The youth team players celebrate qualifying for the semi-finals of the World Cup (Photo: Israel Football Association)
While his Israeli under-20 teammates prepare for the semifinals of the World Cup, Oscar Gluch returned to Israel and began preparations for the Israeli national team's flight to the game against Belarus next week. Gluch had just finished the season with Red Bull Salzburg, but decided not to take a rest, but to train personally in Kiryat Shalom with a boys coach who had worked with him in the past to keep himself safe for Sunday's Euro qualifying match. The young midfielder has a particularly busy schedule because immediately after the senior team's games against Belarus and Andorra, he will join Guy Luzon's young Israeli team that will play in the European Championship at home in Georgia.
It was hard for Gluch to hear last month that Red Bull Salzburg were not releasing him for Argentina's Under-20 World Cup, but after a few days he let go of the bummer and told friends from afar. "It was obviously hard at first," says his father, Maxim. "Oscar wanted to be with the team. With his friends. After all, he is a full and senior partner in reaching the World Cup through the European Championship a year ago in Slovakia, where they reached the final against England and won a ticket to the World Cup, but pretty quickly he turned the page, realized that this was the situation and he is very happy about the success of his friends. He has no bummer today, just joy that his friends are doing great things."
Did the team surprise him?
"Absolutely not. Vice versa. He told me before the tournament: 'Dad, they'll go very far.' He knew the team would do great things."
How did he know?
"He holds a lot of these players. He plays with them from a very young age. With Roy Revivo, for example, he played for many years together and against him, when Revivo played for Maccabi Tel Aviv North and Oscar for Maccabi Tel Aviv South. There were many derbies between them until the group was united. He knows how good his friends are and he told me they would get through the group stage and go very far. Beyond that, he really likes Ofir Haim. There is an amazing connection between them. Ofir is one of the coaches Oscar liked the most in his career. He knew Ofir would take them to the final stages."
"Oscar is very happy about the success of his friends." Gluch with his youth teammates (Photo by Getty Images, VLADIMIR SIMICEK)
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Oscar eventually made his leap through the national team to Red Bull. Now he has given way to others.
"Exactly. I think about it all the time. After all, Oscar progressed and sold a lot thanks to the euro a year ago and the focus was on him. Now he's not with them and the focus is on others. I always want as many people as possible to enjoy themselves and gain fame and progress and the fact that Oscar is not with them, it has allowed others to stand out and I wish they would progress and move to Europe."
Do you recommend Dor Turgeman go abroad now, or sign a new contract with Maccabi Tel Aviv?
"I recommend Dor do exactly the route of Oscar. I also thought a year ago after the euro that it was time for us to go to Europe and there were a lot of phone calls. Manchester City, Liverpool, who doesn't? But the best thing for us was to sign a new contract with Maccabi Tel Aviv in the summer, do half a season in the seniors and then leave. Going out without doing graduates properly can lead to a crash, so I recommend Dor Turgeman sign the contract as soon as he returns from the championship, fight for his place and play for Maccabi Tel Aviv and then embark on a career in Europe."
And Roy Revivo?
"I'm very attached to Roy and I've said that all these years. Roy and Oscar played a lot together and did huge things in the youth of Maccabi Tel Aviv. Revivo can succeed in a big way. It doesn't matter if he's more offensive or more defensive. Roy Revivo is smart. He's a very smart player and that, for me, is his biggest hallmark."
"I recommend Dor to do exactly the route of Oscar" (Photo: Udi Zitiat)
Oscar hasn't played enough in the past month.
"What he's been through in the last month will only temper him more and I'm happy about that. He's struggling and he's learned a lot this month. I'm not one of those people who come and tell their child that he needs to play first and that he deserves more. I tell him to fight and win minutes through hard work and ability that he will show, in training and I am convinced that it will pay off in the near future."
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