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Gal Makal, Jake Cohen and the players of the reserve team: This is what Israel will look like in EuroBasket 2022 - Walla! sport

2020-11-30T15:49:47.028Z

The Israeli team is expected to secure its place in the European Championship tonight against Poland (17:30, Sport 5), but almost two years will pass before the tournament takes place. How significant is the question of Abdia's arrival? Will Pnini survive until age 39? What does Katsch's future hold? And how realistic is the chance of qualifying for the world championships?



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Gal Makal, Jake Cohen and the players of the reserve team: This is what Israel will look like in EuroBasket 2022

The Israeli team is expected to secure its place in the European Championship tonight against Poland (17:30, Sport 5), but almost two years will pass before the tournament takes place.

How significant is the question of Abdia's arrival?

Will Pnini survive until age 39?

What does Katsch's future hold?

And how realistic is the chance of qualifying for the world championships?

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    Israel national team players celebrate victory over Spain (Basketball Association)

    The Israeli team has been used for years to rise to the European Championships dramatically.

    Twice it was through the last chance games at the end of unimpressive campaigns, once again it was helped by an embarrassing loss to France to steal the ticket, and there were also changes in the FIBA ​​qualification method during the qualifiers that helped it. Which automatically secured the ticket to the previous tournament, thanks to the hosting of the home stage in Tel Aviv, Israel is expected tonight (Monday, 17:30) to be the fourth team to secure its participation in the tournament - with two more rounds remaining after the bubble in Valencia.



    This will be the team's 14th consecutive appearance at the European Championships, and due to the Corona plague the tournament will take place in almost two years.

    FIBA has decided not to spoil the Olympics celebration and not to burden the players, so that between the end of the qualifiers (later in the season, in February) and the Eurobasket itself will be separated by about 18 months. - Promotion to the 2023 World Cup. The



    postponement of the European Championship and the FIBA ​​window system have caused some confusion, but Israel will once again be one of 32 European teams that will try to win 12 tickets to Mondobasket, which will be held in the Philippines, Japan and Indonesia.

    The basketball association dreams of coming to the tournament.

    "With a little luck we could have advanced to the previous world championships as well, but now we have a team with mature players of record age, and that is definitely a realistic task," the team says.

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    The last survivors will be 39 and 34 at the European Championships.

    Guy Pnini and Gal Makal (Photo: Kobi Eliyahu)

    And what will the team look like in two years?

    12 players represented Israel at EuroBasket 2017, which was held in Israel and ended in great disappointment.

    The rejuvenation process has left many of them out of the picture: Yotam Halperin and Lior Eliyahu have retired from basketball, Yogev Ohayon and Elishi Kadir have not been called up to the squad, Raviv Lemond has been pushed out and will be 38 in the next championship, but Omri Caspi may still be considered. His podcast recordings.



    Changes have also taken place in the form of younger players: Richard Howell no longer seems to be taken into account in the nationalist box, and he has not even been called up to the wide squad in the current window, while Sean Dawson may be relevant if he recovers from injury.

    Oz Blazer has been out of the squad for two years, with Bar Timor also swinging and this time left out.



    Only two players who played in 2017 are expected to be part of the team in EuroBasket 2022, provided they are healthy - Gal Makal, who will already be 34 years old in the championship, and Idan Zalmanson.

    Guy Panini, the oldest remnant of the rejuvenation, will be 39 when the final tournament takes place;

    It is not clear whether it is realistic for him to play then, despite his great desire to be part of the team.

    The Israeli team will rely on these two.

    TJ Klein and Danny Abdia (Photo: Kobi Eliyahu)

    In fact, the Israeli team will consist of two generations of the reserve team.

    The first generation, born in 1995-1994 - Rafi Manko, Tomer Ginat and possibly Itai Segev, Golan Gut, Yiftach Ziv and Adam Ariel;

    And the second generation, consisting of the heroes of the illegal immigration to three consecutive finals and two wins in the European Under-20 Championships - Tamir Blatt, Yuval Sussman, Yam Madar and probably also Danny Abdia.

    This generation will be joined by Jake Cohen, who plays as a local for all intents and purposes and does not occupy the citizen's box, and it is possible that TJ Leaf and another citizen will also be considered, with the young Noam spokeswoman also being considered.



    "If we reached the previous European Championship as an older and experienced team, we will reach this championship as a team with an average age of 26-25, and it is a completely different world," the team said this week.

    "In the new method, when the championship is held once every four years, if we have a chance to do something significant - it's in the upcoming tournament, assuming all the players come."

    "In 2022 this is the opportunity to get far in Eurobasket."

    Yam Madar (Photo: Berni Ardov)

    Coach Oded Katash's contract with the Israeli national team was supposed to expire next summer, after the Eurobasket, but due to the Corona and the postponement, and the fact that the World Cup qualifiers will be held at the same time, he will probably complete the World Cup qualifiers and complete almost six years.



    Only a few months ago, it seemed that Katsch would not qualify for the upcoming championship, given the crisis in relations with the basketball association, but the temporary compromise and recent results strengthen his position.

    However, in light of the fact that the coach is also expected to want new challenges, the summer of 2023 will probably be the last date on which he will stand on the lines of the Israeli team, at least in the current term.

    Currently, long and long before the decision is made, Guy Goodes and Ariel Beit Halachmi are knocking on the door as the main candidates to succeed him.

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