Maccabi Jaffa F.C.

Maccabi Jaffa Football Club was one of the first football teams in Israel. It was founded in 1950 as "Zionist association of Maccabi Jaffa," by Jewish immigrants from Bulgaria.

Maccabi Jaffa
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Full nameMaccabi Jaffa Football Club
Nickname(s)The Bulgarians
GroundGaon Stadium, Tel Aviv
1999–2000Liga Alef South, 9th

The Team played for 32 seasons in the Israeli Top Division, though its only title was The Israeli Toto Cup for the Second Division. Maccabi Jaffa finished three times at the second place in the Israeli First Division (in the seasons of 1962, 1964 and 1977). In 1957, Maccabi Jaffa played at the final of the Israeli State Cup, but lost to Hapoel Petah Tikva. The fan's club Maccabi Kabilio Jaffa won the Israeli District Cup of the fourth and sixth divisions in the 2009 and 2010 seasons.


The Early YearsEdit

Albert Kiyosso, the founder of the "Zionist association of Maccabi Jaffa"

Zionist association of Maccabi Jaffa was founded in 1949 by Albert Kiyosso (1898–1963), the chairman of Maccabi Bulgaria organization who immigrated to Israel in 1943. In the early 1950s, the members received a surface of abandoned orchard due to lack of funds, the members qualified the surface by themselves and built the club's stadium which was nicknamed "The Tins Stadium."[1] In the season of 1954–1955 Maccabi Jaffa played in the promotion play-offs for the Israeli top division with Hapoel Kfar-Saba, Hapoel Kiryat Haim, and Beitar Jerusalem. Jaffa won the Play-offs and promoted for the first time to the Israeli major league.

During the 1950s Maccabi Jaffa was struggling in the bottom part of the Israeli First Division. The peak of this period was in the season of 1956–1957 when Maccabi Jaffa participated in the final of The Israeli State Cup, though they lost 2–1 to Hapoel Petah Tikva.

The 1960sEdit

Soccer game between Maccabi jaffa (dark shirts) and Maccabi Haifa, 1969

In the 1960s, Maccabi Jaffa was close twice to win the championship.

In the Season of 1961–1962 Maccabi Jaffa finished second in the Israeli Major League, only 2 points from the champions, Hapoel Petah Tikva.

The season of 1963–1964 considered as the best season of Maccabi Jaffa history. In this season Maccabi Jaffa fought the championship against Hapoel Ramat Gan. In the games between the teams, Jaffa had won 3–1 in Ramat Gan, and 1–0 in Jaffa,[2] but that wasn't enough. Ramat Gan won the Championship, only 1 point above Maccabi Jaffa. In that season, Maccabi Jaffa striker Israel Ashkenazi was Israel's top scorer with 21 goals.

In the late 1960s, Jaffa failed to show the same quality as in their top years, and in the season of 1969–1970 Maccabi Jaffa finished in the 15th position, and was relegated to the second division, after 14 years in the top division.

The 1970sEdit

Maccabi Jaffa had started the 1970s in the second division. In the season of 1970–1971 Maccabi Jaffa got their revenge in Hapoel Ramat Gan, after winning 1–0 in the last game of the season in Jaffa, and promoting back to the top division at the expense of Hapoel Ramat Gan.[3]

The rest of the 1970s, Jaffa was a mediocre team in the Israeli first division. The only season worth mentioning is 1976–1977. in this year, Jaffa was once again close to be the champions. Jaffa finished in the second place, after Maccabi Tel Aviv, that's after Jaffa beat Maccabi Tel Aviv in both games of that season.[4]

The 1980sEdit

Jaffa's first season in the 1980s was promising, as the team finished in the third place, but from there everything went wrong.

Jaffa became a bottom league team, until in the season of 1986–1987, when Jaffa finished in the 15th place and was relegated to the second division after 16 successive years in the first division.

Jaffa did not succeed to promote to the first division in the 1980s, and finished the next seasons in mid-table of Liga Artzit, the second division at the time.

The 1990sEdit

The first years of the 1990s seem good for Maccabi Jaffa. In the season of 1991–1992 Jaffa finished in the sixth place, but won their first title ever: Israeli Toto Cup of the Liga Artzit.

Jaffa won the Toto Cup of Liga Artzit again in the next season, and finished in fourth place, which earned the team a promotion play-off against Hapoel Petah Tikva, who finished in the 14th place in the first division. Jaffa lost 1–2 and 0–3 and remained in the second division.

In the season of 1994–1995 Jaffa finished in the first place, and promoted to the first division after 8 years in the second division.

The season of 1995–1996 was not good for The Bulgarians, as Jaffa finished in the bottom place and relegated back to the second division after only one season.

Jaffa came back to life in the season of 1997–1998. That season is considered as one of the best in the club's history. The team finished the league in the first place, with only one lose (to Maccabi Kiryat Gat). Jaffa's striker Ofir Haim was the top scorer of the season with 26 goals.[5] Moreover, Jaffa won the Toto Cup of Liga Artzit for the third time.

The season of 1998–1999 was the 32 and last season of Maccabi Jaffa in Israel's top division. That season was the worst in Jaffa's history and one of the worst in Israel's top division history. Jaffa finished the season in the bottom place, with 2 wins, 4 ties and 24 losses (10 points out of 90). In spite of the poor season, Maccabi Jaffa beat Maccabi Haifa 1–0 in the 29th game and denied Maccabi Haifa a spot in next season's UEFA Cup.[6]

Jaffa started the season of 1999–2000 in the second division, but after only one game (in which they won 1–0 against Tzafririm Holon),[7] The club was demoted by the Israel Football Association to the fourth division for violation of the budget rules.[8] Because Jaffa got in deep debts, The club changed its name to Maccabi Jaffa 2000 and finished the season in the 9th place. At the end of the season, the club was dissolved after failing to comply with arbitrator decisions and fielding ineligible player.[8] The dissolved club merged with A.S. Ramat Eliyahu,[9] where most of the club players left for. A.S. Ramat Eliyahu played at Gaon Stadium[1] and used Maccabi Jaffa's logo.[10]


In the 2000s (decade), the "new" Maccabi Jaffa, A.S. Ramat Eliyahu, targeted to promote to the third division, but failed consistently.

In the season of 2006–2007 the team finished in the second bottom place and relegated to the fifth division. During the years, the club merged with the clubs Tzeirei Jaffa, Hatzrot Jaffa and Bnei Jaffa and in 2008 became S.C. Bnei Jaffa. Following that, the club no longer played in Maccabi Jaffa's Stadium, and no longer played with Maccabi Jaffa's logo.[11]

Maccabi Kabilio JaffaEdit

Maccabi Kabilio Jaffa
Full nameMaccabi Kabilio Jaffa F.C.
מועדון כדורגל מכבי קביליו יפו
Nickname(s)The Bulgarians, Los Blancos
FoundedDecember 24, 2007
GroundHatikva Neighborhood Stadium, Tel Aviv
ManagerItzik Baruch
LeagueLiga Alef South
2019–20Liga Alef South, 7th

Before the beginning of the 2008–09 season, some of Maccabi Jaffa's old fans gathered and reestablished the team under the name Maccabi Kabilio Jaffa (the team is being called after its goalkeeper in the 1970s Herzl Kabilio who died from cancer at the age of 35). The club is a fan's club, and gains its money from the donations made by the fans. The team was registered for the 2008–09 season for the bottom league in Israel, Liga Gimel.

In that season, Jaffa won the Israeli State Cup for Liga Gimel, and finished in the first place of the Tel Aviv division, with only one loss.[12] Jaffa played the promotion game against Ironi Beit Dagan in Bloomfield Stadium in front of 9,000 fans.[13]

Jaffa played in Liga Bet in the season of 2009–10. in this season Jaffa made history when they became the first club from Liga Bet, since 1963, to reach the Round of 16 of the Israeli State Cup.[14] In the way to this phase, Jaffa won against Hapoel Hadera from Liga Alef and Ironi Kiryat Shmona which won the second division in that season. In the Round of 16 to the Final, Jaffa lost 0–5 to Hapoel Tel Aviv, which eventually went to win both the State Cup and the Premier League in that season.

During the season, Jaffa won the Israeli State Cup for Liga Bet, and finished the season in the first place with no losses. Maccabi Kabilio Jaffa was the only team in Israel, which was undefeated during the entire 2009–10 season.

Jaffa started its third season in Liga Alef, the third league in Israel. In this season, Jaffa broke their winning sequence, when they lost to Maccabi Ironi Netivot in Netivot. The loss came after 65 consistent games without a loss, the longest time in which an Israeli team played without losing.[15]

Jaffa finished the season in fourth place and qualified for the promotion play-offs. After beating Bnei Eilat, Maccabi Kiryat Malakhi and Asi Gilboa in the Liga Alef play-offs, Jaffa faced the 14th placed in 2010–11 Liga Leumit, Hakoah Ramat Gan. Jaffa lost the first leg in their home stadium in Holon by a result of 1–2, and the second leg in Ramat Gan ended in 1–1 draw. Thus, Maccabi Kabilio Jaffa remained in Liga Alef.

Jaffa finished as runners-up for third successive seasons, in 2011–12, 2012–13 and 2013–14. However, they failed to achieve promotion to Liga Leumit, after losing to Beitar Kfar Saba in the first round of the promotion play-offs, in 2012–13 and 2013–14.

In the 2014–15 season, Jaffa surprisingly found itself in the battle against relegation and finished in the 14th place. However, they survived in Liga Alef, after beating the Liga Bet South play-offs winner, Hapoel Kiryat Ono, by a result of 2–0, in the Relegation play-offs.[16]

Maccabi Kabilio Jaffa are currently in Liga Alef South division. The current season, is their sixth consecutive season in this league.

Current squadEdit

As of 12 March 2021
No. Pos. Nation Player
1 GK   ISR Ben Volowelski
4 DF   ISR Guy Eini
5 DF   ISR Shahak Levi
6 DF   ISR Nadav Reuveni
7 FW   ISR Idan Vaknin
8 DF   ISR Moshiko Biels
9 FW   ISR Guy Amsalem
10 MF   ISR Nicolas Ledesman
11 FW   ISR Matan Beit Ya'akov
12 DF   ISR Teva Barret
14 MF   ISR Nissim Ben Rozilyo
16 MF   ISR Ori Ashurof
17 MF   ISR Ori Eshel
No. Pos. Nation Player
18 FW   ISR Noor Bisan
19 DF   ISR Oz Aharon
20 FW   ISR Nati Arzuan
21 DF   ISR Omri Cohen
22 GK   ISR Shay Drori
25 MF   ISR Dean Kindler
26 DF   ISR Aviel Ohana
27 DF   ISR Niv Pliter
28 MF   ISR Yonatan Farber
77 MF   ISR Ronen Peretz
99 FW   ISR Osher Tapiro
DF   ISR Roy Sheffer



  1. ^ a b Maccabi Jaffa Tins Stadium \ Nissim Gaon Stadium Tel Aviv 100, The Municipal Encyclopedia (in Hebrew)
  2. ^ Maccabi Jaffa, 1963–1964 season Archived 2015-10-04 at the Wayback Machine Dribblist (in Hebrew)
  3. ^ Hapoel Ramat Gan Vs Maccabi Jaffa 1971 HaMakhtesh (in Hebrew)
  4. ^ Maccabi Jaffa, 1976–1977 season Archived 2014-10-14 at Dribblist (in Hebrew)
  5. ^ Israel 1997/1998 RSSSF
  6. ^ Maccabi Jaffa 1–0 Maccabi Haifa Maccabi Haifa (in Hebrew)
  7. ^ First league victory after 8 years for Maccabi "Kabilio Jaffa" NRG, 19.9.2008 (in Hebrew)
  8. ^ a b Maccabi Jaffa: "If we do not promote within two years to Liga Alef – Failure" Ynet, 25.12.2007 (in Hebrew)
  9. ^ Maccabi Kabilio Jaffa- Who is it, What is it, And what is it good for Maccabi Kabilio Jaffa, 27.9.2008 (in Hebrew)
  10. ^ Keeper of the flame Doublepass, 19.5.2011 (in Hebrew)
  11. ^ Day of revenge Maccabi Kabilio Jaffa, 7.10.2009 (in Hebrew)
  12. ^ Liga Gimel Tel Aviv – 2009/2008 The Israel Football Association (in Hebrew)
  13. ^ Maccabi Jaffa and another 15 (Part A) Maccabi Kabilio Jaffa, 25.4.2009 (in Hebrew)
  14. ^ State Cup: Kabilio Jaffa eliminated Kiryat Shmona NRG, 8.2.2010 (in Hebrew)
  15. ^ It's over Goler1, 8.1.2011 (in Hebrew)
  16. ^ Woke up in time: Jaffa defeated Kiryat Ono and survived in Liga Alef Liran Dorf, Doublepass, 13.5.2015 (in Hebrew)

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