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Enormous excitement in the youth team ahead of the Euro final (Friday, 21:00, Sport4). The coach added: "The players understand that there are no glass ceilings for them"

Join the broadcast: Ofir Haim speaks ahead of the finals of the European Youth Championship

The youth team completes its preparations for the final against England in Slovakia (Friday, 21:00, live on the website), meanwhile won praise from rival coach Ian Foster:

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Thursday, June 30, 2022, 9:30 p.m.

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Watch Ofir Haim live at the press conference ahead of the finals

The youth team under the guidance of Ofir Haim has broken quite a few records in the last two weeks, but now comes the moment when it is doubtful if there were any Rabin who believed it could happen: Israel is one victory away from winning the European Under-19 Championship!

Tomorrow (Friday, 21:00, live on the website) the young team will meet in Slovakia the youth team of England to fight for the whole box office - at the end of which a new European champion up to the age of 19 will be crowned.

While England won the European Youth Championship in 2017 and now it hopes to win for the second time, for Israel it is a historic final in the championship.

Moreover, Israel has never won a game at the European Youth Championships until the current competition.

Israel started the current Euro in Slovakia with 2: 2 against Serbia, then defeated Austria 2: 4 and in the final round of the home stage surrendered 1: 0 to England, which in the home stage did not absorb at all and advanced to the semi-finals with a perfect balance.

In the last four stages, England completed a makeover and defeated Italy 1: 2, while Israel stunned France 1: 2, which was considered the favorite to win the competition.

As is well known, Israel will also participate next year in the World Cup until the age of 20, which will be held in Indonesia thanks to the achievement.

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One more victory and European Youth Cup coming to Israel (Photo: Official website, Seb Day - UEFA via Sportsfile)

Israeli captain Eili Madmon said at the opening of the press conference: "We are very confident and want to lift the trophy at the end of the game with the help of the name. The previous game against England is a good preparation for us, we know everything about them and hope we do it. It's a game where only the heart will play. "

If they feel the madness in Israel: "We feel the hype from the country, we are told that everyone is contributing to this mission and it is fun to receive such words and so many compliments. We have only one small step left to do. The fact that we came here is something special, it is not understood "We did not win the first game against Serbia, but even then we showed superiority and of course in the next games. We feel that there is something here that will not return. Our relationship with Ofir Haim and the team is something that is not in every team, they bring beyond and that is what makes the difference."

"Only the heart will play, and with the help of the name we will lift the trophy."

Madmon (Photo: Official Website, Football Association)

Even before the press conference, the coach of the Israeli youth team, Ofir Haim, posted a post on his Facebook page in which he wrote: Thank God for that privilege of being signed to a piece in the puzzle that makes the picture much clearer


In front of us there are some things to go through to get home and also the final stamp.

For this I need you there in the land.

Your encouragement helps me lift my exciting team! "

Haim continued: "For me to return home with the trophy is to return with a huge key to a door that never opened, and more than that, I feel beyond the achievements themselves, the team returns home when the players realize there are no more glass ceilings for them. Thank you for the hug, thank you for the messages "Our most important, thank you to the media that opens every edition and closes every edition with a strong hug to us. I with tears of happiness say thank you."

The excitement is at its peak.

Haim (Photo: Screenshot, Association website)

Tonight was also the English press conference ahead of the game, and coach Ian Foster complimented Israel when he said: "I think this is a very English team in terms of work ethic and diligence. This is a team that works hard, does not stop working and at the same time has players with exceptional technique. You will not allow us to rest for a moment and we know that, we also saw it in the game between us at the home stage. "

Foster added: "Israel played very well against France. We prepared well for this championship and saw how good Israel is even before the championship, through its games in November and in the elite stage in March. I think they did not properly appreciate House B in this championship, and the fact that The finalists have risen. "

Praise to Ofir Haim and Israel's youth players.

Poster (Photo: Official Website, Seb Day - UEFA via Sportsfile)

Contact Harvey Weil sat next to Foster and when asked about the previous meeting against Israel he said: "It is impossible to compare the previous game with what will be tomorrow. The field was flooded then and rained. Israel could also lose and still go up. It is difficult to say what will be in the final, but we watched the team Israel is against France and we will be ready. "

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