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.

Washington Wizards forward Deni Avdija speaks on a Zoom press conference after signing his rookie contract ahead of his first NBA season.
Deni Avdija acclimating to life in DC
WITH THE leadership and skill of savvy veterans Guy Pnini (left) and Gal Mekel (right), Israel has reeled off four straight victories in its EuroBasket 2022 qualifying campaign.
Israel breezes into EuroBasket in style
By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
Deni Avdija, drafted by the NBA's Washington Wizards
Wizards' Deni Avdija: Fired up and excited to play in world's best league
ISN Training Camp 2020
Israel Start-Up Nation finalizes roster for 2021, introduces Chris Froome
 Israeli judoka medalists pictured alongside Canadian-Israeli philanthropist Sylvan Adams, Israeli Judo Association President Moshe Ponte and Culture and Sports Minister Hili Tropper.
Israel to host judo Grand Slam in Tel Aviv
HAPOEL HAIFA (in black) and Hapoel Beersheba played to an exciting 2-2 draw on Monday night in Premier League action at Teddy Stadium.
Maccabi Tel Aviv overwhelms Kfar Saba
By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
Even at 37 years old, Guy Pnini is a big contributor to the Israel National Team, and it was his late three-pointer that helped ice Poland in last night’s 78-72 win
Israel clinches EuroBasket 2022 berth
By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
Linoy Ashram
Israeli gymnast Linoy Ashram wins gold at European Championship
Windsurfing 311
Israel wins gold, silver at windsurfing European Championship
BEITAR JERUSALEM forward Levi Garcia (top) scored a pair of goals on Monday night in the yellow-and-black’s 3-1 home victory over Maccabi Netanya in Premier League action
Emirati royal in talks on buying Jerusalem’s Beitar soccer club
By JTA
Tamir Blatt helped lead the blue-and-white to their astonishing victory over Spain with a comeback in the second half.
Israel upsets Spain's national team 95-87 in second half comeback
By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
ISRAEL WILL have former NBA player Gal Mekel running the point for its pair of EuroBasket qualifiers against Spain and Portland in Valencia this weekend.
Israel gears up for qualifiers vs Spain, Poland
By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
AFTER UNDERGOING knee surgery early this year, Maccabi Tel Aviv forward Omri Casspi was back on the floor for Monday night’s 81-75 victory over Hapoel Haifa.
Casspi, DiBartolomeo return for Mac TA
By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
BEITAR JERUSALEM defender Ori Magbo (left) – who scored his side’s lone goal – vies for the ball against Maccabi Netanya in the teams’ 1-1 draw on Sunday night.
Hapoel Haifa earns shock derby triumph
By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
Peter Paltchik from Israel (blue) fights with against Gasimov Elmar (white) from Azerbaijan in the final of the under 100 kg weight category during the Judo Grand Slam 2018 in Abu Dhabi, on October 29, 2018
Israeli Judoka Peter Paltchik wins gold at European Championship
ISRAEL FORWARD Manor Solomon (10) celebrates with his teammates after scoring for the blue-and-white in its 1-0 victory over Scotland in the Nations League action on Wednesday night in Netanya.
Blue-and-white beats Scotland
By Uriel Sturm
Deni Avdija, drafted by the NBA's Washington Wizards
Deni Avdija heads to Washington to start NBA career
By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
DENI AVDIJA took part in the 2019 National Basketball Association’s All Star-Borders Global Camp. Soon enough, the 19-year-old Israeli will be wearing a real NBA jersey.
How high will he go? Avdija’s big night
By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
DENI AVDIJA has been projected as a top-10 NBA pick throughout the year, generally in the 4-8 range. More recently, however, there are rumblings that the 19-year-old Israeli will be selected closer toward the 2-5 range in next Wednesday’s draft
All eyes on Israeli hoops phenom Avdija
By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
ISRAEL NATIONAL TEAM coach Willi Ruttensteiner and his players travelled to Norway before Wednesday's international friendly was cancelled at the last minute. They have upcoming League contests against the Czech Republic (on Sunday) Scotland
IFA irked after Norway-Israel friendly called off close to kickoff
By JERUSALEM POST SPORTS STAFF
 ERAN ZAHAVI (left) and the Israel National Team have a busy week ahead of them, starting with tonight’s friendly at Norway and continuing with Nations League contests against the Czech Republic (on Sunday) Scotland (on November 18)
Blue-and-white visits Norway for friendly
By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
 HAPOEL JERUSALEM FORWARD TaShawn Thomas converts an alley-oop dunk off a pass from teammate Tamir Blatt (unseen) during the Reds’ 91-82 victory over Ironi Nahariya on Sunday night at the capital’s Pais Arena.
Holon, Jerusalem, Mac TA off to good starts
By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
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
Former Cardinals pitcher wants to lead Israel's national baseball team
VERSATILE HOOPSTER Roman Sorkin is a threat both inside and outside the paint and Maccabi Haifa hopes to ride the Israeli big man to success this season.
A big step forward while remaining in place
By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
MACCABI TEL AVIV guard Scottie Wilbekin led the yellow-and-blue to a 20-point conquest of Maccabi Rishon Lezion in their Winner Cup semifinal duel.
Mac TA downs Rishon, earns spot in final
By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
BNEI YEHUDA FORWARD Amit Zenati kicks a penalty that he converted for the decisive goal in the 79th minute of his team’s 1-0 home victory over Ashdod SC on Sunday night in Israel Premier League action at Bloomfield Stadium.
Surprising standings early in campaign
By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
Football / soccer ball
Israeli sports commentator fired after making racist remarks live on air
Israel Start-Up Nation riders at Vuelta a Espana
Dan Martin thrilled with Israel Start-Up Nation
By JERUSALEM POST SPORTS STAFF
MACCABI TEL AVIV forward Oz Blayzer (left) scored a team-high 19 points in the team’s 83-74 Winner Cup victory over Hapoel Haifa.
Maccabi Tel Aviv downs Hapoel Haifa in Winner Cup
By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
ITAY SHECHTER (right) and Maccabi Tel Aviv were able to generate a number of scoring chances against Hapoel Beersheba at Bloomfield Stadium on Sunday night, but neither team was able to find the back of the net in a 0-0 Premier League draw.
Israeli clubs back in action after hiatus
By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
MACCABI TEL AVIV needs more production from center Ante Zizic (with ball), beginning with tonight’s Euroleague duel with Khimki Moscow in Russia.
Maccabi Tel Aviv aims to get back on track
By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
PARTICIPANTS RIDE in the 2020 Courage in Motion event.
Courage in Motion ride not slowed by coronavirus
By JERUSALEM POST SPORTS STAFF
ISRAEL START-UP Nation rider Dan Martin of Ireland in action during last month's Tour de France. The 34-year-old won the third stage of the Vuelta a Espana yesterday.
Israel Start-Up Nation’s Martin wins Vuelta stage
By REUTERS
Team Israel Start-up Nation at the 2020 Tour de France.
Team Israel Start-Up Nation paves a path to peace
MACCABI TEL AVIV continues its continental campaign tonight when it hosts Qarabag FK from Azerbaijan in the Europa League Group I opener at Bloomfield Stadium.
Maccabi Tel Aviv kicks off group stage vs Qarabag
By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
MACCABI RISHON LEZION FORWARD Akil Mitchell (left) scored a team-high 25 points to help offset a strong game by Hapoel Beersheba’s James Banks (right) in Rishon’s 96-85 victory over Beersheba in Balkan League action on Saturday night.
Rishon beats Beersheba in Balkan battle
By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
SCOTTIE WILBEKIN (1) and Maccabi Tel Aviv made a valiant rally after falling behind big to visiting Bayern Munich, but couldn't pull off the comeback in a narrow 85-82 Euroleague loss.
Bayern Munich holds off Maccabi Tel Aviv
By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
ISRAEL STRIKER Eran Zahavi heads home the blue-and-white’s first goal early in the second half of its 3-2 comeback victory over host Slovakia in Nations League action.
Blue-and-white roars back to beat Slovakia
By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
HAPOEL JERUSALEM guard Tarik Philip drives to the hoop during the Reds’ 103-96 overtime victory of Maccabi Rishon Lezion in Balkan League action
Jerusalem tops Rishon in Balkan League
By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
Israel's Eran Zhavi vs Scotand
Over-reliance on Zahavi an issue for Israel
By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
ISRAEL START-UP NATION rider Alex Dowsett celebrates his eighth-stage victory in the Giro d’Italia cycling race over the weekend
Israel Start-Up Nation wins historic Giro stage
By JERUSALEM POST SPORTS STAFF
OTHELLO HUNTER is optimistic about how far Maccabi Tel Aviv can go this year in the Euroleague after last season was cut short due to coronavirus.
Hunter embraces senior role with Maccabi Tel Aviv
By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
RED BULL SALZBURG’S Dominik Szoboszlai scores his club’s second goal past Maccabi Tel Aviv ’keeper Daniel Tenenbaum from the penalty spot in the 45th minute of Salzburg’s 3-1 victory over the yellow-and-blue in Champions League action from Austria.
Champions League losses in soccer, hoops
By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
AMERICAN FORWARD Malcolm Hill signed with Hapoel Jerusalem last month. The 24-year-old University of Illinois alum should give the Reds an injection of scoring, beginning with this week’s Champions League Final Eight tournament in Greece.
Hapoel Jerusalem in Greece for BCL Final 8
By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
EYLON ALMOG (center) and Maccabi Tel Aviv put up a valiant effort against Red Bull Salzburg on Tuesday night, even taking a lead into the break, but the Austrian club pulled out a 2-1 away victory in the Champions League Playoff first leg at Bloomfield Stadium.
Maccabi Tel Aviv can’t hold on vs Salzburg
By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
Guy Niv
Guy Niv becomes first Israeli to complete all 21 stages of Tour de France
MACCABI TEL AVIV is coming off an impressive victory over Dinamo Brest in Champions League qualification, but the upcoming two-legged duel with Red Bull Salzburg presents a much more difficult challenge, with a trip to group stage on the line.
Mac TA braces for clash with Salzburg
By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
Andy Ram at US Open practice 2009
Andy Ram, tennis legend, helps Israel's newest players achieve greatness
By HOWARD BLAS
ILANA ROMANO speaks this week next to the plaque commemorating her husband, Yosef Romano, who was one of the 11 Israeli athletes murdered by terrorists during the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich.
Remembering the fallen heroes of Munich
MACCABI HAIFA and Hapoel Beersheba (in blue) battled in front of empty stands at Sammy Ofer Stadium on Sunday night, with the Greens emerging with a 3-1 home victory in Israel Premier League Round 2 action.
Maccabi Tel Aviv, Bnei Yehuda play to draw
By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
A MASKED Madison Keys receives courtside treatment during her first-round match last week at the decidedly different mid-pandemic 2020 US Open in New York
No-shows, FOMO and business as usual
By HOWARD BLAS
ISRAEL STRIKER Eran Zahavi (center) celebrates with his teammates after scoring a 73rd-minute goal in the blue-and-white’s 1-1 away draw with Scotland on Friday night in Nations League group action in Glasgow.
Buoyant blue-and-white welcomes Slovakia
By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
MACCABI TEL AVIV players react in dismay while Maccabi Petah Tikva players celebrate in the background after scoring the game-winning goal in their surprising 2-1 victory over the defending champs in Sunday night’s season opener at Bloomfield Stadium.
Electrifying start to Israel's Premier League season
Israel Start-Up Nation cyclists pose on their bikes while wearing masks ahead of the 2020 Tour de France, which gets under way on Saturday
Israeli cycling ready to take center stage
NICK BLACKMAN scored Maccabi Tel Aviv's second goal on Wednesday in the yellow-and-blue's 3-0 road victory over Suduva in Champions League second-round qualifying play
Maccabi Tel Aviv advances with triumph over Suduva
By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
MACCABI TEL AVIV players celebrate their second goal in Wednesday night’s 2-0 conquest of Riga FC in Champions League qualifying at Bloomfield Stadium
Maccabi Tel Aviv takes home seventh Toto Cup
By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
MACCABI TEL AVIV players celebrate their second goal in Wednesday night’s 2-0 conquest of Riga FC in Champions League qualifying at Bloomfield Stadium
Maccabi Tel Aviv opens campaign strongly
By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
DOR PERETZ and Maccabi Tel Aviv have their sights set on an extended European run this season, with the Champions League group in reach for the Israeli champion
Riga ready for first-round qualifying duel against Donis, Maccabi Tel Aviv
By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
Liran Rotman
Sakhnin’s draw with K8 sends it to Toto Cup final vs Maccabi Tel Aviv
By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
Chelsea legend John Terry
Heineken to interview John Terry during Champions League final screening
THE MVP of the local league this season with Maccabi Tel Aviv, 19-year-old Israeli Deni Avdija is expected to be a lottery pick in the upcoming NBA Draft
Deni Avdija heading from MVP to NBA
By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
MACCABI TEL AVIV swingman Deni Avdija poses with the trophy after being voted the Most Valuable Player of the Israel basketball Winner League for the 2019/20 season. The 19-year-old is expected to be a lottery pick in October’s NBA Draft.
Tying a bow on a campaign for the ages
By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
SANDY COHEN helped Maccabi Tel Aviv win the Israeli championship in his first professional season, with the 24-year-old contributing more during the playoffs
American-Israeli hoopster earns his wings
By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
FINALS MVP Amar’e Stoudemire celebrates on court with the trophy after helping lead Maccabi Tel Aviv to an 86-81 victory over Maccabi Rishon Lezion on Tuesday night at Yad Eliyahu as the yellow-and-blue captured the championship
Yellow-and-blue nets 54th championship
By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
MACCABI RISHON LEZION’S Adam Ariel
Mac Tel Aviv and Rishon to tip off for title
By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
D’ANGELO HARRISON has played all around the world, but the allure of winning a title with Maccabi Rishon Lezion is an exciting prospect for the 26-year-old guard
Rishon’s Harrison has his eyes on the prize
By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
Willi Ruttensteiner has his work cut out for him in his new role as Israel’s National Team soccer coach, with a number of crucial games coming up in the next couple of months.
Ruttensteiner to take the blue-and-white reins ahead of pivotal stretch
By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
Hapoel TEL AVIV’s Yam Madar (left) got the best of fellow NBA Draft prospect Deni Avdija as the Reds topped Maccabi Tel Aviv in Game 2 of the their quarterfinal duel to set up a win-or-go-home contest tonight for a spot in the Final Four.
Tel Aviv rivals set for dramatic decider
By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
RABBI AMI PYKOVSKI celebrating on the field with Beitar Jerusalem
The Israeli rabbi and the soccer players
Hapoel Jerusalem big man Emmanuel Terry in the Reds’ 104-79 home win over Ness Ziona in Game 1 of their best-of-3 quarterfinal.
Mac Tel Aviv nips Hapoel in playoff opener
By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
HAPOEL JERUSALEM’S Bar Timor goes to the basket during the Reds’ 102-67 home victory over Hapoel Holon in both teams’ final regular-season contest
Regular season finally winds down
By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
HAPOEL BEERSHEBA players celebrate with the State Cup trophy on the pitch at Bloomfield Stadium on Monday night after beating Maccabi Petah Tikva 2-0 in the final
Beersheba bests Petah Tikva in tight final
By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
Tal Ben-Haim and Omer Damari of the Israel national soccer team
Berkovich removes himself as national coach nominee, Arab players oppose
IN A stunning upset, Hapoel Beersheba (in red) defeated Maccabi Tel Aviv 2-0 this week in both teams' final game of the 2019/20 Israel Premier League season, with the result marking the yellow-and-blue's lone loss of the campaign
Beersheba hands Maccabi Tel Aviv 1st defeat in finale
By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
JEREMY PARGO (left) and James Feldeine (right) helped Hapoel Jerusalem earn an 88-73 road triumph over teenager Noam Dovrat (center) and Maccabi Rishon Lezion this week in Israel Winner League action
Jerusalem uses 18-0 run to topple Rishon
By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
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
By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
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
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
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