arbeitman (Maccabi Haifa), Ben Sahar (Espanyol), Itay Shechter (Hapoel Tel-Aviv), Elyaniv Barda (Genk), Omer Golan (Lokeren)

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  1. Max
    May 25, 2010 at 6:30 pm

    Is there anywhere online where the game can be watched?

  2. martin Sprint
    May 25, 2010 at 6:31 pm

    why gai assulin was not called for the match against uruguay? I believe that he should see more minutes in the senior squad. Messi started playing few minutes in WC 2006 they brought him slowly but argentine manager pekerman wanted him to be in touch with top level squad

    • snowbozo21
      May 26, 2010 at 9:14 am

      Messi was also receiving first team minutes with Barcelona. Assulin is not, so far Assulin has been playing just with U-21’s, but I’m sure that will change if he gets first team football at the club level. It’s quite possible he’ll be moving to another club in the summer due to the fact that he is really far behind in the pecking order at Barca. Assulin is still young, just 19 and still needs to develop physically. Don’t be surprised if he gets a callup during this qualifying campaign though.

  3. martin Sprint
    May 27, 2010 at 7:19 am

    i understand your point of view, but the fact that he does not have the chance to play in barcelona first squad, its not argument for a non call up.We are talking perhaps the best club team in the last 10 years for sure, having the chance at barcelona will be extremely hard. I believe assulin has everything to success in barcelona it depends on him, but sometimes its a mix of luck, timming, the coach ahead, etc.
    Im sure barcelona B squad where Gai is playing has more potential and level than many of the israeli clubs playing at the israeli senior division.

  4. martin Sprint
    May 27, 2010 at 7:27 am

    Yerterday i saw the match between Uruguay and israel. I live in buenos aires, so i had the chance to see it live. I really got disappointed about the attitude of israeli squad during the match. Maybe they where tired due the long trip. I dont know when they arrived to montevideo. They where always waiting uruguay. Israel shoot just 2 times in the first 45. The goal (very nice move or rafaelov), and again rafaelov from distance, went wide of the post. I know many of the first team players where out, like bennayoun, ben haim, golasa, and i think assulin.
    In the second half israel tried a little bit more, but again they were far behind the level. There is a lot to improve!! Israel has great players and the should bet on young players. Im not sure if fernandez was the right choice. I would have try with a sudamerican coach if the politic was a non israeli.

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