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Lemkin Fall: "It's Really Great, We Made History" Israel today


The youth team stopper tears the tears from the final and is happy with the title of European runner-up to the age of 19: "We are proud of the crazy journey and journey we have made" • Explains the magic secret: "There is no ego in this team" • and strives to go far: An exciting and proud interview

There were a lot of magical moments in the amazing European Championship of the Israeli youth team: Oscar Gluch's chip against Austria, El-Yam Kanzapolski's goal in the semi-final against France.

But there was also one exciting and authentic moment, where Autumn Lemkin, the team brake, wept bitterly after the loss in overtime to England, in the final.

I met Lemkin at a big ceremony in Shefayim in honor of the team's tremendous achievement.

His tears have long since been replaced by smiles: "In the last minutes against England we did not want to give up, but time passed and I began to understand that we would not win. The size of the class and the achievement we have made. "

How does it feel to be European runner-up?



"We are still in the market, but slowly it is permeating," Photo: Reuters

What is the magic secret of this team?

"We are all like one person, like one unit. Everyone loves each other, no matter what year you are from or what team. We all fight for each other. If someone makes a mistake on the field then ten players jump on the opponent to correct the mistake. There is no. Ego in this team. "

Unlike you, the players who have not yet played in the Premier League will be able to leverage their careers?

"I will not say anything to the teams, it is not my job, but it is clear that for us to succeed next year in the World Cup, the players here will have to play and not dry up. Obviously the players need to play as much as possible. The World Cup is our goal and we will not come there to pass the time."

What would be considered a realistic achievement for the World Cup team?

"We are aiming high and want to get as far as possible."


"We will not come to the World Cup to pass the time", Photo: Alan Schieber

"We did not understand the madness"

Lemkin, who was the anchor of the Israeli defense alongside Or Israelov and Roy Revivo, showed that not everyone should dream of being Messi or Ronaldo, it is possible to be hugely successful as brakes and his figures were excellent.

In fact, the brakeman closes a dream year, in which at the age of 18 he became a senior Hapoel Tel Aviv player, was called up to the young team and even played a few minutes against Latvia, but the whipping was of course in the current tournament, which ended with the European runner-up title. "It was a good season personally." , Says Lemkin, "I hope it will have continuity, that I can play and show good ability."

Revivo, Lamkin (second from right) and Adri.

We have a future, Photo: Alan Schieber

See yourself in the near future going to Europe?

"I really hope so. Every player on this team is aiming as far as possible, and that's why we were broken in not winning the final, but maybe that's what sets us apart from other players, that we believe we can go the furthest."

Finally, how heartwarming is it to receive all the warmth and love around you?

"It was very exciting. We did not understand the madness that is in the country, but when we heard and saw all the compliments it moved us very much and we wanted to say thank you to everyone for everything. We received extraordinary support from an entire country and it is not at all obvious Great, we made history. "

The team players wave Ofir Haim.

Reason for party, Photo: Alan Schieber

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Source: israelhayom

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