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.

Rishon beats Beersheba in Balkan battle

Nahariya, Hapoel Tel Aviv also victorious • Maccabi Tel Aviv falls to Olympiacos on buzzer-beating 3.

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
19/10/2020
Bayern Munich holds off Maccabi Tel Aviv

Despite late run vs Munich, yellow-and-blue plagued by turnovers in Euroleague defeat at home

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
15/10/2020
Blue-and-white roars back to beat Slovakia

Fired-up Zahavi nets three second-half tallies to give Israel maiden Nations League conquest

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
15/10/2020
Jerusalem tops Rishon in Balkan League

With local competition locked down due to COVID-19, Israeli clubs keep in form on international courts.

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
14/10/2020
Over-reliance on Zahavi an issue for Israel

Star striker misses penalty kick against Scotland as blue-and-white eliminated from European Championship contention.

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
11/10/2020
Israel Start-Up Nation wins historic Giro stage

British rider Alex Dowsett wins Stage 8 of the Giro d’Italia • Team co-owner Sylvan Adams: ‘I could not be more proud’

By JERUSALEM POST SPORTS STAFF
11/10/2020
OTHELLO HUNTER is optimistic about how far Maccabi Tel Aviv can go this year in the Euroleague after
Hunter embraces senior role with Maccabi Tel Aviv

American center opens up about his basketball journey from Ohio State to NBA to Europe

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
08/10/2020
Champions League losses in soccer, hoops

Pair of Israeli clubs eliminated in Europe, as Mac TA falls to Salzburg and Hap Jerusalem beaten by Burgos

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
01/10/2020
Hapoel Jerusalem in Greece for BCL Final 8

Revamped Reds face Burgos to start tournament, with sights set on capturing continental title

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
30/09/2020
Maccabi Tel Aviv can’t hold on vs Salzburg

Early Bitton tally for host yellow-and-blue doesn’t hold up as Austrians rally for pair of 2nd-half markers.

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
23/09/2020
Guy Niv becomes first Israeli to complete all 21 stages of Tour de France

Niv is part of the Israel Start-Up Nation (ISN) cycling team, Israel's first professional cycling squad who also made their debut in the Tour this year.

Mac TA braces for clash with Salzburg

Amid coronavirus complications, Austrian champ presents dangerous obstacle for yellow-and-blue.

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
21/09/2020
Andy Ram at US Open practice 2009
Andy Ram, tennis legend, helps Israel's newest players achieve greatness

"I didn’t think about how I was making history as the first Israeli athlete to play in Dubai."

By HOWARD BLAS
17/09/2020
Remembering the fallen heroes of Munich

Ceremony honors the 11 Israeli athletes who were murdered 48 years ago at the Olympics.

Maccabi Tel Aviv, Bnei Yehuda play to draw

Back-and-forth finish punctuates pulsating derby • Rukavytsya brace helps Mac Haifa beat Beersheba

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
14/09/2020
No-shows, FOMO and business as usual

This year’s US Open is unquestionably different – without Israelis, fans or in-person coverage

By HOWARD BLAS
09/09/2020
Buoyant blue-and-white welcomes Slovakia

After encouraging 1-1 draw at Scotland, Zahavi & Co. back home for pivotal Nations League showdown.

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
06/09/2020
Electrifying start to Israel's Premier League season

Petah Tikva shocks Maccabi Tel Aviv in opener • Beersheba edges Netanya • Jerusalem tops Hapoel Haifa

Israeli cycling ready to take center stage

With world-class riders, blue-and-white team has high hopes heading into Tour de France

Maccabi Tel Aviv advances with triumph over Suduva

Yellow-and-blue avenges last year's defeat to Lithuanian club, rolls into Champions League third qualifying round

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
26/08/2020
Maccabi Tel Aviv takes home seventh Toto Cup

A pair of second half goals by Matan Baltaxa and Dan Bitton helped Giorgis Donis’s side to the title as the yellow-and-blue played with a primarily young squad for the match.

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
25/08/2020
Maccabi Tel Aviv opens campaign strongly

Donis victorious in sideline debut for yellow-and-blue, which dispatches Riga in 1st qualifying round

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
20/08/2020
Riga ready for first-round qualifying duel against Donis, Maccabi Tel Aviv

Maccabi will look to get back into continental competition this season and make its mark in Europe.

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
18/08/2020
Liran Rotman
Sakhnin’s draw with K8 sends it to Toto Cup final vs Maccabi Tel Aviv

Liran Rotman scored a late goal to help Beitar Jerusalem notch a 2-0 conquest of host Ashdod SC this week.

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
17/08/2020
Heineken to interview John Terry during Champions League final screening

Heineken, marketed in Israel by Tempo, has organized similar events in previous years, making the public screenings of Champions League finals a kind of tradition among soccer lovers in Israel.

Deni Avdija heading from MVP to NBA

After helping Maccabi Tel Aviv capture championship, 19-year-old Israeli star set for next step

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
06/08/2020
MACCABI TEL AVIV swingman Deni Avdija poses with the trophy after being voted the Most Valuable Play
Tying a bow on a campaign for the ages

Reviewing all the awards and best moments as Mac TA’s Avdija earns MVP, Zoos top defender

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
03/08/2020
American-Israeli hoopster earns his wings

Mac TA’s Sandy Cohen had a unique start, but settled into key role for newly-crowned champ

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
30/07/2020
Yellow-and-blue nets 54th championship

Harrison and Rishon Lezion put up a valiant fight, but Amar’e and Mac TA too strong in final

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
29/07/2020
Mac Tel Aviv and Rishon to tip off for title

Both semifinals go down to wire as Wilbekin wills yellow-and-blue to victory, Ariel silences Jerusalem.

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
27/07/2020
Rishon’s Harrison has his eyes on the prize

Star guard helped guide team to Final Four, with tough semifinal battle with Jerusalem on tap

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
23/07/2020
Ruttensteiner to take the blue-and-white reins ahead of pivotal stretch

Technical Director steps down from front office, takes over from fellow Austrian Herzog as Israel's National Team soccer head coach

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
22/07/2020
Tel Aviv rivals set for dramatic decider

Hapoel not willing to bow to Maccabi in quarterfinal clash • Jerusalem, Rishon advance to Final Four

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
22/07/2020
The Israeli rabbi and the soccer players

Former player Rabbi Ami Pykovski reflects on his soccer journey, which has taken him from Israel to Los Angeles and back to the pitch.

Hapoel Jerusalem big man Emmanuel Terry in the Reds’ 104-79 home win over Ness Ziona in Game 1
Mac Tel Aviv nips Hapoel in playoff opener

Jerusalem drills Ness Ziona in Game 1 of quarterfinals • Holon rallies past Gilboa • Rishon tops Ma Haifa

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
19/07/2020
Regular season finally winds down

Haifa, Jerusalem prime for playoffs with conquests • Rishon stuns Mac TA again

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
14/07/2020
Beersheba bests Petah Tikva in tight final

Southern Reds crowned State Cup champions as Josue leads the way to convincing 2-0 triumph

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
14/07/2020
Tal Ben-Haim and Omer Damari
Berkovich removes himself as national coach nominee, Arab players oppose

Prior to his resignation as a possible candidate, Arab players from Israel's national team dispatched a message to Israel's Football Association, opposing Berkovich's appointment

Beersheba hands Maccabi Tel Aviv 1st defeat in finale

Israel soccer campaign finishes in dramatic fashion • Coaching merry-go-round to dominate offseason

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
09/07/2020
Jerusalem uses 18-0 run to topple Rishon

Avdija, Mac TA rout Holon • Beersheba edges Nahariya • Mac Haifa beats Hap TA on game-winning 3

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
07/07/2020
Misgav maintains rhythm in weird season

Nahariya guard opens up about his Israel basketball journey, return to the court after hiatus

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
02/07/2020
JEREMY PARGO (left) made a stellar Hapoel Jerusalem debut  against former team Maccabi Tel Aviv, but
Maccabi Tel Aviv gets the better of arch-rival Jerusalem

Wilbekin, Stoudemire double-doubles pace yellow-and-blue • Rishon routs Holon • Eilat sinks Ashdod

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
30/06/2020
Austrian Andy Herzog has decided to step down from the position to pursue new opportunities.
Beersheba, Beitar draw, Mac TA, Mac Haifa triumph

Yellow-and-blue one win away from clinching championship heading into weekend derby • Relegation battle still going strong

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
25/06/2020
Squeaks and swishes mark hoops’ return

Avdija, Maccabi Tel Aviv secure first place heading into playoffs • Jerusalem overcomes Rishon

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
23/06/2020
Maccabi blanks Hapoel in Tel Aviv derby

Yellow-and-blue coasting to title • Mac Haifa gets back on track • Beitar settles for draw with Hap Haifa.

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
22/06/2020
Rishon’s Adam Ariel shooting for the stars

Veteran Israeli forward reflects on Jerusalem origins and his maturation as a basketball player.

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
18/06/2020
Israeli Volleyball Association wins raffle to host European matches

Should they win, the Israeli team will be able to compete in the European Volleyball Championship, which will be held in 2021.

MORDECHAI SPIEGLER gets his game on in 2014.
Fifty years on: Israel’s World Cup extravaganza

The historic moment mentioned on that front page in bold letters would probably be the goal made by Mordechai “Motaleh” Spiegler, a lead player on the Israeli team, in Toluca, Mexico.

By EYAL LEVY
18/06/2020
Hapoel Tel Aviv’s woes continue in rout

Kanuk leads Hap Haifa to triumph • Beitar Jerusalem plays to another goalless draw vs Mac Haifa.

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
15/06/2020
Beersheba and Petah Tikva to duel in State Cup final

Premier League stalwart needs penalties to down Bnei Yehuda • Second-tier side stuns Hapoel Tel Aviv

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
14/06/2020
Beitar, Mac TA can’t score in snooze-fest

Both Jerusalem and yellow-and-blue play not to lose in what is becoming all too common in Israel.

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
14/06/2020
Dramatic Haifa derby finishes in late draw

Controversial penalty hands Hapoel a point • Bnei Yehuda blasts Hadera ahead of State Cup semis.

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
08/06/2020
Maccabi Tel Aviv marching toward title

Yellow-and-blue still undefeated after blanking second-place Maccabi Haifa • Beitar Jerusalem blanked at Bloomfield by Hapoel Tel Aviv

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
04/06/2020
A unique masked adventure in Jerusalem

While Israeli soccer has returned, attending games is a much different experience than ever before.

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
04/06/2020
Young Boys' Christian Fassnacht celebrates scoring their first goal with Moumi Ngamaleu
Israel's Plus500 to sponsor Swiss soccer champions Young Boys

The Haifa-based firm's logo will feature on the front of Young Boys official jersey and training shirts for national and international matches.

03/06/2020
Exciting return to the pitch for Israeli soccer clubs

Beitar Jerusalem draws Beersheba • Maccabi Tel Aviv blanks Hap Haifa • Hap TA edges Mac Haifa

A young Gene Banks (left) poses with Michael Jordan (right) while both were in the NBA with the Chic
Michael Jordan, from an Israeli hoopster perspective

Rishon Lezion icon Gene Banks talks Holy Land career and being a teammate of a young MJ.

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
14/05/2020
ISRAELI SOCCER fans finally have a date to look forward to, with game action set return at the end o
Local soccer league, cup brace for return to action

After long break due to pandemic, team and fans have game schedule to look forward to.

By JERUSALEM POST SPORTS STAFF
14/05/2020
Getting back into the sports groove in Israel

Individual sports such as windsurfing, sailing, tennis will get back to training right after next Wednesday’s Yom Ha’atzmaut, Israel’s Independence Day, to the delight of the athletes.

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
23/04/2020
WHILE SOCCER training will resume in Israel, it will be quite a while before goal-celebrations like
Soccer teams in Israel allowed to return to training

Professional players get Ministry of Health green light to get back on the pitch, with distance and contact restrictions in place.

By JERUSALEM POST SPORTS STAFF
22/04/2020
DENI AVDIJA is expected to be a top-10 pick in the upcoming NBA Draft.
Israel’s Deni Avdija declares for NBA Draft

Announcement no surprise as 19-year-old Maccabi Tel Aviv’s swingman one of top global prospects

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
16/04/2020
Maccabi Tel Aviv marks iconic 1977 title

Brody, Berkovich & Co. reminisce about Euroleague championship that put Israeli hoops ‘on the map’

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
12/04/2020
Beatie Deutsch
Orthodox mother of 5 asks Olympic Committee to keep marathon off Shabbat

The marathon is usually scheduled for a Sunday, but was changed for this summer to a Saturday when a venue outside of Tokyo was chosen for the race.

By MARCY OSTER/JTA
03/04/2020
Fragiskos Alvertis and Panathinaikos BC have gone hand-in-hand through 30 brilliant years in the Gre
Panathinaikos icon Fragiskos Alvertis reflects on 30 years with the club

A classic Greek tale of basketball greatness

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
02/04/2020
21st Maccabiah postponed a year for Olympics to 2022

Hoping to attract record number of competitors to Israel, Maccabi World Union doesn't want to conflict with delayed Tokyo Games

ALONA BARKAT had plenty of good times as the owner of Hapoel Beersheba
Alona Barkat bails on Hapoel Beersheba

Once-beloved owner leaves soccer club’s helm after players reject salary reduction plan

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
29/03/2020
An athlete’s perspective from the sideline - interview

Hapoel Beersheba basketball player Ben Eisenhardt opens up about frustration of current hiatus

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
26/03/2020
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

Ian Kinsler arrives just in time to try and help Israel's national team win a baseball Olympic medal.

SHOFAR SO GOOD for new Israeli Ian Kinsler, playing around in Jerusalem
Exclusive: Israel baseball brings Kinsler into the fold

With medal hopes growing, blue-and-white gets Tokyo commitment from 4-time MLB All-Star.

Mobli founder and CEO Moshe Hogeg
Beitar Jerusalem F.C. owner tests positive for coronavirus

Beitar's chairman Eli Ohana, club CEO Moni Brosh and financial advisor Haim Navon, who have been in contact with the owner since he was exposed to the virus, have all been told to go into isolation.

CORONAVIRUS has sidelined basketball players in Israel and around the world, with no indication of w
Local hoops league suspended indefinitely

With coronavirus wreaking havoc, Hapoel Jerusalem and Maccabi Tel Aviv players in the dark along with everyone else.

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
19/03/2020
EMPTY BASKETBALL ARENAS and soccer stadiums have become the new norm across Israel and the rest of t
Coronavirus: Israeli teams await next step with ambiguity

With local basketball and soccer leagues sidelined by coronavirus, player and coaches share thoughts

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
16/03/2020
Fans or not, local soccer and hoops play on

Beersheba advances past Haifa into State Cup semifinals.

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
11/03/2020
HAPOEL JERUSALEM guard J’Covan Brown splits the Maccabi Tel Aviv defense during the Reds’ 98-87 home
Hapoel Jerusalem outduels Maccabi Tel Aviv

Host Reds prevail over yellow-and-blue in blockbuster as coronavirus crowd-limitation rules bent.

By Uriel Sturm
09/03/2020
The games must go on... sort of

Bedlam abounds across the country as basketball, soccer and more all affected by coronavirus

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
05/03/2020
Jerusalem set for playoff clash with Peristeri

Hapoel hosts Game 1 of Champions League series • Maccabi Tel Aviv duels with Euroleague leader Efes

By Uriel Sturm
03/03/2020
 BEITAR JERUSALEM defender Uri Magbo celebrates after scoring a stoppage-time goal on Sunday night t
Israel Premier League regular season closes as teams are divided

Hapoel Tel Aviv, Hap Haifa sneak into championship playoffs.

Israeli participation in UAE World Tour affects more than the race track

Israel Start-Up Nation’s roster consists of 30 riders, from 16 different nationalities, hailing from five continents, possessing multiple and sometimes contrasting religious views.

THE NEWLY renovated Bloomfield Stadium is now fully operational and the home to Tel Aviv's three top
Israeli Football Association: New ban on homophobic chants

The two latest incidences of homophobic slurs being sung by fans both targeted Maccabi Netanya Goalkeeper Dani Amos, during matches against Hapoel Kiryat Shmona and, most recently, Maccabi Tel Aviv.

NIKOS PAPANIKOLOPOULOS has coached Peristeri to an unexpected Champions League Top 16 result in his
Hapoel Jerusalem take on Athens' Peristeri BC as playoffs begin

Jerusalem has had quite the season thus far, capturing the Israel State Cup earlier in February along with the League Cup that it won in the preseason while finishing atop its Champions League group.

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
27/02/2020
Israel may host the 2027 FIBA World Championship

FIBA President Hamane Niang agreed to promote the Sports and Culture minister's request to host competitions in Israel for the tournament.

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.

It shuts down when it snows.

By URIEL HEILMAN/JTA
25/02/2020
DENI AVDIJA (8) was dominant for Israel in last night’s 87-63 victory over Romania, with the 19-year
Israel routs Romania in EuroBasket qualifying

Avdija, Cohen shine for blue-and-white as Mekel anchors strong defensive effort for Katash’s squad

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
25/02/2020
Hap TA blanks Beitar Jerusalem at Teddy

Leader Maccabi Tel Aviv shuts out Ness Ziona • Rukavytsya, Maccabi Haifa handle Hadera

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
19/02/2020
MACCABI TEL AVIV swingman Deni Avdija
Reds follow cup conquest with league victory

Holon tops Hapoel Tel Aviv • Yellow-and-blue downs Rishon heading into international break

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
17/02/2020
Jerusalem repeats as State Cup champion

Nahariya puts up tough fight in final, but Hapoel hangs on in 4th quarter to capture title.

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
14/02/2020
Encouraged by her coach Avi Kadouri, Amit receives her black belt
Avi Kadouri: Israel’s top Taekwondo instructor

'He is among the best Taekwondoists worldwide. Thousands of people come to his club'

By RUBENS ZADEL
11/02/2020
Olympic Committee of Israel announces medal rewards

Israeli Olympians have plenty to shoot for in Tokyo, Baseball team to be compensated as a group

Jerusalem, Nahariya to duel for State Cup

Defending-champion Reds conquer Rishon in semifinals, Northerners hang on to edge Ness Ziona

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
11/02/2020
Pitcher Joey Wagman
Israel's national baseball team making its way to the Olympics

Team Israel, Israel's national baseball team, provides inspiration to both Israelis and Diaspora Jews who take pride in its achievements

Bnei Yehuda beats Beitar Jerusalem at Teddy

Leader Maccabi Tel Aviv held to draw at Beersheba • Maccabi Haifa stunned at home by Kfar Saba

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
03/02/2020
Super Bowl LIV: Where to catch the Chiefs and 49ers kickoff in Israel

Super Bowl LIV features the Chiefs and 49ers vying for football supremacy late Sunday night.

MACCABI HAIFA continues to keep the pressure on the Maccabi Tel Aviv in the Premier League season
Mac Haifa stays within striking distance of 1st

Maccabi Tel Aviv holds four-point lead atop table • Beitar Jerusalem edges Ness Ziona • Beersheba held

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
29/01/2020
Israeli soccer star Eran Zahavi to return from China due to coronavirus

It is unclear if he will be back by February 22, when the next soccer season begins.

28/01/2020
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