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Israel captain Zahavi quits ahead of World Cup qualifier with Italy

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Jerusalem (AFP) – Israel will face Italy on Tuesday in a World Cup qualifier without their captain Eran Zahavi, who has decided to end his international career after being angered by booing from the home crowd.

Zahavi was left fuming on Saturday by fans in Haifa who started booing when Macedonia scored the only goal of a shock victory in a World Cup qualifier.

Israel captain Zahavi quits ahead of World Cup qualifier with Italy

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Jerusalem (AFP) – Israel will face Italy on Tuesday in a World Cup qualifier without their captain Eran Zahavi, who has decided to end his international career after being angered by booing from the home crowd.

Zahavi was left fuming on Saturday by fans in Haifa who started booing when Macedonia scored the only goal of a shock victory in a World Cup qualifier.

Former England boss McClaren joins Israeli team

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Jerusalem (AFP) – Former England manager Steve McClaren joined Israeli team Maccabi Tel Aviv as a coaching consultant Monday, the club announced.

The former Newcastle, Nottingham Forest and Wolfsburg boss, who managed England in 2006-7, will work with head coach Jordi Cruyff.

The two men know each other from Manchester United when McClaren was assistant to Alex Ferguson and Cruyff was playing between 1999 and 2001.

Former England boss McClaren joins Israeli team

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Jerusalem (AFP) – Former England manager Steve McClaren joined Israeli team Maccabi Tel Aviv as a coaching consultant Monday, the club announced.

The former Newcastle, Nottingham Forest and Wolfsburg boss, who managed England in 2006-7, will work with head coach Jordi Cruyff.

The two men know each other from Manchester United when McClaren was assistant to Alex Ferguson and Cruyff was playing between 1999 and 2001.

Football: Israel bars 10 Gaza players from final – club

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Gaza City (Palestinian Territories) (AFP) – Israel has barred 10 Palestinian footballers from travelling from Gaza to the West Bank to play in Friday’s Palestine Cup final second leg, their club said.

Shabaab Rafah are 2-0 up against Ahly al-Khalil of Hebron from Tuesday’s first leg in Gaza City but only 15 members of their squad are being allowed to travel for the return leg, club president Khaled Kwaik told AFP.

Football: Israel bars 10 Gaza players from final – club

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Gaza City (Palestinian Territories) (AFP) – Israel has barred 10 Palestinian footballers from travelling from Gaza to the West Bank to play in Friday’s Palestine Cup final second leg, their club said.

Shabaab Rafah are 2-0 up against Ahly al-Khalil of Hebron from Tuesday’s first leg in Gaza City but only 15 members of their squad are being allowed to travel for the return leg, club president Khaled Kwaik told AFP.

FIFA to rule on Israel settlement clubs in October

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Manama (AFP) – FIFA will rule on the issue of Israeli clubs playing in the West Bank in October, president Gianni Infantino said on Thursday, once again delaying a decision on the contentious issue.

FIFA’s annual Congress voted to back - by a majority of 73 to 27 percent – a proposal that pushed football’s governing body to report by March 2018, but Infantino said feedback would come before then.

FIFA to rule on Israel settlement clubs by October

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Manama (AFP) – FIFA will rule on the issue of Israeli clubs playing in the West Bank by October, president Gianni Infantino said Thursday, once again delaying a decision on the contentious issue.

FIFA’s annual Congress voted to back - by a majority of 73 to 27 percent – a proposal that pushed football’s governing body to report by March 2018, but Infantino said feedback would come before then.

FIFA to rule on Israel settlement clubs by October

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Manama (AFP) – FIFA will rule on the issue of Israeli clubs playing in the West Bank by October, president Gianni Infantino said Thursday, once again delaying a decision on the contentious issue.

FIFA’s annual Congress voted to back - by a majority of 73 to 27 percent – a proposal that pushed football’s governing body to report by March 2018, but Infantino said feedback would come before then.

FIFA delays decision on Israel West Bank clubs

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Manama (AFP) – FIFA said on Tuesday it was “premature” to take any final decision on the controversial issue of Israeli clubs in the West Bank, according to a statement.

The communique came after a five-hour long FIFA Council meeting in Bahrain, ahead of the issue being scheduled for discussion by its annual Congress, which takes place in Manama on May 11.

Israel lobbies FIFA as settlement showdown looms

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Jerusalem (AFP) – Israel is launching a diplomatic offensive against Palestinian calls for FIFA to impose sanctions over football clubs based in Jewish settlements in the occupied territories, an official said on Thursday.

The world football governing body meets for its congress in Bahrain from May 10 to 11 and could decide what action to take over the six clubs based in settlements that play in the Israeli league.

FIFA proposals on Israel settlements fall short: Palestinians

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Ramallah (Palestinian Territories) (AFP) – Palestinian football chief Jibril Rajoub on Monday renewed calls for FIFA to exclude Israel over games played in settlements on occupied land, expressing disappointment at the world’s body’s recommendations.

Palestinians argue the presence of six Israeli football clubs playing inside settlements in the occupied West Bank that are seen as illegal under international law is in breach of FIFA statutes.

Silva leads stylish Spain’s upturn in Israel win

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Madrid (AFP) – Spain remained well on course to book their place at the World Cup in Russia as David Silva conducted another clinical win over Israel, cementing the 2010 world champions’ upturn in fortunes under Julien Lopetegui.

After the routine 4-1 win in Gijon on Friday the former goalkeeper is unbeaten in his seven games as national boss since replacing veteran Vicente del Bosque.

Albania-Israel match moved over attack fears

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Jerusalem (AFP) Israel said on Tuesday that the Islamic State group had been planning attacks "in the Balkans" and specifically warned its citizens not to attend an upcoming Israel-Albania football match.

Albanian football officials said earlier Tuesday that the country's 2018 World Cup qualifier with Israel this weekend would be moved for "security reasons", following reports of a planned attack.

Albania-Israel football match moved over attack fears

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Tirana (AFP) Albanian football officials said Tuesday that the country's 2018 World Cup qualifier with Israel this weekend would be moved for "security reasons", following reports of a planned attack.

The national football federation said in a statement that Saturday's match would be held in the central town of Elbasan instead of the northern town of Shkodra.

Albania-Israel football match moved over attack fears

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Tirana (AFP) Albanian football officials said Tuesday that the country's 2018 World Cup qualifier with Israel this weekend would be moved for "security reasons", following reports of a planned attack.

The national football federation said in a statement that Saturday's match would be held in the central town of Elbasan instead of the northern town of Shkodra.

FIFA puts off call on disputed Israeli clubs

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Zurich (AFP) Palestinian hopes that FIFA would get tough on Israel were muted Friday when world football's governing body put off a decision on Israeli clubs based in settlements in the occupied West Bank.

The Palestine Football Association this week called on FIFA to either expel the six clubs in settlements, which are illegal under international law, or relocate them within Israel's recognised borders.

FIFA puts off call on disputed Israeli clubs

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Zurich (AFP) Palestinian hopes that FIFA would get tough on Israel were muted Friday when world football's governing body put off a decision on Israeli clubs based in settlements in the occupied West Bank.

The Palestine Football Association this week called on FIFA to either expel the six clubs in settlements, which are illegal under international law, or relocate them within Israel's recognised borders.

Israel risks FIFA offside with small-time settlement clubs

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Ariel (Palestinian Territories) (AFP) At an average match, Ariel City attract fewer than 100 spectators at home in a West Bank settlement yet they have been called one of Israel's "most important" football clubs.

That's because they, along with five other Israeli clubs, play their matches in Jewish settlements in the West Bank, considered occupied land by the international community.

Israel risks FIFA offside with small-time settlement clubs

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Ariel (Palestinian Territories) (AFP) At an average match, Ariel City attract fewer than 100 spectators at home in a West Bank settlement yet they have been called one of Israel's "most important" football clubs.

That's because they, along with five other Israeli clubs, play their matches in Jewish settlements in the West Bank, considered occupied land by the international community.

Italy without Belotti for Israel qualifier

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Rome (AFP) Torino striker Andrea Belotti has been ruled out of Italy's opening World Cup qualifier in Israel on Monday due to injury, the Italian Football Federation confirmed.

The 22-year-old Belotti, who won his first cap in Thursday's 3-1 friendly defeat to France in Bari, has a thigh injury.

Italy without Belotti for Israel qualifier

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Rome (AFP) Torino striker Andrea Belotti has been ruled out of Italy's opening World Cup qualifier in Israel on Monday due to injury, the Italian Football Federation confirmed.

The 22-year-old Belotti, who won his first cap in Thursday's 3-1 friendly defeat to France in Bari, has a thigh injury.

Palestinian football counting on its Israeli Arab stars

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Hebron (Palestinian Territories) (AFP) For the first time in 30 years, Shebab Hebron football club has won the occupied West Bank's championship, thanks in large part to five new players all Israeli Arabs.

Holding Israeli citizenship, they are eligible to play for the country's professional clubs, which have facilities superior to those of the Palestinians.

Palestinian football counting on its Israeli Arab stars

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Hebron (Palestinian Territories) (AFP) For the first time in 30 years, Shebab Hebron football club has won the occupied West Bank's championship, thanks in large part to five new players all Israeli Arabs.

Holding Israeli citizenship, they are eligible to play for the country's professional clubs, which have facilities superior to those of the Palestinians.

Palestinian football counting on its Israeli Arab stars

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Hebron (Palestinian Territories) (AFP) For the first time in 30 years, Shebab Hebron football club has won the occupied West Bank's championship, thanks in large part to five new players all Israeli Arabs.

Holding Israeli citizenship, they are eligible to play for the country's professional clubs, which have facilities superior to those of the Palestinians.

Palestinian football counting on its Israeli Arab stars

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Hebron (Palestinian Territories) (AFP) For the first time in 30 years, Shebab Hebron football club has won the occupied West Bank's championship, thanks in large part to five new players all Israeli Arabs.

Holding Israeli citizenship, they are eligible to play for the country's professional clubs, which have facilities superior to those of the Palestinians.

Maccabi Haifa

Dealing Nguyen Would’ve Been Unwise

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On Tuesday, it was reported the Revolution rejected a $1 million transfer for midfielder Lee Nguyen. FourFourTwo's Paul Tenorio broke the news the attacking midfielder was being courted by Maccabi Haifa of Israel. While it's unknown if Nguyen would have had any interest in the deal, the Revolution's decision to turn down the offer shouldn't be surprising.

Israeli report says Steve Birnbaum in advanced talks with Maccabi Tel Aviv

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Add a second Israeli club to the growing "linked with Birnbaum" list

A report in Israel (h/t Daniel Karell) says that D.C. United defender Steve Birnbaum is in advanced negotiations with Israel club Maccabi Tel Aviv. The article goes on to say that Birnbaum was previously in discussions with Maccabi Haifa but that Tel Aviv has jumped into the discussions.

Americans Abroad

Off to a headstart

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I meant to get this up yesterday and it slipped my mind. Somehow, I've managed to get a summer cold, so I spent most of the day in bed. In any event, Maccabi Tel Aviv's Aaron Schoenfeld scored in a Europa League qualifier for the second straight week, this time in a leg one rally win over guests KR Reykavik.

Opening Act

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And the honor of the first goal scored by one of our boys in the traditional fall-to-spring European leagues is (drumroll, please!)..... Aaron Schienfeld of Maccabi Tel Aviv. His first career goal in UEFA cup competition gave the visitors a 3-0 aggregate lead on their way to a 3-0 second leg victory and the Europa League second qualifying round.

Back at it again

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After two months sitting due to a contract kerfuffle, Hapoel Tel Aviv's Aaron Schoenfeld has returned to raiding the score sheet. This past weekend, he bagged the lone goal winner as they advanced to the State Cup sweet 16 (top clip, play starts about 1:40), and then last night he punished some terribly lazy defending to grab the late consolation in a league loss (bottom clip, play starts about 1

Survival Trick

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I thought I got this up the other day, but I've been under the weather, so I probably dozed off instead. Anywaaay, Aaron Schoenfeld bagged a hat trick on Sunday as Hapoel Tel Aviv secured their Ligat Ha-Al status with a 4-3 decision over derby rivals Bnei Yehuda. His goals (which gave him eight in 11 outings since arriving to Hapoel and five in the last three games) can be seen at the 1:07, 2:30

Italy

10-man Italy get Ventura-era off to winning start

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Haifa (Israel) (AFP) Italy, reduced to 10-men, got their 2018 World Cup qualifying off to an impressive start by defeating Israel 3-1 in-front of a sold-out Sammy Offer stadium in Haifa Monday.

The victory marked new Italian manager Giampiero Ventura's first win as Azzurri boss.

He said: "I won't say our performance was perfect, as we conceded that goal similar to the one we let in against France (in last week's friendly).

10-man Italy get Ventura-era off to winning start

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Haifa (Israel) (AFP) Italy, reduced to 10-men, got their 2018 World Cup qualifying off to an impressive start by defeating Israel 3-1 in-front of a sold-out Sammy Offer stadium in Haifa Monday.

The victory marked new Italian manager Giampiero Ventura's first win as Azzurri boss.

He said: "I won't say our performance was perfect, as we conceded that goal similar to the one we let in against France (in last week's friendly).

Ventura confident Italy will bounce back against Israel

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Haifa (Israel) (AFP) New Italy coach Giampiero Ventura said he was unconcerned by Thursday's home defeat to France ahead of his team's opening World Cup qualifier in Israel on Monday.

The 2006 World Cup champions slumped to a 3-1 defeat in Bari on Thursday but Ventura, who took over the Azzurri hotseat from new Chelsea manager Antonio Conte, does not expect such a stern test in Haifa.

Ventura confident Italy will bounce back against Israel

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Haifa (Israel) (AFP) New Italy coach Giampiero Ventura said he was unconcerned by Thursday's home defeat to France ahead of his team's opening World Cup qualifier in Israel on Monday.

The 2006 World Cup champions slumped to a 3-1 defeat in Bari on Thursday but Ventura, who took over the Azzurri hotseat from new Chelsea manager Antonio Conte, does not expect such a stern test in Haifa.

The Rest

FIFA approves Saeif's change to USMNT

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The U.S. Men's National Team has officially gained the services of another talented dual-national midfielder.

KAA Gent midfielder Kenny Saief has officially changed his association to the U.S. after representing Israel at the youth levels, U.S. Soccer announced. The 23-year-old attacking mid made appearances for Israel up to the senior level in a pair of friendlies, but his one-time switch means that he will only be allowed to represent the U.

Israel 2016/17 adidas Away Kit

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The Israel Football Association (IFA) quietly released the adidas away kit that will be worn [...]

Selecciones que ya no existen

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Los cambios políticos, las luchas independentistas, los procesos de descolonización o países que cambiaron de nombre, dejaron en el recuerdo a selecciones nacionales que ya no compiten más. Este es un repaso a esos equipos que jugaron en el pasado y sus resultados en eliminatorias, Copas del Mundo y torneos continentales.