Countries that are surprisingly good at these sports

Their success defies belief.

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Israel men's field hockey team in action. Israel men's field hockey team in action. (Photo: Israel Lacrosse Association)

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Israel: Lacrosse

Soccer and basketball are the two major Israeli sports (with baseball making strides recently), but it's lacrosse where the country has perhaps been most successful in international competition the past two years.

In 2016 the men's national team placed second in the European Championships following up a strong showing in the World Championship in 2014. That tournament, by the way, the World Cup of Lacrosse, will be held in Israel in 2018.

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