What is your name and home field location?
Joel Biran. We play at James Baxter Park, near King of Prussia.
What is your connection to Israel?
I grew up in Israel and spent 30 years there.
What made you interested in participating in the Unity Cup?
We love soccer and wanted to enjoy the camaraderie of teamwork and competition.
How did your team come together?
We reached out to fellow soccer players and came together as a team.
Can you tell us a bit about the rest of your team?
The team is a mix of younger and older Israeli and Jewish players, who love the game and Israel.
What does soccer mean to your community?
It’s a way of getting together and representing Israel.
Why is soccer important to you personally?
It’s a welcome escape from my worries.
How has soccer made your life better?
Better fitness, made friends.
Why do you think soccer is so popular around the world?
It’s a very accessible game, simple to understand and enjoy.
How do you think soccer in general (and the Unity Cup in particular) promotes inclusivity?
It allows us to play as equals with all kinds of different people.
What’s one thing you wish more people knew about Israel?
Israel has amazing technology, history, and beautiful beaches.