Hapoel Rishon LeZion F.C.

Hapoel Rishon LeZion F.C. (Hebrew: הפועל ראשון לציון) is an Israeli football club based in the city of Rishon LeZion, which currently plays in Liga Leumit, Israel's second football division. Home matches are hosted at the Haberfeld Stadium. In 1991, the club changed its name to Hapoel Ironi Rishon LeZion (Hebrew: הפועל עירוני ראשון לציון), and in June 2008 the name was switched back to Hapoel Rishon LeZion following a change in ownership.[1]

Hapoel Rishon leZion
Hapoel Rishon LeZion's emblem
Full nameHapoel Rishon LeZion
הפועל ראשון לציון
Nickname(s)Rishonia
Founded1940; 82 years ago (1940)
GroundHaberfeld Stadium, Rishon LeZion
Capacity6,000
OwnerAmos Luzon
ManagerOfir Kopel
LeagueLiga Leumit
2021–22Liga Leumit, 14th

HistoryEdit

Hapoel Rishon LeZion was one of the first clubs in the history of league football in Israel. The football section of the Sports club was established in 1929,[2] and played several matches since 1933,[3][4] including competing at the Palestine Cup in 1937 and 1939. The club was formally established in 1940.[5][6]

Its best achievements were runner-up of the Israel State Cup in 1946 and 1996. On both occasions it lost to Maccabi Tel Aviv. Following its cup final in 1996, it played in UEFA Cup Winners' Cup, but was eliminated in the qualifying round by Constructorul Chisinau of Moldova on away goals rule (0–1, 3–2).

The club played at the top division in Mandatory Palestine for the first time at the 1941–42 season and after the Israeli Declaration of Independence, became founder members of the Israeli League in 1949. In 1951–52, the club finished second bottom and dropped to the second tier.

Between 1952 and 1994 the club played just three seasons in the top division: 1978–79, 1980–81 (where they finished sixth) and 1981–82. In the 1991–92 season, while playing in Liga Alef, the third tier, it added the word Ironi to its name, and in the next two seasons, made two successive promotions and returned to the top flight once again after winning Liga Artzit in the 1993–94 season.[1] This time the club managed to stay nine consecutive seasons in the top league until it was relegated to the second tier, (Liga Leumit), at the end of the 2002–03 season, and three seasons later dropped further down to Liga Artzit, the third tier at the time.

In 2008–09, after the club changed its name back to Hapoel Rishon LeZion, it was promoted to the second tier (Known as Liga Leumit) .

In 2010–11, the club was promoted to the Israeli Premier League, the top tier. They were relegated back to Liga Leumit the following season.

On 4 December 2012, Hapoel Rishon LeZion won the 2012–13 Toto Cup Leumit.

In 2017–18, the club was just one point short of being promoted to the top tier, The Israeli Premier League, finishing third. In the following year, 2018–19, the club finished twelfth, and narrowly avoided relegation.

Season-by-season
Season League Tier League Position
2015–16 2 12th
2016–17 2 10th
2017–18 2 3rd
2018–19 2 12th
2019–20 2 5th
2020–21 2 4th

Current squadEdit

As to 31 August 2022
No. Pos. Nation Player
1 GK   ISR Avihay Dahan
2 DF   ISR Raz Baruchian
3 DF   ISR Alon Shtrosberg
4 DF   ISR Roei Zrihan
6 MF   ISR Ilay Tamam
7 MF   ISR Sean Malka
8 DF   ISR Eyas Masalha
9 MF   CIV Mohammed Bamba
10 MF   ISR Zion Tzemah
11 FW   ISR Yuval Sasson
14 FW   ISR Ohad Barzilay
15 MF   ISR Ori Zohar
No. Pos. Nation Player
16 MF   ISR Yuval Haliva
17 DF   ISR Amit Moseri
18 DF   ISR Mor Edri
19 MF   SLE Emmanuel Samadia
22 GK   ISR Dvir Nir
24 MF   ISR Yarden Abuhatzira
26 DF   ISR Omri Luzon
30 FW   SLE Alpha Conteh
32 DF   ISR Shahar Barnea
53 GK   ISR Dor Hevron
77 DF   ISR Adir Rotstein

International former playersEdit

Europe

Africa

Central and North America

Israel

ManagersEdit

HonoursEdit

LeagueEdit

Honour No. Years
Second tier 1 1993–94
Third tier 3 1964–65, 1988–89, 1992–93

CupsEdit

Honour No. Years
Toto Cup (second division) 1 2012–13

European RecordEdit

Season Round Opponents Home leg Away leg Aggregate
1996–97 Qualifying Round   Constructorul Chişinău 3–2 0–1 3–3 (a)

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b History of Hapoel Rishon LeZion F.C. Hapoel Rishon LeZion fans Official Site (in Hebrew)
  2. ^ At the centennial, Rishon LeZion will be at the top (Page 9) Hadshot HaSport, 16 May 1980, archive.football.co.il (in Hebrew)
  3. ^ At the EIFA Davar, 1 December 1933, Historical Jewish Press (in Hebrew)
  4. ^ Activities in Liga Bet South division Doar Hayom, 15 December 1933, Historical Jewish Press (in Hebrew)
  5. ^ The Stadium Hapoel Rishon LeZion Official Site (in Hebrew)
  6. ^ Club Hapoel Rishon LeZion fans official website (in Hebrew)

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