Hapoel Ironi Acre F.C.

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Hapoel Acre
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Full name Hapoel Ironi Acre Football Club
Founded 1946; 68 years ago (1946)
Ground Acre Municipal Stadium, Acre, Israel
Ground Capacity 5,000
Chairman Israel Yehuda Barshishat
Manager Israel Alon Harazi
League Israeli Premier League
2013–14 10th

Hapoel Ironi Acre Football Club (Hebrew: מועדון הכדורגל הפועל עירוני עכו‎, Moadon HaKaduregel Hapoel Ironi Akko) is an Israeli football club based in Acre, Israel. The club is currently in the Premier League and plays in dark blue shirts with white sleeves, dark blue shorts and white socks.

History[edit]

Founded in 1946, the club dwelt in the lower leagues until they won Liga Bet North A in the 1962–63 season and promoted for the first time to Liga Alef, the second division by then. In 1973-74, they won Liga Alef North division. However, the Israel Football Association decided that season on promotion play-off, involving the top 2 clubs in each Liga Alef division, and the bottom two clubs in Liga Leumit. after finishing in 5th position (out of 6), they were not promoted.

After second place finish in the 1974–75 season, Hapoel won Liga Alef North division in the 1975–76 and were promoted to the top division for the first time. After finishing 11th (out of 16) in their first season, they won only two matches the next season, and were relegated to Liga Artzit, which was the new second division at the time. This proved to be their last appearance in the top division for the next 31 years.

In 1982–83 the club had dropped into Liga Alef, the third tier at the time. they promoted back to Liga Artzit in 1985-86,[1] and remained there further three seasons, until the 1987–88 season, where they finished bottom, and relegated to Liga Alef for the second time.

In 1998-99 they were promoted to Liga Artzit (the new third level due to the creation of the Israeli Premier League that summer). However, in 2003-04, the club finished as runners-up, and were promoted back to Liga Leumit. In 2005-06, the club won their first ever piece of silverware, picking up the second division's Toto Cup after beating Hapoel Be'er Sheva 5-3 on penalties after a 0-0 draw. In 2008-09, the club finished as runners-up, and promoted to the Premier League.

In 2013, The team changed its name from Hapoel Acre A.F.C. to Hapoel Ironi Acre F.C..

Stadium[edit]

The club's traditional ground was the 5,000-seat Napoleon Stadium in Acre.[2] Whilst the ground was being refurbished, the club played in Nazareth Illit at Green Stadium shared with Hapoel Nazareth Illit in the 2009–10 and the 2010–11 seasons. In the 2011–12 season the club played in the first month at Ilut Stadium in Ilut, located near Nazareth in northern Israel, before moving to their new Acre Municipal Stadium.

Current squad[edit]

As of 23 September 2014[3]
No. Position Player
1 Israel GK David Goresh
3 Israel DF Ben Turjeman (on loan from Hapoel Be'er Sheva)
4 Israel DF Uri Cohen (on loan from Hapoel Tel Aviv)
5 Israel DF Moshe Mishaelof
6 Israel DF Adi Gotlieb
7 Israel FW Raz Stain (on loan from Maccabi Haifa)
8 Brazil MF Juliano Spadacio
9 Albania FW Hamdi Salihi
10 Israel MF Shadi Shaban
11 Israel FW Yuval Avidor
14 Israel MF Amiya Taga
15 Israel FW Amit Amzaleg (on loan from Hapoel Tel Aviv)
No. Position Player
16 Israel FW Elior Seiderre
18 Israel MF Ben Butbul (on loan from F.C. Ashdod)
21 Serbia DF Branislav Jovanović
22 Israel GK Yarden Krishtul
23 Israel FW Amir Abu Nil (on loan from Hapoel Haifa)
24 Israel DF Snir Mishan
26 Israel MF Yossi Dora
33 Israel GK Shlomi Itah
77 Israel MF Adi Konstantinos (on loan from Maccabi Haifa)
80 Israel MF Zion Tzemah
99 Bosnia and Herzegovina FW Emir Hadžić

Honours[edit]

Managers[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hapoel Acre Maariv, 30.6.85, Historical Jewish Press (Hebrew)
  2. ^ Life down under: Expect the unexpected Haaretz
  3. ^ "Hapoel Acre" (in Hebrew). Football.org.il (Israel Football Association). Retrieved 14 February 2011. 

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