London Lions will be represented thirteen players in the Maccabi Great Britain Men’s Football squad at the 2017 Maccabiah Games this summer in Israel.
The squad of 20 players in total has been selected by team Manager Andy Landesberg and Assistant Manager Nathan Kosky; both also chosen from the Lions set-up to lead the team as they try to claim GB’s first gold medal since 1961. They will be joined by a number of the treble-winning squad to represent their country.
Lions players selected are:
Adam Burchell, Harry Hatchwell, Charlie Kasler, Josh Kennet, Max Kyte, Nick Landesberg, Adam Lipman, Austin Lipman, Jordan Marks, David Myers, Jake Rinsler, Zac Rose, and Charlie Rubin.
Making up the rest of the squad are former Lions midfielder Mitch Hahn (VCD Athletic), former Lions striker Adam Bolle (Heybridge Swifts), Ben Long (Welwyn Garden City), Tom Smith (Barton Rovers), Jordan Nathan (Loughborough University), Dan Lipman (ProFutsal), and Avi Korman (Hendon United).
The tournament in July is of a high standard, and GB will need to overcome some stiff opposition from around the world to score a medal but a great backroom team has been assembled including Cardiff City’s Kevin Blackwell as head coach and former England physio Gary Lewin.
“Our ambition was to put in place a first class backroom team and I think that group of people supporting me and the squad would be the envy of many a professional side. It’s fair to say the players have responded well to this level of professionalism, and it will help us compete to our highest potential.”
Kosky continued “There is nothing like being selected to represent your country in the Open Age group in a sport you have competed at all your life. For many this is the biggest opportunity they will have on an international stage. The Maccabiah Games means a lot to everyone in the group, and our focus now is to deliver a great tournament for GB’.
The draw was made earlier this week and Great Britain will face Australia, Venezuela and the holders USA in their opening group stage.