Israel national football team

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Israel
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Nickname(s) הכחולים-לבנים (The Blue and Whites)
Association Israel Football Association (IFA)
Confederation UEFA (Europe; 1994–present)
AFC (Asia; 1954–74)
Head coach Andi Herzog
Captain Bibras Natkho
Most caps Yossi Benayoun (102) [1]
Top scorer Mordechai Spiegler (33) [2]
Home stadium Teddy Stadium (Jerusalem)
Sammy Ofer Stadium (Haifa)
Turner Stadium (Be'er Sheva)
FIFA code ISR
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First colours
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FIFA ranking
Current 93 Steady2.svg(9 April 2020) [3]
Highest15 (November 2008)
Lowest99 (January 2018)
Elo ranking
Current 71 Decrease2.svg 9 (2 April 2020) [4]
Highest23 (April 1976)
Lowest81 (December 1959)
First international
Mandatory Palestine (Eretz Israel):
Flag of Egypt (1922-1958).svg  Egypt 7–1 Mandatory Palestine Flag of the United Kingdom.svg
(Cairo, Egypt; 16 March 1934)
Israel:
Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg US Olympic Team 3–1 Israel Flag of Israel.svg
(New York, United States; 26 September 1948)
Biggest win
Flag of Israel.svg Israel 9–0 Chinese Taipei  Flag of Chinese Taipei (FIFA).svg
(Wellington, New Zealand; 23 March 1988)
Biggest defeat
Mandatory Palestine (Eretz Israel):
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(Cairo, Egypt; 16 March 1934)
Israel:
Flag of Germany.svg  Germany 7–1 Israel Flag of Israel.svg
(Kaiserslautern, Germany; 12 February 2002)
World Cup
Appearances1 (first in 1970 )
Best resultGroup stage (1970)
Asian Cup
Appearances4 (first in 1956 )
Best resultChampions (1964)

The Israel national football team (Hebrew : נבחרת ישראל בכדורגל, Nivḥeret Yisra'el BeChaduregel) represents Israel in international football, and is governed by the Israel Football Association (IFA).

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Israel's national team is the direct successor of the Mandatory Palestine (Eretz Israel) national football team, which played five internationals in 1934–1940, and was managed by the Eretz Israel Football Association. Israel football is a part of the UEFA since 1994 as well.

The Israeli side qualified for their only FIFA World Cup to date in 1970.

History

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. During those five games, the national team fielded only Jewish players. Three anthems were played before each match: the British "God Save the King", the Jewish (and future Israeli) "Hatikvah" and the opposing team's anthem. [5]

In 1948 the team became, officially, the national team of Israel. The Israel national team's first match as an independent nation was on 26 September 1948, against the US Olympic Team. The game was won by the US 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 membership

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Nahum Stelmach kicking; 1959

Israel competed in the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) between 1954 and 1974. Due to the Arab League boycott of Israel, several Muslim countries 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).

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Israel won 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 exile

Ronny Rosenthal against New Zealand in the 1990 FIFA World Cup qualification Israel v New Zealand - Ramat Gan, 1989 - Ronny Rosenthal.jpg
Ronny Rosenthal against New Zealand in the 1990 FIFA World Cup qualification

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. [6] The vote coincided with the 1974 Asian Games, where the football competition was marred by the refusal of both North Korea [7] 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).

UEFA membership

Yossi Benayoun is Israel's most capped player with 102 caps. Yossibenayounch.jpg
Yossi Benayoun is Israel's most capped player with 102 caps.

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 UEFA Euro 2000 qualifying play-offs, but was beaten by Denmark.

Avram Grant is the youngest national coach of Israel. Avram Grant 2012.jpg
Avram Grant is the youngest national coach of Israel.

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 for the final tournament, but finished fourth in Group E, just one point behind second-placed Russia, who qualified directly with Croatia, and level on 23 points with England, who also failed to advance. 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. [8]

All-time head-to-head record

As of 7 June 2019.

  Positive record  Neutral record  Negative record

  1. Includes matches against Flag of Germany.svg  West Germany .
  2. Includes matches against Flag of the Soviet Union.svg  Soviet Union .
  3. Includes matches against Flag of Yugoslavia (1946-1992).svg  Yugoslavia and Flag of Serbia and Montenegro (1992-2006).svg  Serbia and Montenegro .
  4. As Flag of South Vietnam.svg  South Vietnam .

Home stadium

Teddy Stadium of Jerusalem, Israel's largest stadium Teddy Stadium, Jerusalem.jpg
Teddy Stadium of Jerusalem, Israel's largest stadium
Sammy Ofer Stadium of Haifa, Israel's second largest stadium SammyOferSTD.jpg
Sammy Ofer Stadium of Haifa, Israel's second largest stadium
Turner Stadium of Be'er Sheva, Israel's newest stadium Turner Stadium.jpg
Turner Stadium of Be'er Sheva, Israel's newest stadium

In the past, the Israel national football team's home stadium was the Ramat Gan Stadium in the Tel Aviv District city of 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 (30,780 seats), ever since 2015 Teddy Stadium in Jerusalem (31,733 seats), and ever since 2018 Turner Stadium in Be'er Sheva (16,126 seats), are being used as the official home stadiums of the Israel national football team. All three 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.

Kit suppliers

Kit supplierOriginPeriod
Diadora Italy1992–1995
Adidas Germany2008–2018
Puma Germany1985–1989, 1996–2008, 2018–present

Honours

Winners: 1964
Runners-up: 1956, 1960
Third place: 1968
Silver medalists (1): 1974

Competitive record

AFC Asian Cup

AFC Asian Cup record
YearRoundPositionGPWD*LGSGA
Flag of Hong Kong 1876.svg 1956 Runners-up2nd320165
Flag of South Korea.svg 1960 Runners-up2nd320164
Flag of Israel.svg 1964 Champions1st330051
State Flag of Iran (1964).svg 1968 Third Place3rd4202115
Flag of Thailand.svg 1972 Withdrew
Total1 Title4/15139042815

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.

FIFA World Cup

YearRoundPositionGPWD*LGFGA
as Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Mandatory Palestine (Eretz Israel)
Flag of Uruguay.svg 1930 Did not enter
Flag of Italy (1861-1946).svg 1934 Did not qualify
Flag of France.svg 1938
as Flag of Israel.svg Israel
Flag of Brazil (1889-1960).svg 1950 Did not qualify
Flag of Switzerland.svg 1954
Flag of Sweden.svg 1958
Flag of Chile.svg 1962
Flag of England.svg 1966
Flag of Mexico.svg 1970 Group stage12th302113
Flag of Germany.svg 1974 Did not qualify
Flag of Argentina.svg 1978
Flag of Spain.svg 1982
Flag of Mexico.svg 1986
Flag of Italy.svg 1990
Flag of the United States.svg 1994
Flag of France.svg 1998
Flag of South Korea (1997-2011).svg Flag of Japan.svg 2002
Flag of Germany.svg 2006
Flag of South Africa.svg 2010
Flag of Brazil.svg 2014
Flag of Russia.svg 2018
Flag of Qatar.svg 2022
Flag of the United States.svg Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Flag of Mexico.svg 2026
Total1/23302113
*Draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks

Asian Games

Asian Games Record
YearResultGPWD*LGSGA
Flag of India.svg 1951 Did not qualify
Flag of the Philippines.svg 1954
Flag of Japan (1870-1999).svg 1958 Quarterfinals320163
Flag of Indonesia.svg 1962 Did not qualify
Flag of Thailand.svg 1966
Flag of Thailand.svg 1970
State Flag of Iran (1964).svg 1974 Runners-up7601244
Flag of Thailand.svg 1978 Did not qualify
Flag of India.svg 1982
Total2/1310802307

Summer Olympic Games

Summer Olympic Games record
YearRoundPositionGPWDLGSGA
Flag of Finland.svg 1952 Did not qualify
Flag of Australia (converted).svg 1956
Flag of Italy.svg 1960
Flag of Japan.svg 1964
Flag of Mexico.svg 1968 Quarter-finals420297
Flag of Germany.svg 1972 Did not qualify
Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg 1976 Quarter-finals403147
Flag of the Soviet Union.svg 1980 Withdrew
Flag of the United States.svg 1984 Did not qualify
Flag of South Korea.svg 1988
TotalQuarter-finals2/1082331314

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.

UEFA Nations League

UEFA Nations League record
YearDivisionGroupRoundPosPldWDLGFGARKP/R
2018–19 C 1 Group stage2nd42026530Equals-sign-blue.gif
2020–21 C To be determined
Best/totalCGroup stage1/142026530

UEFA European Championship

UEFA European Championship record UEFA European Championship Qualification record
YearRoundPositionPldWD *LGFGAPldWDLGFGA
1960–1992Not a UEFA memberNot a UEFA member
Flag of England.svg 1996 Did not qualify103341313
Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Flag of the Netherlands.svg 2000 8413259
Flag of Portugal.svg 2004 8233911
Flag of Austria.svg Flag of Switzerland.svg 2008 127232012
Flag of Poland.svg Flag of Ukraine.svg 2012 105141311
Flag of France.svg 2016 104151614
Flag of Europe.svg 2020
Total0/7482110178056
*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.

2020 UEFA European Championship qualifiers

Eran Zahavi was the top goalscorer of Group G of the Euro 2020 qualifiers DK-Maccabi (2).jpg
Eran Zahavi was the top goalscorer of Group G of the Euro 2020 qualifiers

Israel advanced to the UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying play-offs, based on results in the UEFA Nations League.

PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPtsQualification Flag of Poland.svg Flag of Austria.svg Flag of North Macedonia.svg Flag of Slovenia.svg Flag of Israel.svg Flag of Latvia.svg
1Flag of Poland.svg  Poland 10811185+1325Qualify for final tournament 0–0 2–0 3–2 4–0 2–0
2Flag of Austria.svg  Austria 10613199+1019 0–1 2–1 1–0 3–1 6–0
3Flag of North Macedonia.svg  North Macedonia 104241213114 [lower-alpha 1] 0–1 1–4 2–1 1–0 3–1
4Flag of Slovenia.svg  Slovenia 104241611+514 [lower-alpha 1] 2–0 0–1 1–1 3–2 1–0
5Flag of Israel.svg  Israel 103251618211 1–2 4–2 1–1 1–1 3–1
6Flag of Latvia.svg  Latvia 10109328253 0–3 1–0 0–2 0–5 0–3
Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Tiebreakers
Notes:
  1. 1 2 Head-to-head points: North Macedonia 4, Slovenia 1.

Results and fixtures

  Win  Draw  Loss

2019

5 September 2019 UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying Israel  Flag of Israel.svg1–1Flag of North Macedonia.svg  North Macedonia Be'er Sheva, Israel
21:45
(18:45 UTC±0)
Report
Stadium: Turner Stadium
Attendance: 15,200
Referee: Andreas Ekberg (Sweden)
9 September 2019 UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying Slovenia  Flag of Slovenia.svg3–2Flag of Israel.svg  Israel Ljubljana, Slovenia
21:45
(18:45 UTC±0)
Report
Stadium: Stožice Stadium
Attendance: 10,669
Referee: Anthony Taylor (England)
10 October 2019 UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying Austria  Flag of Austria.svg3–1Flag of Israel.svg  Israel Vienna, Austria
21:45
(18:45 UTC±0)
Report
Stadium: Ernst-Happel-Stadion
Attendance: 26,200
Referee: Willie Collum (Scotland)
15 October 2019 UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying Israel  Flag of Israel.svg3–1Flag of Latvia.svg  Latvia Be'er Sheva, Israel
21:45
(18:45 UTC±0)
Report
Stadium: Turner Stadium
Attendance: 9,150
Referee: Arnold Hunter (Northern Ireland)
16 November 2019 UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying Israel  Flag of Israel.svg1–2Flag of Poland.svg  Poland Jerusalem, Israel
21:45
(19:45 UTC±0)
Report
Stadium: Teddy Stadium
Attendance: 16,700
Referee: Mattias Gestranius (Finland)
19 November 2019 UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying North Macedonia  Flag of North Macedonia.svg1–0Flag of Israel.svg  Israel Skopje, North Macedonia
21:45
(19:45 UTC±0)
Report Stadium: Philip II Arena
Attendance: 5,573
Referee: Paolo Valeri (Italy)

2020

TBD Friendly Ukraine  Flag of Ukraine.svgvFlag of Israel.svg  Israel Lviv, Ukraine
Report Stadium: Arena Lviv
4 September 2020 2020–21 UEFA Nations League Scotland  Flag of Scotland.svgvFlag of Israel.svg  Israel Glasgow, Scotland
20:45
(19:45 UTC±1)
Stadium: Hampeden Park
7 September 2020 2020–21 UEFA Nations League Israel  Flag of Israel.svgvFlag of Slovakia.svg  Slovakia Israel
20:45
(21:45 UTC±3)
8 October 2020 2020–21 UEFA Nations League Israel  Flag of Israel.svgvFlag of the Czech Republic.svg  Czech Republic Israel
20:45
(21:45 UTC±3)
11 October 2020 2020–21 UEFA Nations League Slovakia  Flag of Slovakia.svgvFlag of Israel.svg  Israel Trnava, Slovakia
20:45Stadium: Anton Malatinský Stadium
14 November 2020 2020–21 UEFA Nations League Czech Republic  Flag of the Czech Republic.svgvFlag of Israel.svg  Israel Czech Republic
15:00
17 November 2020 2020–21 UEFA Nations League Israel  Flag of Israel.svgvFlag of Scotland.svg  Scotland Israel
20:45
(21:45 UTC±2)

Players

Current squad

The following players were called up for Euro 2020 qualifying games against Poland on 16 November and against Macedonia on 19 November 2019.
Caps and goals updated as of 19 November 2019 after the match against North Macedonia.
Statistics include official FIFA-recognised matches only.

No.Pos.PlayerDate of birth (age)CapsGoalsClub
11 GK Ariel Harush (1988-05-25) 25 May 1988 (age 32)200 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Sparta Rotterdam
181 GK Ofir Marciano (1989-10-07) 7 October 1989 (age 30)160 Flag of Scotland.svg Hibernian
231 GK Yoav Gerafi (1993-08-29) 29 August 1993 (age 26)00 Flag of Israel.svg Hapoel Tel Aviv

212 DF Eitan Tibi (1987-11-16) 16 November 1987 (age 32)411 Flag of Israel.svg Maccabi Tel Aviv
202 DF Omri Ben Harush (1990-03-04) 4 March 1990 (age 30)270 Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Lokeren
22 DF Eli Dasa (1992-12-03) 3 December 1992 (age 27)250 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Vitesse
52 DF Orel Dgani (1989-01-08) 8 January 1989 (age 31)120 Flag of Israel.svg Hapoel Tel Aviv
172 DF Loai Taha (1989-11-26) 26 November 1989 (age 30)120 Flag of Israel.svg Hapoel Be'er Sheva
2 DF Hatem Abd Elhamed (1991-03-18) 18 March 1991 (age 29)50 Flag of Scotland.svg Celtic
192 DF Sun Menachem (1993-09-07) 7 September 1993 (age 26)30 Flag of Israel.svg Maccabi Haifa

63 MF Bibras Natkho (Captain) (1988-02-18) 18 February 1988 (age 32)662 Flag of Serbia.svg Partizan
83 MF Beram Kayal (1988-05-02) 2 May 1988 (age 32)452 Flag of England.svg Brighton & Hove Albion
43 MF Nir Bitton (1991-10-30) 30 October 1991 (age 28)272 Flag of Scotland.svg Celtic
33 MF Dan Glazer (1996-09-20) 20 September 1996 (age 23)70 Flag of Israel.svg Maccabi Tel Aviv
113 MF Yonatan Cohen (1996-06-29) 29 June 1996 (age 23)40 Flag of Israel.svg Maccabi Tel Aviv
223 MF Ilay Elmkies (2000-03-10) 10 March 2000 (age 20)30 Flag of Germany.svg Hoffenheim
143 MF Dolev Haziza (1995-07-05) 5 July 1995 (age 24)20 Flag of Israel.svg Maccabi Haifa
163 MF Neta Lavi (1996-08-25) 25 August 1996 (age 23)10 Flag of Israel.svg Maccabi Haifa

74 FW Eran Zahavi (1987-07-25) 25 July 1987 (age 32)5219 Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Guangzhou R&F
94 FW Munas Dabbur (1992-05-14) 14 May 1992 (age 28)217 Flag of Germany.svg Hoffenheim
104 FW Dia Saba (1992-11-18) 18 November 1992 (age 27)103 Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Guangzhou R&F
124 FW Shon Weissman (1996-02-14) 14 February 1996 (age 24)40 Flag of Austria.svg Wolfsberger

Recent call-ups

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

Pos.PlayerDate of birth (age)CapsGoalsClubLatest call-up

DF Taleb Tawatha (1992-06-21) 21 June 1992 (age 27)181 Flag of Bulgaria.svg Ludogorets Razgrad v. Flag of Poland.svg  Poland , 16 November 2019 INJ
DF Raz Shlomo (1999-08-13) 13 August 1999 (age 20)00 Flag of Israel.svg Hapoel Tel Aviv v. Flag of Latvia.svg  Latvia , 15 October 2019
DF Ben Bitton (1991-01-03) 3 January 1991 (age 29)50 Flag of Israel.svg Hapoel Be'er Sheva v. Flag of North Macedonia.svg  North Macedonia , 5 September 2019 INJ

MF Gadi Kinda (1994-01-01) 1 January 1994 (age 26)00 Flag of the United States.svg Sporting Kansas City v. Flag of Poland.svg  Poland , 16 November 2019 INJ
MF Dor Peretz (1995-05-17) 17 May 1995 (age 25)141 Flag of Israel.svg Maccabi Tel Aviv v. Flag of Latvia.svg  Latvia , 15 October 2019 INJ
MF Almog Cohen (1988-09-01) 1 September 1988 (age 31)270 Flag of Israel.svg Maccabi Netanya v. Flag of Austria.svg  Austria , 10 October 2019 INJ
MF Dor Micha (1992-03-02) 2 March 1992 (age 28)40 Flag of Israel.svg Maccabi Tel Aviv v. Flag of Austria.svg  Austria , 10 October 2019 INJ

FW Manor Solomon (1999-07-24) 24 July 1999 (age 20)70 Flag of Ukraine.svg Shakhtar Donetsk v. Flag of Latvia.svg  Latvia , 15 October 2019 INJ
FW Tomer Hemed (1987-05-02) 2 May 1987 (age 33)3817 Flag of England.svg Charlton Athletic v. Flag of Slovenia.svg  Slovenia , 9 September 2019

Records

Most capped players

As of 10 June 2019, the ten players with the most caps [1] for Israel are:

Rank.NameCareerCapsGoals
1 Yossi Benayoun 1998–201710224
2 Tal Ben Haim 2002–present962
3 Arik Benado 1995–2007940
4 Alon Harazi 1992–2006892
5 Amir Schelach 1992–2001850
6 Mordechai Spiegler 1963–19778333
Nir Klinger 1987–1997832
8 Avi Nimni 1992–20058017
9 Tal Banin 1990–20037812
Itzhak Shum 1969–19817810
Eyal Berkovic 1992–2004789
Dudu Aouate 1999–2013780

Bold denotes still active players.

Top goalscorers

Mordechai Spiegler (middle) is Israel's top scorer with 33 goals. Israel soccer team holding Asian cup 1964a.jpg
Mordechai Spiegler (middle) is Israel's top scorer with 33 goals.

As of 10 June 2019, the ten players with the most goals [2] for Israel are:

Rank.PlayerCareerGoalsCapsAverage
1 Mordechai Spiegler 1963–197733830.39
2 Yehoshua Feigenbaum 1966–197724500.48
Yossi Benayoun 1998–2017241020.24
4 Ronen Harazi 1992–199923530.43
5 Nahum Stelmach 1956–196822610.36
6 Gidi Damti 1971–198121690.30
7 Eran Zahavi 2010–present19500.38
8 Giora Spiegel 1965–198018440.40
Yehoshua Glazer 1949–196118350.51
9 Eli Ohana 1984–199717510.33
Avi Nimni 1992–200517800.21
Tomer Hemed 2011–present17370.46

Bold denotes still active players.

Managers

ManagerYears as managerPld
W
D
L
GFGAWin% [9]
Flag of Austria.svg Egon Pollak 1948100101000.00
Flag of Austria.svg Flag of Israel.svg Lajos Hess 19493102512033.33
Flag of Hungary.svg László Székely 1950210174050.00
Flag of Israel.svg Jerry Beit haLevi 1953–54500517000.00
Flag of England.svg Jackie Gibbons 19565203712040.00
Flag of Israel.svg Jerry Beit haLevi 1957100145000.00
Flag of Israel.svg Moshe Varon 1958520367040.00
Flag of Hungary.svg Gyula Mándi 1959–6331127124963038.71
Flag of England.svg George Ainsley 1963–64320142066.67
Flag of Israel.svg Yosef Merimovich 1964100104000.00
Flag of Hungary.svg Gyula Mándi 1964330051100.00
Flag of Israel.svg Yosef Merimovich 1964–65310222033.33
Flag of Yugoslavia (1946-1992).svg Milovan Ćirić 1965–682582154345032.00
Flag of Israel.svg Emmanuel Scheffer 1968–70248884434033.33
Flag of Israel.svg Flag of Romania.svg Edmond Schmilovich 1970–731910452713052.63
Flag of Israel.svg David Schweitzer 1973–7736171186734047.22
Flag of Israel.svg Emmanuel Scheffer 1978–79135441715038.46
Flag of England.svg Jack Mansell 1980–8110235812020.00
Flag of Israel.svg Yosef Merimovich 1983–862789103936029.63
Flag of Yugoslavia (1946-1992).svg Miljenko Mihić 1986–882045112735020.00
Flag of Israel.svg Itzhak Schneor
Flag of Israel.svg Ya'akov Grundman
1988–92185582130027.78
Flag of Israel.svg Shlomo Scharf 1992–200082311833131118037.80
Flag of Denmark.svg Richard Møller Nielsen 2000–02207492933035.00
Flag of Israel.svg Avram Grant 2002–0633141365537042.42
Flag of Israel.svg Dror Kashtan 2006–1031151065130048.39
Flag of Israel.svg Eli Ohana (caretaker)2010110020100.00
Flag of France.svg Flag of Spain.svg Luis Fernández 2010–11156181218040.00
Flag of Israel.svg Eli Guttman 2011–152987144246027.59
Flag of Israel.svg Alon Hazan (caretaker)2016100102000.00
Flag of Israel.svg Elisha Levy 2016–2017104151115040.00
Flag of Israel.svg Alon Hazan (caretaker)2018100112000.00
Flag of Austria.svg Andi Herzog 2018–present16628037.50

WDL record since 1948

TeamFromToRecord
PWDLWin %
Flag of Israel.svg 19482018481179112190037.21

See also

Notes

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    The Serbia national football team represents Serbia in men's international football competition. It is controlled by the Football Association of Serbia, the governing body for football in Serbia.

    Kazakhstan national football team mens national association football team representing Kazakhstan

    The Kazakhstan national football team represents Kazakhstan in men's international football and it is governed by the Football Federation of Kazakhstan. They split from the Soviet Union national football team after independence in 1991 and joined the Asian Football Confederation's Central Asian Football Federation. After failing to qualify for the 1998 and 2002 FIFA World Cups, they joined UEFA, but are yet to qualify for a FIFA World Cup or a UEFA European Championship.

    Jordan national football team national association football team

    The Jordan national football team represents Jordan in international football and is controlled by the Jordan Football Association, the governing body for football in Jordan. Jordan's home ground/stadium is the Amman International Stadium and King Abdullah II Stadium. Jordan have never qualified for the World Cup finals, but have appeared four times in the Asian Cup and reached its quarter-final stage in the 2004 and 2011 editions.

    Syria national football team mens national association football team representing Syria

    The Syria national football team represents Syria in association football and is controlled by the Syrian Arab Federation for Football, the governing body for football in Syria. Syria has never qualified for the World Cup finals but did reach the fourth qualification round in 2018.

    Afghanistan national football team mens national association football team representing Afghanistan

    The Afghanistan national football team is the national football team of Afghanistan and is controlled by the Afghanistan Football Federation. Founded in 1922, they played their first international game against Iran in Kabul, 1941. Afghanistan then joined FIFA in 1948 and the AFC in 1954, as one of the founding members. They play their home games at the Ghazi National Olympic Stadium in Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan. In 2013, Afghanistan won the 2013 SAFF Championship and earned the "FIFA Fair Play Award".

    Nepal national football team national association football team

    The Nepal national football team represents Nepal in international men's football and is governed by the All Nepal Football Association (ANFA). A member of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC), the Nepalese football team play their home games at Dasarath Rangasala Stadium, Tripureswhor, Kathmandu.

    Palestine national football team National association football team of Palestine

    The Palestine national football team, controlled by the Palestinian Football Association, represents Palestine in association football. The squad is governed by the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) continentally, and FIFA worldwide. While Palestine is yet to qualify for the World Cup, they have participated twice in the Asian Cup: in 2015, after winning the 2014 AFC Challenge Cup, and 2019, their first time through regular qualification. They failed to get past the group stages on both occasions. Palestine's main venue is the Faisal Al-Husseini International Stadium in Al-Ram, however they have been forced to play in neutral stadiums for home matches in numerous occasions due to political issues.

    Russia national football team mens national association football team representing Russia

    The Russia national football team represents Russia in men's international football and it is controlled by the Russian Football Union, the governing body for football in Russia. Russia's home ground is the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow and their current head coach is Stanislav Cherchesov.

    Kazakhstan women's national football team represent Kazakhstan in international football.

    This is a list of all the recorded matches played by the Bhutan national football team, which represents Bhutan in international men's football. The team is controlled by the governing body for football in Bhutan, the Bhutan Football Federation, which is currently a member of the Asian Football Federation and the regional body the South Asian Football Federation. Bhutan play their home games at the national stadium, Changlimithang. It is one of the younger national teams in the world having played its first match in 1982.

    This is a record of Israel's results at the FIFA World Cup. They have qualified for the tournament on one occasion, in 1970. Israel qualified for the 1970 World Cup as an Asian team. Soon after this, they were expelled from the Asian Football Confederation, and now compete in the European zone as a member of UEFA.

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    9. Win% is rounded to two decimal places