Hapoel Herzliya F.C.

Hapoel Herzliya (Hebrew: הפועל הרצליה) is an Israeli football club based in Herzliya. The club is currently in Liga Alef North division and play their home matches at the Herzliya Municipal Stadium.

Hapoel Herzliya
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Full nameHapoel Herzliya Football Club
Founded1932
GroundHerzliya Municipal Stadium, Herzliya
Capacity8,300
OwnerEli Hayo Hamo
ChairmanEli Hayo Hamo
ManagerErez Benodis
LeagueLiga Alef North
2021–22Liga Alef North, 4th

HistoryEdit

The Hapoel sport club in Herzliya was established in 1928,[1] and a football section was opened in 1936. Prior to the Israeli Declaration of Independence, the club played six seasons at the top flight, and appeared for the last time in the 1946–47 Palestine League season, where the club relegated.

Following Israeli independence in 1948, the club was placed in Liga Bet, the second division. In 1953–54 they were relegated. the club returned to Liga Alef in the 1960–61 season, and relegated after one season to Liga Bet. However, in the Israel State Cup, the club made history, after they eliminated Maccabi Jaffa, Beitar Jerusalem and Beitar Tel Aviv, and reached the Semi-finals, where they lost to the Israeli champions at the time, Hapoel Petah Tikva, in a result of 0–4.[2] in the 1962–63 season, they returned to Liga Alef after winning promotion play-off against Beitar Haifa. Hapoel remained in the second tier for the next 13 seasons, and their best placing came in the 1969–70 season, in which they finished as runners-up after Hapoel Hadera, which were promoted to the Liga Leumit.

In 1975–76, which was the last season of Liga Alef prior to the creation of Liga Artzit, Hapoel finished only in the fourteenth place, which was not enough to secure a place in the newly formed second tier, thus, the club relegated to the new Liga Alef (now as third tier).

After three seasons in the third tier, the club promoted to Liga Artzit in the 1978–79 season after finishing second in Liga Alef North, and then by winning promotion play-off against Maccabi Kiryat Gat. however, in the following season, their spell in Liga Artzit lasted only one season. as they finished bottom and relegated back to Liga Alef. two seasons later, they finished bottom in Liga Alef South, and relegated to the fourth tier, Liga Bet, where they remained for the next 18 seasons.

In 1999–2000 the club won the South A Division of Liga Bet to win promotion to Liga Alef. In 2002–03 Hapoel won the North Division of Liga Alef and were promoted to Liga Artzit. At the end of the 2006–07 season they finished second from bottom and were relegated back to Liga Alef.

In 2009–10 the club won the South Division of Liga Alef to win promotion to Liga Leumit. in 2011–12 the club finished bottom in Liga Leumit and relegated to Liga Alef, where they play today.

Current squadEdit

As of 15 February 2022
No. Pos. Nation Player
1 GK   ISR Tamir Stoller
2 DF   ISR Liav Michaeli
3 DF   ISR Yarin Mesika
5 DF   ISR Tamir Haimovich
7 MF   ISR Yahav Hemo
10 MF   ISR Idan David
11 FW   ISR Amit Yakov
13 MF   ISR Ruslan Koznizov
14 MF   ISR Raz Feldberg
15 MF   ISR Eyal Danin
17 MF   ISR Itay Katzav
No. Pos. Nation Player
18 MF   ISR Dor Hemo
19 MF   ISR Shalev Saban
20 MF   ISR Itamar Ozer
21 MF   ISR Amir Abeles
22 MF   ISR Barak Braunstein
24 FW   ISR Ange Andino
26 DF   ISR Dmytro Entin
77 DF   ISR Idan Weintraub
99 GK   ISR Lior Paztal
DF   ISR Yakir Shaul
MF   ISR Niv Alfi

HonoursEdit

LeagueEdit

Honour No. Years
Second tier 1 1937
Third tier 2 1959–60, 2009–10
Fourth tier 1 2002–03
Fifth tier 1 1999–2000

External linksEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ In the Culture Committee Davar, 7 March 1928, Historical Jewish Press (in Hebrew)
  2. ^ Hapoel Petah Tikva 4 – Hapoel Hertzliya 0 Hapoel Petah Tikva Museum (in Hebrew)