Maccabi Netanya F.C. (Hebrew: מועדון כדורגל מכבי נתניה, romanizedMoadon kaduregel Makabi Netanya) is an Israeli football club based in Netanya. Established in 1934, the club was a founding member of the Israeli League in 1949. After winning their first championship in 1971, the club's golden period lasted until the late 80s, including four more league titles and a double in 1978.

Maccabi Netanya
Full nameMaccabi Netanya Football Club
Nickname(s)The Diamonds
Founded1934; 89 years ago
GroundNetanya Stadium, Netanya
OwnerEyal Segal
ManagerRan Kojok
LeagueIsraeli Premier League
2022–23Israeli Premier League, 5th of 14

History edit

Maccabi Netanya Football Club was founded in 1934 and initially played in green and white stripes. The club played their first game against Beitar Netanya in 1935 at the Maccabi stadium, which was located in the center of the city. The club's first season was in 1935–36 when they played in Liga Gimel which back then was the third tier in Israeli football. After three seasons in Liga Gimel the club won promotion to Liga Bet (second tier), and in the 1941–42 season they won Liga Bet to secure promotion to the top division which back then was known as the Palestine League.

During the early to mid 1940s, a number of British players who served in military bases near Netanya played for the club. The most famous were Bertie Mee and Tom Finney, who were the first foreigners to play for the club. The 1943–44 season of the Palestine League was the first season that Maccabi Netanya played a full season in the top tier of football in the country, they finished the season in the sixth place. During the 1948 Arab–Israeli War, four of the club's players were killed – Israel Arbaitman, Yehuda Blecher, Haim Goldstein, David Liebster and coach Baruch Feuer.

After the establishment of the State of Israel, Maccabi Netanya was among the 13 teams that formed the senior league in Israel. In the 1949–50 season, Netanya finished in ninth place. In 1954 the club qualified for the Israel State Cup for the first time and the next season the club finished in fourth place in the league. After two rather successful seasons, the club had to fight against relegation in the 1955-56 season. Netanya managed to get back in the top of table in the 1957–58 season as they finished fourth again. In the 1961–62 season, after a few years in the bottom of the league, the club got relegated to the second division after finishing 12th and final in the league. Netanya played two seasons in Liga Alef until in the end of the 1963–64 season when they won the league and got promoted back to the top division. With the return of the team to Liga Leumit, the team joined the top ranks, with Mordechai Spiegler playing in its ranks. Spiegler finished three consecutive seasons as the top scorer of the league. In the 1968–69 season, the team finished third in the league with Spiegler again as the top scorer.

After the third-placed finish in 1968–69, the 1970–71 season saw Netanya win their first title by a margin of eleven points, back then the largest in Israeli football history. They also reached the State Cup final, but lost 2–1 to Maccabi Tel Aviv.[1] In 1972–73 Neyanya finished thirteenth in Liga Leumit, avoiding relegation by only two points. However, the following season they won their second title. In 1975 they changed their kit to play in black and yellow. They won a third title in 1977–78, and completed the double by beating Bnei Yehuda 2–1 in the State Cup final. They also finished as winners of their group in the UEFA Intertoto Cup. A fourth championship was won in 1979–80 by a margin of ten points, whilst their fifth title, in 1982–83 was won by a fourteen-point margin.[2] In the same season they won the League Cup, a feat repeated the following year. In 1986–87 and 1988–89 they reached the League Cup final, but lost on both occasions.

In 1994–95 Netanya finished bottom of Liga Leumit and were relegated to Liga Artzit, in the same season the youth team won the youth championship. After winning the league in 1998–99 they returned to the top division. However, they were relegated again in 2003–04 after finishing second from bottom, though they made an immediate return to the top division after finishing as Liga Leumuit runners-up in 2004–05, a season in which they also won the Toto Cup Leumit.

In December 2005 Daniel Jammer, a Jewish German businessman bought the club for a fee of $1,500,000.[3] In 2006–07 the club finished as Premier League runners-up, a feat repeated the following season. In April 2008 Lothar Matthäus was appointed manager. Although the club led the league in the early part of the 2008–09 season, they eventually finished fourth and Matthäus was sacked and replaced by Nati Azaria.

The 2010–11 season saw the club finishing sixth in the top playoff games. The next season Netanya finished in fourth place when they shared the same number of points as the runners-up. This was quite an achievement considering the fact that the club did not have a stable budget behind them or an owner to invest in the club. They were relegated again in 2012–13 after finishing second from bottom.

In August 2013 Eli Segav and Yossi Maor took over as the new owners of the club. Netanya made an immediate return to the top division after finishing as the champions of Liga Leumuit in the 2013–14 season, a season in which they also reached the State Cup final, losing 1–0 to Ironi Kiryat Shmona in front of more than 22,000 supporters of Netanya.[4]

The club got relegated again at the end of the 2015–16 season.[5] This season is regarded as the worst season the club has ever had in the first tier of Israeli football and most have said it was the worst in the history of the club.[6] Doron Osidon was appointed the chairman of the club by the mayor of Netanya. Shlomi Dora was signed as the manager of the club. At the start of the season five players got severely injured (including the main goalscorer and captain Eran Levy) which caused for many problems. Dora got sacked after the club did not do well, Reuven Atar got called to replace him. After three months of no real change and barely winning any points, Atar was sacked as well. Guy Tzarfati was called up to be the caretaker manager and after he lost a State Cup game against Sektzia Nes Tziona of the third division he was sacked and was replaced by Meni Koretski who could not save the sinking ship. Koretski decided to quit on 26 March.[7] Omer Peretz who retired at the start of the season (after he was one of the players that got injured), became the manager of the club.[8]

In June 2016 Eyal Segal (a known die hard supporter of Maccabi Netanya) took over as the new owner of the club and declared the goal is to get promoted at the end of the season.[9] The club started the 2016-17 season with a deduction of 9 points, but still managed to do the unthinkable as they got promoted back to the top flight of Israeli football as the Leumit champions.[10] In the 2018–19 season, the club reached the State Cup final in a replay of the 1978 final against Bnei Yehuda, only this time Netanya lost 4–5 in penalties.

Rivalry edit

There is a strong rivalry between Netanya and Beitar Nes Tubruk Netanya. Originally, there were hopes of the two clubs uniting so as not to split allegiances of kids in the city. The merger never came to fruition and since, the two clubs have been at each other's throats both claiming that the other has forced a child not to switch clubs, which is illegal in Israel. On one occasion when two Tubruk players came to shake hands with Netanya players after a derby match in Liga Leumit LeNoar, they were subsequently left out of the team for the club's next league match[citation needed] . The senior derby only took place a handful of times when both clubs played in the second tier, in the 1939 season, 1940 season, 1941–42 season, 1962–63 season and in the 1963–64 season. The 1986–87 season was the only season the two teams played in the top division at the same time. The first game took place in Tubruk Stadium with 9,000 people in attendance, Yigal Menahem scored the only goal for Maccabi. The derby also took place in the State Cup during the 1947 first round and the 1984 seventh round.

There's also a strong rivalry between Netanya and Hapoel Kfar Saba, games between the two are often called "Derby HaSharon" because the two clubs are known to be the major teams from the Sharon plain. The rivalry was at its peak in the 1981–82 season which saw the two clubs going head to head for the championship with Netanya losing the title in the final game of the season.

And there's a rivalry between Netanya And Maccabi Herzliya because both clubs are from the Sharon District and in the 1994/95 season, Maccabi Herzliya defeated Maccabi Netanya and dropped Netanya to the second division.

Since the late 1990s, the strongest rivalry has probably been Hapoel Be'er Sheva.

Fans edit

The current Maccabi Netanya's organization fans are "VATOS LOCOS".

Maccabi Netanya Fans, 2018

Maccabi Netanya audience is the audience who most frequently named public value of the first round of the Premier League – Plan for kicking the violence and racism of the lots. The organization fans have three wins title seasons 2009/2010, 2011/2012 and 2012/2013.

Stadium edit

The club plays its home matches at the 13,610-capacity Netanya Stadium, which was opened in October 2012. The club former stadium was the 7,500-capacity Sar-Tov Stadium, which was commonly known as HaKufsa (lit. The Box). It was named after Yosef Sar-Tov, who was amongst the club's founders, and was its first chairman.

"The Diamonds" nickname etymology edit

"The Diamonds" nickname origin is in the large diamonds industry that was in the city of Netanya, in the beginning of diamonds industry in Israel in early 1940s. In the 1940s 33 factories started to work in Israel, mostly in Netanya and Tel-Aviv, and Netanya was nicknamed "Diamonds City".

European Campaigns edit

Season Competition Round Club Home Away Aggregate
2007–08 UEFA Cup 2nd qualifying round   U.D. Leiria 0–1 0–0 0–1
2008–09 UEFA Cup 2nd qualifying round   Cherno More Varna 1–1 0–2 1–3
2009–10 UEFA Europa League 2nd qualifying round   Sliema Wanderers 0–0 3–0 3–0
3rd qualifying round   Galatasaray 1–4 0–6 1–10
2012–13 UEFA Europa League 2nd qualifying round   KuPS 1–2 1–0 2–2 (a)
2022–23 UEFA Europa Conference League 2nd qualifying round   İstanbul Başakşehir 0–1 1–1 1–2

Players edit

Current squad edit

Updated 18 September 2023

No. Pos. Nation Player
1 GK   ISR Raz Karmi
2 DF   ISR Ido Vaier
4 DF   ISR Itay Ben Shabat
5 DF   ISR Matan Levi
7 MF   ISR Maxim Plakuschenko
8 MF   CMR Boris Enow
9 FW   UKR Stanislav Bilenkyi
10 MF   ISR Oz Bilu
11 FW   CRC Rachid Chirino
12 DF   ISR Yuval Sadeh
13 GK   ISR Poraz Volkowitz
14 MF   ISR Bar Cohen
15 MF   ISR Aviv Daniel Avraham (captain)
16 MF   ISR Naftali Belay
17 DF   ISR Joel Abu Hanna
No. Pos. Nation Player
18 GK   ISR Tomer Tzarfati
19 MF   ISR Eitan Azulay
20 FW   ISR Ahmed Salman
25 DF   BUL Plamen Galabov
26 DF   ISR Karem Jaber
35 MF   ISR Bassam Zarora
42 DF   FRA Nassim Ouammou
47 DF   ISR Denis Kulikov
54 MF   ISR Liran Rotman
66 FW   SRB Igor Zlatanović
77 FW   ISR Roy Korine
80 DF   ISR Guy Mizrahi
99 FW   ISR Itamar Shviro

Other players under contract edit

As to 20 June 2022
No. Pos. Nation Player
MF   ISR Yarin Sharabi
MF   ISR Ahmad Taha

Out on loan edit

No. Pos. Nation Player
GK   ISR Tomer Livitanov (at Ironi Tiberias until 30 June 2023)
FW   ISR Iyad Haj (at Hapoel Acre until 30 June 2023)

Foreigners 2023–24 edit

Only up to six non-Israeli nationals can be in an Israeli club squad (only five can play at the same time). Those with Jewish ancestry, married to an Israeli or have played in Israel for an extended period of time, can claim a passport or permanent residency which would allow them to play with Israeli status.[citation needed]

Honours edit

Domestic edit

League edit

Cups edit

Minor honours edit

  • Nesher Cup
    • Winners: 1941
  • Netanya Cup
    • Winners: 1953

Records edit

Local edit

European edit

Managers edit

  • Managers marked in bold have won an honour with the club.

References edit

  1. ^ "Israel – List of Cup Finals". RSSSF.
  2. ^ "Israel – List of Final Tables". RSSSF.
  3. ^ "סופית: יאמר רכש את מכבי נתניה; ישלם 1.5 מיליון דולר". Ynet. 21 December 2005.
  4. ^ "עירוני ק"ש זכתה בגביע המדינה | ישראל היום". Archived from the original on 13 May 2014. Retrieved 11 May 2014.
  5. ^ "ליגת העל: מכבי נתניה הפסידה 2:0 לעירוני קרית שמונה וירדה רשמית ללאומית". 2 April 2016.
  6. ^ "הזרים של נתניה הודיעו: לא נמשיך בתום העונה".
  7. ^ "מנחם קורצקי התפטר ממכבי נתניה: "המאבקים הפנימיים השפיעו". פיירברג לועגת". 27 March 2016.
  8. ^ "הכל חוץ מפאר: סיפור הירידה של מכבי נתניה".
  9. ^ "הבעלים של נתניה: עלייה היא לא מילה גסה". Archived from the original on 14 November 2016. Retrieved 27 May 2017.
  10. ^ "עונה אחת ודי: מכבי נתניה עלתה לליגת העל".
  11. ^ "Kan-Naim כאן נעים: המגרש ברחוב זנגביל". Archived from the original on 25 August 2016. Retrieved 2 September 2012.
  12. ^ "Club Maccabi (Netanya). 1978".

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