Hapoel Ra'anana A.F.C.

Hapoel Ra'anana Association Football Club (Hebrew: עמותת הפועל רעננה מחלקת כדורגל, Amutat Hapoel Ra'anana Mahleket Kaduregel) is an Israeli football club based in the city of Ra'anana. They currently play in Liga Alef North, the third division of the Israeli Football League.

Hapoel Ra'anana
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Full nameHapoel Ra'anana Association Football Club
Founded1938; 84 years ago (1938) as Hapoel Ra'anana F.C.
1972; 50 years ago (1972) as Hapoel Ra'anana A.F.C.
GroundKarnei Oren Memorial Field, Ra'anana, Israel
Capacity2,500
OwnerAsher Alon
ChairmanIlan Katz
ManagerIdan Bar-On
LeagueLiga Alef North
2021–22Liga Leumit, 15th (relegated)

HistoryEdit

A Hapoel Ra'anana was established in 1938. They were placed in the South Division of Liga Bet (then the second division) in 1951–52.

The modern club was established in 1972, and in the mid-1990s was playing in Liga Gimel, the lowest tier of Israeli football. In 1995 they started a remarkable period of success after they won their division of Liga Gimel and were promoted to Liga Bet. In 1997–98, they won Liga Bet South A division and were promoted to Liga Alef. In 1998–99 they won the North Division of Liga Alef to earn promotion to Liga Artzit. After finishing third in 1999–2000, they won the league the following season and were promoted to Liga Leumit.

In 2008–09, the club was promoted to the Israeli Premier League for the first time in their history. However, they had to play its home matches at Hapoel Kfar Saba's Levita Stadium, as its home ground, the Karnei Oren Memorial Field, did not meet Premier League requirements. In January 2010, the city council published plans for a 7,500-capacity new stadium in Lev HaPark neighborhood.

After a single season in the top division, in which the club finished at the second bottom place, Ra'anana were relegated to Liga Leumit.

After three seasons in Liga Leumit, in 2012–13, Ra'anana finished runners-up and were promoted again to the Israeli Premier League. In the 2015–16 season, the club achieved its best placing to date, when they finished sixth in the Israeli Premier League.

In the 2019–20 season, Hapoel Ra'anana were relegated after suffering a 1-0 defeat to Ironi Kiryat Shmona, after 7 seasons in the top flight.

PlayersEdit

Current squadEdit

As of 1 August 2021

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Pos. Nation Player
1 GK   ISR Barak Levi
3 DF   ISR Roey Ashkenazi
5 DF   ISR Shon Klimkin
6 MF   ISR Benny Golan
8 MF   ISR Snir Shoker (captain)
9 FW   ISR Roy Levi
12 DF   ISR Dan Sirkis
13 FW   ISR Tal Turgeman
14 MF   ISR Alon Bar On
17 DF   ISR Bar Hillel
19 FW   ISR Mohammed Awadah
21 MF   ISR Daniel Twizer
No. Pos. Nation Player
22 GK   ISR Shalev Sharabi
26 DF   ISR Eyal Malul
27 GK   ISR Daniel Benesh
28 MF   ISR Yonatan Ferber
29 MF   ISR Yuvel Titelman
55 DF   ISR Eitan Ratzon
77 MF   ISR Tomer Sasonker
GK   ISR Ofek Melika-Aharon
DF   ISR Israel Rosh
MF   ISR Amir Lavi
FW   ISR Omer Buaron
FW   ISR Elior Seiderre

Club officialsEdit

BoardroomEdit

ManagementEdit

  • Manager (interim): Gal Cohen
  • Assistant Manager: Dani Bondar

Academy Coaching StaffEdit

  • Youth Academy Director: Ami Vazana
  • Under 23 Coach: Ronny Keidar

ManagersEdit

ReferencesEdit

  • About Hapoel Ra'anana (in Hebrew)

External linksEdit