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Misha Zilberman (Hebrew: מישה זילברמן; born 30 January 1989) is an Israeli badminton player.[1] He competed for Israel at the 2012 and the 2016 Summer Olympics, and also represented Israel at the 2015 and 2019 European Games.

Misha Zilberman
מישה זילברמן
Misha Zilberman.jpg
Personal information
Country Israel
Born (1989-01-30) 30 January 1989 (age 30)[1]
Moscow, USSR
ResidenceNess Ziona, Israel[2]
Height1.71 m (5 ft 7 12 in)[1]
Weight62 kg (137 lb)[1]
CoachSvetlana & Michael Zilberman
Men's singles
Career record247 Win, 210 Loss
Highest ranking39 (9 July 2019)
Current ranking45 (1 October 2019)
BWF profile

Early and personal lifeEdit

Zilberman was born in Moscow, Russia.[1][3] He is an only child of his father, Michael, and his mother, Svetlana.[1] His father was born in Russia in 1945, and made aliyah to Israel in 1991, with his wife and son Misha, and worked in Pardes Hannah and then in Rishon LeZion.[3][4] Svetlana was born in Belarus. She began playing badminton at the age of 12, which is how she met Michael, who was her coach.[4][5][6]

Both his parents come from athletic backgrounds. Zilberman was a member of the Soviet national floor gymnastics team until he retired as the result of an injury. He then became an assistant coach to the Soviet national team in badminton. Svetlana plays professional badminton.[1][4][6][7] Her greatest accomplishment was winning a bronze medal in the 1986 European Badminton Championships for the USSR.[1][4][5]

Zilberman served in the Israel Defense Forces from August 2007 to August 2010.[8] He lives in Ness Ziona, Israel.[2]

Badminton careerEdit

When he was still a baby Zilberman used to join his mother at her badminton practice, and with time he began playing himself.[5][9] At the age of 12 he began his serious daily training.[3][5][9] He began to compete in junior badminton tournaments in 2003.[2][1] His club is Kfar Maccabiah.[1] He is coached by both his parents, as his mother coaches him, and his father is head coach of Israel's national badminton team.[1][3][4][6]

Zilberman won the senior Israeli Badminton Championship when he was 16 years old, in 2004.[4][10] In 2006 and 2009 he played mixed doubles with his mother at the Badminton World Championships, as the Championships' first mother-son mixed doubles team.[3][11]

In 2011, Zilberman competed for six months for Odense in the professional league in Denmark.[3] In April 2012 he reached the finals of the Tahiti Air Nui International, improving his world ranking by 14 places.[4][12][13] In 2012, he won the Israeli Badminton Championship in both singles and mixed doubles (with his mother).[14] In May 2012 he was ranked # 64 internationally.[5]

Misha Zilberman (2012)

Zilberman competed for Israel at the 2012 Summer Olympics, the first appearance by an Israeli badminton player in the Olympics.[6][9][15] Ranked 33rd in the Olympic rankings in singles, he came in 33rd in the Games.[1][4]

In July 2013 Zilberman won two gold medals at the 2013 Maccabiah Games, one in singles, one in mixed doubles with his mother.[6] In May 2015, he competed in mixed doubles with his mother, who was 56 years old, at the Dongguan, China – 2015 Vivo BWF Sudirman Cup.[16]

Zilberman represented Israel at the 2015 European Games in badminton in Men's singles.[1][5] He lost in the Round of 16 to Zvonimir Đurkinjak of Croatia in three sets.[1]

He competed for Israel at the 2016 Summer Olympics in badminton.[17][17] Zilberman garnered Israel's first-ever win in Olympic badminton, beating Yuhan Tan of Belgium 22-20 and 22-12, but went 1-1 in his group and did not advance to the next round. Misha ranked 26 at the Olympic rankings in singles, he came in 14th at the Olympic Games.[17][18][19]

Zilberman won a gold medal at the 2017 Maccabiah Games in Mixed Doubles.[20]


European GamesEdit

Men's singles

Year Venue Opponent Score Result
2019 Falcon Club, Minsk, Belarus   Anders Antonsen 9–21, 11–21   Bronze

BWF International Challenge/SeriesEdit

Men's singles

Year Tournament Opponent Score Result
2019 Lagos International   Nguyễn Tiến Minh 18–21, 23–25   Runner-up
2019 Brazil International   Brian Yang 21–17, 22–20   Winner
2018 Lagos International   Misbun Ramdan Misbun 11–21, 21–19, 21–12   Winner
2017 Zambia International   Jonathan Persson 21–15, 21–17   Winner
2017 Ethiopia International   Aditya Joshi 21–7, 21–19   Winner
2017 Mauritius International   Goh Giap Chin 19–21, 14–21   Runner-up
2016 Suriname International   Maxime Moreels 21–14, 12–21, 21–12   Winner
2015 Ethiopia International   Luka Wraber 21–13, 21–9   Winner
2015 Turkey International   Yuhan Tan 21–12, 13–21, 18–21   Runner-up
2014 Ethiopia International   Luka Wraber 11–7, 11–9, 11–6   Winner
2014 Lagos International   Luka Wraber 21–15, 21–12   Winner
2013 Hatzor International   Vladimir Malkov 21–17, 22–24, 10–21   Runner-up
2013 Mercosul International   Jan Frohlich 15–21, 16–21   Runner-up
2013 Peru International   Osleni Guerrero 21–17, 13–21, 11–21   Runner-up
2012 Suriname International   Osleni Guerrero 16–21, 21–18, 21–11   Winner
2012 Tahiti International   Tan Chun Seang 29–30, 8–21   Runner-up
2011 Botswana International   Edwin Ekiring 21–10, 16–21, 20–22   Runner-up

Mixed doubles

Year Tournament Partner Opponent Score Result
2017 Zambia International   Svetlana Zilberman   Jonathan Persson
  Kate Foo Kune
Walkover   Runner-up
2017 Ethiopia International   Svetlana Zilberman   Sifeddine Larbaoui
  Linda Mazri
Walkover   Winner
2017 Lagos International   Svetlana Zilberman   Duarte Nuno Anjo
  Sofia Setim
20–22, 21–16, 21–7   Winner
2016 Suriname International   Svetlana Zilberman   Alistair Espinoza
  Solangel Guzman
21–14, 21–15   Winner
     BWF International Challenge tournament
     BWF International Series tournament


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  2. ^ a b c "Misha ZILBERMAN".
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  5. ^ a b c d e f "Introducing Israel's Olympians: Misha Zilberman". The Jerusalem Post.
  6. ^ a b c d e "Norm Nixon coaching Australia's Masters". The Jerusalem Post.
  7. ^ "Singapore Survive Spanish Assault – Vivo BWF Sudirman Cup Day 1 Session 1". Badminton World Federation.
  8. ^ "Misha Zilberman's Official website".
  9. ^ a b c "Meet Team Israel: Misha Zilberman". The Times of Israel.
  10. ^ "Players Profile – Misha ZILBERMAN". BWF World Superseries.
  11. ^ Rod Gilmour (22 July 2009). "Nathan Robertson and Anthony Clark aim for success at World Championships". The Telegraph.
  12. ^ "TAHITI INT'L – No final kick for Bruce-Li".
  13. ^ "Israeli Athlete Adds Name to Olympic List in London".
  14. ^ " – Israel".
  15. ^ "Medal Count – Olympic Results & Medalists – IOC". Archived from the original on 31 July 2012.
  16. ^ "Intriguing Badminton in Dongguan – Vivo BWF Sudirman Cup 2015". Badminton World Federation.
  17. ^ a b c Two Medals and Political Controversies: A Summary of Israel’s Rio OlympicsThe Jewish Press | TPS / Tazpit News Agency | 19 Av 5776 – 23 August 2016 |
  18. ^ Sherwood, Andrew (13 August 2016). "Zilberman wins Israel's first Olympic badminton match". Jewish News. Retrieved 31 January 2019.
  19. ^ Singles' recap before Last 16
  20. ^ [1]

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