2014–15 Israeli Premier League

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Israeli Premier League
Season 2014–15
Matches played 61
Goals scored 170 (2.79 per match)
Top goalscorer Eran Zahavi (8 goals)
Biggest home win Hapoel Ra'anana 4–0 Hapoel Petah Tikva (13 September 2014)
Biggest away win Maccabi Petah Tikva 0–3 Maccabi Tel Aviv (14 September 2014)
Hapoel Acre 1–4 Maccabi Tel Aviv (26 October 2014)
Highest scoring Maccabi Netanya 4–4 Maccabi Petah Tikva (20 September 2014)
Longest winning run 5 games
Hapoel Ironi Kiryat Shmona
Longest losing run 4 games
Maccabi Haifa

The 2014–15 Israeli Premier League is the sixteen season since its introduction in 1999 and the 72nd season of top-tier football in Israel. It began in the end of August 2014 and will end in May 2015. Maccabi Tel Aviv are the defending champions, having won their third Premier League title, and 20th championship last season.

Teams[edit]

A total of fourteen teams are competing in the league, including twelve sides from the 2013–14 season and two promoted team from the 2013–14 Liga Leumit.

Hapoel Nir Ramat HaSharon and Bnei Yehuda Tel Aviv F.C. were relegated to the 2014–15 Liga Leumit after finishing the 2013–14 season in the bottom two places.

Maccabi Netanya and Hapoel Petah Tikva were promoted after finishing the 2013–14 Liga Leumit in the top two places.

Club Home City Stadium Capacity
Beitar Jerusalem Jerusalem Teddy Stadium 32,700
Bnei Sakhnin Sakhnin Doha Stadium 8,500
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 Sammy Ofer Stadium 30,820
Hapoel Petah Tikva Petah Tikva HaMoshava Stadium 11,500
Hapoel Ra'anana Ra'anana Netanya Stadium [1] 13,800
Hapoel Tel Aviv Tel Aviv Bloomfield Stadium 14,413
Ironi Kiryat Shmona Kiryat Shmona Ironi Stadium 5,300
Maccabi Haifa Haifa Sammy Ofer Stadium 30,820
Maccabi Netanya Netanya Netanya Stadium 13,800
Maccabi Petah Tikva Petah Tikva HaMoshava Stadium 11,500
Maccabi Tel Aviv Tel Aviv Bloomfield Stadium 14,413


Personnel and sponsorship[edit]

Team President Manager Captain Kitmaker Shirt sponsor
Beitar Jerusalem Israel Tabib, EliEli Tabib Israel Koretski, MeniMeni Koretski Israel Kriaf, OfirOfir Kriaf Puma itrader
Bnei Sakhnin Israel Abu Yunes, MohammedMohammed Abu Yunes Israel Levy, GuyGuy Levy Israel Khalaila, KhaledKhaled Khalaila Umbro Toyga
F.C. Ashdod Israel Ben-Zaken, JackyJacky Ben-Zaken Israel Klinger, NirNir Klinger Israel Martziano, OfirOfir Martziano Nike
Hapoel Ironi Acre Israel Barshishat, YehudaYehuda Barshishat Israel Harazi, AlonAlon Harazi Israel Goresh, DavidDavid Goresh Macron 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 Atar, ReuvenReuven Atar Israel Roash, OshriOshri Roash Diadora Hatama
Hapoel Petah Tikva Israel Lalluz, AviAvi Lalluz Israel Bar-On, IdoIdo Bar-On Israel Asulin, LiorLior Asulin Lotto
Hapoel Ra'anana Israel Katz, IlanIlan Katz Israel Silvas, HaimHaim Silvas Israel Shuker, SnirSnir Shuker Umbro ME Tel Aviv
Hapoel Tel Aviv Israel Ramon, HaimHaim Ramon Israel Domb, AsiAsi Domb Israel Abutbul, ShayShay Abutbul Umbro 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 Serbia Stanojević, AleksandarAleksandar Stanojević Israel Benayoun, YossiYossi Benayoun Nike Honda
Maccabi Netanya Israel Baladev, KobiKobi Baladev Israel Mizrahi, YossiYossi Mizrahi Israel Levi, EranEran Levi Joma Burgus Burger Bar
Maccabi Petah Tikva Israel Luzon, AmosAmos Luzon Israel Ben Shimon, RanRan Ben Shimon Israel Peser, NaorNaor Peser Macron Panorama North
Maccabi Tel Aviv Canada Goldhar, MitchellMitchell Goldhar Spain Ayestarán, PakoPako Ayestarán Israel Yeini, SheranSheran Yeini Adidas

Managerial changes[edit]

Team Outgoing manager Manner of departure Date of vacancy Position in table Incoming manager Date of appointment
Maccabi Haifa Israel Arik Benado Sacked 14 April 2014 Pre-season Serbia Aleksandar Stanojević 1 May 2014
Beitar Jerusalem Israel Ronny Levy Sacked 10 May 2014 Israel Meni Koretski 10 May 2014
Hapoel Haifa Israel Shlomi Dora End of contract 14 May 2014 Israel Reuven Atar 14 May 2014
Hapoel Ironi Acre Israel Naim, YuvalYuval Naim Sacked Israel Harazi, AlonAlon Harazi
Hapoel Tel Aviv Israel Ran Ben Shimon Sacked 26 May 2014 Israel Asi Domb 27 May 2014
Hapoel Ra'anana Israel Meni Koretski Resigned Israel Haim Silvas
Maccabi Tel Aviv Portugal Sousa, PauloPaulo Sousa Signed by Basel 28 May 2014 Spain Óscar García 2 June 2014
Maccabi Petah Tikva Israel Yetav Luzon Resigned 11 June 2014 Israel Ran Ben Shimon 12 June 2014
Bnei Sakhnin Israel Marco Balbul End of contract 19 June 2014 Israel Guy Levy 19 June 2014
Maccabi Tel Aviv Spain Óscar García Resigned 26 August 2014 Spain Pako Ayestarán 26 August 2014

Regular season[edit]

Regular season table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Ironi Kiryat Shmona 8 6 2 0 17 4 +13 20 Top Playoff
2 Hapoel Be'er Sheva 9 5 3 1 19 10 +9 18
3 Maccabi Tel Aviv 8 6 1 1 22 8 +14 0161
4 Beitar Jerusalem 8 2 5 1 8 6 +2 11
5 Hapoel Tel Aviv 8 4 2 2 7 6 +1 0112
6 Maccabi Petah Tikva 8 3 2 3 10 17 −7 11
7 Hapoel Ra'anana 8 3 1 4 11 10 +1 10 Bottom Playoff
8 Maccabi Haifa 8 3 0 5 9 12 −3 9
9 Maccabi Netanya 8 2 2 4 14 16 −2 8
10 Bnei Sakhnin 8 1 4 3 12 15 −3 7
11 Hapoel Ironi Acre 8 1 4 3 8 13 −5 7
12 Hapoel Haifa 8 2 1 5 5 13 −8 7
13 F.C. Ashdod 8 1 3 4 10 15 −5 6
14 Hapoel Petah Tikva 8 2 0 6 11 19 −8 6

Updated to games played on 22 November 2014.
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
1 Maccabi Tel Aviv deduced two points.[2]
2 Hapoel Tel Aviv deduced two points.[2]
(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.

Regular season results[edit]

Home \ Away[1] BEI BnS FCA HAC HBS HHA IKS HPT HRA HTA MHA MNE MPT MTA
Beitar Jerusalem 1–1 0–1 1–0 1–1
Bnei Sakhnin 1–1 1–4 1–1 1–1
F.C. Ashdod 2–2 0–0 1–3 1–2 1–0
Hapoel Ironi Acre 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–4
Hapoel Be'er Sheva 1–1 2–1 2–0 3–2
Hapoel Haifa 0–3 0–2 1–1 3–2 0–1
Ironi Kiryat Shmona 1–1 1–0 3–0 3–0
Hapoel Petah Tikva 4–1 1–3 1–3 0–1
Hapoel Ra'anana 0–2 1–1 4–0 0–1
Hapoel Tel Aviv 0–2 3–2 3–0 1–0 0–02
Maccabi Haifa 4–2 1–0 3–1 0–2
Maccabi Netanya 2–1 1–2 3–1 1–0 4–4
Maccabi Petah Tikva 0–0 0–4 3–2 1–0 0–3
Maccabi Tel Aviv 5–2 2–0 3–1 3–1

Updated to games played on 11 November 2014.
Source: Israel Football Association
^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
2 The match originally was abandoned after supporter violence while the score was 1–1.[3] The Israel Football Association declared the match a 0–0 draw, with neither teams receiving any points and closing the stands for four matches.[2]
Colours: Purple = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Season statistics[edit]

Top scorers[edit]

Rank Scorer Club Goals
1 Israel Eran Zahavi Maccabi Tel Aviv 8
2 Israel Maor Buzaglo Hapoel Be'er Sheva 6
3 Nigeria Olarenwaju Kayode Maccabi Netanya 5
Israel Mohammad Ghadir Bnei Sakhnin
5 Israel Shlomi Arbeitman Hapoel Be'er Sheva 4
Albania Hamdi Salihi Hapoel Ironi Acre
Israel Shahar Hirsh Hapoel Petah Tikva
8 Montenegro Žarko Korać Beitar Jerusalem 3
Israel Hanan Maman Beitar Jerusalem
Israel Elyaniv Barda Hapoel Be'er Sheva
Israel Dovev Gabay Hapoel Be'er Sheva
Israel Roei Gordana Hapoel Be'er Sheva
Israel Ofir Mizrahi Hapoel Ironi Kiryat Shmona
Israel Roi Kahat Hapoel Ironi Kiryat Shmona
Zambia Rodgers Kola Hapoel Ironi Kiryat Shmona
Spain Rubén Rayos Maccabi Haifa
Nigeria Anthony Nwakaeme Hapoel Ra'anana
Zambia Evans Kangwa Hapoel Ra'anana
Israel Tal Ben Haim Maccabi Tel Aviv
Sweden Rade Prica Maccabi Tel Aviv
21 Greece Yiannis Papadopoulos Bnei Sakhnin 2
Israel Murad Abu Anza F.C. Ashdod
Argentina David Solari F.C. Ashdod
Israel Niv Zrihan F.C. Ashdod
Israel Maaran Lala Hapoel Haifa
Brazil Kassio Hapoel Ironi Kiryat Shmona
Israel Hasan Abu Zaid Hapoel Petah Tikva
Senegal Mamadou Touré Hapoel Ra'anana
Israel Shoval Gozlan Hapoel Tel Aviv
Israel Gil Vermouth Hapoel Tel Aviv
Israel Hen Ezra Maccabi Haifa
Israel Shimon Abuhatzira Maccabi Haifa
Israel Eran Levy Maccabi Netanya
Israel Shimon Harush Maccabi Netanya
Israel Guy Melamed Maccabi Petah Tikva
Israel Omri Ben Harush Maccabi Tel Aviv
37 Israel Shlomi Azulay Beitar Jerusalem 1
Israel Eli Dasa Beitar Jerusalem
Israel Ahmed Nahia Bnei Sakhnin
Spain Abraham Paz Bnei Sakhnin
Israel Ali Ottman Bnei Sakhnin
Israel Lior Inbroom F.C. Ashdod
Israel Israel Rosh F.C. Ashdod
Nigeria Yero Bello F.C. Ashdod
Serbia Aleksandar Davidov F.C. Ashdod
Brazil William Soares Hapoel Be'er Sheva
Israel Maor Melikson Hapoel Be'er Sheva
Lithuania Mindaugas Kalonas Hapoel Haifa
Lithuania Tadas Kijanskas Hapoel Haifa
Israel Gal Cohen Hapoel Haifa
Israel Roei Shukrani Hapoel Haifa
Bosnia and Herzegovina Emir Hadžić Hapoel Ironi Acre
Israel Zion Tzemah Hapoel Ironi Acre
Israel Amiya Taga Hapoel Ironi Acre
Israel Amir Abu Nil Hapoel Ironi Acre
Israel Lior Asulin Hapoel Petah Tikva
Israel Guy Dayan Hapoel Petah Tikva
Israel Dor Hugi Hapoel Petah Tikva
Israel Sagiv Cohen Hapoel Petah Tikva
Israel Liroy Zhairi Hapoel Petah Tikva
Israel Eli Babayev Hapoel Ra'anana
Zambia Emmanuel Mbola Hapoel Ra'anana
Israel Snir Shuker Hapoel Ra'anana
Israel Lucas Sasha Hapoel Tel Aviv
Israel Sagiv Yehezkel Hapoel Tel Aviv
Nigeria Harmony Ikande Hapoel Tel Aviv
Israel Shay Abutbul Hapoel Tel Aviv
Lithuania Mindaugas Panka Hapoel Ironi Kiryat Shmona
Israel Shir Tzedek Hapoel Ironi Kiryat Shmona
Israel Ahad Azam Hapoel Ironi Kiryat Shmona
Israel Ahmed Abed Hapoel Ironi Kiryat Shmona
Israel Alon Turgeman Maccabi Haifa
Israel Weaam Amasha Maccabi Haifa
Israel Amit Ben Shushan Maccabi Netanya
Israel Omer Tchalisher Maccabi Netanya
Romania Cristian Sârghi Maccabi Netanya
Israel Dedi Ben-Dayan Maccabi Petah Tikva
Israel Yuval Jakobovich Maccabi Petah Tikva
United States Bryan Gerzicich Maccabi Petah Tikva
Israel Hagay Goldenberg Maccabi Petah Tikva
Israel Moshe Lugasi Maccabi Petah Tikva
Israel Oz Peretz Maccabi Petah Tikva
Bulgaria Kostadin Hazurov Maccabi Petah Tikva
Democratic Republic of the Congo Joachim Mununga Maccabi Petah Tikva
Israel Maharan Radi Maccabi Tel Aviv
Israel Eden Ben Basat Maccabi Tel Aviv
Israel Barak Badash Maccabi Tel Aviv
Nigeria Nosa Igiebor Maccabi Tel Aviv
Israel Eitan Tibi Maccabi Tel Aviv
90 7 Own goals 1
Total 170
Average per game 2.786885246

Updated: 11 November 2014
Source: Israel Football Association

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ The club will play their home games at a neutral venue because their own ground does not meet League requirements.
  2. ^ a b c Sinai, Allon (11 November 2014). "Hapoel, Maccabi each deducted two points for TA derby debacle". Jerusalem Post. Retrieved 11 November 2014. 
  3. ^ Sinai, Allon (11 November 2014). "Maccabi, Hapoel Tel Aviv await repercussions of derby violence". Jerusalem Post. Retrieved 11 November 2014.