The Startelf for the national team of ISRAEL pause for the traditional team photograph just prior to the start of the international friendly match with host Germany at the modern Red Bull Arena in Leipzig.
back row — Harush, Gershon, Zahavi, Ben Haim, Yadin, Tibi
front row — Natcho, Shechter, Melikson, Benayoun, Spungin
Trainer ELI GUTTMAN’s Israel national team would cross the border to arrive at the Red Bull Arena and face Germany in Leipzig after having just lost a recent friendly 2-1 to the Czech Republic in heartbreaking fashion. Striker ITAY SHECHTER of recently relegated German Bundesliga club 1.FC Kaiserslautern had leveled for the Israelis after sharply heading home a cross from Polish legionnaire MAOR MELIKSON of SA Wislaw Krakow just before halftime but the Euro 2012-bound Czechs, after the appearance of numerous second half substitutes from both sides, snatched the result in Graz, Austria, with a goal in the fourth minute of time added on. Most unfortunate of all, perhaps, was FC Beitar Jerusalem goalkeeper ARIEL HARUSH, the 24-year-old who had brought off a string of saves in the contest to hold off the Czech Republic at bay on his full international debut for Israel.
goal — Ariel HARUSH (FC Beitar Jerusalem / 2 caps)
defense — Avihai YADIN (FC Hapoel Tel Aviv / 8 caps, 0 go), Yuval SPUNGIN (FC Omonia Nicosia – Cyp / 16 caps, 0 go), Tal BEN HAIM (FC Portsmouth – Eng / 67 caps, 1 go), Eitan TIBI (FC Ironyi Kiryat Shmona / 2 caps, 0 go), Rami GERSHON (Standard Liege – Bel / 12 caps, 1 go)
midfield — Bibras NATCHO (FC Rubin Kazan – Rus / 16 caps, 0 go), Eran ZAHAVI (US Palermo – Ita / 11 caps, 0 go), Maor MELIKSON (SA Wislaw Krakow – Pol / 5 caps, 2 go), Yossi BENAYOUN (FC Arsenal – Eng / 88 caps, 24 go)
attack — Itay SHECHTER (1.FC Kaiserslautern – Ger / 13 caps, 4 go)
MF – Lior RAFELOV (Club Brugge – Bel / 17 caps, 3 go)
for Melikson – 46th min
MF – Gil VERMOUTH (De Graafschap Doetinchem – Hol / 17 caps, 0 go)
for Benayoun – 46th min
FW – Omer DAMARI (FC Hapoel Tel Aviv / 6 caps, 2 go)
for Shechter – 46th min
FW – Ben SAHAR (AJ Auxerre – Fra / 27 caps, 6 go)
for Zahavi – 67th min
MF – Nir BITON (FC MS Ashdod / 3 caps, 0 go)
for Natcho – 73rd min
DF – Shir TZEDEK (FC Ironyi Kiryat Shmona / 2 caps, 0 go)
for Yadin – 86th min
Israel midfielder GIL VERMOUTH (14), the 26-year-old who finished the second half of the this 2011/12 campaign out on loan from recently relegated Bundesliga side 1.FC Kaiserslautern to Dutch Eredivisie club De Graafschap Doetinchem after transferring from FC Hapoel Tel Aviv for a fee of 750,000 Euros last summer, fends off trailing Germany winger LUKAS PODOLSKI (10) of 1.FC Koeln as Bayern Munich midfielder TONI KROOS (18) tracks back during the international friendly at the sold-out Red Bull Arena in Leipzig.