Israeli soccer player asks to play for Poland


JERUSALEM (JTA) — An Israeli soccer player with dual Polish-Israeli citizenship has asked to play on the Polish national team.

Maor Melikson, 27, requested a place on Poland’s national team. Poland will host the 2012 European championship with neighboring Ukraine in May.

Melikson plays Euroleague soccer on Poland’s top Wisla team. He transferred to the Polish team earlier this year from Israel’s Hapoel Beer Sheva. He was called up to Israel’s national team for the Euro 2012 qualifiers but did not play.

Melikson’s mother was born in southwest Poland, but made aliyah to Israel with her family when she was 6 years old. 

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