Israel Super Cup

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Israel Super Cup
Founded 1957
Abolished 1990
Region  Israel
Number of teams 2
Last champions Bnei Yehuda
Most successful club(s) Hapoel Tel Aviv, Maccabi Netanya, Maccabi Tel Aviv (5 titles)
Motto Champion of Champions

The Israel Super Cup, also known as Champion of Champions (Hebrew: אלוף האלופים‎), was an Israeli association football club competition played as a single match between the winner of the latest Israeli top league champions and the winner of the latest Israel State Cup. If a team won both the championship and the state cup, their designated rival for the Super Cup match was the league runner-up.

The cup was first contested in 1957, but the title was an informal title, not sanctioned by the IFA Until 1969.[1] As an IFA sanctioned competition, the competition was played annually, except for 1972, 1973 and 1987 until its cancellation in 1990.

Between 1969 and 1971 The IFA also sanctioned a "Champion of Champions" match for Liga Alef, which was played between the two regional winners of Liga Alef. The match was played once more, at the end of the 1975–76 season, and was discontinued after the establishment of Liga Artzit.

The most successful clubs were Hapoel Tel Aviv, Maccabi Netanya and Maccabi Tel Aviv with 5 titles each.

In March 2014 the IFA announced the renewal of the competition.[2]


The title was first contested in 1957 in a match between League winners, Hapoel Tel Aviv and Cup winners, Hapoel Petah Tikva. The cup, which wasn't sanctioned by the IFA, was named after Lt-Col Zivi Tzafriri and was won by Hapoel Tel Aviv, who had beaten its rivals 3–0.[3]

The Next time the competition was contested, in 1963, the cup was donated by Ilanshil-Polio, an Israeli organization dedicated to aid Poliomyelitis victims, with proceedings going towards the organization.[4][5][6] In the match, Hapoel Petah Tikva and Maccabi Haifa have drawn 2–2.[7]

Starting from the 1964–65 season, the match was played in each season until 1990, except for 1972, 1973 and 1987. The IFA decided upon making the cup an official title at the beginning of the 1968–69 season,[1] set it to be played at the beginning of each season [8] and ruled that in case of a club winning both the league championship and the cup, their designated rival for the Super Cup match would be the league runner-up.[9] The IFA also set a "Champion of Champions" match for Liga Alef, to be played between the two divisional winners.[8] The first Liga Alef Super Cup was played between Maccabi Petah Tikva and Beitar Tel Aviv in June 1969, the former winning 3–0.[10]

In 1979, the cup was named after Israeli sports broadcaster Nehemia Ben Avraham following Ben Avraham's death.

In March 2014 the IFA announced the renewal of the competition.[2] However, the match planned for the beginning of the 2014–15 season was cancelled, with the intent to play it the next season.[11]

Liga Leumit Super Cup[edit]


Unofficial Competitions[edit]

Year League winner Cup winner Score
1956–57 Hapoel Tel Aviv Hapoel Petah Tikva 3–0
1961–62 Hapoel Petah Tikva Maccabi Haifa 2–2 1
1964–65 Hakoah Ramat Gan Maccabi Tel Aviv 2–2
1965–66 Hapoel Tel Aviv Hapoel Haifa 2–1
1966–68 Maccabi Tel Aviv Bnei Yehuda 2–1

1. Cup Shared.

Official Competitions[edit]

Year League winner Cup winner Score
1968–69 Hapoel Tel Aviv Hakoah Ramat Gan 5–1
1969–70 Maccabi Tel Aviv Hapoel Tel Avivru 1–2
1970–71 Maccabi Netanya Hakoah Ramat Gan 4–2 (a.e.t.)
1971–72 Not Held
1972–73 Not Held
1973–74 Maccabi Netanya Hapoel Haifa 2–1
1974–75 Hapoel Be'er Sheva Hapoel Kfar Saba 2–1
1975–76 Hapoel Be'er Sheva Beitar Jerusalem 2–3 (a.e.t.)
1976–77 Maccabi Tel Aviv Maccabi Jaffaru 3–2
1977–78 Maccabi Netanya Beitar Jerusalemru 4–0
1978–79 Maccabi Tel Aviv Beitar Jerusalem 2–1
1979–80 Maccabi Netanya Hapoel Kfar Saba 2–1
1980–81 Hapoel Tel Aviv Bnei Yehuda 1–0
1981–82 Hapoel Kfar Saba Hapoel Yehud 3–3 (a.e.t.) 3–2 (p.)
1982–83 Maccabi Netanya Hapoel Tel Aviv 1–0
1983–84 Maccabi Haifa Hapoel Lod 1–4
1984–85 Maccabi Haifa Beitar Jerusalem 5–2
1985–86 Hapoel Tel Aviv Beitar Jerusalem 1–2
1986–87 Not Held
1987–88 Hapoel Tel Aviv Maccabi Tel Aviv 0–3
1988–89 Maccabi Haifa Beitar Jerusalem 2–1
1989–90 Bnei Yehuda Hapoel Kfar Saba 1–0

Note: ru indicate that the team was runner-up, and played for the cup as the league champion won this season's double.

Performance by club[edit]

Rank Club Winners Runner-up
1 Hapoel Tel Aviv 5 3
2 Maccabi Tel Aviv 5 1
3 Maccabi Netanya 5 0
4 Maccabi Haifa 3 0
5 Beitar Jerusalem 2 4
6 Hapoel Kfar Saba 1 4
7 Bnei Yehuda 1 3
Hakoah Ramat Gan 1 3
9 Hapoel Be'er Sheva 1 2
Hapoel Petah Tikva 1 2
11 Hapoel Lod 1 0
12 Hapoel Haifa 0 2
13 Hapoel Yehud 0 1
Maccabi Jaffa 0 1

Liga Alef Super Cup[edit]

Year North Division winner South Division winner Score
1968–69 Maccabi Petah Tikva Beitar Tel Aviv 3–0[10]
1969–70 Hapoel Hadera Hapoel Holon 0–1[12]
[note 1]
1970–71 Maccabi Jaffa Hapoel Be'er Sheva 2–2 (a.e.t.) 2–3 (p.)[14]
1975–76 Hapoel Acre Hapoel Yehud 1–0[15]


  1. ^ The first match between the teams ended in a 2–2 draw after extra time, after which the crowd entered the pitch and prevented the teams from taking the penalties.[13]


  1. ^ a b At the End of the Football Season: A Formal Match for the Title of "Champion of Champions" Maariv, 26 November 1968, Historical Jewish Press (Hebrew)
  2. ^ a b Next Season: Super Cup and Two Matches in the Quarter-finals Amit Yaffe,, 31 March 2014 (Hebrew)
  3. ^ Hapoel T.A. beaten Hapoel P.T. 3:0 Davar, 2 November 1957, Historical Jewish Press (Hebrew)
  4. ^ Today: Hapoel P.T. – Maccabi Haifa Davar, 22 January 1963, Historical Jewish Press (Hebrew)
  5. ^ Today Champion of Champions Match Maariv, 22 January 1963, Historical Jewish Press (Hebrew)
  6. ^ Maccabi Haifa and Hapoel P.T. Will Contest Today for "Champion of Champions" Title Herut, 22 January 1963, Historical Jewish Press (Hebrew)
  7. ^ Hapoel P.T. led 2:0; Maccabi Haifa Equalized 2:2 Davar, 23 January 1963, Historical Jewish Press (Hebrew)
  8. ^ a b "Champion of Champions" Match Will Be Held Annually Before the Start of the League Maariv, 19 December 1968, Historical Jewish Press (Hebrew)
  9. ^ The Champion Against Its Runner-Up in "Champion of Champions" Maariv, 17 March 1969, Historical Jewish Press (Hebrew)
  10. ^ a b Maccabi P.T. "Champion of Champions", Beat Beitar T.A. 3:0 Davar, 19 June 1969, Historical Jewish Press (Hebrew)
  11. ^ The Liga HaAl Supercup Game Is Cancelled Yaniv Tuchman,, 30 June 2014 (Hebrew)
  12. ^ Holon - "Champion of Champions" in Alef Maariv, 6 September 1970, Historical Jewish Press (Hebrew)
  13. ^ Liga Alef Cup – Without Owners Maariv, 7 June 1970, Historical Jewish Press (Hebrew)
  14. ^ In Penalties (3:2) Hapoel Be'er Sheva Beaten Maccabi Jaffa and Won the Liga Alef Champions Cup Davar, 20 June 1971, Historical Jewish Press (Hebrew)
  15. ^ Hapoel Acre – Hapoel Yehud 1:0 Davar, 12 September 1976, Historical Jewish Press (Hebrew)