Israel Undeterred for Denmark Clash

The national soccer team left for Copenhagen in the early hours of this morning ahead of Wednesday's friendly international with Denmark.

Asher Goldberg
Send in e-mailSend in e-mail
Asher Goldberg

The national soccer team left for Copenhagen in the early hours of this morning ahead of Wednesday's friendly international with Denmark.

The game is likely to be held amid a spate of political demonstrations against Israel by Palestinians, which led IFA chairman Gavri Levi to consider canceling the trip because of the hostile reception they can expect beyond the soccer fraternity. He consulted with Karmi Gillon, the Israeli ambassador to Denmark, and heard that all of Denmark's own players would be playing, with none deciding to skip the game for fear of violence or possible terrorist actions near the Parken stadium. Another factor in deciding to go ahead was the fact that the Danish prime minister and some of his ministers will also attend the game.

The team will have its first training session today but in view of threats of demonstrations and violence from Palestinians in Copenhagen, the team's hotel has been switched and will be under intense security guard.

The training session will also be tightly guarded and the police plan to prevent any Palestinians from accessing the still unnamed ground where the session is to be held.

The team leaves for Denmark without several key players and with the memory of two stinging defeats in 1999, when the Danes won 5-0 and 3-0 to qualify for Euro 2000.

Eyal Berkovic and Idan Tal were joined on the injured list by Shimon Gershon and Tal Banin and their place will be taken by Yaniv Katan and Tal Ben-Haim. In the absence of both Berkovic and Banin, Avi Nimni will wear the captain's armband.

In other news, the under-21 team leaves for Sofia this morning for a game on Wednesday against its Bulgarian counterparts.

Comments

SUBSCRIBERS JOIN THE CONVERSATION FASTER

Automatic approval of subscriber comments.
From $1 for the first month

SUBSCRIBE
Already signed up? LOG IN

ICYMI

The Orion nebula, photographed in 2009 by the Spitzer Telescope.

What if the Big Bang Never Actually Happened?

Relatives mourn during the funeral of four teenage Palestinians from the Nijm family killed by an errant rocket in Jabalya in the northern Gaza Strip, August 7.

Why Palestinian Islamic Jihad Rockets Kill So Many Palestinians

בן גוריון

'Strangers in My House': Letters Expelled Palestinian Sent Ben-Gurion in 1948, Revealed

AIPAC

AIPAC vs. American Jews: The Toxic Victories of the 'pro-Israel' Lobby

Bosnian Foreign Minister Bisera Turkovic speaks during a press conference in Sarajevo, Bosnia in May.

‘This Is Crazy’: Israeli Embassy Memo Stirs Political Storm in the Balkans

Hamas militants take part in a military parade in Gaza.

Israel Rewards Hamas for Its Restraint During Gaza Op