Tiktukno: summary of today's events in sports, 24.3 (Sport1)
The moment of truth for the Israeli national team has arrived, and tomorrow (Saturday, 20:00) they will begin their journey towards Euro 2024 with a home game against Kosovo in the first round of the qualifiers.
Apart from the favorite Switzerland, Israel is also expected to fight against Kosovo and Romania for the first two places, when at the end of the ten rounds Alon Hazan will hope to make history and become the man who elevates the team to the first European Championship in history and the first major tournament since the 1970 World Cup. A day before the Bloomfield Stadium is filled to capacity
, The national team is holding a press conference today to which captain Beavers Natcho was present, for whom the current national team window will be the last before retiring from the national uniform.
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Natcho (photo: official website, Assi Kiefer)
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Beavers Natcho spoke about the party his teammates held for him in honor of his retirement from the national uniform and said: "A very emotional evening for me, happy for the appreciation I received. I was taught not to expect appreciation and thanks, it came from the players' initiative and there were players who cried, it means a lot to me and it goes without saying. When players and people appreciate what I've done over the years, it's something that warms the heart."
"My decision? During my entire career, I wrote the story the way I want. The hardest for me because I'm sure this team will go to the Euros. We'll do it, and I'm happy that I have the first game to be with them, even after that in Switzerland I'll be with them. I've been in many rooms The dressing room, this team is ready. For many years, there hasn't been a lag like Miguel Vitor at the back. Can go through the players one by one, the togetherness in this team is stronger than anything."
Natcho next to a cantor (photo: official website, Assi Kiefer)
"Alon Hazan and Yossi Benyon wanted me to be throughout the campaign, but I will make a promise from Alon that if I am at the Euros I will be there. Even if not as a player, I will be there as someone's assistant, also as a fan. I had a dream to reach the Euros or the World Cup, we did everything. I won't say I failed because those who try don't fail. I'll be part of the game tomorrow and I'll be part of this rise."
About the picture of the chances at home, the captain said: "We, Kosovo and Romania will fight for the second place, we have a lot of respect but we focus more on ourselves and what we want to do."
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