Ironi Tiberias F.C.

  (Redirected from Beitar Tiberias F.C.)

Ironi Tiberias (Hebrew: עירוני טבריה) is a football club from Tiberias, Israel. The club is not connected to Hapoel Tiberias, a former club which spent several seasons in the top division of Israeli football in the 1960s and the 1980s, making its last appearance in the top flight in 1989.

Ironi Tiberias F.C
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Full nameIroni Tiberias Football Club
Founded2006
GroundMunicipal Stadium, Tiberias
Capacity4,500
OwnerDorot Group
chairmen of associationArie Kalmanzon & Mickey Bitan
ManagerEliran Hudeda
LeagueLiga Alef North
2020–21Liga Alef North (Group A), 8th

HistoryEdit

Football was played in Tiberias before the Israeli Declaration of Independence, the first club in the city, Maccabi Tiberias, was formed in 1925[1] and was playing football as early as 1927.[2] A year later, Maccabi Tiberias competed in the first ever edition of the Israel State Cup.

The best known club from Tiberias was Hapoel Tiberias, which played in the top division of the Israeli football in the 1960s, from 1961–62 to 1964–65, and later again in 1988–89.

A third club operating in Tiberias during these years was Beitar Tiberias, although it mainly played in the lower levels of the Israeli league, its best performance being reaching Liga Bet, the third tier in the late 1960s and the 1970s.

By the late 1990s both Maccabi and Hapoel has folded, and the only active club was Beitar Tiberias. In 2001 the club was merged with Hapoel Mo'atza Ezorit Galil Tahton to form Hapoel Galil Tahton/Tiberias.[3] in 2007 the club changed its name to Ironi Tiberias.

In 2006–07 the club finished 2nd in Liga Bet North B and was promoted through play-offs. After several season in Liga Alef North, the club qualified to the promotion play-off at the end of the 2010–11 season, falling in first round to Hapoel Asi Gilboa. The following season the club finished 2nd in Liga Alef, but didn't take part in the promotion play-offs, which involved only the league winner, Hapoel Asi Gilboa.

The club finished 2nd once again in 2013–14 and qualified to the promotion play-offs, and after beating Maccabi Daliyat al-Karmel, Hapoel Migdal HaEmek and Hapoel Azor, faced Hapoel Katamon Jerusalem in the decisive promotion/relegation play-offs. Tiberias won 5–1 on aggregate (3–0, 2–1), and promoted to Liga Leumit. However, the club's spell in Liga Leumit lasted only one season, as they finished second bottom in the 2014–15 season and relegated back to Liga Alef.

Current squadEdit

As of 12 October 2021[4]
No. Pos. Nation Player
1 GK   ISR Assaf Raz
4 DF   ISR Israel Rosh
5 DF   ISR Sharon Levi
6 MF   ISR Evyatar Barak
7 FW   ISR Assi Guma
8 MF   ISR Kfir Ben David
9 MF   ISR Ran Rol
10 FW   ISR Shlomi Mrad
11 FW   ISR Aviel Gabay
12 DF   ISR Bar Ivgi
15 MF   ISR Eilon Elimelech
16 FW   ISR Gadi Melesa
17 DF   ISR David Nidam
18 MF   ISR Raul Gorshumov
No. Pos. Nation Player
19 DF   ISR Elias Zana
21 DF   ISR Dan Fridrich
26 FW   ISR Meir Cohen
55 GK   ISR Gabriel Cohen
70 DF   ISR Ilan Shaulski
77 MF   ISR Aviran Turgeman
88 FW   ISR Ofir Mizrahi
99 MF   ISR Lior Asmara
DF   ISR Nadav Munis
DF   ISR Miki Yazo
DF   ISR Shani Sellam
FW   ISR Moshe Ben Lulu
FW   ISR Nir Abergil

HonoursEdit

LeagueEdit

Honour No. Years
Fourth tier 1 1966–681
Fifth tier 1 1996–971

1As Beitar Tiberias

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ News from the World of Sport in Eretz Israel and Abroad Do'ar HaYom, 16.10.1925, Historical Jewish Press (in Hebrew)
  2. ^ Opening of the Maccabi Ground in Tiberias Do'ar HaYom, 23.10.27, Historical Jewish Press (in Hebrew)
  3. ^ Hapoel Tiberias Archived 2014-10-10 at the Wayback Machine Nana.co.il, 28.08.02 (in Hebrew)
  4. ^ Ironi Tiberias Archived 2015-07-08 at the Wayback Machine Israel Football Association