Israel national football team

Israel
Nickname(s) הכחולים-לבנים (The Blue and Whites)
Association Israel Football Association (IFA)
Confederation
Head coach Andi Herzog
Captain Bibras Natkho
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 5 (7 June 2018)
Highest 15 (November 2008)
Lowest 99 (January 2018)
Elo ranking
Current 75 1 (29 July 2018)
Highest 15 (August 2008)
Lowest 80 (February 1968)
First international
Mandatory Palestine:
 Egypt 7–1 Mandatory Palestine
(Cairo, Egypt; 16 March 1934)
Israel:
USA Olympic Team 3–1 Israel
(New York City, United States; 26 September 1948)
Biggest win
Mandatory Palestine:
Mandatory Palestine 5–1 Lebanon
(Tel Aviv, Mandatory Palestine; 27 April 1940)
Israel:
Israel 9–0 Chinese Taipei 
(Wellington, New Zealand; 23 March 1988)
Biggest defeat
Mandatory Palestine:
 Egypt 7–1 Mandatory Palestine
(Cairo, Egypt; 16 March 1934)
Israel:
 Germany 7–1 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 has competed in FIFA World Cup qualifiers in three different confederations, competing in the Asian Football Confederation before settling in Europe as a member of the Union of European Football Associations in 1994.

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.


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.

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 membership

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

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 membership

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.

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 history

Source: [6]

All-time head-to-head record

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.

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 suppliers

Since July 2018, Puma is Israel's kit supplier, having previously supplied the kits from 1996 to 2008. Israel's kits were supplied by Diadora from 1988 to 1995 and Adidas from 2008 to 2018

Honours

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

Competition history

FIFA World Cup

Olympic record

Olympics Record
Year Round Position GP W D L GS GA
1952 Did Not Qualify
1956
1960
1964
1968 Quarter-finals420297
1972 Did Not Qualify
1976 Quarter-finals403147
1980 Withdrew
1984 Did Not Qualify
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.

AFC Asian Cup

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 Games

Asian Games Record
Year Result GP W D* L GS GA
1951Did not qualify000000
1954Did not qualify000000
1958Quarterfinals320163
1962Did not qualify000000
1966Did not qualify000000
1970Did not qualify000000
1974Runners-up7601244
1978Did not qualify000000
1982Did not qualify000000
Total2/1310802307

UEFA European Championship record

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'
Attendance: 3,500
Referee: Frans van den Wijngaert (Belgium)

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'
Attendance: 38,000
Referee: Antonio Martín Navarrete (Spain)

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
Referee: Marnix Sandra (Belgium)

Israel  2 0  Azerbaijan
R. Harazi  31', 90' Report
Attendance: 7,000
Referee: Claude Détruche (Switzerland)

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'
Attendance: 57,009
Referee: Cosimo-Giancarlo Bolognino (ITA)

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 Colautti  8'
Attendance: 7,800
Referee: Johan Verbist (Belgium)

Israel  4–1  Andorra
Benayoun  9'
Ben-Shushan  11'
Gershon  43' (pen.)
Tamuz  69'
Report Fernandez  84'
Attendance: 0
Referee: Sinisa Zrnic (Bosnia)

Russia  1–1  Israel
Arshavin  5' Report Ben-Shushan  84'
Attendance: 22,000

Israel  3–4  Croatia
Colautti  8', 89'
Benayoun  68'
Report Srna  35' (pen.)
Eduardo  39', 54', 72'

Israel  0–0  England
Report

Israel  4–0  Estonia
Tal  19'
Colautti  29'
Sahar  77', 80'
Report
Attendance: 23,658

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

Andorra  0–2  Israel
Report Tamuz  37'
Colautti  53'

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

Croatia  1–0  Israel
Eduardo  52' Report
Attendance: 32,000

Israel  2–1  Russia
Barda  10'
Golan  90+2'
Report Bilyaletdinov  61'
Attendance: 27,563

Israel  1–0  Macedonia
Barda  35' Report
Attendance: 2,736
Referee: Tomasz Mikulski (Poland)

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
 Israel33,42110,80188,40317,681
Discipline
Position Player Country Suspended for match(es) Reason
DefenderTal Ben Haim I Israel21vs 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
ForwardItay Shechter Israel20vs 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)
 IsraelEitan 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 Cup

2018 FIFA World Cup qualification – UEFA Group G

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UEFA Euro 2016

UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying Group B

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 fixtures

  Win   Draw   Loss

2017

2018


Current squad

The following players have been called up for the friendly match against Albania on 7 September 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 11 0 Hapoel Be'er Sheva
23 1GK Guy Haimov (1986-03-09) 9 March 1986 1 0 Maccabi Haifa
18 1GK Danny Amos (1987-02-02) 2 February 1987 0 0 Maccabi Netanya

21 2DF Eitan Tibi (1987-11-16) 16 November 1987 35 1 Maccabi Tel Aviv
5 2DF Shir Tzedek (1989-08-22) 22 August 1989 14 0 Hapoel Be'er Sheva
3 2DF Taleb Tawatha (1992-06-21) 21 June 1992 9 0 Eintracht Frankfurt
2 2DF Eli Dasa (1992-12-03) 3 December 1992 9 0 Maccabi Tel Aviv
22 2DF Ben Bitton (1991-01-03) 3 January 1991 4 0 Hapoel Be'er Sheva
25 2DF Samuel Scheimann (1987-11-03) 3 November 1987 1 0 Hapoel Be'er Sheva
20 2DF Loai Taha (1989-11-26) 26 November 1989 1 0 Hapoel Be'er Sheva
4 2DF Ayid Habshi (1995-05-10) 10 May 1995 0 0 Maccabi Haifa
24 2DF Nisso Kapiloto (1989-10-01) 1 October 1989 0 0 Hapoel Haifa

6 3MF Bibras Natkho (Captain) (1988-02-18) 18 February 1988 50 1 Olympiacos
7 3MF Eran Zahavi (1987-07-25) 25 July 1987 39 6 Guangzhou R&F
8 3MF Beram Kayal (1988-05-02) 2 May 1988 33 1 Brighton & Hove Albion
11 3MF Dan Einbinder (1989-02-16) 16 February 1989 7 1 Hapoel Be'er Sheva
14 3MF Dor Peretz (1995-05-17) 17 May 1995 2 0 Maccabi Tel Aviv
15 3MF Dor Micha (1992-03-02) 2 March 1992 1 0 Maccabi Tel Aviv
16 3MF Dan Glazer (1996-09-20) 20 September 1996 0 0 Maccabi Tel Aviv
13 3MF Maxim Plakushchenko (1996-01-04) 4 January 1996 0 0 Hapoel Haifa

10 4FW Tomer Hemed (1987-05-02) 2 May 1987 32 16 Queens Park Rangers
9 4FW Moanes Dabour (1992-05-14) 14 May 1992 7 1 Red Bull Salzburg
19 4FW Alon Turgeman (1991-06-09) 9 June 1991 1 0 Austria Wien
17 4FW Dia Saba (1992-11-18) 18 November 1992 1 0 Maccabi Netanya
12 4FW Manor Solomon (1999-07-24) 24 July 1999 0 0 Maccabi Petah Tikva

Recent call-ups

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 Mahmmoud Kanadil (1988-08-11) 11 August 1988 0 0 Bnei Sakhnin v.  Argentina, 9 June 2018
GK Ofir Marciano (1989-10-07) 7 October 1989 11 0 Hibernian v.  Romania, 24 March 2018 INJ
GK Boris Klaiman (1990-10-26) 26 October 1990 1 0 Paralimni v.  Spain, 9 October 2017
GK Omri Glazer (1996-03-11) 11 March 1996 1 0 Maccabi Haifa v.  Liechtenstein, 6 October 2017

DF Oren Biton (1994-06-16) 16 June 1994 0 0 Hapoel Be'er Sheva v.  Argentina, 9 June 2018
DF Tal Kachila (1992-06-26) 26 June 1992 0 0 Beitar Jerusalem v.  Romania, 24 March 2018
DF Maor Kandil (1993-11-27) 27 November 1993 0 0 Maccabi Tel Aviv v.  Romania, 24 March 2018
DF Tal Ben Haim (1982-03-31) 31 March 1982 96 1 Beitar Jerusalem v.  Spain, 9 October 2017
DF Dor Elo (1993-09-26) 26 September 1993 0 0 Hapoel Be'er Sheva v.  Spain, 9 October 2017
DF Hatem Abd Elhamed (1991-03-18) 18 March 1991 0 0 Hapoel Be'er Sheva v.  Spain, 9 October 2017
DF Ofir Davidzada (1991-05-05) 5 May 1991 11 0 Gent v.  Spain, 9 October 2017
DF Omri Ben Harush (1990-03-04) 4 March 1990 15 0 Lokeren v.  Spain, 9 October 2017
DF Omer Danino (1995-02-17) 17 February 1995 0 0 Maccabi Petah Tikva V.  Italy, 5 September 2017

MF Omer Atzili (1993-07-27) 27 July 1993 2 0 Maccabi Tel Aviv v.  Argentina, 9 June 2018
MF Hanan Maman (1989-08-28) 28 August 1989 1 0 Hapoel Be'er Sheva v.  Argentina, 9 June 2018
MF Eran Levy (1985-08-04) 4 August 1985 1 0 Beitar Jerusalem v.  Argentina, 9 June 2018
MF Almog Cohen (1988-09-01) 1 September 1988 24 0 FC Ingolstadt 04 v.  Argentina, 9 June 2018 INJ
MF Maor Melikson (1984-10-30) 30 October 1984 25 3 Hapoel Be'er Sheva v.  Romania, 24 March 2018
MF David Keltjens (1995-06-11) 11 June 1995 6 0 Beitar Jerusalem v.  Spain, 9 October 2017
MF Marwan Kabha (1991-02-23) 23 February 1991 4 0 Hapoel Be'er Sheva v.  Spain, 9 October 2017
MF Idan Vered (1989-05-25) 25 May 1989 2 0 Beitar Jerusalem v.  Spain, 9 October 2017
MF Gidi Kanyuk (1993-02-11) 11 February 1993 0 0 Maccabi Petah Tikva v.  Spain, 9 October 2017
MF Nir Bitton (1991-10-30) 30 October 1991 21 2 Celtic v.  Spain, 9 October 2017 INJ
MF Lior Refaelov (1986-04-26) 26 April 1986 40 6 Royal Antwerp v.  Spain, 9 October 2017
MF Yossi Benayoun (1980-05-05) 5 May 1980 102 24 Maccabi Petah Tikva v.  Spain, 9 October 2017
MF Michael Ohana (1995-10-04) 4 October 1995 1 0 Hapoel Be'er Sheva v.  Italy, 5 September 2017

FW Ben Sahar (1989-08-10) 10 August 1989 41 7 Hapoel Be'er Sheva v.  Argentina, 9 June 2018
FW Tal Ben Haim II (1989-08-05) 5 August 1989 29 5 Sparta Prague v.  Romania, 24 March 2018 INJ
FW Eliran Atar (1987-02-17) 17 February 1987 6 1 Maccabi Tel Aviv v.  Spain, 9 October 2017
FW Itay Shechter (1987-02-22) 22 February 1987 27 5 Maccabi Tel Aviv v.  Spain, 9 October 2017
  • INJ Withdrew due to an injury.
  • PRE Preliminary squad.
  • SUS Suspended.
  • RET Retired from international football.

Player history

Most capped players

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 goalscorers

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.

Managers

WDL Record since 1948

Team From To Record
PWDLWin %
1948 2017 476 177 112 187 037.18

See also

Notes

  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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