Israeli Sports

Israeli sports hold a significant niche in the competitive world of European sports and Israel's sports stars, as well as, Jewish athletes from around the world are presented and celebrated for their contributions and achievements. Sports enthusiasts will love the section Israeli sports for the best of Jewish sports stars and their achievements.

Chelsea players Ruben Loftus-Cheek (left) and Cesar Azpilicueta (right) and stand in front of the cl
Chelsea unveils mural with Jewish soccer players murdered at Auschwitz

English soccer club also becomes first team to formally adopt IHRA working definition of antisemitism

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ/JTA
20/01/2020
Busy week for Israel's basketball and soccer leagues

Hapoel Jerusalem, Mac TA victorious in continental play • Haifa ousts Uhm El Fahem in State Cup

Jerusalem holds Mac TA to scoreless draw

Mac Haifa blanks Netanya, Beersheba stunned by cellar-dweller Ra’anana • Hap TA edges Bnei Yehuda

MEMBERS OF Israel’s Olympic-bound national baseball team visit with patients at the Sheba Medical Ce
Israel’s baseball team all-in, on and off field

Olympic-bound squad kicks off week-long trip with visit to President Rivlin, visit to hospital

By DANNY GROSSMAN
13/01/2020
Israeli skier wins Israel's first ever medal at Winter Youth Olympics

Noa Szollos won the Bronze Medal in Alpine skiing, standing out among 62 athletes from 30 countries.

12/01/2020
Team Israel poses for a celebratory selfie on September 22 in Parma, Italy, minutes after defeating
Can the Israeli baseball team win an Olympic medal?

Can a baseball team made up mostly of professional, college and semiretired Americans bond as a lineup to win an Olympic medal? We’re about to find out.

Avdija, Maccabi Tel Aviv power past Ness Ziona

Hapoel Jerusalem rallies to overcome Nahariya • Mac Haifa tops Rishon • Holon edges Gilboa

Figuring out the foreign-player rules in Israel

Tricky maneuvering for clubs as they try to navigate the complicated system of employing imports

Jerusalem downs Holon to improve to 10-1

Reds still trail undefeated Maccabi Tel Aviv in standings • Gulley propels Gilboa/Galil past Eilat

BEITAR JERUSALEM sits in third place in the Premier League
Maccabi Tel Aviv rebounds vs Bnei Yehuda

Maccabi blanks Hapoel in Haifa derby • Beersheba edges Hadera • Beitar Jerusalem tops Ra’anana

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
27/12/2019
Hapoel Um El Fahem’s shocking 3-2 comeback defeat of mighty Maccabi Tel Aviv in State Cup
Maccabi Tel Aviv stunned by Um El Fahem

Second-tier squad ousts Premier League leader from State Cup • Beersheba, Mac Haifa, Beitar into last-16

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
24/12/2019
Al-Quds Day in Nishapur, Iran.
Greek basketball fans burn Israeli flag at game

The supporters in the crowd carried Palestinian and Hezbollah flags and ended up burning Israeli flags, all while calling the name of BDS leader Omar Barghouti.

20/12/2019
Deni Avdija poised to take big step up

Maccabi Tel Aviv’s 18-year-old phenom set for larger role due to club’s injuries, and NBA is watching

Maccabi TA whips Maccabi Haifa

Hapoel J’lem takes down Maccabi Ashdod, Hapoel Eilat slips by

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
03/12/2019
Red Wings: Slava Fetisov, Sergei Fedorov, Vladimir Konstantinov, Igor Larionov, Vyacheslav Koslov
Award-winning hockey documentary ‘The Russian Five’ set for Israel premiere

A in-depth look at Stanley Cup-winning Detroit Red Wings Russian line of Fetisov, Fedorov, Konstantinov, Larionov and Kozlov

By JERUSALEM POST SPORTS STAFF
29/11/2019
MACCABI TEL AVIV Chairman Shimon Mizrahi with Euroleague President Jordi Bertomeu (right).
Euroleague czar shoots from the hip

Jordi Bertomeu shares his thoughts on future of continental hoops, player movement and David Blatt

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
29/11/2019
Israeli Ambassador to the US, Ron Dermer (in baseball jersey), practices his batting skills with rep
Ron Dermer hits a home run with Israel's national baseball team in D.C.

"We hope to see the team on the medal podium and hear HaTikvah playing in Japan. Good luck, and I'm sure you'll make us proud," Ambassador Ron Dermer told the team.

Jerusalem, Holon into State Cup quarters

Reds set up date with Mac TA • Nahariya, Ness Ziona, Rishon, Herzliya, Gilboa round out last-8

By Uriel Sturm
18/11/2019
DEFENDING CHAMPION Maccabi Tel Aviv has not lost a beat, sitting atop the Israel Premier League stan
Stingy yellow-and-blue leading the pack

Maccabi Haifa and Hapoel Beersheba putting up a fight • Beitar Jerusalem hanging on in 4th.

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
14/11/2019
Maccabi Tel Aviv crushes Eilat to book spot in State Cup quarterfinals

Rishon edges Yavne in round-of-16 • Herzliya stuns Maccabi Haifa • Ness Ziona overcomes Ashdod

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
13/11/2019
Beersheba soccer club shocked by lowly Ness Ziona

First-place Maccabi Tel Aviv blanks Hapoel Haifa • Maccabi Haifa dispatches Beitar Jerusalem

Avdija, Mac TA run away from Nahariya

Jerusalem crushes Beersheba • Eilat upsets Holon • Rishon edges Ashdod • Ness Ziona drops Greens

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
05/11/2019
DISABLED CYCLISTS take part in the Beit Halochem Canada, Aid to Disabled Veterans of Israel race thi
Cycling for veterans

Courage in Motion holds annual cycling event in Israel this week as part of the Beit Halochem Canada, Aid to Disabled Veterans of Israel initiative

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
30/10/2019
MACCABI TEL AVIV and Hapoel Beersheba dueled on Monday night at Bloomfield, with the yellow-and-blue
Maccabi Tel Aviv too strong for Beersheba

Reigning champion retakes first place with Bloomfield triumph • Haifa clubs, Beitar notch victories

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
30/10/2019
Odem Gadron, Or Avraham, Or Stromaier and Maor Nekvah won gold for Israel in age 11-16 competition.
Israel's golden acrobats shine

Blue-and-white athletes off to soaring start at European Championships in Holon

By JERUSALEM POST SPORTS STAFF
27/10/2019
Israeli basketball icon Arik Henig laid to rest

Henig, who traveled to the US in 1984 to interview the then-newly installed NBA commissioner David Stern, also met a young player named Michael Jordan.

By Uriel Sturm
23/10/2019
Israel to send its largest delegation to 2020 Olympics

So far, among others, Israeli athletes have qualified to compete in equestrian show jumping, baseball, shooting and rhythmic gymnastics.

20/10/2019
ISRAEL SNAPPED a four-game winless streak in Euro 2020 qualifiying with a 3-0 victory.
Action-packed week in soccer, basketball

Between national team and league, Israelis flood the pitch • Jerusalem and others hit the gym

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
18/10/2019
Israeli gymnast Artem Dolgopyat wins silver at World Championships

It is Dolgopyat’s second silver medal at the World Championship, after winning one in 2017.

By MARCY OSTER/JTA
14/10/2019
Ex-NBA star's fond feelings for former coach David Blatt

Russian big man reflects on relationship with Israeli from national team and NBA’s Cavaliers

Blue-and-white beaten by Belgium in Jerusalem

First-ever international tackle football game in Israel kicks off at Kraft Family Sports Campus

By JERUSALEM POST SPORTS STAFF
06/10/2019
Turkey vs Israel, football
Kraft Sports Campus hosts 1st international football game

After winning thrilling opener in Turkey, Team Israel set to host Belgium

By JERUSALEM POST SPORTS STAFF
06/10/2019
Maccabi TA among Euroleague contenders

New format and revamped rosters the top storylines in elite continental basketball competition

The deeper meaning of Israel’s historic baseball accomplishment

Reflecting on the blue-and-white's improbable qualification campaign for a berth at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics

By DANNY GROSSMAN
02/10/2019
Team Israel qualifies for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics
Israel's national baseball team qualifies for 2020 Tokyo Olympics

The Israeli team made history Sunday by defeating South Africa 11-1 in Italy, after beating the Netherlands on Thursday and tournament host Italy on Friday.

By DANNY GROSSMAN
23/09/2019
TACKLE FOOTBALL has grown in Israel over the past decade, and the national team is ready for Europe.
Israel’s gridiron squad heads to Turkey for qualifier

Blue-and-white national tackle football team to host Belgium next month in Jerusalem

By JERUSALEM POST SPORTS STAFF
17/09/2019
ISRAEL'S EURO 2020 qualifying campaign is in trouble following a 3-2 road defeat to Slovenia on Mond
Tough loss for blue-and-white in Slovenia

Israel’s Euro 2020 hopes take serious hit as late goal off Kayal turnover leads to 3-2 setback

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
10/09/2019
ARGENTINE JEW Diego Schwartzman battled hard against Rafael Nadal in the US Open
Nadal proves too strong for Schwartzman in Open

Nadal advanced to Friday’s semifinals, his eighth US Open final four.

By HOWARD BLAS
06/09/2019
Ariel Kolandarov – from Tel Aviv – dreams of becoming the next Novak Djokovic
ITEC empowers children, transforms lives through tennis

“I am from an Arab family. It’s a privilege for me to interact with my Jewish friends and build new friendships through the years,” Haifa native Rand Najjar, 15, said.

By HOWARD BLAS
30/08/2019
THE NEWLY renovated Bloomfield Stadium is now fully operational and the home to Tel Aviv's three top
Refurbished Bloomfield takes center stage

Maccabi Tel Aviv hosts Bnei Yehuda • Haifa squads square off • Beitar visits Ra’anana • National team preps for qualifiers.

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
30/08/2019
Ze’evi: Muki on path to becoming Israel’s greatest judoka

“We finally have our own world champion in blue-and-white,” Muki’s coach said.

By JERUSALEM POST SPORTS STAFF
30/08/2019
 Israel's Sagi Muki and Belgium's Matthias Casse compete
Egyptian Foreign Ministry: Politics should not be involved in sports

"The refusal of the Egyptian to [Muki's] handshake is nothing but an insult to Egypt's reputation in world sports."

DIEGO SCHWARTZMAN hits a return during his 6-3, 7-6(6), 6-0 first-round conquest of Robin Haase on
Jewish Argentine Schwartzman rolls into 2nd round

Leading up to the US Open, Schwarzman spent August competing in the ATP Master’s 1000 in Canada, where he lost in the second round.

By HOWARD BLAS
29/08/2019
Judo - World Judo Championships - Men's Under 81 kg - Nippon Budokan, Tokyo, Japan - August 28, 2019
Israeli judoka Sagi Muki wins gold medal at World Championship

Muki showed impressive fighting abilities in Wednesday's tournament, having beaten most of his opponents by Ippon, including a fight that lasted merely 25 seconds.

Wrestling Party is in full swing

International champ Sydal bests local fave Goldschmidt at Israeli Pro Wrestling Association (IPWA) Lehavot Haviva match. In first women's pro wrestling match, Glass wins.

27/08/2019
Beitar Jerusalem vs Hapoel Beersheba
Title favorites Mac Haifa, Mac TA start strong

Bnei Yehuda opens new-look Bloomfield with conquest of K8 • Beitar draws 0-0 with Beersheba

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
27/08/2019
Israeli Soccer Roundup: Intrigue abounds as Premier League kicks off

Maccabi Tel Aviv looks vulnerable as Maccabi Haifa, Hapoel Beersheba and even Beitar Jerusalem eye title

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
23/08/2019
Israel’s Big Apple main-draw hopes dashed

Plucky Glushko can’t overcome cough, Zavatska in first-round of qualifiers • Sela also ousted

By HOWARD BLAS
21/08/2019
Bnei Yehuda and Beersheba advance, Mac TA ousted from Europe

“I’m proud of the players and they deserve all of the credit after only playing a few official matches so far this season,” said a reserved Abuksis following the conquest.

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
19/08/2019
AFTER 10 seasons in the NBA, Israeli forward Omri Casspi has returned, this week signing a three-yea
Israel’s basketball son returns home from NBA

While he may have ideally wanted to play for another season or two in NBA, Casspi has no regrets about his move back to Maccabi.

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
16/08/2019
BEITAR JERUSALEM looks like a whole new team – both on and off the pitch
A complete culture change in Beitar Jerusalem

Beitar’s new owner Hogeg, along with Levy and Benayoun among others, has transformed the club.

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
14/08/2019
Mac TA, Beersheba, Bnei Yehuda all look to advance in Europa League

The Toto Cup semifinals are set after the final round of group play games were completed earlier this week.

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
13/08/2019
AFTER 10 years in the NBA, Israeli forward Omri Casspi returned to his roots yesterday, signing a th
It’s official: Omri Casspi returns to Maccabi Tel Aviv

Casspi, who stands 2.06 meters (6-foot-8) will wear the No. 7 jersey for the yellow-and-blue and the deal will pay him $950,000 a season.

By JERUSALEM POST SPORTS STAFF
13/08/2019
FORMER TEAM ISRAEL catcher Ryan Lavarnwaycrushes one of the two home runs he hit in his Cincinnati R
Catching up with Team Israel’s journeyman Ryan Lavarnway

The 32-year-old catcher played for Team Israel during its run through World Baseball Classic qualifiers and tournament in 2017.

By HOWARD BLAS
13/08/2019
THE ISRAEL WOMEN'S NATIONAL LACROSSE TEAM celebrates after a victory during last month's European Ch
Flourishing in Israel, lacrosse continues to spread its wings and fly

The 2019 European Lacrosse Federation Women's Championship took place in Israel last month. The Israeli women's national team won a silver medal.

Mac Haifa poised to challenge Mac TA

The fans may have hoped that their club would have pulled off a miracle, just like the team did back in 1998 but this wasn’t 1998.

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
09/08/2019
ISRAEL'S UNDER-18 national basketball team celebrates on the court after defeating Poland 81-79 in t
Another junior basketball title for Israel

U18 squad claims Division B European crown • Beersheba, Mac TA, Bnei Yehuda in Europa League action

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
05/08/2019
Reuven Rivlin
Soccer is more than just a game

It’s a guideline for being a decent human being, President Reuven Rivlin said on Monday at the fifth annual awards ceremony of the Shield of Honor.

Past, present and future with Ed Pinckney

Former Villanova and NBA star visits Israel to help coach next generation of basketball players

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
02/08/2019
Buddy Baseball All-Stars shine bright

“An event like this evening highlights the fact that we are all champions.”

By JERUSALEM POST SPORTS STAFF
02/08/2019
MACCABI TEL AVIV'S Itay Shechter in action against Cluj in last night's 2-2 draw in Champions League
Maccabi T.A. eliminated from Champions League by Cluj

Tel Aviv will now enter the third round of Europa League qualifying and likely face Sudova from Lithuania.

By JERUSALEM POST SPORTS STAFF
31/07/2019
Fighter Nili Block with 4th gold medal, IFMA World Muaythai Championships, Bangkok.
Israel’s golden Block captures fourth straight Muaythai medal at Worlds

“There is no doubt that this [Block] is the greatest Israeli athlete over the past four years."

By JERUSALEM POST SPORTS STAFF
29/07/2019
TEAM ISRAEL has been on a torrid streak, winning all eight B Pool games it has played over the past
Israel dominates Lithuania, wins B Pool to advance in Olympic qualifying

The blue-and-white beat Lithuania in the playoff round on Friday and Saturday, winning the first two games in the best-of-three series in Utena, Lithuania, 12-2 and 15-0, respectively.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
28/07/2019
BLAKE GAILEN was Israel’s top hitter in the European Baseball Championship Group B tournament earlie
Gailen, blue-and-white take it step by step

Israel faces Lithuania in best-of-three series in latest challenge to qualify for 2020 Olympics.

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
26/07/2019
Israel's under-20 team celebrates after defeating Spain in the FIBA European Championship final.
Young Israeli hoopsters revel in success

Blue-and-white Under-20s reestablish European supremacy on strength of star Avdija, team work

By JERUSALEM POST SPORTS STAFF
22/07/2019
Swimming race [Illustrative]
Med student Andi Murez ready to jump into pool for Israel at Worlds

Murez swam at Stanford University on a scholarship as she continued to hone her skills.

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
19/07/2019
Blue-and-white back in Under-20 semis

All-around attack helps Israel avenge pre-tournament loss to Lithuania, sets up duel with France

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
18/07/2019
The Israeli delegation at the opening ceremony of the International Children`s Games
Israel largest delegation at Int'l Children’s Games

A 150-member delegation shipped out from Israel to play in the International Children's Games.

By VICTORIA MARTYNOV
18/07/2019
Yair Kravits (3) and Deni Avdija celebrate during last night’s victory over Montenegro.
Israel cruises into Under-20 quarterfinals

Madar, Avdija & Co. help blue-and-white rout Montenegro, showdown with Lithuania on tap

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
17/07/2019
Avdija, Israel finding form in European U20s

Blue-and-white meets Montenegro in round-of-16 after conquests of Ukraine, Italy following loss to Serbia

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
16/07/2019
Israeli paralympic basketball player and world champion rower Moran Samuel captured a silver medal a
Israelis shine on grass, mat, track and water

Soccer clubs kick off qualifying • Judoka Sasson takes gold • Husband, wife qualify for Olympics • Rowers medal

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
16/07/2019
Casspi returning to Maccabi Tel Aviv after 10 years in NBA

During his time at Maccabi Tel Aviv, Casspi won two league championships and one State Cup.

By JERUSALEM POST SPORTS STAFF
14/07/2019
DENI AVDIJA is arguably Israel’s best basketball prospect ever, and he hopes to lead the blue-and-wh
Avdija ready to step up for blue-and-white

Host Israel looks to repeat as U20 European basketball champion with NBA lottery prospect at the helm.

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
12/07/2019
PITCHING WILL be a major strength for Team Israel as it progresses over the next few months in quali
Don’t bet against blue-and-white stepping up to plate in Olympic qualifying

Peter Kurz, President of the Israel Association of Baseball, spoke to The Jerusalem Post about the challenge ahead.

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
08/07/2019
Israel team wins European baseball Olympic qualification tournament

The team beat Greece, Serbia, Bulgaria, Ireland and Russia

By JERUSALEM POST SPORTS STAFF
07/07/2019
Can Zoos reach the top of the mountain?

Maccabi Tel Aviv’s Israeli swingman suits up for Cleveland Cavaliers’ NBA Summer League squad

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
04/07/2019
AMONG THE many questions facing Hapoel Jerusalem in the offseason is whether fan-favorite Amar’e Sto
What’s the plan at Hapoel Jerusalem?

With plenty of personnel decisions looming, Reds need to balance continuity with necessary changes.

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
20/06/2019
Maccabi Tel Aviv will hope to qualify for European competition this season
Israeli soccer clubs Mac TA, Mac Haifa, Hap BS draw European foes

Continental play will begin for Haifa and Beersheba on July 11, while Maccabi Tel Aviv will begin its qualification round two weeks later.

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
19/06/2019
Beitar Jerusalem
Beitar Jerusalem fans insist on changing name of latest signing Mohamed

Beitar Jerusalem's hardcore fans wrote a post on social media stating that because Mohamed was a Christian player they would "change his name."

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
23/06/2019
ERAN ZAHAVI will have to be in top form once again as Israel visits Latvia and Poland this weekend i
Israel resumes Euro qualifying campaign

Away encounters at Latvia and Poland next steps in blue-and-white’s ambitious objective.

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
06/06/2019
AMAR'E STOUDEMIRE helped lead Hapoel Jerusalem to the BSL Final Four this week, but will he be with
Is Amar’e Stoudemire leaving Hapoel Jerusalem?

The former NBA All-Star spoke to The Jerusalem Post about his contract impasse with the Reds.

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
30/05/2019
squash
Tel Aviv welcomes world-class squash event

The British installed squash courts at their army bases. When the State of Israel was declared, they became part of the air force and the pilots became the Jewish state's first squash players.

Maccabi Haifa, Hapoel Beersheba secure Europa berths

Maccabi TA hits record 89 points

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
27/05/2019
Antoine Griezmann and Atletico Madrid seem excited to be in Israel.
Atletico’s Israel visit a triumph for everyone

Beitar Jerusalem’s victory over Spanish giant secondary to overall significance of the trip

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
23/05/2019
BEITAR JERUSALEM midfielder Yossi Benayoun (left) shoots past Atletico Madrid’ Thomas Lemar during l
Beitar beats Atletico in friendly upset

Buzaglo brace lifts host Jerusalem over Griezmann, Madrid to delight of Teddy Stadium faithful.

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
21/05/2019
BNEI YEHUDA players lift the State Cup trophy, State Cup final, Haifa.
Triumphant Bnei Yehuda hoists State Cup

Dramatic final sees Tel Aviv club prevail over Maccabi Netanya on Ashkenazi’s winning penalty

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
16/05/2019
 ISRAELI JUDOKAS, such as Tal Flicker (above), have often been treated with hostility when competing
Judo Federation says Iran promises to stop boycotting Israeli athletes

“In a historic breakthrough, the International Judo Federation announced that for Iran’s judo athletes the boycotts would be no more.”

By JOSEFIN DOLSTEN/JTA
16/05/2019
THE ISRAEL MEN’S national team poses on the ice following its gold-medal winning performance this we
Gold-medal celebration on ice for Israel hockey

Union with North American foundation leads to blue-and-white international success.

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
03/05/2019
HAPOEL JERUSALEM’S Amar’e Stoudemire shoots over Maccabi Tel Aviv’s Tarik Black
Jerusalem crushes Hapoel Beersheba

Reds coach Oded Katash was all smiles following the contest.

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
03/05/2019
Running blindly and proudly

Blind Israeli runner Avi Solomon completes London Marathon, gracious for accomplishment, looks ahead to Paralympic Games

By JERUSALEM POST SPORTS STAFF
29/04/2019
BLIND ISRAELI runner Avi Solomon (left) trains with his partner Ariel Goldsmith
Out of sight, not a problem

Blind Israeli runner Avi Solomon and his team travel to England to compete in London Marathon.

By Uriel Sturm
24/04/2019
Andi Herzog
Israel coach Herzog getting comfortable

With Euro 2020 qualifying campaign off to inspiring start, blue-and-white cautiously building confidence

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
18/04/2019
Chelsea, New England Revolution soccer clubs to join March of the Living

The March of the Living is an annual event that brings people from around the world together to explore the history of the Holocaust.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
18/04/2019
Hapoel Jerusalem’s Yogev Ohayon
Mac TA, Jerusalem notch convincing conquests

Josh Owens scored 16 points and Amar’e Stoudemire added 14 points in the win.

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
17/04/2019
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