In the summer of 2013 Israel will host the UEFA European under 21 Tournament. It is the second football tournament that Israel will host, as the first tournament was the Asian Cup in 1964, which Israel had won. Israel’s under-21 national team will be hoping to win, but the competition will be tough.
The European Under-21 Championship was founded in 1978 when people understood that young players became an important part of modern football because of their modernistic style and their huge motivation. Every four years the best 8 national teams in Europe send their future superstars to win the title of the best under-21 national team in Europe. The competition starts when every year the young teams from all over Europe compete in the preliminaries, in which only the best 7 teams and also the hostess of the tournament qualify to the next stage, the groups’ stage. There are two groups of four teams playing against each other and only the best two from each group move on to the semi finals, and after that to the finals. The last tournament was at Denmark and it was won by Spain.
Israel is getting prepared for this wonderful event as the IFA (Israeli Football Association) decided to build three new stadiums in Haifa, Petah Tikva and Netanya. The IFA is also planning to renovate the Bloomfield Stadium and add 300 more seats. The stadium in Petah Tikva is built, and the stadium in Netanya is very close to being done, but the stadium that was planned to be in Haifa will probably not be ready in time, so instead, the Teddy Stadium in Jerusalem was renovated for the tournament.
Tournament to be hosted in Israel (video from abcd47665843 on youtube.com)