Hapoel Kfar Saba F.C.

Hapoel Kfar Saba F.C. (Hebrew: מועדון כדורגל הפועל כפר סבא‎, Moadon Kaduregel Hapoel Kfar Saba) are an Israeli football club based in Kfar Saba. The club currently competes in the Israeli Premier League and plays its home matches at Levita Stadium.

Hapoel Kfar Saba
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Full nameHapoel Kfar Saba Football Club
מועדון כדורגל הפועל כפר סבא
Nickname(s)The greens from the Sharon
Founded1928; 93 years ago (1928)
GroundHaMoshava Stadium, Petah Tikva (temporary)
Capacity11,500
OwnerItzhak Shum
Managervacant
LeagueIsraeli Premier League
2019–20Israeli Premier League, 11th
WebsiteClub website

HistoryEdit

The club was established in 1928. In 1951–52 they won the South Division of Liga Bet to win promotion to Liga Alef (then the top division). Three years later they finished third from bottom and had to take part in promotion/relegation play-offs with the two top clubs from the second tier. They were unbeatnd during the play-offs and retained their place in Liga Leumit (which had replaced Liga Alef as the top division). However, in 1955–56, they finished bottom and were relegated.

Hapoel made an immediate return to Liga Leumit. They finished bottom in 1957–58, but avoided the drop as no clubs were relegated. However, they finished bottom again the following season and were relegated. The club returned to Liga Leumit in 1968. In 1975, they reached the State Cup final for the first time, beating Beitar Jerusalem 1-0. After several mid-table finishes, they were relegated at the end of the 1976–77 season. They made an immediate return to the top division, finishing third in Liga Artzit (the new second tier). In 1980, they reached the State Cup final again, beating Maccabi Ramat Amidar 4–1.

In 1980–81 they narrowly avoided relegation, finishing two points and one place above the relegation zone. The following season the club won the title for the first (and only) time under the management of Dror Kashtan. However, they finished bottom the season after, and returned to Liga Artzit.

They finished as runners-up to Hapoel Haifa in 1983–84 to make another immediate return to Liga Leumit. In 1990, the club reached the State Cup final for a third time, beating Shimshon Tel Aviv 1–0 after extra time. The following season they were relegated again after finishing bottom of the table. In 1992, under the management of Avram Marchinsky, the club signed its first American player, Michael Winograd, out of Lafayette College. The club returned to the top division the following season.

In 1999–2000 they were relegated to Liga Leumit (now the second tier). They won the league in 2001–02 to return to the top division, but were relegated at the end of the following season. The club won Liga Leumit again in 2004–05, and avoided relegation on goal difference the following season. However, two seasons later they were relegated on goal difference.

For the 2010–11 season, a new owner, Harel Raihman, came on after almost 15 years of Eli Tabib's era. At the end of the regular season, the club finished on top of the league, with an advantage of thirteen points over the third place. However, in the Top playoff, where all the points obtained during the regular season were halved (and rounded up), the club failed to record a win, and finished the league in the third place, behind Ironi Nir Ramat HaSharon and Hapoel Rishon LeZion which were promoted. As the third placed club, Kfar Saba went to play in the Promotion play-off against the 14th-placed club in the Israeli Premier League, Hapoel Petah Tikva, and lost both games, 1-4 and 0-1. Thus, the club remained in Liga Leumit.

In the 2012–13 season the club have entered administration, and as a result, were deducted nine points. The club finished bottom and relegated to Liga Alef, the third tier of Israeli football. With a new owner, Stav Shaham, together with former club captain, Eli Yani, and the supporters trust, "The Green Heart", the club recovered in the following season, and made an immediate return to Liga Leumit, after finishing on top of Liga Alef North division. In the following season, the club made their second successive promotion, following runners-up finish in Liga Leumit. Thus, the club returned to the Israeli Premier League after seven years.

In 2015-16 season, the team finished at 10th, but one season after (2016-17), the team finished 13th and relegated to the Liga Leumit.

PlayersEdit

Current squadEdit

As of 7 February 2021
No. Pos. Nation Player
1 GK   ISR Matan Zalman
2 DF   ISR Zohar Franko
3 DF   ISR Shon Krendi
4 DF   ISR Tal Makhlouf
5 DF   ISR Omer Danino
6 MF   ISR Omer Barami
7 DF   ISR Tom Shelach
8 MF   ISR Ben Reichert
9 MF   ISR Omer Lakou
10 FW   FRA Amadou Soukouna
11 MF   ISR Timoti Lior Muzie
12 DF   ISR Aviv Solomon
14 MF   ISR Gateon Triko
15 MF   ISR Raz Cohen
No. Pos. Nation Player
16 MF   ISR Ben Hayun
17 MF   ISR Or Dasa
18 MF   ISR Omer Fadida (captain)
19 MF   ISR Roy Beker
20 MF   LTU Domantas Šimkus
21 FW   UGA Luwagga Kizito
22 GK   ISR Itamar Israeli
23 MF   ENG Jamie Hopcutt
27 MF   ISR Yoni Stoyanov
28 MF   KVX Florent Hasani
33 GK   ISR Matan Galanti
36 DF   NGA Sodiq Atanda
77 MF   ISR Itay Shor
MF   ISR Alon Sabag

Out on loanEdit

No. Pos. Nation Player
FW   ISR Yahav Afriat (at Hapoel Hadera until 30 June 2021)

Foreigners 2020–21Edit

Only up to 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.[citation needed]

Former playersEdit

StaffEdit

Position Staff
Owner   Itzhak Shum

  The supporters trust "Halev Hayarok" ("The green heart")

CEO   Idan Shum
Board Member   Sharon Shum
Head Coach   Elisha Levy
Goalkeeping Coach   Kahle Dreshler
Technical Manager   Reuven Avital
Fitness Coach   Ran Goldig
Physio   Dafna Cohen
Club Doctor   Dr. Jonathan Koch
Logistics   Jacob Serolovich
Manager Youth Department   Amnon raz

HonoursEdit

LeagueEdit

Honour No. Years
Israeli Championships 1 1981–82
Second tier 5 1951–52, 1956–57, 1966–68, 2001–02, 2004–05
Third tier 1 2013–14

Cup competitionsEdit

Honour No. Years
State Cup 3 1974–75, 1979–80, 1989–90
Super Cup 1 1982

ManagersEdit

External linksEdit