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Nicknames: The Blue and Whites
Head coach: Luis Fernández
Captain: Yossi Benayoun
Most caps: Arik Benado (94)
Top scorer: Mordechai Spiegler (33)
Home stadium: Ramat Gan Stadium
Football is the most popular sport in Israel, a country with two professional leagues and famous teams such as Hapoel and Maccabi that are known the world over. In international football, Israel have caused many surprises, such as in the 1968 Olympic Football Tournament in Mexico for example, with only the luck of the draw preventing the Israelis from reaching the semi-finals (lots were drawn to separate teams at the end of matches). For political reasons, Israel is now a member of UEFA, but in 1964, Israel hosted and won the Asian Nations Cup. However, modern-day Israeli football has been deeply affected and restricted by a series of tragic events. Consequently, theIsrael Football Association is determined to try and bring about an improvement in the situation ahead of the preliminary round for the next FIFA World Cup? in order to once again provide the football fans in Tel Aviv and Nazareth with football of the very highest quality. The Israel U-17 team that played at the 2002 UEFA U-17 European Championship also promises much for the future.
UEFA World Cup Qualifiers
The Union of European Football Associations, almost always referred to by its acronym UEFA is the administrative and controlling body for European association football, futsal and beach soccer. UEFA represents most of the national football associations of Europe, runs national and club competitions in its area, and controls the prize money, regulations and media rights to those competitions. Due to the disputed boundary of Europe and Asia transcontinental nations such as Turkey, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Armenia, and Russia, are members of the UEFA rather than AFC, as are Israel and Cyprus which lie entirely in Asia.