There is an interesting article in Haaretz about Balili.
Balili views on living in Sivas:
"People don't understand what it's like living in a place like this," Balili said in an interview with Haaretz. "Sivas is desolate; there are no cafes here, there are no bars and there are no restaurants. Nothing happens here at night....Once every two weeks, Balili flies to Istanbul to meet up with his friends from Istanbulspor and charges his batteries ahead of another two weeks of boredom. But Sivas is not what will break Pini Balili - his problems lie further away in Israel. Balili split recently from his wife, who is in Israel with their son."
Balili on being apart from his family:
"The conditions here aren't what will break me...there are a lot of other things that could break me when I sit alone at night. The fact that I hardly get to see my son will break me long before anything else. I see him once every two months and I think about him all the time."
Balili's view on the attention from Israel:
"In Turkey I'm a star, I receive a lot of positive press and I am considered a famous and in-demand player. But that is far from the case when it comes to the Israeli media. I am disappointed with the Israeli media. No one in Israel knows about Turkish soccer, because no one reports from here. Since Haim Revivo returned to Israel [after playing for Fenerbahce and Galatasaray] the Turkish league doesn't interest anyone. When Revivo was here t he Israeli media followed the Turkish league, but they seem to have decided to ignore me."
Balili's view on Kashtan and the NT:
"There is only one person you should ask why I'm not on the national team, and that is the coach. I can only say that I'm disappointed, that it hurts, that I want to be on the team and that I'm good enough to be on it, but there's a coach. He hasn't even called me. Kashtan has had a big part in my career; he directed me and he has a part in my success. But even though I have scored three goals so far this season, even though I am playing in a top league and even though I am in top shape, I still think he has the right to decide who plays on the national team."
Balili still holds on to the hope that he will be picked up by a European club in one of the major leagues, or by a big Turkish club like Fenerbahce. Sivasspor has applied for Balili to get Turkish citizenship would make it easier for him to play with Fenerbahce.