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Anyone for Tennis?  Maybe soccer, cricket or even basketball, Israelis love sport. Find out more about Israeli sporting stars, up and coming talent and playing sport in Israel. Plus, sport with an Israeli connection.

Disabled skiing
Find out about how disabled people can go skiing in Israel. Sunorama is offering this winter, as they have in past years, a ski vacation to people who love the sport, but are physically handicapped.
Roman Greenberg
Roman wins again
Roman Greenberg, Israel's premier heavyweight boxer successfully defended his Inter-Continental Heavyweight title by knocking out 31-year-old Russian Champion Alexei Varakin in the sixth round, at Monte Carlo, Monaco.
Sumo champs in Israel
Israeli sumo
When Zionist leader Max Nordau coined the phrase “a Judaism of muscles”, he probably wasn’t thinking about an Israeli sumo champion. Nevertheless, Oleg Smolensky was placed seventh in the World Championships in Sakai, Japan.
Sven Goran Eriksson
Sven in Israel
Former England manager Sven Goran Eriksson has spent a day in Israel as a guest of the Peres Center for Peace. The millionaire Swede is in the Middle East as part of a project that aims to build bridges between Israelis and Palestinians.
Maccabi Haifa winning
There was much joy in the northern city of Haifa Thursday evening as their Maccabi team defeated A.J. Auxerre of the French premiere league 3-1 in the first match of the group round in the UEFA Cup tournament.
Israel into Europe
Israel's under-21 team has qualified for the first time to European Championship Football tournament next year. The team, coached by Guy Levy, beat France's under 21 team 1-0 scored by Amir Taga in the 93rd minute of the game.
Israel in Europe
The UEFA Cup draw for the competition’s group stage was Tuesday at 2 p.m. in Nyon, Switzerland. All of the heads of Israeli soccer team Hapoel Tel Aviv were on hand for the event, with some of them making the trip prior to Yom Kippur.
Shaar Peer
Israel sport
The five most significant events that took place in the Jewish year 5766 in terms of Israeli sports – from Averbuch, Doron and Peer to the clashes in Sakhnin and the Israeli basketball team's failure. What made your year worth remembering?
Racing comes to Israel
Good news for horse lovers and gamblers: In about a month, during the holiday of Sukkot, a hippodrome will open in Israel. The hippodrome will open next to the Gilboa mountains.
Yotam Halperin
Israeli in NBA?
Will Yotam Halperin be the first Israeli basketball player in the NBA? It certainly seemed so on Monday with the arrival of his American agent, Jason Levine, to Israel. Levine landed in Israel with a contract offer from the Seattle SuperSonics.
Euroleague goes to Israel
Next year basketball's Euroleague Final Four will be held in Athens, and Euroleague officials have given the task of organizing Final Four events to Israeli-owned Comtec, headed by Daniel Benaim.
Mind over sport
Thanks to an innovative programme developed by researchers at the Wingate Institute, Israel's National Center for Physical Education and Sport, the Israeli athletes for the 2008 Olympics are going to be mentally prepared.
Israel baseball
A team of 10-12 year-olds from Israel is winning games in European Baseball Championships. Find out more about how well they are doing.
Andy Ram
Israeli wins Wimbledon
Israeli tennis player Andy Ram and his Russian partner, Vera Zvonareva, have won this year's Mixed Doubles title at Wimbledon after defeating Americans Bob Bryan and Venus Williams
Rise in betting
The World Cup soccer games have brought to a sharp increase in sports betting in Israel. According to the Israel Sports Betting Board and other sports betting and gambling officials, gambling went up between 50-100 percent.
Idan Tal
Idan Tal interview
Idan Tal began to play soccer when he was only 11. Twenty years later he's got a brilliant international career. Yedioth Ahronoth Magazine asked him series of questions beginnig with ' when was the last time that ...?'
Noam Okun
Noam Okun
Hailed as one of Israel’s brightest tennis players, Noam Okun has been a regular fixture of the tennis scene since turning pro at the age of 18 in 1996. Ranked number two in his home country, 6 footer Okun has played against some of the world's best.
Israel cricket
Israeli cricket
Cricket in the Middle East? Yes, that's exactly what is going on in Israel as the country celebrates in 2006, the 50th anniversary of the first all Israeli match which took place between Tel Aviv and Be'er Sheva.
Ben Sahar
Sahar goes blue
With his boy band looks, 16-year-old Ben Sahar is one of Israel's brightest football players and has now been given an opportunity to prove himself in England by signing to Chelsea.
Israel ball game
Baseball, while not big in Israel is still popular. Alan Abbey recalls his experience and thoughts of this US sport in the land of milk and honey.
Cycling for kids
Hundreds of cyclists, clad in colorful helmets, sunglasses and biking tights, took to the streets to raise money for the Eli organisation, the Israel Association for Child Protection.
Ice Hockey
Ice Hockey expansion
A new international skating and ice hockey centre, the first of its kind in Israel, will be constructed in Hod Hasharon, just north of Tel Aviv. The $15m project will hold 5000 spectators and will take 14 months to build.
Israel hockey
Israel on ice
Despite recent setbacks with its national ice hockey team including a 12-0 lose to Great Britain last week, Israel is still optimistic it has what it takes to be a leading country in ice hockey.
Maccabiah 17
Maccabiah 17 flashback
Every four years, the Jewish version of the Olympics takes place in Israel. The Maccabiah celebrated its 17th event last July and despite it being well and truly over until the next one in 2009, the site of the games is online higlighting what happened.
Eyal Berkovic
Pioneering Berkovic
With a wave of new Israel talent playing in English football including Idan Tal and Yanav Katan, it's hard not to forget that Eyal Berkovic was a forerunner to them.
Hallie Cohen
Softball coach for Israel
An American who is the head softball coach at William Paterson University in New Jersey is to be the head coach of the Israeli National team which will be playing its first games this summer in preparation for the 2008 summer Olympics in China.
Shahar Peer
Watch out for Peer
About to turn 19 on May 1, Israeli Shahar Peer looks set to become one of Israel's finest tennis player. She was ranked 33 in March this year and has made a name for herself by playing in some major tennis tournaments including the US Open and Wimbledon.
Roman Greenberg
Roman boxing invasion
Maidenhead-based Israeli heavyweight boxer Roman Greenberg is now starting to show that when it comes to being a pro, he's got what it takes. Earlier this month, the 23-year-old won the IBO Intercontinental heavyweight title.
Idan Tal
Tal moves to Bolton
Israel international midfielder Idan Tal is the latest Israeli footballer to join an English Premier league team. The 31-year-old, who was born in Petach Tikva, is leaving Maccabi Haifa to join Bolton Wanderers in a two year deal.
John Barnes
Israel tackles football racism
Former England international footballer John Barnes has gone to Israel to spearhead a campaign stop racism at football matches. Based on England's Kick It Out campaign, the Israeli version aims to create a better atmosphere between Israelis and Arabs.
Gunners promote Israel
Israel is to be the official tourist destination for north London-based Arsenal Football Club for the next two years as part of a £350,000 deal which will see it being beamed on electronic perimeter boards, website and team magazine.
Jonathan Erlich
Israel's tennis ace
Originally from Buenos Aires in Argentina, 29-year-old Jonathan Erlich is one of the leading names in Israeli tennis and has shown that he is an international force to be reckoned with when playing doubles.
Ice Hockey
Ice Israel
As the world is focused to the Winter Olympics in Torino, Italy, a group of Israeli women are looking forward to taking part in the next one in 2010 by playing Ice Hockey.
Ice skating
Israelis on ice
Barring any last-minute surprises, Galit Hayit and Sergei Sachanowski will take to the ice Saturday night as the favorites to become Israel's first skating medalists at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Torino, Italy.
Israel football team
Israel takes on England
For the first time ever, Israel will meet England is a competitive football match as the two countries have been drawn to play in the same group for Euro 2008. Other countries in Group E are Croatia, Russia, Macedonia, Estonia and Andorra.
Israel Baseball League
Israeli pro baseball
A vision for a professional baseball league in Israel is fast becoming reality. The all-American sport has always had much interest in Israel but never on a real professional level and the Israel Baseball League is looking to put things on a pro footing.
Israel at the races?
Israel could soon by setting up horse racing tracks and allow legal betting on horses. If plans go ahead, British expertise in the game may be tapped into and provide Israel with world-class trainers and jockeys.
Yanav Katan
Katan can do
His British debut may have been as a substitute against Norwich City, but West Ham Israeli footballer Yanav Katan is looking forward to playing more for the team he joined officially at the start of January.
Arcadi Gaydamak
Gaydamak moves on Pompey
The son of one of Israel's richest men has emerged as a 50% buyer of struggling British football club Portsmouth. London-based Alexandre Gaydamak, 30 is the son of Arcadi Gaydamak.
Sven Goran Eriksson
Truce makes its mark
England football coach Sven Goran Eriksson and his Jewish girlfriend Nancy Dell’Olio are to make a donation to the Peres Centre for Peace in Tel Aviv as part of their charity Truce.
Car racing
Israel revs up
After years of political lobbying by racing drivers and fans, the Israeli parliament has given approval for the country to host organised motorsports involving cars and motorcycles.
Jeremie Kletzkine
Virtual Israeli sport champs
The games may be virtual but Israel is taking a team of six to the real city of Dallas to compete in the international Cyberathlete Professional League's Winter Championships at the Hyatt Regency Hotel.
Map it out
One of the best ways to combine sport and travel is orienteering and Israel offers regular national as well as local events attracting hundreds and sometimes 1000s of participants.
Chanoch Nissany
Israeli boy racer
Formula One racing has fans all over the world and for decades every boy's dream at some point is to be a racing driver. Well, Chanoch Nissany has realised that dream and earlier this year became the first Israeli to be a Formula One driver.
More than blind luck
A 53-year old Israeli who was blinded over 25 years ago while serving in the Israeli army is the toast of Israel's golfing community. Zohar Sharon stunned golf fans in Israel and across the world with a recent hole in one.
Jerusalem Half Marathon
Run, sweat and tears of joy
British Jews are being invited to compete in a number of annual Israeli marathons taking place throughout 2006. Taking part is a great way to see the country as you run. © 2005 - 2006 | a JMT Ventures site | Contact Us | Terms of Use