It seems: Messi and Argentina will play against the Israeli team on June 6 in Haifa
Report: The suspension of the Russian team from the League of Nations and the demand of the UEFA from Israel to find an alternative rival, will allow for a friendly match next month
Tuesday, 03 May 2022, 08:15
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It seems that the Argentine team will arrive in Israel this year as well and this time will meet the Israeli team for a friendly match.
A day after the UEFA announced the suspension of the Russian team from the League of Nations and about two and a half years since it played at Bloomfield Stadium against Uruguay, Argentina reports that Lionel Messi and his teammates will meet the Israeli team
on June 6 at the Haifa stadium.
The suspension of the Russians following the invasion of Ukraine led the UEFA to demand an alternative rival from Israel, thus allowing a game against Argentina, which would also be on the European continent in those days because five days earlier it would play against Italy at Wembley Stadium in a prestigious meeting between champions Europe to the South American champion.
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Will come to Israel again, it seems.
Lionel Messi (Photo: Bernie Ardov)
For the Argentine national team, similar to the tradition of the past, this will be another visit to Israel in preparation for the World Cup, which this year will be held for the first time in history in the winter, in November-December.
As is well known, there have been contacts for many months to bring the Argentine team to Israel, in fact since Argentina was scheduled to arrive in Israel in 2018 for a game that was eventually canceled at the last minute due to BDS pressure, pro-Palestinian demonstrations and pressure on Argentine players and their families.
Even then, in 2018, Argentina was supposed to come to Israel in preparation for the World Cup in Russia, as part of a tradition that existed before the World Cups in 1986, 1990, 1994 and also 1998 - the Albiceleste won the World Cup in 1986 and therefore decided to come to Israel before each World Cup.
Argentina defeated Israel 2: 7, 1: 2, 0: 3 and April 1998 Israel surprised with a 1: 2 victory.
According to reports, from Israel, the Argentine team will continue to Australia for a friendly match on June 11 against the local team in Melbourne, and it is not impossible that there will also be a friendly match on June 15 in Seoul against South Korea.
In September, Argentina will face Brazil in a World Cup qualifier, and will likely remain on the continent for two more friendly matches, possibly against the United States and / or Canada.
Barcelona player Lionel Messi celebrates with the shirt in front of Real Madrid fans at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium (Photo: Reuters)
By the way, regardless of Messi's arrival with the Argentine national team in Israel, an auction was held yesterday (Monday) at the end of which Messi's shirt was sold from the Clasico against Real Madrid in April 2014 - the game in which Messi scored his 500th goal in Barcelona and led it to a 2: 3 victory in the Spanish capital .
The shirt, which became iconic in light of Messi's celebration that took it off and swung towards the stands, sold for € 427,680.
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