Israel at the FIFA World Cup

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This is a record of Israel's results at the FIFA World Cup. They have qualified for the tournament on one occasion, in 1970.[1] Israel qualified for the 1970 World Cup as an Asian team. Soon after this, they were expelled from the Asian Football Confederation, and now compete in the European zone as a member of UEFA.

History[edit]

In 1934 and 1938 Mandatory Palestine competed in the World Cup. In 1970 Israel competed in the World Cup for the first time. FIFA states in reference to the 1930s Palestine Mandate team that the 'Palestine team' that had participated in previous competitions in the 1930s was actually the forerunner of today's Israel team and as such bears no relation to the national team of the Palestinian authority.[2] However, the region currently known as Palestine is considered "one of the first Asian teams to compete in the FIFA World Cup qualifiers".[3]

Record at the FIFA World Cup[edit]

Year Round Position GP W D* L GF GA
as  Mandatory Palestine
Uruguay 1930 Did not enter
Italy 1934 Did not qualify
France 1938
as  Israel
Brazil 1950 Did not qualify
Switzerland 1954
Sweden 1958
Chile 1962
England 1966
Mexico 1970 Group stage 12th 3 0 2 1 1 3
West Germany 1974 Did not qualify
Argentina 1978
Spain 1982
Mexico 1986
Italy 1990
United States 1994
France 1998
South Korea Japan 2002
Germany 2006
South Africa 2010
Brazil 2014
Russia 2018
Total 1/21 - 3 0 2 1 1 3
*Draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks

By Match[edit]

World Cup Round Opponent Score Result Venue Scorers
1970 Group stage  Uruguay 0–2 L Puebla
 Sweden 1–1 D Toluca M. Spiegler
 Italy 0–0 D Toluca

Record by Opponent[edit]

FIFA World Cup matches (by team)
Opponent Wins Draws Losses Total Goals Scored Goals Conceded
 Italy 0 1 0 1 0 0
 Sweden 0 1 0 1 1 1
 Uruguay 0 0 1 1 0 2

1970 FIFA World Cup[edit]

At the 1970 FIFA World Cup, Israel participated for the first time. Israel qualified for the FIFA World Cup for the first time in 1970, along with El Salvador and Morocco.[1]

Although it was reported in the build-up to the final draw that seedings would be used, as had been the case at the previous two World Cup Finals,[4][5] the FIFA Organising Committee ultimately announced that there would be no seeding of teams.[6] Instead, the sixteen teams were divided into four 'geographical groupings', which also took into account the teams' strengths and even political considerations;[7] the system ensured that Israel and Morocco would not be drawn to face each other after Morocco had earlier threatened to withdraw from the tournament, as they had done from the Olympic football tournament two years earlier,[8] if that were the case.[9]

1970 Qualifying Round[edit]

1970 Qualifying Round 1[edit]

During the 1970 FIFA World Cup qualification Israel received a First Round bye in the first round and moved directly to the Second Round.

1970 Qualifying Round 2[edit]

In the second round, North Korea, quarter-finalists at the previous tournament, were disqualified after refusing to play in Israel for political reasons.[10][11]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1  Israel 2 2 0 0 6 0 +6 4
2  New Zealand 2 0 0 2 0 6 −6 0
 North Korea (W) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Source:[citation needed]
(W) Withdrew.

1970 Qualifying Final Round[edit]

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Israel  2–1  Australia 1–0 1–1

1970 FIFA World Cup Group 2[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Italy 3 1 2 0 1 0 +1 4 Advance to knockout stage
2  Uruguay 3 1 1 1 2 1 +1 3
3  Sweden 3 1 1 1 2 2 0 3
4  Israel 3 0 2 1 1 3 −2 2
Source: FIFA
Uruguay vs Israel
Uruguay 2–0 Israel
Maneiro Goal 23'
Mujica Goal 50'
Report
Attendance: 20,654
Uruguay
Israel
GK 1 Ladislao Mazurkiewicz
DF 4 Luis Ubiña
DF 2 Atilio Ancheta
DF 3 Roberto Matosas
DF 6 Juan Mujica
MF 7 Luis Cubilla
MF 5 Julio Montero Castillo
MF 8 Pedro Rocha (c) Substituted off 12'
FW 9 Víctor Espárrago
FW 10 Ildo Maneiro
FW 21 Julio Losada
Substitutions:
FW 20 Julio César Cortés Substituted in 12'
Manager:
Juan Hohberg
GK 1 Itzhak Vissoker
DF 12 Yisha'ayahu Schwager
DF 4 David Primo
DF 14 Danny Shmulevich-Rom Substituted off 57'
DF 5 Zvi Rosen
MF 6 Shmuel Rosenthal
MF 8 Giora Spiegel
MF 10 Mordechai Spiegler (c)
MF 7 Itzhak Shum
FW 9 Yehoshua Feigenbaum
FW 15 Rachamim Talbi Substituted off 46'
Substitutions:
DF 2 Shraga Bar Substituted in 46'
DF 16 Yochanan Vollach Substituted in 57'
Manager:
Emmanuel Scheffer


Assistant referees:
Rudolf Scheurer (Switzerland)
Seyoum Tarekegn (Ethiopia)

Sweden vs Israel
Sweden 1–1 Israel
Turesson Goal 53' Report Spiegler Goal 56'
Sweden
Israel
GK 12 Sven-Gunnar Larsson
DF 2 Hans Selander
DF 3 Kurt Axelsson
DF 20 Jan Olsson
DF 5 Roland Grip
MF 6 Tommy Svensson (c)
MF 7 Bo Larsson
MF 16 Tomas Nordahl
FW 18 Tom Turesson
FW 9 Ove Kindvall
FW 11 Örjan Persson Yellow card Substituted off 75'
Substitutions:
FW 22 Sten Pålsson Substituted in 75'
Manager:
Orvar Bergmark
GK 1 Itzhak Vissoker
DF 2 Shraga Bar Yellow card
DF 4 David Primo Yellow card
DF 16 Yochanan Vollach Substituted off 51'
DF 5 Zvi Rosen
MF 12 Yisha'ayahu Schwager
MF 6 Shmuel Rosenthal
MF 7 Itzhak Shum
FW 10 Mordechai Spiegler (c)
FW 8 Giora Spiegel
FW 9 Yehoshua Feigenbaum
Substitutions:
MF 19 Roni Shuruk Substituted in 51'
Manager:
Emmanuel Scheffer


Assistant referees:
Andrei Rădulescu (Romania)
Josip-Drago Horvat (Yugoslavia)

Italy vs Israel
Squad

Head coach: Emmanuel Scheffer

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Club
1 1GK Yitzchak Vissoker (1944-09-18)18 September 1944 (aged 25) 17 Israel Hapoel Petah Tikva
2 2DF Shraga Bar (1948-03-24)24 March 1948 (aged 22) 13 Israel Maccabi Netanya
3 2DF Menachem Bello (1947-12-26)26 December 1947 (aged 22) 25 Israel Maccabi Tel Aviv
4 3MF David Primo (1946-05-05)5 May 1946 (aged 24) 18 Israel Hapoel Tel Aviv
5 2DF Zvi Rosen (1947-06-23)23 June 1947 (aged 22) 16 Israel Maccabi Tel Aviv
6 2DF Shmuel Rosenthal (1947-04-22)22 April 1947 (aged 23) 23 Israel Hapoel Petah Tikva
7 3MF Itzhak Shum (1948-09-01)1 September 1948 (aged 21) 8 Israel Hapoel Kfar Saba
8 4FW Giora Spiegel (1947-07-27)27 July 1947 (aged 22) 19 Israel Maccabi Tel Aviv
9 4FW Yehoshua Feigenbaum (1947-12-05)5 December 1947 (aged 22) 15 Israel Hapoel Tel Aviv
10 4FW Mordechai Spiegler (1944-08-19)19 August 1944 (aged 25) 36 Israel Maccabi Netanya
11 3MF George Borba (1944-07-12)12 July 1944 (aged 25) 10 Israel Hapoel Tel Aviv
12 3MF Yisha'ayahu Schwager (1946-02-10)10 February 1946 (aged 24) 6 Israel Maccabi Haifa
13 4FW Yechezekel Chazom (1947-01-01)1 January 1947 (aged 23) 4 Israel Hapoel Tel Aviv
14 3MF Danny Shmulevich-Rom (1940-11-29)29 November 1940 (aged 29) 24 Israel Maccabi Haifa
15 4FW Rachamim Talbi (1943-05-17)17 May 1943 (aged 27) 25 Israel Maccabi Tel Aviv
16 2DF Yochanan Vollach (1945-05-14)14 May 1945 (aged 25) 4 Israel Hapoel Haifa
17 4FW Eli Ben Rimoz (1947-01-01)1 January 1947 (aged 23) 2 Israel Hapoel Jerusalem
18 3MF Moshe Romano (1946-05-06)6 May 1946 (aged 24) 6 Israel Shimshon Tel Aviv
19 3MF Roni Shuruk (1946-02-24)24 February 1946 (aged 24) 8 Israel Hakoah Maccabi Ramat Gan
20 2DF David Karako (1945-02-11)11 February 1945 (aged 25) 6 Israel Maccabi Tel Aviv
21 1GK Yechiel Hameiri (1946-08-20)20 August 1946 (aged 23) 1 Israel Hapoel Haifa
22 1GK Yair Nossovsky (1937-06-29)29 June 1937 (aged 32) 3 Israel Hapoel Kfar Saba

Qualifier history[edit]

Through the 2014 qualifier, Israel has entered the qualifiers for the World Cup on 19 occasions. In 1934 and 1938 Israel competed as Mandatory Palestine, and since 1950 has competed as Israel. In all years but 1970 Israel failed to qualify for the World Cup.

1934 FIFA World Cup qualifier

At the 1934 FIFA World Cup, Mandatory Palestine competed in the Africa and Asia Group 12 qualifying round.[13] Mandatory Palestine finished in second place and was eliminated.

The Palestine football team consisted of nine British footballers, six Jewish footballers and one Arab footballer.[14] FIFA states in reference to the 1930s Palestine Mandate team that the 'Palestine team' that had participated in previous competitions in the 1930s was actually the forerunner of today's Israel team and as such bears no relation to the national team of the Palestinian authority.[2] However, the region currently known as Palestine is considered "one of the first Asian teams to compete in the FIFA World Cup qualifiers".[3]

Standings
Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GR Pts
1  Egypt 2 2 0 0 11 2 5.500 4
2  Mandatory Palestine 2 0 0 2 2 11 0.182 0
 Turkey (W) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Source:[citation needed]
(W) Withdrew.
Matches



Squad

Coaches: Mandatory PalestineAustria Egon Pollak, Mandatory PalestinePoland Shimon Ratner

16/03/1934:
GK: Willy Berger (Hap. Tel Aviv)
DF: Avraham Reznik (Mac. Tel Aviv), Pinhas Fiedler (Mac. Hasmonean)
MF: Zalman Friedman (Hap. Tel Aviv), Gedalyahu Fuchs (Hap. Haifa), Yohanan Sukenik (Hap. Tel Aviv)
FW: Amnon Harlap (Hap. Tel Aviv), Ferenc Kraus (Hap. Tel Aviv), Paul Kastenbaum (Hap. Tel Aviv), Haim Reich, Avraham Nudelman (Hap. Tel Aviv)

06/04/1934:
GK: Willy Berger (Hap. Tel Aviv)
DF: David Weinberg (Mac. Tel Aviv), Pinhas Fiedler (Mac. Hasmonean)
MF: Zalman Friedman (Hap. Tel Aviv), Gedalyahu Fuchs (Hap. Haifa), Yohanan Sukenik (Hap. Tel Aviv)
FW: Amnon Harlap (Hap. Tel Aviv), Ya'akov Levi-Meir (Hap. Tel Aviv), Ya'akov Zelivanski (Mac. Tel Aviv), Haim Reich, Avraham Nudelman (Hap. Tel Aviv)

1938 FIFA World Cup qualifier

At the 1938 FIFA World Cup, Mandatory Palestine competed in the UEFA Group 6 qualifying round.[15] Hungary as the strongest team of this group was seeded. Greece and Mandatory Palestine would play against each other on a home-and-away basis, with Hungary playing against the winner at home. Mandatory Palestine lost to Greece in the First Round, and finished in third and last place.

In 1938 World Cup marked the second (1934 being the first) and final time Mandatory Palestine competed in the World Cup. FIFA states in reference to the 1930s Palestine Mandate team that the 'Palestine team' that had participated in previous competitions in the 1930s was actually the forerunner of today's Israel team and as such bears no relation to the national team of the Palestinian authority.[2]

Standings
Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GR Pts
1  Greece 2 2 0 0 4 1 4.000 4
2  Mandatory Palestine 2 0 0 2 1 4 0.250 0
Matches



Game 1
Mandatory Palestine vs Greece
Mandatory Palestine Palestine (British Mandate) 1 — 3
(final score after 90 minutes)
Greece Greece

Manager: Austria Egon Pollak


Team:
01 - GK - Julius Klein
02 - DF - Avraham Beit haLevi
03 - DF - Avraham Reznik (capt.)
04 - MF - Yosef Libermann
05 - MF - Yohanan Sukenik
06 - MF - Menahem Mirmovich
07 - FW - Mila Ginzburg
08 - FW - Shuka Brashedski
09 - FW - Peri Neufeld
10 - FW - Gaul Machlis
11 - FW - Avraham Nudelmann


Substitutes:

none


Unused Substitutes:
 ?


Scorers:
1-2 Peri Neufeld (36')

Half-time:
1-2

Competition:
World Cup qualifier 1938
(Group 5)

Date:
Saturday
22 January 1938

Kick off:
3.30 p.m.

Venue:
Maccabiah Stadium, Tel Aviv

Attendance:
5000

Referee:
Mohamed Youssef  EGY

Assistants:
?

Match rules:
90 minutes
substitutes ?

Manager: Greece Kostas Negrepontis


Team:
01 - GK - Spyros Sklavounos
02 - DF - Georgios Gasparis
03 - DF - Georgios Papadopoulos
04 - MF - Anastassios Kritikos
05 - MF - Antonis Kasimatis sub 46'
06 - MF - Konstantinos Gikas
07 - FW - Antonis Migiakis (capt.)
08 - FW - Dimitris Baltatsis
09 - FW - Kleanthis Vikelidis
10 - FW - Kleanthis Maropoulos
11 - FW - Theologis Symeonidis


Substitutes:
12 - MF - Spyros Kontoulis on 46'


Unused Substitutes:
 ?


Scorers:
0-1 Kleanthis Vikelidis (15')
0-2 Kleanthis Vikelidis (30')
1-3 Antonis Migiakis (73')

Game 2
Greece vs Mandatory Palestine
Greece Greece 1 — 0
(final score after 90 minutes)
Mandatory Palestine Palestine (British Mandate)

Manager: Greece Kostas Negrepontis


Team:
01 - GK - Spyros Sklavounos sub 15'
02 - DF - Georgios Gasparis
03 - DF - Georgios Papadopoulos
04 - MF - Anastassios Kritikos
05 - MF - Spyros Kontoulis
06 - MF - Konstantinos Gikas
07 - FW - Antonis Migiakis (capt.)
08 - FW - Spyros Depountis
09 - FW - Kleanthis Vikelidis
10 - FW - Kleanthis Maropoulos
11 - FW - Vassilis Manetas


Substitutes:
12 - GK - Nikolaos Sotiriadis on 15'


Unused Substitutes:
 ?


Scorers:
1-0 Kleanthis Vikelidis (86', pen.)

Half-time:
0-0

Competition:
World Cup qualifier 1938
(Group 5)

Date:
Sunday
20 February 1938

Kick off:
3 p.m.

Venue:
Leoforos Alexandras, Athens

Attendance:
12000

Referee:
Mika Popović  YUG

Assistants:
?

Match rules:
90 minutes
substitutes ?

Manager: Austria Egon Pollak


Team:
01 - GK - Israel Elsner
02 - DF - Avraham Beit haLevi
03 - DF - Avraham Reznik (capt.)
06 - MF - Yosef Libermann
05 - MF - Gdalyahu Fuchs
04 - MF - Menahem Mirmovich
08 - FW - Yona Stern
10 - FW - Jerry Beit haLevi
09 - FW - Peri Neufeld
07 - FW - Gaul Machlis
11 - FW - Natan Panz


Substitutes:

none


Unused Substitutes:
 ?


Scorers:
-

Squad

Head coach: Austria Egon Pollak

Pos. Player DoB Games
played
Goals Minutes
played
Sub off Sub on Greece Greece Club
DF Avraham Beit haLevi 1915 2 0 180 0 0 90 90 Mandatory Palestine Hapoel Tel Aviv
FW Jerry Beit haLevi 14 November 1912 1 0 90 0 0 - 90 Mandatory Palestine Maccabi Tel Aviv
FW Shuka Brashedski 1914 1 0 90 0 0 90 - Mandatory Palestine Hapoel Haifa
GK Israel Elsner 1909 1 0 90 0 0 - 90 Mandatory Palestine Maccabi Tel Aviv
MF Gdalyahu Fuchs 1911 1 0 90 0 0 - 90 Mandatory Palestine Hapoel Haifa
FW Mila Ginzburg 1918 1 0 90 0 0 90 - Mandatory Palestine Maccabi Tel Aviv
GK Julius Klein 1907 1 0 90 0 0 90 - Mandatory Palestine Hapoel Haifa
MF Yosef Libermann 1909 2 0 180 0 0 90 90 Mandatory Palestine Maccabi Tel Aviv
FW Gaul Machlis 1918 2 0 180 0 0 90 90 Mandatory Palestine Maccabi Tel Aviv
MF Menahem Mirmovich 1919 2 0 180 0 0 90 90 Mandatory Palestine Maccabi Tel Aviv
FW Peri Neufeld 1913 2 1 180 0 0 90 90 Mandatory Palestine Maccabi Tel Aviv
FW Avraham Nudelmann 1910 1 0 90 0 0 90 - Mandatory Palestine Hapoel Tel Aviv
FW Natan Pentz 1917 1 0 90 0 0 - 90 Mandatory Palestine Maccabi Tel Aviv
DF Avraham Reznik 1909 2 0 180 0 0 90 90 Mandatory Palestine Maccabi Tel Aviv
FW Yona Stern 1908 1 0 90 0 0 - 90 Mandatory Palestine Hapoel Haifa
MF Yohanan Sukenik 1910 1 0 90 0 0 90 - Mandatory Palestine Hapoel Tel Aviv
1950 FIFA World Cup qualifier

At the 1950 FIFA World Cup, Israel competed in the UEFA Group 3 qualifying round. Israel finished in third and last place.[16]

This World Cup was the first for Israel, although they previously competed in 1934 and 1938 as Mandatory Palestine. FIFA states in reference to the 1930s Palestine Mandate team that the 'Palestine team' that had participated in previous competitions in the 1930s was actually the forerunner of today's Israel team and as such bears no relation to the national team of the Palestinian authority.[2]

Standings
Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1  Yugoslavia 2 2 0 0 11 2 +9 4
2  Israel 2 0 0 2 2 11 −9 0

Source:[17]

Matches

Israel competed in Group 3, which had 3 teams each. The strongest team, France, was seeded. The winner of the First Round would move on to the Final Round. Israel lost to Yugoslavia in the First Round and was eliminated.




1954 FIFA World Cup qualifier

At the 1954 FIFA World Cup, Israel competed in the UEFA Group 10 qualifying round. Israel finished in third and last place.[18]

Standings
Final table Home Away
Rank Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Greece Israel Pld W D L GF GA Pts Pld W D L GF GA Pts
1.  Yugoslavia 4 4 0 0 4 0 +4 8 X 1:0 1:0 2 2 0 0 2 0 4 2 2 0 0 2 0 4
2.  Greece 4 2 0 2 3 2 +1 4 0:1 X 1:0 2 1 0 1 1 1 2 2 1 0 1 2 1 2
3.  Israel 4 0 0 4 0 5 -5 0 0:1 0:2 X 2 0 0 2 0 3 0 2 0 0 2 0 2 0
Matches




1958 FIFA World Cup qualifier

At the 1958 FIFA World Cup, Israel competed in the Africa and Asia qualification round. The round was conducted in a knockout stage format.[19] Israel won its group by default because its three opponents, Turkey, Indonesia and Sudan, refused to play.

The national team was placed in the African/Asian zone and was drawn to play against Turkey in the first round. However, Turkey withdrew in protest of being placed in the African/Asian zone (instead of the European Zone), and Israel advanced to the second round without playing a match, along with Indonesia, Egypt and Sudan. Israel was drawn to play Indonesia, but, as Indonesia refused to play in Israel and as FIFA rejected their request to play against Israel on neutral ground, Indonesia withdrew and Israel advanced to the regional finals, again without playing a match, alongside Sudan. In the final round, Sudan refused to play Israel for political reasons and withdrew. FIFA had imposed a rule that no team would qualify without playing at least one match, after it had happened in several previous World Cups. Wales, which finished second in its group behind Czechoslovakia, was drawn into a play-off, which they won.

CAF / AFC Preliminary Round - Group 2

Turkey refused to compete in the Asian group, so Israel advanced to the Second Round automatically.

Rank Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA
1  Israel advanced
 Turkey withdrew
CAF / AFC Second Round

Indonesia withdrew after FIFA rejected their request to play against Israel on neutral ground. Israel advanced to the Final Round automatically.

Rank Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA
1=  Israel advanced
1=  Sudan advanced
 Egypt withdrew
 Indonesia withdrew
CAF / AFC Final Round

Sudan refused to play against Israel for political reasons, so Israel would technically qualify automatically, but before the qualification rounds began, FIFA ruled that no team would qualify without playing at least one match (except for the defending champions and the hosts), and Israel had yet to play any.

Rank Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA
1  Israel advanced
 Sudan withdrew
UEFA / AFC Play-off

A special play-off was created between Israel and the runner-up of one of the UEFA Groups, where the teams played against each other on a home-and-away basis, with the winner qualifying. After Belgium refused, Wales, the runner-up of UEFA Group 4, was the team drawn from the UEFA group runners-up.[20]

Standings
Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1  Wales 2 2 0 0 4 0 +4 4
2  Israel 2 0 0 2 0 4 −4 0
Matches



1962 FIFA World Cup qualifier

At the 1962 FIFA World Cup, Israel competed in the UEFA Group 7 qualifying round. The round was conducted in a knockout stage format. The five teams in this group played in a knockout stage on a home-and-away basis, with Israel finishing in second place, after losing to Italy in the finals.[21]

Bracket
 
First RoundSecond RoundFinal
 
          
 
 
 
 
 Italy -
 
 
 
bye -
 
 Italy -
 
 
 
 Romania withdrew
 
 Romania -
 
 
 
bye -
 
 Italy 4 6
 
 
 
 Israel 2 0
 
 Ethiopia -
 
 
 
bye -
 
 Ethiopia 0 2
 
 
 
 Israel 1 3
 
 Israel 1 6
 
 
 Cyprus 1 1
 
Matches
First Round

Israel defeated Cyprus to advance to the Second Round.




Second round

Israel defeated Ethiopia to advance to the Final Round.




Final round

Israel lost to Italy in the Final Round to be eliminated.

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Italy 2 2 0 0 10 2 +8 4
 Israel 2 0 0 2 2 10 −8 0



Squad

Head coach: Hungary Gyula Mándi

Pos. Player DoB Games
played
Goals Minutes
played
Sub off Sub on Cyprus Cyprus Ethiopia Ethiopia Italy Italy Club
Aharon Amar 1937 3 0 270 0 0 90 90 90 - - - Israel Maccabi Haifa F.C.
Mordechai Benbinisti 6 0 540 0 0 90 90 90 90 90 90 Israel Hapoel Jerusalem F.C.
FW Yehoshua Glazer 29 December 1927 2 3 180 0 0 - - 90 90 - - Israel Maccabi Tel Aviv F.C.
Yosef Goldstein 3 0 270 0 0 - 90 90 90 - - Israel Maccabi Tel Aviv F.C.
Yaacov Grundman 1 0 90 0 0 - - - - 90 - Israel Bnei Yehuda Tel Aviv F.C.
GK Ya'akov Hodorov 16 June 1927 2 0 180 0 0 - - - - 90 90 Israel Hapoel Tel Aviv F.C.
Boaz Kofman 1 1 90 0 0 90 - - - - - Israel Hapoel Petah Tikva
FW Shlomo Levi 4 3 360 0 0 90 90 90 90 - - Israel Hapoel Haifa F.C.
Amatsia Levkovich 6 0 540 0 0 90 90 90 90 90 90 Israel Hapoel Tel Aviv F.C.
Avraham Menchel 12 December 1935 5 0 450 0 0 90 90 - 90 90 90 Israel Maccabi Haifa F.C.
Zvi Muisescu 2 0 180 0 0 90 90 - - - -
Shlomo Nahari 3 1 270 0 0 - 90 90 - 90 - Israel Hapoel Petah Tikva
Shalom Peterburg 1 0 90 0 0 - - - - - 90 Israel Hapoel Petah Tikva
FW Zecharia Ratzabi 3 0 270 0 0 90 - - - 90 90 Israel Hapoel Petah Tikva
FW Danny Shmulevich-Rom 29 November 1940 4 0 360 0 0 - 90 90 90 - 90 Israel Maccabi Haifa F.C.
FW Nahum Stelmach 19 July 1936 5 4 450 0 0 90 90 90 - 90 90 Israel Hapoel Petah Tikva
Zvi Tendler 2 0 180 0 0 - - - - 90 90 Israel Hapoel Haifa F.C.
Gidon Tish 5 0 450 0 0 90 - 90 90 90 90 Israel Hapoel Tel Aviv F.C.
GK Yaacov Visoker 4 0 360 0 0 90 90 90 90 - - Israel Hapoel Petah Tikva
Uri Weinberg 1 0 90 0 0 - - - 90 - - Israel Hapoel Haifa F.C.
Reuven Young 3 1 270 0 0 - - - 90 90 90 Israel Hapoel Haifa F.C.
1966 FIFA World Cup qualifier

At the 1966 FIFA World Cup, Israel competed in the UEFA Group 1 qualifying round, finishing in third and last place.[22] Israeli referee Menachem Ashkenazi also participated in the World Cup, officiating the Group 1 game between France and Mexico, as well as the Quarter-finals game between Portugal and North Korea.[23]

Standings
Final table Home Away
Rank Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Belgium Bulgaria Israel Pld W D L GF GA Pts Pld W D L GF GA Pts
1.  Belgium 4 3 0 1 11 3 +8 6 X 5:0 1:0 2 2 0 0 6 0 4 2 1 0 1 5 3 2
2.  Bulgaria 4 3 0 1 9 6 +3 6 3:0 X 4:0 2 2 0 0 7 0 4 2 1 0 1 2 6 2
3.  Israel 4 0 0 4 1 12 -11 0 0:5 1:2 X 2 0 0 2 1 7 0 2 0 0 2 0 5 0
Matches



Squad

Head coach: Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Milovan Ćirić

Pos. Player DoB Games
played
Goals Minutes
played
Sub off Sub on Belgium Bulgaria Belgium Bulgaria Club
MF Haim Bahar 9 April 1943 3 0 270 0 0 90 - 90 90 Israel Hapoel Petah Tikva
DF Menahem Bello 26 December 1947 1 0 90 0 0 - 90 - - Israel Maccabi Tel Aviv
MF Itzhak Englander 30 April 1946 1 0 90 0 0 - - 90 - Israel Hapoel Haifa
FW Yehezkel Hazum 1947 1 0 90 0 0 - - 90 - Israel Hapoel Tel Aviv F.C.
FW Boaz Kofman 23 May 1935 2 0 180 0 0 - 90 - 90 Israel Hapoel Petah Tikva
DF Moshe Leon 1944 3 0 270 0 0 90 - 90 90 Israel Maccabi Jaffa
GK Haim Levin 3 March 1937 3 0 270 0 0 90 90 90 - Israel Maccabi Tel Aviv
DF Amatsia Levkovich September 1938 2 0 180 0 0 90 90 - - Israel Hapoel Tel Aviv
FW Yosef Mahalal 1939 1 0 90 0 0 - - 90 - Israel Bnei Yehuda Tel Aviv
GK Yair Nosovski 29 June 1937 1 0 90 0 0 - - - 90 Israel Hapoel Kfar Saba
MF Haim Nurieli 1943 1 0 90 0 0 90 - - - Israel Hapoel Tel Aviv
DF David Primo 5 May 1946 4 0 360 0 0 90 90 90 90 Israel Hapoel Tel Aviv
FW Moshe Romano 1946 1 0 90 0 0 - - - 90 Israel Shimshon Tel Aviv
MF Shmuel Rosenthal 22 April 1947 3 0 270 0 0 - 90 90 90 Israel Hapoel Petah Tikva F.C.
MF Danny Shmulevich-Rom 29 November 1940 4 0 360 0 0 90 90 90 90 Israel Maccabi Haifa
MF Giora Spiegel 27 July 1947 1 0 90 0 0 - - - 90 Israel Maccabi Tel Aviv
FW Mordechai Spiegler 19 August 1944 3 0 270 0 0 90 90 90 - Israel Maccabi Netanya
FW Nahum Stelmach 19 July 1936 2 0 180 0 0 90 90 - - Israel Hapoel Petah Tikva
MF Rahamim Talbi 17 May 1943 3 1 270 0 0 - 90 90 90 Israel Maccabi Tel Aviv
MF Reuven Young 15 May 1942 3 0 270 0 0 90 90 - 90 Israel Hapoel Haifa
FW Gadi Zelniker 12 March 1944 1 0 90 0 0 90 - - - Israel Hakoah Ramat Gan
1974 FIFA World Cup qualifier

At the 1974 FIFA World Cup, Israel competed in the AFC and OFC qualifying round, losing in the Zone A finals.[24] The 1974 World Cup was Israel's last as an official member of the AFC, as they resigned the Asian Games Federation in 1974.[25]

Classification matches

Based on the results of the classification match Israel was assigned to Group 2 with Thailand and Malaysia.



Group 2

Israel finished in first place in Group 2, moving on to the semi-finals with South Korea.

Standings
Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1  Israel 3 2 1 0 9 0 +9 5
2  South Korea 3 1 2 0 4 0 +4 4
3  Malaysia 3 1 1 1 2 3 −1 3
4  Thailand 3 0 0 3 0 12 −12 0
Matches



Semifinals

Israel, defeating Japan in the semifinals, advanced to the Zone A finals to face South Korea.



Finals

In the Zone A finals, Israel lost to South Korea, who moved on to the AFC/OFC Final Round.



1978 FIFA World Cup qualifier

At the 1978 FIFA World Cup, Israel competed in the AFC and OFC Group 2 qualifying round, finishing in second place.[26] Israel, despite resigning the Asian Games Federation in 1974, was still assigned to compete in the AFC and OFC qualifying round.[27]

Additionally Israeli referee, Abraham Klein, worked games in Group 1, Group A and the third place match.[28]

Standings
Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1  South Korea 4 2 2 0 4 1 +3 6
2  Israel 4 2 1 1 5 3 +2 5
3  Japan 4 0 1 3 0 5 −5 1
 North Korea (W) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Source:[citation needed]
(W) Withdrew.
Matches




1982 FIFA World Cup qualifier

At the 1982 FIFA World Cup, Israel competed in the UEFA Group 6 qualifying round, finishing in fifth and last place.[30]

Israel was previously part of the Asian Games Federation until it was disbanded in 1981. In 1982 Israel was barred joining the new Olympic Council of Asia, Israel opted to join the European Olympic Committees in the early 1990s. The 1982 World Cup Israel was not yet part of the continent group, however was assigned to it.[31]

Standings
Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1  Scotland 8 4 3 1 9 4 +5 11
2  Northern Ireland 8 3 3 2 6 3 +3 9
3  Sweden 8 3 2 3 7 8 −1 8
4  Portugal 8 3 1 4 8 11 −3 7
5  Israel 8 1 3 4 6 10 −4 5
Matches
Goalscorers
3 goals
2 goals
1 goal
1986 FIFA World Cup qualifier

At the 1986 FIFA World Cup, Israel competed in the OFC qualification round, finishing in second place.

Israel was previously part of the Asian Games Federation until it was disbanded in 1981. In 1982 Israel was barred joining the new Olympic Council of Asia, Israel opted to join the European Olympic Committees in the early 1990s. The 1986 World Cup Israel was not yet part of a continent group, therefore joining OFC.[31]

Standings
Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Australia 6 4 2 0 20 2 +18 10
 Israel 6 3 1 2 17 6 +11 7
 New Zealand 6 3 1 2 13 7 +6 7
 Chinese Taipei 6 0 0 6 1 36 −35 0
Matches
Goalscorers
5 goals
3 goals
2 goals
1 goal
1990 FIFA World Cup qualifier

At the 1990 FIFA World Cup, Israel competed in the OFC qualification round, finishing in first place. Israel went on to face Colombia in the CONMBOL vs. OFC playoff, losing 1–0.

Israel was previously part of the Asian Games Federation until it was disbanded in 1981. In 1982 Israel was barred joining the new Olympic Council of Asia, Israel opted to join the European Olympic Committees in the early 1990s. The 1990 World Cup Israel was not yet part of a continent group, therefore joining OFC.[31]

OFC qualification
Round 1

In round 1, Israel received a bye and advanced to the final round directly. The remaining four teams were paired up to play knockout matches on a home-and-away basis. The winners would advance to the Second Round.

Round 2

In round 2 Israel competed against Australia and New Zealand, finishing in first place.

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Israel 4 1 3 0 5 4 +1 5
 Australia 4 1 2 1 6 5 +1 4
 New Zealand 4 1 1 2 5 7 −2 3
Goal Scorers
2 goals
1 goal
CONMEBOL vs OFC playoff

Israel, as the winning team of the OFC qualification tournament played the CONMEBOL group winner with the weakest record in a home-and-away play-off. The winner of this play-off qualified for the 1990 FIFA World Cup.

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Colombia  1–0  Israel 1–0 0–0
1994 FIFA World Cup qualifier

At the 1994 FIFA World Cup, Israel competed in the UEFA Group 6 qualifying round, finishing in sixth and last place.[33] Israel was previously part of the Asian Games Federation until it was disbanded in 1981. In 1982 Israel was barred joining the new Olympic Council of Asia, Israel opted to join the European Olympic Committees in the early 1990s. The 1994 World Cup was the first in which Israel competed in Europe.[31]

Standings
Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Sweden 10 6 3 1 19 8 +11 15
 Bulgaria 10 6 2 2 19 10 +9 14
 France 10 6 1 3 17 10 +7 13
 Austria 10 3 2 5 15 16 −1 8
 Finland 10 2 1 7 9 18 −9 5
 Israel 10 1 3 6 10 27 −17 5
Matches
Goalscorers
3 goals
2 goals
1 goal
1998 FIFA World Cup qualifier

At the 1998 FIFA World Cup, Israel competed in the UEFA Group 5 qualifying round, finishing in third place.[34]

Standings
Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1  Bulgaria 8 6 0 2 18 9 +9 18
2  Russia 8 5 2 1 19 5 +14 17
3  Israel 8 4 1 3 9 7 +2 13
4  Cyprus 8 3 1 4 10 15 −5 10
5  Luxembourg 8 0 0 8 2 22 −20 0
Matches
Goalscorers
3 goals
2 goals
1 goal
2002 FIFA World Cup qualifier

At the 2002 FIFA World Cup, Israel competed in the UEFA Group 7 qualifying round, finishing in third place.[35]

Standings
Final table Home Away
Rank Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Spain Austria Israel Bosnia and Herzegovina Liechtenstein Pld W D L GF GA Pts Pld W D L GF GA Pts
1.  Spain 8 6 2 0 21 4 +17 20 - 4:0 2:0 4:1 5:0 4 4 0 0 15 1 12 4 2 2 0 6 3 8
2.  Austria 8 4 3 1 10 8 +2 15 1:1 - 2:1 2:0 2:0 4 3 1 0 7 2 10 4 1 2 1 3 6 5
3.  Israel 8 3 3 2 11 7 +4 12 1:1 1:1 - 3:1 2:0 4 2 2 0 7 3 8 4 1 1 2 4 4 4
4.  Bosnia and Herzegovina 8 2 2 4 12 12 0 8 1:2 1:1 0:0 - 5:0 4 1 2 1 7 3 5 4 1 0 3 5 9 3
5.  Liechtenstein 8 0 0 8 0 23 -23 0 0:2 0:1 0:3 0:3 - 4 0 0 4 0 9 0 4 0 0 4 0 14 0
Matches
Goalscorers
2 goals
1 goal
2006 FIFA World Cup qualifier

At the 2006 FIFA World Cup, Israel competed in the UEFA Group 4 qualifying round, finishing in third place.

Standings
Legend
Group winners and two best runners-up among all groups directly qualified for the finals
Remaining group runners-up advanced to the play-offs
Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts  
 France 10 5 5 0 14 2 +12 20 0–0 0–0 0–0 4–0 3–0
  Switzerland 10 4 6 0 18 7 +11 18 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–0 6–0
 Israel 10 4 6 0 15 10 +5 18 1–1 2–2 1–1 2–1 2–1
 Republic of Ireland 10 4 5 1 12 5 +7 17 0–1 0–0 2–2 3–0 2–0
 Cyprus 10 1 1 8 8 20 −12 4 0–2 1–3 1–2 0–1 2–2
 Faroe Islands 10 0 1 9 4 27 −23 1 0–2 1–3 0–2 0–2 0–3
Source: [36]
Matches
Goalscorers
4 goals
3 goals
2 goals
1 goal
2010 FIFA World Cup qualifier

At the 2010 FIFA World Cup, Israel competed in the UEFA Group 2 qualifying round, finishing in fourth place.

Standings
Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
  Switzerland 10 6 3 1 18 8 +10 21
 Greece 10 6 2 2 20 10 +10 20
 Latvia 10 5 2 3 18 15 +3 17
 Israel 10 4 4 2 20 10 +10 16
 Luxembourg 10 1 2 7 4 25 −21 5
 Moldova 10 0 3 7 6 18 −12 3
Matches

The match schedule was established at a meeting in Israel on 8 January 2008.[37]

Goalscorers
6 goals
4 goals
3 goals
1 goal
Attendance
Team Highest Lowest Average
 Israel 38,000 7,038 20,668
2014 FIFA World Cup qualifier

At the 2014 FIFA World Cup, Israel competed in the UEFA Group F qualifying round, finishing in third place.

Standings
Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Russia Portugal Israel Azerbaijan Northern Ireland Luxembourg
 Russia (Q) 10 7 1 2 20 5 +15 22 1–0 3–1 1–0 2–0 4–1
 Portugal (A) 10 6 3 1 20 9 +11 21 1–0 1–1 3–0 1–1 3–0
 Israel 10 3 5 2 19 14 +5 14 0–4 3–3 1–1 1–1 3–0
 Azerbaijan 10 1 6 3 7 11 −4 9 1–1 0–2 1–1 2–0 1–1
 Northern Ireland 10 1 4 5 9 17 −8 7 1–0 2–4 0–2 1–1 1–1
 Luxembourg 10 1 3 6 7 26 −19 6 0–4 1–2 0–6 0–0 3–2
Source:[citation needed]
(A) Advanced to the UEFA play-offs; (Q) Qualified directly for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
  Winner qualified directly for the 2014 FIFA World Cup
  Runner-up (ranked as one of the eight best runners-up among all nine groups) advanced to the play-offs
Matches

The match schedule was determined at a meeting in Luxembourg City, Luxembourg, on 25 November 2011.[38][39]

Goalscorers
6 goals
1 goal

Record Players[edit]

Ten players were fielded in all three of Israel's group matches in 1970 by coach Emmanuel Scheffer, making them record World Cup players for their country.

No. Name Matches
1 Shraga Bar 3
Yehoshua Feigenbaum 3
David Primo 3
Zvi Rosen 3
Shmuel Rosenthal 3