1997–98 Liga Leumit

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Liga Leumit
Season 1997 (1997)–98
Champions Beitar Jerusalem
4th Liga Leumit title
Relegated Hapoel Be'er Sheva
Hapoel Ashkelon
Champions League Beitar Jerusalem
UEFA Cup Hapoel Tel Aviv
Intertoto Cup Hapoel Haifa
Cup Winners' Cup Maccabi Haifa
Matches played 240
Goals scored 650 (2.71 per match)
Top goalscorer Alon Mizrahi (18)

The 1997–98 Liga Leumit season began on 2 August 1997 and ended on 9 May 1998, with Beitar Jerusalem win their second consecutive title.

That season had two rounds, each team played the other teams twice. The two teams that were relegated to Liga Artzit were: Hapoel Ashkelon and Hapoel Be'er Sheva.

Two team from Liga Artzit were promoted at the end of the previous season: Hapoel Ashkelon and Maccabi Ironi Ashdod. The two teams relegated were: Hapoel Tayibe and Hapoel Tzafririm Holon.

Final table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Beitar Jerusalem (C) 30 20 9 1 71 33 +38 69 1998–99 UEFA Champions League First qualifying round
2 Hapoel Tel Aviv 30 21 5 4 44 16 +28 68 1998–99 UEFA Cup First qualifying round
3 Hapoel Haifa 30 17 9 4 59 27 +32 60 1998 UEFA Intertoto Cup First round
4 Maccabi Haifa 30 15 7 8 49 34 +15 52 1998–99 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup Qualifying round 1
5 Hapoel Petah Tikva 30 12 6 12 41 41 0 42
6 Maccabi Tel Aviv 30 10 9 11 42 35 +7 39
7 Hapoel Kfar Saba 30 10 8 12 39 39 0 38
8 Maccabi Herzliya 30 9 9 12 37 40 −3 36
9 Maccabi Petah Tikva 30 8 12 10 27 31 −4 36
10 Ironi Rishon LeZion 30 10 6 14 42 52 −10 36
11 Hapoel Jerusalem 30 8 10 12 35 45 −10 34
12 Maccabi Ironi Ashdod 30 8 9 13 39 57 −18 33
13 Hapoel Beit She'an 30 8 7 15 35 51 −16 31
14 Bnei Yehuda 30 8 7 15 26 42 −16 31
15 Hapoel Be'er Sheva (R) 30 7 9 14 38 57 −19 30 Relegation to 1998–99 Liga Artzit
16 Hapoel Ashkelon (R) 30 5 6 19 26 50 −24 0192

Updated to games played on 2 September 2012.
Source:[citation needed]
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.
1 Maccabi Haifa won the Israeli State Cup and was awarded with entry to the Cup Winner's Cup.
2 Deducted 2 points.
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.
Only applicable when the season is not finished:
(Q) = Qualified to the phase of tournament indicated; (TQ) = Qualified to tournament, but not yet to the particular phase indicated; (RQ) = Qualified to the relegation tournament indicated; (DQ) = Disqualified from tournament.

Top scorers[edit]

Rank Player Club Goals
1 Israel Alon Mizrahi Maccabi Haifa 18
2 Israel Ofer Shitrit Hapoel Tel Aviv 17
3 Hungary István Sallói Beitar Jerusalem 16
4 Israel Yossi Benayoun Hapoel Be'er Sheva 15
Hungary István Pisont Beitar Jerusalem 15
6 Israel Eli Driks Maccabi Tel Aviv 14
7 Israel Assi Tubi Hapoel Jerusalem 13
8 Israel Motti Kakoun Hapoel Petah Tikva 12
Israel Nir Sevilia Beitar Jerusalem 12
10 Israel Liron Basis Hapoel Haifa 11

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