1968–69 Israel State Cup

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1968–69 Israel State Cup
Country  Israel
Champions Hakoah Maccabi Ramat Gan
Runners-up Maccabi Sha'arayim

The 1968–69 Israel State Cup (Hebrew: גביע המדינה‎, Gvia HaMedina) was the 30th season of Israel's nationwide football cup competition and the 15th after the Israeli Declaration of Independence.

The competition started on 14 September 1968 with Liga Bet and Liga Gimel clubs playing the first round.[1] Liga Alef clubs joined the competition in the fourth round, played on 30 November 1968 and Liga Leumit entered on the sixth round, on 12 April 1969.

Hakoah Maccabi Ramat Gan and Maccabi Sha'arayim met in the final, both teams appearing in their first final (although Hakoah Tel Aviv, one of the clubs which were merged to form Hakoah Maccabi Ramat Gan, did appear in the 1935 final). Hakoah emerged the winner by a single goal to claim its first cup.


Third Round[edit]

32 matches were due to be played on 26 October 1968. However, only 21 matches were played and the rest of the matches were given as walkover.[2]

Home Team Score Away Team
Beitar Tiberias 3–1 Maccabi Pardes Hanna
Hapoel Zikhron Ya'akov 3–1 Hapoel Majd al-Krum
Hapoel Givat Olga 3–0 Haopel Yir'on
Hapoel Tel Hanan 6–4 (a.e.t.) Beitar Nahariya
Hapoel Nahariya 5–1 Beitar Tel Amal
Maccabi Neve Sha'anan 2–1 (a.e.t.) Beitar Kiryat Tiv'on
Hapoel Afula 7–3 M.S. Even Yehuda
Maccabi Amidar Netanya 2–0 Beitar Migdal HaEmek
Hapoel Shefa-'Amr 3–1 Hapoel Ramat David
Hapoel Bat Galim 4–3 (a.e.t.) Beitar Acre
Hapoel Dimona 1–0 HaBira Jerusalem
Hapoel Gedera 5–2 (a.e.t.) Hapoel HaTzafon Tel Aviv
Hapoel Kiryat Shalom 3–1 Hapoel Ramat HaSharon
Maccabi Bat Yam 6–2 Hapoel Sde Hemed
Hapoel Rosh HaAyin 12–0 Maccabi Ever HaYarkon
Maccabi Ashkelon 3–1 Hapoel Azor
Hapoel Ofakim 1–0 (a.e.t.) Hapoel Beit Shemesh
Hapoel Bnei Zion 3–1 Hapoel Ganei Tikva
Hapoel Kfar Shalem 3–1 Hapoel Ashdod
Hapoel Ezra 3–2 Maccabi Kiryat Gat
Hapoel Eilat 4–1 Beitar Herzliya

Fourth Round[edit]

Liga Alef clubs entered the competition on this round. As in previous seasons, The draw was set so that Liga Alef clubs wouldn't be drawn against each other.[3]

Fifth Round[edit]

Most matches were played on 28 December 1968. The match between Hapoel Kiryat Haim and Hapoel Kiryat Shalom was postponed due to weather conditions.[4][5]

Sixth Round[edit]

Liga Leumit clubs entered the competition in this round. The IFA arranged the draw so each Liga Leumit clubs wouldn't be drawn to play each other.

Seventh Round[edit]


26 April 1969
Hapoel Marmorek 0–3 Hakoah Maccabi Ramat Gan
Levi Goal 5' (o.g.)
Pyttel Goal  55'
Shaharbani Goal 89'

Attendance: 4500
Referee: Handwerg

26 April 1969
Maccabi Sha'arayim 3–2 Hapoel Be'er Sheva
Perahia Goal 19'
Peled Goal 45'
Dekel Goal 48' (o.g.)
Admon Goal 6'
Numa Goal 88'
Hapoel Rehovot ground
Attendance: 4500
Referee: Klein

26 April 1969
Hapoel Haifa 2–0 Maccabi Haifa
Gindin Goal 15'
Shapira Goal 85'
Kiryat Haim
Attendance: 15000
Referee: Aharon Shoshani

26 April 1969
Maccabi Tel Aviv 4–0 Hapoel Rishon LeZion
Shikva Goal 4'62'
Spiegel Goal 15'
Tabib Goal 89' (o.g.)
Maccabiah Stadium
Attendance: 4000
Referee: Moshe Mizrahi


3 May 1969
Maccabi Tel Aviv 0–1 Hakoah Maccabi Ramat Gan
Shaharbani Goal 5'
Bloomfield Stadium
Attendance: 18000
Referee: Klein

3 May 1969
Maccabi Sha'arayim 1–1 (a.e.t.) Hapoel Haifa
Mizrahi Goal 30' (o.g.) Bzozak Goal 83' (o.g.)
Sha'ubi Penalty scored
Peled Penalty scored
Akta Penalty scored
Gibbs Penalty scored
Shar'abi Penalty scored
5–3 Penalty scored Atzmon
Penalty scored R. Young
Penalty scored Tauber
Penalty missed Shapira
Bloomfield Stadium
Attendance: 18000
Referee: Moshe Ashkenazi


25 June 1969
Hakoah Maccabi Ramat Gan 1–0 Maccabi Sha'arayim
Farkas Goal 15'
Bloomfield Stadium
Attendance: 10000
Referee: Shlomo Marin


  1. ^ The match was abandoned at the 15th minute. After the goal scored by Hapel Haifa, Maccabi Netanya players protested the goal, claiming the match ball was substituted illegally before the throw-in that preceded it. In the ensuing melee, Hapoel Haifa player Mordechay Piker punched Maccabi Netanya player Shraga Bar and was sent off, following by the abandonment of the match. The match was given to Hapoel Haifa.


  • 100 Years of Football 1906-2006, Elisha Shohat (Israel), 2006
  1. ^ Results in Israel Cup Maariv, 15.9.68, Historical Jewish Press (Hebrew)
  2. ^ Israel Cup - Round 3 Maariv, 27.10.68, Historical Jewish Press (Hebrew)
  3. ^ Only Three Liga Alef Clubs Were Beaten in the 4th round Davar, 1.12.68, Historical Jewish Press (Hebrew)
  4. ^ Hapoel Holon - Hapoel Nahliel 7:0 in the 5th Round of the State Cup Davar, 29.12.68, Historical Jewish Press (Hebrew)
  5. ^ In the Next Round: The Top of Liga Alef vs. Liga Leumit Maariv, 29.12.68, Historical Jewish Press (Hebrew)

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