Hapoel Hadera–Giv'at Olga "Shulem Schwarz" F.C. (Hebrew: מועדון כדורגל הפועל חדרה–גבעת אולגה שולם שוורץ) is an Israeli football club from Hadera. They currently play in the Israeli Premier League, and have previously spent eight seasons in the top division.
|Full name||Hapoel Hadera–Giv'at Olga "Shulem Schwarz" Football Club|
|Founded||1936 (original club) |
1949 (reformed club)
2006 (merged club)
2015 (merged with F.C. Giv'at Olga)
|Ground||Netanya Stadium, Netanya|
|Owner||A joint management group|
|League||Israeli Premier League|
|2022–23||Israeli Premier League, 12th of 14|
The club was founded in 1936, although footballing activities in Hapoel branch in Hadera occurred as early as 1928. During the late years of the British Mandate the club entered EIFA cup and league competitions, however, due to the 1947–1949 Palestine war the club was disbanded.
After the Israeli Declaration of Independence the club was reformed and entered the league competitions at the second level. The club was promoted to Liga Alef, then the top division, in 1954. However, they were relegated at the end of their first season in the top tier, after finishing second from bottom. In 1957 they finished high enough in Liga Alef (by then the second tier) to compete in the play-offs for promotion to Liga Leumit, but missed out on goal difference by one goal.
The club had to wait until 1970 for another promotion, when they were promoted as Liga Alef champions. They narrowly avoided relegation in the 1970–71 season, finishing above relegated Maccabi Petah Tikva on goal difference. However, they were relegated the following season after finishing bottom. This time they bounced back immediately as Liga Alef runners-up, and finished 13th in 1973–74, a single point above the relegation zone.
Although 1974–75 saw the club finish in their highest-ever position, 7th, they were relegated the following season. The club made a second immediate return to the top flight as Liga Artzit (the new second division) champions, but were relegated again in 1979, marking their last appearance to date in the top division.
In 1986 and 1989 the club won the Liga Artzit Toto Cup. In 1994 they were deducted 12 points after being found guilty of match-fixing in a league game against Hakoah Ramat Gan. They were relegated to the third tier in 1997, and following league restructuring in 1999, sank into the fourth division. They were relegated again to Liga Bet in 2003.
In 2006, All the football clubs from Hadera merged into one club called Hapoel Ironi Eran Hadera, and at the end of the 2007–08 season the club won the South A division of Liga Bet and were promoted back to Liga Alef.
In the 2009–10 season, the club battled for promotion to Liga Leumit and was leading 70% of the season at 1st place. However, they did not achieve promotion after finished 3rd place at Liga Alef South division. in next season of 2010–11 they changed division to the North, and it was a beginning of bad financial problem, and with small budget they needed to build the club from the beginning. at that season, the manager was Ami Elhadad, one of the players who played for the club in the 1970s. at the end of the season they finished in the 8th place.
The 2011–12 season was one of their worst seasons, as they finished in the 14th place and had to play-off against Ihud Bnei Maksur from Liga bet. Hadera won the relegation play-off 2–1 after goals scored by Momo Nistel and Elias Zana. during the season, the club saw changes in the manager position, when Ami Elhadad resigned from the club, and replaced by the youth manager, Yohanan Israelov, who did not finish the season as well, as Itzik Ben Tora managed the club in the last two games. In the 2012–13 season, Eyal Amar, former player for the club, took over the manager position, after three seasons as the manager of local rivals, F.C. Givat Olga. the club started the season well, when showed good games. However, at the end of season they finished in the 7th place. manager Eyal Amar left the club and returned to Givat Olga.
In the 2013–14 season, the club was managed by Ahmed Wahab as manager and Yosef Mogiliovsky as assistant-manager, and placed 8th after the first round of the league (15 games). After Ahmed Wahab left the club with his son, Barkat, due to financial problems, and Kobi Badash left for Hapoel Migdal HaEmek, Hadera signed new manager, Ron Keler, which trained the youth section of the club, and finished the season in the 7th place, 6 points short of the promotion play-offs.
In The 2014–15 season the started with Gil Fishel as new manager. but after 10 games the manager resign because of financial problems. and after that Sasha Feldman who was a player of the club take care of coaching team. After 4 games he left the club and in the derby with MS Givat olga Itsik Ben Tora stand on the line 1 match than Yohanan Izraelov return to training the team he was coaching only 5 games and left too. Ron Keller who trained last season take care the club and made a success with team and reach 9th place at Liga alef north. and was the first to win derby in last match 1–0 on Givat Olga.
In season 2015–16 was talking to take new management of the team but the talks didn't bring anything and Yoav Kobi still the owner of the club. The team signed new coach past player Momo Nistel that trained before Beitar Pardes Hana with success.
In season 2016–17 was big day in the club. The team promote to Liga Leumit the second tier in Israel. after finishing 1st place in the league. It was first time after 20 seasons it was the last time to play in second tier.
In season 2017–18, the club was promoted again to the Israeli Premier League for the first time after 40 years from the second place of Liga Leumit.
In the next season, Hapoel Hadera made a big sensation in the Premier League and secured the place in the championship playoff, what brought the club to improve their previous record in the First Division, seventh place, and finish the season in the sixth place.
Current squad edit
As of 13 August 2023.
Out on loan edit
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
Foreigners 2022–23 edit
Only up six non-Israeli nationals can be in an Israeli club squad (only five can play at the same time). Those with Jewish ancestry, married to an Israeli or have played in Israel for an extended period of time, can claim a passport or permanent residency which would allow them to play with Israeli status.
|Second tier||6||1940, 1949–50, 1953–54, 1969–70, 1972–73, 1976–77|
|Third tier||3||1961–62, 1981–82, 2016–17|
Cup competitions edit
|Liga Leumit League Cup (first Tier)||1||1975–76|
|Toto Cup (second tier)||2||1985–86, 1988–89|
Notable managers edit
- Eli Cohen (born 1951)
- Hapoel Branch Davar, 18.01.1928, Historical Jewish Press (in Hebrew)
- In Sport Davar 9 August 1928, Historical Jewish Press (in Hebrew)
- Hapoel Hadera 50 Years of Sports and More in Hadera, Efraim Frank (Israel), 2004, pp. 192 (in Hebrew)
- Israel – List of Final Tables RSSSF
- Israel 1996/97 RSSSF
- About Archived 2014-01-01 at the Wayback Machine Hapoel Eran Hadera (in Hebrew)
– Israel Football Association (in Hebrew) (archived 28 November 2017)