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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
Sue Bird 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 Zaretsky 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
Slobodan Drapić 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
Dani Bondar 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
Leonard Krupnik 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 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 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 Obziler 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 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 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 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 Erlich 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 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 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 Ze'evi 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 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 Spiegler 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
Avi Cohen 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 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
Itzhak Shum 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 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
Ben Sahar 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
Daniël de Ridder 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
Umut Güzelses 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
Nicolás Tauber Chacarita Juniors Nicolás Tauber, is an Argentinian-Israeli footballer currently playing for Club Atlético Nueva Chicago.

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Roberto Colautti is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Athletes from Israel
Roberto Colautti Borussia Mönchengladbach Roberto Damián Colautti is a Argentine-born naturalized Israeli footballer who plays as a striker for AEK Larnaca in the Cypriot First Division. He played internationally for the Israel ...more

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Galit Chait is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Athletes from Israel
Galit Chait Galit Chait is an Israeli former competitive ice dancer. She and her partner Sergei Sakhnovski competed internationally for Israel from 1995 to 2006, becoming the 2002 World bronze medalists.

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Toto Tamuz is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Athletes from Israel
Toto Tamuz Beitar Jerusalem FC Toto Adaruns Tamuz Temile, commonly known as Toto Tamuz, is a Nigerian-born Israeli professional footballer who plays for Liga I club Petrolul Ploiești and the Israel national team, as a

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Dan Grunfeld is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Athletes from Israel
Dan Grunfeld Daniel Leslie Grunfeld is an American professional basketball player, who plays small forward for Hapoel Jerusalem in the Israeli Basketball Super League. He played briefly for Hapoel Holon, but ...more

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Carlos Chacana is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Athletes from Israel
Carlos Chacana Hapoel Ramat Gan Carlos Chacana is an Argentine-Israeli professional football player who is currently contracted to San Martín de Tucumán.

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Esther Roth-Shahamorov is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Athletes from Israel
Esther Roth-Shahamorov Esther Roth-Shachamorov is a former Israeli track and field athlete. She specialized in the 100-meter hurdles and the 100-meter sprint.

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Shay Abutbul is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Athletes from Israel
Shay Abutbul Hapoel Tel Aviv FC Shay Abutbul is an Israeli football player playing for Hapoel Tel Aviv.

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Shay Doron is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Athletes from Israel
Shay Doron Shay Doron is an Israeli professional basketball player in the Israeli league. She plays for Elitzur Ramla.

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Rudy Haddad is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Athletes from Israel
Rudy Haddad LB Châteauroux Rudy Haddad is a French footballer of Tunisian Jewish descent, currently with AJ Auxerre. Rudy, a previously highly touted young player, came up through the youth system at Paris St. Germain. On ...more

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Danny Amos is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Athletes from Israel
Danny Amos Hapoel Ironi Kiryat Shmona Daniel "Danny" Amos is an Israeli-English professional footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for Hapoel Tel Aviv. His brother Nathan Amos is a notable Israeli rugby union player.

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Guillermo Israilevich is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Athletes from Israel
Guillermo Israilevich Hapoel Kfar Saba Guillermo Israilevich is an Argentinian-Israeli footballer currently plays for Boca Unidos. Guillermo's wife is set to receive a Spanish passport and rumors have it that Guillermo will receive a ...more

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Jonathan Assous is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Athletes from Israel
Jonathan Assous Hapoel Ramat Gan Jonathan Victor Gerard Assous is a French-Israeli football player who is currently contracted to Shimshon Tel Aviv in Israel. In France, Assous was widely known for his temper and rough play.

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Dela Yampolsky is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Athletes from Israel
Dela Yampolsky Maccabi Netanya Dele Yampolsky is a Nigerian-born Israeli footballer who plays as a midfielder for Israeli club Hapoel Ra'anana. His first name "Bamidele" means "Follow me home" in Yoruba. ...more

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Daniel Brailovsky is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Athletes from Israel
Daniel Brailovsky Necaxa Alberto Daniel Brailovsky is a former Argentinian footballer and manager.

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Julia Glushko is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Athletes from Israel
Julia Glushko Julia Glushko is an Israeli professional tennis player. Glushko and her family moved to Israel when she was only 9 years old. Since then, she has won eight singles and eight doubles titles on ...more

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Ilana Berger is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Athletes from Israel
Ilana Berger Ilana Berger is an Israeli tennis player. Berger reached her highest individual ranking on the WTA Tour on August 10, 1992, when she became # 149 in the world.

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Sebastián Rozental is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Athletes from Israel
Sebastián Rozental Sebastián Rozental Igualt is a retired Chilean-Israeli professional football player. On the club level, Rozental has played for Universidad Católica, Colo-Colo, and Unión ...more

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Gil Cain is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Athletes from Israel
Gil Cain Hapoel Kfar Saba Gil Cain is an Israeli professional football player who is currently contracted with Maccabi Kabilio Jaffa. Local media outlets tout him to be a future star for that team.

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Irakli Shengelia is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Athletes from Israel
Irakli Shengelia Irakli Shengelia is a Georgian-Israeli professional football player who plies his trade at FC Merani Tbilisi. Shengelia previously played for Spartak Moscow 2 and FC Nyva Ternopil.

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Valentin Teodorica is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Athletes from Israel
Valentin Teodorica Hapoel Jerusalem FC Valentin Teodorica is a Romanian-Israeli professional football player who played in the Israeli Premier League for Hapoel Kfar Saba and also played for Hapoel Mevaseret Zion, Hapoel Jerusalem, ...more

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Abba Gindin is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Athletes from Israel
Abba Gindin Abraham "Abba" Gindin is a former Israeli professional football player.

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Katerina Pisetsky is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Athletes from Israel
Katerina Pisetsky Katerina "Katya" Pisetsky is a Ukrainian-born Israeli rhythmic gymnast who competed at the 2004 and 2008 Olympic Games.

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Jonathan Tennenbaum is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Athletes from Israel
Jonathan Tennenbaum Hapoel Acre Jonathan "Jonny" Tennenbaum is an Argentine-Israeli professional association football player currently contracted to Hapoel Afula.

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Bryan Man is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Athletes from Israel
Bryan Man Hapoel Ashkelon Bryan Man is an Argentine-Israeli professional football player.

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Michael Kolganov is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Athletes from Israel
Michael Kolganov Michael Kolganov is a Soviet-born, Israeli sprint canoer and former world champion. Competing in three Summer Olympics, he won the bronze medal in the K-1 500 m event at Sydney in 2000. He was ...more