2009–10 Israeli Premier League

The 2009–10 Israeli Premier League was the 11th season since its introduction in 1999 and the 68th season of top-tier football in Israel. It began on 22 August 2009 and ended on 15 May 2010 with the last matches of the playoff round.

Israeli Premier League
Season2009–10
ChampionsHapoel Tel Aviv
2nd Premier League title
13th Israeli title overall
RelegatedHapoel Ra'anana
Maccabi Ahi Nazareth
Champions LeagueHapoel Tel Aviv (second qualifying round)
Europa LeagueMaccabi Haifa (third qualifying round)
Maccabi Tel Aviv (second qualifying round)
Bnei Yehuda (first qualifying round)
Matches played276
Goals scored718 (2.6 per match)
Top goalscorerShlomi Arbeitman (28)
Biggest home winHapoel Tel Aviv 7–1 Hapoel Petah Tikva
Biggest away winMaccabi Ahi Nazareth 0–7 Hapoel Ramat Gan
Highest scoringHapoel Tel Aviv 7–1 Hapoel Petah Tikva
Hapoel Tel Aviv 5–3 Hapoel Acre

On 15 May 2010, Hapoel Tel Aviv won the title in the last play-off round after Maccabi Haifa failed to win against Bnei Yehuda and they won their game against Beitar Jerusalem in a late goal at the 90+2' minute of extra time.

Changes from 2008–09 seasonEdit

Structural changesEdit

The league size has been increased from twelve to sixteen teams. Further, the competition has been split into two stages, a conventional season and playoffs.

The participating clubs were first play a conventional round-robin schedule for a total of 30 matches.

The top six teams were first had to play in the Top playoff. Points earned during the regular season were halved with an odd number of points being rounded up. The round was played on a round-robin schedule. The winner after this round would win the Israeli championship and would participate in the second qualifying round of the 2010–11 UEFA Champions League. The runners-up would play in the third qualifying round of the UEFA Europa League, and the third-placed team would play in the second qualifying round of the UEFA Europa League.

If the Israel State Cup winner finishes in the top three places than the fourth-placed would play in the first qualifying round of the UEFA Europa League.

In addition, clubs ranked seventh through tenth in the regular season would engage in a placement round, while the bottom six teams played out two relegation spots and one relegation play-off.

Team changesEdit

Hapoel Ironi Kiryat Shmona were directly relegated to the 2009–10 Liga Leumit after finishing the 2008–09 season in last place.

Due to the increase in the number of teams, five teams were directly promoted from the 2008–09 Liga Leumit. These were champions Hapoel Haifa, runners-up Hapoel Acre, third-placed Hapoel Be'er Sheva, fourth-placed Hapoel Ramat Gan and fifth-placed Hapoel Ra'anana.

Hakoah Amidar Ramat Gan as 11th-placed team of the Premier League and Maccabi Ahi Nazareth as sixth-placed team of Liga Leumit competed in a two-legged playoff for another spot. Maccabi Ahi Nazareth won both matches by an aggregated score of 4–2 and were promoted to the Premier League. In turn, Hakoah Ramat Gan were relegated to Liga Leumit.

OverviewEdit

Stadia and locationsEdit

Club Stadium Capacity
Beitar Jerusalem Teddy Stadium 21,600
Bnei Sakhnin Doha Stadium 08,500
Bnei Yehuda Bloomfield Stadium 15,700
F.C. Ashdod Yud-Alef Stadium 07,800
Hapoel Acre Green Stadium 0004,000[A]
Hapoel Be'er Sheva Vasermil Stadium 13,000
Hapoel Haifa Kiryat Eliezer Stadium 14,002
Hapoel Petah Tikva Petah Tikva Municipal Stadium 06,800
Hapoel Ra'anana Levita Stadium 0005,800[A]
Hapoel Ramat Gan Winter Stadium 0008,000[A]
Hapoel Tel Aviv Bloomfield Stadium 15,700
Maccabi Ahi Nazareth Ilut Stadium 04,932
Maccabi Haifa Kiryat Eliezer Stadium 14,002
Maccabi Netanya Sar-Tov Stadium 07,500
Maccabi Petah Tikva Petah Tikva Municipal Stadium 06,800
Maccabi Tel Aviv Bloomfield Stadium 15,700

^ ^ ^ The club played their home games at a neutral venue because their own ground did not meet Premier League requirements.

Beitar Jerusalem Bnei Yehuda
Hapoel Tel Aviv
Maccabi Tel Aviv
Hapoel Ramat Gan Hapoel Acre
Teddy Stadium
Bloomfield Stadium
Winter Stadium Green Stadium
       
Maccabi Netanya Hapoel Haifa
Maccabi Haifa
Hapoel Petah Tikva
Maccabi Petah Tikva
Hapoel Ra'anana
Sar-Tov Stadium
Kiryat Eliezer Stadium
Petah Tikva Municipal Stadium Levita Stadium
       
F.C. Ashdod Bnei Sakhnin Hapoel Be'er Sheva Maccabi Ahi Nazareth
Yud-Alef Stadium Doha Stadium Vasermil Stadium Ilut Stadium
   

Managerial changesEdit

Team Outgoing manager Manner of departure Date of vacancy Table Incoming manager Date of appointment Table
Beitar Jerusalem   Reuven Atar Sacked 21 July 2009[1] 3rd (08–09)   Itzhak Shum 21 July 2009[1] Pre-Season
Maccabi Netanya   Nati Azaria Stepped down to
assistant position
29 September 2009[2] 16th   Reuven Atar 29 September 2009[2] 16th
Bnei Sakhnin   Eran Kulik Sacked 19 October 2009[3] 14th   Marco Balbul 21 October 2009[4] 14th
Maccabi Tel Aviv   Marco Balbul Resigned 21 October 2009[4] 3rd   Nir Levine 21 October 2009 3rd
Maccabi Petah Tikva   Ronny Levy Resigned 21 November 2009[5] 9th   Freddy David 22 November 2009[6] 9th
Hapoel Petah Tikva   Danny Nir'on Resigned 21 November 2009[7] 14th   Shavit Elimelech 22 November 2009[8] 15th
Maccabi Ahi Nazareth   Eli Mahpud Sacked 8 December 2009[9] 16th   John Gregory 8 December 2009[9] 16th
Hapoel Petah Tikva   Shavit Elimelech Stepped down to
assistant position
16 December 2009[10] 15th   Eli Mahpud 16 December 2009[10] 15th
Beitar Jerusalem   Itzhak Shum Sacked 20 February 2010[11] 7th   David Amsalem 20 February 2010[11] 7th
Hapoel Ra'anana   Eli Cohen Sacked 28 February 2010[12] 16th   Ami Vazana 28 February 2010[12] 16th
Hapoel Be'er Sheva   Guy Azouri Resigned 28 February 2010[13] 8th   Vico Haddad 3 March 2010[14] 8th
Beitar Jerusalem   David Amsalem Stepped down to
assistant position
18 March 2010[15] 5th   Shimon Edri 18 March 2010[15] 5th
Hapoel Ra'anana   Ami Vazana End of contract 28 March 2010[16] 16th   Tzvika Tzemah 31 March 2010[17] 16th
Maccabi Ahi Nazareth   John Gregory End of contract 20 May 2010[18] 16th   Shimon Edri 30 June 2010[19] Post-Season
F.C. Ashdod   Yossi Mizrahi Resigned 20 May 2010[18] 6th   John Gregory 20 May 2010[18] Post-Season

Regular seasonEdit

Regular season tableEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 Maccabi Haifa 30 25 2 3 64 12 +52 77 Qualification for the championship round
2 Hapoel Tel Aviv 30 21 8 1 79 25 +54 71
3 Maccabi Tel Aviv 30 15 7 8 47 33 +14 52
4 Beitar Jerusalem 30 13 7 10 46 34 +12 46
5 Bnei Yehuda 30 12 9 9 37 30 +7 45[a]
6 F.C. Ironi Ashdod 30 11 10 9 32 31 +1 43[a]
7 Bnei Sakhnin 30 11 8 11 28 29 −1 41 Qualification for the middle round
8 Hapoel Be'er Sheva 30 10 10 10 44 50 −6 40
9 Maccabi Netanya 30 9 9 12 41 40 +1 36
10 Maccabi Petah Tikva 30 8 11 11 37 43 −6 35
11 Hapoel Ramat Gan 30 8 9 13 26 46 −20 33 Qualification for the relegation round
12 Hapoel Haifa 30 8 8 14 39 45 −6 32
13 Hapoel Petah Tikva 30 6 13 11 23 41 −18 31
14 Hapoel Acre 30 4 13 13 32 46 −14 25
15 Maccabi Ahi Nazareth 30 6 6 18 27 67 −40 24
16 Hapoel Ra'anana 30 4 8 18 27 57 −30 20
Source: Israel Football Association
Rules for classification: 1st points; 2nd goal difference; 3rd matches won; 4th goals scored; 5th head-to-head; 6th decision match.
Notes:
  1. ^ a b F.C. Ashdod received a technical loss of 3–0 to Bnei Yehuda for fielding an ineligible player. The original game finished in a 1–1 draw.


Regular season resultsEdit

Home \ Away BEI BnY BnS ASH HAC HBS HHA HPT HRG HRA HTA MAN MHA MNE MPT MTA
Beitar Jerusalem 1–0 1–0 2–0 1–1 1–1 3–1 3–0 1–0 3–1 0–0 5–0 0–3 3–1 1–2 0–1
Bnei Yehuda 0–0 2–1 2–3 2–1 2–2 2–0 1–1 1–2 2–1 0–1 2–0 0–2 2–1 2–0 0–1
Bnei Sakhnin 0–0 2–0 1–0 1–0 1–1 0–3 2–0 3–1 1–1 1–2 1–1 2–1 0–3 3–4 0–0
F.C. Ironi Ashdod 2–0 0–3[a] 0–0 1–0 5–2 1–0 2–1 0–0 0–0 0–4 2–1 0–1 3–0 1–1 3–1
Hapoel Acre 0–3 1–1 0–0 1–1 1–3 2–2 0–0 1–0 1–1 1–1 0–1 0–3 1–1 2–2 2–3
Hapoel Be'er Sheva 3–2 0–0 1–0 1–0 3–2 2–3 2–0 1–0 2–1 1–3 2–2 1–3 2–0 0–1 1–3
Hapoel Haifa 3–2 0–3 0–1 0–1 2–4 0–0 1–2 1–1 3–1 1–2 2–2 0–1 0–0 2–0 3–1
Hapoel Petah Tikva 0–0 1–1 0–0 1–1 1–1 1–0 2–2 0–0 2–1 1–1 3–0 0–4 2–1 1–1 0–2
Hapoel Ramat Gan 0–0 0–2 1–0 1–1 1–1 2–2 3–2 0–0 1–0 0–3 2–3 0–5 1–0 0–3 1–4
Hapoel Ra'anana 1–3 0–3 0–1 1–1 0–1 2–2 2–1 2–1 0–1 1–4 1–1 1–3 1–1 3–1 0–3
Hapoel Tel Aviv 4–3 4–0 1–0 2–2 5–3 4–1 2–0 7–1 3–1 5–0 4–0 1–2 3–3 1–1 1–0
Maccabi Ahi Nazareth 0–1 2–2 0–2 1–0 1–0 1–4 1–3 1–2 0–1 2–1 0–4 0–5 1–3 1–2 3–3
Maccabi Haifa 2–1 2–0 1–0 1–0 2–1 4–1 0–0 3–0 3–1 3–0 0–0 4–1 2–0 2–0 1–0
Maccabi Netanya 3–0 1–1 1–2 0–1 1–0 2–2 1–2 1–0 2–3 1–1 0–3 5–0 1–0 2–2 1–0
Maccabi Petah Tikva 1–3 0–1 1–2 1–1 2–3 3–0 2–2 0–0 1–1 2–3 0–0 1–0 0–1 0–3 2–1
Maccabi Tel Aviv 4–3 0–0 3–1 2–0 1–1 1–1 1–0 1–0 3–1 2–0 2–4 0–1 1–0 2–2 1–1
Source: Israel Football Association
Legend: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.
Notes:
  1. ^ F.C. Ashdod received a technical lose of 3–0 to Bnei Yehuda for fielding an ineligible player, The original game was finished in a 1–1 draw.[20]

PlayoffsEdit

Key numbers for pairing determination (number marks position after 30 games):

Rounds
31st 32nd 33rd 34th 35th
1 – 6
2 – 5
3 – 4
1 – 2
5 – 3
6 – 4
2 – 6
3 – 1
4 – 5
1 – 4
2 – 3
6 – 5
3 – 6
4 – 2
5 – 1
07 – 10
8 – 9
7 – 8
10 – 90
08 – 10
9 – 7
0
0
0
0
11 – 16
12 – 15
13 – 14
11 – 12
15 – 13
16 – 14
12 – 16
13 – 11
14 – 15
11 – 14
12 – 13
16 – 15
13 – 16
14 – 12
15 – 11

Top PlayoffEdit

The points obtained during the regular season were halved (and rounded up) before the start of the playoff. Thus, Maccabi Haifa started with 39 points, Hapoel Tel Aviv with 36, Maccabi Tel Aviv with 26, Beitar Jerusalem with 23, Bnei Yehuda with 23 and F.C. Ashdod started with 22.

Top Playoff tableEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 Hapoel Tel Aviv (C) 35 25 9 1 87 26 +61 49 Qualification for the Champions League second qualifying round
2 Maccabi Haifa 35 28 3 4 72 16 +56 49 Qualification for the Europa League third qualifying round
3 Maccabi Tel Aviv 35 17 9 9 52 35 +17 34 Qualification for the Europa League second qualifying round
4 Bnei Yehuda 35 14 11 10 43 34 +9 31 Qualification for the Europa League first qualifying round[a]
5 Beitar Jerusalem 35 14 7 14 50 44 +6 26
6 F.C. Ironi Ashdod 35 11 10 14 36 45 −9 22
Source: Israel Football Association
Rules for classification: 1st points; 2nd goal difference; 3rd matches won; 4th goals scored; 5th head-to-head; 6th decision match.
(C) Champion.
Notes:
  1. ^ As Hapoel Tel Aviv won both League and 2009–10 Israel State Cup, the State Cup finalists Bnei Yehuda received the final Europa League spot.


Top Playoff resultsEdit

Home \ Away BEI BnY ASH HTA MHA MTA
Beitar Jerusalem 0–2 1–2
Bnei Yehuda 1–1 0–0
F.C. Ironi Ashdod 1–2 2–3
Hapoel Tel Aviv 1–0 4–0 0–0
Maccabi Haifa 2–1 3–1 0–1
Maccabi Tel Aviv 3–0 2–0 0–2
Source: Israel Football Association
Legend: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Middle PlayoffEdit

The points obtained during the regular season were halved (and rounded up) before the start of the playoff. Thus, Bnei Sakhnin started with 21 points, Hapoel Be'er Sheva with 20, Maccabi Netanya with 18 and Maccabi Petah Tikva started with 18.

Middle Playoff tableEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
7 Bnei Sakhnin 33 13 8 12 31 31 0 27
8 Maccabi Petah Tikva 33 10 11 12 44 47 −3 24
9 Hapoel Be'er Sheva 33 11 10 12 49 55 −6 23
10 Maccabi Netanya 33 10 9 14 44 47 −3 21
Source: Israel Football Association
Rules for classification: 1st points; 2nd goal difference; 3rd matches won; 4th goals scored; 5th head-to-head; 6th decision match.


Middle Playoff resultsEdit

Home \ Away BnS HBS MNE MPT
Bnei Sakhnin 1–0 2–0
Hapoel Be'er Sheva 4–0 1–4
Maccabi Netanya 2–0
Maccabi Petah Tikva 3–1
Source: Israel Football Association
Legend: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Bottom PlayoffEdit

The points obtained during the regular season were halved (and rounded up) before the start of the playoff. Thus, Hapoel Ramat Gan started with 17 points, Hapoel Haifa with 16, Hapoel Petah Tikva with 16, Hapoel Acre with 13, Maccabi Ahi Nazareth with 12 and Hapoel Ra'anana started with 10.

Bottom Playoff tableEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
11 Hapoel Haifa 35 10 9 16 44 50 −6 23
12 Hapoel Acre 35 7 14 14 38 52 −14 23
13 Hapoel Petah Tikva 35 8 14 13 28 48 −20 23
14 Hapoel Ramat Gan (O) 35 9 11 15 34 49 −15 22 Qualification for the relegation play-offs
15 Hapoel Ra'anana (R) 35 6 10 19 33 58 −25 18 Relegation to Liga Leumit
16 Maccabi Ahi Nazareth (R) 35 7 7 21 33 81 −48 16
Source: Israel Football Association
Rules for classification: 1st points; 2nd goal difference; 3rd matches won; 4th goals scored; 5th head-to-head; 6th decision match.
(O) Play-off winner; (R) Relegated.


Bottom Playoff resultsEdit

Home \ Away HAC HHA HRA HRG MAN HPT
Hapoel Acre 1–0 3–1
Hapoel Haifa 1–0 2–2 1–2
Hapoel Ra'anana 4–0 2–0
Hapoel Ramat Gan 0–0 0–1 0–0
Maccabi Ahi Nazareth 0–7 3–0
Hapoel Petah Tikva 1–2 0–0 2–1
Source: Israel Football Association
Legend: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Relegation playoffEdit

The 14th-placed team Hapoel Ramat Gan faced the 3rd-placed Liga Leumit team Hapoel Kfar Saba. The winner Hapoel Ramat Gan earned a spot in the 2010–11 Israeli Premier League. The match took place on 22 May 2010.

Season statisticsEdit

ScoringEdit

DisciplineEdit

Top scorersEdit

Rank Scorer Club Goals[27]
1   Shlomi Arbeitman Maccabi Haifa 28
2   Itay Shechter Hapoel Tel Aviv 22
3   Vladimir Dvalishvili Maccabi Haifa 16
  Barak Yitzhaki Beitar Jerusalem 16
5   Dimitar Makriev F.C. Ashdod 0013[B]
6   Pedro Galván Bnei Yehuda 12
  Toto Tamuz Beitar Jerusalem 12
8   Idan Shriki F.C. Ashdod 11
  Dedi Ben Dayan Hapoel Tel Aviv 11
  Eran Levy Hapoel Haifa 11
  Eran Zahavi Hapoel Tel Aviv 11
Total 718
Average per game 2.6

^B The IFA also recognize Dimitar Makrievs goal in favour of F.C. Ashdod against Bnei Yehuda game which was later annulled because F.C. Ashdod fielded an ineligible player, for that F.C. Ashdod received a technical lose of 3–0, The original game was finished in a 1–1 draw.[20]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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