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Famous Athletes from Israel

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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

Birthplace: Syosset, New York, United States of America

Nationality: United States of America, Israel

Position: Point guard

Suzanne Brigit Bird (born October 16, 1980), commonly known as Sue Bird, is an American professional basketball player for the Seattle Storm of the Women's National Basketball Association ...more

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Alexandra Zaretsky is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Athletes from Israel

Birthplace: Minsk, Belarus

Nationality: Israel

Alexandra "Sasha" Zaretsky (Hebrew: אלכסנדרה זרצקי‎, Russian: Александра Зарецкая, Alexandra Zaretskaya, Belarusian: Аляксандра Зарэцкая) (born December 23, 1987) is an Israeli ice ...more
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Slobodan Drapić is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Athletes from Israel
Maccabi Herzliya

Birthplace: Novi Sad, Serbia

Nationality: Israel, Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, Serbia, Yugoslavia

Slobodan Drapić (Serbian Cyrillic: Слободан Драпић, Hebrew: סלובודאן דראפיץ'; born 28 February 1965) is a Serbian-Israeli football manager and former player.
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Dani Bondar is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Athletes from Israel
FC Volga Nizhny Novgorod

Birthplace: Moscow, Russia

Nationality: Russia, Soviet Union, Israel

Position: Defender

Dani Bondar (Hebrew: דני בונדר‎; born 7 February 1987) is 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

Birthplace: Khmelnytskyi, Ukraine

Nationality: United States of America, Soviet Union, Israel, Ukraine

Position: Defender

Leonid "Leo" Krupnik (Ukrainian: Леонід Крупнік, Russian: Леонид Крупник, Hebrew: ליאוניד קרופניק‎; born July 15, 1979 in Khmelnytskyi) is a retired Soviet-born American-Israeli soccer
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Shahar Pe'er is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Athletes from Israel

Birthplace: Jerusalem, Mandatory Palestine

Nationality: Israel

Shahar Pe'er (Hebrew: שחר פאר‎, pronounced [ˈʃaχaʁ peˈʔeʁ]; born May 1, 1987) is an Israeli retired tennis player.Pe'er won five singles and three doubles titles on the WTA Tour, as well as four ...more
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Anna Smashnova is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Athletes from Israel

Birthplace: Minsk, Belarus

Nationality: Israel

Anna Smashnova (Hebrew: אנה סמשנובה‎, Russian: Анна Смашнова; born July 16, 1976) is a Belarusian-born Israeli former tennis player. She retired from professional tour after Wimbledon 2007. ...more
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Tzipora Obziler is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Athletes from Israel

Birthplace: Giv'atayim, Israel

Nationality: Israel

Tzipora "Tzipi" Obziler (Hebrew: ציפורה אובזילר‎) (born April 19, 1973) is a former Israeli professional right-handed tennis player. She reached her career-high singles world ranking ...more
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Roman Zaretsky is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Athletes from Israel

Birthplace: Minsk, Belarus

Nationality: Israel

Roman Zaretsky (Hebrew: רומן זרצקי‎, Russian: Роман Зарецкий, Belarusian: Раман Зарэцкі, born December 4, 1983) is an Israeli ice dancer. With his sister, Alexandra Zaretsky, he is the 2009 ...more
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Yael Arad is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Athletes from Israel

Birthplace: Tel Aviv, Israel

Nationality: Israel

Yael Arad (Hebrew: יעל ארד‎; born May 1, 1967) 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 ...more
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Eyal Golan is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Athletes from Israel

Birthplace: Rehovot, Israel

Nationality: Israel

Position: Forward

Eyal Golan (Hebrew: אייל גולן‎; born Eyal Biton on April 12, 1971) is an Israeli singer who sings in the Mizrahi style and considered one of the most successful singers of this genre in Israel. ...more
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Jonathan Erlich is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Athletes from Israel

Birthplace: Buenos Aires, Argentina

Nationality: Israel

Jonathan Dario "Yoni" Erlich (Hebrew: יונתן דאריו "יוני" ארליך‎, born April 5, 1977) is a professional Israeli tennis player. He plays doubles, primarily. He won the men's ...more
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George Borba is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Athletes from Israel

Birthplace: Macerata, Italy

Nationality: Italy, Israel

Position: Midfielder

George Borba (Hebrew: ג'ורג' בורבה; born in 1944 in Italy), is a former Israeli international footballer who was part of the squad that competed at the 1968 Summer Olympics and the 1970 FIFA ...more
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Andy Ram is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Athletes from Israel

Birthplace: Montevideo, Uruguay

Nationality: Israel

Andy Ram (Hebrew: אנדי רם‎; born April 10, 1980) is a retired Israeli professional tennis player. He was primarily a doubles player, and competed in three Olympics. He is the first Israeli ...more
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Ariel Ze'evi is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Athletes from Israel

Birthplace: Bnei Brak, Israel

Nationality: Israel

Ariel "Arik" Ze'evi (Hebrew: אריאל "אריק" זאבי‎, born 16 January 1977) is a retired Israeli judoka, widely recognized as the country's most prominent judoka during his ...more
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Gal Fridman is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Athletes from Israel

Birthplace: Pardes Hanna-Karkur, Israel

Nationality: Israel

Gal Fridman (or Friedman, Hebrew: גל פרידמן‎; born September 16, 1975) is an Israeli windsurfer and Israel's only Olympic Gold Medalist. Fridman won a Bronze Medal in the Atlanta 1996 Summer ...more
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Mordechai Spiegler is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Athletes from Israel

Birthplace: Sochi, Krasnodar, Russia

Nationality: Soviet Union, Israel

Position: Forward

Mordechai "Motaleh" Shpigler (Hebrew: מרדכי שפיגלר‎, born 19 August 1944) 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

Birthplace: Cairo, Egypt

Nationality: Egypt, Israel

Position: Defender

Avraham "Avi" Cohen (Hebrew: אבי כהן; 14 November 1956 – 29 December 2010) was an Israeli footballer who played as a defender. He was best known for his spells playing for two British ...more
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David Mark Berger is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Athletes from Israel

Birthplace: Shaker Heights, Ohio

Nationality: United States of America, Israel

David Mark Berger (May 24, 1944 – September 6, 1972) was an American and Israeli Olympic weightlifter, and one of the eleven Israeli Olympians taken hostage and killed by the Palestinian group ...more
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Itzhak Shum is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Athletes from Israel
Skoda Xanthi

Birthplace: Chișinău, Moldova

Nationality: Soviet Union, Israel

Itzhak Shum (Hebrew: יצחק שום‎, born 1 September 1948 in Chişinău, Moldavian SSR) is a retired Israeli football player and manager, and currently the owner of Hapoel Kfar Saba.
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Yisha'ayahu Schwager is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Athletes from Israel

Birthplace: Poland

Nationality: Israel, Poland

Position: Defender

Yisha'ayahu Schwager (Hebrew: ישעיהו שווגר‎, Polish: Jeszaja Szwagier; born in Poland, 10 February 1946, death in Israel, 31 August 2000) was an Israeli footballer.
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Ben Sahar is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Athletes from Israel
De Graafschap

Birthplace: Holon, Israel

Nationality: Israel

Position: Forward

Ben Sahar (Hebrew: בן שׂהר, changed his last name from סהר; born 10 August 1989) is an Israeli football striker who plays for Hapoel Be'er Sheva in the Israeli Premier League. At 16, Sahar was ...more
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Daniël de Ridder is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Athletes from Israel
Wigan Athletic F.C.

Birthplace: Amsterdam, Netherlands

Nationality: Netherlands, Israel

Position: Midfielder

Daniël Robin Frederick de Ridder (born 6 March 1984) is a Dutch footballer. He plays as a forward/midfield player who operates either on the right or left side but can also play in a more ...more
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Umut Güzelses is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Athletes from Israel
Maccabi Herzliya

Birthplace: Istanbul, Turkey

Nationality: Israel, Turkey

Position: Forward

Umut Güzelses (Hebrew: אומיט גונזאלס‎; born May 15, 1987) is a Turkish-Israeli footballer.
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Nicolás Tauber is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Athletes from Israel
Chacarita Juniors

Birthplace: La Plata, Argentina

Nationality: Argentina, Israel

Position: Goalkeeper

Nicolás Tauber (Hebrew: ניקולאס טאובר‎; born August 20, 1980) is an Argentine-Israeli footballer currently playing for Deportivo Tristán Suárez.He was born in La Plata,