The decision to throw Israel out of the Asian Federation was taken in 1974,
and was moved by the Kuwait delegate. Until then Israel has competed in the
Asian National Championships in the senior (winning in 1964) and U-18
(winning four or five times) ages, in the Asian Champion Cups (winning two
or three times with Hapoel and Maccabi of Tel Aviv as representatives).
In the WC qualifiers, Israel was moved around quite a bit:
1934: (as Palestine) Middle-Eastern group vs. Egypt
1938: (as Palestine) European group 6 vs. Greece (winners to play Hungary)
1950: European group 3 vs. Yugoslavia (winners to play France)
1954: European group 10 vs. Yugoslavia & Greece
1958: Asia & Africa sub group 2 vs. Turkey (withdrew), 2nd round vs.
Indonesia (withdrew), Final vs. Sudan (withdrew), Playoff vs. Wales.
1962: European group 7, sub-group B vs. Cyprus (1st round), Ethiopia (2nd
round), Italy (Final)
1966: European group 1 vs. Belgium & Bulgaria
1970: Asia & Oceania group, sub-group B vs. North Korea (withdrew), New
Zealand (2nd round) & Australia (3rd round). Israel qualified.
1974: Asia & Oceania group, sub-group B vs. South Korea, Malaysia &
Thailand. Semi-final vs. Japan
1978: Asia sub-group 2 vs. South Korea & Japan
1982: European group 6 vs. Scotland, Northern Ireland, Sweden & Portugal
1986: Oceania vs. Australia, New Zealand & Taiwan (winners to play 2nd in
European group 7, subsequently Scotland)
1990: Oceania vs. Australia & New Zealand (Israel had a bye in the first
round). As winners Israel played South American group 2 winners, Colombia.
Israel was admitted to UEFA in 1992, and played as a member in the national
and club tournaments.
Hello Japanese, Unfortunately I don't think that we will get the chance to play in Asia in the near future due to political factors. So we can't really choose. I think most of our fans are happy that we are in UEFA even though it may be a very long time before we qualify for a tournament. UEFA is on a high level and there are many good teams. It will take us years to close the gap. On the other hand, only by playing the best can you improve.Japanese said:I want to question(especially an Israeli).
"In the future, If choosing Asia(AFC) and Europe(UEFA), which do you choose?" and "Which is good for Israel?"
I hear that the Japanese says "It is dangerous (Of course, this meaning is because the soccer is strong.) if Israel and Turkey are an Asia(AFC)" often.
If Israel joins in Asia, the possibility of World Cup participation will be larger than now. However, a level may not go up.
and also, I heard that the officer of an association commented on television "We want to return to Asia" in the past.
In Israeli vs Japan, Israel has won all the games.
Did you know?