Teams: Maccabi Tel-Aviv, Ajax, MTK Budapest, Israel
Full squad announced:
Boris Kleiman (Hapoel Tel Aviv)
Barak Levi (Maccabi Tel Aviv)
Arik Yanko (Hakoach Ramat Gan)
Adi Gotlieb (Hapoel Akko)
Ido Levi (Maccabi Netanya)
Ben Wahaba (Ironi Kiryat Shmona)
Ahad Azaam (Hapoel Haifa)
Ofr Davizada (Hapoel Beer Sheva)
Omri Ben Harush (Maccabi Netanya)
Taleb Twatkha (Maccabi Haifa)
Eli Dasa (Beitar Jerusalem)
Sari Fallach (Bnei Yehuda)
Ofer Verta (SC Ashdod)
Nir Biton (SC Ashdod)
Ben Butbul (SC Ashdod)
Ofir Kriaf (Beitar Jerusalem)
Marwan Kabha (Maccabi Petah Tikva)
Eyal Golasa (Maccabi Haifa)
Israel Zaguri (Hapoel Ramat Gan)
Sintyahu Solilech (Ironi Kiryat Shmona)
Omri Altman (Fulham - England)
Or Baruch (Bnei Yehuda)
Muanes Dabbur (Maccabi Tel Aviv)
Ahmed Abed (Ironi Kiryat Shmona)
Mohamed Kalibat (Bnei Sakhnin)
Alon Turgeman (Maccabi Haifa)
Not a bad squad, but we are clearly underdogs in the comeptition. Still viewing this final list I still canīt understand how Dor Mikha and Moshiko Lugassi are out!!! Incredible!! Couldnīt Mikha be at the expense of Kabha for instance? But then we begin to understand, Kabha plays for Maccabi Petah Tikva which is owned by the Luzon family which you know run the IFA and has Guy Luzon as coach. So of course politics make part of it! Apparently there are rumours that Zaguri will play for Maccabi Petah Tikva next season which reinforces even more this connection.
Zaguri made a great season with Ramat Gan while Golasa wasnīt very consistent for Maccabi Haifa even though I believe he is vital for the U-21. But Mikha played for the champions and great football. As for Lugassi, I also canīt understand because from all the midfielders called up you donīt have real watchdog in midfield. Biton plays that position, but he is more a central midfielder with good passing while Ben Butbul is could also make that role, but none of them are any better than Lugassi currently.
Upfront not sure what we could find, honestly speaking most of the players played in the teams on the lower part of the standings and not with big impact. Maybe I am being too critical, but anyways wish the NT luck.
Maybe for now I would field the following team.
Kleiman, Verta, Wahaba, Fallach (if in form, if not then Ido Levi), Twatkha; Biton, Golasa, Zaguri; Solilech, Altman (Dabbur), Baruch