They think it’s all over
ISRAEL’S players may not have given up hope of reaching the 2010 World Cup finals, but it seems that their supporters have.
Only 5,000 fans are expected to turn up in Ramat Gan tomorrow for the penultimate Group Two qualifier against Moldova, leaving 35,000 seats unfilled.
Lying fourth in the group, Israel need a miracle to clinch a top two finish. They conclude the campaign in Switzerland, the current leaders, in what could be a decisive match.
Tamir Cohen tried to remain upbeat. “We understand the disappointment of the fans. But nobody is more disappointed than the players who have brought this on ourselves. Even if the
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“We are not thinking about the results of the other teams in the group. We are concentrating on the mission in front of us which is winning the next matches and then we will hope for good results from the other matches.
“The atmosphere in the squad is always good. The players, those who play in Israel and those who play abroad, are happy to represent their country. The feeling of togetherness is one of the key characteristics of this national team.
“We do not use any special motivational techniques. All players have full commitment to the national team, and we all know that we must win in order to finish the campaign with a smile, for us and for the fans.”
Tal Ben Haim, another member of Dror Kashtan’s 22-man squad, vowed not to give up hope. “There is a chance,”