Israel 2016/17 GK - Boris Kleyman #23 (World Cup 2018 Qualification)

Match issued Israel 2016/17 red goalkeeper shirt, issued to Boris Kleyman #23 for the World Cup 2018 Qualification match against Italy at home on September 5, 2016 at Sammy Ofer stadium in Haifa. Kleyman was an unused substitute as Israel lost 3-1 to Italy in the opening match of the campaign.

Kleyman had made his debut for the national team just half a year earlier, in a 2-0 friendly loss against Croatia away in March 2016; to date, this remains his single cap for the national team. He served as a back-up goalkeeper for the majority of this campaign, without making an appearance, with Dudu Goresh, Ariel Harush, Ofir Marciano, and even young Omri Glazer preferred to him.

This match was also a historic event for me as an Israeli shirt collector - it was the first match in which the Israel team had match details on their shirts. However, only the primary shirts used by the players had them, while the spare/backup ones didn't. Finally, after so many years, we joined the ranks of nations that played with match details, meaning it was now possible to easily identify which match a shirt was from. To my great annoyance, for whatever reason MDT were only used alternately throughout the remainder of the campaign (ie. not in every match).

Kleyman, with the shirt under the bib, on the substitutes bench against Italy in Haifa

Pre-match team photo against Italy in Haifa

Israel's Dudu Goresh frustrated after conceding against Italy in Haifa