Famous Israeli Sportspersons

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Amar'e Stoudemire
(Basketball player)

Amar'e Stoudemire
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Birthdate: November 16, 1982
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Lake Wales, Florida

Known as much for his basketball skills, as for his towering 6’10” height, Amar'e Stoudemire has played for major teams such as the New York Knicks and the Phoenix Suns. An Olympic bronze medal winner, he now coaches the NBA team Brooklyn Nets. He also founded the Each One, Teach One foundation.

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Deni Avdija
(Basketball player)

Deni Avdija
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Birthdate: January 3, 2001
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Beit Zera, Israel

Being the son of basketball player and coach Zufer Avdija, Israeli-Serbian small forward Deni Avdija was destined to excel in the sport. The Washington Wizards player is known for his towering 6’9” frame. Beginning his career with Maccabi Tel Aviv, he later won 2 FIBA U20 European Championship golds for Israel.

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Yossi Benayoun
(Association football player)

Yossi Benayoun
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Birthdate: May 5, 1980
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Dimona

Nicknamed The Kid and The Diamond from Dimona, Israeli footballer Yossi Benayoun has led his country’s national team as its captain. He now serves Beitar Jerusalem as its sporting director. Starting his career at 17, he has represented teams such as Maccabi Haifa, Liverpool, and Chelsea.

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David Blatt
(Basketball coach)

David Blatt
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Birthdate: May 22, 1959
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, USA

Former player and Cleveland Cavaliers head coach David Blatt has also worked as a successful basketball executive for the New York Knicks. He has won multiple European titles, such as the EuroCup with the Russian team Dynamo Saint Petersburg and the Euroleague with Maccabi Tel Aviv.

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Avram Grant
(Former football manager who has spent the majority of his career coaching and managing in Israel)

Avram Grant
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Birthdate: May 6, 1955
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Petah Tikva, Israel

Avram Grant is an Israeli football coach and manager known for his work with popular teams like Chelsea Football Club, Portsmouth, and West Ham United. He also coached the Ghana national football team from 2014 to 2017, helping the team reach the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations Final where they lost to the Ivory Coast in a penalty shoot-out.

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Eran Zahavi
(Association football player)

Eran Zahavi
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Birthdate: July 25, 1987
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Rishon LeZion

Eran Zahavi is an Israeli football player. One of the most important players of the current national team, Zahavi was adjudged Israeli Footballer of the Year in 2013 and 2014. Over the years, he has also been a star player in the Israeli Premier League, finishing as the top goal-scorer in three consecutive seasons starting from the 2013–14 season.

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Boris Gelfand
(Chess player)

Boris Gelfand
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Birthdate: June 24, 1968
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Minsk, Belarus

Legendary Soviet chess player Boris Gelfand is known for being part of the world’s top 20 players for most of his life. His accomplishments include two Belarusian national titles and a Chess World Cup. An author, too, he has co-written books such as Positional Decision Making in Chess.

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Omri Casspi
(Basketball player)

Omri Casspi
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Birthdate: June 22, 1988
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Yavne

Omri Casspi is a retired professional basketball player who became the first Israeli to be chosen in an NBA draft's first round when he was drafted by the Sacramento Kings in the 2009 NBA draft. Omri Casspi also became the first Israeli player to appear in an NBA game when he made his debut for the Sacramento Kings in 2009.

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Moanes Dabour
(Association football player)

Moanes Dabour
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Birthdate: May 14, 1992
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Nazareth

Moanes Dabour is an Arab-Israeli football player who plays as a forward for the Israel national team and the Bundesliga club TSG 1899 Hoffenheim. During the 2012–13 season, Dabour scored 10 goals in 26 matches and helped the Maccabi Tel Aviv Football Club win the Israeli League Championship, their first championship victory after a ten-year period.

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T. J. Leaf
(Basketball player)

T. J. Leaf
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Birthdate: April 30, 1997
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Tel Aviv-Yafo, Israel

T. J. Leaf is an Israeli-American professional basketball player who was last associated with the Portland Trail Blazers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Named an All-American as a high school senior in 2016, he made his professional debut with Indiana Pacers the following year. He currently plays for Portland Trail Blazers as a free agent. 

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Tomer Hemed
(Association football player)

Tomer Hemed
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Birthdate: May 2, 1987
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Haifa

Tomer Hemed is an Israeli football player who plays as a striker for the Israel national team and the Australian club Western Sydney Wanderers FC. One of the most important members of the national team, Hemed won the Israel Footballer of the Year award for his performance in the 2017–18 season.

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Agnes Keleti
(Gymnast)

Agnes Keleti
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Birthdate: January 9, 1921
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Budapest, Hungary

Agnes Keleti is a Hungarian-Israeli former artistic gymnast and coach. A former Olympic and world champion, Keleti won 10 Olympic medals including two bronze medals, three silver medals, and five gold medals. She is regarded as one of the most successful Jewish Olympians of all time. In 2001, Agnes Keleti was inducted into the International Women's Sports Hall of Fame.  

Pini Zahavi
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Birthdate: August 24, 1943
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Ness Ziona

Pini Zahavi is an Israeli sports agent best known for his association with football. Zahavi is renowned for playing a key role in the change of ownership of Portsmouth and Chelsea Football Club. As a football agent, he was responsible for the then record-breaking transfer of English football player Rio Ferdinand to Leeds United from West Ham for £18 million.

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Tal Ben Haim
(Association football player)

Tal Ben Haim
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Birthdate: March 31, 1982
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Rishon LeZion

Tal Ben Haim is an Israeli professional football player who has represented popular teams like Chelsea, Manchester City, Portsmouth, and Maccabi Tel Aviv. Renowned for his versatility, Ben Haim can play at either right back or centre back. He was last seen playing for the Beitar Jerusalem Football Club in 2021.

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Bibras Natkho
(Association football player)

Bibras Natkho
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Birthdate: February 18, 1988
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Kfar Kama

Bibras Natkho is a Circassian-Israeli football player who plays for the Serbian club Fudbalski klub Partizan. He also plays for the Israel national football team. Natkho is the first player of Circassian-Muslim origin to captain the Israel national team.

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Beram Kayal
(Association football player)

Beram Kayal
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Birthdate: May 2, 1988
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Jadeidi-Makr

Beram Kayal is an Arab-Israeli football player who currently plays in the Israeli Premier League where he represents Bnei Sakhnin F.C. Since 2008, Kayal has been an important member of the Israel national football team. A hard-working midfielder, Beram Kayal is renowned for his speed, passing ability, aggressive tackling, and high stamina level.

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Ben Sahar
(Association football player)

Ben Sahar
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Birthdate: August 10, 1989
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Holon

Ben Sahar is an Israeli football player who plays for the Israel national team and Maccabi Haifa Football Club. A striker, Sahar helped Maccabi Haifa win the 2021 Israel Super Cup as well as the Toto Cup. He has also represented other popular teams like Chelsea FC and Hapoel Tel Aviv, helping the latter win the 2010 Israel State Cup.

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Zufer Avdija
(Basketball player)

Zufer Avdija
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Birthdate: October 1, 1959
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Priština, Kosovo

Zufer Avdija is a Serbian–Israeli basketball coach and retired player. As a player, he played in the Yugoslav Basketball League, representing the Košarkaški klub Crvena zvezda during the 1980s. He also played for several Israeli clubs, including Hapoel Tel Aviv and Maccabi Rishon LeZio during the 1990s. Avdija also appeared in international games, representing the Yugoslavian national basketball team.

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Gal Mekel
(Basketball player)

Gal Mekel
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Birthdate: March 4, 1988
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Petah Tikva

Gal Mekel is an Israeli basketball player who plays for MoraBanc Andorra. He has also appeared in the Israeli Super League, representing teams like Maccabi Haifa. In 2011 and 2013, Mekel was honored with the Israeli Super League MVP award. In 2013, he became the second Israeli to represent an NBA team when he was signed by the Dallas Mavericks.

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Yossef Romano
(Weightlifter)

Yossef Romano
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Birthdate: April 15, 1940
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Benghazi, Libya
Died: September 5, 1972

Yossef Romano was an Israeli weightlifter who competed in the 1972 Munich Oympics in West Germany. An Israeli weight-lifting champion for nine years, Romano was among the 11 Israeli team members who were killed in the 1972 Munich massacre, an attack by a terrorist group named Black September. Romano was 32 years old at the time of his death.

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Lior Refaelov
(Association football player)

Lior Refaelov
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Birthdate: April 26, 1986
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Or Akiva

Lior Refaelov is an Israeli football player who plays for the Israel national team and Belgian football club Royal Sporting Club Anderlecht. From 2004 to 2011, he represented Maccabi Haifa Football Club, helping the team win the Israeli Premier League thrice. In 2015, Lior Refaelov helped Anderlecht win the Belgian Cup by scoring the winning goal in the final game.

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Yuri Foreman
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Birthdate: August 5, 1980
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Gomel, Belarus

Yuri Foreman is an Israeli boxer who currently fights out of Brooklyn, New York City, New York. From 2009 to 2010, he was the WBA super welterweight champion. Nicknamed the Boxing Rabbi, Foreman pursued Jewish religious studies and was ordained as a rabbi in 2014. He has also appeared in TV shows and films like Jimmy Kimmel Live and Fighting.

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Salamo Arouch
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Birthdate: January 1, 1923
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Thessaloniki, Greece
Died: April 26, 2009

Salamo Arouch was a Jewish Greek boxer remembered for winning the Greek Middleweight Boxing Championship and the All-Balkans Middleweight Championship in 1938 and 1939 respectively. He is best remembered for surviving the Holocaust by performing as an entertainment boxer for Nazi officers. His life inspired the 1989 drama film Triumph of the Spirit where he was played by Willem Dafoe.

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Linoy Ashram
(Rhythmic gymnast)

Linoy Ashram
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Birthdate: May 13, 1999
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Rishon LeTsiyon, Israel

Linoy Ashram is an Israeli rhythmic gymnast best known for winning the rhythmic individual all-around gold medal in the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. Ashram is the first rhythmic gymnast from Israel to win an Olympic medal. She is also the first Israeli woman and only the third Israeli athlete to win an Olympic gold medal.

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Alex Tyus
(Basketball player)

Alex Tyus
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Birthdate: January 8, 1988
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: St. Louis, Missouri, United States

Alex Tyus is an American-Israeli basketball player who plays for the popular Turkish professional basketball team Pınar Karşıyaka. He has also played for the Israeli national basketball team. In 2018, Alex Tyus was honored with the prestigious Israeli Basketball Premier League Finals MVP award.

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Andre Spitzer
(Fencing master and coach of Israel's 1972 Summer Olympics team)

Andre Spitzer
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Birthdate: July 4, 1945
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Timișoara, Romania
Died: September 6, 1972

Andre Spitzer was a fencing master who served as the coach of Israel's 1972 Summer Olympics team. He served in the Israeli Air Force before studying fencing at Israel's National Sport Academy. He became Israel’s top fencing instructor at the age of 27. He was killed in the terrorist attack known as the Munich massacre.  

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Moshe Weinberg
(Amateur wrestler)

Moshe Weinberg
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Birthdate: September 19, 1939
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Haifa
Died: September 5, 1972

Moshe Weinberg was an Israeli wrestler and coach. A former wrestling champion, Weinberg began his career as a coach at the Wingate Institute. He then went on to become the coach of the Israel national team and accompanied the Israel contingent that traveled to compete in the infamous 1972 Munich Olympics; Weinberg was among the victims of the Munich massacre.

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Lonah Chemtai Salpeter
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Birthdate: December 12, 1988
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Kenya

Lonah Chemtai Salpeter is a Kenyan-Israeli runner who has won gold medals at the 2018 European Championships and 2020 World Marathon Majors, representing Israel. She also took part in the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics where she competed in the marathon. Chemtai holds the current Israeli national record for the best time in the marathon. 

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David Mark Berger
(Weightlifter)

David Mark Berger
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Birthdate: June 24, 1944
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Cleveland, Ohio, United States
Died: September 6, 1972

David Mark Berger was an American Israeli professional weightlifter who won a gold medal in the 1969 Maccabiah Games. Berger was among the 11 Israeli Olympians who were taken hostage and murdered by a Palestinian terrorist group named Black September while visiting Munich, West Germany, to participate in the 1972 Summer Olympics. He was 28 years old when he died.

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Omer Damari
(Association football player)

Omer Damari
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Birthdate: March 24, 1989
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Rishon LeZion

Omer Damari is an Israeli former footballer and the present head coach of the Hapoel Tel Aviv Football Club's U17 team. As a player, Damari represented teams like Hapoel Tel Aviv, playing an important role in the team's 2012 Israel State Cup victory. He also represented the Israel national football team during his playing career.

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Sylven Landesberg
(Basketball player)

Sylven Landesberg
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Birthdate: April 10, 1990
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States

Sylven Landesberg is an American-Austrian basketball player who competes in the Chinese Basketball Association where he is currently representing the Zhejiang Golden Bulls. He also plays for the Austria national basketball team. Born in Brooklyn, New York, Sylven Landesberg was the 2008 New York State Mr. Basketball and McDonald's High School All American in high school.

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Deon Thomas
(Basketball Player)

Deon Thomas
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Birthdate: February 24, 1971
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States

Known as one of the greatest American basketball players to play overseas, Deon Thomas has represented 6 countries, including Israel, Greece, and Bulgaria. In spite of being drafted by the NBA team Dallas Mavericks, he chose to have a career away from the US. He later coached the University of Illinois team.

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Dean Kremer
(Baseball player)

Dean Kremer
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Birthdate: January 7, 1996
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Stockton, California, United States

Dean Kremer is an Israeli-American baseball pitcher who plays in the Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Baltimore Orioles. He is the first Israeli to be drafted by a Major League Baseball team. Kremer is best known for helping the American baseball team win the gold medal in the 2013 Maccabiah Games.

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Alla Kushnir
(Chess player)

Alla Kushnir
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Birthdate: August 11, 1941
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia SSR, Soviet Union
Died: August 2, 2013

Alla Kushnir was a  celebrated Soviet-born Israel chess player, who began her career in her birth country, becoming a Woman International Master and winning two Women's Chess Olympiads before migrating to Israel. There she continued to excel, eventually becoming Woman Grandmaster. Also three times Women's World Chess Championship Challenger, she later became a professor of archeology at Tel Aviv University.

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Mark Slavin
(Greco-Roman Wrestler)

Mark Slavin
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Birthdate: January 31, 1954
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Minsk, Belarus
Died: September 6, 1972

Soviet Greco-Roman wrestler Mark Slavin had chosen wrestling as a means to defend himself against anti-Semitic attacks. He moved to Israel 4 months before the Munich Olympics and represented Israel in the event. At 18, he was the youngest victim of the Munich massacre and died during a failed rescue attempt.

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T. J. Cline
(Basketball player)

T. J. Cline
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Birthdate: July 22, 1994
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Plano, Texas, United States

Being the son of former American basketball player Nancy Lieberman, T. J. Cline was no stranger to the sport as a child. He later represented the Richmond Spiders and then the Israeli national team. Known for his 6’9” frame, now plays for Maccabi Tel Aviv.

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Andy Ram
(Tennis Player)

Andy Ram
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Birthdate: April 10, 1980
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Montevideo, Uruguay

Legendary Israeli tennis player Andy Ram is a 3-time Olympian. Best known for his wins as part of the duo AndiYoni with Jonathan Erlich. The son of a soccer player, who gave up his career due to injuries, Andy wasn’t allowed to play soccer and thus chose tennis.

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Ze'ev Friedman
(Weightlifter)

Ze'ev Friedman
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Birthdate: June 10, 1944
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Prokopyevsk, Russia
Died: September 6, 1972

Born in the Soviet Union, Ze'ev Friedman moved first to Poland and then to Israel. Initially a gymnast, he later switched to weightlifting. At 28, the Asian Weightlifting Championship bronze medal winner became a victim of the Munich massacre, in which 11 Israeli Olympic team members were shot dead.

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Avigail Alfatov
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Birthdate: February 28, 1996
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Acre, Israel

The daughter of Ukrainian immigrants in Israel, Avigail Alfatov has donned many hats already. Apart from being an Israeli fencing champion, she is also a beauty queen and has represented Israel in the 2015 Miss Universe pageant. She has also briefly served the Israeli Air Force.

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Guy Luzon
(Association football player, Association football manager)

Guy Luzon
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Birthdate: August 7, 1975
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Petah Tikva

Israeli footballer Guy Luzon was part of the Maccabi Petah Tikva youth program at age 10. Though a promising sportsperson, an injury made him retire at 21. Post-retirement, he has served as a coach for teams such as Standard Liege, the U-21 Israeli team, Hapoel Tel Aviv, and Maccabi Haifa.

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Kehat Shorr
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Birthdate: February 21, 1919
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Romania
Died: September 6, 1972

Born in Romania, Kehat Shorr survived the Holocaust. Apart from working for Israel’s defense ministry, he was an Olympic shooting coach for his country. He was taken hostage during the Munich massacre and was one of the 11 people of the Israeli Olympic team who lost their lives in the incident.

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Arie Selinger
(Volleyball player)

Arie Selinger
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Birthdate: April 5, 1937
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Kraków, Poland

Aryeh "Lonk" Selinger, better known as Arie Selinger was rescued by US forces from a Nazi concentration camp and sent to Israel. His volleyball skills quickly earned him a place on Israel’s national team. He later revolutionized American and Dutch volleyball with his remarkable coaching, winning both the teams Olympic medals.

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Joel Abu Hanna
(Footballer Centre-back position)

Joel Abu Hanna
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Birthdate: January 22, 1998
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Troisdorf, Germany

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Neta Rivkin
(Rhythmic gymnast)

Neta Rivkin
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Birthdate: June 19, 1991
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Petah Tikva, Israel

The daughter of Russian immigrants in Israel, Neta Rivkin scripted history by becoming the first Israeli female gymnast to win a major international medal, with her 2011 World Championship bronze win. The 3-time Olympian is now a motivational speaker and mental advisor for athletes and corporates.

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Gal Fridman
(Sailor)

Gal Fridman
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Birthdate: September 16, 1975
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Pardes Hanna-Karkur, Israel

Motivated by his windsurfer father, Gal Fridman began windsurfing at age 7 and started competing at age 13. The Israeli windsurfer later won an Olympic gold and bronze and became one of the two Israeli athletes with 2 Olympic medals. He is also the first Israeli to win an Olympic gold.

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Alexander Shatilov
(Artistic gymnast)

Alexander Shatilov
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Birthdate: March 22, 1987
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Tashkent, Uzbekistan

Russian-born Israeli gymnast Alexander Shatilov was no stranger to sports as a child, being the son of an acrobatics coach mother and horse-riding instructor father. He began training in gymnastics after being motivated by his mother at age 5. The 4-time Olympian has a European Championship gold in his kitty.

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Micha Kaufman
(Sport shooter)

Micha Kaufman
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Birthdate: January 3, 1946
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Israel

Israeli sport shooter Micha Kaufman is also an Olympian, having represented his country at the 1976 Summer Olympics held in Montreal, Canada. He has also won Israel Asian Games gold and silver medals. The Russian-born athlete had moved with his parents to Israel at age 13.

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Shahar Tzuberi
(Olympic athlete)

Shahar Tzuberi
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Birthdate: September 1, 1986
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Eilat

Shahar Tzuberi had begun windsurfing at age 7, after being motivated by his father. The Israeli athlete later went on to win an Olympic bronze and 2 RS:X European Championship gold medals, among others. Post-retirement, he is all set to coach the Israeli women’s team in the 2024 Paris Olympics.

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Delila Hatuel
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Birthdate: November 15, 1980
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Acre, Israel

Israeli foil fencer Delila Hatuel was born into a family of fencers, with both her uncle and aunt being Olympians in the game. Although she participated in the 2008 Beijing Olympics, she wasn’t allowed to participate in the Rio Olympics, as she didn’t fulfil Israel’s criteria, in spite of meeting the international standards.

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Itzik Zohar
(Football player)

Itzik Zohar
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Birthdate: October 31, 1970
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Bat Yam, Israel

While football legend Itzik Zohar grew up amid poverty, in a transit camp on the Israeli borders, he was encouraged to play football by his father to make him stay away from the street criminals. He is also a successful TV personality and was part of Israel’s first national beach soccer team.