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Meet Our Players - Roy Konfino

Name: Roy Konfino

Age: 26

Team: Inter Aliyah White

Originally from: Istanbul, Turkey

Favourite team: Galatasaray

Position: Goalkeeper

Football idols: Manuel Neuer

Interesting fact: If Roy's career as a goalkeeper were to end then he can always fall back on life as a pilot after he successfully flew a plane a few months ago in Miami!!


''I've been football mad since birth, watching my beloved Galatasaray for as long as I can remember but I only really started playing at around 10-years-old, originally as an outfield player.

''That all changed at the 2010 European Maccabiah Games in Vienna, where I ended up going in goal for the Turkish youth team there. We won our age division that summer, winning in the final on a penalty shootout where I saved the decisive penalty. From that moment on, I have always been a goalkeeper.

Roy (front row, far right) posting with Inter White ahead of the INTERCLASICO

''I came to Israel 7 years ago, originally in Haifa where I started studying at the Technion. I eventually switched to Tel Aviv University, where I finished a degree in electrical engineering. Currently, I work at a hi-tech company called DealHub where I am an Implementation Team Lead.

''A good friend of mine and now teammate, Elijah Golding, first told me about Inter Aliyah and after coming to a few of the weekly tournaments, I soon found myself as a member of the Inter White team.

''From the very start, I was hooked on the team and made many new friends. I also brought a few Turkish friends and we've made a little gang within Inter, the first Turkish players to represent the club.

''There is a very special atmosphere in the team and whether it's practice, a game or an event off the pitch, it always just feels like I'm hanging with a group of friends. I count down the days to our games on a weekend; those two hours on the pitch allow me to disconnect from my day-to-day life, it feels like therapy!!

''Inter Aliyah has given me this opportunity and I'm grateful to the Inter White coach, Matt Keston, and the entire management for this. It's truly a special environment, where Olim from all over the world can find a home away from home.



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