Tiktukno: summary of today's events in sports, 24.3 (Sport1)
A little more than a day before the first match of the Israel team against Kosovo at the start of the Euro 2024 qualifying campaign, the level of excitement in the team is starting to rise.
If until yesterday evening everything was a bit sleepy and the training took place sterilely in the national team's house in Shafiim, when the game was still far from the players - the private party held last night (Thursday) by the players for the captain who is about to retire, Beavers Natcho, put everyone in the mood for a game.
One of the players said last night: "Seeing Beavers so excited by the tribute we made to him after so many years of his career and after so many of his games in the Israel national team - only illustrated to everyone even more what it means to be a player in the Israel national team. The feeling is that the game is already starting to itch Everyone has their fingers crossed."
A symbol of commitment.
Natcho (Photo: Kobi Eliyahu)
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The team is also sure that this afternoon, when the players step on the grass for the first time at Bloomfield Stadium, a new dimension of readiness and excitement will enter.
The practice will of course be without an audience, but for the first time in the stadium where the national team will host the game tomorrow, and without a doubt this is another element that will get the players excited for the start of the campaign.
What's more, in between there is the arrival of Shabbat, when many of the team's staff are very close to religion, when the holy day adds another dimension of special excitement to the atmosphere.
The one who will not be included in Alon Hazan's squad for the pair of games of Alon Hazan is Liel Abda, who was unable to overcome the injury he suffered in training on Monday.
The winger from Celtic will be absent both tomorrow against Kosovo and against Switzerland on Tuesday, and yesterday the national team already announced the summoning of another attacking player in his place to the squad - Liran Rothman from Maccabi Netanya.
did not overcome the injury.
Abda (photo: Danny Maron)
As far as the professional side is concerned, Alon Hazan did not hold a training yesterday where he revealed his lineup to the players, but among the players the 11 of the national coach is already quite clear: the injury of Iyad Abu Abid eliminated his chance to play and Raz Shlomo will play alongside Miguel Vitor in the center In defense, the place of the injured Liel Abda will be filled by Dolev Haziza, and in the attack, if there is no last-minute change, it will be Shawn Weissman who will start and not Thai Bribo.
The team continues to study the Kosovo team, and in Israel they know that they will meet an opponent that is very close to them in terms of level.
However, at home, in the right atmosphere, when quite a few players in the team arrive in good shape, the Israeli camp believes that it is possible to start the campaign on the right foot and win the match.
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