1946 Palestine Cup

The 1946 Palestine Cup (Hebrew: הגביע הארץ-ישראלי‎, HaGavia HaEretz-Israeli) was the fourteenth season of Israeli Football Association's nationwide football cup competition.

1946 Palestine Cup
Country Mandatory Palestine
Defending championsBeitar Tel Aviv
ChampionsMaccabi Tel Aviv
(5th title)
Runners-upHapoel Rishon LeZion

The defending champion, Beitar Tel Aviv was eliminated in the first round after losing twice to Maccabi Nes Tziona. Hapoel Tel Aviv had difficulties throughout the competition, losing a match in the first round to minnows Hapoel Givatayim, and barely making it through the next round against Maccabi Rehovot, finally crashing to Hapoel Rishon LeZion in the quarter finals.

Maccabi Tel Aviv and Hapoel Rishon LeZion met in the two-legged final, Maccabi winning both legs to obtain its 5th cup.


For this season, each round was played over two legs, based on the Mitropa Cup. The change in format was caused by disagreements between Hapoel and Maccabi factions within the EIFA, which prevented any EIFA activities until March 1946. As the disagreement was settled in March, the EIFA decided to expand the cup competitions to two matches per round, to allow the teams more matches to play.[1]


First roundEdit

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Hapoel Tel Aviv 6–1 Hapoel Givatayim 6–0 0–1
Maccabi Tel Aviv 6–0 Hapoel Rehovot 3–0 3–0 (f)
Degel Zion Tel Aviv 1–13 Hapoel Haifa 1–10 0–3 (f)
Maccabi Nes Tziona 4–2 Beitar Tel Aviv 3–2 1–0
Maccabi Rishon LeZion 3–4 Maccabi Rehovot 2–2 1–2
Maccabi Avshalom Petah Tikva 5–2 Hapoel Dror Haifa 3–1 2–1
Maccabi Netanya 10–1 Maccabi Haifa 5–0 5–1
Hapoel Balfouria 3–3 Beitar Petah Tikva 0–3 [note 1] 3–0 [note 2]
Hapoel Hadera 1–3 Hapoel HaTzafon Tel Aviv 0–3 [note 3] 1–0
Beitar Jerusalem w/o Hakoah Tel Aviv
Maccabi Ramat Gan 4–2 Beitar Netanya 1–0 3–2
Hapoel Herzliya w/o Hapoel Rishon LeZion
Hapoel Petah Tikva 10–3 Hapoel Ramat Gan 6–1 4–2
Hapoel Jerusalem 5–4 Maccabi HaTzafon Tel Aviv 3–3 2–1
Bnei Yehuda 2–5 Hapoel Netanya 2–2 0–3 (f)
Hakoah 09 Tel Aviv 6–3 Beitar Ramat Gan 4–1 [note 4] 2–2

Deciding matchEdit

Home Team Score Away Team
Hapoel Balfouria w/o Beitar Petah Tikva

Second roundEdit

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Hapoel HaZafon Tel Aviv 3–3 Hapoel Rishon LeZion 1–1 2–2
Maccabi Tel Aviv 6–5 Beitar Jerusalem 3–2 3–3
Hapoel Haifa 5–4 Maccabi Netanya 4–2 1–2
Hapoel Netanya 0–5 Maccabi Nes Tziona 0–0 0–5
Maccabi Rehovot 3–3 Hapoel Tel Aviv 2–2 1–1
Maccabi Ramat Gan 4–3 Hakoah 09 Tel Aviv 1–1 3–2
Maccabi Avshalom Petah Tikva 1–4 Hapoel Petah Tikva 0–2 1–2
Hapoel Jerusalem 4–0 Hapoel Balfouria 2–0 2–0

Deciding matchesEdit

Home Team Score Away Team
Hapoel HaZafon Tel Aviv 0–1 Hapoel Rishon LeZion
Hapoel Tel Aviv 4–2 Maccabi Rehovot


Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Hapoel Haifa 2–9 Maccabi Tel Aviv 1–3 1–6
Hapoel Petah Tikva 0–5 Maccabi Nes Tziona 0–3 0–2
Hapoel Rishon LeZion 2–0 Hapoel Tel Aviv 1–0 1–0
Hapoel Jerusalem 6–1 Maccabi Ramat Gan 6–0 0–1


Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Maccabi Nes Tziona 2–9 Maccabi Tel Aviv 0–3 2–6
Hapoel Jerusalem 2–3 Hapoel Rishon LeZion 0–1 2–2


First legEdit

Maccabi Tel Aviv3–1Hapoel Rishon LeZion
Eli Fuchs   25'
Yosef Merimovich   28'
Sidi   75'
Shatov   50'
Attendance: 4,000
Referee: Klein

Second legEdit

Maccabi Tel Aviv3–0Hapoel Rishon LeZion
Kashi   7'
Yosef Merimovich   51'
Gurfinkel   79'
Attendance: 4,000
Referee: Yon

Maccabi Tel Aviv won 6–2 on aggregate.


  1. ^ The match was abandoned at the 65th minute due to the ball bursting. Beitar Petah Tikva was awarded a 0–3 victory.
  2. ^ Hapoel Balfouria won 2–0 originally, but was awarded a 3–0 win since Beitar Petah Tikva fielded ineligible players.
  3. ^ Hapoel Hadera originally won 3–0. The EIFA awarded the match to Hapoel HaTzafon Tel Aviv, as Hapoel Hadera appeared to the match without its players' EIFA member cards.
  4. ^ The match was abandoned at the 60th minute due to unruly behavior of Beitar Ramat Gan players and the result stood.


  • 100 Years of Football 1906-2006, Elisha Shohat (Israel), 2006
  1. ^ Our Football HaBoker, 21 July 1946, via archive.football.org.il (in Hebrew)

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