Teams: M. Tel-Aviv, Israel NT
Now that the wet dream is over, I would like to take this time to honor those who led us throughout this marvelous campaign...
First, I would like to thank coach Dror Kashtan for showing absolutely no ability to coach a national team. Forget the lack of tactical knowledge, this guy was an all-around idiot. His "strategy"(if that's what you want call it) throughout the campaign was to play slow and defensive until we concede. Only then, he would let them go on the offensive, the way it should be, and that's when we score. Even worst was the game in Greece. After tying at home 3 days earlier, you're now in a position that you must win this road game. A must-win game and you start the game by fielding 5 defenders(keep in mind that we're talking about Greece over here and not Brazil)... How the f**k do you expect to win a game like that?
Second, I would like thank IFA chairman Avi Luzon for constantly talking the talk, but not walking the walk. It's nice to have fantasies, but this guy is holding a very serious position. The national team is the roof of the Israeli Football and Luzon must understand that you can’t build the roof without building the base first. The clubs and their youth academies(if they have) are the base of Israeli Football and they’re not in a healthy state. Luzon should be more concerned about clubs having proper training facilities and equipment, establishing proper training(especially physical, I can’t stress that enough) that can rival English and Spanish clubs. Once a solid base is in place, we will double the amount of Israeli players playing in Europe within a year or two. And more importantly, our league will be a lot stronger and will able to compete in Europe on a regular basis. By taking these steps, you’re making it a lot easier for the national team to compete. I wish you, Luzon, can understand this but still, thank you for sharing your fantasies with us.
And last but not least, I would to thank our players(a few exceptions here) for clearly showing that they just don’t give a f**k about making it to the World Cup. I can’t recall one game throughout this campaign(friendlies don’t count) that the players showed a desire to win, a sense of urgency, an all-out attack to win a game. It only happens once we fall behind and it’s unacceptable. Maybe they thought they’ll cruise through this group or that the win will just come to them, but it didn’t happen. The game is not won until you win it. They didn’t.
There are too many mind-boggling events in this campaign and it shouldn’t be happening on the national team level. There’s no professionalism, desire, or enthusiasm. It’s all talk and I fear that it’s going to stay like that…