2014–15 Israeli Premier League

The 2014–15 Israeli Premier League is the sixteenth season since its introduction in 1999 and the 73nd season of top-tier football in Israel. It began in the end of August 2014 and will end in May 2015. Maccabi Tel Aviv are the defending champions, having won their third Premier League title, and 20th championship last season.

Israeli Premier League
Season2014–15
ChampionsMaccabi Tel Aviv (21st title)
RelegatedF.C. Ashdod
Hapoel Petah Tikva
Champions LeagueMaccabi Tel Aviv
(2nd qualifying round)
Europa LeagueIroni Kiryat Shmona
(3rd qualifying round)
Hapoel Be'er Sheva
(2nd qualifying round)
Beitar Jerusalem
(1st qualifying round)
Matches played240
Goals scored604 (2.52 per match)
Top goalscorerEran Zahavi (27 goals)
Biggest home winMaccabi Haifa 5–0 Ashdod
(14 February 2015)
Biggest away winMaccabi Petah Tikva 0–4 Hapoel Be'er Sheva (25 October 2014)
Maccabi Netanya 0–4 Maccabi Haifa (3 December 2014)
Hapoel Haifa 0–4 Maccabi Haifa (14 December 2014)
Highest scoringMaccabi Netanya 4–4 Maccabi Petah Tikva (20 September 2014)
Longest winning run5 games
Ironi Kiryat Shmona
Longest unbeaten run16 games
Ironi Kiryat Shmona
Longest winless run15 games
F.C. Ashdod
Longest losing run4 games
F.C. Ashdod
Hapoel Tel Aviv
Maccabi Haifa
Ironi Kiryat Shmona
Highest attendance29,300 - Maccabi Haifa 1–3 Beitar Jerusalem (27 December 2014)[1]
Average attendance6,451[1]

TeamsEdit

A total of fourteen teams are competing in the league, including twelve sides from the 2013–14 season and two promoted team from the 2013–14 Liga Leumit.

Hapoel Nir Ramat HaSharon and Bnei Yehuda were relegated to the 2014–15 Liga Leumit after finishing the 2013–14 season in the bottom two places.

Maccabi Netanya and Hapoel Petah Tikva were promoted after finishing the 2013–14 Liga Leumit in the top two places.

Stadia and locationsEdit

Club Home City Stadium Capacity
Beitar Jerusalem Jerusalem Teddy Stadium 31,733
Bnei Sakhnin Sakhnin Doha Stadium 8,500
F.C. Ashdod Ashdod Yud-Alef Stadium 7,420
Hapoel Acre Acre Acre Stadium 5,000
Hapoel Be'er Sheva Be'er Sheva Vasermil Stadium 13,000
Hapoel Haifa Haifa Sammy Ofer Stadium 30,870
Hapoel Petah Tikva Petah Tikva HaMoshava Stadium 11,500
Hapoel Ra'anana Ra'anana Netanya Stadium[2] 13,610
Hapoel Tel Aviv Tel Aviv Bloomfield Stadium 14,413
Ironi Kiryat Shmona Kiryat Shmona Kiryat Shmona Stadium 5,300
Maccabi Haifa Haifa Sammy Ofer Stadium 30,870
Maccabi Netanya Netanya Netanya Stadium 13,610
Maccabi Petah Tikva Petah Tikva HaMoshava Stadium 11,500
Maccabi Tel Aviv Tel Aviv Bloomfield Stadium 14,413

Personnel and sponsorshipEdit

Team President Manager Captain Kitmaker Shirt sponsor
Beitar Jerusalem   Eli Tabib   Guy Levy   Ofir Kriaf Puma itrader
Bnei Sakhnin   Mohammed Abu Yunes   Eli Cohen   Khaled Khalaila Umbro Toyga
F.C. Ashdod   Jacky Ben-Zaken   Nir Klinger   Ofir Martziano Nike
Hapoel Acre   Yehuda Barshishat   Shlomi Dora   David Goresh Macron Azrieli Group
Hapoel Be'er Sheva   Alona Barkat   Elisha Levy   Elyaniv Barda Kappa Mobli
Hapoel Haifa   Yoav Katz   Tal Banin   Oshri Roash Diadora Hatama
Hapoel Petah Tikva   Doron Ben Dakon   Meni Koretski   Kobi Musa Lotto
Hapoel Ra'anana   Asher Alon   Haim Silvas   Snir Shuker Umbro ME Tel Aviv
Hapoel Tel Aviv   The Red Fans   Eli Cohen   Shay Abutbul Umbro Fujicom
Ironi Kiryat Shmona   Izzy Sheratzky   Barak Bakhar   Shir Tzedek Puma Ituran
Maccabi Haifa   Ya'akov Shahar   Marco Balbul   Yossi Benayoun Nike Honda
Maccabi Netanya   Eli Segev   Ronny Levy   Eran Levy Joma Burgus Burger Bar
Maccabi Petah Tikva   Amos Luzon   Ran Ben Shimon   Naor Peser Macron Panorama North
Maccabi Tel Aviv   Mitchell Goldhar   Pako Ayestarán   Sheran Yeini Adidas

Managerial changesEdit

Team Outgoing manager Manner of departure Date of vacancy Position in table Incoming manager Date of appointment
Maccabi Haifa   Arik Benado Sacked 14 April 2014 Pre-season   Aleksandar Stanojević 1 May 2014
Beitar Jerusalem   Ronny Levy Sacked 10 May 2014   Meni Koretski 10 May 2014
Hapoel Haifa   Shlomi Dora End of contract 14 May 2014   Reuven Atar 14 May 2014
Hapoel Acre   Yuval Naim Sacked   Alon Harazi
Hapoel Tel Aviv   Ran Ben Shimon Sacked 26 May 2014   Asi Domb 27 May 2014
Hapoel Ra'anana   Meni Koretski Resigned   Haim Silvas
Maccabi Tel Aviv   Paulo Sousa Signed by Basel 28 May 2014   Óscar García 2 June 2014
Maccabi Petah Tikva   Yetav Luzon Resigned 11 June 2014   Ran Ben Shimon 12 June 2014
Bnei Sakhnin   Marco Balbul End of contract 19 June 2014   Guy Levy 19 June 2014
Maccabi Tel Aviv   Óscar García Resigned 26 August 2014   Pako Ayestarán 26 August 2014
Bnei Sakhnin   Guy Levy Sacked 5 December 2014 13th   Eli Cohen 5 December 2014
Maccabi Haifa   Aleksandar Stanojević Resigned 28 December 2014 4th   Marco Balbul 28 December 2014
Hapoel Acre   Alon Harazi Resigned 5 January 2015 14th   Shlomi Dora 8 January 2015
Maccabi Netanya   Yossi Mizrahi Resigned 14 January 2015 12th   Ronny Levy 14 January 2015
Beitar Jerusalem   Meni Koretski Sacked 30 January 2015 10th   Guy Levy 30 January 2015
Hapoel Tel Aviv   Asi Domb Sacked 30 January 2015 8th   Eli Cohen 30 January 2015
Hapoel Petah Tikva   Ido Bar-On Sacked 7 February 2015 13th   Meni Koretski 7 February 2015
Hapoel Haifa   Reuven Atar Sacked 16 February 2015 12th   Tal Banin 16 February 2015

Regular seasonEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 Maccabi Tel Aviv[a] 26 17 5 4 53 20 +33 54 Qualification for the championship round
2 Hapoel Be'er Sheva 26 14 7 5 47 24 +23 49
3 Ironi Kiryat Shmona 26 13 8 5 40 27 +13 47
4 Beitar Jerusalem 26 10 10 6 38 29 +9 40
5 Maccabi Petah Tikva 26 10 9 7 28 30 −2 39
6 Maccabi Haifa 26 11 4 11 38 29 +9 37
7 Hapoel Ra'anana 26 9 7 10 24 23 +1 34 Qualification for the relegation round
8 Maccabi Netanya 26 9 6 11 37 45 −8 33
9 Bnei Sakhnin 26 7 9 10 32 37 −5 30
10 Hapoel Tel Aviv[a] 26 8 7 11 27 33 −6 29
11 F.C. Ashdod 26 6 9 11 29 41 −12 27
12 Hapoel Haifa 26 7 5 14 20 41 −21 26
13 Hapoel Petah Tikva 26 5 8 13 28 43 −15 23
14 Hapoel Acre 26 4 10 12 20 39 −19 22
Source: Israel Football Association
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Goal difference; 3) Matches won; 4) Goals scored; 5) Head-to-head points; 6) Head-to-head goal difference; 7) Head-to-head goals scored; 8) Play-off.
Notes:
  1. ^ a b Maccabi Tel Aviv and Hapoel Tel Aviv each deducted one point.[3]
Home \ Away BEI BnS ASH HAC HBS HHA IKS HPT HRA HTA MHA MNE MPT MTA
Beitar Jerusalem 1–2 1–1 4–0 0–3 0–1 3–1 3–1 0–0 1–1 1–0 1–1 2–3 1–0
Bnei Sakhnin 1–0 2–3 1–1 2–0 2–0 1–4 0–0 2–0 1–1 1–1 0–2 1–1 1–3
F.C. Ashdod 3–3 2–2 0–0 2–2 0–1 0–0 1–3 1–2 3–1 1–0 2–3 0–0 0–1
Hapoel Acre 1–1 1–3 0–1 1–1 1–1 2–0 1–1 0–2 1–0 0–0 1–2 0–2 1–4
Hapoel Be'er Sheva 1–1 2–0 2–1 3–0 4–0 2–1 2–1 0–1 1–0 2–0 4–0 1–0 3–2
Hapoel Haifa 3–4 0–3 0–2 1–0 1–1 1–2 1–1 1–0 1–1 0–4 3–2 0–1 2–0
Ironi Kiryat Shmona 1–1 1–1 1–0 2–2 1–1 1–0 3–2 1–1 3–0 0–1 3–1 3–0 2–1
Hapoel Petah Tikva 0–1 2–1 1–2 4–1 1–3 2–1 1–3 0–0 0–1 2–2 1–1 0–0 1–3
Hapoel Ra'anana 0–2 1–1 2–0 0–2 1–1 2–0 0–0 4–0 0–1 1–0 2–1 0–0 0–2
Hapoel Tel Aviv 0–2 1–1 3–1 1–3 3–2 3–0 0–1 0–0 2–1 2–2 1–0 1–2 0–0[a]
Maccabi Haifa 1–3 4–2 5–0 1–0 1–0 2–0 1–3 3–1 0–2 3–1 2–1 0–1 0–1
Maccabi Netanya 2–0 2–1 0–0 1–1 4–2 0–2 1–2 3–1 1–0 0–2 0–4 4–4 3–3
Maccabi Petah Tikva 1–1 2–0 1–1 0–0 0–4 0–0 3–0 1–2 3–2 2–1 1–0 0–1 0–3
Maccabi Tel Aviv 1–1 2–0 5–2 3–0 0–0 3–0 1–1 2–0 2–0 2–0 3–1 3–1 3–0
Source: Israel Football Association
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.
Notes:
  1. ^ The match originally was abandoned after supporter violence while the score was 1–1.[4] The Israel Football Association declared the match a 0–0 draw, with neither team receiving any points and closing the stands for four matches.[3]

PlayoffsEdit

Key numbers for pairing determination (number marks position after 26 games):[5]

Rounds
27th 28th 29th 30th 31st 32nd 33rd 34th 35th 36th
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
6 – 1
5 – 2
4 – 3
2 – 1
3 – 5
4 – 6
6 – 2
1 – 3
5 – 4
3 – 2
4 – 1
5 – 6
6 – 3
2 – 4
1 – 5
7 – 11
8 – 13
9 – 12
10 – 14
7 – 8
13 – 9
12 – 10
11 – 14
8 – 11
9 – 7
10 – 13
14 – 12
8 – 9
7 – 10
13 – 14
11 – 12
9 – 11
10 – 8
14 – 7
12 – 13
9 – 10
8 – 14
7 – 12
11 – 13
10 – 11
14 – 9
12 – 8
13 – 7
 

Top playoffEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 Maccabi Tel Aviv[a] (C) 36 21 9 6 67 32 +35 70 Qualification for the Champions League second qualifying round
2 Ironi Kiryat Shmona 36 18 10 8 53 38 +15 64 Qualification for the Europa League third qualifying round[b]
3 Hapoel Be'er Sheva 36 17 11 8 63 40 +23 62 Qualification for the Europa League second qualifying round[b]
4 Beitar Jerusalem[a] 36 13 13 10 48 43 +5 51 Qualification for the Europa League first qualifying round[b]
5 Maccabi Haifa 36 14 8 14 51 37 +14 50
6 Maccabi Petah Tikva 36 12 12 12 34 41 −7 48
Source: Israel Football Association
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Goal difference; 3) Matches won; 4) Goals scored; 5) Head-to-head points; 6) Head-to-head goal difference; 7) Head-to-head goals scored; 8) Play-off.
(C) Champion.
Notes:
  1. ^ a b Maccabi Tel Aviv and Beitar Jerusalem each deducted one point.[6]
  2. ^ a b c Since Maccabi Tel Aviv won the 2014–15 Israel State Cup, then the 2nd-positioned team will be awarded with entry to the third qualifying round of the UEFA Europa League.
Home \ Away BEI HBS IKS MHA MPT MTA
Beitar Jerusalem 1–1 0–1 1–1 0–0 3–0
Hapoel Be'er Sheva 4–0 2–2 1–1 3–0 1–1
Ironi Kiryat Shmona 1–2 3–1 1–0 2–0 0–0
Maccabi Haifa 1–0 4–0 4–1 0–0 1–1
Maccabi Petah Tikva 1–2 1–2 0–1 1–0 1–1
Maccabi Tel Aviv 4–1 3–1 2–1 2–1 0–2
Source: Israel Football Association
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Bottom playoffEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Relegation
7 Bnei Sakhnin 33 11 11 11 43 44 −1 44
8 Hapoel Tel Aviv[a] 33 12 8 13 36 40 −4 42
9 Maccabi Netanya 33 11 8 14 46 54 −8 41
10 Hapoel Ra'anana 33 10 9 14 35 36 −1 39
11 Hapoel Acre 33 9 11 13 28 42 −14 38
12 Hapoel Haifa 33 9 7 17 25 47 −22 34
13 Hapoel Petah Tikva (R) 33 8 8 17 43 59 −16 32 Relegation to Liga Leumit
14 F.C. Ashdod (R) 33 6 13 14 32 51 −19 31
Source: Israel Football Association
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Goal difference; 3) Matches won; 4) Goals scored; 5) Head-to-head points; 6) Head-to-head goal difference; 7) Head-to-head goals scored; 8) Play-off.
(R) Relegated.
Notes:
  1. ^ Hapoel Tel Aviv deducted one point.[3]
Home \ Away ASH BnS HAC HHA HPT HRA HTA MNE
F.C. Ashdod 0–0 0–0 2–4
Bnei Sakhnin 1–1 1–0 1–1 2–0
Hapoel Acre 1–0 1–0 2–0
Hapoel Haifa 3–2 0–1 0–0
Hapoel Petah Tikva 2–3 0–2 4–2
Hapoel Ra'anana 4–0 1–2 2–2 1–2
Hapoel Tel Aviv 1–0 2–0 1–2 2–1
Maccabi Netanya 0–0 2–3 1–2 3–1
Source: Israel Football Association
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Season statisticsEdit

Top scorersEdit

As of matches played on 1 June 2015.
Rank Scorer Club Goals
1   Eran Zahavi Maccabi Tel Aviv 27
2   Mohammad Ghadir Bnei Sakhnin 16
3   Maor Buzaglo Hapoel Be'er Sheva 13
  Olarenwaju Kayode Maccabi Netanya
5   Roi Kahat Ironi Kiryat Shmona 12
6   Shlomi Arbeitman Hapoel Be'er Sheva 11
  Hamdi Salihi Hapoel Haifa
  Rodgers Kola Ironi Kiryat Shmona
  Eran Levy Maccabi Netanya

Source: Israel Football Association[permanent dead link]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b http://www.one.co.il/Article/14-15/1,1,0,0/252513.html?ref=hp
  2. ^ The club play their home games at a neutral venue due to their own ground not meeting the league's requirements.
  3. ^ a b c Bar Dayan, Shirly (24 November 2014). "Hapoel, Maccabi each deducted one point for TA derby debacle". Sport5. Retrieved 24 November 2014.
  4. ^ Sinai, Allon (11 November 2014). "Maccabi, Hapoel Tel Aviv await repercussions of derby violence". Jerusalem Post. Retrieved 11 November 2014.
  5. ^ "The full fixture list for the Top and Bottom playoffs" (PDF) (in Hebrew).
  6. ^ "Israel's football association decision regarding Beitar Jerusalem" (PDF) (in Hebrew). The Israel Football Association. 18 May 2015. Archived from the original (PDF) on 19 May 2015. Retrieved 18 May 2015.