Israel
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)הכחולים-לבנים (The Blue and Whites)
הנבחרת (The Chosen Team)
AssociationIsrael Football Association (IFA)
ConfederationUEFA (Europe; 1980–81; 1991–present)
OFC (Oceania; 1985–89)
AFC (Asia; 1954–74)
Head coachAlon Hazan
CaptainBibras Natcho
Most capsYossi Benayoun (101)[a]
Top scorerEran Zahavi (33)
FIFA codeISR
First colours
Second colours
Third colours
FIFA ranking
Current 76 Steady (6 October 2022)[1]
Highest15 (November 2008)
Lowest99 (January 2018)
First international
 Egypt 5–0 Mandatory Palestine 
(Cairo, Egypt; 4 April 1930)

as the State of Israel:
 US Olympic Team 3–1 Israel 
(New York, United States; 26 September 1948)
Biggest win
 Israel 9–0 Chinese Taipei 
(Wellington, New Zealand; 23 March 1988)
Biggest defeat
 Yugoslavia 6–0 Israel 
(Belgrade, Yugoslavia; 21 August 1949)

 Italy 6–0 Israel 
(Turin, Italy; 4 November 1961)

 Germany 7–1 Israel 
(Kaiserslautern, Germany; 13 February 2002)
World Cup
Appearances1 (first in 1970)
Best resultGroup stage (1970)
Asian Cup
Appearances4 (first in 1956)
Best resultChampions (1964)
Asian Games
Appearances2 (first in 1958)
Best result2nd place, silver medalist(s) Silver Medal (1974)

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

Israel's national team is the direct successor of the Mandatory Palestine national team, which played five internationals in 1934–1940, and was managed by the Palestine Football Association. The Israel Football Association is a full member of the European Confederation UEFA since 1994.

Israel qualified for the FIFA World Cup for the first (and only) time in 1970. They also won the 1964 AFC Asian Cup prior to a forced relocation to UEFA.

History

Main articles: History of the Israel national football team and Mandatory Palestine national football team

Early 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 I and the creation of the State of Israel in 1948. The British Mandate of Palestine national team made its debut against Cairo (Egypt) in 1934 FIFA World Cup qualification, losing 0–5 in Cairo, Egypt. The team played five international matches, including a friendly match against Lebanon that Palestine won 1–5; until the British Mandate for Palestine national team 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.[3]

In 1948 the team became, officially, the national football team of (the State of) Israel.[4] 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

Main article: Politics and sports

See also: Association football and politics § The Muslim and Arab World boycotting Israel, Mediterranean Games § Participating countries, and Asian Football Confederation § Israel's boycott by Muslim and Arab countries

Israel winning the 1964 AFC Asian Cup
Israel winning the 1964 AFC Asian Cup

Muslim and Arab countries boycotting Israel

Israel was one of the founding members of the AFC (Asian Football Confederation) following its own independence in 1948 (prior to that it played under the banner of the "British Mandate of Palestine".[5] After the 1974 Asian Games in Iran, and Israel's 0–1 tense loss to Iran in the finals,[6] Kuwait and other Muslim and Arab countries refused to play them. Following this, Israel were expelled from the confederation and spent a few years trying to qualify from such continental bodies as the OFC (Oceania), before eventually joining UEFA (Europe) officially.[7]

Israel's last years in the AFC

Israel competed at 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).

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.

Israel national team at the Bloomfield Stadium of Tel Aviv, Israel, in 1970
Israel national team at the Bloomfield Stadium of Tel Aviv, Israel, in 1970

In 1969, Israel qualified for its first and only FIFA World Cup, via Asia/Oceania. Israel earned two points after a 1–1 draw with Sweden, a 0–0 draw with eventual finalist Italy, and a 0–2 loss to Uruguay. The goal against Sweden, scored by Mordechai Spiegler, is Israel's only FIFA World Cup goal to date.

In 1974, Israel was excluded from AFC competitions, as a result of a proposal by Kuwait (as other Muslim and Arab countries refused to play against Israel), that was adopted by a vote of 17 to 13 with 6 abstentions.[8][7] The vote coincided with the 1974 Asian Games, where the football competition was marred by the refusal of both North Korea[9] and Kuwait to play second-round matches against Israel.

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

First steps in UEFA

During the early 1980s, Israel played the majority of its matches against UEFA (Europe) teams, and competed in the European stage of qualification for the 1982 FIFA World Cup.

Ronny Rosenthal playing for Israel at the 1990 FIFA World Cup qualification (Oceania) against New Zealand

First steps in OFC

For the next two tournaments, Israel entered Oceania's (OFC) qualification stage.

In 1989, Israel won the OFC Second Round (Oceania) by finishing above both Australia and New Zealand. As a result, Israel made it to the CONMEBOL–OFC play-offs to represent Oceania and play against CONMEBOL's (South America) Colombia for the 1990 World Cup, but lost (1–0, 0–0).

UEFA membership

In 1991, Israeli clubs began participating in European club competitions of UEFA, 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.

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 Israel failed to qualify again, finishing 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.[10]

In 2018, Willi Ruttensteiner was appointed as technical director. A national football academy was founded and three supporting development centers were established.[11]

Home stadium

The first home game of the Israel national football team was at Palms Ground on 6 April 1934 against Egypt in a 1934 World Cup qualifier. Prior to the formation of Israel, they also played at the Maccabi Ground for the 1938 FIFA World Cup qualifiers and Maccabiah Stadium. The first national team to represent the newly-formed State of Israel back in 1948, had played at the Ramat Gan Stadium as part of 1954 FIFA World Cup qualification, in front of 55,000 spectators. The Ramat Gan Stadium would remain Israel's home stadium until 2013.

Since the construction of Sammy Ofer Stadium in the city of Haifa, Teddy Stadium in the city of Jerusalem, Turner Stadium in the city of Be'er Sheva, Netanya Stadium in the city of Netanya, HaMoshava Stadium in the city of Petah Tikva, and Bloomfield Stadium in the city of Tel Aviv – the Israel national team has rotated their home matches between the latter six.

Active stadiums

Matches Image Stadium Capacity Location First match Last match
50
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UEFA
Bloomfield Stadium 29,400 Tel Aviv, Israel 17 May 1964 24 September 2022
13
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UEFA
Teddy Stadium 31,733 Jerusalem, Israel 12 February 1992 16 November 2019
12
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UEFA
Sammy Ofer Stadium 30,858 Haifa, Israel 16 November 2014 2 June 2022
9
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UEFA
Netanya Stadium 13,610 Netanya, Israel 6 February 2013 15 November 2021
4
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UEFA
Turner Stadium 16,126 Be'er Sheva, Israel 14 October 2018 12 October 2021
3
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UEFA
HaMoshava Stadium 11,500 Petah Tikva, Israel 29 February 2012 20 November 2022

Inactive stadiums

Matches Image Stadium Capacity Location First match Last match
139
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Ramat Gan Stadium 41,583 Ramat Gan, Israel 8 March 1954 15 October 2013
3
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Maccabiah Stadium 20,000 Tel Aviv, Israel 30 July 1949 28 October 1950

Kit suppliers

Kit supplier Origin Period
Diadora Italy 1992–1995
Adidas Germany 2008–2018
Puma Germany 1985–1989
1996–2008
2018–present

Results and fixtures

Main articles: Israel national football team results (2020–present), Israel national football team results (1990–2019), Israel national football team results (1960–1989), and Israel national football team results (1934–1959)

  Win   Draw   Loss   Fixtures

2022

26 March 2022 Friendly Germany  2–0  Israel Sinsheim, Germany
21:45 UTC+2 (22:45 UTC+3)
  • Havertz 36'
  • Werner 45+1'
Report
Report (UEFA)
Stadium: PreZero Arena
Attendance: 25,600
Referee: Maurizio Mariani (Italy)
29 March 2022 Friendly Israel  2–2  Romania Netanya, Israel
19:45 UTC+2 (20:45 UTC+3)
Report
Report (UEFA)
Stadium: Netanya Stadium
Attendance: 6,970[12]
Referee: Daniel Stefański (Poland)
2 June 2022 2022–23 UEFA Nations League Israel  2–2  Iceland Haifa, Israel
18:45 (21:45 UTC+3)
Report (UEFA) Stadium: Sammy Ofer Stadium
Attendance: 13,150
Referee: Andris Treimanis (Latvia)
6 June 2022 2022–23 UEFA Nations League Israel  Cancelled  Russia[b] Haifa, Israel
19:45 (21:45 UTC+3) Report (UEFA) Stadium: Sammy Ofer Stadium
10 June 2022 2022–23 UEFA Nations League Albania  1–2  Israel Tirana, Albania
20:45 (21:45 UTC+3)
Report (UEFA)
Stadium: Arena Kombëtare
Attendance: 18,100
Referee: Tiago Martins (Portugal)
13 June 2022 2022–23 UEFA Nations League Iceland  2–2  Israel Reykjavík, Iceland
18:45 (21:45 UTC+3) Report (UEFA)
Stadium: Laugardalsvöllur
Attendance: 2,778
Referee: Duje Strukan (Croatia)
24 September 2022 2022–23 UEFA Nations League Israel  2–1  Albania Tel Aviv, Israel
20:45 (21:45 UTC+3)
Report (UEFA)
Stadium: Bloomfield Stadium
Attendance: 29,200
Referee: Donatas Rumšas (Lithuania)
27 September 2022 2022–23 UEFA Nations League Russia [b] Cancelled  Israel Russia
19:45 (21:45 UTC+3) Report (UEFA)
27 September 2022 Friendly Malta  2–1  Israel Ta' Qali, Malta
21:00 UTC+2 (22:00 UTC+3)
Report
Stadium: National Stadium
Referee: Eldorjan Hamiti (Albania)
17 November 2022 Friendly Israel  4–2  Zambia Petah Tikva, Israel
19:30
Stadium: HaMoshava Stadium
Referee: Arda Kardeşler (Turkey)
20 November 2022 Friendly Israel  2–3  Cyprus Petah Tikva, Israel
Stadium: HaMoshava Stadium

2023

25 March 2023 UEFA Euro 2024 qualifying Israel  v  Kosovo TBD, Israel
20:45 (22:45 UTC+3) Report (UEFA) Stadium: TBD
28 March 2023 UEFA Euro 2024 qualifying Switzerland  v  Israel TBD, Switzerland
20:45 Report (UEFA) Stadium: TBD
16 June 2023 UEFA Euro 2024 qualifying Belarus  v  Israel TBD
20:45 Report (UEFA) Stadium: TBD
19 June 2023 UEFA Euro 2024 qualifying Israel  v  Andorra TBD, Israel
20:45 (21:45 UTC+3) Report (UEFA) Stadium: TBD
9 September 2023 UEFA Euro 2024 qualifying Romania  v  Israel Bucharest, Romania
20:45 (21:45 UTC+3) Report (UEFA) Stadium: Stadionul Steaua
12 September 2023 UEFA Euro 2024 qualifying Israel  v  Belarus TBD, Israel
20:45 (21:45 UTC+3) Report (UEFA) Stadium: TBD
12 October 2023 UEFA Euro 2024 qualifying Israel  v  Switzerland TBD, Israel
20:45 (21:45 UTC+3) Report (UEFA) Stadium: TBD
15 October 2023 UEFA Euro 2024 qualifying Kosovo  v  Israel Prishtina, Kosovo
20:45 Report (UEFA) Stadium: Fadil Vokrri Stadium
18 November 2023 UEFA Euro 2024 qualifying Israel  v  Romania TBD, Israel
20:45 (21:45 UTC+3) Report (UEFA) Stadium: TBD
21 November 2023 UEFA Euro 2024 qualifying Andorra  v  Israel Andorra la Vella, Andorra
20:45 Report (UEFA) Stadium: Estadi Nacional

Coaching staff

Avram Grant has been the youngest official head coach of Israel
Avram Grant has been the youngest official head coach of Israel
As of 15 Septembmer 2022[14][15]
Position Name
Head coach Israel Alon Hazan
Professional /

Technical manager

Israel Yossi Benayoun
Assistant coach Israel Alon Harazi
Fitness coach Israel Eran Shedo
Goalkeeping coach Israel Itay Zilfa
Analyst Israel Maayan Bahalul
Technical manager Israel Benny Tabak
Head doctor Israel Ehud "Udi" Kaufman
Doctor Israel Michal Goldwirth

Coaching history

Players

Current squad

The following players were called up for the friendly matches against Zambia and Cyprus on 17 and 20 November 2022.[28]

Caps and goals updated as of 17 November 2022, after the match against Zambia.[29][30][31][32]

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Yoav Gerafi (1993-08-29) 29 August 1993 (age 29) 1 0 Israel Ashdod
23 1GK Omri Glazer (1996-03-11) 11 March 1996 (age 26) 3 0 Israel Hapoel Be'er Sheva
1GK Daniel Peretz (2000-07-10) 10 July 2000 (age 22) 0 0 Israel Maccabi Tel Aviv

2 2DF Eli Dasa (vice-captain) (1992-12-03) 3 December 1992 (age 30) 51 0 Russia Dynamo Moscow
2DF Ofir Davidzada (1991-05-05) 5 May 1991 (age 31) 16 0 Israel Maccabi Tel Aviv
4 2DF Miguel Vítor (1989-06-30) 30 June 1989 (age 33) 5 0 Israel Hapoel Be'er Sheva
13 2DF Sean Goldberg (1995-06-13) 13 June 1995 (age 27) 7 0 Israel Maccabi Haifa
19 2DF Doron Leidner (2002-04-26) 26 April 2002 (age 20) 5 0 Greece Olympiacos
20 2DF Raz Shlomo (1999-08-13) 13 August 1999 (age 23) 3 0 Israel Maccabi Netanya
2DF Sagiv Yehezkel (1995-03-21) 21 March 1995 (age 27) 1 0 Israel Hapoel Be'er Sheva

3MF Dor Peretz (1995-05-17) 17 May 1995 (age 27) 31 5 Israel Maccabi Tel Aviv
3 3MF Dan Glazer (1996-09-20) 20 September 1996 (age 26) 18 0 Israel Maccabi Tel Aviv
6 3MF Bibras Natcho (captain) (1988-02-18) 18 February 1988 (age 34) 86 4 Serbia Partizan
12 3MF Neta Lavi (1996-08-25) 25 August 1996 (age 26) 11 0 Israel Maccabi Haifa
16 3MF Gabi Kanichowsky (1997-08-24) 24 August 1997 (age 25) 4 0 Israel Maccabi Tel Aviv
22 3MF Eden Kartsev (2000-04-11) 11 April 2000 (age 22) 5 0 Israel Maccabi Netanya
3MF Ramzi Safouri (1995-10-21) 21 October 1995 (age 27) 5 0 Israel Hapoel Be'er Sheva
3MF Mohammed Kna'an (2000-01-14) 14 January 2000 (age 22) 0 0 Israel Ashdod
3MF Oscar Gloukh (2004-04-01) 1 April 2004 (age 18) 1 0 Israel Maccabi Tel Aviv

9 4FW Shon Weissman (1996-02-14) 14 February 1996 (age 26) 25 4 Spain Real Valladolid
10 4FW Omri Altman (1994-03-23) 23 March 1994 (age 28) 1 0 Cyprus AEK Larnaca
15 4FW Itamar Shviro (1998-06-17) 17 June 1998 (age 24) 2 1 Israel Ironi Kiryat Shmona
21 4FW Tai Baribo (1998-01-15) 15 January 1998 (age 24) 6 2 Austria Wolfsberger AC
4FW Dean David (1996-03-14) 14 March 1996 (age 26) 3 1 Israel Maccabi Haifa

Recent call-ups

The following players have also been called-up to the Israel squad within the last 12 months.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Ofir Marciano (4th captain) (1989-10-07) 7 October 1989 (age 33) 40 0 Netherlands Feyenoord v.  Malta, 27 September 2022
GK Itamar Nitzan (1987-06-23) 23 June 1987 (age 35) 1 0 Israel Maccabi Netanya v.  Romania, 29 March 2022

DF Eyad Abu Abaid (1994-12-31) 31 December 1994 (age 27) 6 0 Israel Hapoel Be'er Sheva v.  Malta, 27 September 2022
DF Denny Gropper (1999-03-16) 16 March 1999 (age 23) 2 0 Bulgaria Ludogorets Razgrad v.  Malta, 27 September 2022
DF Or Dadia (1997-07-12) 12 July 1997 (age 25) 1 0 Israel Hapoel Be'er Sheva v.  Malta, 27 September 2022
DF Maroun Gantous (1996-07-15) 15 July 1996 (age 26) 1 0 Israel Bnei Sakhnin v.  Malta, 27 September 2022
DF Nir Bitton (3rd captain) (1991-10-30) 30 October 1991 (age 31) 39 3 Israel Maccabi Tel Aviv v.  Albania, 24 September 2022 INJ
DF Sun Menahem (1993-09-07) 7 September 1993 (age 29) 19 0 Israel Maccabi Haifa v.  Iceland, 13 June 2022 SUS
DF Omri Gandelman (2000-05-16) 16 May 2000 (age 22) 2 0 Israel Maccabi Netanya v.  Iceland, 13 June 2022 PRE / INJ
DF Orel Dgani (1989-01-08) 8 January 1989 (age 33) 21 0 Israel Beitar Jerusalem v.  Romania, 29 March 2022
DF Maor Kandil (1993-11-27) 27 November 1993 (age 29) 3 0 Israel Maccabi Tel Aviv v.  Romania, 29 March 2022
DF Matan Baltaxa (1995-09-20) 20 September 1995 (age 27) 1 0 Austria Austria Vienna v.  Romania, 29 March 2022

MF Goni Naor (1999-04-23) 23 April 1999 (age 23) 1 0 Israel Hapoel Jerusalem v.  Malta, 27 September 2022
MF Rotem Hatuel (1998-04-12) 12 April 1998 (age 24) 1 0 Israel Hapoel Be'er Sheva v.  Malta, 27 September 2022
MF Guy Badash (1994-05-24) 24 May 1994 (age 28) 1 0 Israel Hapoel Jerusalem v.  Malta, 27 September 2022
MF Shay Elias (1999-02-25) 25 February 1999 (age 23) 1 0 Israel Hapoel Be'er Sheva v.  Malta, 27 September 2022
MF Dolev Haziza (1995-07-05) 5 July 1995 (age 27) 10 0 Israel Maccabi Haifa v.  Albania, 24 September 2022
MF Omer Atzili (1993-07-27) 27 July 1993 (age 29) 6 0 Israel Maccabi Haifa v.  Albania, 24 September 2022
MF Manor Solomon (1999-07-24) 24 July 1999 (age 23) 31 6 England Fulham v.  Iceland, 13 June 2022 INJ
MF Mohammad Abu Fani (1998-04-27) 27 April 1998 (age 24) 13 0 Israel Maccabi Haifa v.  Iceland, 13 June 2022
MF Mahmoud Jaber (1999-10-05) 5 October 1999 (age 23) 3 0 Israel Maccabi Haifa v.  Iceland, 13 June 2022 INJ
MF Yonatan Cohen (1996-06-29) 29 June 1996 (age 26) 8 0 Israel Maccabi Tel Aviv v.  Romania, 29 March 2022
MF Aviv Avraham (1996-03-30) 30 March 1996 (age 26) 2 0 Israel Maccabi Netanya v.  Romania, 29 March 2022

FW Guy Melamed (1992-12-21) 21 December 1992 (age 29) 1 0 Israel Bnei Sakhnin v.  Malta, 27 September 2022
FW Liel Abada (2001-10-03) 3 October 2001 (age 21) 9 1 Scotland Celtic v.  Albania, 24 September 2022
FW Mu'nas Dabbur RET (1992-05-14) 14 May 1992 (age 30) 40 15 Germany TSG 1899 Hoffenheim v.  Iceland, 13 June 2022

INJ Withdrew due to injury or illness
PRE Preliminary squad/standby
RET Retired from the national team
SUS Serving suspension due to yellow/red cards
WD Player withdrew from the squad due to neither injury nor illness issue
U-21 Player withdrew from the squad to play for the national under-21 team

Player of the Year

Further information: Israeli Footballer of the Year

Records

Main articles: List of Israel international footballers and Israel national football team records and statistics

As of 28 November 2022[33]
Players in bold are still active with Israel.
Statistics include official FIFA-recognised matches only.

Most capped players

Yossi Benayoun is Israel's most capped player with 101 caps
Yossi Benayoun is Israel's most capped player with 101 caps
Rank Player Caps Goals Career
1 Yossi Benayoun[a] 101 23 1998–2017
2 Tal Ben Haim[c] 95 2 2002–2017
3 Arik Benado 94 0 1995–2007
4 Alon Harazi 88 1 1992–2006
5 Bibras Natcho 87 4 2010–present
6 Amir Schelach 85 0 1992–2001
7 Avi Nimni 80 17 1992–2005
8 Eyal Berkovic 78 9 1992–2004
Dudu Aouate 78 0 1999–2013
10 Tal Banin[d] 77 12 1990–2003

Top goalscorers

Eran Zahavi is Israel's top goalscorer with 33 goals
Eran Zahavi is Israel's top goalscorer with 33 goals
Rank Player Goals Caps Ratio Career
1 Eran Zahavi 33 70 0.47 2010–2021
2 Mordechai Spiegler[e] 24 57 0.42 1964–1977
3 Ronen Harazi 23 52 0.44 1992–1999
Yossi Benayoun[a] 23 101 0.23 1998–2017
5 Nahum Stelmach[f] 19 45 0.42 1956–1968
6 Alon Mizrahi 17 37 0.46 1992–2001
Tomer Hemed 17 38 0.45 2011–present
Eli Ohana[g] 17 50 0.34 1984–1997
Avi Nimni 17 80 0.21 1992–2005
10 Yehoshua Feigenbaum[h] 15 36 0.42 1966–1977
Mu'nas Dabbur 15 40 0.38 2014–2022

Competitive record

FIFA World Cup

Main article: Israel at the FIFA World Cup

Israel's FIFA World Cup record Qualification record
Year Round Pos Pld W D L GF GA Squad Outcome Pld W D L GF GA Confederation
As  Mandatory Palestine As  Mandatory Palestine
Uruguay 1930 Did not enter Did not enter
Kingdom of Italy 1934 Did not qualify 2nd 2 0 0 2 2 11 Africa/Asia
French Third Republic 1938 2nd 2 0 0 2 1 4 Europe
As  Israel As  Israel
Fourth Brazilian Republic 1950 Did not qualify 2nd 2 0 0 2 2 11 Europe
Switzerland 1954 3rd 4 0 0 4 0 5
Sweden 1958 Play-off 2 0 0 2 0 4 CAF/AFC
Chile 1962 Final Round 6 3 1 2 13 14 UEFA
England 1966 3rd 4 0 0 4 1 12
Mexico 1970 Group stage 12th 3 0 2 1 1 3 Squad Final Round 4 3 1 0 8 1 AFC/OFC
West Germany 1974 Did not qualify Zone A Final 6 4 1 1 12 2
Argentina 1978 First Round 4 2 1 1 5 3
Spain 1982 5th 8 1 3 4 6 10 UEFA
Mexico 1986 2nd 6 3 1 2 17 6 OFC
Italy 1990 Play-off 6 1 4 1 5 5
United States 1994 6th 10 1 3 6 10 27 UEFA
France 1998 3rd 8 4 1 3 9 7
South Korea Japan 2002 3rd 8 3 3 2 11 7
Germany 2006 3rd 10 4 6 0 15 10
South Africa 2010 4th 10 4 4 2 20 10
Brazil 2014 3rd 10 3 5 2 19 14
Russia 2018 4th 10 4 0 6 10 15
Qatar 2022 3rd 10 5 1 4 23 21
United States Canada Mexico 2026 To be determined To be determined
Total 1/22 Group stage 3 0 2 1 1 3 130 43 35 52 180 180

UEFA European Championship

Israel's UEFA European Championship record UEFA European Championship Qualification record
Year Round Pos Pld W D L GF GA Squad Outcome Pld W D L GF GA
1960–1992 Not a UEFA member Not a UEFA member
England 1996 Did not qualify 5th 10 3 3 4 13 13
Belgium Netherlands 2000 Play-offs 8 4 1 3 25 9
Portugal 2004 3rd 8 2 3 3 9 11
Austria Switzerland 2008 4th 12 7 2 3 20 12
Poland Ukraine 2012 3rd 10 5 1 4 13 11
France 2016 4th 10 4 1 5 16 14
Europe 2020 Play-offs 11 3 3 5 16 18
Germany 2024 To be determined
Total 69 28 14 27 112 88

UEFA Nations League

UEFA Nations League record
Year Division Group Pos Pld W D L GF GA RK P/R
2018–19 C 1 2nd 4 2 0 2 6 5 30 Rise
2020–21 B 2 3rd 6 2 2 2 7 7 25 Same position
2022–23 B 2 1st 4 2 2 0 8 6 17 Rise
2024–25 A TBD TBD 1-16 Rise
Total B 1st 14 6 4 4 21 18 17

Olympic Games

See also: Israel at the 1968 Summer Olympics and Israel at the 1976 Summer Olympics

Olympic Games record
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA Squad
Finland 1952 Did not enter
Australia 1956
Italy 1960 Did not qualify
Japan 1964
Mexico 1968 Quarter-finals 4 2 1 1 9 7 Squad
West Germany 1972 Did not qualify
Canada 1976 Quarter-finals 4 0 3 1 4 7 Squad
Soviet Union 1980 Withdrew
United States 1984 Did not qualify
South Korea 1988
1992 – present Competition played as an Under-23 competition
Total Quarter-finals 2/10 8 2 4 2 13 14

Head-to-head record

As of 3 March 2022.

  Positive record   Neutral record   Negative record

FIFA World Ranking history

The following is a chart of yearly averages of Israel's FIFA World Ranking.[34]

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Honours

Titles

FIFA World Cup Inter-confederation play-offs

CONMEBOL v OFC

CAF/AFC v UEFA

OFC Second Round

AFC and OFC Final Round

UEFA Group 1

UEFA Group 7 Final Round

AFC Asian Cup

Asian Games

Awards

Overview
Event 1st place 2nd place 3rd place 4th place 5th place
FIFA World Cup 0 0 0 0 0
FIFA World Cup Inter-confederation play-offs
→ CONMEBOL v OFC 0 1 x x x
→ CAF/AFC v UEFA 0 1 x x x
→ OFC Second Round 1 0 0 x x
→ AFC and OFC Final Round 1 0 x x x
→ UEFA Group 1 0 0 1 x x
→ UEFA Group 7 Final Round 0 1 0 0 x
AFC Asian Cup 1 1+1 1 0 0
Summer Olympic Games 0 0 0 0 1
Asian Games 0 1 0 0 1
UEFA Euro 0 0 x x x
UEFA Nations League 0 0 0 0 x
Total 3 6 2 0 2

See also

Notes

  1. ^ a b c Yossi Benayoun also played and scored against Romania B however this was not a full-international match and is therefore not included
  2. ^ a b On 2 May 2022, UEFA announced that Russia were suspended and automatically relegated to League C due to their country's invasion of Ukraine.[13]
  3. ^ Tal Ben Haim also played against Romania B however this was not a full-international match and is therefore not included
  4. ^ Tal Banin also played against USSR XI however this was not a full-international match and is therefore not included
  5. ^ Mordechai Spiegler also played in 25 matches that are not recognised by FIFA, scoring eight additional goals, however they are not full-international matches and are therefore not included
  6. ^ Nahum Stelmach also played in 19 matches that are not recognised by FIFA, scoring three additional goals, however they are not full-international matches and are therefore not included
  7. ^ Eli Ohana also played a 1984 Olympic qualification game however this was not a full-international match and is therefore not included
  8. ^ Yehoshua Feigenbaum also played in 15 matches that are not recognised by FIFA, scoring nine additional goals, however they are not full-international matches and are therefore not included
  9. ^ Includes matches against  West Germany.
  10. ^ Includes matches against  Soviet Union.
  11. ^ Includes matches against  Yugoslavia and  Serbia and Montenegro.
  12. ^ As  South Vietnam.

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