Israel Super Cup

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The Israel Super Cup, also known as the Champion of Champions (Hebrew: אלוף האלופים, Aluf HaAlufim), is an Israeli association football club competition played as a single match between the winner of the latest Israeli top league champions and the winner of the latest Israel State Cup. If a team won both the championship and the state cup, their designated rival for the Super Cup match was the league runner-up.

Israel Super Cup
Number of teams2
Current championsMaccabi Haifa (5th title)
Most successful club(s)Maccabi Tel Aviv
(7 titles)
2023 Israel Super Cup

The cup was first contested in 1957, but the title was an informal title, not sanctioned by the IFA Until 1969.[1] As an IFA sanctioned competition, the competition was played annually, except for 1972, 1973 and 1987 until its cancellation in 1990.

Between 1969 and 1971 The IFA also sanctioned a "Champion of Champions" match for Liga Alef, which was played between the two regional winners of Liga Alef. The match was played once more, at the end of the 1975–76 season, and was discontinued after the establishment of Liga Artzit.

The most successful club is Maccabi Tel Aviv with 7 wins.

In March 2014 the IFA announced the renewal of the competition.[2]

History Edit

The title was first contested in 1957 in a match between League winners, Hapoel Tel Aviv and Cup winners, Hapoel Petah Tikva. The cup, which wasn't sanctioned by the IFA, was named after Lt-Col Zivi Tzafriri and was won by Hapoel Tel Aviv, who had beaten its rivals 3–0.[3]

The Next time the competition was contested, in 1963, the cup was donated by Ilanshil-Polio, an Israeli organization dedicated to aid Poliomyelitis victims, with proceedings going towards the organization.[4][5][6] In the match, Hapoel Petah Tikva and Maccabi Haifa have drawn 2–2.[7]

Starting from the 1964–65 season, the match was played in each season until 1990, except for 1972, 1973 and 1987. The IFA decided upon making the cup an official title at the beginning of the 1968–69 season,[1] set it to be played at the beginning of each season [8] and ruled that in case of a club winning both the league championship and the cup, their designated rival for the Super Cup match would be the league runner-up.[9] The IFA also set a "Champion of Champions" match for Liga Alef, to be played between the two divisional winners.[8] The first Liga Alef Super Cup was played between Maccabi Petah Tikva and Beitar Tel Aviv in June 1969, the former winning 3–0.[10]

In 1979, the cup was named after Israeli sports broadcaster Nehemia Ben Avraham following Ben Avraham's death.

In March 2014 the IFA announced the renewal of the competition.[2] However, the match planned for the beginning of the 2014–15 season was cancelled, with the intent to play it the next season.[11]

The competition was renewed in August 2015.

Liga Leumit Super Cup Edit

Winners Edit

Unofficial Competitions Edit

Year League Winner Cup Winner Score
1957 Hapoel Tel Aviv Hapoel Petah Tikva 3–0
1962 Hapoel Petah Tikva Maccabi Haifa 2–2[a]
1965 Hakoah Ramat Gan Maccabi Tel Aviv 2–2 / 1–1 (R)[a]
1966 Hapoel Tel Aviv Hapoel Haifa 2–1
1968 Maccabi Tel Aviv Bnei Yehuda 2–1
  1. ^ a b Cup was Shared.

Official Competitions Edit


Year League Winner Cup Winner Score
1969 Hapoel Tel Aviv Hakoah Ramat Gan 5–1
1970 Maccabi Tel Aviv Hapoel Tel Avivru 1–2
1971 Maccabi Netanya Hakoah Ramat Gan 4–2 (a.e.t.)
Not Held
1974 Maccabi Netanya Hapoel Haifa 2–1
1975 Hapoel Be'er Sheva Hapoel Kfar Saba 2–1
1976 Hapoel Be'er Sheva Beitar Jerusalem 2–3 (a.e.t.)
1977 Maccabi Tel Aviv Maccabi Jaffaru 3–2
1978 Maccabi Netanya Beitar Jerusalemru 4–0
1979 Maccabi Tel Aviv Beitar Jerusalem 2–0
1980 Maccabi Netanya Hapoel Kfar Saba 2–1
1981 Hapoel Tel Aviv Bnei Yehuda 1–0
1982 Hapoel Kfar Saba Hapoel Yehud 3–3 (a.e.t.) 3–2 (p)
1983 Maccabi Netanya Hapoel Tel Aviv 1–0
1984 Maccabi Haifa Hapoel Lod 1–4
1985 Maccabi Haifa Beitar Jerusalem 5–2
1986 Hapoel Tel Aviv Beitar Jerusalem 1–2
Not Held
1988 Hapoel Tel Aviv Maccabi Tel Aviv 0–3
1989 Maccabi Haifa Beitar Jerusalem 2–1
1990 Bnei Yehuda Hapoel Kfar Saba 1–0
Not Held
2015 Maccabi Tel Aviv Ironi Kiryat Shmonaru 2–2 (a.e.t.) 4–5 (p)
2016 Hapoel Be'er Sheva Maccabi Haifa 4–2
2017 Hapoel Be'er Sheva Bnei Yehuda 4–2
2018 Hapoel Be'er Sheva Hapoel Haifa 1–1 (FT) 4–5 (p)
2019 Maccabi Tel Aviv Bnei Yehuda 1–0
2020 Maccabi Tel Aviv Hapoel Be'er Sheva 2–0, 2–0
2021 Maccabi Haifa Maccabi Tel Aviv 2–0
2022 Maccabi Haifa Hapoel Be'er Sheva 1–1 (FT) 3–4 (p)
2023 Maccabi Haifa Beitar Jerusalem 3–1

Note: ru Indicate that the team was Runner-up and played for the Super Cup as the League Champion won this season's Double.

Performance by club Edit

Club Winners Runner-up
Maccabi Tel Aviv 7 3
Hapoel Tel Aviv 5 4
Maccabi Haifa 5 3
Maccabi Netanya 5
Hapoel Be'er Sheva 4 3
Beitar Jerusalem 2 5
Bnei Yehuda 1 4
Hapoel Kfar Saba 1 3
Hapoel Haifa 1 2
Hakoah Ramat Gan 1 2
Hapoel Petah Tikva 1 1
Hapoel Lod 1
Ironi Kiryat Shmona 1
Hapoel Yehud 1
Maccabi Jaffa 1

Liga Alef Super Cup Edit

Year North Division Winner South Division Winner Score
1968–69 Maccabi Petah Tikva Beitar Tel Aviv 3–0[10]
1969–70 Hapoel Hadera Hapoel Holon 0–1[13] [note 1]
1970–71 Maccabi Jaffa Hapoel Be'er Sheva 2–2 (a.e.t.) 2–3 (p.)[15]
1975–76 Hapoel Acre Hapoel Yehud 1–0[16]

Notes Edit

  1. ^ The first match between the teams ended in a 2–2 draw after extra time, after which the crowd entered the pitch and prevented the teams from taking the penalties.[14]

References Edit

  1. ^ a b At the End of the Football Season: A Formal Match for the Title of "Champion of Champions" Maariv, 26 November 1968, Historical Jewish Press (in Hebrew)
  2. ^ a b Next Season: Super Cup and Two Matches in the Quarter-finals Amit Yaffe,, 31 March 2014 (in Hebrew)
  3. ^ Hapoel T.A. beaten Hapoel P.T. 3:0 Davar, 2 November 1957, Historical Jewish Press (in Hebrew)
  4. ^ Today: Hapoel P.T. – Maccabi Haifa Davar, 22 January 1963, Historical Jewish Press (in Hebrew)
  5. ^ Today Champion of Champions Match Maariv, 22 January 1963, Historical Jewish Press (in Hebrew)
  6. ^ Maccabi Haifa and Hapoel P.T. Will Contest Today for "Champion of Champions" Title Herut, 22 January 1963, Historical Jewish Press (in Hebrew)
  7. ^ Hapoel P.T. led 2:0; Maccabi Haifa Equalized 2:2 Davar, 23 January 1963, Historical Jewish Press (in Hebrew)
  8. ^ a b "Champion of Champions" Match Will Be Held Annually Before the Start of the League Maariv, 19 December 1968, Historical Jewish Press (in Hebrew)
  9. ^ The Champion Against Its Runner-Up in "Champion of Champions" Maariv, 17 March 1969, Historical Jewish Press (in Hebrew)
  10. ^ a b Maccabi P.T. "Champion of Champions", Beat Beitar T.A. 3:0 Davar, 19 June 1969, Historical Jewish Press (in Hebrew)
  11. ^ The Liga HaAl Supercup Game Is Cancelled Yaniv Tuchman,, 30 June 2014 (in Hebrew)
  12. ^ "Israel - List of 'Champions of Champions' (Super Cup) Finals".
  13. ^ Holon - "Champion of Champions" in Alef Maariv, 6 September 1970, Historical Jewish Press (in Hebrew)
  14. ^ Liga Alef Cup – Without Owners Maariv, 7 June 1970, Historical Jewish Press (in Hebrew)
  15. ^ In Penalties (3:2) Hapoel Be'er Sheva Beaten Maccabi Jaffa and Won the Liga Alef Champions Cup Davar, 20 June 1971, Historical Jewish Press (in Hebrew)
  16. ^ Hapoel Acre – Hapoel Yehud 1:0 Davar, 12 September 1976, Historical Jewish Press (in Hebrew)