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International soccer stars kick around in Israel

Israel and England prepare to square off in their match at Teddy Stadium in Jerusalem last month.

Israel and England prepare to square off in their match
Photo by: Emanuel Mfoukou
As June arrived, city streets across Israel were plastered with posters promoting the UEFA Under-21 Championship soccer tournament, held this year for the first time in Israel.

Soccer – mostly known as football in Israel – is “king” among Israeli sports fans, and public excitement mounted in anticipation of the nation hosting its most important international sporting event in decades – perhaps the biggest since the Paralympic Games in 1968. Besides being big soccer fans, Israelis also were buoyed by a sense of besting the relentless global campaign to isolate the Jewish state.



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