Blue-and-white departs for Albania

The Israel national team will travel to Albania on Thursday, with security concerns overshadowing Saturday’s 2018 World Cup qualifier.

The match was moved from the northern city of Shkoder to a venue near the capital Tirana on Tuesday due to security reasons. Israel’s counter-terrorism bureau issued a statement saying that a number of people identified as having links to Islamic State militants had been arrested “in the Balkans” over the past week on the suspicion that they were planning attacks.


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