Hapoel Nof HaGalil F.C.

Hapoel Nof HaGalil Football Club (Hebrew: מועדון כדורגל הפועל נוף הגליל, romanizedMoadon Kaduregel Hapoel Nof HaGalil, Arabic: هبوعيل نوف هچليل) is an Israeli football club based in the city of Nof HaGalil, Formally known by the name "Nazareth Illit" until 2019 (The club accordingly was named as Hapoel Nazareth Illit F.C). The club currently plays in Liga Leumit.

Hapoel Nof HaGalil
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Full nameHapoel Nof HaGalil Football Club
Founded1958; 64 years ago (1958)
GroundGreen Stadium, Nof HaGalil
Capacity5,200
OwnerNof HaGalil Municipality
ChairmanRoni Likwernik
ManagerYaron Hochenboim
LeagueLiga Leumit
2021–22Liga Leumit, 13th of 14 (relegated)
WebsiteClub website
Current season

HistoryEdit

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 1 August 2022.

No. Pos. Nation Player
1 GK   ISR Sagi Malul
2 MF   LBR David Tweh
3 DF   ISR Lavi Shukrun
5 DF   ISR Jenia Berkman
6 DF   ISR Yarin Hatukai
7 FW   ISR Oded Checkol (on loan from Maccabi Haifa)
8 MF   ISR Eithan Velblum
9 FW   ISR Nevo Shedo
10 MF   ISR Guy Dayan
11 FW   ISR Dudu Alterovich
12 DF   ISR Bar Ivgi
13 FW   AUS Jordan Swibel
14 FW   ISR Waheb Habiballah
16 DF   BRA Guti
No. Pos. Nation Player
17 DF   ISR Tomer Buskila
19 MF   ISR Roni Filichenko
21 MF   ISR Daniel Twizer
22 MF   GNB João Jaquité
24 FW   ISR Moti Malka
25 FW   GHA Alfred Mensah
26 MF   ISR Mor Barami
27 MF   ISR Roy Buganim
28 DF   ISR Yonatan Levi
30 DF   ISR Shay Mosinenko
33 DF   ISR Ori Tza'adon
58 GK   ISR Amit Keren
77 MF   ISR Naor Abudi
81 GK   ISR Barak Levi

HonoursEdit

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ReferencesEdit

  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 b http://jpress.org.il/Olive/APA/NLI_heb/SharedView.Article.aspx?href=MAR%2F1986%2F12%2F28&id=Ar04110&sk=067BC224 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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