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Israel
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)הכחולים-לבנים (The Blue and Whites)
הנבחרת (The Chosen Team)
AssociationIsrael Football Association (IFA)
ConfederationUEFA (Europe; 1980–81; 1991–present)
OFC (Oceania; 1985–89)
AFC (Asia; 1954–77)
Head coachWillibald Ruttensteiner
CaptainBibras Natkho
Most capsYossi Benayoun (101)[a]
Top scorerEran Zahavi (33)
Home stadiumTeddy Stadium (Jerusalem)
Sammy Ofer Stadium (Haifa)
Bloomfield Stadium (Tel Aviv)
Turner Stadium (Be'er Sheva)
FIFA codeISR
First colours
Second colours
Third colours
FIFA ranking
Current 80 Increase 1 (16 September 2021)[1]
Highest15 (November 2008)
Lowest99 (January 2018)
First international
Biggest win
Biggest defeat
World Cup
Appearances1 (first in 1970)
Best resultGroup stage (1970)
Asian Cup
Appearances4 (first in 1956)
Best resultChampions (1964)

The Israel national football team (Hebrew: נבחרת ישראל בכדורגל‎, Nivḥeret Yisra'el BeChaduregel) represents Israel in international football, and is governed by the Israel Football Association (IFA).

Israel's national team is the direct successor of the Mandatory Palestine (Eretz Israel) national team, which played five internationals in 1934–1940, and was managed by the Eretz Israel Football Association. The Israel Football Association is a full member of the European Confederation UEFA since 1994.

Israel qualified for the FIFA World Cup for their first time in 1970. Israel has managed to win the 1964 AFC Asian Cup, prior to a forced relocation to UEFA.

History

Early history

Football has a long tradition in Israel. The game was originally introduced during the time of the Ottoman Empire. The Palestinian Football Association was formed in August 1928, and joined FIFA in June 1929, but at the time the association was made up of Arab clubs, Jewish clubs, and clubs representing British policemen and soldiers serving in the region during the British Mandate rule that spanned the period between World War One and the creation of the State of Israel in 1948. The British Mandate of Palestine national team made its debut against Egypt in 1934 FIFA World Cup qualification, losing 1–7 in Cairo. The team played five international matches, including a friendly match against Lebanon, until the British Mandate for Palestine was dissolved. During those five games, the national team fielded only Jewish players. Three anthems were played before each match: the British "God Save the King", the Jewish (and future Israeli) "Hatikvah", and the opposing team's anthem.[3]

In 1948 the team became, officially, the national team of Israel.[4] The Israel national team's first match as an independent nation was on 26 September 1948, against the US Olympic Team. The game was won by the US 1–3, and in the 20th minute of the game Shmuel Ben-Dror scored the first goal after the creation of the State of Israel.

Asian Football Confederation membership

Nahum Stelmach kicking; 1959

Muslim and Arab countries boycotting Israel

Israel was one of the founding members of the AFC (Asian Football Confederation) following its own independence in 1948 (prior to that it played under the banner of the "British Mandate of Palestine/Eretz Israel").[5] After the 1974 Asian Games in Iran, and Israel's 0–1 tense loss to Iran in the finals,[6] Kuwait and other Muslim and Arab countries refused to play them. Following this, they were expelled from the confederation and spent a few years trying to qualify from such continental bodies as the OFC (Oceania) before officially joining UEFA (Europe).[7]

Israel's last years in the AFC

Israel winning the 1964 AFC Asian Cup

Israel competed at the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) between 1954 and 1977. Due to the Arab League boycott of Israel, several Muslim countries refused to compete against Israel. The political situation culminated in Israel winning the 1958 World Cup qualifying stage for Asia and Africa without playing a single game, forcing FIFA to schedule a playoff between Israel and Wales to ensure the team did not qualify without playing at least one game (which Wales won).

Israel hosted and won the 1964 AFC Asian Cup.

In 1968, Israel went to their first Olympic Games and lost to Bulgaria in the quarterfinals.

In 1969, Israel qualified for its first and only FIFA World Cup, via Asia/Oceania, and earned two points after a 1–1 draw with Sweden and a 0–0 draw with eventual finalist Italy, and a 0–2 loss to Uruguay. The goal against Sweden, scored by Mordechai Spiegler, is Israel's only FIFA World Cup goal to date.

In 1974, Israel was excluded from AFC competitions, as a result of a proposal by Kuwait which was adopted by a vote of 17 to 13 with 6 abstentions.[8] The vote coincided with the 1974 Asian Games, where the football competition was marred by the refusal of both North Korea[9] and Kuwait to play second-round matches against Israel.

In 1976, Israel went to its second Olympic Games and lost in the quarterfinals again, this time against Brazil. In 1972 and 1977, it attempted World Cup qualification as part of Asia, which both times ended in failure.

Years in exile

First steps in UEFA

During the early 1980s, Israel played the majority of its matches against UEFA (Europe) teams, and competed in the European stage of qualification for the 1982 FIFA World Cup.

First steps in OFC

For the next two tournaments, Israel entered Oceania's (OFC) qualification stage.

In 1989, Israel have won the 1990 FIFA World Cup qualification – OFC Second Round (Oceania), beating the very last group stage of it (also known as the Second round) consisting of both Australia and New Zealand.

Subsequently, in 1989, Israel made it to the CONMEBOL–OFC play-offs to represent Oceania and play against CONMEBOL's (South America) Colombia for the 1990 World Cup, but lost (1–0, 0–0).

UEFA membership

In 1991, Israeli clubs began participating in European club competitions of UEFA, and Israel returned to the European leg of World Cup qualifying in 1992. In 1994, Israel received full UEFA membership, 20 years after it had left Asia. Within Europe, Israel has been a relatively minor nation, though with some successes, notably winning 3–2 in Paris against France in 1993, and 5–0 against Austria in 1999. That year, Israel made it to the UEFA Euro 2000 qualifying play-offs, but was beaten by Denmark.

Avram Grant has been the youngest national coach of Israel

Israel came close to advancing to the playoff stage in their 2006 World Cup qualifying group, finishing third, behind France, and tied on points with Switzerland, which also remained unbeaten in 10 matches after 4 wins and 6 draws. The Swiss had a better goal difference, though, and advanced to the qualification play-off. Coach Avram Grant announced his resignation on 26 October 2005. After the end of his contract, he was succeeded by Dror Kashtan.

In UEFA Euro 2008 qualifying, Israel came very close to qualifying for the final tournament, but finished fourth in Group E, just one point behind second-placed Russia, who qualified directly with Croatia, and level on 23 points with England, who also failed to advance. The 4–3 home loss to Croatia was the first loss after 13 consecutive official games and 9 home games without a loss.

In 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification, Israel again came in fourth, behind Switzerland, Greece, and Latvia. For the UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying campaign, Kashtan was replaced as coach by Frenchman Luis Fernández, but to no avail, as Israel finished a distant third behind Greece and Croatia.

The continued presence of the Israeli Football Association in UEFA was a precedent cited by Australia to justify its transfer from the Oceania Football Confederation to the Asian Football Confederation.[10]

Home stadium

In the past, the Israel national football team's home stadium was the Ramat Gan Stadium in the Tel Aviv District city of Ramat Gan. The stadium seats 41,583 and was the first stadium in Israel to meet world-class standards.

Ever since 2014 Sammy Ofer Stadium in Haifa (30,780 seats), ever since 2015 Teddy Stadium in Jerusalem (34,000 seats), ever since 2018 Turner Stadium in Be'er Sheva (16,126 seats), and ever since 2021 Bloomfield Stadium in Tel Aviv (29,400 seats), are being used as the official home stadiums of the Israel national football team. All Four are considered to be world-class standard stadiums. The Israel Football Association has used Teddy Stadium and Bloomfield Stadium while hosting the 2013 Euro U21 championship in Israel.

Teddy Stadium of Jerusalem, Israel's largest stadium
Sammy Ofer Stadium of Haifa, Israel's second largest stadium
Bloomfield Stadium of Tel Aviv, Israel's third largest stadium
Turner Stadium of Be'er Sheva, Israel's newest stadium

Kit suppliers

Kit supplier Origin Period
Diadora Italy 1992–1995
Adidas Germany 2008–2018
Puma Germany 1985–1989, 1996–2008, 2018–present

Results and fixtures

  Win   Draw   Loss

2020

11 November 2020 Friendly Norway  Cancelled[b]  Israel Oslo, Norway
Report Stadium: Ullevaal Stadion
Note: The friendly match was cancelled due to the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic.
18 November 2020 2020–21 UEFA Nations League Israel  1–0  Scotland Netanya, Israel
20:45
Report Stadium: Netanya Stadium
Attendance: 0[c]
Referee: Paweł Raczkowski (Poland)

2021

31 March 2021 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification Moldova  1–4  Israel Chișinău, Moldova
20:45 (21:45 UTC+3)
Report (FIFA)
Report (UEFA)
Stadium: Zimbru Stadium
Attendance: 0[c]
Referee: Bojan Pandžić (Sweden)
9 June 2021 Friendly Portugal  4–0  Israel Lisbon, Portugal
20:45 (21:45 UTC+3)
Report
Report (UEFA)
Stadium: Estádio José Alvalade
Referee: Jérémie Pignard (France)
1 September 2021 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification Faroe Islands  0–4  Israel Tórshavn, Faroe Islands
20:45 (21:45 UTC+3) Report (FIFA)
Report (UEFA)
Stadium: Tórsvøllur
Referee: Dennis Higler (Netherlands)
4 September 2021 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification Israel  5–2  Austria Haifa, Israel
20:45 (21:45 UTC+3)
Report (FIFA)
Report (UEFA)
Stadium: Sammy Ofer Stadium
Attendance: 18,800[12][13]
Referee: Felix Zwayer (Germany)
7 September 2021 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification Denmark  5–0  Israel Copenhagen, Denmark
20:45 (21:45 UTC+3)
Report (FIFA)
Report (UEFA)
Stadium: Parken Stadium
Attendance: 35,158[14]
Referee: Tobias Stieler (Germany)
9 October 2021 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification Scotland  3–2  Israel Glasgow, Scotland
17:00 (19:00 UTC+3)
Report (FIFA)
Report (UEFA)
Stadium: Hampden Park
Attendance: 50,585[15]
Referee: Szymon Marciniak (Poland)
12 October 2021 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification Israel  2–1  Moldova Be'er Sheva, Israel
21:45 (21:45 UTC+3)
Report (FIFA)
Report (UEFA)
Stadium: Turner Stadium
Attendance: 9,000[16]
Referee: Andris Treimanis (Latvia)

Coaching staff

As of 18 March 2021
Position Name
Head coach Austria Willi Ruttensteiner
Assistant coach Argentina Gabriel Burstein
Assistant coach Israel Marco Balbul
Assistant coach Austria Rupert Marko
Coach Austria Martin Stranzl
Scout Austria Heinz Hochhauser

Coaching history

Players

Current squad

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Ofir Marciano (1989-10-07) 7 October 1989 (age 32) 32 0 Netherlands Feyenoord
1GK Itamar Nitzan (1987-06-23) 23 June 1987 (age 34) 1 0 Israel Beitar Jerusalem
1GK Daniel Peretz (2000-07-10) 10 July 2000 (age 21) 0 0 Israel Maccabi Tel Aviv PRE

2DF Eli Dasa (1992-12-03) 3 December 1992 (age 28) 42 0 Netherlands Vitesse
2DF Ofir Davidzada (1991-05-05) 5 May 1991 (age 30) 15 0 Israel Maccabi Tel Aviv
2DF Sun Menahem (1993-09-07) 7 September 1993 (age 28) 15 0 Israel Maccabi Haifa
2DF Ofri Arad (1998-09-11) 11 September 1998 (age 23) 8 0 Israel Maccabi Haifa
2DF Eyad Abu Abaid (1994-12-31) 31 December 1994 (age 26) 3 0 Israel Hapoel Be'er Sheva

3MF Bibras Natkho (captain) (1988-02-18) 18 February 1988 (age 33) 83 3 Serbia Partizan
3MF Nir Bitton (3rd captain[24]) (1991-10-30) 30 October 1991 (age 29) 36 2 Scotland Celtic
3MF Dor Peretz (1995-05-17) 17 May 1995 (age 26) 23 2 Italy Venezia
3MF Manor Solomon (1999-07-24) 24 July 1999 (age 22) 24 4 Ukraine Shakhtar Donetsk
3MF Dan Glazer (1996-09-20) 20 September 1996 (age 25) 11 0 Israel Maccabi Tel Aviv
3MF Yonatan Cohen (1996-06-29) 29 June 1996 (age 25) 7 0 Italy Pisa
3MF Gadi Kinda (1994-03-23) 23 March 1994 (age 27) 5 1 United States Sporting Kansas City
3MF Goni Naor (1999-04-23) 23 April 1999 (age 22) 0 0 Israel Hapoel Jerusalem PRE
3MF Eden Shamir (1995-06-25) 25 June 1995 (age 26) 0 0 Israel Maccabi Tel Aviv PRE

4FW Eran Zahavi (1987-07-25) 25 July 1987 (age 34) 69 33 Netherlands PSV
4FW Mu'nas Dabbur (1992-05-14) 14 May 1992 (age 29) 33 12 Germany 1899 Hoffenheim
4FW Shon Weissman (1996-02-14) 14 February 1996 (age 25) 18 1 Spain Valladolid
4FW Liel Abada (2001-10-03) 3 October 2001 (age 20) 4 0 Scotland Celtic
4FW Suf Podgoreanu (2002-01-20) 20 January 2002 (age 19) 1 0 Italy Spezia

Recent call-ups

The following players have been called up for the team within the last 12 months and are still available for selection.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Ariel Harush (1988-05-25) 25 May 1988 (age 33) 21 0 Israel Hapoel Be'er Sheva v.  Denmark, 7 September 2021 INJ
GK Boris Klaiman (1990-11-26) 26 November 1990 (age 30) 1 0 Greece Volos v.  Portugal, 9 June 2021

DF Joel Abu Hanna (1998-01-22) 22 January 1998 (age 23) 6 0 Poland Legia Warsaw v.  Moldova, 12 October 2021 INJ
DF Edi Gotlieb (1992-08-16) 16 August 1992 (age 29) 0 0 Israel Hapoel Tel Aviv v.  Scotland, 9 October 2021 INJ / PRE
DF Hatem Abd Elhamed (1991-03-18) 18 March 1991 (age 30) 14 0 Israel Hapoel Be'er Sheva v.  Scotland, 9 October 2021 INJ
DF Idan Nachmias (1997-03-17) 17 March 1997 (age 24) 1 0 Israel Maccabi Tel Aviv v.  Scotland, 9 October 2021 INJ
DF Eitan Tibi (vice-captain) (1987-11-16) 16 November 1987 (age 33) 56 1 Israel Hapoel Be'er Sheva v.  Denmark, 7 September 2021 INJ
DF Orel Dgani (1989-01-08) 8 January 1989 (age 32) 19 0 Israel Beitar Jerusalem v.  Denmark, 7 September 2021 INJ
DF Uri Dahan (1999-12-07) 7 December 1999 (age 21) 0 0 Israel Maccabi Haifa v.  Denmark, 7 September 2021 PRE
DF Matan Baltaxa (1995-09-20) 20 September 1995 (age 26) 1 0 Israel Maccabi Tel Aviv v.  Portugal, 9 June 2021
DF Or Blorian (2000-03-07) 7 March 2000 (age 21) 0 0 Israel Maccabi Petah Tikva v.  Portugal, 9 June 2021 PRE
DF Loai Taha (1989-11-26) 26 November 1989 (age 31) 13 0 Israel Hapoel Haifa v.  Moldova, 31 March 2021
DF Maor Kandil (1993-11-27) 27 November 1993 (age 27) 2 0 Israel Maccabi Tel Aviv v.  Scotland, 28 March 2021 INJ
DF Taleb Tawatha (1992-06-21) 21 June 1992 (age 29) 21 1 Israel Maccabi Haifa v.  Denmark, 25 March 2021 INJ
DF Sheran Yeini (1986-12-08) 8 December 1986 (age 34) 32 0 Israel Maccabi Tel Aviv v.  Scotland, 18 November 2020 RET
DF Or Dadia (1997-07-12) 12 July 1997 (age 24) 0 0 Israel Hapoel Be'er Sheva v.  Scotland, 18 November 2020 PRE

MF Mohammad Abu Fani (1998-04-27) 27 April 1998 (age 23) 9 0 Israel Maccabi Haifa v.  Denmark, 7 September 2021 INJ
MF Dolev Haziza (1995-07-05) 5 July 1995 (age 26) 6 0 Israel Maccabi Haifa v.  Denmark, 7 September 2021
MF Omer Atzili (1993-07-27) 27 July 1993 (age 28) 3 0 Israel Maccabi Haifa v.  Denmark, 7 September 2021 INJ
MF Neta Lavi (1996-08-25) 25 August 1996 (age 25) 9 0 Israel Maccabi Haifa v.  Portugal, 9 June 2021 INJ
MF Aviel Zargari (2002-12-11) 11 December 2002 (age 18) 2 0 Israel Beitar Jerusalem v.  Portugal, 9 June 2021 INJ
MF Beram Kayal (1988-05-02) 2 May 1988 (age 33) 45 2 Israel Bnei Sakhnin v.  Moldova, 31 March 2021
MF Eyal Golasa (1991-10-07) 7 October 1991 (age 30) 17 0 Israel Maccabi Tel Aviv v.  Denmark, 25 March 2021 INJ
MF Mohammed Kna'an (2000-01-14) 14 January 2000 (age 21) 0 0 Israel Ashdod v.  Denmark, 25 March 2021 PRE

FW Yonas Malede (1999-11-14) 14 November 1999 (age 21) 2 0 Belgium Gent v.  Portugal, 9 June 2021
FW Osama Khalaila (1998-04-06) 6 April 1998 (age 23) 1 0 Israel Maccabi Tel Aviv v.  Portugal, 9 June 2021

  • INJ = Withdrew due to injury or illness
  • COV = Withdrew due to COVID-19
  • PRE = Preliminary squad/standby
  • RET = Retired from the national team
  • SUS = Serving suspension
  • WD = Player withdrew from the squad due to non-injury issue.

Records

As of 9 October 2021[25]
Players in bold are still active with Israel.
Statistics include official FIFA-recognised matches only.

Most capped players

Yossi Benayoun is Israel's most capped player with 101 caps
Rank Player Caps Goals Career
1 Yossi Benayoun[a] 101 23 1998–2017
2 Tal Ben Haim[e] 95 2 2002–2017
3 Arik Benado 94 0 1995–2007
4 Alon Harazi 88 1 1992–2006
5 Amir Schelach 85 0 1992–2001
6 Bibras Natkho 83 3 2010–present
7 Avi Nimni 80 17 1992–2005
8 Dudu Aouate 78 0 1999–2013
Eyal Berkovic 78 9 1992–2004
10 Tal Banin[f] 77 12 1990–2003

Top goalscorers

Eran Zahavi is Israel's top goalscorer with 33 goals
Rank Player Goals Caps Ratio Career
1 Eran Zahavi 33 69 0.48 2010–present
2 Mordechai Spiegler[g] 24 57 0.42 1964–1977
3 Ronen Harazi 23 52 0.44 1992–1999
Yossi Benayoun[a] 23 101 0.23 1998–2017
5 Nahum Stelmach[h] 19 45 0.42 1956–1968
6 Alon Mizrahi 17 37 0.46 1971–1981
Tomer Hemed 17 38 0.45 2011–present
Eli Ohana[i] 17 50 0.34 1984–1997
Avi Nimni 17 80 0.21 1992–2005
10 Yehoshua Feigenbaum[j] 15 36 0.42 1966–1977

Competitive record

Olympic Games

Olympic Games record
Year Round Position GP W D* L GS GA
Finland 1952 Did not enter
Australia 1956
Italy 1960 Did not qualify
Japan 1964
Mexico 1968 Quarter-finals 4 2 1 1 9 7
West Germany 1972 Did not qualify
Canada 1976 Quarter-finals 4 0 3 1 4 7
Soviet Union 1980 Withdrew
United States 1984 Did not qualify
South Korea 1988
Total Quarter-finals 2/10 8 2 4 2 13 14

Since the 1992 Summer Olympics, the football competition is played as an Under-23 competition

*Denoted draws include knockout matches decided on drawing of lots.

FIFA World Cup

Israel's FIFA World Cup record Qualification record
Year Round Pos Pld W D* L GF GA Squad Outcome Pld W D L GF GA Confederation
As  Mandatory Palestine (Eretz Israel) As  Mandatory Palestine (Eretz Israel)
Uruguay 1930 Did Not Enter Did Not Enter
Kingdom of Italy 1934 Did Not Qualify 2nd 2 0 0 2 2 11 CAF/AFC
French Third Republic 1938 2nd 2 0 0 2 1 4 UEFA
As  Israel As  Israel
Fourth Brazilian Republic 1950 Did Not Qualify 2nd 2 0 0 2 2 11 UEFA
Switzerland 1954 3rd 4 0 0 4 0 5
Sweden 1958 Play-off 2 0 0 2 0 4 CAF/AFC
Chile 1962 Final Round 6 3 1 2 13 14 UEFA
England 1966 3rd 4 0 0 4 1
Mexico 1970 Group Stage 12th 3 0 2 1 1 3 Squad Final Round 4 3 1 0 8 1 AFC/OFC
West Germany 1974 Did Not Qualify Zone A Final 6 4 1 1 12 2
Argentina 1978 First Round 4 2 1 1 5 3
Spain 1982 5th 8 1 3 4 6 10 UEFA
Mexico 1986 2nd 6 3 1 2 17 6 OFC
Italy 1990 Play-off 6 1 4 1 5
United States 1994 6th 10 1 3 6 10 27 UEFA
France 1998 3rd 8 4 1 3 9 7
South Korea Japan 2002 3rd 8 3 3 2 11 7
Germany 2006 3rd 10 4 6 0 15 10
South Africa 2010 4th 10 4 4 2 20 10
Brazil 2014 3rd 10 3 5 2 19 14
Russia 2018 4th 10 4 0 6 10 15
Qatar 2022 To Be Determined 2nd 5 3 1 1 14 6
United States Canada Mexico 2026 To Be Determined
Total 1/21 Group Stage 3 0 2 1 1 3 125 41 35 49 171 165
*Draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks

UEFA European Championship

Israel's UEFA European Championship record UEFA European Championship Qualification record
Year Round Pos Pld W D L GF GA Squad Outcome Pld W D L GF GA
1960–1992 Not a UEFA member Not a UEFA member
England 1996 Did not qualify 5th 10 3 3 4 13 13
Belgium Netherlands 2000 Play-offs 8 4 1 3 25 9
Portugal 2004 3rd 8 2 3 3 9 11
Austria Switzerland 2008 4th 12 7 2 3 20 12
Poland Ukraine 2012 3rd 10 5 1 4 13 11
France 2016 4th 10 4 1 5 16 14
Europe 2020 Play-offs 11 3 3 5 16 18
Germany 2024 To be determined
Total 69 28 14 27 112 88

UEFA Nations League

UEFA Nations League record
Year Division Group Pos Pld W D L GF GA RK P/R
2018–19 C 1 2nd 4 2 0 2 6 5 30 Rise
2020–21 B 2 3rd 6 2 2 2 7 7 25 Same position
2022–23 B To be determined
Total B 2nd 10 4 2 4 13 12 25

Head-to-head record

As of 9 June 2021.

  Positive record   Neutral record   Negative record

Honours

Winners: 1964
Runners-up: 1956, 1960
Third place: 1968
Silver medalists: 1974

See also

Notes

  1. ^ a b c Yossi Benayoun also played and scored against Romania B however this was not a full-international match and is therefore not included
  2. ^ The friendly match was cancelled due to the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic.
  3. ^ a b c The match was played behind closed doors due to the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic.
  4. ^ a b The Israeli authorities have allowed the attendance of audiences at football matches (up to 5,000 seats), thanks to over 50% of Israel's population who have been fully vaccinated for COVID-19 by then.[11]
  5. ^ Tal Ben Haim also played against Romania B however this was not a full-international match and is therefore not included
  6. ^ Tal Banin also played against USSR XI however this was not a full-international match and is therefore not included
  7. ^ Mordechai Spiegler also played in 25 matches that are not recognised by FIFA, scoring eight additional goals, however they are not full-international matches and are therefore not included
  8. ^ Nahum Stelmach also played in 19 matches that are not recognised by FIFA, scoring three additional goals, however they are not full-international matches and are therefore not included
  9. ^ Eli Ohana also played a 1984 Olympic qualification game however this was not a full-international match and is therefore not included
  10. ^ Yehoshua Feigenbaum also played in 15 matches that are not recognised by FIFA, scoring nine additional goals, however they are not full-international matches and are therefore not included
  11. ^ Includes matches against  West Germany.
  12. ^ Includes matches against  Soviet Union.
  13. ^ Includes matches against  Yugoslavia and  Serbia and Montenegro.
  14. ^ As  South Vietnam.

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