Well we definitely, have some good players coming up, Gil Blumstein is impressing with Rangers, he might get a contract from them, Nes Zamir plays for Getafe youth, Ben Sahar scored two goals today in thirty minutes and could have had a hat-trick. Gai Assulin might get promoted to the first team in Barca this season as well. Nir Mansour plays for Real Madrid.
Israel needs to do a better job of developing defenders, Keinan and Ben-Haim aren't that good, and Klemi Saban, Yoav Ziv, and Ben-Dayan are all mediocre.
I agree we need to develop a style similar to the spanish game. we have fast, average to small sized players and they need a style that suits them.
but, Israel has so many other problems they have to worry about, I think they've done a good job developing players considering how little money there is to invest in sports and other such things.
The truth is we have potential for good defenders but the problem is related with one of the key factors of a good defender
ositioning. A clear example of that is Italian Fabio Cannavaro. He isnīt tall for a defender, but his sense of postioning and vision to anticipate the forward is astonishing. (ok now he is not in his prime, but during all his career he was excellent). Since tacticly we still need to improve, this affects a lot our defenders.
Our main problem IMO is not their quality, but the defensive system as a whole. Many players think that defense is only for defenders, sidebacks and defensive midfielders, but if we observe the winning teams have their stirkers also participating in closing down the opponent.
In Israeli league it is rare to see these players with this will and conscious. Therefore the defenders end up facing an even tougher task at the back.
Postioning in set pieces is a chronic problem with our teams. Many defenders since young age arenīt properly taught to mark his man, but instead they follow the ball and after it, this means that the man he is marking could more easily be free to head the ball in.
Also the fact that we usually donīt have tall center forwards, our defenders arenīt used to have during all the game aerial balls against, or the proper experience of marking big men upfront. We donīt have for example the style of Luca Toni, Jan Koller, Peter Crouch, Christian Vieri, Angelos Charisteas and so on.