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.

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

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
02/04/2020
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.

By DANNY GROSSMAN
23/03/2020
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.

By DANNY GROSSMAN
23/03/2020
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.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
21/03/2020
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.

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
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.

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

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
11/02/2020
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

By DANNY GROSSMAN
11/02/2020
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
Dissecting Amar’e Stoudemire’s decision to join Maccabi Tel Aviv

Injury depleted Maccabi Tel Aviv thrilled to sign 37-year-old big man to dismay of Hapoel Jerusalem

Dota 2 Tournament for Team YP, Gamergy 2014
Eilat to host 12th world e-sport championships

In a huge move for Israel's e-sports scene, the world's largest and most prestigious e-sports tournament will be held in Eilat in November 2020

22/01/2020
Chelsea players Ruben Loftus-Cheek (left) and Cesar Azpilicueta (right) and stand in front of the cl
Chelsea unveils mural with Jewish soccer players murdered at Auschwitz

English soccer club also becomes first team to formally adopt IHRA working definition of antisemitism

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ/JTA
20/01/2020
Busy week for Israel's basketball and soccer leagues

Hapoel Jerusalem, Mac TA victorious in continental play • Haifa ousts Uhm El Fahem in State Cup

Jerusalem holds Mac TA to scoreless draw

Mac Haifa blanks Netanya, Beersheba stunned by cellar-dweller Ra’anana • Hap TA edges Bnei Yehuda

MEMBERS OF Israel’s Olympic-bound national baseball team visit with patients at the Sheba Medical Ce
Israel’s baseball team all-in, on and off field

Olympic-bound squad kicks off week-long trip with visit to President Rivlin, visit to hospital

By DANNY GROSSMAN
13/01/2020
Israeli skier wins Israel's first ever medal at Winter Youth Olympics

Noa Szollos won the Bronze Medal in Alpine skiing, standing out among 62 athletes from 30 countries.

12/01/2020
Team Israel poses for a celebratory selfie on September 22 in Parma, Italy, minutes after defeating
On the cusp of greatness

Can a baseball team made up mostly of professional, college and semiretired Americans bond as a lineup to win an Olympic medal? We’re about to find out.

Avdija, Maccabi Tel Aviv power past Ness Ziona

Hapoel Jerusalem rallies to overcome Nahariya • Mac Haifa tops Rishon • Holon edges Gilboa

Figuring out the foreign-player rules in Israel

Tricky maneuvering for clubs as they try to navigate the complicated system of employing imports

Jerusalem downs Holon to improve to 10-1

Reds still trail undefeated Maccabi Tel Aviv in standings • Gulley propels Gilboa/Galil past Eilat

BEITAR JERUSALEM sits in third place in the Premier League
Maccabi Tel Aviv rebounds vs Bnei Yehuda

Maccabi blanks Hapoel in Haifa derby • Beersheba edges Hadera • Beitar Jerusalem tops Ra’anana

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
27/12/2019
Hapoel Um El Fahem’s shocking 3-2 comeback defeat of mighty Maccabi Tel Aviv in State Cup
Maccabi Tel Aviv stunned by Um El Fahem

Second-tier squad ousts Premier League leader from State Cup • Beersheba, Mac Haifa, Beitar into last-16

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
24/12/2019
Al-Quds Day in Nishapur, Iran.
Greek basketball fans burn Israeli flag at game

The supporters in the crowd carried Palestinian and Hezbollah flags and ended up burning Israeli flags, all while calling the name of BDS leader Omar Barghouti.

20/12/2019
Deni Avdija poised to take big step up

Maccabi Tel Aviv’s 18-year-old phenom set for larger role due to club’s injuries, and NBA is watching

Maccabi TA whips Maccabi Haifa

Hapoel J’lem takes down Maccabi Ashdod, Hapoel Eilat slips by

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
03/12/2019
Red Wings: Slava Fetisov, Sergei Fedorov, Vladimir Konstantinov, Igor Larionov, Vyacheslav Koslov
Award-winning hockey documentary ‘The Russian Five’ set for Israel premiere

A in-depth look at Stanley Cup-winning Detroit Red Wings Russian line of Fetisov, Fedorov, Konstantinov, Larionov and Kozlov

By JERUSALEM POST SPORTS STAFF
29/11/2019
MACCABI TEL AVIV Chairman Shimon Mizrahi with Euroleague President Jordi Bertomeu (right).
Euroleague czar shoots from the hip

Jordi Bertomeu shares his thoughts on future of continental hoops, player movement and David Blatt

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
29/11/2019
Israeli Ambassador to the US, Ron Dermer (in baseball jersey), practices his batting skills with rep
Ron Dermer hits a home run with Israel's national baseball team in D.C.

"We hope to see the team on the medal podium and hear HaTikvah playing in Japan. Good luck, and I'm sure you'll make us proud," Ambassador Ron Dermer told the team.

Jerusalem, Holon into State Cup quarters

Reds set up date with Mac TA • Nahariya, Ness Ziona, Rishon, Herzliya, Gilboa round out last-8

By Uriel Sturm
18/11/2019
DEFENDING CHAMPION Maccabi Tel Aviv has not lost a beat, sitting atop the Israel Premier League stan
Stingy yellow-and-blue leading the pack

Maccabi Haifa and Hapoel Beersheba putting up a fight • Beitar Jerusalem hanging on in 4th.

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
14/11/2019
Maccabi Tel Aviv crushes Eilat to book spot in State Cup quarterfinals

Rishon edges Yavne in round-of-16 • Herzliya stuns Maccabi Haifa • Ness Ziona overcomes Ashdod

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
13/11/2019
Beersheba soccer club shocked by lowly Ness Ziona

First-place Maccabi Tel Aviv blanks Hapoel Haifa • Maccabi Haifa dispatches Beitar Jerusalem

Avdija, Mac TA run away from Nahariya

Jerusalem crushes Beersheba • Eilat upsets Holon • Rishon edges Ashdod • Ness Ziona drops Greens

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
05/11/2019
DISABLED CYCLISTS take part in the Beit Halochem Canada, Aid to Disabled Veterans of Israel race thi
Cycling for veterans

Courage in Motion holds annual cycling event in Israel this week as part of the Beit Halochem Canada, Aid to Disabled Veterans of Israel initiative

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
30/10/2019
MACCABI TEL AVIV and Hapoel Beersheba dueled on Monday night at Bloomfield, with the yellow-and-blue
Maccabi Tel Aviv too strong for Beersheba

Reigning champion retakes first place with Bloomfield triumph • Haifa clubs, Beitar notch victories

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
30/10/2019
Odem Gadron, Or Avraham, Or Stromaier and Maor Nekvah won gold for Israel in age 11-16 competition.
Israel's golden acrobats shine

Blue-and-white athletes off to soaring start at European Championships in Holon

By JERUSALEM POST SPORTS STAFF
27/10/2019
Israeli basketball icon Arik Henig laid to rest

Henig, who traveled to the US in 1984 to interview the then-newly installed NBA commissioner David Stern, also met a young player named Michael Jordan.

By Uriel Sturm
23/10/2019
Israel to send its largest delegation to 2020 Olympics

So far, among others, Israeli athletes have qualified to compete in equestrian show jumping, baseball, shooting and rhythmic gymnastics.

20/10/2019
ISRAEL SNAPPED a four-game winless streak in Euro 2020 qualifiying with a 3-0 victory.
Action-packed week in soccer, basketball

Between national team and league, Israelis flood the pitch • Jerusalem and others hit the gym

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
18/10/2019
Israeli gymnast Artem Dolgopyat wins silver at World Championships

It is Dolgopyat’s second silver medal at the World Championship, after winning one in 2017.

By MARCY OSTER/JTA
14/10/2019
Ex-NBA star's fond feelings for former coach David Blatt

Russian big man reflects on relationship with Israeli from national team and NBA’s Cavaliers

Blue-and-white beaten by Belgium in Jerusalem

First-ever international tackle football game in Israel kicks off at Kraft Family Sports Campus

By JERUSALEM POST SPORTS STAFF
06/10/2019
Turkey vs Israel, football
Kraft Sports Campus hosts 1st international football game

After winning thrilling opener in Turkey, Team Israel set to host Belgium

By JERUSALEM POST SPORTS STAFF
06/10/2019
Maccabi TA among Euroleague contenders

New format and revamped rosters the top storylines in elite continental basketball competition

The deeper meaning of Israel’s historic baseball accomplishment

Reflecting on the blue-and-white's improbable qualification campaign for a berth at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics

By DANNY GROSSMAN
02/10/2019
Team Israel qualifies for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics
Israel's national baseball team qualifies for 2020 Tokyo Olympics

The Israeli team made history Sunday by defeating South Africa 11-1 in Italy, after beating the Netherlands on Thursday and tournament host Italy on Friday.

By DANNY GROSSMAN
23/09/2019
TACKLE FOOTBALL has grown in Israel over the past decade, and the national team is ready for Europe.
Israel’s gridiron squad heads to Turkey for qualifier

Blue-and-white national tackle football team to host Belgium next month in Jerusalem

By JERUSALEM POST SPORTS STAFF
17/09/2019
ISRAEL'S EURO 2020 qualifying campaign is in trouble following a 3-2 road defeat to Slovenia on Mond
Tough loss for blue-and-white in Slovenia

Israel’s Euro 2020 hopes take serious hit as late goal off Kayal turnover leads to 3-2 setback

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
10/09/2019
ARGENTINE JEW Diego Schwartzman battled hard against Rafael Nadal in the US Open
Nadal proves too strong for Schwartzman in Open

Nadal advanced to Friday’s semifinals, his eighth US Open final four.

By HOWARD BLAS
06/09/2019
Ariel Kolandarov – from Tel Aviv – dreams of becoming the next Novak Djokovic
ITEC empowers children, transforms lives through tennis

“I am from an Arab family. It’s a privilege for me to interact with my Jewish friends and build new friendships through the years,” Haifa native Rand Najjar, 15, said.

By HOWARD BLAS
30/08/2019
THE NEWLY renovated Bloomfield Stadium is now fully operational and the home to Tel Aviv's three top
Refurbished Bloomfield takes center stage

Maccabi Tel Aviv hosts Bnei Yehuda • Haifa squads square off • Beitar visits Ra’anana • National team preps for qualifiers.

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
30/08/2019
Ze’evi: Muki on path to becoming Israel’s greatest judoka

“We finally have our own world champion in blue-and-white,” Muki’s coach said.

By JERUSALEM POST SPORTS STAFF
30/08/2019
 Israel's Sagi Muki and Belgium's Matthias Casse compete
Egyptian Foreign Ministry: Politics should not be involved in sports

"The refusal of the Egyptian to [Muki's] handshake is nothing but an insult to Egypt's reputation in world sports."

DIEGO SCHWARTZMAN hits a return during his 6-3, 7-6(6), 6-0 first-round conquest of Robin Haase on
Jewish Argentine Schwartzman rolls into 2nd round

Leading up to the US Open, Schwarzman spent August competing in the ATP Master’s 1000 in Canada, where he lost in the second round.

By HOWARD BLAS
29/08/2019
Judo - World Judo Championships - Men's Under 81 kg - Nippon Budokan, Tokyo, Japan - August 28, 2019
Israeli judoka Sagi Muki wins gold medal at World Championship

Muki showed impressive fighting abilities in Wednesday's tournament, having beaten most of his opponents by Ippon, including a fight that lasted merely 25 seconds.

Wrestling Party is in full swing

International champ Sydal bests local fave Goldschmidt at Israeli Pro Wrestling Association (IPWA) Lehavot Haviva match. In first women's pro wrestling match, Glass wins.

27/08/2019
Beitar Jerusalem vs Hapoel Beersheba
Title favorites Mac Haifa, Mac TA start strong

Bnei Yehuda opens new-look Bloomfield with conquest of K8 • Beitar draws 0-0 with Beersheba

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
27/08/2019
Israeli Soccer Roundup: Intrigue abounds as Premier League kicks off

Maccabi Tel Aviv looks vulnerable as Maccabi Haifa, Hapoel Beersheba and even Beitar Jerusalem eye title

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
23/08/2019
Israel’s Big Apple main-draw hopes dashed

Plucky Glushko can’t overcome cough, Zavatska in first-round of qualifiers • Sela also ousted

By HOWARD BLAS
21/08/2019
Bnei Yehuda and Beersheba advance, Mac TA ousted from Europe

“I’m proud of the players and they deserve all of the credit after only playing a few official matches so far this season,” said a reserved Abuksis following the conquest.

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
19/08/2019
AFTER 10 seasons in the NBA, Israeli forward Omri Casspi has returned, this week signing a three-yea
Israel’s basketball son returns home from NBA

While he may have ideally wanted to play for another season or two in NBA, Casspi has no regrets about his move back to Maccabi.

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
16/08/2019
BEITAR JERUSALEM looks like a whole new team – both on and off the pitch
A complete culture change in Beitar Jerusalem

Beitar’s new owner Hogeg, along with Levy and Benayoun among others, has transformed the club.

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
14/08/2019
Mac TA, Beersheba, Bnei Yehuda all look to advance in Europa League

The Toto Cup semifinals are set after the final round of group play games were completed earlier this week.

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
13/08/2019
AFTER 10 years in the NBA, Israeli forward Omri Casspi returned to his roots yesterday, signing a th
It’s official: Omri Casspi returns to Maccabi Tel Aviv

Casspi, who stands 2.06 meters (6-foot-8) will wear the No. 7 jersey for the yellow-and-blue and the deal will pay him $950,000 a season.

By JERUSALEM POST SPORTS STAFF
13/08/2019
FORMER TEAM ISRAEL catcher Ryan Lavarnwaycrushes one of the two home runs he hit in his Cincinnati R
Catching up with Team Israel’s journeyman Ryan Lavarnway

The 32-year-old catcher played for Team Israel during its run through World Baseball Classic qualifiers and tournament in 2017.

By HOWARD BLAS
13/08/2019
THE ISRAEL WOMEN'S NATIONAL LACROSSE TEAM celebrates after a victory during last month's European Ch
Flourishing in Israel, lacrosse continues to spread its wings and fly

The 2019 European Lacrosse Federation Women's Championship took place in Israel last month. The Israeli women's national team won a silver medal.

Mac Haifa poised to challenge Mac TA

The fans may have hoped that their club would have pulled off a miracle, just like the team did back in 1998 but this wasn’t 1998.

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
09/08/2019
ISRAEL'S UNDER-18 national basketball team celebrates on the court after defeating Poland 81-79 in t
Another junior basketball title for Israel

U18 squad claims Division B European crown • Beersheba, Mac TA, Bnei Yehuda in Europa League action

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
05/08/2019
Reuven Rivlin
Soccer is more than just a game

It’s a guideline for being a decent human being, President Reuven Rivlin said on Monday at the fifth annual awards ceremony of the Shield of Honor.

Past, present and future with Ed Pinckney

Former Villanova and NBA star visits Israel to help coach next generation of basketball players

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
02/08/2019
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