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Levy looking to bow out on a high

Published: Wednesday 26 March 2008, 2.00CET
Guy Levy said coaching the Israel Under-21s had been a "great experience" as he prepared to lead them out for the final time against Moldova on Wednesday.
by Ofer Ronen-Abels
from Tel Aviv
Published: Wednesday 26 March 2008, 2.00CET

Levy looking to bow out on a high

Guy Levy said coaching the Israel Under-21s had been a "great experience" as he prepared to lead them out for the final time against Moldova on Wednesday.

Guy Levy said coaching the Israel Under-21s had been a "great experience" as he prepared to lead them out for the final time against Moldova on Wednesday.

'Enjoy the moment'
Levy became the first coach to take Israel to the UEFA European Under-21 Championship when his side qualified for the final tournament in the Netherlands last summer and he intends to end a successful four-year period at the helm by bowing out with victory at the Ramat Gan stadium in Tel Aviv. "The main objective as far as I'm concerned is to enjoy the moment and focus on the task in front of us," he said.

'No regrets'
"My feeling in this match, as in any other match, is excitement and I intend to enjoy the experience. I don't think I'm the main issue here, but the team itself. I am only dealing with preparations for the match itself, tactics, formations, and the future of Israeli football. The players should approach this match like they do any other. They should enjoy it, learn from the experience and take the most out of each game. My future should have no effect and I have no regrets at all."

Rallying cry
Israel are third in Group 9, two points behind leaders Northern Ireland though they do have a game in hand. They are level on ten points with Germany, who have played a game less. Bnei Sakhnin FC midfielder Maor Buzaglo stressed victory is essential if Israel are to keep hopes alive of qualifying for the final tournament in Sweden in June 2009. "Our main aim is to beat Moldova which would improve our chances of qualifying from this group," he said. "I just hope that a lot of fans will come and support us like they did [in their previous home game] against Germany." No successor has been named for Levy, who has not announced where he will work next.

Last updated: 26/03/08 21.08CET

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