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List of famous athletes from Israel, listed alphabetically with photos when available. Israel has seen some very talented athletes over the years, many of who have gone on to represent their country in the Olympics. These are some of the best Israeli athletes of all time, so if you're a native of Israel and are aspiring to compete in sports professionally then these are people you should look up to. If you're searching for a particular popular athlete from Israel then you can use the "search" box to find who you're looking for.

Everyone from Oren Muharer to Dan Alberto Fellus is included on this list.

This list answers the questions, "Who are the greatest Israeli athletes?" and "Which athletes are from Israel?"

You can click on the names of these legendary athletes of Israel in order to get more information about each one.

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Sue Bird is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Athletes from Israel
Suzanne Brigit "Sue" Bird is an American-Israeli professional women's basketball player for the Seattle Storm and UMMC Ekaterinburg. In high school, she was the New York State Player ...more

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Alexandra Zaretsky is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Athletes from Israel
Alexandra "Sasha" Zaretsky is an Israeli ice dancer. With her brother Roman Zaretsky, she is the 2009 Skate America bronze medalist, 2009 Golden Spin of Zagreb champion, a three-time ...more

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Slobodan Drapić is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Athletes from Israel
Maccabi Herzliya
Slobodan Drapić is a former Serbian-Israeli football player and manager. After coming to Israel in 1988 he played for Maccabi Netanya as a defender. In a long coaching career in Israel he became ...more

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Dani Bondar is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Athletes from Israel
FC Volga Nizhny Novgorod
Dani Bondar was an Israeli former footballer played as a defender.

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Leonard Krupnik is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Athletes from Israel
New York Red Bulls
Leonard Krupnik is a Soviet-born American-Israeli soccer player who currently plays for Maccabi Umm al-Fahm.

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Shahar Pe'er is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Athletes from Israel
Shahar Pe'er is an Israeli professional tennis player. Pe'er has won five singles and three doubles titles on the WTA tour, as well as four singles and three doubles titles on the ITF tour in ...more

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Anna Smashnova is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Athletes from Israel
Anna Smashnova is an Israeli former professional tennis player. She retired from professional tennis after Wimbledon 2007. Smashnova, who has been noted as having a great last name for a tennis ...more

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Tzipora Obziler is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Athletes from Israel
Tzipora "Tzipi" Obziler is a former Israeli professional right-handed tennis player. She reached her career-high singles world ranking of #75 in on July 8, 2007, and doubles ranking of ...more

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Roman Zaretsky is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Athletes from Israel
Roman Zaretsky is an Israeli ice dancer. With his sister, Alexandra Zaretsky, he is the 2009 Skate America bronze medalist, 2009 Golden Spin of Zagreb champion, a three-time Nebelhorn Trophy ...more

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Yael Arad is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Athletes from Israel
Yael Arad is an Israeli judoka. She was the first Israeli to win an Olympic medal. She is widely recognized as one of Israel's most successful athletes and is credited with bringing judo into ...more

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Eyal Golan is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Athletes from Israel
Eyal Golan, is a popular Israeli singer of Yemenite and Moroccan Jewish origins who sings in the Mizrahi style and considered one of the most successful singers of the Mizrahi genre in Israel.

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Jonathan Erlich is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Athletes from Israel
Jonathan Dario "Yoni" Erlich is a professional Israeli tennis player. He plays doubles, primarily. He won the men's doubles title at the 2008 Australian Open with Andy Ram. He attained ...more

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George Borba is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Athletes from Israel
George Borba, is a former Israeli international footballer who was part of the squad that competed at the 1968 Summer Olympics and the 1970 FIFA World Cup, Israel's only world cup appearance.

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Andy Ram is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Athletes from Israel
Andy Ram is an retired Israeli professional tennis player. He is primarily a doubles player. He is the first Israeli tennis player to win a seniors Grand Slam event. He first won the mixed ...more

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Ariel Ze'evi is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Athletes from Israel
Ariel "Arik" Ze'evi is an Israeli judoka, widely recognized as the country's most prominent judoka since the 1990s to date. Ze'evi, a dan 6 black belt in Judo, has had a long and ...more

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Gal Fridman is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Athletes from Israel
Gal Fridman is an Israeli windsurfer and Olympic gold medalist. Fridman won a bronze medal in the Atlanta 1996 Summer Olympics, and a gold medal in the Athens 2004 Summer Olympics. He is the ...more

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Mordechai Spiegler is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Athletes from Israel
Mordechai "Motaleh" Spiegler is a former Israeli footballer and manager. He remains Israel's record goalscorer, with 33 goals in 83 caps.

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Avi Cohen is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Athletes from Israel
Avraham "Avi" Cohen was an Israeli footballer who played as a defender. He was best known for his spells playing for British giants Liverpool in England and Rangers in Scotland. After ...more

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David Mark Berger is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Athletes from Israel
David Mark Berger was an American-born Israeli weightlifter for the Israeli Olympic team in 1972. A lawyer by education, Berger was one of 11 members of Israel’s Olympic team who were taken ...more

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Itzhak Shum is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Athletes from Israel
Skoda Xanthi
Itzhak Shum is a retired Israeli football player and was lastly the manager of Cypriot First Division side Alki.

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Yisha'ayahu Schwager is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Athletes from Israel
Yisha'ayahu Schwager was an Israeli footballer.

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Ben Sahar is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Athletes from Israel
De Graafschap
Ben Sahar is an Israeli football striker who currently plays for Willem II in the Dutch Eredivisie. At just 16, Sahar was already the equivalent of a second-year apprentice at Chelsea. He first ...more

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Daniël de Ridder is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Athletes from Israel
Wigan Athletic F.C.
Daniël Robin Frederick de Ridder is a Dutch footballer who currently plays for SC Cambuur in the Dutch Eredivisie. He has previously played for Ajax, Celta Vigo, Birmingham City, Wigan ...more

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Umut Güzelses is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Athletes from Israel
Maccabi Herzliya
Umut Güzelses is a Turkish-Israeli soccer player who plays for Kastamonuspor in TFF Third League.

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Nicolás Tauber is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Athletes from Israel
Chacarita Juniors
Nicolás Tauber, is an Argentinian-Israeli footballer currently playing for Club Atlético Nueva Chicago.