1998–99 Liga Leumit

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The 1998–99 Liga Leumit season began on 22 August 1998 and ended on 29 May 1999, with Hapoel Haifa winning their first championship title ever.

That season had two rounds, each team played the other teams twice. The three teams that were relegated to Liga Artzit [1] were: Hapoel Tzafririm Holon, Hapoel Beit She'an and Maccabi Jaffa.

Two team from Liga Artzit were promoted at the end of the previous season: Hapoel Tzafririm Holon and Maccabi Jaffa. The two teams relegated were: Hapoel Ashkelon and Hapoel Be'er Sheva.

Final table[edit]

Pos Club Pld W D L GF GA ± Pts Comments
1 Hapoel Haifa (C)
30
22
5
3
66
23
+43
71
UEFA Champions League 2nd Qualifying Round
2 Maccabi Tel Aviv
30
20
3
7
77
32
+45
63
UEFA Cup Qualifying Round
3 Maccabi Haifa
30
19
3
8
62
24
+38
60
UEFA Intertoto Cup 1st Round
4 Beitar Jerusalem
30
17
6
7
67
33
+34
57
5 Hapoel Tel Aviv
30
15
7
8
45
26
+19
52
UEFA Cup Qualifying Round1
6 Hapoel Petah Tikva
30
13
7
10
54
47
+ 7
46
7 Ironi Rishon LeZion
30
12
6
12
58
60
- 2
42
8 Hapoel Kfar Saba
30
11
6
13
47
66
-19
39
9 Hapoel Jerusalem
30
11
5
14
35
52
-17
38
10 Maccabi Petah Tikva
30
10
7
13
45
45
0
37
11 Bnei Yehuda
30
10
6
14
43
51
- 8
36
12 Maccabi Ironi Ashdod
30
9
9
12
40
49
- 9
36
13 Maccabi Herzliya
30
10
5
15
31
42
-11
35
14 Hapoel Tzafririm Holon (R)
30
8
10
12
35
38
-3
34
Relegation to
Liga Artzit
15 Hapoel Beit She'an (R)
30
5
3
22
25
83
-58
18
16 Maccabi Jaffa (R)
30
2
4
24
15
73
-58
10

Pld = Matches played; W = Matches won; D = Matches drawn; L = Matches lost; GF = Goals for; GA = Goals against; ± = Goal difference; Pts = Points
C = Champions; R = Relegated

1. Hapoel Tel Aviv won the Israeli State Cup and was awarded with entry to the UEFA Cup.

Top scorers[edit]

Pos Nat Player Team Goals
1st Poland Andrzej Kubica Maccabi Tel Aviv 21
2nd Israel Motti Kakoun Hapoel Petah Tikva 20
3rd Israel Amir Turgeman Maccabi Ironi Ashdod 19
4th Israel Yaniv Abargil Hapoel Kfar Saba 17
Israel Avi Nimni Maccabi Tel Aviv 17
Israel Kobi Refua Bnei Yehuda 17
Israel Nir Sevilia Beitar Jerusalem 17
8th Israel Yossi Benayoun Maccabi Haifa 16
Israel Ofer Shitrit Beitar Jerusalem 16
10th Israel Nissan Kapeta Ironi Rishon Lezion 14
Israel Alon Mizrahi Maccabi Haifa 14

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Changed to Liga Leumit in the start of next season due to a new league system.