2014–15 Israeli Premier League

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Israeli Premier League
Season 2014–15
Matches played 7
Goals scored 18 (2.57 per match)
Top goalscorer Rubén Rayos (2)

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 will begin 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.


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 Elkaslasy, ItayItay Elkaslasy 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 Damari, NitzanNitzan Damari 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]

Qualification or relegation
1 Hapoel Ra'anana 1 1 0 0 4 0 +4 3 Top Playoff
2 Maccabi Tel Aviv 1 1 0 0 3 0 +3 3
3 Maccabi Haifa 1 1 0 0 4 2 +2 3
4 Hapoel Tel Aviv 1 1 0 0 1 0 +1 3
5 Beitar Jerusalem 1 0 1 0 1 1 0 1
5 Hapoel Be'er Sheva 1 0 1 0 1 1 0 1
5 Hapoel Haifa 1 0 1 0 1 1 0 1 Bottom Playoff
5 Hapoel Ironi Acre 1 0 1 0 1 1 0 1
9 F.C. Ashdod 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 1
9 Ironi Kiryat Shmona 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 1
11 Maccabi Netanya 1 0 0 1 0 1 −1 0
12 Bnei Sakhnin 1 0 0 1 2 4 −2 0
13 Maccabi Petah Tikva 1 0 0 1 0 3 −3 0
14 Hapoel Petah Tikva 1 0 0 1 0 4 −4 0

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 2014–15 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.
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]

Beitar Jerusalem
Bnei Sakhnin
F.C. Ashdod 0–0
Hapoel Ironi Acre 1–1
Hapoel Be'er Sheva 1–1
Hapoel Haifa
Ironi Kiryat Shmona
Hapoel Petah Tikva
Hapoel Ra'anana 4–0
Hapoel Tel Aviv 1–0
Maccabi Haifa 4–2
Maccabi Netanya
Maccabi Petah Tikva 0–3
Maccabi Tel Aviv

Updated to games played on 15 September 2014.
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]

Top scorers[edit]

Rank Scorer Club Goals
1 Spain Rubén Rayos Maccabi Haifa 2
2 Lithuania Mindaugas Kalonas Hapoel Haifa 1
Israel Zion Tzemah Hapoel Ironi Acre
Israel Snir Shuker Hapoel Ra'anana
Zambia Emmanuel Mbola Hapoel Ra'anana
Israel Eli Babayev Hapoel Ra'anana
Senegal Mamadou Touré Hapoel Ra'anana
Brazil William Soares Hapoel Be'er Sheva
Montenegro Žarko Korać Beitar Jerusalem
Israel Eran Zahavi Maccabi Tel Aviv
Sweden Rade Prica Maccabi Tel Aviv
Israel Maharan Radi Maccabi Tel Aviv
Israel Hen Ezra Maccabi Haifa
Israel Shimon Abuhatzira Maccabi Haifa
Greece Yiannis Papadopoulos Bnei Sakhnin
Israel Ahmed Nahia Bnei Sakhnin
Total 18
Average per game 2.57

Updated: 15 September 2014
Source: Israel Football Association

See also[edit]


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