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.

Andy Ram at US Open practice 2009
Andy Ram, tennis legend, helps Israel's newest players achieve greatness
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
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
Chelsea legend John Terry
Heineken to interview John Terry during Champions League final screening
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
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
RABBI AMI PYKOVSKI celebrating on the field with Beitar Jerusalem
The Israeli rabbi and the soccer players
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
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
SHOFAR SO GOOD for new Israeli Ian Kinsler, playing around in Jerusalem
Exclusive: Israel baseball brings Kinsler into the fold
Mobli founder and CEO Moshe Hogeg
Beitar Jerusalem F.C. owner tests positive for coronavirus
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
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
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
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
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