Hapoel Acre F.C.

Hapoel Acre Football Club (Hebrew: מועדון כדורגל הפועל עכו‎, Moadon Kaduregel Hapoel Akko) is an Israeli football club based in Acre, Israel. The club currently plays in Liga Leumit.

Hapoel Acre
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Full nameHapoel Acre Football Club
מועדון כדורגל הפועל עכו
Founded1946; 75 years ago (1946)
GroundAcre Municipal Stadium, Acre, Israel
Capacity5,000
OwnerDan Lobalski
ChairmanHaim Parboznik
ManagerEli Cohen
LeagueLiga Leumit
2019–20Liga Leumit, 12th

HistoryEdit

Founded in 1946, the club dwelt in the lower leagues until they won Liga Bet North A in the 1962–63 season and promoted for the first time to Liga Alef, the second division by then. In 1973–74, they won Liga Alef North division. However, the Israel Football Association decided that season on promotion play-off, involving the top 2 clubs in each Liga Alef division, and the bottom two clubs in Liga Leumit. after finishing in 5th position (out of 6), they were not promoted.

After second-place finish in the 1974–75 season, Hapoel won Liga Alef North division in the 1975–76 and were promoted to the top division for the first time. After finishing 11th (out of 16) in their first season, they won only two matches the next season, and were relegated to Liga Artzit, which was the new second division at the time. This proved to be their last appearance in the top division for the next 31 years.

In 1982–83 the club had dropped into Liga Alef, the third tier at the time. They promoted back to Liga Artzit at the end of the 1984–85 season, after winning the Promotion play-offs against Lazarus Holon,[1] and remained there seasons at the second tier, until the 1987–88 season, where they finished bottom, and relegated to Liga Alef for the second time.

In 1998–99 they were promoted to Liga Artzit (the new third tier, due to the creation of the Israeli Premier League that summer). However, in 2003–04, the club finished as runners-up, and were promoted back to Liga Leumit. In 2005–06, the club won their first ever piece of silverware, picking up the second division's Toto Cup after beating Hapoel Be'er Sheva 5–3 on penalties after a 0–0 draw.[2] In 2008–09, the club finished as runners-up, and promoted to the Premier League.

In the 2010–11 season, the club achieved its best placing to date, when they finished eighth in the Israeli Premier League.

On 3 June 2013, an agreement was signed between Hapoel Acre association and the municipality of Acre, and as a result, a new association was appointed by the municipality.[3]

In the 2012–13 and 2014–15 seasons, the club finished at the bottom of the league at the end of the regular season. However, they avoided relegation in both occasions, following a strong finish of the bottom play-offs. In the 2015–16 season, the club finished second bottom and relegated to Liga Leumit, after seven successive seasons in the top division.

StadiumEdit

The club's traditional ground was the 5,000-seat Napoleon Stadium in Acre.[4] Whilst the ground was being refurbished, the club played in Nazareth Illit at Green Stadium shared with Hapoel Nazareth Illit in the 2009–10 and the 2010–11 seasons. In the 2011–12 season the club played in the first month at Ilut Stadium in Ilut, located near Nazareth in northern Israel, before moving to their new Acre Municipal Stadium.

Current squadEdit

As of 18 July 2020[5]
No. Pos. Nation Player
1 GK   ISR Ofek Antman
2 DF   ISR Hanan Biton
3 DF   ISR Ohad Elbilia
4 DF   ISR Ben Binyamin
5 DF   ISR Ali Kayal
6 MF   ISR Eliav Ben Ami
7 MF   ISR Hen Yadan
8 MF   ISR Roei Rabinovich
9 FW   ISR Gal Katabi
10 FW   ISR Raz Twizer
11 FW   ISR Mahran Lala
12 DF   ISR Jeffrey Nisembaum
14 MF   ISR Gitti Sofir
15 MF   ISR Roei Har
No. Pos. Nation Player
17 DF   PHI Ange Andino
18 MF   ISR Eran Biton
20 DF   ISR Peter Elias
22 GK   ISR Razi Abu Hamdan
23 MF   ISR Zahi Ahmed
25 MF   ISR George Dibba
30 MF   ISR Alon Deri
51 FW   ISR Yuval Oren
77 FW   ISR Hebetmo Gazahin
98 DF   ISR Gal Aviv
99 FW   ISR Omer Buaron
GK   ISR Hassan Agbaria
MF   ISR Ilya Dazon
MF   ISR Omri Wagner

ManagersEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Hapoel Acre Maariv, 30.6.1985, Historical Jewish Press (in Hebrew)
  2. ^ Hapoel Acre won the Leumit Toto Cup nrg.co.il, 31.1.2006 (in Hebrew)
  3. ^ Hapoel Acre: Agreement was signed between the municipality and the association walla.co.il, 3.6.2013, Historical Jewish Press (in Hebrew)
  4. ^ Life down under: Expect the unexpected Haaretz
  5. ^ "Hapoel Acre" (in Hebrew). Football.org.il (Israel Football Association). Archived from the original on 16 March 2015. Retrieved 14 February 2011.

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