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.

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
AGNES KELETI receives the Israel Prize from Education Minister Naftali Bennett in Jerusalem

Jewish gymnast celebrates 100th birthday, honored by Olympic Committee

Ágnes Keleti, a retired Hungarian-Israeli Olympic and world champion artistic gymnast and coach, is considered the all-time most decorated Jewish gymnast in the world.

Chess

Israeli, Moroccan players compete in New Year's Eve chess tournament

Youness Ben Jelloun, from Morocco, who participated in the event, said that "the game of chess which is a combination of sports art and science was used for peace between the peoples."

Ethiopian-Israel golfer Iso wins Israel Masters

Long-time Caesarea staff member captures impressive title in first-ever competitive tournament.

Avdija scores 11 points, Wizards snatch their first win of the season

Washington saw its robust 16-point lead with 8:53 to play in the second whittled to three at halftime after Minnesota went on a 27-14 run to end the quarter.

Deni Avdija, Wizards fall to 0-4 with loss to Bulls

Avdija maintains NBA comfort level with nine points and stellar three-point shooting in fourth game.

By JERUSALEM POST SPORTS STAFF
30/12/2020

Maccabi dominates Hapoel in Tel Aviv derby

Stoppage-time tally boosts Ashdod over Beitar • Leader Maccabi Haifa, Beersheba both triumph.

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
29/12/2020

Maccabi Tel Aviv edges Holon for cup title

Yellow-and-blue led by healthy Casspi • Euroleague rhythm returning as Zenit St. Petersburg comes to town.

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
27/12/2020

Avdija nets 5 points in 2nd game

Israeli rookie still hasn’t missed an NBA shot, but his Washington Wizards falls to 0-2 with defeat by Magic.

By JERUSALEM POST SPORTS STAFF
27/12/2020

Avdija’s hoops evolution through the years - Commentary

As Israeli teenage star begins life as Washington Wizards rookie, Sports Rabbi reflects on relationship.

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
24/12/2020
IN A spirited Premier League duel, Maccabi Tel Aviv and Beitar Jerusalem played to a 0-0 draw.

Willi to stay on as National Team coach

Maccabi Haifa edges Petah Tikva • Beitar Jerusalem holds Maccabi Tel Aviv to goalless draw

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
22/12/2020
Chess

Midwest Queen's Gambit: 200 chess players compete in solidarity with Israel

Inspired by the Netflix adaptation to the 1983 novel The Queen’s Gambit by Walter Tevis, the Saturday evening match is supported by chess expert Bruce Pandolfini, who consults the show.

'A historic and exciting day for Beitar Jerusalem'

If all goes well, Beitar – which has been struggling financially and on the field in recent years – can now return to its glory days.

22/12/2020

Yellow-and-blue starting to build momentum

After beating Barca, Maccabi hosts Pana in Euroleague • Jerusalem into State Cup quarterfinals

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
21/12/2020
A exhibition in Jerusalem showcasing women's soccer was instead found vandalized, December 2020

Women's soccer exhibit in Jerusalem, meant to unite, is vandalized

The 'Stand strong' outdoor photography showcase was supposed to unite Jerusalemites

17/12/2020
Jerusalem mayor Moshe Lion lights the Hanukkah candles at Pais Arena before Hapoel Jerusalem’s 96-86

Maccabi Tel Aviv advances to State Cup quarters

Wilbekin powers yellow-and-blue past Hap Haifa • Jerusalem maintains perfect league record

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
15/12/2020

Wild weekend of soccer action across the country

Mac TA rallies to eke by Hapoel Haifa • Beersheba edges K8 • Netanya overcomes Petah Tikva

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
14/12/2020

UAE sheikh buying half of Beitar Jerusalem signals bad news for bigots

MIDDLE ISRAEL: Few things can be more ironic, hopeful and poetically just than Arab investors’ purchase of soccer club Beitar Jerusalem

Israeli MMA fighter’s future looks bright with the modern-day Maccabee

With new UFC contract, 29-year-old Natan Levy reflects on journey from France to the octagon

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
10/12/2020
In an entertaining Premier League match in the capital, Hapoel Beersheba upended host Beitar Jerusal

Hapoel Beersheba bests Beitar Jerusalem

Ashdod shocks Maccabi Tel Aviv • Haifa blanks K8 Petah Tikva nails injury-time winner to beat Bnei Yehuda

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
08/12/2020

Beitar Jerusalem ushers in Israel-UAE era

Co-owners Hogeg, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Nahyan tout joint vision of growth for soccer club

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
08/12/2020
Hapoel Holon forward Willy Workman hangs from the rim after a dunk in the second half of his team’s

Holon grabs maiden win by edging Maccabi Tel Aviv

Captain Brown returns to help Jerusalem topple Eilat • Hapoel Haifa nips Rishon on late three

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
07/12/2020

UAE's Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa purchases 50% of Beitar Jerusalem FC

The sheikh's son, Mohamed, will be the family's representative in Beitar's management and is expected to visit Israel in the coming weeks.

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
07/12/2020

Israel Start-Up Nation finalizes roster for 2021, appoints Pridham

Froome headlines incoming talent • Brit becomes first female Sports Director on World Tour • Israeli Dror Pekatch also joins squad’s staff

Washington Wizards forward Deni Avdija speaks on a Zoom press conference after signing his rookie co

Deni Avdija acclimating to life in DC

Israeli rookie excited to get started with Washington Wizards • "Israeli fans are the best... I hope that you’ll make up the sleeping hours"

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
03/12/2020
WITH THE leadership and skill of savvy veterans Guy Pnini (left) and Gal Mekel (right), Israel has r

Israel breezes into EuroBasket in style

With blend of youth and veterans, blue-and-white maintains perfect 4-0 qualification record

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
03/12/2020

Wizards' Deni Avdija: Fired up and excited to play in world's best league

Asked to describe himself, he said that he is very emotional on the court and a big competitor. "I'm just working hard, being positive, and helping the team as much as I can."

 Israeli judoka medalists pictured alongside Canadian-Israeli philanthropist Sylvan Adams.

Israel to host judo Grand Slam in Tel Aviv

“It will be critical for Olympic qualification criteria, which ensures great competition. All the greats will be coming here to ensure their participation in the Olympics.”

Maccabi Tel Aviv overwhelms Kfar Saba

Cohen leads yellow-and-blue with goal and two assists • Maccabi Haifa downs Beitar Jerusalem.

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
01/12/2020
Even at 37 years old, Guy Pnini is a big contributor to the Israel National Team, and it was his lat

Israel clinches EuroBasket 2022 berth

Pnini, Mekel and Cohen lead blue-and-white over Poland, sealing perfect 4-0 qualifying record.

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
01/12/2020

Israeli gymnast Linoy Ashram wins gold at European Championship

Ashram achieved a score of 26.5 on the hoop exercise, narrowly overtaking Belarusian gymnast Alina Aransko to win the gold.

NIMROD MASHIAH won his second straight medal at th

Israel wins gold, silver at windsurfing European Championship

The competition served as a qualifier for the Tokyo Olympics.

Emirati royal in talks on buying Jerusalem’s Beitar soccer club

Hogeg clarified that if there is a sale, control of the group will remain under him according to the outline that is being discussed.

By JTA
29/11/2020

Israel upsets Spain's national team 95-87 in second half comeback

Their EuroBasket qualifying record is now 3-0 ahead of their game with Poland on Monday.

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
29/11/2020

Israel gears up for qualifiers vs Spain, Poland

Atop group, Katash’s blue-and-white has chance to clinch EuroBasket berth with pair of victories

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
26/11/2020

Casspi, DiBartolomeo return for Mac TA

Busy Hapoel Jerusalem tops Holon • Beersheba crushes Nahariya • 1st-place Eilat stays hot

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
24/11/2020
BEITAR JERUSALEM defender Ori Magbo (left) – who scored his side’s lone goal – vies for the ball aga

Hapoel Haifa earns shock derby triumph

Maccabi Tel Aviv sneaks by last-place Hadera • Beitar Jerusalem draws 1-1 with visiting Netanya.

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
23/11/2020
Peter Paltchik from Israel (blue) fights with against Gasimov Elmar (white) from Azerbaijan in the f

Israeli Judoka Peter Paltchik wins gold at European Championship

The result is a new career high, the previous being a bronze medal he won in the 2018 European Championships in Tel Aviv.

ISRAEL FORWARD Manor Solomon (10) celebrates with his teammates after scoring for the blue-and-white

Blue-and-white beats Scotland

Solomon's first National Team tally helps Israel avoid Nations League relegation with 1-0 home triumph

By Uriel Sturm
20/11/2020

Deni Avdija heads to Washington to start NBA career

Wizards pick Israeli phenom 9th overall in draft • Yam Madar also selected in 2nd round by Boston Celtics

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
19/11/2020

How high will he go? Avdija’s big night

Teen sensation set to become Israel’s first NBA lottery pick • Tel Aviv’s Madar also could be drafted

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
17/11/2020

All eyes on Israeli hoops phenom Avdija

Projected as a top pick in next week’s NBA draft, the sky’s the limit for 19-year-old swingman

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
12/11/2020

IFA irked after Norway-Israel friendly called off close to kickoff

Blue-and-white already in Oslo when hosts cancel match • Focus now turns to National League duels with Czechs, Scots.

By JERUSALEM POST SPORTS STAFF
12/11/2020

Blue-and-white visits Norway for friendly

Important international test for Israel ahead of Nation League duels vs Scotland, Czech Republic.

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
10/11/2020

Holon, Jerusalem, Mac TA off to good starts

Winner League season in full swing as Israeli clubs also get ready for continental competition

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
10/11/2020

Former Cardinals pitcher wants to lead Israel's national baseball team

The Israeli team led by Marquis's unparalleled experience managed to beat Cuba, South Korea and the Netherlands back in 2017.

A big step forward while remaining in place

Still with Maccabi Haifa, Roman Sorkin looks to build upon last season’s coming-out party.

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
06/11/2020
MACCABI TEL AVIV guard Scottie Wilbekin led the yellow-and-blue to a 20-point conquest of Maccabi Ri

Mac TA downs Rishon, earns spot in final

Wilbekin and Zizic lead yellow-and-blue in Winner Cup semi • Hapoel Eilat beats Ness Ziona in league opener.

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
02/11/2020
BNEI YEHUDA FORWARD Amit Zenati kicks a penalty that he converted for the decisive goal in the 79th

Surprising standings early in campaign

Maccabi Petah Tikva tops the table, with Bnei Yehuda in 2nd place • Beitar, Hap TA draw 1-1

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
02/11/2020

Israeli sports commentator fired after making racist remarks live on air

In response to a missed strike, Sport 5 commentator Shlomo Sharaf issued the remark: "He should go eat bananas; I would put him on the plane and deport him right now."

Dan Martin thrilled with Israel Start-Up Nation

Ranked third at Vuelta, veteran Irishman full of praise for team’s young blue-and-white riders

By JERUSALEM POST SPORTS STAFF
27/10/2020

Maccabi Tel Aviv downs Hapoel Haifa in Winner Cup

Holon edges Gilboa/Galil to set up final four that also includes Maccabi Rishon Lezion and Hapoel Jerusalem

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
27/10/2020

Israeli clubs back in action after hiatus

Coming off Europa League highs, Maccabi Tel Aviv and Hapoel Beersheba duel to goalless draw

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
26/10/2020

Maccabi Tel Aviv aims to get back on track

After three straight Euroleague losses, yellow-and-blue on the road to face Khimki Moscow

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
22/10/2020

Courage in Motion ride not slowed by coronavirus

Despite travel difficulties, annual Beit Halochem cycling event to benefit disabled IDF veterans takes place in Israel and Canada.

By JERUSALEM POST SPORTS STAFF
22/10/2020

Israel Start-Up Nation’s Martin wins Vuelta stage

After consecutive third-place finishes, Irishman pulls off late attack to claim emotional victory for blue-and-white team in Spain

By REUTERS
22/10/2020
Team Israel Start-up Nation at the 2020 Tour de France.

Team Israel Start-Up Nation paves a path to peace

Sylvan Adams promotes the significance of people-to-people contact.

Maccabi Tel Aviv kicks off group stage vs Qarabag

Storied Azerbaijani champion visits Bloomfield for Europa League duel with yellow-and-blue.

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
21/10/2020

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
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