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Famous Athletes from Israel

Updated June 14, 2019 15.5k views671 items

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.
  • Sue Bird1

    Sue Bird

    Suzanne Brigit Bird (born October 16, 1980), commonly known as Sue Bird, is an American...  more


    #2 of 48 The Top WNBA Players of All Time#23 of 71 The Greatest Jewish Athletes Of All Time

  • Alexandra Zaretsky2
    Alexandra "Sasha" Zaretsky (Hebrew: אלכסנדרה זרצקי‎, Russian: Александра Зарецкая, Alexandra...  more
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    Slobodan Drapić

    Maccabi Herzliya

    BirthplaceNovi Sad, Serbia

    NationalityIsrael,Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia,Serbia,Yugoslavia

    Slobodan Drapić (Serbian Cyrillic: Слободан Драпић, Hebrew: סלובודאן דראפיץ'; born 28 February...  more
  • Dani Bondar4

    Dani Bondar

    FC Volga Nizhny Novgorod

    BirthplaceMoscow, Russia



    Dani Bondar (Hebrew: דני בונדר‎; born 7 February 1987) is an Israeli former footballer played...  more
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    Leonard Krupnik

    New York Red Bulls

    BirthplaceKhmelnytskyi, Ukraine

    NationalityUnited States of America,Soviet Union,Israel,Ukraine


    Leonid "Leo" Krupnik (Ukrainian: Леонід Крупнік, Russian: Леонид Крупник, Hebrew: ליאוניד...  more
  • Shahar Pe'er6
    Shahar Pe'er (Hebrew: שחר פאר‎, pronounced [ˈʃaχaʁ peˈʔeʁ]; born May 1, 1987) is an Israeli...  more
  • Anna Smashnova7
    Anna Smashnova (Hebrew: אנה סמשנובה‎, Russian: Анна Смашнова; born July 16, 1976) is a...  more
  • Tzipora Obziler8
    Tzipora "Tzipi" Obziler (Hebrew: ציפורה אובזילר‎) (born April 19, 1973) is a former Israeli...  more
  • Roman Zaretsky9
    Roman Zaretsky (Hebrew: רומן זרצקי‎, Russian: Роман Зарецкий, Belarusian: Раман Зарэцкі, born...  more
  • Yael Arad10
    Yael Arad (Hebrew: יעל ארד‎; born May 1, 1967) is an Israeli judoka. She was the first Israeli...  more
  • Eyal Golan11
    Eyal Golan (Hebrew: אייל גולן‎; born Eyal Biton on April 12, 1971) is an Israeli singer who...  more
  • Jonathan Erlich12
    Jonathan Dario "Yoni" Erlich (Hebrew: יונתן דאריו "יוני" ארליך‎, born April 5, 1977) is a...  more
  • George Borba13
    George Borba (Hebrew: ג'ורג' בורבה; born in 1944 in Italy), is a former Israeli international...  more
  • Andy Ram14
    Andy Ram (Hebrew: אנדי רם‎; born April 10, 1980) is a retired Israeli professional tennis...  more
  • Ariel Ze'evi15
    Ariel "Arik" Ze'evi (Hebrew: אריאל "אריק" זאבי‎, born 16 January 1977) is a retired Israeli...  more
  • Gal Fridman16
    Gal Fridman (or Friedman, Hebrew: גל פרידמן‎; born September 16, 1975) is an Israeli...  more
  • Mordechai Spiegler17
    Mordechai "Motaleh" Shpigler (Hebrew: מרדכי שפיגלר‎, born 19 August 1944) is a former Israeli...  more
  • Avi Cohen18
    Avraham "Avi" Cohen (Hebrew: אבי כהן; 14 November 1956 – 29 December 2010) was an Israeli...  more
  • David Mark Berger19
    David Mark Berger (May 24, 1944 – September 6, 1972) was an American and Israeli Olympic...  more
  • Itzhak Shum20

    Itzhak Shum

    Skoda Xanthi

    BirthplaceChișinău, Moldova

    NationalitySoviet Union,Israel

    Itzhak Shum (Hebrew: יצחק שום‎, born 1 September 1948 in Chişinău, Moldavian SSR) is a retired...  more
  • Yisha'ayahu Schwager21
    Yisha'ayahu Schwager (Hebrew: ישעיהו שווגר‎, Polish: Jeszaja Szwagier; born in Poland, 10...  more
  • Ben Sahar22

    Ben Sahar

    De Graafschap

    BirthplaceHolon, Israel



    Ben Sahar (Hebrew: בן שׂהר, changed his last name from סהר; born 10 August 1989) is an Israeli...  more
  • Daniël de Ridder23

    Daniël de Ridder

    Wigan Athletic F.C.

    BirthplaceAmsterdam, Netherlands

    NationalityNetherlands, Israel


    Daniël Robin Frederick de Ridder (born 6 March 1984) is a Dutch footballer. He plays as a...  more
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    Umut Güzelses

    Maccabi Herzliya

    BirthplaceIstanbul, Turkey



    Umut Güzelses (Hebrew: אומיט גונזאלס‎; born May 15, 1987) is a Turkish-Israeli footballer....  more
  • Nicolás Tauber25

    Nicolás Tauber

    Chacarita Juniors

    BirthplaceLa Plata, Argentina



    Nicolás Tauber (Hebrew: ניקולאס טאובר‎; born August 20, 1980) is an Argentine-Israeli...  more