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.

DIMINUTIVE GUARD Niv Misgav (left) almost propelled Ironi Nahariya past Hapoel Jerusalem in the State Cup final earlier this year, and he has retained his form since the Israeli basketball league resumed last week after the coronavirus-induced break
Misgav maintains rhythm in weird season
JEREMY PARGO (left) made a stellar Hapoel Jerusalem debut  against former team Maccabi Tel Aviv, but Scottie Wilbekin (right) stole the show. June 29, 2020
Maccabi Tel Aviv gets the better of arch-rival Jerusalem
By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
JUST UNDER two years after becoming Israel's National Team coach, Austrian Andy Herzog has decided to step down from the position to pursue new opportunities.
Beersheba, Beitar draw, Mac TA, Mac Haifa triumph
By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
HAPOEL JERUSALEM forward James Feldeine goes to the hoop for two of his 13 points in the Reds’ 84-78 victory over Maccabi Rishon Lezion at the capital’s Pais Arena in both teams’ first Winner League game back after a long layoff
Squeaks and swishes mark hoops’ return
By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
MACCABI TEL AVIV forward Eylon Almog celebrates after scoring the yellow-and-blue’s second goal during stoppage time of the club’s 2-0 derby victory over Hapoel Tel Aviv at Bloomfield Stadium in Premier League Championship Playoff action.
Maccabi blanks Hapoel in Tel Aviv derby
By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
AFTER STARTING his hoops career with Hapoel Jerusalem, small forward Adam Ariel has blossomed into a valuable player with Maccabi Rishon Lezion.
Rishon’s Adam Ariel shooting for the stars
By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
Women's volleyball at the 2016 Rio Olympics
Israeli Volleyball Association wins raffle to host European matches
By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
MORDECHAI SPIEGLER gets his game on in 2014.
Fifty years on: Israel’s World Cup extravaganza
By EYAL LEVY
SHLOMI AZULAY (right) and Beitar Jerusalem have had problems finding the back of the net recently, with the club from the capital playing to yet another 0-0 draw over the weekend, this time at Maccabi Haifa, in Premier League Championship Playoff action.
Hapoel Tel Aviv’s woes continue in rout
By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
Hapoel Tel Aviv forward Roei Zikri is sandwiched between Maccabi Tel Aviv’s Itay Shechter (left) and Dan Glazer (right) during the teams’ 1-1 derby draw  on Monday night at the Moshava Stadium in Petah Tikva.
Beersheba and Petah Tikva to duel in State Cup final
By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
MACCABI TEL AVIV (in white) and Beitar Jerusalem battled to a boring 0-0 draw this week at Teddy Stadium in Israel Premier League Championship Playoff action.
Beitar, Mac TA can’t score in snooze-fest
By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
MACCABI HAIFA (in green) and Hapoel Haifa battled to a 2-2 draw on Sunday night at Sammy Ofer Stadium in Israel Premier League Championship Playoff action
Dramatic Haifa derby finishes in late draw
By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
MACCABI TEL AVIV is pulling away from Maccabi Haifa in the Israeli Premier League Championship Playoffs.
Maccabi Tel Aviv marching toward title
By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
THE AUTHOR takes a selfie at an empty Teddy Stadium on Saturday in the first game since the Israeli soccer league returned from a long hiatus
A unique masked adventure in Jerusalem
By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
Soccer Football - Europa League - Group G - BSC Young Boys v FC Porto - Stade de Suisse, Bern, Switzerland - November 28, 2019 Young Boys' Christian Fassnacht celebrates scoring their first goal with Moumi Ngamaleu
Israel's Plus500 to sponsor Swiss soccer champions Young Boys
BEITAR JERUSALEM and Hapoel Beersheba met at an empty Teddy Stadium on Saturday in the first game since the league returned from a long hiatus.
Exciting return to the pitch for Israeli soccer clubs
A young Gene Banks (left) poses with Michael Jordan (right) while both were in the NBA with the Chicago Bulls in the mid-1980s
Michael Jordan, from an Israeli hoopster perspective
By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
ISRAELI SOCCER fans finally have a date to look forward to, with game action set return at the end of the month.
Local soccer league, cup brace for return to action
By JERUSALEM POST SPORTS STAFF
ASIDE FROM the obvious contact issues inherently involved with the sport, Israeli basketball teams have to find a way to get many of their players back into the country before they can seriously think about a competitive return to the court
Getting back into the sports groove in Israel
By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
WHILE SOCCER training will resume in Israel, it will be quite a while before goal-celebrations like this will be happening again
Soccer teams in Israel allowed to return to training
By JERUSALEM POST SPORTS STAFF
DENI AVDIJA has been with both Maccabi Tel Aviv and the Israel National Team, and is expected to be a top-10 pick in the upcoming NBA Draft.
Israel’s Deni Avdija declares for NBA Draft
By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
Picture of Tal Brody on Maccabi Tel Aviv in 1977
Maccabi Tel Aviv marks iconic 1977 title
By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
Beatie Deutsch
Orthodox mother of 5 asks Olympic Committee to keep marathon off Shabbat
By MARCY OSTER/JTA
Fragiskos Alvertis and Panathinaikos BC have gone hand-in-hand through 30 brilliant years in the Greek team’s history, with the forward-turned-GM being the most decorated person in Euroleague history with six total championships
Panathinaikos icon Fragiskos Alvertis reflects on 30 years with the club
By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
DELEGATIONS FROM 85 countries gather at Teddy Stadium in Jerusalem for the opening ceremony of the 2017 Maccabiah Games
21st Maccabiah postponed a year for Olympics to 2022
By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
ALONA BARKAT had plenty of good times as the owner of Hapoel Beersheba
Alona Barkat bails on Hapoel Beersheba
By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
Ben Eisenhardt misses banging down low on the basketball court, but the Hapoel Beersheba center is optimistic the local season will resume at some point after the coronovirus is under control.
An athlete’s perspective from the sideline - interview
By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
BASEBALL STAR poses with wife Tess in front of the Kotel after making aliyah earlier this month
Ian Kinsler - Aliyah secured in bottom of the 9th
By DANNY GROSSMAN
SHOFAR SO GOOD for new Israeli Ian Kinsler, playing around in Jerusalem
Exclusive: Israel baseball brings Kinsler into the fold
By DANNY GROSSMAN
Mobli founder and CEO Moshe Hogeg
Beitar Jerusalem F.C. owner tests positive for coronavirus
By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
CORONAVIRUS has sidelined basketball players in Israel and around the world, with no indication of when teams will be back on the court, domestically or abroad.
Local hoops league suspended indefinitely
By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
EMPTY BASKETBALL ARENAS and soccer stadiums have become the new norm across Israel and the rest of the world in the face of coronavirus concerns, with no indication of when the games will resume.
Coronavirus: Israeli teams await next step with ambiguity
By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
HAPOEL BEERSHEBA (in white) and Maccabi Haifa duel in the State Cup quartefinals in front of an empty Sammy Ofer Stadium stands – due to coronavirus concerns – in a match Beersheba claimed a 2-1 victory to advance.
Fans or not, local soccer and hoops play on
By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
HAPOEL JERUSALEM guard J’Covan Brown splits the Maccabi Tel Aviv defense during the Reds’ 98-87 home victory over the yellow-and-blue. March 8 2020.
Hapoel Jerusalem outduels Maccabi Tel Aviv
By Uriel Sturm
Jerusalem decided yesterday to postpone the 2020 Jerusalem Marathon – which was to have been held on March 20 – until October due to concerns over coronavirus
The games must go on... sort of
By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
TASHAWN THOMAS (right) and Hapoel Jerusalem, as well as Deni Avdija (left) and Maccabi Tel Aviv will both suit up for big continental games tonight at home.
Jerusalem set for playoff clash with Peristeri
By Uriel Sturm
 BEITAR JERUSALEM defender Uri Magbo celebrates after scoring a stoppage-time goal on Sunday night to give the yellow-and-black a 2-1 victory over Ashdod SC at Teddy Stadium in both club’s final regular-season match of the Israel Premier League.
Israel Premier League regular season closes as teams are divided
THE NEWLY renovated Bloomfield Stadium is now fully operational and the home to Tel Aviv's three top-tier soccer teams, two of which - Maccabi Tel Aviv and Bnei Yehuda - will be facing off against one another in Premier League action on Sunday
Israeli Football Association: New ban on homophobic chants
NIKOS PAPANIKOLOPOULOS has coached Peristeri to an unexpected Champions League Top 16 result in his first season at the helm
Hapoel Jerusalem take on Athens' Peristeri BC as playoffs begin
By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
Sylvan Adams is seen meeting with head of the Abu Dhabi Sports Council.
Israeli participation in UAE World Tour affects more than the race track
Minister of Sports and Culture Miri Regev meets with FIBA President Hamane Niang
Israel may host the 2027 FIBA World Championship
Skiers ride a ski lift on Mount Hermon in the Golan Heights near the Israel-Syria border.
Welcome to Mount Hermon, Israel’s only ski mountain.
By URIEL HEILMAN/JTA
DENI AVDIJA (8) was dominant for Israel in last night’s 87-63 victory over Romania, with the 19-year-old swingman racking up a game-high 21 points and grabbing eight rebounds to lift the blue-and-white to a 2-0 record in EuroBasket qualifying
Israel routs Romania in EuroBasket qualifying
By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
HAPOEL TEL AVIV celebrates after it earned a 1-0 victory in the capital on Monday night, while Beitar Jerusalem players (inset) wonder what went wrong.
Hap TA blanks Beitar Jerusalem at Teddy
By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
MACCABI TEL AVIV swingman Deni Avdija
Reds follow cup conquest with league victory
By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
J’COVAN BROWN and Hapoel Jerusalem were pushed to the limit by Ironi Nahariya in last night’s State Cup final at Yad Eliyahu, but emerged with a narrow 92-89 victory to successfully defend its title.
Jerusalem repeats as State Cup champion
By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
Encouraged by her coach Avi Kadouri, Amit receives her black belt
Avi Kadouri: Israel’s top Taekwondo instructor
By RUBENS ZADEL
ORI SASSON was the last Israeli to win a medal at Olympics, capturing the bronze in the judo men's heavyweight competition at the 2016 Games in Rio
Olympic Committee of Israel announces medal rewards
By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
TASHAWN THOMAS and Hapoel Jerusalem claimed a 90-78 victory over Maccabi Rishon Lezion on Monday night in the State Cup semifinals
Jerusalem, Nahariya to duel for State Cup
By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
Pitcher Joey Wagman
Israel's national baseball team making its way to the Olympics
By DANNY GROSSMAN
Beitar Jerusalem's players look on as the team slumps to a 3-1 defeat to Bnei Yehuda, Februry 2, 2020
Bnei Yehuda beats Beitar Jerusalem at Teddy
By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes (15) throws a pass as offensive tackle Eric Fisher (72) blocks Tennessee Titans linebacker Harold Landry III (58) in the AFC Championship Game at Arrowhead Stadium
Super Bowl LIV: Where to catch the Chiefs and 49ers kickoff in Israel
MACCABI HAIFA continues to keep the pressure on the Maccabi Tel Aviv 20 games into the Premier League season, in a title race that could go down to the wire.
Mac Haifa stays within striking distance of 1st
By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
 Israel forward Eran Zahavi
Israeli soccer star Eran Zahavi to return from China due to coronavirus
DESPITE back-to-back losses to Italy and Spain at the European Baseball Championship in Germany, Israel still finished among the top five teams and will head to Italy for the WBSC Olympic Qualifier Europe-Africa tournament later this week
Israel’s Olympic baseball team preps for Tokyo, looks to expand the sport
By HILLEL KUTTLER/ JTA
IT WILL be a strange sight for Jerusalem hoops fans to see former player Amar’e Stoudemire donning the yellow-and-blue jersey of arch-rival Maccabi Tel Aviv.
Dissecting Amar’e Stoudemire’s decision to join Maccabi Tel Aviv
Dota 2 Tournament for Team YP, Gamergy 2014
Eilat to host 12th world e-sport championships
Chelsea players Ruben Loftus-Cheek (left) and Cesar Azpilicueta (right) and stand in front of the club’s mural commemorating Holocaust victims last week in London
Chelsea unveils mural with Jewish soccer players murdered at Auschwitz
By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ/JTA
TYLER DORSEY helped Maccabi Tel Aviv get past Barcelona this week in the Euroleague.
Busy week for Israel's basketball and soccer leagues
THERE WERE few scoring chances last night when Maccabi Tel Aviv squared off against Beitar Jerusalem in Haifa, with the Premier League encounter ending 0-0.
Jerusalem holds Mac TA to scoreless draw
MEMBERS OF Israel’s Olympic-bound national baseball team visit with patients at the Sheba Medical Center at Tel HaShomer yesterday
Israel’s baseball team all-in, on and off field
By DANNY GROSSMAN
Noa Szollos stands alongside Amanda Salzgeber and Amelie Klopfenstein on the winner's podium for Girls' Alpine skiing at the 2020 Winter Youth Olympic Games in Lausanne, Switzerland.
Israeli skier wins Israel's first ever medal at Winter Youth Olympics
Team Israel poses for a celebratory selfie on September 22 in Parma, Italy, minutes after defeating South Africa to qualify for the Olympics.
On the cusp of greatness
QUINCY ACY (left) and Scottie Wilbekin (right) helped shut down Jeremy Hollowell (center) and Ness Ziona late in Maccabi Tel Aviv’s 80-71 victory in Winner League action.
Avdija, Maccabi Tel Aviv power past Ness Ziona
MACCABI TEL AVIV forward Quincy Acy (left) and Hapoel Beersheba’s Da’Sean Butler (right) are two foreign players who make a big impact on their Israeli teams.
Figuring out the foreign-player rules in Israel
MACCABI TEL AVIV forward Deni Avdija backs down the Hapoel Beersheba defense during the second half of the yellow-and-blue’s 80-63 road victory on Sunday night.
Jerusalem downs Holon to improve to 10-1
BEITAR JERUSALEM sits in third place in the Premier League
Maccabi Tel Aviv rebounds vs Bnei Yehuda
By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
Hapoel Um El Fahem’s shocking 3-2 comeback defeat of mighty Maccabi Tel Aviv over the weekend in State Cup round-of-32 action in Afula
Maccabi Tel Aviv stunned by Um El Fahem
By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
Al-Quds day Israel flag on fire in Iran 370
Greek basketball fans burn Israeli flag at game
MACCABI TEL AVIV’S Deni Avdija (with ball) has shown glimpses of his immense talent this season, and the 18-year-old swingman is set to start playing more of a key role for the team with a spike of injuries to the roster.
Deni Avdija poised to take big step up
HAPOEL JERUSALEM forward James Feldeine scored a game-high 18 points to power the Reds to an 84-69 road rout of Maccabi Ashdod in local league action this week. (Liron Moldovan)
Maccabi TA whips Maccabi Haifa
By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
A 1996 file photo shows the Detroit Red Wings Russian line of (from left) Slava Fetisov, Sergei Fedorov, Vladimir Konstantinov, Igor Larionov and Vyacheslav Kozlov. The so-called ‘Russian Five’ are the subject of the hit documentary of the same name that will be premiering in Israel next week.
Award-winning hockey documentary ‘The Russian Five’ set for Israel premiere
By JERUSALEM POST SPORTS STAFF
MACCABI TEL AVIV Chairman Shimon Mizrahi (left) has a good working relationship with Euroleague President Jordi Bertomeu (right), and the latter was recently in Israel to celebrate Mizrahi’s 80th birthday.
Euroleague czar shoots from the hip
By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
Israeli Ambassador to the US, Ron Dermer (in baseball jersey), practices his batting skills with representatives of Israel's national baseball team, November 26, 2019
Ron Dermer hits a home run with Israel's national baseball team in D.C.
SULEIMAN BRAIMOH (17) and Hapoel Jerusalem gutted out a 85-80 victory over Hapoel Tel Aviv in the State Cup last-16 and will meet Maccabi Tel Aviv in the quarterfinals.
Jerusalem, Holon into State Cup quarters
By Uriel Sturm
DEFENDING CHAMPION Maccabi Tel Aviv has not lost a beat, sitting atop the Israel Premier League standings a quarter of the way throught the season
Stingy yellow-and-blue leading the pack
By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
MACCABI TEL AVIV players celebrate after defeating host Hapoel Eilat 97-76 in State Cup round-of-16 action.
Maccabi Tel Aviv crushes Eilat to book spot in State Cup quarterfinals
By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
MACCABI HAIFA players celebrate the Greens’ second goal in their 3-1 home victory over Beitar Jerusalem on Sunday night in Israel Premier League action.
Beersheba soccer club shocked by lowly Ness Ziona
UNDER THE watchful eye of at least one NBA scout, Maccabi Tel Aviv swingman Deni Avdija (8) starred in a 86-65 victory over Ironi Nahariya on Monday night
Avdija, Mac TA run away from Nahariya
By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
DISABLED CYCLISTS take part in the Beit Halochem Canada, Aid to Disabled Veterans of Israel race this week in Israel.
Cycling for veterans
By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
MACCABI TEL AVIV and Hapoel Beersheba dueled on Monday night at Bloomfield, with the yellow-and-blue earning a 2-0 victory that took it back atop the Premier League.
Maccabi Tel Aviv too strong for Beersheba
By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
Odem Gadron, Or Avraham, Or Stromaier and Maor Nekvah won gold for Israel in the age 11-16 competition.
Israel's golden acrobats shine
By JERUSALEM POST SPORTS STAFF
Arik Henig and Michael Jordan pose together in 1984. Henig, the man who put the NBA on the map in Israel, died this week at the age of 72.
Israeli basketball icon Arik Henig laid to rest
By Uriel Sturm
ISRAEL’S NATIONAL baseball team qualified last week for the 2020 Toyko Olympics, an incredible accomplishment and the culmination of years of hard work to assemble a top-notch squad to compete next year against the world's best.
Israel to send its largest delegation to 2020 Olympics
ISRAEL SNAPPED a four-game winless streak in Euro 2020 qualifiying with a 3-0 victory over visiting Latvia this week in Beersheba’s Turner Stadium.
Action-packed week in soccer, basketball
By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
Israeli gymnast Artem Dolgopyat
Israeli gymnast Artem Dolgopyat wins silver at World Championships
By MARCY OSTER/JTA
DAVID BLATT (inset) had Timofey Mozgov on the Russian national team and with the Cleveland Cavaliers, and the center has nothing but praise for his former coach
Ex-NBA star's fond feelings for former coach David Blatt
 IN THE first ever internationally recognized tackle football game in Israel, the blue-and-white lost 32-23 to Belgium last night.
Blue-and-white beaten by Belgium in Jerusalem
By JERUSALEM POST SPORTS STAFF
Turkey vs Israel, football
Kraft Sports Campus hosts 1st international football game
By JERUSALEM POST SPORTS STAFF
OMRI CASSPI (center) scored 13 points for Maccabi Tel Aviv last night, but the yellow-and-blue lost 89-83 at Khimki Moscow in its Euroleague opener
Maccabi TA among Euroleague contenders
ISRAEL’S NATIONAL baseball team qualified last week for the 2020 Toyko Olympics, an incredible accomplishment and the culmination of years of hard work to assemble a top-notch squad to compete next year against the world's best.
The deeper meaning of Israel’s historic baseball accomplishment
By DANNY GROSSMAN
Team Israel qualifies for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics
Israel's national baseball team qualifies for 2020 Tokyo Olympics
By DANNY GROSSMAN
TACKLE FOOTBALL has grown in Israel over the past decade, and the national team is ready to make waves in Europe.
Israel’s gridiron squad heads to Turkey for qualifier
By JERUSALEM POST SPORTS STAFF
ISRAEL'S EURO 2020 qualifying campaign is in trouble following a 3-2 road defeat to Slovenia on Monday night.
Tough loss for blue-and-white in Slovenia
By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
ARGENTINE JEW Diego Schwartzman battled hard against Rafael Nadal in the US Open
Nadal proves too strong for Schwartzman in Open
By HOWARD BLAS
Ariel Kolandarov – from Tel Aviv – dreams of becoming the next Novak Djokovic
ITEC empowers children, transforms lives through tennis
By HOWARD BLAS
THE NEWLY renovated Bloomfield Stadium is now fully operational and the home to Tel Aviv's three top-tier soccer teams, two of which - Maccabi Tel Aviv and Bnei Yehuda - will be facing off against one another in Premier League action on Sunday
Refurbished Bloomfield takes center stage
By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
SAGI MUKI became the first Israeli male judoka to win a world championships gold medal this week in Tokyo
Ze’evi: Muki on path to becoming Israel’s greatest judoka
By JERUSALEM POST SPORTS STAFF
 Israel's Sagi Muki and Belgium's Matthias Casse compete
Egyptian Foreign Ministry: Politics should not be involved in sports
DIEGO SCHWARTZMAN hits a return during his 6-3, 7-6(6), 6-0 first-round conquest of Robin Haase on Tuesday night at the US Open
Jewish Argentine Schwartzman rolls into 2nd round
By HOWARD BLAS
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