2013–14 Israeli Premier League

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Israeli Premier League
Season 2013–14
Champions Maccabi Tel Aviv
Relegated Hapoel Ramat HaSharon
Bnei Yehuda
Champions League Maccabi Tel Aviv
(Second qualifying round)
Europa League Ironi Kiryat Shmona
(Third qualifying round)
Hapoel Be'er Sheva & Hapoel Tel Aviv
(Second qualifying round)
Matches played 240
Goals scored 606 (2.53 per match)
Top goalscorer Eran Zahavi (29)
Biggest home win Maccabi Tel Aviv 5–0 Hapoel Ironi Acre
Biggest away win Hapoel Ramat HaSharon 0–5 Hapoel Tel Aviv
Highest scoring F.C. Ashdod 4–5 Hapoel Tel Aviv
Longest winning run 7 games
Maccabi Tel Aviv
Longest losing run 7 games
Hapoel Ramat HaSharon
Average attendance 5,065[1]

The 2013–14 Israeli Premier League was the fifteenth season since its introduction in 1999 and the 71st season of top-tier football in Israel. It began on 24 August 2013 and ended on 17 May 2014. Maccabi Tel Aviv were the defending champions, having won their second Premier League title, and 19th championship last season. They successfully defended their title this season.

Teams[edit]

Location of teams in the 2013–14 Israeli Premier League

A total of fourteen teams are competing in the league, including twelve sides from the 2012–13 season and two promoted team from the 2012–13 Liga Leumit.

Maccabi Netanya and Hapoel Ramat Gan were relegated to the 2013–14 Liga Leumit after finishing the 2012–13 season in the bottom two places.

Maccabi Petah Tikva and Hapoel Ra'anana were promoted after finishing the 2012–13 Liga Leumit in the top two places.

Club Home City Stadium Capacity
Beitar Jerusalem Jerusalem Teddy Stadium 34,000
Bnei Sakhnin Sakhnin Doha Stadium 8,500
Bnei Yehuda Tel Aviv Bloomfield Stadium[A] 14,413
F.C. Ashdod Ashdod Yud-Alef Stadium 7,420
Hapoel Ironi Acre Acre Acre Municipal Stadium 5,000
Hapoel Be'er Sheva Be'er Sheva Vasermil Stadium 13,000
Hapoel Haifa Haifa Kiryat Eliezer Stadium 14,002
Hapoel Ra'anana Ra'anana Netanya Stadium[A] 13,800
Hapoel Ramat HaSharon Ramat HaSharon Grundman Stadium 4,300
Hapoel Tel Aviv Tel Aviv Bloomfield Stadium 14,413
Ironi Kiryat Shmona Kiryat Shmona Ironi Stadium 5,300
Maccabi Haifa Haifa Kiryat Eliezer Stadium 14,002
Maccabi Petah Tikva Petah Tikva HaMoshava Stadium 11,500
Maccabi Tel Aviv Tel Aviv Bloomfield Stadium 14,413

^ A: The club will play their home games at a neutral venue because their own ground does not meet Premier League requirements.

Personnel and sponsorship[edit]

Team President Manager Captain Kitmaker Shirt sponsor
Beitar Jerusalem Israel Tabib, EliEli Tabib Israel Levy, RonnyRonny Levy Israel Harush, ArielAriel Harush Diadora Eldad Perry Group
Bnei Sakhnin Israel Abu Yunes, MohammedMohammed Abu Yunes Israel Balbul, MarcoMarco Balbul Israel Khalaila, KhaledKhaled Khalaila Lotto Toyga
Bnei Yehuda Israel Damaio, MosheMoshe Damaio Israel Abukasis, YossiYossi Abukasis Israel Edri, KfirKfir Edri Macron Super Ceramic
F.C. Ashdod Israel Ben-Zaken, JackyJacky Ben-Zaken Israel Klinger, NirNir Klinger Israel Tzarfati, GuyGuy Tzarfati Legea Radio Jerusalem
Hapoel Ironi Acre Israel Barshishat, YehudaYehuda Barshishat Israel Naim, YuvalYuval Naim Israel Goresh, DavidDavid Goresh Nike Azrieli Group
Hapoel Be'er Sheva Israel Barkat, AlonaAlona Barkat Israel Levy, ElishaElisha Levy Israel Barda, ElyanivElyaniv Barda Kappa Mobli
Hapoel Haifa Israel Katz, YoavYoav Katz Israel Dora, ShlomiShlomi Dora Israel Dora, YossiYossi Dora Diadora Hatama
Hapoel Ra'anana Israel Katz, IlanIlan Katz Israel Koretski, MeniMeni Koretski Israel Cohen, TamirTamir Cohen Joma ME Tel Aviv
Hapoel Ramat HaSharon Israel Moldavsky, BoazBoaz Moldavsky Israel Shabo, HaimHaim Shabo Israel Musa, KobiKobi Musa Lotto Trade Mobile
Hapoel Tel Aviv Israel Ramon, HaimHaim Ramon Israel Ben Shimon, RanRan Ben Shimon Israel Abutbul, ShayShay Abutbul Kappa Fujicom
Ironi Kiryat Shmona Israel Sheratzky, IzzyIzzy Sheratzky Israel Bakhar, BarakBarak Bakhar Israel Tzedek, ShirShir Tzedek Puma Ituran
Maccabi Haifa Israel Shahar, Ya'akovYa'akov Shahar Israel Benado, ArikArik Benado Israel Katan, YanivYaniv Katan Nike Honda
Maccabi Petah Tikva Israel Luzon, AmosAmos Luzon Israel Luzon, YitavYitav Luzon
Israel Refua, KobiKobi Refua
Israel Golan, OmerOmer Golan Lotto Panorama North
Maccabi Tel Aviv Canada Goldhar, MitchellMitchell Goldhar Portugal Sousa, PauloPaulo Sousa Israel Yeini, SheranSheran Yeini Macron

Managerial changes[edit]

Team Outgoing manager Manner of departure Date of vacancy Table Incoming manager Date of appointment Final position
Beitar Jerusalem Israel Eli Cohen (b. 1951) End of contract 4 May 2013 10th (12–13) Israel Eli Cohen (b. 1961) 23 June 2013[2] 10th
Hapoel Haifa Israel Nir Klinger End of contract 4 May 2013 9th (12–13) Israel Shlomi Dora 23 May 2013[3]
F.C. Ashdod Israel Yossi Mizrahi End of contract 4 May 2013 7th (12–13) Israel Nir Klinger 19 May 2013[4]
Hapoel Tel Aviv Israel Freddy David End of contract 18 May 2013[5] 3rd (12–13) Israel Ran Ben Shimon 20 May 2013[6]
Hapoel Ramat HaSharon Israel Benny Tabak Sacked 21 May 2013[7] 6th (12–13) Israel Rafi Cohen 21 May 2013[7] 14th
Maccabi Tel Aviv Spain Óscar García Resigned 22 May 2013[8] 1st (12–13) Portugal Paulo Sousa 12 June 2013[9]
Hapoel Ramat HaSharon Israel Rafi Cohen Sacked 22 September 2013[10] 14th Israel Haim Shabo
(caretaker)
22 September 2013[10]
Maccabi Petah Tikva Israel Moshe Sinai Resigned 24 November 2013[11] 12th Israel Yitav Luzon[C] 24 November 2013[11]
13th Israel Kobi Refua 19 December 2013[12]
Bnei Yehuda Israel Dror Kashtan Resigned 1 December 2013[13] 14th Israel Yaakov Asayag (caretaker) 1 December 2013[13] 14th
Beitar Jerusalem Israel Eli Cohen (b. 1961) Sacked 3 December 2013[14] 10th Israel David Amsalem (caretaker) 3 December 2013[14] 11th
Beitar Jerusalem Israel David Amsalem (caretaker) End of caretaker spell 9 December 2013[15] 11th Israel Ronny Levy 9 December 2013[15]
Bnei Yehuda Israel Yaakov Asayag (caretaker) End of caretaker spell 22 December 2013[16] 14th Israel Yossi Abukasis 22 December 2013[16]

^C Yitav Luzon was Maccabi Petah Tikva sole manager until 19 December 2013, when Kobi Refua was appointed as joint-manager alongside him.

Regular season[edit]

Regular season table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Maccabi Tel Aviv 26 21 3 2 58 18 +40 66 Top Playoff
2 Hapoel Be'er Sheva 26 18 5 3 48 19 +29 59
3 Ironi Kiryat Shmona 26 12 8 6 38 26 +12 44
4 Maccabi Haifa 26 13 5 8 39 30 +9 44
5 Bnei Sakhnin 26 11 7 8 30 25 +5 40
6 Hapoel Tel Aviv 26 11 6 9 51 38 +13 39
7 F.C. Ashdod 26 8 7 11 28 35 −7 31 Bottom Playoff
8 Hapoel Haifa 26 8 7 11 27 34 −7 31
9 Beitar Jerusalem 26 8 6 12 21 28 −7 30
10 Hapoel Ironi Acre 26 6 9 11 24 37 −13 27
11 Hapoel Ra'anana 26 6 8 12 20 33 −13 26
12 Maccabi Petah Tikva 26 5 8 13 28 45 −17 23
13 Bnei Yehuda 26 4 8 14 26 39 −13 20
14 Hapoel Ramat HaSharon 26 5 5 16 21 52 −31 20

Source: Israel Football Association
Rules for classification: 1st points; 2nd goal difference; 3rd matches won; 4th goals scored; 5th head-to-head; 6th decision match
Winners of 2013–14 Israel State Cup qualify for the second qualifying round of the UEFA Europa League.
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.

Regular season results[edit]

Home ╲ Away[1] BEI BnY BnS FCA HAC HBS HHA HRA HRH HTA IKS MHA MPT MTA
Beitar Jerusalem 2–1 0–1 2–0 1–0 0–2 0–1 1–1 0–1 1–0 1–4 1–0 1–0 1–2
Bnei Yehuda 0–0 2–4 1–0 1–0 1–2 2–2 0–0 0–1 2–2 0–0 0–2 2–4 0–2
Bnei Sakhnin 0–0 0–1 2–1 1–0 0–4 2–0 2–0 1–1 4–0 1–1 0–0 0–2 0–2
F.C. Ashdod 1–0 1–0 0–0 0–0 2–2 1–0 1–2 3–0 4–5 2–1 3–2 2–0 0–0
Hapoel Ironi Acre 0–0 3–2 0–2 1–1 1–2 2–1 0–0 4–3 2–1 2–1 1–1 1–3 0–2
Hapoel Be'er Sheva 2–0 2–1 2–1 2–0 1–1 1–0 0–0 0–0 2–0 0–2 3–1 3–0 3–2
Hapoel Haifa 2–2 2–1 2–0 1–1 0–0 1–3 1–1 3–0 0–4 2–0 0–1 0–1 1–3
Hapoel Ra'anana 2–2 0–2 0–1 3–0 1–3 1–0 0–2 1–2 1–4 0–2 1–0 1–0 0–2
Hapoel Ramat HaSharon 0–2 1–0 0–1 2–3 1–1 0–4 0–2 1–3 0–5 0–2 1–2 2–0 0–3
Hapoel Tel Aviv 3–1 2–2 0–0 2–1 2–0 1–3 4–0 0–0 3–0 1–1 2–4 3–1 2–3
Ironi Kiryat Shmona 1–0 2–1 1–1 1–0 2–0 0–1 2–0 0–0 4–1 2–2 2–1 0–0 3–1
Maccabi Haifa 2–0 2–2 2–1 2–1 2–1 0–0 0–1 3–1 1–1 3–1 3–1 1–0 0–3
Maccabi Petah Tikva 1–3 2–2 1–3 1–1 1–1 1–3 1–1 1–0 3–3 0–2 3–3 0–3 0–2
Maccabi Tel Aviv 1–0 1–0 4–1 2–0 5–0 3–1 2–2 3–1 1–0 1–0 3–0 3–1 2–2

Source: Israel Football Association
^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Playoffs[edit]

Key numbers for pairing determination (number marks position after 26 games):[17]

Rounds
27th 28th 29th 30th 31st 32nd 33rd 34th 35th 36th
1 – 6
2 – 5
3 – 4
1 – 2
5 – 3
6 – 4
2 – 6
3 – 1
4 – 5
1 – 4
2 – 3
6 – 5
3 – 6
4 – 2
5 – 1
6 – 1
5 – 2
4 – 3
2 – 1
3 – 5
4 – 6
6 – 2
1 – 3
5 – 4
3 – 2
4 – 1
5 – 6
6 – 3
2 – 4
1 – 5
7 – 14
8 – 13
9 – 12
10 – 11
7 – 8
13 – 9
12 – 10
14 – 11
8 – 14
9 – 7
10 – 13
11 – 12
8 – 9
7 – 10
13 – 11
14 – 12
9 – 14
10 – 8
11 – 7
12 – 13
9 – 10
8 – 11
7 – 12
14 – 13
10 – 14
11 – 9
12 – 8
13 – 7
 

Top Playoff[edit]

Top Playoff table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Maccabi Tel Aviv (C) 36 26 6 4 76 30 +46 84 2014–15 UEFA Champions League Second qualifying round
2 Hapoel Be'er Sheva 36 20 8 8 56 33 +23 68 2014–15 UEFA Europa League Second qualifying round
3 Ironi Kiryat Shmona 36 18 10 8 59 38 +21 64 2014–15 UEFA Europa League Third qualifying round 1
4 Hapoel Tel Aviv 36 16 10 10 72 47 +25 58 2014–15 UEFA Europa League Second qualifying round 1
5 Maccabi Haifa 36 15 8 13 49 46 +3 53
6 Bnei Sakhnin 36 13 8 15 37 47 −10 47

Source: Israel Football Association
Rules for classification: 1st points; 2nd goal difference; 3rd matches won; 4th goals scored; 5th head-to-head; 6th decision match
1Since Ironi Kiryat Shmona won the 2013–14 Israel State Cup, then the 4th-positioned team will be awarded with entry to the second qualifying round of the UEFA Europa League.
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.

Top Playoff results[edit]

Home ╲ Away[1] BnS HBS HTA IKS MHA MTA
Bnei Sakhnin 0–0 1–3 1–4 0–2 2–1
Hapoel Be'er Sheva 2–0 1–2 0–2 1–1 1–2
Hapoel Tel Aviv 3–0 1–2 4–2 4–0 3–1
Ironi Kiryat Shmona 2–0 3–0 1–1 1–0 2–2
Maccabi Haifa 1–2 2–1 1–1 1–3 2–2
Maccabi Tel Aviv 4–1 2–0 0–0 3–1 1–0

Source: Israel Football Association
^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Bottom Playoff[edit]

Bottom Playoff table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
7 Beitar Jerusalem 33 12 6 15 31 32 −1 42
8 F.C. Ashdod 33 10 9 14 35 45 −10 39
9 Hapoel Ra'anana 33 9 11 13 31 40 −9 38
10 Hapoel Ironi Acre 33 8 12 13 30 42 −12 36
11 Hapoel Haifa 33 9 7 17 30 45 −15 34
12 Maccabi Petah Tikva 33 8 9 16 39 57 −18 33
13 Hapoel Ramat HaSharon (R) 33 9 6 18 29 59 −30 33 Relegation to Liga Leumit
14 Bnei Yehuda (R) 33 7 10 16 32 45 −13 31

Source: Israel Football Association
Rules for classification: 1st points; 2nd goal difference; 3rd matches won; 4th goals scored; 5th head-to-head; 6th decision match
Winners of 2013–14 Israel State Cup qualify for the second qualifying round of the UEFA Europa League.
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.

Bottom Playoff results[edit]

Home ╲ Away[1] BEI BnY FCA HAC HHA HRA HRH MPT
Beitar Jerusalem 1–0 0–2 4–0 3–0
Bnei Yehuda 1–0 1–1 1–3
F.C. Ashdod 1–0 4–1 0–1 0–5
Hapoel Ironi Acre 1–1 1–0 1–1 1–2
Hapoel Haifa 1–0 0–1 0–2 0–1
Hapoel Ra'anana 0–2 1–1 4–2
Hapoel Ramat HaSharon 0–1 0–0 4–1
Maccabi Petah Tikva 1–0 0–0 2–1

Source: Israel Football Association
^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Season statistics[edit]