Hapoel Nof HaGalil F.C.

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Hapoel Nof HaGalil Football Club (Hebrew: מועדון כדורגל הפועל נוף הגליל‎, Moadon Kaduregel Hapoel Nof HaGalil) is an Israeli football club based in the city of Nof HaGalil, which was known by the name "Nazareth Illit" until 2019. The club currently plays in Liga Leumit.

Hapoel Nof HaGalil
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Full nameHapoel Nof HaGalil Football Club
Founded1962; 59 years ago (1962)
GroundGreen Stadium, Nof HaGalil
OwnerNof HaGalil Municipality
ChairmanRoni Likwernik
ManagerYaron Hochenboim
LeagueLiga Leumit
2019–20Liga Leumit, 11th
Current season


The club was founded in 1962 as Hapoel Kiryat Nazareth and competed in Liga Gimel for several seasons, before promoting to Liga Bet at the end of the 1971–72 season. The club changed its name in 1973 after Kiryat Nazareth gained city status and was renamed Nazareth Illit.

The club won 1975–76 Liga Bet, but, due to the league system restructuring, the club remained in the league system's third tier, which became Liga Alef. In 1978–79 the club won Liga Alef North division and was promoted to Liga Artzit, then the second tier. In 1983–84 they finished second from bottom, and were relegated to Liga Alef. Two seasons later the club finished second from bottom in Liga Alef and dropped to Liga Bet.

In 1998–99 the club finished as runners-up in Liga Alef North, and was promoted back to Liga Artzit, which was now the third tier following the formation of the Israeli Premier League in 1999. After narrowly avoiding relegation in 2000–01 when they finished one place above the relegation zone, the club finished as runners-up the following season, and were promoted back to the second tier. In 2003–04 they finished as runners-up (on goal difference), and were promoted to the top division for the first time in their history.

In their first season in the Premier League the club finished fifth. Home matches were initially played at Maccabi Ahi Nazareth's Ilut Stadium, whilst their home ground had floodlights installed. They returned home in February 2005. However, the following season, 2005–06, they finished second from bottom (on goal difference), and returned to Liga Leumit. In 2007–08 they finished bottom of Liga Leumit, and were relegated to Liga Artzit.

Despite only finishing seventh in Liga Artzit in 2008–09, F.C. Nazareth Illit were promoted back to Liga Leumit as restructuring meant the top seven clubs were automatically promoted. Since then, Nazareth Illit hasn't been relegated for 3 consecutive seasons, finishing seventh in 2009–10, 11th in 2010–11 and twelfth in 2011–12.

In the 2012–13 season the club signed several new players, including Ibrahim Basit, Eran Malchin and Moti Malka; they finished second in the league, but lost 3–1 at home in a crucial match against Hapoel Ra'anana in the play-offs,[1] with Ra'anana eventually promoted to the Israeli Premier League, whilst Nazareth Illit finished third and remained in Liga Leumit. In 2018–19 the club finished the regular season at the top of the table, but a collapse during the playoff phase, with the club collecting just 7 points out of 21, led the club to finish in third place and miss out on promotion.

On 4 July 2019, after the name of Nazareth Illit was changed to Nof HaGalil, the club changed its name to Hapoel Nof HaGalil[2]

Current squadEdit

As of 25 June 2020.

No. Pos. Nation Player
1 GK   ISR Sagi Malul
2 DF   GUA Matan Peleg
4 DF   GHA David Acquah (On loan from Maccabi Haifa)
5 DF   ISR Jenia Berkman
7 FW   ISR Oded Checkol (On loan from Maccabi Haifa)
8 MF   ISR Eithan Velblum
9 FW   ISR Mor Kakon
10 MF   ISR Guy Dayan
11 FW   ISR Moti Malka
14 FW   ISR Waheb Habiballah
15 MF   ISR Lahav Dahan
17 MF   BRA Pedro Sass
18 DF   ISR Reuven Gal
19 FW   BRA Mateus Lima
No. Pos. Nation Player
20 MF   ISR Liad Elmaliah
21 DF   ISR Itay Arazi
22 GK   ISR Ziv Cohen
23 MF   ISR Yarin Hatukai
24 DF   ISR Mahmmoud Jaber
29 DF   ISR Tom Skolvin (On loan from Maccabi Haifa)
51 DF   ISR Eli Balilty
55 MF   ISR Roei Shukrani
70 MF   ISR Ryan Ashmouz
77 MF   ISR Sahar Ohayon
95 GK   ISR Doron Michaeli
99 MF   ISR Munir Hujierat
GK   NZL Stefan Marinovic
FW   CYP Onisiforos Roushias



Honour No. Years
Third tier 2 1975–76, 1978–79
Fourth tier 1 1971–72


Honour No. Years
Liga Bet North A Division Cup 1 1986–87[3]
Honour No. Years
Liga Leumit Cup 1 2020-21[4]


  1. ^ Three on top: 3–1 for Ra'anana over Nazareth Illit Best Ball, 26.4.2013 (in Hebrew)
  2. ^ הפועל נצרת עילית שינתה את שמה להפועל נוף הגליל David Ben Shimol, 4 July 2019, Ynet (in Hebrew)
  3. ^ A Victory to Nazareth Illit over Bnei Nazareth in the City Derby Ma'ariv, 28 December 1986, Historical Jewish Press (in Hebrew)
  4. ^ A Victory to Nazareth Illit over Bnei Nazareth in the City Derby Ma'ariv, 28 December 1986, Historical Jewish Press (in Hebrew)

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