Ofir Haim: "David hit Goliath Barka, we hit France in the heart"
Euphoria in the youth team after advancing to the Euro final.
The coach: "There is nothing happier than me in the world, we are no less talented than any team."
Kanzapolsky: "It is impossible to describe what I felt at the gate"
Tuesday, 28 June 2022, 23:07
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Summary: Israel's youth team defeated France 1: 2 (Sport 1)
Israel's youth team players celebrated on the pitch tonight (Tuesday) after another historic achievement in the Euros.
After advancing to the semi-finals for the first time ever, which secured a place in the World Under-20 Championships in a year, the team of Ofir Haim stunned the French team 1: 2 on the way to the finals.
The impressive achievement was recorded at the expense of the strongest team in the tournament and the one that was the favorite to go all the way.
An own goal by Suleiman Torre (30) gave Israel the advantage, El Yam Kanzapolski doubled (57), while Alan Virginius only shrank (62) to the French.
Team coach Ofir Haim found it difficult to speak due to the excitement at the end: "There is nothing happier than me in the world. This is a bunch of men, we are no less talented than any team. We played against a great team and still managed to close the gaps. The players felt it needed to be done. Once again to England ", he said ahead of the final to be held on Friday (21:00, Sport1).
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A historic achievement.
Team players celebrate (Photo: GettyImages, VLADIMIR SIMICEK / AFP)
"I told the players that it was David against Goliath and we should hit them in the exposed places. David hit him with a lightning bolt? We hit them in the heart. This victory is dedicated to my family," the coach added.
"All I know is that I'm happy and I'm on the roof of the world. We've already done some histories, we have 90 minutes to do another great thing. We'll give our souls against England and try to take the trophy."
Kanzapolski, who scored the second goal for Israel, said: "My back hurts a little, it was a crazy effort but it is not interesting. The main thing is that we did the job. It is impossible to describe what I felt at the goal, it is the most fun in the world. Hapoel Tel Aviv? I will do the most My goodness, I will work hard and hope to show what I know about the pitch. "
The youth team players are trying to digest
The chairman of the Football Association, Oren Hasson, said from Slovakia: "Sometimes the words end.
And yet - a huge heart, way, investment, rare talent, faith and pride.
Happiness for our football, the country we love so much and the millions of Israelis who do not know their souls from happiness.
And most importantly, a team that believes and insists on the highest possible dream.
On Friday, we are all together from the opening to the end. "
Minister of Culture and Sports Hili Trooper greeted:" History on the field!
Congratulations to the youth team on a huge achievement and promotion to the Euro final.
Faith, determination and tremendous connection are the story of the team led by Ofir Haim.
A bunch of youngsters who proved on the field how much they are champions.
We are proud of you! "
Israeli national teams
The youth team