Israeli U-23 National Team qualifies for 2024 Paris Olympics

Israeli U-23 National Team qualifies for 2024 Paris Olympics

Israeli U-23 National Team qualifies for 2024 Paris Olympics
For the first time since 1976, Guy Luzon: "Happy, excited, can’t wait to get there"

The Israeli team secured qualification for the Olympic Games in Paris 2024 this evening (Sunday), following England's 1-0 victory over Portugal, which punched their ticket to the prestigious competition.

Head coach Guy Luzon's squad will face England this Wednesday (19:00) in the semifinals of the Under-21 European Championship.

The Olympic football tournament is similar to that of the U21 Euros and features four groups of four teams which will see each squad play the other teams in their own group in a round robin format for a total of three group games. The top two teams from each group continue to the quarterfinal stage and from there on in the competition will be played as one game knockouts through the final.

Moshe Shino Zuares, Chairman of the Israel Football Association: “This feels like a dream, but it’s reality. Sweet, amazing, exciting. The Israel National Team is amongst the four biggest clubs in Europe and has guaranteed its participation in the Olympic Games. The players showed a huge heart, talent, commitment and a tremendous love for one another guided by a wonderful coach and a professional staff that worked day and night to take our football to the highest of heights and unforgettable moments. This is all for you our beloved State of Israel.”

Guy Luzon said: "Happy, excited, can’t wait to get there. We are much happier for our country than for ourselves and we are happy to represent the flag and can’t wait to sing the national anthem, Hatikva. Our next goal is to advance to the final of the Euros and we will do everything to get there. Which team will we play? We still have some time until then. Right now we are happy that we punched our ticket to the Olympic Games, but all of us are focused on England and the upcoming semifinals.”

Keeper Daniel Peretz added: "Amazing. We still can't quite digest it. This is due to our teamwork, from the first person to the last, from the professional staff who do so much for us behind the scenes to every single player who are all part of the same mission and create such a positive atmosphere. We all want the team to succeed and that is the most important thing. We all have believed so much in this goal, we believed so much that we could do it and here we did, we succeeded in getting there."