UEFA Under 21 Championship Hosted in Israel

Israel in June hosted the UEFA Under-21 Championships, showcasing the rising stars of European soccer. Israel was awarded hosting rights to this year’s tournament two years ago, beating out bids from Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, England, and Wales. The selection as host came despite the efforts of the anti-Israel activists of the “Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions” (BDS) movement to have the matches relocated. A special blue-and-white “Israel 2013” ball was unveiled last year. 

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