Israel national handball team

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Information
Association Israel Handball Assosiation
Coach Per Carlén
Most caps Idan Maimon (168)
Most goals Idan Maimon (636)
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Home
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Away
Results
European Championship
Appearances 1 (first in Sweden 2002)
Best result Prelimanary Round
Last updated on Unknown.

The Israel national handball team represents the Israeli Handball in the different international competitions such as the World Handball Championship that are held every two years. The team is managed by the Israeli Handball Association, and is built by players from the Israeli Handball League and handball leagues in Europe.

Best achievement[edit]

The team's biggest achievement was a performance in the European Handball Championship that was held in Sweden in 2002, where it didn't manage to go through the first group stage. In the qualifying playoff games the Israel beat the Republic of Macedonia . Israel's coach in the Championship was Shlomo Hoffman, and its leading players were Idan Maimon, Vladimir Zaikman, Leonid Durashenko, Dudi Balsar and Dovi Yeshua. Ever since the historic participation at the 2002 championship, the team hasn't managed to pass the preliminary round of qualifications.

Previous Campaigns[edit]

World 2007 Qualifiers[edit]

In the winter of 2006 the team had failed to qualify to the 2007 world championship after finishing third at the qualifications – behind Austria and Finland.

Euro 2008 Qualifiers[edit]

In the winter of 2007 Israel again failed to qualify, this time to the 2008 European Championships. Despite an impressive home win 30:29 against the very strong team of Serbia, Israel lost twice to Macedonia, and finished again finished third, behind Serbia and Republic of Mecedonia and ahead of Luxembourg.

Date Opponent H/A Venue Spectators Result H.T Top scorer
4 January 2007 Serbia Away Belgrad 2,000 Lost – 37:27 16:11 Tom Matalon, Avishay Smoler (6)
6 January 2007 Serbia Home Raanana 2,000 Win – 30:29 16:12 Gal Avraham (7)
10 January 2007 Mecedonia Home Raanana 2,000 Lost – 28:30 15:19 Idan Maimon (7)
13 January 2007 Mecedonia Away Scopia 1,500 Lost – 27:26 12:10 Gal Avraham, Avishay Smoler (5)
17 January 2007 Luxembourg Away Luxembourg 500 Win – 25:26 11:13 Idan Maimon
21 January 2007 Luxembourg Home Raanana 500 Win – 35:26 17:10 Idan Maimon (9)

World 2009 Qualifiers[edit]

In the following winter Israel met Serbian again, at the 2009 World Championships Qualifying. This time it lost both games to Serbia, and finished second (out of three) after beating The Faroe Islands at both games.

Date Opponent H/A Venue Spectators Result H.T Top scorer
9 January 2008 Faroe Islands Away Torshaven 800 Win – 21:26 8:15 Avishay Smoler (6)
12 January 2008 Faroe Islands Home Raanana 1,000 Win – 31:21 17:11 Gal Avraham (6)
16 January 2008 Serbia Home Raanana 1,600 Lost – 31:34 15:17 Avishay Smoler (10)
19 January 2008 Serbia Away Belgrad 2,000 Lost – 44:36 20:15 Avishay Smoler, Chen Pomeranz (10)

Euro 2010 Qualifiers[edit]

In the 2010 European Championships Qualifying, held in 2008 and 2009, Israel was drawn into group 5, together with the world champions, Germany, Slovenia, Belarus and Bulgaria.

Israel lost both games to Slovenia, Belarus and Germany, and only won both games against Bulgaria.

The team's captain was Idan Maimon, and its leading players were Avishay Smoler of German team TBV Lemgo, Chen Pomerantz, Tom Matalon, Gal Avraham and Goalkeeper Leonid Durashenko.

Date Opponent H/A Venue Spectators Result H.T Top scorer
29 October 2008 Slovenia Home Rishon LeZion 800 Lost – 28:36 16:21 Avishay Smoler (10)
2 November 2008 Bulgaria Away Blagoevgrad 400 Won – 28:34 15–20 Avishay Smoler (9)
26 November 2008 Belarus Away Berst 3,700 Lost – 38:31 21:14 Gal Avraham (7)
29 November 2008 Belarus Home Rishon LeZion 1,000 Lost – 28:31 11:19 Tom Matalon (6)
18 March 2009 Bulgaria Home Kiryat Motzkin 900 Won – 29:20 16:10 Chen Pomernz (6), Avishay Smoler (6)
22 March 2009 Germany Away Ashafenburg 4,500 Lost – 24:36 15:17 Gal Avraham (12)
17 June 2009 Slovenia Away Ljubljana 3,000 Lost – 27:40 17:20 Chen Pomeranz (6)
21 June 2009 Germany Home Rishon LeZion 1,000 Lost – 40:21 17:12 Chen Pomeranz (6)
Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Germany 8 8 0 0 300 191 +109 16
 Slovenia 8 6 0 2 293 221 +72 12
 Belarus 8 4 0 4 253 233 +20 8
 Israel 8 2 0 6 222 269 −47 4
 Bulgaria 8 0 0 8 168 322 −154 0
Germany Slovenia Belarus Israel Bulgaria
Germany  38 : 30 38 : 27 36 : 24 42 : 11
Slovenia  26 : 27 38 : 26 40 : 27 47 : 20
Belarus  23 : 25 32 : 36 38 : 31 36 : 18
Israel  21 : 40 28 : 36 28 : 31 29 : 20
Bulgaria  29 : 54 23 : 40 19 : 40 28 : 34

Staff[edit]

In the 2008 summer coach Shlomo Hoffman left his job after many years, and his successor was his assistant, Gilad Maor, also coaches Maccabi Rishon Le Zion. The assistant coach is Amitay Dayan, And the Manager is Benny Marko.

On May 2009, Due to internal politics in the Israeli Handball Association, and against the decision made by its professional committee (twice), Shlomo Hoffman was reanounced as the coach.

Squad[edit]

No. Name Position Club Birth Date Height Weight Caps Goals Caps Goals
2 Ofer Luzon Line Player Maccabi Rishon Le Zion 27 November 1984 1.85 80 39 27 5 6
3 Yoav Neeman Right Wing Maccabi Rishon Le Zion 5 January 1980 1.85 80 66 161 6 17
4 Shir Tuerl Left Wing ASA Tel Aviv 24 June 1985 1.80 80 14 15 8 6
5 Avishay Smoler Right Wing TBV Lemgo 31 October 1985 1.80 78 66 194 6 36
6 Eran Abrmovich Right Wing Octavio Pilotes Posada 16 April 1982 1.81 89 12 19 3 8
7 Chen Pomeranz Back Player HSG Wetzlar 28 May 1984 1.85 84 42 167 4 20
10 Chen Birnbaum Line Player Maccabi Rishon Le Zion 20 July 1980 1.87 82 11 22 5 11
11 Tom Matalon Left Back Maccabi Rishon Le Zion 30 June 1983 1.89 88 37 86 8 25
12 Zvika Gross Goal Keeper Maccabi Tel Aviv 1 October 1977 1.87 83 33 0 5 0
13 Gal Avraham Left Wing Maccabi Rishon Le Zion 15 August 1981 1.79 80 28 106 8 43
14 Dan Mircus Line Player ASA Tel Aviv 18 January 1983 1.88 90 56 95 6 13
15 Itzik Halifi Right Back ASA Tel Aviv 1 April 1983 1.75 74 11 24 5 10
16 Modi Sordo Goal Keeper Maccabi Rishon Le Zion 18 August 1981 1.80 82 7 0 5 0
17 Ido Lavie Line Player ASA Tel Aviv 8 March 1982 1.92 95 11 3 8 2
21 Omer Davda Line Player Maccabi Tel Aviv 4 November 1987 1.87 104 15 11 3 1
24 Amir Langlib Center Back Hapoel Rishon Le Zion 14 July 1982 1.72 72 49 54 4 7
25 Gil Yaakov Goal Keeper Bnei Herzelia 26 June 1987 1.85 89 8 0 2 0
39 Elad Kapon Left Back/Line Player Maccabi Qiryat Motzkin 11 May 1989 1.95 97 1 1 1 1
  • Caps and goals updated by 16 July 2009