News and Transfer Rumors

  • French clubs Nice and Auxerre are reportedly interested in Maccabi Tel Aviv midfielder Gal Alberman. Alberman’s contract ends at the end of this summer. Alberman has previous experience abroad at Tenerife and Borussia Monchengladbach, and has been capped for the National Football Team.
  • The French club Evian is interested in Maccabi Haifa left-back Taleb Tawatha. According to his agent, Evian wants Tawatha for next season. Tawatha is only 19 years old but has been starting at the left back position for almost two years now. He is also regularly called up for the Under-21 and Senior National Football Teams.
  • Guy Luzon called up Israel’s National U-21 side for  friendly against the Ukraine U-21 team on February 29th in Petah Tikva. Gai Assulin was not called up due to an internal disciplinary matter. Here is the squad below.

Keepers – Arik Yanko(Hakoah Ramat Gan),Boris Kleiman(Hapoel Tel Aviv), Barak Levy(Maccabi Tel Aviv)

Defenders – Evgeni Berkman(Nazareth Illit), Sari Falah(Maccabi Haifa), Taleb Tawatha(Maccabi Haifa), Ben Vehava(Kiryat Shmona), Omri Ben Harush(Maccabi Netanya), Ido Levy(Maccabi Netanya), Adi Gottlieb(Hapoel Acco), Omer Vered(Maccabi Tel Aviv), Ofer Verta(Ashdod)

Midfielders – Nir Biton(Ashdod), Dia Saba(Beersheva), Ben Butbul(Ashdod), Eyal Golasa(Maccabi Haifa), Dor Micha(Maccabi Tel Aviv), Sintiyahu Solelich (Hapoel Acco), Ahed Azzam(Hapoel Haifa), Tzion Tzemach (Maccabi Petah Tikva), Muhammad Ghadir(Maccabi Haifa), Marouane Kabha(Maccabi Petah Tikva)

Forwards – Or Baruch(Chicago Fire), Alon Turgeman (Maccabi Haifa), Mounes Dabour(Maccabi Tel Aviv)

I think Guy Luzon called up the best players available for the Under-21 National Team, so hopefully they can do well against their Ukrainian counterparts. Nir Biton is defintely a player to watch, as are Dor Micha and left-back Omri Ben-Harush. I think Israel is a little weak in the forward department, but we will have to wait and see against the Ukraine to see how that pans out.

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