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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: 09/06/15 2.15CET

Related information

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Match log

HomeAway
The home team is listed first.Last updated: 27/06/2016 22:27 CET
10 October 2014 10 Oct - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group B)
Cyprus1-2Israel
Referee: Daniele Orsato (ITA) Stadium: GSP, Nicosia (CYP)
05/16/2016 07:27:45
13 October 2014 13 Oct - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group B)
Andorra1-4Israel
Referee: Cristian Balaj (ROU) Stadium: Estadi Nacional, Andorra la Vella (AND)
04/04/2016 19:11:15
16 November 2014 16 Nov - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group B)
Israel3-0Bosnia and Herzegovina
Referee: Antonio Mateu Lahoz (ESP) Stadium: Sammy Ofer Stadium, Haifa (ISR)
05/26/2016 08:47:18
28 March 2015 28 Mar - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group B)
Israel0-3Wales
Referee: Milorad Mažić (SRB) Stadium: Sammy Ofer Stadium, Haifa (ISR)
05/26/2016 08:47:18
31 March 2015 31 Mar - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group B)
Israel0-1Belgium
Referee: Mark Clattenburg (ENG) Stadium: Itztadion Teddy, Jerusalem (ISR)
08/16/2016 07:10:46
12 June 2015 12 Jun - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group B)
Bosnia and Herzegovina3-1Israel
Referee: Ruddy Buquet (FRA) Stadium: Stadion Bilino polje, Zenica (BIH)
05/27/2016 14:54:07
3 September 2015 03 Sep - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group B)
Israel4-0Andorra
Referee: Tamás Bognar (HUN) Stadium: Sammy Ofer Stadium, Haifa (ISR)
05/26/2016 08:47:17
6 September 2015 06 Sep - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group B)
Wales0-0Israel
Referee: Ivan Bebek (CRO) Stadium: Cardiff City Stadium, Cardiff (WAL)
01/08/2016 08:06:27
10 October 2015 10 Oct - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group B)
Israel1-2Cyprus
Referee: Manuel De Sousa (POR) Stadium: Itztadion Teddy, Jerusalem (ISR)
08/16/2016 07:10:46
13 October 2015 13 Oct - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group B)
Belgium3-1Israel
Referee: Tasos Sidiropoulos (GRE) Stadium: King Baudouin Stadium, Brussels (BEL)
01/08/2016 08:06:25
23 March 2016 23 Mar - Friendlies 2014-16
Croatia2-0Israel
Referee: not available Stadium: Gradski vrt, Osijek (CRO)
06/10/2016 16:47:30
31 May 2016 31 May - Friendlies 2014-16
Serbia3-1Israel
Referee: not available Stadium: Karadjordje, Novi Sad (SRB)
06/01/2016 10:47:39
5 September 2016 05 Sep - FIFA World Cup, Qualifying round (Group G)
IsraelItaly
Referee: TBD Stadium: Sammy Ofer Stadium, Haifa (ISR)
08/29/2016 17:33:31
6 October 2016 06 Oct - FIFA World Cup, Qualifying round (Group G)
FYR MacedoniaIsrael
Referee: TBD Stadium: Nacionalna Arena Filip II Makedonski, Skopje (MKD)
08/25/2016 16:07:36
9 October 2016 09 Oct - FIFA World Cup, Qualifying round (Group G)
IsraelLiechtenstein
Referee: TBD Stadium: Itztadion Teddy, Jerusalem (ISR)
08/16/2016 07:10:45
12 November 2016 12 Nov - FIFA World Cup, Qualifying round (Group G)
AlbaniaIsrael
Referee: TBD Stadium: Loro Boriçi, Shkoder (ALB)
08/23/2016 09:08:51
24 March 2017 24 Mar - FIFA World Cup, Qualifying round (Group G)
SpainIsrael
Referee: TBD
07/15/2016 01:39:01
11 June 2017 11 Jun - FIFA World Cup, Qualifying round (Group G)
IsraelAlbania
Referee: TBD
07/15/2016 01:46:14
2 September 2017 02 Sep - FIFA World Cup, Qualifying round (Group G)
IsraelFYR Macedonia
Referee: TBD
07/15/2016 01:42:17
5 September 2017 05 Sep - FIFA World Cup, Qualifying round (Group G)
ItalyIsrael
Referee: TBD
07/15/2016 01:38:25
6 October 2017 06 Oct - FIFA World Cup, Qualifying round (Group G)
LiechtensteinIsrael
Referee: TBD
07/14/2016 23:57:12
9 October 2017 09 Oct - FIFA World Cup, Qualifying round (Group G)
IsraelSpain
Referee: TBD
07/15/2016 00:02:34

General info

  • Founded : 1928
  • Stadium : Itztadion Ramat Gan
  • Currently playing : Friendly matches 2014/2016, World Cup 2016/2018

Team record in UEFA competitions

  • Biggest win:
    08/09/1999, Israel 8-0 San Marino, Tel Aviv
  • Biggest defeat:
    13/11/1999, Israel 0-5 Denmark, Tel Aviv
  • Appearances in UEFA European Football Championship: 6
  • Player with most appearances: 33
    Tal Ben Haim (ISR)
  • Top scorers: 10
    Yossi Benayoun (ISR)
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