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The Best Soccer Players from Israel

Updated September 3, 2021 3.8k votes 693 voters 33.3k views66 items

List of the best soccer players from Israel. List includes the top soccer (or “football”) players from Israel, along with photos when available. This list of best Israeli soccer players is ordered by popularity, so only the greatest players are at the top of the list. If you're searching for a particular famous Israeli soccer player you can use the "search" box to find what you're looking for.

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This list answers the questions, "Who are the best Israeli footballers?" and "Who is the greatest Israeli soccer player of all time?"

You can click on the names of these popular soccer players of Israel in order to get more information about each one. If you're a sports lover then you can use this list of popular Israeli soccer players to discover some new athletes that you might really enjoy watching.
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    Midfielder
    271
    84

    BirthplaceDimona, Israel

    NationalityIsrael

    Yossi Shai Benayoun (Hebrew: יוסף שי "יוסי" בניון, born 5 May 1980) is a retired Israeli professional footballer who last played for Beitar Jerusalem and captained the Israel national team. He played...  more
  • 2
    Midfielder
    169
    69

    BirthplaceRegba, Israel

    NationalityIsrael

    Eyal Berkovic (or Berkovich, Hebrew: אייל ברקוביץ'‎; born 2 April 1972) is an Israeli former footballer who played as an attacking midfielder. He made 78 appearances for Israel, and is considered one...  more
  • 3
    Midfielder
    136
    57

    BirthplaceAshdod, Israel

    NationalityIsrael

    Haim Michael Revivo (Hebrew: חיים מיכאל רביבו; born 22 February 1972) is a retired Israeli football player who played as a midfielder, and a businessman....  more
  • 4
    Forward, Midfielder
    111
    43

    BirthplaceHaifa, Israel

    NationalityIsrael

    Ronny Rosenthal (Hebrew: רוני רוזנטל‎; born October 11, 1963), nicknamed "Rocket Ronny", is an Israeli former footballer. After starting his career in his birth city with Maccabi Haifa, Rosenthal...  more
  • 5
    105
    41

    BirthplaceSochi, Krasnodar, Russia

    NationalitySoviet Union,Israel

    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....  more
  • 6
    Naseem Heno addedMidfielder
    143
    70

    BirthplaceRishon LeZion, Israel

    NationalityIsrael

    Eran Zahavi (or Zehavi, Hebrew: ערן זהבי‎; born 25 July 1987) is an Israeli professional footballer who plays as an attacking midfielder or striker for Guangzhou R&F and for the Israel national...  more
  • 7
    Defender
    78
    39

    BirthplaceCairo, Egypt

    NationalityIsrael,Egypt

    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 clubs:...  more
  • 8
    Midfielder
    77
    50

    BirthplaceOr Akiva, Israel

    NationalityIsrael

    Lior Refaelov (or Lior Rafaelov, Hebrew: ליאור רפאלוב‎; born 26 April 1986) is an Israeli footballer who plays for Royal Antwerp as an attacking midfielder or winger. He began his career at Maccabi...  more
  • 9
    Goalkeeper
    51
    27

    BirthplaceRishon LeZion, Israel

    NationalityIsrael

    Ya'akov Hodorov (Hebrew: יעקב חודורוב) (born 16 June 1927; died 31 December 2006) was an Israeli football goalkeeper in the 1940s, 1950s, and 1960s. He was considered by many to be Israel's best...  more
  • 10
    Goalkeeper
    49
    28

    BirthplaceIsrael

    NationalityIsrael

    Avi Ran (August 25, 1963 - July 11, 1987) was a goalkeeper at the Israeli football club Maccabi Haifa. Widely considered one of the greatest football players in Israel, he had a promising future...  more
  • 11
    Midfielder
    67
    49

    BirthplaceKfar Kama, Israel

    NationalityIsrael

    Bibras Natkho (Hebrew: בִּיבָּרְס נַאתְכוֹ, Adyghe: Бибэрс Натхъо [bəjbars naːtχʷa]; born 18 February 1988) is an Israeli footballer who plays as a central midfielder for Serbian club Partizan and is...  more
  • 12
    56
    38

    BirthplaceHaifa, Israel

    NationalityIsrael

    Tomer Hemed (Hebrew: תומר חמד‎; born 2 May 1987) is an Israeli professional footballer who plays as a striker for Charlton Athletic and the Israel national team. ...  more
  • 13
    Defender
    59
    42

    BirthplaceRishon LeZion, Israel

    NationalityIsrael

    Tal Ben Haim (or Tal Ben Haim I, Hebrew: טל בן-חיים‎; born 31 March 1982) is an Israeli footballer who currently plays at Beitar Jerusalem and Israel national football team. He can play at either...  more
  • 14
    52
    36

    BirthplaceTel Aviv, Israel

    NationalityIsrael, Mandatory Palestine

    Moshe Romano (Hebrew: משה רומנו‎; born 6 May 1946) is an Israeli former international footballer....  more
  • 15
    Giora Spiegel (Hebrew: גיורא שפיגל‎), (born July 27, 1947, in Petah Tikva) is a former Israeli footballer and coach. As a footballer, he holds the record for the longest Israeli international career,...  more
  • 16
    Dr. Raul Geller was a Peruvian-Israeli footballer and the third all time leading scorer of Beitar Jerusalem...  more
  • 17
    Winger, Forward
    26
    17

    BirthplaceKiryat Ata, Israel

    NationalityIsrael

    Yaniv Katan (Hebrew: יניב קטן‎; born 27 January 1981) is a retired Israeli international footballer who played professionally for Maccabi Haifa, as a forward and winger. He earned 31 caps for Israel,...  more
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    26
    21

    BirthplaceNetanya, Israel

    NationalityIsrael

    Shalom Tikva (born May 8, 1965), is a former Israeli international footballer....  more
  • 19
    22
    20

    BirthplaceTel Aviv, Israel

    NationalityCanada,Israel

    Tomer Chencinski (Hebrew: תומר חנצ'ינסקי‎; born December 1, 1984) is a Canadian soccer player who most recently played for Irish club Shamrock Rovers....  more
  • 20
    Forward
    6
    0

    BirthplaceJerusalem, Mandatory Palestine

    NationalityIsrael

    Eliyahu "Eli" Ohana (Hebrew: אלי אוחנה‎; born February 1, 1964) is an Israeli former football player, and the current Chairman of Israeli club Beitar Jerusalem. He played as forward or midfielder,...  more
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    24
    26

    BirthplaceBat Yam, Israel

    NationalityIsrael

    Nissim "Nisso" Kapiloto (Hebrew: ניסים "ניסו" קפילוטו‎; born 1 October 1989) is an Israeli professional footballer who plays as a centre-back for Hapoel Haifa....  more
  • 22
    Midfielder
    17
    17

    BirthplaceSoviet Union

    NationalitySoviet Union,Israel,Azerbaijan

    Elman Sultanov (born May 6, 1974) is a retired Azerbaijani-Israeli-Ukrainian professional footballer and current Reserve team coach for Sabail FK....  more
  • 23
    15
    16

    BirthplaceRomania

    NationalityIsrael,Romania

    Valentin Teodorica (Hebrew: ולנטין תודוריקה‎; born 26 January 1981) is a Romanian-Israeli professional football (soccer) player who played in the Israeli Premier League for Hapoel Kfar Saba and also...  more
  • 24
    Defender
    18
    20

    BirthplaceBulgaria

    NationalityIsrael,Bulgaria

    David Primo (Hebrew: דוד פרימו‎; born 5 May 1946 in Bulgaria) is a former Israeli international footballer who was part of the squad that competed at the 1970 World Cup, Israel's only world cup...  more
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    17
    19

    BirthplaceIraq

    NationalityIsrael,Iraq

    Moshe Agami (Hebrew: משה אגמי‎) is a former Israeli professional football (soccer) player who is best known for his time with Maccabi Haifa, when he led the club to a 4-1 victory over city rivals,...  more
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