Sporting Heroes: No. 42 Avraham Grant

Had this list of the sixty greatest ever Israeli sporting personalities been formulated just six months ago it is unlikely Avraham Grant would have been included. Sure, he did relatively well as the coach of the Israel national team for four years, but his greatest achievement was to come very close to qualifying for a major tournament (the 2006 World Cup). His record coaching local Israeli teams including Maccabi Tel Aviv and Maccabi Haifa is good, but he never made a massive impact in Europe. Well, not until September last year. When Grant was named as Jose Mourinho's replacement as Chelsea manager few gave him a chance. He has ridden many storms in his short tenure and still may be kicked out at the end of the season, but Grant's Premier League and Champions League record speaks for itself. The Blues will play in the quarterfinals of the Champions League next week and have won around 80 percent of their league games since Grant took over. On Sunday: One of Israeli basketball's greatest shooters.