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Israel national football team

Israel
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) הכחולים-לבנים (The Blue and Whites)
Association Israel Football Association (IFA)
Confederation
Head coach Alon Hazan (caretaker)
Captain bibras natcho
Most caps Yossi Benayoun (102)[1]
Top scorer Mordechai Spiegler (33)[2]
Home stadium Sammy Ofer Stadium, Haifa
Teddy Stadium, Jerusalem
FIFA code ISR
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 93 Increase 5 (7 June 2018)
Highest 15 (November 2008)
Lowest 99 (January 2018)
Elo ranking
Current 76 Steady (20 April 2018)
Highest 15 (August 2008)
Lowest 80 (February 1968)
First international
 Egypt 7–1 Mandatory Palestine Mandatory Palestine
(Cairo, Egypt; 16 March 1934)
Biggest win
Mandatory Palestine:
Mandatory Palestine Mandatory Palestine 5–1 Lebanon
(Tel Aviv, Mandatory Palestine; 27 April 1940)
Israel:
Israel Israel 9–0 Chinese Taipei 
(Wellington, New Zealand; 23 March 1988)
Biggest defeat
Mandatory Palestine:
 Egypt 7–1 Mandatory Palestine Mandatory Palestine
(Cairo, Egypt; 16 March 1934)
Israel:
 Germany 7–1 Israel Israel
(Kaiserslautern, Germany; 12 February 2002)
World Cup
Appearances 1 (first in 1970)
Best result Group stage, 1970
Asian Cup
Appearances 4 (first in 1956)
Best result Champions, 1964

The Israel national football team (Hebrew: נבחרת ישראל בכדורגל‎, Nivḥeret Yisra'el BeKhaduregel) is the national football team of Israel, governed by the Israel Football Association (IFA).

Israel's national team is the direct successor of the Mandatory Palestine/Eretz Israel national team, and was managed by the Eretz Israel Football Association. Israel was in Asian Football Confederation but because of safety reasons they joined the Oceania Football Confederation before settling in Europe as a member of the Union of European Football Associations in 1994. Their first match was vs USA football national team.

The Israeli side qualified for their only FIFA World Cup to date in 1970. Israel also hosted and won the AFC Asian Cup in 1964, and was finalist in 1956 and in 1960.

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HistoryEdit

Football has a long tradition in Israel. The game was originally introduced during the time of the Ottoman Empire. The Palestinian Football Association was formed in August 1928, and joined FIFA in June 1929, but at the time the association was made up of Arab clubs, Jewish clubs, and clubs representing British policemen and soldiers serving in the region during the British Mandate rule that spanned the period between World War One and the creation of the State of Israel in 1948. The British Mandate of Palestine national team made its debut against Egypt in 1934 FIFA World Cup qualification, losing 1–7 in Cairo. The team played five international matches, including a friendly match against Lebanon, until the British Mandate for Palestine was dissolved.

The Israel national team's first match as an independent nation was on 26 September 1948, against the USA Olympic Team. The game was won by the USA 1–3, and in the 20th minute of the game Shmuel Ben-Dror scored the first goal after the creation of the State of Israel.

Asian Football Confederation membershipEdit

 
Nahum Stelmach kicking; 1959

Israel competed in the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) between 1954 and 1974. Due to the Arab–Israeli conflict, several Muslim states refused to compete against Israel. The political situation culminated in Israel winning the 1958 World Cup qualifying stage for Asia and Africa without playing a single game, forcing FIFA to schedule a playoff between Israel and Wales to ensure the team did not qualify without playing at least one game (which Wales won).

 
Israel winning the 1964 AFC Asian Cup

Israel hosted and won the 1964 AFC Asian Cup. In 1968, Israel went to their first Olympic Games and lost to Bulgaria in the quarterfinals.

In 1969, Israel qualified for its first and only FIFA World Cup, via Asia/Oceania, and earned two points after draws with Sweden and finalist Italy, and a loss to Uruguay.

In 1976, Israel went to its second Olympic Games and lost in the quarterfinals again, this time against Brazil. In 1972 and 1977, it attempted World Cup qualification as part of Asia, which both times ended in failure.

Years in exileEdit

In 1974, Israel was excluded from AFC competitions, as a result of a proposal by Kuwait which was adopted by a vote of 17 to 13 with 6 abstentions.[3] The vote coincided with the 1974 Asian Games, where the football competition was marred by the refusal of both North Korea[4] and Kuwait to play second-round matches against Israel.

During the 1980s, it played the majority of its matches against European teams, and competed in the European stage of qualification for the 1982 FIFA World Cup. For the next two tournaments, it entered Oceania's qualification stage. In 1989, Israel made it to the CONMEBOL–OFC play-offs for the 1990 World Cup to play against Colombia, which qualified from the South American group, but lost (1–0, 0–0).

European Football Confederation membershipEdit

In 1991, Israeli clubs began participating in European club competitions, and Israel returned to the European leg of World Cup qualifying in 1992. In 1994, Israel received full UEFA membership, 20 years after it had left Asia. Within Europe, Israel has been a relatively minor nation, though with some successes, notably winning 3–2 in Paris against France in 1993, and 5–0 against Austria in 1999. That year, Israel made it to the playoffs of UEFA Euro 2000, but was beaten by Denmark.

 
Avram Grant has been the youngest national coach of Israel
 
Yossi Benayoun is Israel's most capped player with 102 caps

Israel came close to advancing to the playoff stage in their 2006 World Cup qualifying group, finishing third, behind France, and tied on points with Switzerland, which also remained unbeaten in 10 matches after 4 wins and 6 draws. The Swiss had a better goal difference, though, and advanced to the qualification play-off. Coach Avram Grant announced his resignation on 26 October 2005. After the end of his contract, he was succeeded by Dror Kashtan.

In UEFA Euro 2008 qualifying, Israel came very close to qualifying to final tournament, but finished fourth in Group E, behind group winners Croatia, 1 point behind Russia who also with Croatia qualified direct, as well as equal on 23 points (one less than Russia) from 12 games with England; who failed to advance as did Israel. The 4–3 home loss to Croatia was the first loss after 13 consecutive official games and 9 home games without a loss.

In 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification, Israel again came in fourth, behind Switzerland, Greece, and Latvia. For the UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying campaign, Kashtan was replaced as coach by Frenchman Luis Fernández, but to no avail, as Israel finished a distant third behind Greece and Croatia.

The continued presence of the Israeli Football Association in UEFA was a precedent cited by Australia to justify its transfer from the Oceania Football Confederation to the Asian Football Confederation.[5]

Ranking historyEdit

Source: [6]

All-time head-to-head recordEdit

As of 24 March 2018.

  Positive Record   Neutral Record   Negative Record

  1. ^ Includes matches against   West Germany.
  2. ^ Includes matches against   Soviet Union.
  3. ^ Includes matches against   Yugoslavia and   Serbia and Montenegro.

StadiumEdit

 
Sammy Ofer Stadium of Haifa. Israel's newest stadium

In the past, the Israel national football team's home stadium was the national stadium in Ramat Gan. The stadium seats 41,583 and was the first stadium in Israel to meet world-class standards.

Ever since 2014, Sammy Ofer Stadium in Haifa (30,784 seats) and Teddy Stadium in Jerusalem (34,000 seats) are being used as the home stadiums of the Israel national football team. Both are considered to be world-class standard stadiums. The Israel Football Association has used Teddy stadium while hosting the 2013 Euro U21 championship in Israel. Both stadiums also host matches of the Israel national football team, and of Israeli clubs for the UEFA Champions League.

Kit suppliersEdit

Israel's kits were supplied by Diadora from 1988 to 1995 and Puma from 1996 to 2008. Adidas took over in September 2008 and have remained Israel's kit suppliers since.

HonoursEdit

  Winners (1): 1964.
  Runners-up (2): 1956, 1960.
  Silver medal (1): 1974.

Competition historyEdit

FIFA World CupEdit


Olympic recordEdit

Olympics Record
Year Round Position GP W D L GS GA
  1952 Did Not Qualify
  1956
  1960
  1964
  1968 Quarter-finals 4 2 0 2 9 7
  1972 Did Not Qualify
  1976 Quarter-finals 4 0 3 1 4 7
  1980 Withdrew
  1984 Did Not Qualify
  1988
Total Quarter-finals 2/10 8 2 3 3 13 14

Since the 1992 Summer Olympics, the football competition is played as an Under-23 competition

*Denotes draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.
**Gold background colour indicates that the tournament was won.
***Red border color indicates tournament was held on home soil.

AFC Asian CupEdit

AFC Asian Cup record
Year Round Position GP W D* L GS GA
  1956 Runners-up 2nd 3 2 0 1 6 5
  1960 Runners-up 2nd 3 2 0 1 6 4
  1964 Champions 1st 3 3 0 0 5 1
  1968 Third Place 3rd 4 2 0 2 11 5
  1972 Withdrew
Total Champions 4/15 13 9 0 4 28 15

Israel did not compete in a regional competition between the years 1968 and 1994, although in 1972 they were scheduled to compete in the AFC Asian Cup.

*Denotes draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.
**Gold background colour indicates that the tournament was won.
***Red border color indicates tournament was held on home soil.

Asian GamesEdit

Asian Games Record
Year Result GP W D* L GS GA
  1951 Did not Competed
  1954
  1958 Quarterfinals 3 2 0 1 6 3
  1962 Did not Competed
  1966
  1970
  1974 Runners-up 7 6 0 1 24 4
  1978 Did not Competed
  1982
Total 2/13 10 8 0 2 30 7

UEFA European Championship recordEdit

UEFA European Championship record UEFA European Championship Qualification record
Year Round Position Pld W D * L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
1960–1992 Did Not Enter
  1996 Did Not Qualify 10 3 3 4 13 13
    2000 8 4 1 3 25 9
  2004 8 2 3 3 9 11
    2008 12 7 2 3 20 12
    2012 10 5 1 4 13 11
  2016 10 4 1 5 16 14
Total 0/15 48 21 10 17 80 56
*Denotes draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.
**Gold background colour indicates that the tournament was won.
***Red border color indicates tournament was held on home soil.


1996 UEFA European Championship - Qualifier - Group 1

1996 marked Israel's first UEFA European Championship qualification attempt, out of ten such tournaments. Israel had last competed in a regional tournament at the 1968 Asian Cup.[7] Israel was expelled from the AFC in the early 1970s and eventually became a member of UEFA.[8]

Standings
Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification            
1   Romania 10 6 3 1 18 9 +9 21 Qualify for final tournament 1–3 3–2 2–1 2–1 3–0
2   France 10 5 5 0 22 2 +20 20 0–0 4–0 1–1 2–0 10–0
3   Slovakia 10 4 2 4 14 18 −4 14 0–2 0–0 4–1 1–0 4–1
4   Poland 10 3 4 3 14 12 +2 13 0–0 0–0 5–0 4–3 1–0
5   Israel 10 3 3 4 13 13 0 12 1–1 0–0 2–2 2–1 2–0
6   Azerbaijan 10 0 1 9 2 29 −27 1 1–4 0–2 0–1 0–0 0–2
Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Qualification tiebreakers
Matches

Israel   2 – 1   Poland
R. Harazi   44'59' Report Kosecki   80'

Israel   2 – 2   Slovakia
R. Harazi   23'
Banin   32' (pen.)
Report Rusnák   5'
Moravčík   14'

Azerbaijan   0 – 2   Israel
Report R. Harazi   30'
Rosenthal   51'

Israel   1 – 1   Romania
Rosenthal   83' Report Lǎcǎtuş   70'

Israel   0 – 0   France
Report
Attendance: 39,000

Poland   4 – 3   Israel
Nowak   1'
Juskowiak   50'
Kowalczyk   55'
Kosecki   62'
Report Rosenthal   33'
Revivo   38'
Zohar   70'
Attendance: 5,500
Referee: Anders Frisk (Sweden)

Romania   2 – 1   Israel
Lăcătuş   16'
Munteanu   56'
Report Berkovic   50'
Attendance: 18,575

Slovakia   1 – 0   Israel
Jančula   54' Report
Attendance: 7,810

Israel   2 – 0   Azerbaijan
R. Harazi   31'90' Report

France   2 – 0   Israel
Djorkaeff   69'
Lizarazu   89'
Report
Attendance: 20,822

2000 UEFA European Championship - Qualifier - Group 6

Israel competed in qualifiers for the UEFA Euro 2000. This marked Israel's second UEFA European Championship qualification attempt, out of eleven such tournaments.

Standings
Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification          
1   Spain 8 7 0 1 42 5 +37 21 Qualify for final tournament 3–0 9–0 8–0 9–0
2   Israel 8 4 1 3 25 9 +16 13 Advance to play-offs 1–2 5–0 3–0 8–0
3   Austria 8 4 1 3 19 20 −1 13 1–3 1–1 3–1 7–0
4   Cyprus 8 4 0 4 12 21 −9 12 3–2 3–2 0–3 4–0
5   San Marino 8 0 0 8 1 44 −43 0 0–6 0–5 1–4 0–1
Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Qualification tiebreakers
Matches

Austria   1–1   Israel
Reinmayr   7' Report Nimni   68' (pen.)
Attendance: 20,000
Referee: Anders Frisk (SWE)

San Marino   0–5   Israel
Report Revivo   16'
Nimni   18'
Mizrahi   32'
M.Valentini   58' (o.g.)
Grayeb   82'
Attendance: 872
Referee: Asim Khudiev (AZE)

Israel   1–2   Spain
Hazan   64' Report Hierro   65'
Etxeberria   78'
Attendance: 37,000
Referee: David Elleray (ENG)

Israel   3–0   Cyprus
Banin   11'
Mizrahi   48'53'
Report
Attendance: 30,000
Referee: Marcel Lică (ROU)

Israel   5–0   Austria
Berkovich   26'47'
Revivo   46'
Mizrahi   53'
Grayeb   75'
Report
Attendance: 42,000
Referee: Ľuboš Micheľ (SVK)

Cyprus   3–2   Israel
Engomitis   27'
Špoljarić   53'86' (pen.)
Report Badir   31'
Benayoun   82'
Attendance: 12,000
Referee: Graham Barber (ENG)

Israel   8–0   San Marino
Benayoun   25'46'70'
Mizrahi   38'
Revivo   40'68'
Sivilia   84'
Abuksis   89'
Report
Attendance: 25,078
Referee: Ilhami Kaplan (TUR)

Spain   3–0   Israel
Morientes   30'
Martín   37'
Raúl   51'
Report
Attendance: 16,100
Referee: Hellmut Krug (GER)

Second placed teams

The best runner-up of the entire group phase qualified automatically for the final tournament. To determine the best runner-up, a comparison was made between all of them. Only matches played against teams that finished first, third and fourth were regarded. Matches played against fifth and sixth placed teams were discarded, because some groups had more teams than others.

After the best runner-up was found, all the others (eight of them) entered a random playoff to determine four more teams to qualify.

Standings
Pos Grp Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 7   Portugal 6 4 1 1 11 3 +8 13 Qualify for final tournament
2 3   Turkey 6 4 1 1 12 5 +7 13 Advance to play-offs
3 9   Scotland 6 3 1 2 9 6 +3 10
4 1   Denmark 6 3 1 2 10 8 +2 10
5 4   Ukraine 6 2 4 0 6 4 +2 10
6 8   Republic of Ireland 6 3 1 2 6 4 +2 10
7 6   Israel 6 2 1 3 12 9 +3 7
8 5   England 6 1 4 1 5 4 +1 7
9 2   Slovenia 6 2 1 3 6 12 −6 7
Source: RSSSF
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Goal difference; 3) Goals scored; 4) Away goals scored; 5) Drawing of lots.
Matches
Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Israel   0–8   Denmark 0–5 0–3

Israel   0 – 5   Denmark
Report Tomasson   2'34'
Tøfting   67'
Jørgensen   68'
Steen Nielsen   73'
Attendance: 42,000

Denmark   3 – 0   Israel
Sand   4'
Steen Nielsen   14'
Tomasson   64'
Report
Attendance: 41,186

Denmark won 8–0 on aggregate.

2004 UEFA European Championship - Qualifier - Group 1
Standings
Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification          
1   France 8 8 0 0 29 2 +27 24 Qualify for final tournament 5–0 3–0 5–0 6–0
2   Slovenia 8 4 2 2 15 12 +3 14 Advance to play-offs 0–2 3–1 4–1 3–0
3   Israel 8 2 3 3 9 11 −2 9 1–2 0–0 2–0 2–2
4   Cyprus 8 2 2 4 9 18 −9 8 1–2 2–2 1–1 2–1
5   Malta 8 0 1 7 5 24 −19 1 0–4 1–3 0–2 1–2
Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Qualification tiebreakers

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Games

Malta   0–2   Israel
Balili   56'
Revivo   76'
Attendance: 5,200
Referee: Sergei Shebek (UKR)

Cyprus   1–1   Israel
Rauffmann   61' Afek   2'
Attendance: 9,000

Israel   1–2   France
Afek   2' Trezeguet   23'
Zidane   45'
Attendance: 2,455
Referee: Graham Barber (ENG)

Israel   2–0   Cyprus
Badir   88'
Holtzman   90'
Attendance: 300
Referee: Michal Benes (CZE)

Israel   0–0   Slovenia
Attendance: 1,800
Referee: Massimo Busacca (SUI)

Slovenia   3–1   Israel
Šiljak   35'
Knavs   37'
Čeh   78'
Revivo   69'
Attendance: 8,000
Referee: Herbert Fandel (GER)

Israel   2–2   Malta
Revivo   16'
Balili   79'
Mifsud   51' (pen.)
Carabott   52'
Attendance: 1,300
Referee: Eric Blareau (BEL)

France   3–0   Israel
Henry   9'
Trezeguet   24'
Boumsong   42'

Goalscorers
3 goals
2 goals
1 goal
2008 UEFA European Championship - Qualifier - Group E

Israel competed in qualifiers for the UEFA Euro 2008. This marked Israel's fourth UEFA European Championship qualification attempt, out of thirteen such tournaments.

Standings
Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification              
1   Croatia 12 9 2 1 28 8 +20 29 Qualify for final tournament 0–0 2–0 1–0 2–1 2–0 7–0
2   Russia 12 7 3 2 18 7 +11 24 0–0 2–1 1–1 3–0 2–0 4–0
3   England 12 7 2 3 24 7 +17 23 2–3 3–0 3–0 0–0 3–0 5–0
4   Israel 12 7 2 3 20 12 +8 23 3–4 2–1 0–0 1–0 4–0 4–1
5   Macedonia 12 4 2 6 12 12 0 14 2–0 0–2 0–1 1–2 1–1 3–0
6   Estonia 12 2 1 9 5 21 −16 7 0–1 0–2 0–3 0–1 0–1 2–1
7   Andorra 12 0 0 12 2 42 −40 0 0–6 0–1 0–3 0–2 0–3 0–2
Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Qualification tiebreakers
Matches

Estonia   0–1   Israel
Report[permanent dead link] Colautti   8'
Attendance: 7,800

Israel   4–1   Andorra
Benayoun   9'
Ben-Shushan   11'
Gershon   43' (pen.)
Tamuz   69'
Report[permanent dead link] Fernandez   84'

Russia   1–1   Israel
Arshavin   5' Report[permanent dead link] Ben-Shushan   84'
Attendance: 22,000

Israel   3–4   Croatia
Colautti   8'89'
Benayoun   68'
Report[permanent dead link] Srna   35' (pen.)
Eduardo   39'54'72'

Israel   0–0   England
Report[permanent dead link]

Israel   4–0   Estonia
Tal   19'
Colautti   29'
Sahar   77'80'
Report[permanent dead link]
Attendance: 23,658

Macedonia   1–2   Israel
Stojkov   13' Report Yitzhaki   11'
Colautti   44'
Attendance: 15,000

Andorra   0–2   Israel
Report[permanent dead link] Tamuz   37'
Colautti   53'

England   3–0   Israel
Wright-Phillips   20'
Owen   49'
Richards   66'
Report[permanent dead link]
Attendance: 85,372

Croatia   1–0   Israel
Eduardo   52' Report[permanent dead link]
Attendance: 32,000

Israel   2–1   Russia
Barda   10'
Golan   90+2'
Report[permanent dead link] Bilyaletdinov   61'
Attendance: 27,563

Israel   1–0   Macedonia
Barda   35' Report[permanent dead link]
Attendance: 2,736

Goalscorers
2 goals
1 goal
2012 UEFA European Championship - Qualifier - Group F

Israel competed in qualifiers for the UEFA Euro 2012. This marked Israel's fifth UEFA European Championship qualification attempt, out of fourteen such tournaments.

Standings
Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1   Greece 10 7 3 0 14 5 +9 24 Qualify for final tournament
2   Croatia 10 7 1 2 18 7 +11 22 Advance to play-offs
3   Israel 10 5 1 4 13 11 +2 16
4   Latvia 10 3 2 5 9 12 −3 11
5   Georgia 10 2 4 4 7 9 −2 10
6   Malta 10 0 1 9 4 21 −17 1
Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Qualification tiebreakers
Matches

Group F fixtures were to be finalized at a meeting between the participants in Athens, Greece on 7 March 2010.[11] After that meeting proved inconclusive, the fixture list was determined by a random draw at the XXXIV Ordinary UEFA Congress in Tel Aviv, Israel, on 25 March.[12]


Israel   3–1   Malta
Benayoun   7'64' (pen.)75' Report Pace   38'
Attendance: 17,365[13]

Georgia   0–0   Israel
Report

Israel   1–2   Croatia
Shechter   81' Report Kranjčar   36' (pen.)41'
Attendance: 33,421[15]

Greece   2–1   Israel
Salpingidis   22'
Karagounis   63' (pen.)
Report Spyropoulos   59' (o.g.)
Attendance: 16,935[16]

Israel   2–1   Latvia
Barda   16'
Kayal   81'
Report Gorkšs   62'
Attendance: 10,801[17]

Israel   1–0   Georgia
Ben Haim II   59' Report
Attendance: 13,716[18]

Latvia   1–2   Israel
Cauņa   62' (pen.) Report Benayoun   19'
Ben Haim I   43' (pen.)

Israel   0–1   Greece
Report Ninis   60'
Attendance: 13,100[20]

Croatia   3–1   Israel
Modrić   47'
Eduardo   55'57'
Report Hemed   44'

Malta   0–2   Israel
Report Refaelov   11'
Gershon   90+3'
Attendance: 2,614[22]

Goalscorers
4 goals
1 goal

Note: During the tournament, Nikos Spyropoulos of Germany also scored on his own goal during a match against Israel.

Attendance
Team Highest Lowest Total Average
  Israel 33,421 10,801 88,403 17,681
Discipline
Position Player Country     Suspended for match(es) Reason
Defender Tal Ben Haim I   Israel 2 1 vs Greece (12 October 2010)
vs Malta (11 October 2011)
Booked in 2 UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying matches
Sent off in a UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying match
Forward Itay Shechter   Israel 2 0 vs Latvia (26 March 2011) Booked in 2 UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying matches
2016 UEFA European Championship - Qualifier - Group B

Israel competed in qualifiers for the UEFA Euro 2016. This marked Israel's sixth UEFA European Championship qualification attempt, out of fifteenth such tournaments.[23]

Standings
Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1   Belgium 10 7 2 1 24 5 +19 23 Qualify for final tournament
2   Wales 10 6 3 1 11 4 +7 21
3   Bosnia and Herzegovina 10 5 2 3 17 12 +5 17 Advance to play-offs
4   Israel 10 4 1 5 16 14 +2 13
5   Cyprus 10 4 0 6 16 17 −1 12
6   Andorra 10 0 0 10 4 36 −32 0
Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Qualification tiebreakers
Matches

Cyprus   1–2   Israel
Makrides   67' Report Damari   38'
Ben Haim II   45'
Attendance: 19,164[24]

Andorra   1–4   Israel
Lima   15' (pen.) Report Damari   3'41'82'
Hemed   90+6' (pen.)

Israel   3–0   Bosnia and Herzegovina
Vermouth   36'
Damari   45'
Zahavi   70'
Report
Attendance: 28,300[26]

Israel   0–3   Wales
Report Ramsey   45+1'
Bale   50'77'
Attendance: 30,200[28]

Israel   0–1   Belgium
Report Fellaini   9'
Attendance: 29,750[30]

Bosnia and Herzegovina   3–1   Israel
Višća   42'75'
Džeko   45+2' (pen.)
Report Ben Haim II   41'
Attendance: 12,100[31]
Referee: Ruddy Buquet (France)

Israel   4–0   Andorra
Zahavi   3'
Bitton   22'
Hemed   26' (pen.)
Dabour   38'
Report
Attendance: 22,650[32]

Wales   0–0   Israel
Report
Attendance: 32,653[33]
Referee: Ivan Bebek (Croatia)

Israel   1–2   Cyprus
Bitton   76' Report Dossa Júnior   58'
Demetriou   80'
Attendance: 25,300[34]

Belgium   3–1   Israel
Mertens   64'
De Bruyne   78'
Hazard   84'
Report Hemed   88'

Discipline
Team Player Offence(s) Suspended for match(es)
  Israel Eitan Tibi     vs Wales (28 March 2015) vs Belgium (31 March 2015)
Lior Refaelov   vs Cyprus (10 October 2014)
  vs Wales (28 March 2015)
  vs Belgium (31 March 2015)
vs Bosnia and Herzegovina (12 June 2015)
Sheran Yeini   vs Bosnia and Herzegovina (16 November 2014)
  vs Belgium (31 March 2015)
  vs Bosnia and Herzegovina (12 June 2015)
vs Andorra (3 September 2015)
Nir Bitton   vs Bosnia and Herzegovina (16 November 2014)
  vs Wales (6 September 2015)
  vs Cyprus (10 October 2015)
vs Belgium (13 October 2015)
2020 UEFA European Championship

Israel was one of the countries to submit UEFA Euro 2020 bids. The deadline for expressions of interest was 12 September 2013.[36] On 20 September, UEFA confirmed expressions of interest from 32 football associations to act as host cities.[37][38]

Israel’s bid was for Teddy Stadium in Jerusalem who’s capacity would be expanded from 34,000 to 53,000[39]

On 10 September 2014, UEFA published the evaluation reports of the 19 bids.[40][41] Before the voting on 19 September 2014, UEFA judged that Israel did not fulfill the bid requirements, so they did not participate at all in the selection phases.[42]

2018 FIFA World CupEdit

2018 FIFA World Cup qualification – UEFA Group GEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification            
1   Spain 10 9 1 0 36 3 +33 28 Qualification to 2018 FIFA World Cup 3–0 3–0 4–1 4–0 8–0
2   Italy 10 7 2 1 21 8 +13 23 Advance to second round 1–1 2–0 1–0 1–1 5–0
3   Albania 10 4 1 5 10 13 −3 13 0–2 0–1 0–3 2–1 2–0
4   Israel 10 4 0 6 10 15 −5 12 0–1 1–3 0–3 0–1 2–1
5   Macedonia 10 3 2 5 15 15 0 11 1–2 2–3 1–1 1–2 4–0
6   Liechtenstein 10 0 0 10 1 39 −38 0 0–8 0–4 0–2 0–1 0–3
Source: FIFA
Rules for classification: Qualification tiebreakers

UEFA Euro 2016Edit

UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying Group BEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification            
1   Belgium 10 7 2 1 24 5 +19 23 Qualify for final tournament 0–0 3–1 3–1 5–0 6–0
2   Wales 10 6 3 1 11 4 +7 21 1–0 0–0 0–0 2–1 2–0
3   Bosnia and Herzegovina 10 5 2 3 17 12 +5 17 Advance to play-offs 1–1 2–0 3–1 1–2 3–0
4   Israel 10 4 1 5 16 14 +2 13 0–1 0–3 3–0 1–2 4–0
5   Cyprus 10 4 0 6 16 17 −1 12 0–1 0–1 2–3 1–2 5–0
6   Andorra 10 0 0 10 4 36 −32 0 1–4 1–2 0–3 1–4 1–3
Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Qualification tiebreakers

Recent results and forthcoming fixturesEdit

  Win   Draw   Loss

2017Edit

2018Edit


Current squadEdit

The following players have been called up for the friendly match against Argentina on 9 June 2018.
Caps and goals updated as of 24 March 2018 after the match against Romania.
Statistics include official FIFA-recognised matches only.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Ariel Harush (1988-05-25) 25 May 1988 (age 30) 11 0   Anorthosis Famagusta
18 1GK Danny Amos (1987-02-02) 2 February 1987 (age 31) 0 0   Maccabi Netanya
22 1GK Mahmmoud Kanadil (1988-08-11) 11 August 1988 (age 29) 0 0   Bnei Sakhnin

21 2DF Eitan Tibi (1987-11-16) 16 November 1987 (age 30) 35 1   Maccabi Tel Aviv
13 2DF Taleb Tawatha (1992-06-21) 21 June 1992 (age 26) 9 0   Eintracht Frankfurt
2DF Eli Dasa (1992-12-03) 3 December 1992 (age 25) 9 0   Maccabi Tel Aviv
2 2DF Ben Bitton (1991-01-03) 3 January 1991 (age 27) 4 0   Hapoel Be'er Sheva
20 2DF Loai Taha (1989-11-26) 26 November 1989 (age 28) 1 0   Hapoel Be'er Sheva
2DF Oren Biton (1994-06-16) 16 June 1994 (age 24) 0 0   Hapoel Be'er Sheva
2DF Ayid Habshi (1995-05-10) 10 May 1995 (age 23) 0 0   Bnei Yehuda
2DF Nisso Kapiloto (1989-10-01) 1 October 1989 (age 28) 0 0   Hapoel Haifa

6 3MF Bibras Natkho (1988-02-18) 18 February 1988 (age 30) 50 1   CSKA Moscow
7 3MF Beram Kayal (1988-05-02) 2 May 1988 (age 30) 33 1   Brighton & Hove Albion
8 3MF Almog Cohen (1988-09-01) 1 September 1988 (age 29) 24 0   FC Ingolstadt 04
11 3MF Dan Einbinder (1989-02-16) 16 February 1989 (age 29) 7 1   Hapoel Be'er Sheva
3MF Dor Peretz (1995-05-17) 17 May 1995 (age 23) 2 0   Maccabi Tel Aviv
3MF Omer Atzili (1993-07-27) 27 July 1993 (age 24) 2 0   Maccabi Tel Aviv
16 3MF Hanan Maman (1989-08-28) 28 August 1989 (age 28) 1 0   Hapoel Be'er Sheva
9 3MF Eran Levy (1985-08-04) 4 August 1985 (age 32) 1 0   Maccabi Netanya

4FW Ben Sahar (1989-08-10) 10 August 1989 (age 28) 41 7   Hapoel Be'er Sheva
10 4FW Tomer Hemed (1987-05-02) 2 May 1987 (age 31) 32 16   Brighton & Hove Albion
4FW Moanes Dabour (1992-05-14) 14 May 1992 (age 26) 7 1   Red Bull Salzburg
19 4FW Alon Turgeman (1991-06-09) 9 June 1991 (age 27) 1 0   Austria Wien
17 4FW Dia Saba (1992-11-18) 18 November 1992 (age 25) 1 0   Maccabi Netanya

Recent call-upsEdit

The following players have also been called up to the Israeli squad on the last 12 months.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Ofir Marciano (1989-10-07) 7 October 1989 (age 28) 11 0   Hibernian v.   Romania, 24 March 2018 INJ
GK Boris Klaiman (1990-10-26) 26 October 1990 (age 27) 1 0   Beitar Jerusalem v.   Spain, 9 October 2017
GK Omri Glazer (1996-03-11) 11 March 1996 (age 22) 1 0   Maccabi Haifa v.   Liechtenstein, 6 October 2017

DF Tal Kachila (1992-06-26) 26 June 1992 (age 26) 0 0   Beitar Jerusalem v.   Romania, 24 March 2018
DF Maor Kandil (1993-11-27) 27 November 1993 (age 24) 0 0   Bnei Yehuda v.   Romania, 24 March 2018
DF Tal Ben Haim (Captain) (1982-03-31) 31 March 1982 (age 36) 96 1   Maccabi Tel Aviv v.   Spain, 9 October 2017
DF Dor Elo (1993-09-26) 26 September 1993 (age 24) 0 0   Hapoel Be'er Sheva v.   Spain, 9 October 2017
DF Hatem Abd Elhamed (1991-03-18) 18 March 1991 (age 27) 0 0   Hapoel Be'er Sheva v.   Spain, 9 October 2017
DF Ofir Davidzada (1991-05-05) 5 May 1991 (age 27) 11 0   Gent v.   Spain, 9 October 2017
DF Omri Ben Harush (1990-03-04) 4 March 1990 (age 28) 15 0   Maccabi Haifa v.   Spain, 9 October 2017
DF Shir Tzedek (1989-08-22) 22 August 1989 (age 28) 14 0   Hapoel Be'er Sheva V.   Italy, 5 September 2017
DF Omer Danino (1995-02-17) 17 February 1995 (age 23) 0 0   Maccabi Petah Tikva V.   Italy, 5 September 2017

MF Dor Micha (1992-03-02) 2 March 1992 (age 26) 1 0   Maccabi Tel Aviv v.   Romania, 24 March 2018
MF Maor Melikson (1984-10-30) 30 October 1984 (age 33) 25 3   Hapoel Be'er Sheva v.   Romania, 24 March 2018 INJ
MF David Keltjens (1995-06-11) 11 June 1995 (age 23) 6 0   Beitar Jerusalem v.   Spain, 9 October 2017
MF Marwan Kabha (1991-02-23) 23 February 1991 (age 27) 4 0   Hapoel Be'er Sheva v.   Spain, 9 October 2017
MF Idan Vered (1989-05-25) 25 May 1989 (age 29) 2 0   Beitar Jerusalem v.   Spain, 9 October 2017
MF Gidi Kanyuk (1993-02-11) 11 February 1993 (age 25) 0 0   Pakhtakor Tashkent v.   Spain, 9 October 2017
MF Nir Bitton (1991-10-30) 30 October 1991 (age 26) 21 2   Celtic v.   Spain, 9 October 2017 INJ
MF Lior Refaelov (1986-04-26) 26 April 1986 (age 32) 40 6   Club Brugge v.   Spain, 9 October 2017
MF Yossi Benayoun (1980-05-05) 5 May 1980 (age 38) 102 24   Maccabi Petah Tikva v.   Spain, 9 October 2017
MF Michael Ohana (1995-10-04) 4 October 1995 (age 22) 1 0   Hapoel Be'er Sheva v.   Italy, 5 September 2017
MF Eran Zahavi (1987-07-25) 25 July 1987 (age 30) 39 6   Guangzhou R&F v.   Macedonia, 2 September 2017 RET

FW Tal Ben Haim II (1989-08-05) 5 August 1989 (age 28) 29 5   Sparta Prague v.   Romania, 24 March 2018
FW Eliran Atar (1987-02-17) 17 February 1987 (age 31) 6 1   Maccabi Tel Aviv v.   Spain, 9 October 2017
FW Itay Shechter (1987-02-22) 22 February 1987 (age 31) 27 5   Maccabi Tel Aviv v.   Spain, 9 October 2017
FW Manor Solomon (1999-07-24) 24 July 1999 (age 18) 0 0   Maccabi Petah Tikva v.   Italy, 5 September 2017
  • INJ Withdrew due to an injury.
  • PRE Preliminary squad.
  • SUS Suspended.
  • RET Retired from international football.

Player historyEdit

Most capped playersEdit

As of 9 October 2017, the ten players with the most caps[1] for Israel are:

Rank. Name Career Caps Goals
1 Yossi Benayoun 1998–present 102 24
2 Tal Ben Haim 2002–present 96 2
3 Arik Benado 1995–2007 94 0
4 Alon Harazi 1992–2006 89 2
5 Amir Schelach 1992–2001 85 0
6 Mordechai Spiegler 1963–1977 83 33
Nir Klinger 1987–1997 83 2
8 Avi Nimni 1992–2005 80 17
9 Tal Banin 1990–2003 78 12
Itzhak Shum 1969–1981 78 10
Eyal Berkovic 1992–2004 78 9
Dudu Aouate 1999–2013 78 0

Bold denotes still active players.

Top goalscorersEdit

 
Mordechai Spiegler (middle) is Israel's top scorer with 33 goals

As of 9 October 2017, the ten players with the most goals[2] for Israel are:

Rank. Player Career Goals Caps Average
1 Mordechai Spiegler 1963–1977 33 83 0.39
2 Yehoshua Feigenbaum 1966–1977 24 50 0.48
Yossi Benayoun 1998–present 24 102 0.24
4 Ronen Harazi 1992–1999 23 53 0.43
5 Nahum Stelmach 1956–1968 22 61 0.36
6 Gidi Damti 1971–1981 21 69 0.30
7 Giora Spiegel 1965–1980 18 44 0.40
Yehoshua Glazer 1949–1961 18 35 0.51
9 Eli Ohana 1984–1997 17 51 0.33
Avi Nimni 1992–2005 17 80 0.21

Bold denotes still active players.

ManagersEdit

WDL Record since 1948Edit

Team From To Record
P W D L Win %
  1948 2017 476 177 112 187 037.18

See alsoEdit

NotesEdit

  1. ^ The Israel v Wales match was originally to kick off at 20:45 (22:45 UTC+3), but was moved to 18:00 (20:00 UTC+3) as matches cannot kick off later than 22:00 local time according to UEFA's guidelines.[27]
  2. ^ The Israel v Belgium match was originally to be played on 9 September 2014, 20:45 (21:45 UTC+3), but was postponed due to the 2014 Israel–Gaza conflict.[29]

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  43. ^ Win% is rounded to two decimal places

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