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Israel
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) The Blue and Whites
Association Israel Football Association (IFA)
Confederation UEFA (Europe) (1994-present)
OFC (Oceania) (1974-1991)
AFC (Asia) (1954-1974)
Head coach Israel Eli Ohana (caretaker)
Captain Yossi Benayoun
Most caps Arik Benado (94)
Top scorer Mordechai Spiegler (32)
Home stadium Ramat Gan Stadium
FIFA code ISR
FIFA ranking 26
Highest FIFA ranking 15 (November 2008)
Lowest FIFA ranking 71 (September 1993)
Elo ranking 34
Highest Elo ranking 23 (1976)
Lowest Elo ranking 73 (Feb 1968)
Home colours
Away colours
Biggest win
Israel Israel 9 - 0 Chinese Taipei 
(Wellington, New Zealand; March 23, 1988)
Biggest defeat
 Egypt 7 - 1 Palestine Palestinian territories
(Cairo, Egypt; March 16, 1934)
World Cup
Appearances 1 (First in 1970)
Best result Round 1, 1970
AFC Asian Cup
Appearances 4 (First in 1956)
Best result Winners, 1964

The Israeli National Football Team (Hebrew: נבחרת ישראל בכדורגל‎) is the national football team of Israel and is controlled by the Israel Football Association (IFA).

The Israel Football Association was founded under the name Palestine Football Association (PFA) in 1928, 20 years before the establishment of the state of Israel at the end of the British Mandate of Palestine. The PFA was accepted as a full member of FIFA in 1929. The PFA first dealt with local leagues, but later also managed the national team that was created to participate in the World Cup qualifications (participating in 1934 and 1938 as the Palestine/Eretz Yisrael national team). Israel has taken part in three different continents: Asia, Europe and Oceania in the Football World Cup qualifiers, before settling in Europe as a member of UEFA in 1994.

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

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History

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Before independence

Palestine played its first official game in 1934 in the World Cup qualifiers losing 1-7 to Egypt. The team's first goal ever was scored by Avraham Nudelmann. Upon the creation of the State of Israel in 1948, the IFA became the official association of the new state. The Israel national team's first game as an independent nation was on September 26, 1948, against the USA (result: 1-3 to the USA).

Asian history

Israeli team in 1970 FIFA World Cup

Israel initially competed in the Asian Football Confederation (AFC), although due to their ongoing geopolitical situation many Asian nations often refused to compete against Israel. This meant that they mainly competed in European (UEFA) or Oceanian (OFC) World Cup qualifying tournaments. In 1964 Israel hosted and won the Asian Nations Cup. In 1968 Israel went to their first Olympic Games and lost to Bulgaria in the quarter-finals. In 1970 Israel qualified for their first and only World Cup, via Oceania, but only got two points after draws with Sweden and finalist Italy and a loss to Uruguay.

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

Years in exile

In 1974, Israel was expelled from AFC as their position within it became untenable. During the 1980s they played their majority of matches against European teams, and competed in the European leg of qualification for the 1982 World Cup. For the next two tournaments they entered the Oceania Football Confederation's qualification groups and in 1989, Israel made it to the playoffs of WC Italy 1990 to play against Colombia, who qualified from the South American group, but lost (1-0, 0-0).

European history

In 1991 Israeli clubs began participating in European club competitions and Israel returned to the European leg of World Cup qualifying in 1992, notably winning 3-2 in Paris against France in 1993 and 5-0 against Austria in the late 1990's. In 1994, Israel received full UEFA membership, twenty years since they had left Asia. Within Europe, Israel have been a relatively minor nation, though with some successes. In 1999, Israel made it to the playoffs of Euro 2000, but was beaten by Denmark.

In 2006 World Cup qualifying, Israel finished third in European zone Group Four behind France and Switzerland despite being unbeaten in their 10 matches after four wins and six draws, and failed to qualify for the finals. Coach Avraham 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 finished fourth in group E, behind Croatia, Russia and England. The 3-4 home loss to Croatia was the first loss after 13 consecutive official games and 9 home games without a loss. Although Israel failed to qualify, Israel advanced in the world ranking, which led Israel to pot 2 at the 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification draw. The continued presence of the Israeli Football Association in UEFA was a precedent cited by Australia to justify its transfer from Oceania to the Asian Football Federation.

Competition history

FIFA World Cup record

Year Round Position GP W D* L GS GA
Uruguay 1930 Did not enter - - - - - - -
Italy 1934 Did not qualify - - - - - - -
France 1938 Did not qualify - - - - - - -
Brazil 1950 Did not qualify - - - - - - -
Switzerland 1954 Did not qualify - - - - - - -
Sweden 1958 Did not qualify - - - - - - -
Chile 1962 Did not qualify - - - - - - -
England 1966 Did not qualify - - - - - - -
Mexico 1970 Round 1 13 3 0 2 1 1 3
West Germany 1974 Did not qualify - - - - - - -
Argentina 1978 Did not qualify - - - - - - -
Spain 1982 Did not qualify - - - - - - -
Mexico 1986 Did not qualify - - - - - - -
Italy 1990 Did not qualify - - - - - - -
United States 1994 Did not qualify - - - - - - -
France 1998 Did not qualify - - - - - - -
South KoreaJapan 2002 Did not qualify - - - - - - -
Germany 2006 Did not qualify - - - - - - -
South Africa 2010 Did not qualify - - - - - - -
Brazil 2014 - - - - - - -
Total 1/18 3 0 2 1 1 3

Asian Cup record

Year Round GP W D* L GS GA
Hong Kong 1956 Runner up 3 2 0 1 6 5
South Korea 1960 Runner up 3 2 0 1 6 4
Israel 1964 Champions 3 3 0 0 5 1
Iran 1968 Third place 4 2 0 2 11 5
Total 1 Title 13 9 0 4 28 15

Israel did not compete in a regional competition between the years 1968 and 1996

European Championship record

Year Round GP W D* L GS GA
England 1996 Did not qualify - - - - - -
BelgiumNetherlands 2000 Did not qualify - - - - - -
Portugal 2004 Did not qualify - - - - - -
AustriaSwitzerland 2008 Did not qualify - - - - - -
PolandUkraine 2012 - - - - - -

FIFA 2010 World Cup Qualification

Team
Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Switzerland 10 6 3 1 18 8 +10 21
 Greece 10 6 2 2 20 10 +10 20
 Latvia 10 5 2 3 18 15 +3 17
 Israel 10 4 4 2 20 10 +10 16
 Luxembourg 10 1 2 7 4 25 −21 5
 Moldova 10 0 3 7 6 18 −12 3
  Greece Israel Latvia Luxembourg Moldova Switzerland
Greece  2 – 1 5 – 2 2 – 1 3 – 0 1 – 2
Israel  1 – 1 0 – 1 7 – 0 3 – 1 2 – 2
Latvia  0 – 2 1 – 1 2 – 0 3 – 2 2 – 2
Luxembourg  0 – 3 1 – 3 0 – 4 0 – 0 0 – 3
Moldova  1 – 1 1 – 2 1 – 2 0 – 0 0 – 2
Switzerland  2 – 0 0 – 0 2 – 1 1 – 2 2 – 0
Date Venue Opponents Score¹ Competition Israel scorers
20 August 2008 Ratina Stadion, Tampere (A)  Finland
0 – 2
F
6 September 2008 Ramat Gan Stadium, Ramat Gan (H)  Switzerland
2 – 2
WCQ Yossi Benayoun, Ben Sahar
10 September 2008 Zimbru Stadium, Chisinau (A)  Moldova
2 – 1
WCQ Omer Golan, Klemi Saban
11 October 2008 Stade Josy Barthel, Luxembourg (A)  Luxembourg
3 – 1
WCQ Yossi Benayoun, Omer Golan, Salim Tuama
15 October 2008 Skonto Stadions, Riga (A)  Latvia
1 – 1
WCQ Yossi Benayoun
19 November 2008 Ramat Gan Stadium, Ramat Gan (H)  Côte d'Ivoire
2 – 2
F Elyaniv Barda, Omer Golan
11 February 2009 Ramat Gan Stadium, Ramat Gan (H)  Hungary
1 – 0
F Yossi Benayoun
28 March 2009 Ramat Gan Stadium, Ramat Gan (H)  Greece
1 – 1
WCQ Omer Golan
1 April 2009 Pankritio Stadium, Heraklion (A)  Greece
1 – 2
WCQ Elyaniv Barda
12 August 2009 Windsor Park, Belfast (A)  Northern Ireland
1 – 1
F Elyaniv Barda
5 September 2009 Ramat Gan Stadium, Ramat Gan (H)  Latvia
0 – 1
WCQ
9 September 2009 Ramat Gan Stadium, Ramat Gan (H)  Luxembourg
7 – 0
WCQ Elyaniv Barda, Aviram Baruchyan, Omer Golan, Ben Sahar
10 October 2009 Ramat Gan Stadium, Ramat Gan (H)  Moldova
3 – 1
Elyaniv Barda 2, Dedi Ben Dayan
14 October 2009 St. Jakob-Park, Basel (A)  Switzerland
0 – 0
WCQ
3 March 2010 Stadionul Dan Păltinişanu, Timişoara (A)  Romania
2 – 0
F Yossi Benayoun, Elyaniv Barda
26 May 2010 Estadio Centenario, Montevideo (A)  Uruguay F
29 May 2010 TBD, Buenos Aires (A)  Argentina F
4 June 2010 Estadio Nacional, Santiago (A)  Chile F
Key
  • ¹ = Israeli score shown first
  • H = Home match
  • A = Away match
  • F = Friendly
  • WCQ = World Cup Qualifier

Current squad

The following players were named for the 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifiers against Moldova and Switzerland on October 10 and 14, 2009.

No. Pos. Player DoB (Age) Caps Goals Club
Goalkeepers
1 GK Dudu Aouate October 17, 1977 (1977-10-17) (age 32) 45 0 Spain Mallorca
22 GK Nir Davidovich December 17, 1976 (1976-12-17) (age 33) 50 0 Israel Maccabi Haifa
30 GK Liran Strauber August 20, 1974 (1974-08-20) (age 35) 8 0 Israel Maccabi Tel Aviv
Defenders
6 DF Dedi Ben Dayan November 22, 1978 (1978-11-22) (age 31) 21 1 Israel Hapoel Tel Aviv
3 DF Tal Ben Haim March 31, 1982 (1982-03-31) (age 27) 49 0 England Portsmouth
13 DF Dekel Keinan September 15, 1984 (1984-09-15) (age 25) 12 0 Israel Maccabi Haifa
25 DF Klemi Saban February 17, 1980 (1980-02-17) (age 30) 19 1 Israel Maccabi Netanya
14 DF Yoav Ziv March 16, 1981 (1981-03-16) (age 28) 20 0 Belgium Lokeren
5 DF Avi Strool September 18, 1980 (1980-09-18) (age 29) 9 0 Belgium Lokeren
24 DF Dean Mori November 8, 1988 (1988-11-08) (age 21) 1 0 Israel Bnei Yehuda
21 DF Eyal Meshumar August 10, 1983 (1983-08-10) (age 26) 4 0 Israel Maccabi Haifa
Midfielders
25 MF Gal Alberman April 17, 1983 (1983-04-17) (age 26) 25 1 Germany Borussia Mönchengladbach
11 MF Tamir Cohen May 4, 1984 (1984-05-04) (age 25) 15 0 England Bolton Wanderers
7 MF Biram Kayal May 2, 1988 (1988-05-02) (age 21) 11 0 Israel Maccabi Haifa
15 MF Yossi Benayoun Captain sports.svg May 5, 1980 (1980-05-05) (age 29) 75 20 England Liverpool
8 MF Aviram Baruchyan March 20, 1985 (1985-03-20) (age 24) 8 1 Israel Beitar Jerusalem
16 MF Gil Vermuth August 5, 1985 (1985-08-05) (age 24) 2 0 Israel Hapoel Tel Aviv
Forwards
9 FW Barak Yitzhaki September 25, 1984 (1984-09-25) (age 25) 10 1 Israel Beitar Jerusalem
10 FW Elyaniv Barda December 15, 1981 (1981-12-15) (age 28) 19 10 Belgium Racing Genk
17 FW Ben Sahar August 10, 1989 (1989-08-10) (age 20) 17 5 Spain Espanyol
12 FW Itay Shechter February 22, 1987 (1987-02-22) (age 23) 3 0 Israel Hapoel Tel Aviv

Caps and goals correct as of November 9, 2009.

Recent call-ups

The following players have been called recently to Israel squad.

No. Pos. Player DoB (Age) Caps Goals Club
GK Ohad Levita February 17, 1986 (1986-02-17) (age 24) 0 0 Netherlands RKC Waalwijk
DF Rami Gershon August 12, 1988 (1988-08-12) (age 21) 0 0 Belgium Standard Liège
DF Ze'ev Haimovich April 7, 1983 (1983-04-07) (age 26) 1 0 Russia Terek Grozny
MF Gai Assulin April 9, 1991 (1991-04-09) (age 18) 1 0 Spain FC Barcelona Atlètic
MF Eyal Golasa October 7, 1991 (1991-10-07) (age 18) 1 0 Israel Maccabi Haifa
MF Yaniv Katan January 27, 1981 (1981-01-27) (age 29) 31 5 Israel Maccabi Haifa
FW Omer Golan April 1, 1982 (1982-04-01) (age 27) 34 7 Belgium Lokeren
FW Eliran Atar February 17, 1987 (1987-02-17) (age 23) 0 0 Israel Bnei Yehuda
FW Roberto Colautti May 24, 1982 (1982-05-24) (age 27) 16 6 Germany Borussia Mönchengladbach
FW Pini Balili June 18, 1979 (1979-06-18) (age 30) 29 7 Turkey Antalyaspor

Player history

Most capped players

# Name Caps
1 Arik Benado 95
2 Alon Harazi 90
3 Amir Schelach 85
4 Mordechai Spiegler 83
5 Nir Klinger 83
6 Eyal Berkovic 82
7 Avi Nimni 80

Top scorers

# Name Goals
1 Mordechai Spiegler 32
2 Yehoshua Feigenbaum 24
3 Ronen Harazi 23
4 Nahum Stelmach 22
5 Yossi Benayoun 19
6 Yehoshua Glazer 18
= Giora Spiegel 18
8 Alon Mizrahi 17
= Eli Ohana 17

Player records

Total results by opponent

Managers

Manadate of Erez Israel \ Palestine managers

Manager Palestine career Played Won Drawn Lost GF[1] GA[2] Win %
Shimon Ratner 1934 2 0 0 2 2 11 00.0%
Austria Egon Pollack 1938 2 0 0 2 1 4 00.0%
AustriaIsrael Arthur Baar 1940 1 1 0 0 5 1 100.0%

Israel managers

Manager Israel career Played Won Drawn Lost GF[1] GA[2] Win %
Austria Egon Pollack 1948 1 0 0 0 0 1 00.0%
AustriaIsrael Lajos Hess 1949 3 1 0 2 5 12 33.3%
Hungary Vladislav Scali 1950 2 1 0 1 7 4 50.0%
Israel Jerry Beit haLevi 1953 - 1954 5 0 0 5 1 7 00.0%
England Jack Gibbons 1956 5 2 0 3 7 12 40.0%
Israel Jerry Beit haLevi 1957 1 0 0 1 4 5 00.0%
Israel Moshe Varon 1958 5 2 0 3 6 7 40.0%
Hungary Gyula Mándi 1959 - 1963 31 12 7 12 49 63 50.0%
England George Ainsley 1963 - 1964 3 2 0 1 4 2 66.7%
Israel Yosef Mirmovich 1964 1 0 0 0 0 4 00.0%
Hungary Gyula Mándi 1964 3 3 0 0 5 1 100.0%
Israel Yosef Mirmovich 1964 - 1965 3 1 0 2 2 2 33.3%
Serbia Milovan Ćirić 1965 - 1968 25 8 2 15 43 45 36.0%
Israel Emmanuel Scheffer 1968 - 1970 24 8 8 8 44 34 50.0%
Israel Edmond Schmilovich 1970 - 1973 19 10 4 5 27 13 63.2%
Israel David Schweitzer 1973 - 1977 36 17 11 8 67 34 62.5%
Israel Emmanuel Scheffer 1978 - 1979 13 5 4 4 17 15 53.8%
England Jack Mansell 1980 - 1981 10 2 3 5 8 12 35.0%
Israel Yosef Mirmovich 1983 - 1986 27 8 9 10 39 36 46.3%
Serbia Miljenko Mihić 1986 - 1988 20 4 5 11 27 35 32.5%
Israel Itzhak Schneor
Israel Ya'akov Grundman
1988 - 1992 18 5 5 8 21 30 32.5%
Israel Shlomo Scharf 1992 - 1999 82 31 18 33 131 118 48.2%
Denmark Richard Møller Nielsen 2000 - 2002 20 7 4 9 29 33 45.0%
Israel Avram Grant 2002 - 2006 33 14 13 6 55 37 42.4%
Israel Dror Kashtan 2006 - 2010 19 10 4 5 27 19 52.6%
Israel Eli Ohana (caretaker) 2010 1 1 0 0 2 0 100%

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Notes

  1. ^ a b Goals for / scored
  2. ^ a b Goals against / conceded

Titles

Preceded by
1960 Korea Republic 
Asian Champions
1964 (First title)
Succeeded by
1968 Iran 

Simple English

Israel
Association Israel Football Association
Confederation UEFA
Coach Dror Kashtan
Most caps Arik Benado (95)
Top scorer Mordechai Spiegler (32)
World Cup
Appearances 1
First Apps 1970
Best result Round 1 (1970)

The Israel National Football Team is the national football team of Israel and is controlled by the Israel Football Association.

They Play in Ramat Gan Staduim. Israel had one World Cup appearance in 1970.

Most appearances

PosPlayerAppsGoalsCareer
1Arik Benado95
2Alon Harazi90
3Amir Schelach85
4Mordechai Spiegler8332
4Nir Klinger83
6Eyal Berkovic82
7Avi Nimni80

Top scorers

PosPlayerGoalsAppsCareer
1Mordechai Spiegler3283
2Yehoshua Feigenbaum24
3Ronen Harazi23
4Nahum Stelmach22
5Shiye Glazer18
5Giora Spiegel18
5Yossi Benayoun18
8Alon Mizrahi17
8Eli Ohana17


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