1951–52 Liga Alef

The 1951–52 season was the first edition of Liga Alef, which had replaced the Israeli League as the top division of football in Israel following a year-long hiatus. It took place between October 1951 to June 1952 and was contested by 12 clubs, the same ones which had played in the top flight during the 1949–50 season minus Maccabi Nes Tziona.

Liga Alef
Season1951-52
ChampionsMaccabi Tel Aviv
6th title
RelegatedHapoel Rishon LeZion
Maccabi Rishon LeZion
Matches played126
Goals scored466 (3.7 per match)
Top goalscorerYehoshua Glazer (27)

Maccabi Tel Aviv won their second consecutive championship, whilst the two Rishon LeZion clubs, Hapoel and Maccabi were relegated. Maccabi Tel Aviv's Yehoshua Glazer was the top scorer with 27 goals.

At the time, the league was played with two points for a win and one for a draw.

Final tableEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GR Pts
1 Maccabi Tel Aviv 22 18 2 2 89 18 4.944 38 Champions
2 Maccabi Petah Tikva 22 12 6 4 65 23 2.826 30
3 Hapoel Haifa 22 14 1 7 46 26 1.769 29
4 Hapoel Petah Tikva 22 10 7 5 38 20 1.900 27
5 Hapoel Tel Aviv 22 9 7 6 31 22 1.409 25
6 Maccabi Rehovot 22 8 7 7 35 37 0.946 23
7 Beitar Tel Aviv 22 7 7 8 39 41 0.951 21
8 Hapoel Ramat Gan 22 7 3 12 37 46 0.804 17
9 Maccabi Netanya 22 6 5 11 36 46 0.783 17
10 Maccabi Haifa 22 6 5 11 33 53 0.623 17
11 Hapoel Rishon LeZion 22 5 6 11 22 52 0.423 16 Relegation to Liga Bet
12 Maccabi Rishon LeZion 22 1 2 19 13 100 0.130 4
Updated to match(es) played on 22 November 1952. Source: 100 Years of Football 1906-2006, Elisha Shohat (Israel), 2006

ResultsEdit

Home \ Away BTA HHA HPT HRG HRL HTA MHA MNE MPT MRV MRL MTA
Beitar Tel Aviv 1–2 1–1 2–1 3–2 2–1 4–0 1–1 1–1 2–1 3–0 1–6
Hapoel Haifa 2–1 1–2 1–0 2–0 2–1 3–0 5–0 1–2 1–0 6–0 0–2
Hapoel Petah Tikva 1–1 2–1 5–1 9–1 2–1 3–0 2–0 0–0 2–0 1–0 1–3
Hapoel Ramat Gan 4–2 0–3 2–1 4–0 1–1 2–1 3–4 0–0 1–1 5–1 1–5
Hapoel Rishon LeZion 2–0 2–0 1–1 2–0 1–1 2–0 1–1 0–0 2–2 2–1 0–4
Hapoel Tel Aviv 0–0 0–3 0–0 1–0 1–0 4–1 2–0 2–2 1–0 3–0 2–0
Maccabi Haifa 4–1 1–7 1–1 1–4 3–0 3–1 1–1 2–1 6–1 2–2 1–4
Maccabi Netanya 1–1 0–2 0–0 2–1 5–0 1–4 2–4 0–4 2–5 3–0 3–0
Maccabi Petah Tikva 4–1 8–1 1–0 4–2 6–0 3–0 1–1 5–1 4–0 8–1 2–6
Maccabi Rehovot 2–2 0–0 2–1 3–2 3–3 0–0 1–0 2–1 2–1 3–1 2–2
Maccabi Rishon LeZion 1–8 0–3 0–3 0–3 2–1 0–4 1–1 0–8 0–8 1–4 1–9
Maccabi Tel Aviv 4–1 4–0 3–0 6–0 4–0 1–1 7–0 3–0 2–0 2–1 12–1
Updated to match(es) played on 22 November 1952. Source: 100 Years of Football 1906-2006, Elisha Shohat (Israel), 2006
Legend: Blue = home team win; Red = away team win.

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