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.

Runners race to the top of Mt. Hermon in annual challenge

The race ends at the top of Mount Hermon, 2040m above sea level, by the upper cable car station and overlooking the scenic path below.

Russian-Israeli tennis player reaches French Open mixed doubles final

Aslan Karatsev, playing mixed doubles for the first time, has reached the finals of the French Open with partner Elena Vesnina.

By EMILY BURACK/ JTA
09/06/2021

Israel Winner League playoff series off to the races

Gilboa/Galil edges host Holon in opener • Casspi and Zoosman pace Maccabi Tel Aviv past Eilat

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
08/06/2021

Jewish-Arab initiative: Rackets, not Rockets

The Bedouin city of Rahat is hoping that its young men and women would be able to represent Israel in international tennis championships.

Blue-and-white blows out Montenegro

Plenty of credit to go around as Abu Fani notches three assists, Kinda debuts and scores in friendly

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
06/06/2021

Team Finest: Meet Israel’s first professional esports team

Over the years, video games have evolved drastically from a niche hobby to being the most valuable and lucrative form of entertainment in the world.

05/06/2021

Maccabi Tel Aviv captures Israel State Cup title

Derby final ends with yellow-and-blue beating Hapoel in extra time • National Team on the road

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
03/06/2021

Maccabi Haifa crowned Israel Premier League champion

Greens clinch title on season’s final day with victory over Beersheba as Mac TA draws with K8

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
31/05/2021

Championship to be decided in season climax

Maccabi Haifa held to draw by Kiryat Shmona as Maccabi Tel Aviv stays alive with conquest.

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
27/05/2021
DEPENDING ON how the results play out, Maccabi Haifa can capture the Israel Premier League champions

Maccabi Haifa closes in on championship

Greens maintain four-point lead on Mac TA with 2 games left • Beersheba nets 99th-minute winner.

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
25/05/2021

Foreign players reactions show Israel must embrace own athletes - opinion

Talent development is thrust into the spotlight with many imports voicing concerns and leaving the country amid conflict with Hamas.

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
20/05/2021

Tel Aviv to host inaugural cycling finale

Sylvan Adams Velodrome is the venue for the last UCI Track Champions League race in December.

By JERUSALEM POST SPORTS STAFF
19/05/2021
MACCABI HAIFA is poised to win the Israel Premier League championship and is also in the running for

Local leagues scrambling to finish seasons

Soccer, hoops affected by conflict. Comptroller releases report on reduction of violence in sports.

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
18/05/2021

Oakley's new sunglasses make Israel debut

At a price of NIS 1,200, the brand-new Oakley Kato can be found in optical stores across the country.

By JERUSALEM POST SPORTS STAFF
12/05/2021

Blatt, Jerusalem overcome Gilboa/Galil

Maccabi Tel Aviv tops slumping Eilat • Madar propels Hapoel Tel Aviv • Nahariya relegated

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
11/05/2021
AFTER RALLYING from a two-goal deficit to draw Maccabi Tel Aviv, Maccabi Haifa has a strong hold on

Maccabi Haifa retains grip on pole position

Comeback draw at Maccabi Tel Aviv keeps Greens on pace for title • Petah Tikva grabs the crucial win.

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
10/05/2021
Stephan Micus

La Familia heads banned from entering Beitar Jerusalem games - court

"This decision will help eradicate violence and racism on the field," the club wrote.

Holon ousted in Champions League quarters

The upstart Israeli squad was unable to match the Spanish League ACB team as veteran guards Vitor Benite and Alex Renfroe orchestrated the offense and did as they pleased.

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
06/05/2021

Israeli wrestler narrowly loses match for Olympic spot

Mitch Finesilver has impressive run at World Olympic Qualifiers, but falls to Ukraine's Mykhailov in semifinals.

Hapoel Holon continues to advance in the Basketball Champions League

American guard Tyrus McGee takes aim at powering Hapoel Holon in Champions League playoffs

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
06/05/2021

This Logitech sponsorship might take Israeli gaming to the next level

The deal, signed last week between Team Finest and Logitech G's gaming department, will include a series of content collaborations on social media platforms, as well as events and competitions.

Israeli special-needs karate champion wins gold

Idan Levi from Ramat Gan performed a kata, a karate form that resembles an elegant, yet powerful dance routine perfecting the movements of the martial art.

By HADASSAH BRENNER
03/05/2021

A truly inspiring continental championship

Little Ness Ziona, driven by veteran Tal Dunne, shocks the hoops world with Europe Cup title.

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
29/04/2021

Mac Haifa maintains slim lead over Mac TA

Green draw with Beersheba as yellow-and-blue blanked by K8 • Hadera edges Bnei Yehuda

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
27/04/2021

Triumphant Ness Ziona lifts FIBA Europe Cup

Israeli club claims maiden continental championship • Maccabi Tel Aviv avoids slump by edging Maccabi Haifa

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
26/04/2021
SOCCER IS one of the sports taking place this weekend at the Tel Aviv Games

Sapir Berman becomes Israel's first transgender soccer referee

Sagi Berman, 27, joined the Israeli Referees Association at a young age and presented exceptional physical and mental capabilities from the very beginning. Now, she plans on tackling a new challenge.

Hapoel Jerusalem coach welcomes opportunity to turn around capital’s club

TaShawn Thomas echoed some of the frustrations while also taking some of the blame for the club’s poor play the past few months

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
23/04/2021

Israeli wrestler wins bronze medal at European championships

Mitch Finesilver is currently Israel’s most decorated wrestler, competing in the international freestyle arena.

Wizards' Deni Avdija reportedly out for season with broken ankle

Avdija will undergo an MRI exam on Thursday but is not believed to need surgery, according to the report.

By REUTERS
22/04/2021

McGee, Holon handle Hapoel Jerusalem in Israel Winner League

Giboa completes season sweep of Maccabi Tel Aviv • Hap TA earns pivotal win over Herzliya

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
20/04/2021

Israeli Rhythmic Gymnastics Team earns three medals at Tashkent World Cup

The national team is slated to participate in the upcoming Tokyo 2021 Olympics.

By SHOSHANNA KEATS-JASKOLL
20/04/2021

Greens go up on Mac Tel Aviv atop table

Mac Haifa blanks K8 as yellow-and-blue held by Ashdod • Hapoel Tel Aviv moves closer to safety

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
19/04/2021

Still rolling: Getting inspired by Paralympic gold medalist Namer Wolf

Wolf competed in five Paralympics, representing Israel in London, Seoul, Barcelona, Atlanta and Sydney, from 1984 until 2000.

By DIANE BLETTER
15/04/2021

Israel unveils expanded roster for Tokyo Games

Israel's baseball team for the 2021 Olympics:

By JERUSALEM POST SPORTS STAFF
13/04/2021

Independence Day interview with Israeli hoops ambassador

Former NBA player and blue-and-white National Team captain Gal Mekel imparts Israeli pride

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
13/04/2021
WHILE SCOTTIE WILBEKIN (center) and Maccabi Tel Aviv provided some Euroleague highlights this season

Subpar Euroleague campaign for Maccabi Tel Aviv

With high hopes after last year’s condensed continental success, yellow-and-blue falls flat.

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
08/04/2021

Hapoel Jerusalem staves off Ness Ziona

Prather’s 41-point performance leads Eilat past Hapoel Tel Aviv • Hapoel wins Haifa derby

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
06/04/2021

Maccabi Tel Aviv retakes place atop table

Marquee duel on tap between yellow-and-blue and Maccabi Haifa • Hap TA continues climb

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
05/04/2021
 Israel's Eran Zahavi celebrates scoring their first goal against Moldova, March 31, 2021

Israeli national football team defeats Moldova 4:1

The first half was embarrassing for the Israeli team, it cannot be defined otherwise.

By SPORT 1
01/04/2021

An Israeli striker making his mark abroad

Blue-and-white soccer star Munas Dabbur reflects on European success, Nazareth origins and goals.

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
31/03/2021

Tillman, Hapoel Tel Aviv top host Jerusalem

Holon maintains momentum by beating Beersheba • Gilboa overcomes Ness Ziona in OT

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
30/03/2021
ISRAEL MIDFIELDER Dor Peretz (8) celebrates on the pitch with his teammates after scoring a 44th-min

Blue-and-white notches 1st qualifying point

Peretz scorcher, Fraser equalizer ensures 1-1 draw with Scotland at Bloomfield • Moldova road test next.

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
29/03/2021
Linoy Ashram

Linoy Ashram wins two gold medals at gymnastics world championship

Ashram made it to first place in the multi-sport race category with a 98.45 score.

Israel and UAE Karate Federation to sign cooperation agreement

This marks the latest sign of diplomacy between the two countries, which signed a peace agreement last year.

Judo - World Judo Championships - Men's Under 81 kg - Nippon Budokan, Tokyo, Japan - August 28, 2019

Israel to host World Judo Championships for first time

The location also symbolic of the cooperation between Israel and Qatar.

Blue-and-white beaten 2-0 by Denmark

National Team opens World Cup qualifying campaign with loss at Bloomfield • Scotland on tap

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
25/03/2021
WASHINGTON WIZARDS Israeli rookie Deni Avdija (right) defends New York Knicks forward Julius Randle,

Avdija and Wizards fall to Knicks at MSG

Israeli rookie scores 14 points in first performance at iconic New York arena, but fouls out

By HOWARD BLAS
24/03/2021
Israeli teenager Amit Vigoda (#24) is studying at the University of Texas at Arlington while playing

Israeli teen outstanding player in US Wheelchair Basketball Championship

"This was one of the most challenging years of my life... to move to a strange county, with a different language and new team, and learn how to be responsible and independent."

By JOSH ARONSON/ MAARIV
23/03/2021

Hapoel Jerusalem staves off Herzliya rally

Maccabi Tel Aviv routs Hapoel Haifa ahead of Euroleague clash with Zalgiris • Ness Ziona faces Kyiv

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
22/03/2021

Playoffs and relegation battle seedings set

Maccabi Haifa is ahead of Maccabi Tel Aviv for 1st place; Beitar Jerusalem loses and coaches resign.

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
21/03/2021

Maccabi Tel Aviv stays ahead of the pack

Hapoel Haifa returns to action with upset of Hapoel Jerusalem • Maccabi Haifa tops Hap TA

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
16/03/2021
ISRAEL RUGBY team member Vitali Primak sports his Provacan jersey during a recent competition

Israeli national rugby team to compete against UAE in first ever match

"This collaboration is a fantastic example of what sports can do," Kevin Musikanth, technical director of Israel Rugby, told The Jerusalem Post.

Football: Maccabi Tel Aviv, Maccabi Haifa remain neck-and-neck

Heading into final round of regular season, battle for championship playoff spots tight as ever

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
15/03/2021
Israeli flag football star Shana Sprung

Israel chosen to host 2021 Flag Football World Championships

40 teams from up to 30 countries expected in Holy Land for three-day tournament in December, with coveted sport in World Games up for grabs

By JERUSALEM POST SPORTS STAFF
15/03/2021

Noad Lahat: The first Israeli MMA fighter to battle on Arab soil

Lahat said he is proud to represent his country and isn’t worried if fans don’t cheer for him and he is confident he will win.

By ALAN ZEITLIN
10/03/2021

Maccabi Tel Aviv jumps Haifa atop table

Rout of Beitar Jerusalem catapults yellow-and-blue into 1st place as Greens upset by Petah Tikva.

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
09/03/2021

Bouncing around with Mike Kaufman

American-Israeli basketball influencer making an impact on courts and screens all over the world.

By HOWARD BLAS
09/03/2021

Maccabi tops Hapoel for TA bragging rights

Reds can’t hang on to big second-half lead • Jerusalem overcomes Rishon • Holon edges Gilboa.

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
08/03/2021

The Queen's Gambit inspires Israel's 40th chess championship

"We consider chess a challenging, sharp and competitive sport, which is known for its development of thought, creativity and cognitive abilities."

By HADASSAH BRENNER
05/03/2021

Israeli athlete Deni Avdija named to NBA’s Rising Stars team

Avdija, 20, has had an up-and-down rookie season, in part because of contracting COVID-19, which sidelined him for three weeks in January.

By ROB CHARRY/JTA
05/03/2021

Washington Wizards beat LA Clippers 119 to 117

Israeli singer Kobi Aflalo performs American National Anthem before the game.

Eilat impressive in conquest of Mac TA

Casspi returns for yellow-and-blue ahead of crucial Euroleague contests vs CSKA, Valencia

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
01/03/2021

Tel Aviv Grand Slam gold medalist Timna Nelson-Levy living her best life

The Israeli-American 26-year-old judoka spoke to the Jerusalem Post about winning the Grand Slam gold medal, earning Olympic berth.

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
26/02/2021

Maccabi Haifa edges Hapoel Umm Al Fahm

Last year’s State Cup Cinderella ousted by 90th-minute winner • Mac TA, Beitar Jerusalem advance

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
23/02/2021

Israeli judokas capture 4 medals at Tel Aviv Grand Slam

Nelson Levy, Cohen, Butbol, Paltchik shine • Muki, Sasson brush off defeats • Iranian Mollaei snags silver.

Leader Maccabi Haifa overwhelms Beitar

Greens stay ahead of Mac TA with 3-0 conquest in Jerusalem • Hapoel Haifa rallies to draw Beersheba

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
16/02/2021

Maccabi Tel Aviv rediscovering its rhythm

Pair of victories in a row over Holon for yellow-and-blue • Eilat maintains slim 1st-place lead.

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
15/02/2021

Israeli MMA fighter Haim Gozali wins in dramatic comeback

Only seconds into the second round, Gozali sent his opponent to the canvas, nailing him with a right that hit McAllister’s left ear.

By ALAN ZEITLIN
11/02/2021

Beitar Jerusalem FC withdraws sale to UAE Sheik Hamad bin Khalifa

The IFA's Transfer Rights Committee says the request was pulled since Bin Khalifa did not issue all the required documents, including a certificate of integrity.

By ITSIK ITZHAKI/MAARIV/SPORT1
11/02/2021

State Cup Final Four all ready to tip off

Slumping Hapoel Jerusalem takes on Rishon Lezion • Maccabi Tel Aviv tangles with Holon

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
10/02/2021

When will fans be allowed to come back?

While games continue to be played, feeling just isn’t the same as sports are all about the spectators.

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
04/02/2021
N A creative nod to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the Tel Aviv Marathon will take place this mon

New format announced for Tel Aviv marathon due to coronavirus

Multiple routes and tracking app to be used on February 19 amid pandemic, with motto of ‘All running together separately’

Maccabi Tel Aviv defeated Hapoel Beersheba 1-0

The victory was marred by an incident near the end of the match that saw Beersheba superstar Josue spit at Maccabi midfielder Avi Rikan out of frustration raising the ire of the visitors.

Wilbekin powers Maccabi to TA derby Win

Mitchell, Rishon crush Nahariya • Eilat sinks Hapoel Haifa • Holon handles Herzliya.

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
01/02/2021

COVID forces Haim Gozali, Israeli MMA fighter, out of retirement

Gozali, who was the first Israeli MMA (mixed martial arts) fighter to do battle at Madison Square Garden, will make his bare-knuckle fighting debut on February 5 in Tampa, Florida.

By ALAN ZEITLIN
28/01/2021

First Among Nations - A novel's complex view of soccer and coexistence

The novel presents a multifaceted Israel far more complex than often portrayed globally.

Mac TA, Hapoel Jerusalem lose in Europe

Yellow-and-blue falls to Fenerbahce • Reds ousted from Champions League • Ness Ziona triumphs

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
27/01/2021

Israeli clubs face crucial continental clashes

Maccabi Tel Aviv has a pair of Euroleague contests, while Jerusalem needs help in Champions League.

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
25/01/2021

Israel's ‘Queen’s Gambit’: Young female chess players of the Jewish State

The newly trendy game of chess has had a home in the Jewish state for years.

20/01/2021

Israel Start-Up Nation geared up for season

Blue-and-white cycling team newcomer Chris Froome committed for long term, wants 5th Tour title

By JERUSALEM POST SPORTS STAFF
20/01/2021
MAJOR LEAGUER and Israel Olympic National Team catcher Ryan Lavarnway (center) coaches young Israeli

Field of Peace launched to unite Israeli and UAE youth

Israel Baseball Association and Dubai Little League announce new baseball tournament to take place in both countries.

Basketball and soccer leagues set to resume despite lockdown

Despite extension of lockdown, Israeli sports teams get nod to resume play • Maccabi Tel Aviv close to signing Cline.

By Uriel Sturm
19/01/2021

Who is Dainius Adomaitis?

New Hapoel Jerusalem coach from Lithuania has big shoes to fill after taking over from Katash.

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
19/01/2021

Rishon edges Jerusalem in Balkan League

Strong final frame boosts Goodes’s club over Reds • Holon advances by disposing Hapoel Tel Aviv.

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
18/01/2021

Saudi Arabia hosts Israeli racers for Dakar Rally after new inroads

The rally website listed the teams as Belgian and American - a possible indicator of official reluctance to publicize an Israeli presence.

By REUTERS
18/01/2021
wrestling pic

Israeli wrestler captures bronze medal at elite French competition

The American-born Finesilver earned All-American status as a Duke University grappler at the 2019 National Collegiate Athletic Association wrestling championship.

A closing communique to the people’s coach - comment

The Sports Rabbi reflects on his decades of following the career of Oded Katash upon his departure from Hapoel Jerusalem to Greece.

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
14/01/2021

Maccabi Tel Aviv dealt tough home blow

Olympiacos rallies for Euroleague overtime conquest of yellow-and-blue ahead of Baskonia visit.

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
13/01/2021

Flash grenade placed outside Israeli soccer player's parents' house

Atzili is currently in the process of finalizing his signing with Maccabi Haifa FC, after he left Maccabi TLV last year for the Cypriot Apoel Nikosia following statutory rape allegations.

Israel Olympic

Doha Masters: Judoka Sagi Muki wins bronze medal in Qatar

Israeli Judo champion defeats South Korean Judoka Lee Seung-su in a waza-ari at the Doha Masters competition in Qatar.

Chris Froome samples hummus, tries out his Hebrew in preparation for 2021

Froome was recently signed to the ISN squad back in July of 2020, leaving his former team Ineos to ride out the remainder of his storied career in the Israeli blue and white.

Olympiacos icon molds young Greek players

With his EuroHoops Academy in full swing, Papaloukas reflects on career and season with Mac TA.

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
11/01/2021

Israeli NBA phenom Deni Avdija posts career-high night vs. Miami Heat

Washington was led by Avdija and Garrison Mathews, who scored 20 and 22 points, respectively.

10/01/2021

Jerusalem, Mac TA, Rishon, Holon in semis

Reds overcome Gilboa, yellow-and-blue nets derby triumph to roar into State Cup Final Four.

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
05/01/2021
HAPOEL HAIFA midfielder Hanan Maman celebrates after his 82nd-minute goal – his second tally of the

Hapoel Haifa mounts comeback in Jerusalem

Beitar can’t hold on to two-goal lead, settles for draw • First-place Maccabi Haifa edges Hadera.

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
03/01/2021
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