Hapoel Jerusalem F.C.

Coordinates: 31°45′3.8″N 35°11′26.2″E / 31.751056°N 35.190611°E / 31.751056; 35.190611

Hapoel Jerusalem Football Club (Hebrew: מועדון כדורגל הפועל ירושלים‎, Mo'adon Kadouregel Hapoel Yerushalayim) is an Israeli football club which existed from 1926 till 2019 and again since 2020 after Hapoel Katamon Jerusalem has been renamed. The club currently plays in Liga Leumit and is based at Teddy Stadium in Malha, Jerusalem. The Club has won the Cup title on 1973.

Hapoel Jerusalem F.C.
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Full nameHapoel Jerusalem Football Club
מועדון כדורגל הפועל ירושלים
GroundTeddy Stadium, Jerusalem
OwnerVoluntary association "Katamon - fans club"
ChairmanYotam Karmon (Chairman),
Uri Sheradsky (CEO)
ManagerZiv Arie
LeagueLiga Leumit
2019–20Liga Leumit, 4th
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Old logo


Hapoel Jerusalem Club was established in 1926 and played in the inaugural season of the EIFA league, playing the league's first match against local rivals Maccabi Hasmonean Jerusalem.[1][2] The club played in the league for its first three seasons, however, the club was restricted to playing mainly in the Jerusalem area due to travelling difficulties. The club participated occasionally in the Palestine Cup, reaching the cup final in 1943, losing to a team from the Royal Artillery 1–7.[3]

After the establishment of Israel, the club registered to play in the makeshift second tier league, Liga Meuhedet, in the Jerusalem-Central division, which the club won. The club continued to play in the second division (Liga Bet until 1956 and Liga Alef afterwards), until it was promoted to the top division at the end of the 1956–57 season, after finishing second in promotion play-offs. Following the promotion, the club stayed in the top division for 21 seasons, achieving its best position, 3rd, in 1972–73. In 1971–72 the club reached the State Cup final, losing to Hapoel Tel Aviv 0–1. A season later, the club reached the cup final again, this time winning the cup.[4]

The club was relegated to the second division in 1979, but bounced back the following season. The club continued to yo-yo between the two top divisions in the following seasons, playing his last season at the top division in 1999–2000. In 1998, the club reached its fourth cup final, but lost to Maccabi Haifa in extra time.

In the early 1990s, the club was transferred to businessmen Yossi Sassi and Victor Yona. The two ran the team together until falling out, leading to a long business and legal dispute[5] which lasted until 2009, when Yona left the club.[6] During the dispute, a group of supporters, tired of the feuding between the two businessmen, decided to establish a group, first in an attempt to purchase control of the club, and then in a bid to establish a fan-owned club, Hapoel Katamon Jerusalem. The fan-based club was established in 2009 (after a short period of existence as a merged club with Hapoel Mevaseret Zion) and progressed to the Liga Leumit in 2013–14, where the two clubs met for the first time.

The club played in the third tier Liga Aleph after being relegated from the second tier Liga Leumit in the 2016–17. On 26 August 2019 the Israeli Football Federation refused to list the club for 2019–20 season due to financial problems.

On August 9, 2020 the club has been officially recreated, as Hapoel Katamon renamed to Hapoel Jerusalem.

On April 30, 2021 Hapoel Jerusalem won against Sektzia Nes Ziona, thereby securing promotion to the top flight, after an absence of 21 years from the top flight.


Since the establishment of Israel, the club played in three stadiums, YMCA stadium, in which the club played between 1949 and 1955, when the club moved to its own Katamon Stadium, in the neighborhood of Katamon. Katamon Stadium was razed in 1982, with the intention to build a bigger modern stadium in its place, and in the meantime the club returned to play in YMCA stadium. The new stadium in Katamon was never built, and instead Teddy Stadium was built in the Malha neighborhood, to which the club moved in 1992.[citation needed]


During the early years, support of the club came mostly from the labour organizations in Israel. City rivals Beitar were identified with the right-wing nationalist organizations. All this played out to create the Jerusalem derby. To this day the rivalry exists, though it is not nearly as heated as when both clubs played in the top division of Israeli football. In 2007 a large majority of fans, unhappy with the management of the club, defected and founded Hapoel Katamon Jerusalem F.C., the first fully fan-owned club in the country.[citation needed]

Current squadEdit

As to 27 July 2020
No. Pos. Nation Player
1 GK   NGA Adebayo Adeleye
3 DF   ISR Noam Malmoud
4 DF   ISR Bar Shushan
5 DF   ISR Gal Mayo
6 MF   ISR Awaka Ashta
7 FW   ISR Ben Mizan
8 MF   ISR Gony Naor
9 FW   ISR Idan Shemesh
10 MF   ISR Avihay Wedja
11 FW   ISR Harel Shalom
12 DF   ISR Maor Gerassi
14 MF   ISR Adis Chekol
15 MF   ISR Tom Yehezkel
No. Pos. Nation Player
17 MF   ISR Meidan Cohen
19 FW   GHA Cletus Nombil
21 FW   ISR Aiyneo Preda
22 DF   ISR Yuray Maliah
23 DF   ISR Ohad Rabinovich
24 MF   ISR Guy Badash
32 DF   ISR Omer Agbadish
41 DF   ISR Sahar Brown
71 FW   BRA Maurício Cordeiro
77 MF   ISR Liran Elmaliah
98 GK   ISR Benny Peretz
99 FW   ISR Lidor Nakshari

Former playersEdit

Hapoel Jerusalem (1926–2019)
Hapoel Katamon (2007–2020)



Honour No. Years
Second tier 3 1949–50, 1979–80, 1987–88
Third tier 3 2001–02, 2007–08, 2010–11


Honour No. Years
State Cup 1 1973

Other titlesEdit

Honour No. Years
Raghib al-Nashashibi Cup 1 1929[7]

External linksEdit


  1. ^ Maccabi Hashmonai Hapoel Jerusalem 8 – 0 (2–0) Do'ar HaYom, 13 November 1931, Historical Jewish Press (in Hebrew)
  2. ^ 80 Years to the Israeli League Archived 8 September 2017 at the Wayback Machine Asher Goldberg, 17 November 2011, IFA (in Hebrew)
  3. ^ Gunners Team Won the War Cup 1943 HaBoker, 17 October 1943 (in Hebrew)
  4. ^ Jerusalem's First Cup! Pinhas Zahavi, 21 June 1973, Hadshot HaSport, p. 1 (in Hebrew)
  5. ^ So What If Constructor Victor Yona Owes 6 Million NIS to Hapoel Jerusalem and Its Creditors? No'am Sharvit, 17 August 2008, Globes (in Hebrew)
  6. ^ Victor Yona: I Hope My Resignation Will Help the Team Lee Nof, 8 October 2009, One (in Hebrew)
  7. ^ Palestine from Day to Day – Hapoel Wins Nashashibi Cup The Palestine Bulletin, 26 April 1929, Historical Jewish Press