2003–04 Israeli Premier League

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The 2003–04 Israeli Premier League season was held between 13 September 2003 and 22 May 2004. For the first time, there were two Israeli Arab clubs in the top division; Maccabi Ahi Nazareth and Bnei Sakhnin.

Maccabi Haifa won the title, whilst Nazareth and Maccabi Netanya were relegated. Bnei Sakhnin (who qualified for Europe by winning the State Cup) became the first Arab club to spend more than a single season in the top flight.

Final table[edit]

Pos Club P W D L GF GA GD Pts Notes
1 Maccabi Haifa 33 19 6 8 54 25 29 63 UEFA Champions League 3rd Qualifying Round
2 Maccabi Tel Aviv 33 16 9 8 35 22 13 57 UEFA Champions League 2nd Qualifying Round
3 Maccabi Petah Tikva 33 16 8 9 49 35 14 56 UEFA Cup 2nd Qualifying Round
4 Hapoel Be'er Sheva 33 16 7 10 48 36 12 55 UEFA Intertoto Cup 1st Round
5 Hapoel Tel Aviv 33 13 10 10 48 37 11 49
6 Bnei Yehuda 33 12 9 12 34 42 -8 45
7 F.C. Ashdod 33 11 9 13 47 49 -2 42
8 Hapoel Petah Tikva 33 11 9 13 46 52 -6 42
9 Beitar Jerusalem 33 10 9 14 32 42 -10 39
10 Bnei Sakhnin 33 8 11 14 31 38 -7 35 UEFA Cup 2nd Qualifying Round
11 Maccabi Netanya 33 8 7 18 28 52 -24 31 Relegated to
Liga Leumit
12 Maccabi Ahi Nazareth 33 8 6 19 40 62 -22 271

Source: Table
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. Deducted 3 points.

Top goal scorers[edit]

Pos Player Team Goals
1 Shay Holtzman F.C. Ashdod 16
Ofir Haim Hapoel Be'er Sheva 16
3 Assi Tubi Maccabi Ahi Nazareth 13
Manor Hassan Hapoel Petah Tikva 13
Omer Golan Maccabi Petah Tikva 13
6 Tomislav Erceg Hapoel Petah Tikva 12
7 Mate Baturina Bnei Yehuda 11
Ibezito Ogbonna Hapoel Tel Aviv 11
9 Lior Asulin Bnei Sakhnin 10
Gustavo Boccoli Maccabi Ahi Nazareth 10

See also[edit]