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Israel team profile

Published: Sunday 5 January 2014, 1.25CET
A FIFA World Cup finals participant at Mexico 1970 as representatives of the Asian Football Confederation, Israel's performances in EURO qualifying have been mixed.

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Published: Sunday 5 January 2014, 1.25CET

Israel team profile

A FIFA World Cup finals participant at Mexico 1970 as representatives of the Asian Football Confederation, Israel's performances in EURO qualifying have been mixed.

Best result: have never qualified
Coach: Eli Gutman
Leading scorers: all-time – Mordechai Spiegler (33); current – Yossi Benayoun (24)
Most appearances: all-time – Arik Benado (94); current – Yossi Benayoun (93)
Association formed: 1928
Nickname: The Blue and Whites
Where they play: Teddy Stadium, Jerusalem

A FIFA World Cup finals participant at Mexico 1970 as representatives of the Asian Football Confederation, Israel have not qualified for a major tournament since becoming a full member of UEFA in 1994. They tend to win more qualifying matches than they lose, and indeed went through the entire 2006 World Cup qualifying campaign unbeaten, but have frequently been undone in the big games against direct rivals. Their best effort in the UEFA European Championship came en route to the 2000 tournament, when they reached the play-offs only to be defeated 8-0 on aggregate by Denmark.

EURO pedigree
Matches played
Overall:
P50 W21 D10 L19 F80 A64
Final tournament: P0 W0 D0 L0 F0 A0
Qualifying: P50 W21 D10 L19 F80 A64

Israel's performances in EURO qualifying have been mixed. After finishing second bottom of their group in the EURO '96 edition, they were runners-up to Spain in the 2000 campaign, 5-0 and 8-0 home victories against Austria and San Marino respectively among the highlights. Third is the best the team has managed since, although under Frenchman Luis Fernandez there was hope they could edge ahead of either Greece or Croatia and take a UEFA EURO 2012 play-off place.

However, defeats against both within the first four games put Israel up against it. Optimism was restored by three successive wins, but failure to take anything from the return matches with the top two resulted in another third-place finish.

Memorable EURO matches
17/11/07: Israel 2-1 Russia, UEFA EURO 2008 qualifying

A late Omer Golan goal earned victory against a side who would make the semi-finals.

06/06/99: Israel 5-0 Austria, UEFA EURO 2000 qualifying
Eyal Berkovic struck twice in what is widely considered the country's finest triumph.

04/09/94: Israel 2-1 Poland, EURO '96 qualifying
Ronen Harazi scored two to earn victory on Israel's EURO debut.

Did you know?
Israel were unbeaten in their first five UEFA European Championship qualifiers, finally losing 4-3 to Poland on 25 April 1995.

*Last updated on 07/01/2014

Last updated: 17/02/14 17.09CET

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Match log

HomeAway
The home team is listed first.Last updated: 02/06/2014 10:40 CET
15 August 2012 - Friendlies 2012-14
Hungary1-1Israel
Referee: not available
08/18/2014 15:52:48
Azerbaijan1-1Israel
Referee: Matej Jug (SVN) – Stadium: Tofig Bahramov Republican stadium, Baku (AZE)
04/18/2013 20:04:42
11 September 2012 - FIFA World Cup, Qualifying round (Group F)
Israel0-4Russia
Referee: Mark Clattenburg (ENG) – Stadium: Itztadion Ramat Gan, Ramat Gan (ISR)
04/18/2013 20:49:50
Luxembourg0-6Israel
Referee: Leontios Trattou (CYP) – Stadium: Josy Barthel, Luxembourg (LUX)
04/18/2013 20:50:05
Israel3-0Luxembourg
Referee: Harald Lechner (AUT) – Stadium: Itztadion Ramat Gan, Ramat Gan (ISR)
04/18/2013 20:04:13
14 November 2012 - Friendlies 2012-14
Israel1-2Belarus
Referee: not available
08/18/2014 15:54:03
6 February 2013 - Friendlies 2012-14
Israel2-1Finland
Referee: Padraig Sutton (IRL) – Stadium: Netanya Municipal Stadium, Netanya (ISR)
08/18/2014 15:50:26
Israel3-3Portugal
Referee: Stéphane Lannoy (FRA) – Stadium: Itztadion Ramat Gan, Ramat Gan (ISR)
05/28/2013 11:07:35
Northern Ireland0-2Israel
Referee: Hannes Kaasik (EST) – Stadium: Windsor Park, Belfast (NIR)
05/28/2013 11:07:36
2 June 2013 - Friendlies 2012-14
Honduras0-2Israel
Referee: Edvin Jurisevic (USA) – Stadium: Citi Field, New York (USA)
08/18/2014 15:50:59
14 August 2013 - Friendlies 2012-14
Ukraine2-0Israel
Referee: Ivan Kružliak (SVK) – Stadium: NSK Olimpiyskyi, Kyiv
08/18/2014 15:51:46
Israel1-1Azerbaijan
Referee: Stefan Johannesson (SWE) – Stadium: Itztadion Ramat Gan, Ramat Gan (ISR)
09/07/2013 20:38:17
10 September 2013 - FIFA World Cup, Qualifying round (Group F)
Russia3-1Israel
Referee: Manuel Gräfe (GER) – Stadium: Stadion Petrovski, St Petersburg (RUS)
09/10/2013 17:56:20
Portugal1-1Israel
Referee: Tom Harald Hagen (NOR) – Stadium: José Alvalade, Lisbon (POR)
12/16/2013 12:41:39
Israel1-1Northern Ireland
Referee: Laurent Duhamel (FRA) – Stadium: Itztadion Ramat Gan, Ramat Gan (ISR)
12/16/2013 12:41:24
5 March 2014 - Friendlies 2012-14
Israel1-3Slovakia
Referee: not available – Stadium: Sar-Tov, Netanya (ISR)
08/18/2014 15:49:48
28 May 2014 - Friendlies 2012-14
Mexico3-0Israel
Referee: not available – Stadium: Azteca, Mexico City (MEX)
08/18/2014 15:51:18
1 June 2014 - Friendlies 2012-14
Honduras2-4Israel
Referee: not available
08/18/2014 15:52:02
9 September 2014 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group B)
IsraelBelgium
Referee: TBD – Stadium: Teddy Stadium, Jerusalem (ISR)
08/07/2014 11:40:34
10 October 2014 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group B)
CyprusIsrael
Referee: TBD – Stadium: GSP Stadium, Nicosia (CYP)
08/07/2014 11:38:24
13 October 2014 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group B)
AndorraIsrael
Referee: TBD – Stadium: Camp d’Esports del M.I. Consell General, Andorra la Vella (AND)
08/07/2014 11:41:24
16 November 2014 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group B)
IsraelBosnia and Herzegovina
Referee: TBD – Stadium: Haifa International Stadium, Haifa (ISR)
08/07/2014 11:41:04
IsraelWales
Referee: TBD
08/07/2014 11:40:54
Bosnia and HerzegovinaIsrael
Referee: TBD
08/07/2014 11:38:45
3 September 2015 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group B)
IsraelAndorra
Referee: TBD
08/07/2014 11:39:29
6 September 2015 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group B)
WalesIsrael
Referee: TBD
08/07/2014 11:40:35
10 October 2015 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group B)
IsraelCyprus
Referee: TBD
08/07/2014 11:40:00
13 October 2015 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group B)
BelgiumIsrael
Referee: TBD
08/07/2014 11:39:23

General info

  • Founded : 1928
  • Stadium : Itztadion Ramat Gan
  • Currently playing : European Championship , Friendly matches 2012/2014

Team record in UEFA competitions

  • Biggest win:
    08/09/1999, Israel 8-0 San Marino
  • Biggest defeat:
    13/11/1999, Israel 0-5 Denmark
  • Appearances in UEFA European Football Championship: 6
  • Player with most appearances: 28
    Yossi Benayoun (ISR)
  • Top scorers: 10
    Yossi Benayoun (ISR)
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