Israel national basketball team

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Israel ישראל
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FIBA ranking 37 Decrease8
Joined FIBA 1939
FIBA zone FIBA Europe
National federation איגוד הכדורסל בישראל (Israel Basketball Association)
Coach Erez Edelstein
Olympic Games
Appearances 1
FIBA World Cup
Appearances 2
Eurobasket
Appearances 27
Medals Silver medal europe.svg Silver: 1979
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The Israeli national basketball team is the basketball team that represents Israel in (men's) international competition.

The Israeli team has participated 25 times in the European championship tournament. Their best achievements were a silver medal in Eurobasket 1979, and 5th place in 1953 and 1977. Israel is currently ranked 27th in the world by FIBA, and 12th in Europe (September 2010).[1]

Performance at EuroBasket[edit]

Year Position Tournament Host
1935 Did not participate EuroBasket 1935 Geneva, Switzerland
1937 Did not participate EuroBasket 1937 Riga, Latvia
1939 Did not participate EuroBasket 1951 Kaunas, Lithuania
1946 Did not participate EuroBasket 1946 Geneva, Switzerland
1947 Did not participate EuroBasket 1947 Prague, Czechoslovakia
1949 Did not participate EuroBasket 1949 Cairo, Egypt
1951 EuroBasket 1951 Paris, France
1953 5 EuroBasket 1953 Moscow, USSR
1955 withdrew EuroBasket 1955 Budapest, Hungary
1957 withdrew EuroBasket 1957 Sofia, Bulgaria
1959 11 EuroBasket 1959 Istanbul, Turkey
1961 11 EuroBasket 1961 Belgrade, Yugoslavia
1963 9 EuroBasket 1963 Wrocław, Poland
1965 6 EuroBasket 1965 Moscow, Soviet Union
1967 8 EuroBasket 1967 Helsinki, Finland
1969 11 EuroBasket 1969 Naples, Italy
1971 11 EuroBasket 1971 Essen, West Germany
1973 7 EuroBasket 1973 Barcelona, Spain
1975 7 EuroBasket 1975 Belgrade, Yugoslavia
1977 5 EuroBasket 1977 Liège, Belgium
1979 2 EuroBasket 1979 Turin, Italy
1981 6 EuroBasket 1981 Prague, Czechoslovakia
1983 6 EuroBasket 1983 Nantes, France
1985 9 EuroBasket 1985 Stuttgart, West Germany
1987 11 EuroBasket 1987 Athens, Greece
1989 EuroBasket 1989 Zagreb, Yugoslavia
1991 EuroBasket 1991 Rome, Italy
1993 15 EuroBasket 1993 Munich, Germany
1995 9 EuroBasket 1995 Athens, Greece
1997 9 EuroBasket 1997 Barcelona, Spain
1999 9 EuroBasket 1999 Paris, France
2001 10 EuroBasket 2001 Istanbul, Turkey
2003 7 EuroBasket 2003 Stockholm, Sweden
2005 9 EuroBasket 2005 Belgrade, Serbia & Montenegro
2007 9 EuroBasket 2007 Madrid, Spain
2009 15 EuroBasket 2009 Katowice, Poland
2011 13 EuroBasket 2011 Kaunas, Lithuania
2013 21 EuroBasket 2013 Ljubljana, Slovenia
2015 EuroBasket 2015 Kyiv, Ukraine

Performance at FIBA World championships[edit]

Year Position Tournament Host
1950 1950 FIBA World Championship Buenos Aires, Argentina
1954 8 1954 FIBA World Championship Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
1959 1959 FIBA World Championship Chile
1963 1963 FIBA World Championship Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
1967 1967 FIBA World Championship Uruguay
1970 1970 FIBA World Championship Yugoslavia
1974 1974 FIBA World Championship Puerto Rico
1978 1978 FIBA World Championship Philippines
1982 1982 FIBA World Championship Colombia
1986 7 1986 FIBA World Championship Spain
1990 1990 FIBA World Championship Argentina
1994 1994 FIBA World Championship Canada
1998 1998 FIBA World Championship Athens, Greece
2002 2002 FIBA World Championship Indianapolis, United States
2006 2006 FIBA World Championship Japan
2010 2010 FIBA World Championship Turkey
2014 2014 FIBA World Championship Spain

Performance at Summer Olympics[edit]

Year Position Tournament Host
1936 Did not participate Basketball at the 1936 Summer Olympics Berlin, Germany
1948 Did not participate Basketball at the 1948 Summer Olympics London, United Kingdom
1952 17–23 Basketball at the 1952 Summer Olympics Helsinki, Finland
1956 Basketball at the 1956 Summer Olympics Melbourne, Australia
1960 Basketball at the 1960 Summer Olympics Rome, Italy
1964 Basketball at the 1964 Summer Olympics Tokyo, Japan
1968 Basketball at the 1968 Summer Olympics Mexico City, Mexico
1972 Basketball at the 1972 Summer Olympics Munich, Germany
1976 Basketball at the 1976 Summer Olympics Montreal, Canada
1980 Basketball at the 1980 Summer Olympics Moscow, Soviet Union
1984 Basketball at the 1984 Summer Olympics Los Angeles, United States
1988 Basketball at the 1988 Summer Olympics Seoul, South Korea
1992 Basketball at the 1992 Summer Olympics Barcelona, Spain
1996 Basketball at the 1996 Summer Olympics Atlanta, United States
2000 Basketball at the 2000 Summer Olympics Sydney
2004 Basketball at the 2004 Summer Olympics Athens, Greece
2008 Basketball at the 2008 Summer Olympics Beijing, China
2012 Basketball at the 2012 Summer Olympics London, United Kingdom
2016 TBD Basketball at the 2016 Summer Olympics Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Current roster[edit]

Israeli National Basketball Team roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Age - DOB Ht. Club
SG 4 Dawson, Shawn 21 – (1993-12-12)12 December 1993 1.98 m (6 ft 6 in) Maccabi Rishon LeZion
PG 5 Nissim, Afik 33 – (1981-01-31)31 January 1981 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in) Hapoel Eilat B.C.
PG 6 Mekel, Gal 26 – (1988-03-04)4 March 1988 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in) Dallas Mavericks
PG 6 Naimi, Yuval 29 – (1985-08-31)31 August 1985 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in) Bnei Herzliya
C 7 Chubrevich, Alex 28 – (1986-07-23)23 July 1986 2.12 m (6 ft 11 in) Maccabi Haifa B.C.
C 7 Fischer, D'or 33 – (1981-10-12)12 October 1981 2.11 m (6 ft 11 in) Brose Baskets
PF 8 Eliyahu, Lior 29 – (1985-09-09)9 September 1985 2.07 m (6 ft 9 in) Hapoel Jerusalem B.C.
SF 9 Casspi, Omri 26 – (1988-06-22)22 June 1988 2.06 m (6 ft 9 in) New Orleans Pelicans
SF 10 Pnini, Guy 31 – (1983-09-04)4 September 1983 2.01 m (6 ft 7 in) Maccabi Tel Aviv B.C.
SG 11 Limonad, Raviv 30 – (1984-08-26)26 August 1984 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in) Hapoel Tel Aviv B.C.
PF 11 Blazer, Oz 22 – (1992-12-29)29 December 1992 2.00 m (6 ft 7 in) Bnei Herzliya
SG 12 Halperin, Yotam (C) 30 – (1984-01-24)24 January 1984 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in) Hapoel Jerusalem B.C.
SG 13 Hanochi, Nitzan 28 – (1986-06-10)10 June 1986 1.94 m (6 ft 4 in) Maccabi Rishon LeZion
C 14 Green, Yaniv 34 – (1980-05-16)16 May 1980 2.06 m (6 ft 9 in) Hapoel Jerusalem B.C.
PF 15 Kadir, Elishay 27 – (1987-11-04)4 November 1987 2.03 m (6 ft 8 in) Hapoel Eilat B.C.
PF 17 Cohen, Jake 24 – (1990-09-25)25 September 1990 2.08 m (6 ft 10 in) Maccabi Tel Aviv B.C.
SG 21 Yivzuri, Dagan 31 – (1983-10-15)15 October 1983 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in) Maccabi Haifa B.C.
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Legend
  • (C) Team captain

Depth chart[edit]

Pos. Starter Bench Bench Reserve
C D'or Fischer Yaniv Green Alex Chubrevich
PF Lior Eliyahu Elishay Kadir Jake Cohen Oz Blazer
SF Omri Casspi Guy Pnini Shawn Dawson
SG Yotam Halperin Raviv Limonad Nitzan Hanochi Dagan Yivzuri
PG Gal Mekel Afik Nissim Yuval Naimi

History[edit]

Eurobasket 1953[edit]

Israel made their European championship tournament debut in Eurobasket 1953 in Moscow, coming within a tie-breaker of taking the silver medal.

In the preliminary round, the Israeli squad won their group by tie-breaker after being one of three teams to finish with a 3–1 record. They advanced to the final round, managing to defeat perennial power Czechoslovakia and taking revenge on Yugoslavia for their preliminary round loss. Their record in the final round was 4–3, putting them in a 4-way tie for second place behind the undefeated Soviet Union. Israel came out on the bottom of that tie-breaker, finishing in 5th place of the 17 teams.

Israel's overall record of 7 wins and 4 losses included two wins by forfeit over Lebanon (in the preliminary round) and Egypt (in the final round), each of which had refused to play against Israel.

Past rosters[edit]

Omri Casspi, playing for Israel in 2010

1952 Olympic Games: finished 20th among 23 teams

Abraham Schneior, Zachariah Ofri, Menachem Korman, Ralph Klein, Simon Schmukler, Reuven Fecher, Marcel Hefez, Daniel Levy, Alfred Cohen, Yehuda Gafni, Dan Erez, Amos Lin, Eliahu Amiel

1953 EuroBasket: finished 5th among 17 teams

Ralph Klein, Abraham Schneior, Zachariah Ofri, Daniel Levy, Menachem Korman, Alfred Cohen, David Heiblum, Simon Schmukler, Ernst Winer, Marcel Hefez, Mark Mimran, Haim Boksenbaum, Reuven Fecher (Coach: Jacob Saltiel)

1954 World Championship: finished 19th among 2 teams

Abraham Schneior, Zachariah Ofri, Daniel Moshe, Reuven Fecher, Alfred Cohen, Tavil Israel, Simon Shelah, Yehuda Gafni, Rafael Ram, Marcel Hefez, Azriel Luboshitz, Dan Erez (Coach: Jacob Saltiel)

1959 EuroBasket: finished 11th among 17 teams

Ralph Klein, Abraham Schneior, Albert Hemmo, Haim Kastan, Amos Lin, David Tari, Jacob Edelist, Igal Volodarsky, David Kaminsky, Haim Hazan, Erez Lustig, Shabetai Ben-Bassat (Coach: Eli Amtel)

1961 EuroBasket: finished 11th among 19 teams

Tani Cohen-Mintz, Ralph Klein, Abraham Hoffman, Albert Hemmo, Haim Hazan, Erez Lustig, David Kaminsky, Ami Shelef, Offer Eshed, David Tari, Hanoch Barkon, Igal Volodarsky

1963 EuroBasket: finished 9th among 16 teams

Tani Cohen-Mintz, Ralph Klein, Offer Eshed, Ami Shelef, Zvi Lubezki, Albert Hemmo, Abraham Gutt, Igal Volodarsky, Shlomo Ben-Zeev, Abraham Hoffman, Haim Hazan, Ilan Zeiger (Coach: Yehoshua Rozin)

1965 EuroBasket: finished 6th among 16 teams

Tani Cohen-Mintz, Ralph Klein, Offer Eshed, Ami Shelef, Zvi Lubezki, Albert Hemmo, Abraham Gutt, Igal Volodarsky, Shlomo Ben-Zeev, Abraham Hoffman, Haim Hazan, Ilan Zeiger

1967 EuroBasket: finished 8th among 16 teams

Tani Cohen-Mintz, Offer Eshed, Gabi Teichner, Willie Wold, Shamuel Avishar, Igal Dar, Abraham Gutt, Gershon Dekel, David Kaminsky, Abraham Hoffman, Haim Starkman, Ilan Zohar (Coach: Shimon Shelah)

1969 EuroBasket: finished 11th among 12 teams

Gabi Neumark, Gabi Teichner, Offer Eshed, Ivan Leshinsky, Giora Dori, Haim Baram, Mark Turenshine, Gershon Dekel, David Kaminsky, Itamar Marzel, Haim Starkman, Ilan Zohar (Coach: Shimon Shelah)

1971 EuroBasket: finished 11th among 12 teams

Tal Brody, Hanan Keren, Mike Schwartz, Haim Starkman, Gabi Teichner, Boaz Yanai, Mark Turenshine, Zvi Inbar, Dan Barzily, Itamar Marzel, Abraham Zuchman, Joseph Leja (Coach: Shimon Shelah)

1973 EuroBasket: finished 7th among 12 teams

Tal Brody, Mickey Berkowitz, Gabi Neumark, Hanan Keren, Jonathan Zacks, Shamuel Avishar, Gur Ben-David, Barry Leibowitz, Zvi Inbar, Itamar Marzel, Jacob Eisner, Boaz Yanai (Coach: Abraham Hemo)

1975 EuroBasket: finished 7th among 12 teams

Mickey Berkowitz, Tal Brody, Motti Aroesti, Mike Schwartz, Hanan Keren, Shlomo Blum, Shamuel Nachmias, Barry Leibowitz, Avigdor Moskowitz, Itamar Marzel, Jonathan Zacks, Boaz Yanai (Coach: Abraham Hemo)

1977 EuroBasket: finished 5th among 12 teams

Mickey Berkowitz, Mike Schwartz, Hanan Keren, Barry Leibowitz, Shamuel Nachmias, Aor Goren, Pinhas Hozez, Avigdor Moskowitz, Steve Kaplan, Itamar Marzel, Boaz Yanai, Rothschild (Coach: Ralph Klein)

1979 EuroBasket: finished 2nd among 12 teams

Mickey Berkowitz, Lou Silver, Motti Aroesti, Mike Schwartz, Eric Menkin, Steve Kaplan, Boaz Yanai, Avigdor Moskowitz, Barry Leibowitz, Pinhas Hozez, Uri Ben-Ari, Shai Sharf (Coach: Ralph Klein)

1981 EuroBasket: finished 6th among 12 teams

Mickey Berkowitz, Lou Silver, Doron Jamchi, Jim Boatwright, John Willis, Haim Zlotikman, Gal Knaz, Steve Schlachter, Barry Leibowitz, Avigdor Moskowitz, Boaz Yanai, Pinhas Hozez (Coach: Ralph Klein)

1983 EuroBasket: finished 6th among 12 teams

Mickey Berkowitz, Doron Jamchi, Lou Silver, Motti Aroesti, Howard Lassof, Israel Elimelech, Steve Schlachter, Haim Zlotikman, Shmulik Zisman, Ofer Yaakobi, Niv Bugin, John Willis (Coach: Ralph Klein)

1985 EuroBasket: finished 9th among 12 teams

Doron Jamchi, Mickey Berkowitz, Motti Aroesti, Chen Lippin, Motti Daniel, Shmulik Zisman, Amir Bino, Ofer Yaakobi, Steve Schlachter, Haim Zlotikman, Pinhas Hozez, John Willis (Coach: Zvi Sherf)

1986 World Championship: finished 7th among 24 teams

Doron Jamchi, Mickey Berkowitz, Howard Lassof, Motti Daniel, Chen Lippin, Adi Gordon, Nir Rechlis, Ari Rosenberg, Doron Shefa, Larry Bird-Curtis, Tomer Steinhauer, Ofer Yaakobi (Coach: Zvi Sherf)

1987 EuroBasket: finished 11th among 12 teams

Doron Jamchi, Howard Lassof, Motti Daniel, Adi Gordon, Chen Lippin, Nadav Henefeld, Ofer Fleisher, Ari Rosenberg, Doron Shefa, Larry Bird-Curtis, Tomer Steinhauer, Ishak Cohen (Coach: Zvi Sherf)

1993 EuroBasket: finished 14th among 16 teams

Doron Sheffer, Nadav Henefeld, Doron Jamchi, Motti Daniel, Adi Gordon, Ofer Fleisher, Israel Elimelech, Desi Barmore, Shimon Amsalem, Tomer Steinhauer, Amir Katz, Lior Arditty (Coach: Zvi Sherf)

1995 EuroBasket: finished 10th among 14 teams

Doron Sheffer, Doron Jamchy, Nadav Henefeld, Brad Leaf, Motti Daniel, Guy Goodes, Adi Gordon, Ofer Fleisher, Dror Cohen, Amir Muchtary, Lior Arditty, Kobi Balul (Coach: Zvi Sherf)

1997 EuroBasket: finished 9th among 16 teams

Oded Katash, Doron Sheffer, Nadav Henefeld, Shalom "Puppy" Turgeman, Gur Shelef,Tomer Steinhauer, Lior Arditty, Amir Muchtary, David Bernsley, Oren Aharoni, Uri Cohen-Mintz, Ofer Fleisher (Coach: Zvi Sherf)

1999 EuroBasket: finished 12th among 16 teams

Oded Katash, Doron Sheffer, Nadav Henefeld, Motti Daniel, Guy Goodes, Shalom "Puppy" Turgeman, Shimon Amsalem, Meir Tapiro, Gur Shelef, Uri Cohen-Mintz, Tomer Steinhauer, Yoav Saffar (Coach: Muli Katzurin)

2001 EuroBasket: finished 12th among 16 teams

Derrick Sharp, Meir Tapiro, Shalom "Puppy" Turgeman, Yaniv Green, Lior Lubin, Israel Sheinfeld, Shahar Gordon, Ido Kozikaro, Afik Nissim, Yoav Saffar, Barak Peleg, Moshe Mizrahi (Coach: Muli Katzurin)

2003 EuroBasket: finished 7th among 16 teams

Tal Burstein, Meir Tapiro, Derrick Sharp, Gur Shelef, Yaniv Green, Yotam Halperin, Erez Katz, Moshe Mizrahi, Israel Sheinfeld, Yoav Saffar, Ido Kozikaro, Shahar Gordon (Coach: Muli Katzurin)

2005 EuroBasket: finished 11th among 16 teams

Tal Burstein, Meir Tapiro, Chris Watson, Dror Hagag, Sharon Shason, Gur Shelef, Yaniv Green, Yotam Halperin, Afik Nissim, Erez Markovich, Moshe Mizrahi, Ido Kozikaro (Coach: Zvi Sherf)

2007 EuroBasket: finished 11th among 16 teams

Lior Eliyahu, Meir Tapiro, Dror Hagag, Yotam Halperin, Yaniv Green, Jeron Roberts, Amit Tamir, Erez Markovich, Ido Kozikaro, Matan Naor, Moran Roth, Guy Pnini (Coach: Zvi Sherf)

2009 Eurobasket: finished 14th among 16 teams

Moran Roth, Yuval Naimi, Gal Mekel, Raviv Limonad, Guy Pnini, Yotam Halperin, Tal Burstein, Lior Eliyahu, Moshe Mizrahi, Ido Kozikaro, Yaniv Green, Amit Tamir (Coach: Zvi Sherf)

2011 Eurobasket: finished 13th among 24 teams

Yogev Ohayon, Afik Nissim, Yuval Naimi, David Blu, Guy Pnini, Gal Mekel, Tal Burstein, Lior Eliyahu, Yotam Halperin, Elishay Kadir, Yaniv Green, Uri Kokia (Coach: Arik Shivek)

2013 Eurobasket: finished 21st among 24 teams

Yogev Ohayon, Afik Nissim, Nitzan Hanochi, Alex Tyus, Guy Pnini, Lior Eliyahu, Omri Casspi, Yotam Halperin, Elishay Kadir, Yaniv Green, Raviv Limonad, Ido Kozikaro (Coach:Arik Shivek)


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