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Israeli and Turkish Beach Soccer Teams in Diplomatic Incident

"I saw them throw away the flags."

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Israel's national beach soccer team playing against France.

Israel's national beach soccer team playing against France.



Before Israel’s national Beach Soccer team’s game against Turkey on Sunday (in which Israel won 9-6 and qualified for the European Championship), as the two teams were exchanging each other pennants, Coach Benny Lam noticed that the Turks threw the Israeli flags away.

Speaking to the Sports News website ONE from Italy, where the tournament is being held, Lam: “I saw them throw away the flags. At that moment I said we should have given them a beating for that. It was a crucial game for both teams. I got my players together and told them: The Turks hate us, we’re going to take them apart, you’ll eat them up, we’ll teach them how to behave.”

Meanwhile, Israel has achieved a major victory when the team beat Turkey 9-6 in the early round tournament. The win secured the Israeli national team’s participation in the European Championship to be held in August in Barcelona.

One of the goals was self-inflicted by the Turks.

Beach soccer, also known as beach football or beasal, is a variant of association football played on a beach or some form of sand. The irregularity of the soft-sand playing surface leads to a totally different style of play than is used in association football, with a greater degree of improvisation.

Yori Yanover

About the Author: Yori Yanover has been a working journalist since age 17, before he enlisted and worked for Ba'Machane Nachal. Since then he has worked for Israel Shelanu, the US supplement of Yedioth, JCN18.com, USAJewish.com, Lubavitch News Service, Arutz 7 (as DJ on the high seas), and the Grand Street News. He has published Dancing and Crying, a colorful and intimate portrait of the last two years in the life of the late Lubavitch Rebbe, (in Hebrew), and two fun books in English: The Cabalist's Daughter: A Novel of Practical Messianic Redemption, and How Would God REALLY Vote.


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