Maccabi Herzliya F.C.

Maccabi Herzliya F.C. (Hebrew: מועדון כדורגל מכבי הרצליה‎, Moadon Kaduregel Maccabi Herzliya) is an Israeli football club based in Herzliya. The club is currently in Liga Alef South and plays at the Herzliya Municipal Stadium.

Maccabi Herzliya
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Full nameMaccabi Herzliya Football Club
מועדון כדורגל מכבי הרצליה
Founded1932; 89 years ago (1932)
GroundHerzliya Municipal Stadium, Herzliya
Capacity8,300
ChairmanAriel Sheiman
ManagerIdan Bar-On
LeagueLiga Alef South
2019–20Liga Alef South, 15th

HistoryEdit

A football section of the Maccabi Herzliya Sports Club existed and played several matches since 1929,[1][2] including competing in the 1930 Palestine Cup.[3] The club was formally established in 1932.[citation needed] In 1978 they were promoted to Liga Artzit (then the second tier). However, they finished bottom in the 1980–81 season and were relegated back to Liga Alef. In 1983 they moved to the Herzliya Municipal Stadium, which they share with city rivals Hapoel Herzliya.

At the start of the 1990s the club returned to Liga Artzit, and were promoted to Liga Leumit (then the top division) for the first time in their history in 1992–93 as Artzit champions. They avoided relegation by a single point in 1994–95, and finished one place above the relegation zone again in 1996–97 and 1998–99. In the first season of the new Premier League in 1999–2000, they finished second bottom and were relegated.

In 2001–02 they finished third, narrowly missing out on promotion back to the Premier League. In 2005, they reached the State Cup final for the first time, losing to Maccabi Tel Aviv on penalties after a 2–2 draw. In 2005–06 they won Liga Leumit (now the second tier) to return to the top division. After finishing one place above the relegation zone in the 2006–07 season, In the 2007–08 season they finished bottom and relegated back to Liga Leumit.

Current squadEdit

As to 29 January 2021
No. Pos. Nation Player
1 GK   ISR Avi Ivgi
3 DF   ISR Mahmoud Badir
4 DF   ISR Lenny Aharon
5 DF   ISR Ilay Bachar
6 MF   ISR Dolev Azurel
7 MF   ISR Daniel Gretz
8 FW   ISR Danny Rozenblit
9 FW   ISR Adir Khalifa
11 FW   ISR Avihu Azar
13 DF   ISR Amir Dayan
14 FW   ISR Idan Binyamin
No. Pos. Nation Player
15 MF   ISR Shimon Hayun
16 GK   ISR Maor Kalfa
17 FW   ISR Raz Itzhak
19 MF   ISR Matan Lila
20 MF   ISR Haim Mekonen
21 DF   ISR Gal Tietelbaum
23 MF   ISR Rom Elias
24 DF   ISR Yarin Talmid
25 DF   ISR Barak Lavi
26 MF   ISR Adir Fibnik
30 DF   ISR Dean Simhi

HonoursEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ In Sport[permanent dead link] Do'ar HaYom, 4 August 1929, Historical Jewish Press (in Hebrew)
  2. ^ Tel Aviv-Jaffa – In Sport[permanent dead link] Do'ar HaYom, 24 December 1929, Historical Jewish Press (in Hebrew)
  3. ^ In Sport[permanent dead link] Do'ar HaYom, 21 February 1930, Historical Jewish Press (in Hebrew)

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