Hapoel Jerusalem B.C.
|מועדון כדורסל הפועל ירושלים
Israel Premier League
|Team colors||Red, Black
|Head coach||Danny Franco|
|Championships||1 ULEB Cup
4 Israeli State Cups
3 League Cup
Hapoel Jerusalem Basketball Club (Hebrew: הפועל ירושלים) is the premier professional basketball club of the City of Jerusalem and competes in the Eurocup, Israel Premier League, and the Israel State Cup. Hapoel has won many titles including the ULEB Cup in 2004. In 2013, new owners took over and the club has since seen a remarkable advancement and expansion. The team began playing in the Jerusalem Arena in 2014.
- 1 History
- 2 The Hapoel Club
- 3 Fans and Arena
- 4 Sponsors
- 5 Roster
- 6 Notable players
- 7 Notable coaches
- 8 Accomplishments
- 9 Honours
- 10 References
- 11 External links
Hapoel Jerusalem Basketball Club was founded in 1935 and incorporated in 1943 in Jerusalem. It had its first appearance in the Premier League in 1955. Hapoel played in the first division most of the 1950s and 1960s, with notable players, such as David Kaminsky and Amir Berlinsky. The following two decades had ups and downs, as Hapoel toggled between the first and second divisions. In 1986, led by coach Simi Riger the team advanced to the Premier League, after five consecutive years in the second division. Since then, Hapoel has remained in the Premier league and became an important factor in the Israeli Basketball.
In 1996 and 1997, Hapoel won the State Cup, defeating Maccabi Tel Aviv in the finals, at the Yad Eliyahu (Nokia) Arena. The team was led by Adi Gordon, widely considered the team's symbol and one of its best players. In 2004, Hapoel Jerusalem won its first European title, the ULEB Cup, defeating Real Madrid in the final in Charleroi, Belgium. Also in that year, the other major European basketball competition, the Euroleague, was won by Maccabi Elektra Tel Aviv making Israel the leading basketball nation in Europe and the Middle East for 2004. In 2005, Israeli-Russian billionaire Arcadi Gaydamak purchased a large stake in the club. As a result, the team got stronger and signed four American players with an NBA record – Tamar Slay, Horace Jenkins, Roger Mason, and Mario Austin. The team also signed Israeli star Meir Tapiro.
In 2007, Hapoel won its third Israel State Cup, defeating Bnei HaSharon 103–85 at Nokia Arena. In early 2008 Hapoel came back from being 22 points down, in the 4th quarter to win its fourth State Cup, beating Maccabi Tel Aviv 93–89. In late 2008 Hapoel won its first Israeli Basketball League Cup, beating Ironi Nahariya 84–69.
In September 2009, oil tycoon Guma Aguiar joined Hapoel Jerusalem as the team's sponsor and helped clear the debts left by Mr. Gaydamak. This ensured Hapoel would be able to compete yet again at the highest levels. On October 8, 2009 Hapoel beat Maccabi Tel Aviv in the Winner Cup finals 86–80, winning the club's second cup in a row. One year after the mysterious disappearance of Guma Aguiar, a new ownership group headed by entrepreneur Ori Allon took over, and Guy Harel succeeded Dani Klein as general manager.
On November 19, 2013, the New York Times reported that Tom Maayan, an Israeli player for the Seton Hall Pirates was forced to return to his homeland for army service, the Jerusalem basketball club picked him up, and he now combines his service with playing professional basketball.
In April 2014 the New York Post and the Wall Street Journal reported that six-times NBA All-Star Amar'e Stoudemire may join Hapoel after his contract with the New York Knicks officially expires at the end of the 2014-15 NBA season.
On June 20, 2014 the club signed coach Danny Franco who led Maccabi Haifa to the 2014 finals against current Euroleague title-holder Maccabi Tel Aviv. That same day, the club also signed season MVP Donta Smith.
On June 25, 2014, the Executive Board of Euroleague Commercial Assets unanimously agreed to hand Hapoel a wild-card to compete for a spot in the Euroleague qualifications. The move comes in light of Hapoel positioning herself as a promising club with a new ownership group with great stability and a brand new 11,600 seat arena expected for the 2014/15 season.
The Hapoel Club
- 10% - The Amuta.
- 90% - An ownership group, headed by Ori Allon, including Amar'e Stoudemire, Eyal Chomsky, Arn Tellem, Shalom Menora, and Howard Wietschner.
Board of Directors:
- Ori Allon - President of the Board
- Dani Klein
- Uri Manzour
- Shimon Navon
- Amar'e Stoudemire
- Arn Tellem
- Eyal Chomsky
- Shalom Menora
- Howard Wietschner
The new ownership group and corporate management is considered among the most professionally diverse sports ownership groups in the world, as it includes a software developer who sold two software companies to Google and Twitter (Allon), a six time NBA All-Star on the Dallas Mavericks (Stoudemire), one of "the world's most powerful sports agents" according to Forbes magazine (Tellem), the CEO of Israel's leading media group (Chomsky), a major international investor and developer (Menora), and a retired partner at Goldman Sachs (Wietschner). 
- General Manager: Guy Harel
- Head Coach: Danny Franco
- Assistant Coaches: Matan Harush; Uri Kokia
- Physiotherapists: Gadi Hadad; Yanai Barak
- Team Doctor: Dr. Jonathan Mareski
- Orthopedist: Dr. Adi Fridman
Fans and Arena
Brigade Malcha is the official fanclub for Hapoel jerusalem B.C. In Malha Arena, the Brigade was located behind the south side basket. At the Jerusalem Arena, the Brigade will be located in stands #1 and #12. The Brigade has close connections with the team itself, and is consulted by management on instrumental decisions such as changing the team logo and planning events with the community.
Rivalry with Maccabi Tel Aviv
Since the founding of the club in 1943, Hapoel Jerusalem has developed a major rivalry with Tel Aviv's leading basketball club Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv. The rivalry between the two largest teams in Israel is also viewed as a rivalry between mayor of Jerusalem Nir Barkat, who attends the vast majority of home games, and Tel Aviv mayor Ron Huldai. Due to its vast size, the Jerusalem Arena is expected to bring Israel's largest basketball rivalry to a whole new level.
Malha Arena (1985-2014)
When Hapoel Jerusalem was founded, it initially played in a small court on Histadrut Street in the city center before moving to the Jerusalem International YMCA arena. In the mid-1950s it moved to the only indoor arena in Jerusalem at that time, "the Straus Arena," in the Histadrut building on Straus Street. Malha Arena has a seating capacity of 2,540 seats in its lower tier, with an additional 300 seats in its upper tier. Despite its small size, the arena traps in noise and distracts the opposing team. This gives a boost to players towards the end of the game when they need it most, according to former coach of Hapoel Jerusalem Oded Kattash.
Jerusalem Arena (2014-)
Former Mayor of Jerusalem and Prime Minister of Israel Ehud Olmert proposed the master plan for the arena in 2004, and it took ten years to build. Though the new Jerusalem Arena is less than two kilometers from the team’s current home, which was opened in 1985, it is exponentially larger. The arena features 11,600 seats, four times as many as in Goldberg Arena, and all the modern amenities expected of a modern basketball venue. The stadium has twelve corporate boxes each listed for $100,000 dollars per season. The Jerusalem Arena project is years in the making. The site was chosen far back, but the building has only taken place in recent years. With an eye towards what the future might bring, the arena is being built to Euroleague standards. And playing in the Euroleague in the next few years is a goal that the team has publicly set for itself.
Gallery of the Arena
Gallery of the Arena Corporate Boxes
Hapoel Jerusalem B.C. roster
- Terence Morris
- Billy Thompson
- Emir Mutapčić
- David Blatt
- Meir Tapiro
- Doron Sheffer
- Ido Kozikaro
- Matan Naor
- Dror Hagag
- Yuval Naimy
- Tunji Awojobi
- Andrius Jurkūnas
- Radisav Ćurčić
- Jamie Arnold
- Norris Coleman
- Gabe Werman
- Derrick Hamilton
- Kelly McCarty
- Kenny Williams
- Mario Austin
- Will Solomon
- Travis Watson
- Timmy Bowers
- Horace Jenkins
- Courtney Fells
- Guy Pnini
- Roger Mason, Jr.
- Dijon Thompson
- Marcus Slaughter
|Accomplishments per season|
|Season||Israeli League||Israeli Cup||League Cup||International Cup||Head coach||Leading players|
|1991–92||5th||-||-||Korać Cup - Eighth-Final Round||Gadi Kedar
|Adi Gordon, Erez Hazan, Doron Shefa|
|1992–93||4th place||Semi Finals||-||-||Zvi Sherf
|Adi Gordon, Erez Hazan, Doron Shefa, Norris Coleman|
|1993–94||3rd||Semi Finals||-||Korać Cup - Preliminary Round III||Yoram Harush||Adi Gordon, Norris Coleman, Miki Berkovich|
|1994–95||6th||Semi-Finalist||-||Saporta Cup - Preliminary Round III||Gadi Kedar||Papi Turgeman, Billy Thompson|
|1995–96||2nd||Champion||-||-||Pini Gershon||Adi Gordon, Doron Shefa, Norris Coleman, Papi Turgeman, Billy Thompson|
|1996–97||2nd||Champion||-||Saporta Cup - Quarter Finals||Pini Gershon
|Adi Gordon, Doron Shefa, Papi Turgeman, Billy Thompson, Moti Daniel|
|1997–98||3rd||Quarter Finals||-||Euroleague - First preliminary stage||Gadi Kedar
|Kenny Williams, Radisav Ćurčić|
|1998–99||1st (regular season)
Lost in Final series
|Finalist||-||Saporta Cup - Eighth-Final Round||Effi Birnbaum||Papi Turgeman, Kenny Williams, Radisav Ćurčić, Derrick Hamilton|
|1999-00||7th (regular season)||Finalist||-||Saporta Cup - Eighth-Final Round||Effi Birnbaum
|Papi Turgeman, Kenny Williams, Derrick Hamilton|
|2000–01||3rd (Regular Season)
Lost in Final series
|Finalist||-||Euroleague - Regular Season||Zvi Sherf
|Papi Turgeman, Kenny Williams, Meir Tapiro, Roger Huggins, Tony Dorsey|
|2001–02||3rd (Regular Season)
Lost in Semi-Final series
|Finalist||-||Saporta Cup - Semi-Finals||Yoram Harush||Meir Tapiro, Barak Peleg, Lamont Jones, Demetrius Alexander|
|2002–03||8th (Regular Season)||Semi-Finals||-||EuroCup Challenge - Second Group Stage||Erez Edelstein
|Moshe Mizrahi, Gerald Brown|
|2003–04||5th (Regular Season)||Finalist||-||ULEB Cup - Champion||Sharon Drucker||Ido Kozikaro, Doron Sheffer, Will Solomon, Kelly McCarty, Tunji Awojobi|
|2004–05||4th (Regular Season)
Lost in quarter-finals series
|Eighth-Finals||-||ULEB Cup - Regular Season||Sharon Drucker||Ido Kozikaro, Rickey Paulding, Jason Wells|
|2005–06||2nd (Regular Season)
Lost in Final
|Finalist||-||ULEB Cup - Semi-Finals||Erez Edelstein||Meir Tapiro, Mario Austin, Horace Jenkins, Roger Mason|
|2006–07||2nd (Regular Season)
Lost in Final
|Champion||3rd||ULEB Cup - Quarter Finals||Dan Shamir||Meir Tapiro, Mario Austin, Timmy Bowers, Dror Hajaj, Terence Morris|
|2007–08||5th (Regular Season)||Champion||Finalist||ULEB Cup - Sixteenth-Finals||Dan Shamir
|Timmy Bowers, Dror Hajaj, Sharon Shason, Jamie Arnold, Guy Pnini|
|2008–09||2nd (Regular Season)
4th in Final Four
|Semi-Finals||Champion||EuroChallenge - Regular Season||Guy Goodes||Timmy Bowers, Sharon Shason, Yuval Naimy, Travis Watson, Omar Sneed|
|2009–10||2nd (Regular Season)
3rd in Final Four
|Eighth-Finals||Champion||Eurocup - Quarter Finals||Guy Goodes||Yuval Naimy, Tre Simmons, Dijon Thompson|
|2010–11||3rd (Regular Season)
3rd in Final Four
|Quarter Finals||Finalist||Eurocup - Regular Season||Oded Kattash||Yuval Naimy, Will Solomon, Brian Randle, Yogev Ohayon|
|2011–12||4th (Regular Season)
Lost in Quarter-Finals Series
|Eighth-Finals||Finalist||Eurocup - Regular Season||Oded Kattash
|Yuval Naimy, Brian Randle, D. J. Strawberry|
|2012–13||5th (Regular Season)
Lost in semi-finals series
|Semi-Finals||Semi-Finals||Eurocup - Regular season||Sharon Drucker||Meir Tapiro, Raviv Limonad, Josh Duncan, Courtney Fells|
|2013–14||2nd (Regular season)
Lost in semi-finals Series
|Eighth-Finals||Finalist||Eurocup - Quarter finals||Brad Greenberg||Josh Duncan, Yotam Halperin, Lior Eliyahu|
Historical Club Logos Since 1943
Total titles: 6
- Winners (4): 1996, 1997, 2007, 2008
- Runner-up (6): 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2015
League Cup (unofficial)
- Winners (1): 2003-04
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