Quoting myself from a thread in the Maccabi TA forum, we started an interesting discussion which came up after Ze'ev Zeltzer reported that teams like Fiorentina and Schalke were serious about signing Shpongin and Itay Shecter.
Raanan said:According to Zeltzer if it wasn't for the military service problems, we'd have had at least 6 youth players in different European clubs by now. And I definitely believe him, remember we used to have Sasi and that other guy in Dortmund, Biruk and Benayoun at Ajax, and so on.
I only know of one player in a serious club abroad, some 16 yo guy named Ben Sahar who is the biggest star of our youth team, he's from Chelsea and Grant is really interested in him for Hapoel.
Anyway we can continue this in another thread in the main forum if the issue is interesting.