Israel soccer 311.
(photo credit: Denis Balibouse/Reuters)
Yossi Benayoun lashed out at his critics on Sunday as the national team
continued its preparations for Tuesday’s Euro 2012 qualifier against Croatia in
A 1-0 defeat to Greece at Bloomfield Stadium on Friday afternoon
essentially ended Israel’s hopes of reaching next summer’s European
Championships, with the blue-andwhite needing a road victory against the
strongest team in Group F in Croatia to maintain even an outside chance of a
Benayoun underperformed like the rest of the
blue-and-white squad on Friday, but despite acknowledging the side’s failure, he
was unhappy with the criticism directed at him and his teammates.
long as I’m called up to the national team I will come and give my all,”
Benayoun tweeted on Sunday, ending any speculation that he may retire from
international soccer after the current campaign ends.
disappointed ourselves. Berkovic, Zohar, we all failed. So did I,” added the new
Arsenal midfielder, clearly upset with the criticism leveled at the national
team by former Israel internationals and current media analysts Eyal Berkovic
and Itzik Zohar.
“The mean criticism, the dirt, the information leaked by
players and the fact that there is no footballing culture – have become the
essence in Israel.
“I refuse to be part of that because I love the game
of soccer and the national team.
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