Maccabi Haifa B.C.

Maccabi Haifa Basketball Club (Hebrew: מועדון הכדורסל מכבי חיפה) known for sponsorship reasons as Maccabi Next Urban Haifa (מכבי נקסט עירוני חיפה‎) is a professional basketball club based in the city of Haifa in Israel. It is the basketball section of the Maccabi Haifa association. The team plays in the Liga Leumit (the second tier of Israeli basketball) and internationally in the Balkan International Basketball League. The team currently plays in the Romema Arena, which is home to 5,000 spectators, the club plays in the arena alongside fellow rivals Hapoel Haifa.

Maccabi Next Urban Haifa
Maccabi Next Urban Haifa logo
NicknameThe Greens, The Green Apes
LeaguesLiga Leumit
Balkan League
Founded1954; 68 years ago (1954)
HistoryMaccabi Haifa
1954–1999, 2009–present
B.C. Haifa
2000-2003
B.C. Haifa/Nesher
2003-2005
Maccabi Haifa/Bat Galim
2005-2006
Maccabi Haifa/Carmel
2006-2007
Maccabi Haifa Heat
2007-2009
ArenaRomema Arena
Capacity5,000
LocationHaifa, Israel
Team coloursGreen, White,
   
PresidentIsrael Ilan Beck
Head coachIsrael Ofer Rahimi
Team captainIsrael Daniel Koperberg
OwnershipIsrael Ilan Beck
Championships1 Israeli Championships
Websitemhbasket.co.il

Maccabi Haifa would win its first ever Premier League title in 2013 season as they would go on and defeat perennial champions Maccabi Tel Aviv in the Premier League final.

HistoryEdit

1950sEdit

Maccabi Haifa, known as "The Greens," is one of the oldest basketball teams in Israel, and is one of the original eight teams that formed the top division in 1953.[1][2][3] The club would struggle its first years of existence as they would fail to achieve a winning record in its first five seasons in the league and eventually were relegated in 1960.

1960sEdit

Maccabi Haifa would make their return to the Premier League in 1961 as they would stay in the Premier League for the majority of the decade, though the club would undergo many ups and downs through the 1960s. The team would finish the 1967 season with a winning record, their first in club history.

1970sEdit

The 1970s would see Maccabi Haifa struggle again in the Premier League. In 1971, the club would reach the Israeli Basketball State Cup finals were they would lose to champions Maccabi Tel Aviv. Maccabi Haifa would qualify for international competition for the first time in club history in the form of the 1971–72 FIBA European Cup Winners' Cup, the team would be eliminated in the first round by French side Denain Voltaire. Maccabi Haifa would once again suffer relegation in 1974, however, this would be short lived as the club would return to the Premier League the following season. Maccabi Haifa wouldn’t escape relegation for long, however, as the club would yet again suffer relegation in 1978.[2][4]

1980sEdit

The 1980s would be a much more stable decade for Maccabi Haifa basketball. After a two year absence, the club made their return to the Premier League in 1980, were they would maintain form and stay altogether in the Premier League for the entire decade. Maccabi Haifa would qualify for the Premier League playoffs for the first time in 1984. In 1985, the club would once again reach the finals of the State Cup, before losing once again to Maccabi Tel Aviv. Maccabi Haifa made their return back to international competition participating in the 1985–86 FIBA European Cup Winners' Cup, the team would defeat Cypriot side ENAD in the first round before falling to Yugoslav side Jugoplastika. Maccabi Haifa would qualify for the 1987–88 FIBA Korać Cup were the club would defeat Cypriot side Achilleas Kaimakli in the first round before being eliminated by French side ASVEL in the second round. Koren Amisha would be named the winner of the 1990 Israeli League Rising Star.

1990sEdit

Despite optimism from the 1980s, the 1990s would prove to be a disastrous era for Maccabi Haifa. The team would qualify for the 1992–93 FIBA Korać Cup were they were eliminated in the second round by French side Gravelines. Maccabi Haifa tenure in the Premier League would come to an end in 1993, as the club would end up facing relegation. Despite this, Gary Alexander would lead the league in total rebounds per game. The misfortunes kept continuing as the club would last three seasons in the National League before being relegated yet again to the third tier. The club would be able to achieve back-to-back promotions to the National League and the Premier League. The club returned to international competition in the form of the 1999–2000 FIBA Korać Cup were the club would defeat Cypriot side Keravnos Keo in the first round, the club would also top their group in the second round and advance to the playoffs were they would be eliminated by Italian side Pepsi Rimini.

2000sEdit

The 2000s would see drastic changes to Maccabi Haifa. In 2000, Haifa mayor Amram Mitzna merged Maccabi Haifa with Hapoel Haifa to form a new club called B.C. Haifa.[1] The 2000–01 Premier League season would see the team finish the season in fourth place in the league table, qualifying for the playoffs where they would be defeated in the semifinals by Maccabi Tel Aviv. B.C. Haifa’s Stanley Brundy lead the league in rebounds per game and Corey Gaines would lead the league in assists per game.

B.C. Haifa were able to maintain the same form for the 2001–02 Premier League season as the team would again finish fourth place and would qualify for the playoffs once more. Once again, B.C. Haifa weren’t able to overpower Maccabi Tel Aviv as they would suffer elimination once more by the perennial champions in the semifinals. Stanley Brundy and Corey Gaines would yet again lead the league in their respective rebounds and assists per game categories.

Despite having success the past two seasons, the 2002–03 season would be one that B.C. Haifa would struggle as the club would finish with a disappointing eleventh place in the league, failing to qualify for the playoffs. Corey Gaines would once again become the few bright spots on the team as he would once again lead the league in assists per game.

B.C. Haifa would undergo a name change from B.C. Haifa to B.C. Haifa/Nesher. While having shown previous success a few seasons ago, the club would begin to experience financial difficulties.[4] The 2003–04 season would be a reflection of this as the club would yet again finish eleventh place, failing to make the playoffs and just avoiding relegation.

The financial difficulties would lead the club to a crashing end as the team would finish the 2004–05 season in twelfth place and ultimately relegation to the National League. The club fate would ultimately see them fold and the last rights of the club would be sold to Bnei HaSharon. The overall merger of Maccabi Haifa and Hapoel Haifa would become a failure that caused a drastic impact of the two clubs as they would later reform into different entities.

In an attempt to salvage the club, former officials decided to change the name of the team's previous second team Maccabi Bat Galim to Maccabi Haifa/Bat Galim officially restoring to Maccabi Haifa name that had been dormant for six years, the main goals was to restore the club's glory days.[5] Maccabi Haifa would have to restart in the third tier, they would achieve promotion back to the National League in 2007. That same year saw Maccabi Haifa being purchased by American businessman Jeffrey Rosen, who invested heavily in the club.[2][4] In 2008, Maccabi Haifa were officially promoted back to the Premier League.

Jeffrey Rosen investment of the club would show in the 2008–09 season as the team would finish second place in the league. Doron Perkins would become a key piece to the team's success as he would take the 2009 League MVP and would be selected into the 2009 All-Premier League First Team. Davon Jefferson would also excel well as he would win the 2009 Premier League 6th Man of the Year award. Maccabi Haifa coach Avi Ashkenazi would win 2009 Premier League Coach of the Year. The team would reach the Premier League finals before falling once more to champions Maccabi Tel Aviv. The team would also reach the finals of the 2009 State Cup would they would fall to winners Hapoel Holon.

Maccabi Haifa would continue their success as the team would finish third place in the 2009–10 regular season. Despite this, Maccabi Haifa would end up getting upset in the quarterfinals against Elitzur Netanya.

2010sEdit

The 2010–11 season would see Maccabi Haifa return to international competition in the form of the 2010–11 FIBA EuroChallenge. Maccabi Haifa would advance out the qualifying round defeating French side Paris-Levallois, they would finish second place in the group in the regular season and qualify for the Round of 16, however, the team would finish third place in their group and fail to make the quarterfinals. Maccabi Haifa were unable to continue their success the past two seasons as the club would finish the league season with a disappointing ninth place finish.

Maccabi Haifa would end up hitting yet another dead end as the team would yet again have another disappointing season as the team would finish the 2011–12 in eleventh place, the team would just narrowly avoid relegation. The season would help show glimpses of what would be a memorable next season to come.

The 2012–13 Premier League season would become one of the most memorable seasons in Maccabi Haifa history as the team would finish the regular season in second place. Gal Mekel would become one of the biggest pieces of Maccabi Haifa’s success as he would become the 2012 League MVP and be elected into the 2012 All-Premier League First Team. His teammate, Pat Calathes would also achieve 2012 All-Premier League First Team recommendation as well. The team's success in 2012 would lead to Brad Greenberg winning the 2012 Premier League Coach of the Year. The team's success would lead them all the way to the Premier League final we’re they would once again meet rivals Maccabi Tel Aviv. Maccabi Haifa would win their first-ever championship in franchise history defeating Maccabi Tel Aviv.[2][4][6] Pat Calathes would become the hero for Maccabi Haifa as he would win the 2012 Premier League Finals MVP.

The expectations were high for the defending champions of the Premier League as the Maccabi Haifa would participate in the 2013–14 EuroCup. Maccabi Haifa would finish second place in their group in the regular season, this would allow them to advance to the Round of 32, were they would end up finishing last place in their group and thus elimination from the EuroCup. Maccabi Haifa would continue their league success as the team would finish third place in the regular season. Maccabi Haifa would once again have a League MVP as Donta Smith would win the 2014 Premier League MVP and 2014 All-Premier League First Team selection. Brian Randle would become one of the best defensive players in the league as he would win the 2014 Premier League Defensive Player of the Year. The team would once again make the Premier League finals, we’re they meet once more against Maccabi Tel Aviv, the results, however, we’re different as Maccabi Tel Aviv would come out victorious. Maccabi Haifa’s Dagan Yivzori would end up winning the 2014 Premier League Finals MVP.

Maccabi Haifa would continue their string of playoff appearances as the team would finish the 2014-15 season in fifth place. Ike Ofoegbu would be selected in the 2015 All-Premier League First Team. Maccabi Haifa were unable to reach the finals once more as the team would be eliminated in the quarterfinals against Hapoel Eilat.

Maccabi Haifa showed glimpses of their previous success as the team would finish with a third place finish in 2015-16 the regular season. Gregory Vargas would be one of the biggest focuses of the team as he would win the 2016 Premier League Defensive Player of the Year. Maccabi Haifa would once more see disappointment in the playoffs as they would be once again eliminated in the quarterfinals, this time against eventual league champions Maccabi Rishon LeZion.

The 2016-17 would be considered as a rollercoaster for Maccabi Haifa. The team finished eighth place in the league, qualifying for the playoffs once more. One of the most important players was John DiBartolomeo who became a star in the league as he would win 2017 Premier League MVP and also selected into the 2017 All-Premier League First Team. Gregory Vargas would also once again win the 2017 Premier League Defensive Player of the Year. Despite being the eighth seed, Maccabi Haifa managed to make it all the way to the Premier League Finals were they would fall to eventual champions Hapoel Jerusalem.

Despite everything going well for Maccabi Haifa in the 2010s, the 2017-18 season would signal the downfall of the team once more. Maccabi Haifa would have a disappointing season and would end up finishing twelfth place in the league. The team lost the tie-breaker against Maccabi Rishon LeZion and thus were ultimately relegated to the National League for the first time since 2008. Maccabi Haifa’s stay in the National League would be short-lived as the team would quickly be promoted back to the Premier League the following season.

The 2019-20 saw Maccabi Haifa back in the Premier League, the team would return to the playoffs as they would finish sixth place in the league. James Young helped lead the way as he would lead the league in Points per Game for the campaign. Maccabi Haifa we’re quickly eliminated in the Round of 16 against Maccabi Rishon LeZion.

2020sEdit

Maccabi Haifa were unable to achieve success in the 2020-21 season. Maccabi Haifa made their return to international competition by joining the Balkan International Basketball League the team would end up finishing their regular season group in dead last as the team went winless and eliminated from the competition. The Premier League didn’t go any better as the team would finish the season in twelfth place and ultimately relegation back to the National League once more.

ArenaEdit

 
Romema Arena, home arena of the club

Between 2010 and 2012, the team played temporary at Ramot Itzhak Hall in Nesher, because the home arena Romema was renovated and its capacity was increased to 5,000 seats.

Honours and recordsEdit

Israeli Basketball Premier League

Israeli Basketball State Cup

  • Runner up (4) : 1970–1971, 1984–1985, 2008-2009, 2012-2013

Israeli National League (Second Division)

RosterEdit

Current rosterEdit

Note: Flags indicate national team eligibility at FIBA-sanctioned events. Players may hold other non-FIBA nationality not displayed.

Maccabi Next Urban Haifa roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Nat. Name Ht. Wt. Age
G 1   Menachem, Amit 1.84 m (6 ft 0 in) 18 – (2004-03-14)14 March 2004
SG 2   Lev, Orel 2.00 m (6 ft 7 in) 29 – (1993-06-04)4 June 1993
C 4   Basch, Eitan 1.98 m (6 ft 6 in) 19 – (2003-06-28)28 June 2003
G 5     Smith, Chris 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in) 88 kg (194 lb) 34 – (1987-10-13)13 October 1987
SF 6   Abboud, Monem 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in) 19 – (2003-04-23)23 April 2003
G 7   Hayon, Raziel 1.94 m (6 ft 4 in) 85 kg (187 lb) 20 – (2001-07-23)23 July 2001
F/C 8     Koperberg, Daniel (C) 2.08 m (6 ft 10 in) 105 kg (231 lb) 24 – (1997-12-08)8 December 1997
F 13     Levitch, Jax 2.01 m (6 ft 7 in) 95 kg (209 lb) 25 – (1997-01-01)1 January 1997
PF 14   Mitchell, Tony 2.03 m (6 ft 8 in) 30 – (1992-04-07)7 April 1992
PG 17   Vaughn, Kwame 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in) 88 kg (194 lb) 32 – (1990-05-31)31 May 1990
F 18   Chen, Ilay 1.98 m (6 ft 6 in) 18 – (2003-10-12)12 October 2003
CG 21   Gilder, Admon 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in) 26 – (1995-11-14)14 November 1995
F 22     Freund, Josh 2.00 m (6 ft 7 in) 111 kg (245 lb) 25 – (1997-05-14)14 May 1997
PF 24   Putney, Raphiael 2.08 m (6 ft 10 in) 32 – (1990-04-21)21 April 1990
F 25   Taylor Jr., Steve 2.06 m (6 ft 9 in) 108 kg (238 lb) 29 – (1993-02-15)15 February 1993
PG 28   Kozahinof, Danel 1.77 m (5 ft 10 in) 82 kg (181 lb) 20 – (2001-10-03)3 October 2001
SG 77   Yacoubou, Achraf 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in) 30 – (1992-04-05)5 April 1992
PG   Hickey, Anthony 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in) 84 kg (185 lb) 29 – (1992-11-22)22 November 1992
C   Upson, DeVonte 2.06 m (6 ft 9 in) 101 kg (223 lb) 29 – (1993-03-23)23 March 1993
Head coach
  •   Ofer Rahimi
Assistant coach(es)

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  •   Injured

Updated: June 30, 2022

Depth chartEdit

Pos. Starting 5 Bench 1 Bench 2 Bench 3
C Daniel Koperberg Eitan Basch Ilay Chen
PF Josh Freund Jax Levitch Monem Abboud
SF Steve Taylor Jr. Orel Lev Erez Foran
SG Chris Smith Micah Elan Raziel Hayon
PG Kwame Vaughn Daniel Kozahinof Amit Menachem Ofek Gol
  • The Israeli League rule requires every team to have at least one Israeli on the court at any time.
  • There should be at least 7 Israelis and up to 5 foreigners on a 12-men game sheet.

Source: basket.co.il

Squad changes for the 2021–22 seasonEdit

Notable playersEdit

Note: Flags indicate national team eligibility at FIBA-sanctioned events. Players may hold other non-FIBA nationality not displayed.

Criteria

To appear in this section a player must have either:

  • Set a club record or won an individual award while at the club.
  • Played at least one official international match for their national team at any time.
  • Played at least one official NBA match at any time.

Season by seasonEdit

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Season League State Cup League Cup Europe Head Coach['s]
Division Pld W L PF PA PD Pos Playoff
1953/1954 Liga Artzit 14 1 13 517 666 -149 7 DNP DNP DNP DNQ   Nethanel Sneh
1955 Liga Artzit 22 8 14 1,211 1,280 -69 9 DNP DNP DNP DNQ   Mordechai Mamran
1955/1956 Cancelled due to Suez Crisis FR DNP DNQ
1957 Liga Artzit 18 6 12 929 1,057 -128 9 DNP DNP DNP DNQ   Zvi Ornstein
1957/1958 Liga Artzit 22 9 13 936 1,079 -128 7 DNP R16 DNP DNQ   Peter Benedek
1958/59/60 Liga Artzit 22 4 18 1,087 1,412 -325 12 DNP QF DNP DNQ   Peter Benedek,   Yousef Abu Rashed
1960/1961 Liga Alef 1 DNP FR DNP DNQ
1961/1962 Liga Leumit 22 7 15 1,324 1,581 -257 10 DNP QF DNP DNQ   Abraham Tor
1962/1963 Liga Leumit 22 6 16 1,372 1,509 -137 11 DNP R16[7] DNP DNQ   Abraham Tor
1963/1964 Liga Leumit 24 3 21 1,368 1,730 -362 12 DNP R16 DNP DNQ   Haim Chanin
1964/1965 Liga Leumit 26 9 17 1,403 1,656 -253 13 DNP FR DNP DNQ   Haim Chanin
1965/1966 Liga Leumit 26 13 13 1,572 1,688 -116 6 DNP SR DNP DNQ   Shmuel Yakobson
1966/1967 Liga Leumit 26 14 12 1,690 1,683 7 5[8] DNP DNP [9] DNP DNQ   Shmuel Yakobson
1967/1968 Liga Leumit 26 14 12 1,882 1,786 96 5 DNP DNP [10] DNP DNQ   Shlomo Duvdavani
1968/1969 Liga Leumit 24 9 15 1,724 1,832 -108 7 DNP R16[11] DNP DNQ   Yousef Abu Rashed
1969/1970 Liga Leumit 22 9 13 1,627 1,844 -217 9 DNP R16 DNP DNQ   Haim Chanin,   Aryeh Doidsko,   Itzhak Rubinstein
1970/1971 Liga Leumit 22 8 14 1,593 1,818 -225 9 DNP Runner up[12] DNP DNQ   Itzhak Rubinsteinm,   Shmuel Yakobson
1971/1972 Liga Leumit 22 9 13 1,603 1,703 -100 7 DNP SF DNP Winners' Cup FR   Abraham Tor,   Haim Buchbinder
1972/1973 Liga Leumit 22 5 17 1,601 1,803 -202 12 DNP R16 DNP DNQ   Haim Buchbinder,   Eli Manana
1974 Liga Artzit 1 DNP DNP [13] DNP DNQ
1974/1975 Liga Leumit 26 7 19 1,847 2,231 -384 11 DNP QF DNP DNQ   Haim Buchbinder
1975/1976 Liga Leumit 24 8 16 1,762 1,952 -190 9 DNP QF DNP DNQ   Shlomo Duvdavani,   Haim Buchbinder
1976/1977 Liga Leumit 20 7 13 1,679 1,825 -146 7 DNP R16 DNP DNQ   Haim Buchbinder
1977/1978 Liga Leumit 22 2 20 1,588 2,010 -452 12 DNQ R16 DNP DNQ   Rahamim Nakash,   Shlomo Duvdavani,   Rani Isaac
1978/1979 Liga Artzit DNP FR DNP DNQ
1979/1980 Liga Artzit 1 DNP FR DNP DNQ
1980/1981 Liga Leumit 22 7 15 1,879 2,124 -245 10 DNP R16 DNP DNQ   Mordechai Lederman
1981/1982 Liga Leumit 22 8 14 1,972 2,020 -48 7 DNQ R16 DNP DNQ   Simi Riger,   Kalman Rozenberg
1982/1983 Liga Leumit 22 8 14 1,852 1,948 -96 9 DNQ R16 DNP DNQ   Kalman Rozenberg,   Micha Rab
1983/1984 Liga Leumit 22 10 12 1,788 1,771 17 8 QF QF DNP DNQ   Pini Gershon
1984/1985 Liga Leumit 22 13 9 2,086 2,006 80 5 QF Runner up DNP DNQ   Pini Gershon
1985/1986 Liga Leumit 20 8 12 1,835 1,887 -52 7 QF QF DNP Winners' Cup SR   Fran O'Hanlon
1986/1987 Liga Leumit 22 12 10 1,938 1,953 -15 7 QF SF DNP DNQ   Pini Gershon
1987/1988 Liga Leumit 22 11 11 2,046 2,058 -12 7 QF SF DNP Korać Cup SR   Yossi Harari,   Haim Buchbinder
1988/1989 Liga Leumit 22 10 12 1,968 2,028 -60 7 DNQ QF DNP DNQ   Pini Gershon
1989/1990 Liga Leumit 20 9 11 1,749 1,787 -38 7 DNQ QF DNP DNQ   Rani Kahana
1990/1991 Liga Leumit 20 9 11 1,781 1,860 -79 7 DNQ R16 DNP DNQ   Rani Kahana
1991/1992 Liga Leumit 22 11 11 1,995 2,002 -7 7 DNQ R16 DNP DNQ   Yariv Varshitzki,   Roni Barshats
1992/1993 Leumit A 26 6 20 2,070 2,386 -316 13 DNQ FR DNP Korać Cup SR   Roni Barshats,   Ari Rosenberg
1993/1994 Leumit B DNP R16 DNP DNQ
1994/1995 Leumit B DNP R16 DNP DNQ
1995/1996 Leumit B 12 DNQ FR DNP DNQ
1996/1997 Liga Artzit 1 DNP DNP[n 1] DNP DNQ
1997/1998 Leumit B 1 DNP FR DNP DNQ
1998/1999 Leumit A 22 10 12 1,633 1,627 6 7 QF R16 DNP DNQ   Avi Ashkenazi
1999/2000 Leumit A 20 6 14 1,481 1,556 -75 9 DNQ QF DNP Korać Cup R16   Avi Ashkenazi,   Yariv Varshitzki
2000/2001 Ligat HaAl 28 17 11 2,213 2,187 26 4 SF QF DNP DNQ   Effi Birnbaum
2001/2002 Ligat HaAl 27 15 12 2,207 2,224 -17 4 SF QF DNP DNQ   Effi Birnbaum
2002/2003 Ligat HaAl 27 10 17 2,292 2,380 -88 11 DNQ QF DNP DNQ   Meir Kaminski,   Yariv Varshitzki
2003/2004 Ligat HaAl 22 7 15 1,721 1,823 -10 11 DNQ R16 DNP DNQ   Erez Bitman,   Zvika Horovitz,   Ofer Berkovich
2004/2005 Ligat HaAl 28 7 21 2,164 2,416 -252 12 DNQ FR[14] DNP DNQ   Erez Bitman,   Yariv Varshitzki
2005/2006[15] Liga Artzit 22 12 10 1,863 1,755 108 6 DNP DNP[n 1] DNP DNQ   Toby Salilat
2006/2007 Liga Artzit 22 18 4 2,028 1,763 265 1 DNP DNP[n 1] DNP DNQ   Toby Salilat
2007/2008 Liga Leumit 26 15 11 2,143 2,046 97 4 Promoted FR DNQ DNQ   Avi Ashkenazi
2008/2009 Ligat HaAl 22 14 8 1,734 1,650 84 3 Runners up Runners up DNQ DNQ   Avi Ashkenazi
2009/2010 Ligat HaAl 22 14 8 1,758 1,649 84 4 QF R16 3rd DNQ   Avi Ashkenazi
2010/2011 Ligat HaAl 27 8 19 2,212 2,303 -91 9 DNQ QF DNQ EuroChallenge Last16   Elad Hasin,   Ami Nawi,   Mickey Gorka
2011/2012 Ligat HaAl 29 5 19 1,951 2,085 -134 11 DNQ R16 DNQ DNQ   Mickey Gorka,   Rami Hadar,   Offer Rahimi
2012/2013 Ligat HaAl 27 17 10 2,224 2,150 74 2 Champion Runners up SF DNQ   Brad Greenberg
2013/2014 Ligat HaAl 28 18 10 2,290 2,167 123 3 Runners up R16 Withdrew EuroCup Last32   Danny Franco
2014/2015 Ligat HaAl 33 17 16 2,655 2,668 -13 5 QF SF QF Withdrew   Rami Hadar
2015/2016 Ligat HaAl 33 19 14 2,565 2,482 83 3 QF QF QF DNQ   Rami Hadar
2016/2017 Ligat HaAl 33 16 17 2,716 2,558 128 8 Runners up QF QF DNQ   Offer Rahimi
2017/2018 Ligat HaAl 33 11 22 2,560 2,699 -139 12 DNQ R16 Withdrew Withdrew   Offer Rahimi,   Nati Cohen,   Barak Peleg
2018/2019 Liga Leumit 26 16 10 2,226 2,110 116 4 Promoted R16[16] Withdrew [17] DNQ   Barak Peleg,   Daniel Seoane
2019/2020 Ligat HaAl 29 15 14 2,455 2,431 24 6 QF R16 FR DNQ   Daniel Seoane
2020/2021 Ligat HaAl 30 7 23 2,478 2,788 -310 12 DNQ QF QF BIBL League FR   Daniel Seoane,   Amit Ben David
2021/2022 Liga Leumit 28 14 14 2,308 2,326 -18 8 QF DNP SF BIBL League   Avi Suker,   Offer Rahimi
Total 588 809 107,121 111,848 -4,727

  First Tier
  Second Tier
  Third Tier

  • FR = First Round
  • SR = Second Round
  • R16 = Round of 16
  • QF = Quarter-Final
  • SF = Semi-Final
  • DNP = Do not play
  • DNQ = Do not qualify

Maccabi Haifa in European competitionsEdit

First QualifiedEdit

In the 1971/1972 season, Maccabi Haifa participated for the first time in European competitions when it qualified for the FIBA European Cup Winners' Cup due to having qualified for the Israeli Final cup 1970/1971. Maccabi was eliminated after the first round, in which it lost to the French side Denain Voltaire .

Round Opponent 1st leg 2nd leg Aggregate
First round   Denain Voltaire 82-109 (H) 76-91 (A) 158–200

Second Qualified and First WinEdit

In the 1985/1986 season, it qualified again for the FIBA European Cup Winners' Cup due to having qualified for the Israeli Final cup 1984/1985 in the first round, and defeated ENAD Ayiou Dometiou from Cyprus after winning in both games, in the first leg 125-58 and in the second leg 94–55. In the second round it lost to Jugoplastika from the Republic of Yugoslavia

Round Opponent 1st leg 2nd leg Aggregate
First round   ENAD Ayiou Dometiou 125-58(A) 94-55 (H) 219-113
Second round   Jugoplastika 78-114 (A) 55-94 (H) 164-201

Korać CupEdit

In the 1987/1986 season, it qualified for the first time for the Korać Cup after defeating Achilleas Kaimakli from Cyprus 217–90 in aggregate (96-49 in the first leg, and 121–41 in the second leg). In the second round it defeated ASVEL Basket in the first leg, but lost in the second and was eliminated.

Round Opponent 1st leg 2nd leg Aggregate
First round   Achilleas Kaimakli 96-49 (A) 121-41 (H) 217-90
Second round   ASVEL Basket 103-89 (H) 75-93 (A) 178-182

In the 1992/1993 season, the team once again participated in the Korać Cup, and qualified directly for the second round, and was eliminated by Gravelines-Dunkerque from France after it lost in both legs (86-90 loss at home, and 60–81 away).

Round Opponent 1st leg 2nd leg Aggregate
Second round   Gravelines-Dunkerque 86-90 (H) 60-81 (A) 146–171

Group stageEdit

In the 1999/2000 season it qualified for the first time for the main tournament after beating the Cypriot team Keravnos (draw 67–67 in the first game away, and a 57–66 win away). Maccabi was a draw for Group C with Pallacanestro Reggiana from Italy and Nikol Fert from Macedonia (KK Beopetrol from the Republic of Yugoslavia withdrew from the competition). The team finished in first place with three wins against one loss and qualified for the quarterfinals, where they lost to Italian Pepsi Rimini 127–139 in aggregate.

Round Opponent 1st leg 2nd leg Aggregate
First round   Keravnos 67–67 (A) 66-57 (H) 133-124
Group stage   Nikol Fert Gostivar 72-45 (H) 92-86 (A)
  Bipop Carire Reggiana 80-65 (H) 69-70 (A)
Quarter Finals   Pepsi Rimini 61-81 (A) 66-58 (H) 127-139

EuroChallengeEdit

In the 2010/2011 season, the team participated in the EuroChallenge Cup (which was the 3rd-tier level men's professional continental club basketball competition in Europe). It qualified for the main tournament by beating Paris-Levallois Basket in the qualifying round after it lost 63–75 in the first leg in Paris, and in the second leg won 89-66 (152-141 in aggregate). The team was placed in Group B with Skyliners Frankfurt from Germany, BK Ventspils from Latvia, and the Ukraine team Khimik Yuzhne. The team finished in second place with three wins against three losses and qualified for the last 16 stage where the teams was drawn with the Israeli team Barak Netanya, Academic Sofia from Bulgaria, and Spartak Saint Petersburg from Russia, and was eliminated after it finished in third place with two wins and four losses.

Round Opponent 1st leg 2nd leg Aggregate
Qualifying Round   Paris Levallois 63-75 (A) 89-66 (H) 152-141
Regular season   Skyliners Frankfurt 83-78 (A) 54-53 (H)
  BK Ventspils 80-86 (H) 62-99 (A)
  Khimik Yuzhne 81-77 (A) 75-82 (H)
Last 16   PBC Academic 78-95 (H) 69-87 (A)
  Barak Netanya 80-73 (A) 74-77 (H)
  Saint Petersburg 60-101 (A) 86–92 (H)

EuroCupEdit

After winning a historic championship the previous season and choosing not to participate in the Euroleague qualifiers in the 2013/2014 season, the team participated in the EuroCup in the regular season and was drawn into Group G with the Russian Unicas Kazan, Banvit Bandırma from Turkey, VEF Rīga (Latvia), MZT Skopje (Macedonia), and also Kalev/Vremo (Estonia).

The team finished in second place with six wins against four losses and qualified for the last 32 stage where the teams was drawn with the Montepaschi Siena from Italy, BC Khimki Moscow Region from Russia, and the Czech team ERA Nymburk. The team won twice (including an 86-66 vs Montepaschi Siena, but was eliminated due to its head-to-head record.

Round Opponent 1st leg 2nd leg Aggregate
Regular season   BC UNICS 67-75 (H) 58-79 (A)
  KK MZT Skopje 86-83 (A) 79-60 (H)
  BK VEF Rīga 94-73 (A) 74-72 (H)
  Banvit Bandırma 72-69 (H) 76-95 (A)
  BC Kalev/Cramo 68-64 (A) 70-75 (H)
Last 32   ČEZ Nymburk 80-75 (H) 53-68 (A)
  BC Khimki 48-87 (A) 66-86 (H)
  Montepaschi Siena 86-66 (H) 73-92 (A)

Balkan LeagueEdit

12 teams from Israel joined the league, after suspension of the league due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The team was drawn into Norte Group B with Ironi Nahariya and Hapoel Gilboa Galil; it lost against Ironi Nahariya, and was eliminated.

Round Opponent 1st leg 2nd leg Aggregate
Regular season   Ironi Nahariya 80-86 (H) 81-87 (A)
  Hapoel Gilboa Galil 81-92 (A) 82-86 (H)

Matches against NBA teamsEdit

3 October 2010
New Jersey Nets   108–70   Maccabi Haifa
11 October 2012
Golden State Warriors   108–100   Maccabi Haifa
16 October 2012
Minnesota Timberwolves   114–81   Maccabi Haifa
7 October 2013
Phoenix Suns   130–89   Maccabi Haifa
13 October 2013
Memphis Grizzlies   116–70   Maccabi Haifa
15 October 2014
Washington Wizards   101–95   Maccabi Haifa
17 October 2014
Portland Trail Blazers   121–74   Maccabi Haifa
18 October 2014
Sacramento Kings   91–59   Maccabi Haifa
22 October 2014
Toronto Raptors   92–85   Maccabi Haifa
8 October 2015
Memphis Grizzlies   97–84   Maccabi Haifa
11 October 2015
Los Angeles Lakers   126–83   Maccabi Haifa
10 October 2016
Sacramento Kings   135–96   Maccabi Haifa
4 October 2017
Utah Jazz   117–78   Maccabi Haifa
10 October 2017
Indiana Pacers   108–89   Maccabi Haifa
13 October 2017
Portland Trail Blazers   129–81   Maccabi Haifa
8 October 2018
Sacramento Kings   132–100   Maccabi Haifa
6 October 2019
Memphis Grizzlies   123–88   Maccabi Haifa
10 October 2019
Portland Trail Blazers   105–68   Maccabi Haifa
13 October 2019
Minnesota Timberwolves   131–101   Maccabi Haifa

NotesEdit

  1. ^ a b c Not participated at the cup games due a third tier team

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "U.S. billionaire aims to turn pet team into a powerhouse", Haaretz, 21 May 2008
  2. ^ a b c d "An Inside Look at Maccabi Haifa". Portland Trail Blazers.
  3. ^ "Maccabi Haifa to play against Golden State Warriors on Oct 11!"
  4. ^ a b c d "Maccabi Haifa Bazan". www.euroleague.net.
  5. ^ Basketball / "American billionaire buys Maccabi Haifa", Haaretz, 21 July 2007
  6. ^ "Maccabi Haifa BC". www.thesportsdb.com.
  7. ^ Forfeit defeat at Round of 16
  8. ^ 2 place in the Norte Division
  9. ^ the cup was canceled due Six-Day War
  10. ^ the cup was canceled due to "Lack of time"
  11. ^ Forfeit won at Second Round
  12. ^ Forfeit won at First Round
  13. ^ the cup was canceled due Yom Kippur War
  14. ^ Forfeit defeat at First Round
  15. ^ Maccabi Haifa/Bat Galim
  16. ^ The Israel Basketball Association disqualified all the teams from the Liga Leumit so First Round was canceled
  17. ^ Withdrew from Liga Leumit League Cup due exhibition games in NBA

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