1946 Palestine Cup

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1946 Palestine Cup
Country  Palestine, British Mandate
Defending champions Beitar Tel Aviv
Champions Maccabi Tel Aviv
(5th title)
Runners-up Hapoel Rishon LeZion

The 1946 Palestine Cup (Hebrew: הגביע הארץ-ישראלי‎‎, HaGavia HaEretz-Israeli) was the fourteenth season of Israeli Football Association's nationwide football cup competition.

The defending champion, Beitar Tel Aviv was eliminated in the first round after losing twice to Maccabi Nes Tziona. Hapoel Tel Aviv had difficulties throughout the competition, losing a match in the first round to minnows Hapoel Givatayim, and barely making it through the next round against Maccabi Rehovot, finally crashing to Hapoel Rishon LeZion in the quarter finals.

Maccabi Tel Aviv and Hapoel Rishon LeZion met in the two-legged final, Maccabi winning both legs to obtain its 5th cup.


For this season, each round was played over two legs, based on the Mitropa Cup. The change in format was caused by disagreements between Hapoel and Maccabi factions within the EIFA, which prevented any EIFA activities until March 1946. As the disagreement was settled in March, the EIFA decided to expand the cup competitions to two matches per round, to allow the teams more matches to play.[1]


First round[edit]

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Hapoel Tel Aviv 6–1 Hapoel Givatayim 6–0 0–1
Maccabi Tel Aviv 6–0 Hapoel Rehovot 3–0 3–0 [note 1]
Degel Zion Tel Aviv 1–13 Hapoel Haifa 1–10 0–3 (f)
Maccabi Nes Tziona 4–2 Beitar Tel Aviv 3–2 1–0
Maccabi Rishon LeZion 3–4 Maccabi Rehovot 2–2 1–2
Maccabi Avshalom Petah Tikva 5–2 Hapoel Dror Haifa 3–1 2–1
Maccabi Netanya 10–1 Maccabi Haifa 5–0 5–1
Hapoel Balfouria 3–3 Beitar Petah Tikva 0–3 [note 2] 3–0 [note 3]
Hapoel Hadera 1–3 Hapoel HaTzafon Tel Aviv 0–3 [note 4] 1–0
Beitar Jerusalem w/o Hakoah Tel Aviv
Maccabi Ramat Gan 4–2 Beitar Netanya 1–0 3–2
Hapoel Herzliya w/o Hapoel Rishon LeZion
Hapoel Petah Tikva 10–3 Hapoel Ramat Gan 6–1 4–2
Hapoel Jerusalem 5–4 Maccabi HaTzafon Tel Aviv 3–3 2–1
Bnei Yehuda 2–5 Hapoel Netanya 2–2 0–3 (f)
Hakoah 09 Tel Aviv 6–3 Beitar Ramat Gan 4–1 [note 5] 2–2

Deciding match[edit]

Home Team Score Away Team
Hapoel Balfouria w/o Beitar Petah Tikva

Second round[edit]

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Hapoel HaZafon Tel Aviv 3–3 Hapoel Rishon LeZion 1–1 2–2
Maccabi Tel Aviv 6–5 Beitar Jerusalem 3–2 3–3
Hapoel Haifa 5–4 Maccabi Netanya 4–2 1–2
Hapoel Netanya 0–5 Maccabi Nes Tziona 0–0 0–5
Maccabi Rehovot 3–3 Hapoel Tel Aviv 2–2 1–1
Maccabi Ramat Gan 4–3 Hakoah 09 Tel Aviv 1–1 3–2
Maccabi Avshalom Petah Tikva 1–4 Hapoel Petah Tikva 0–2 1–2
Hapoel Jerusalem 4–0 Hapoel Balfouria 2–0 2–0

Deciding matches[edit]

Home Team Score Away Team
Hapoel HaZafon Tel Aviv 0–1 Hapoel Rishon LeZion
Hapoel Tel Aviv 4–2 Maccabi Rehovot


Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Hapoel Haifa 2–9 Maccabi Tel Aviv 1–3 1–6
Hapoel Petah Tikva 0–5 Maccabi Nes Tziona 0–3 0–2
Hapoel Rishon LeZion 2–0 Hapoel Tel Aviv 1–0 1–0
Hapoel Jerusalem 6–1 Maccabi Ramat Gan 6–0 0–1


Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Maccabi Nes Tziona 2–9 Maccabi Tel Aviv 0–3 2–6
Hapoel Jerusalem 2–3 Hapoel Rishon LeZion 0–1 2–2


First leg[edit]

22 June 1946
Maccabi Tel Aviv 3–1 Hapoel Rishon LeZion
Eli Fuchs Goal 25'
Yosef Merimovich Goal 28'
Sidi Goal 75'
Shatov Goal 50'
Maccabiah Stadium
Attendance: 4,000
Referee: Klein

Second leg[edit]

14 July 1946
Maccabi Tel Aviv 3–0 Hapoel Rishon LeZion
Kashi Goal 7'
Yosef Merimovich Goal 51'
Gurfinkel Goal 79'
Maccabiah Stadium
Attendance: 4,000
Referee: Yon

Maccabi Tel Aviv won 6–2 on aggregate.


  1. ^ Awarded. Hapoel Rehovot fielded 2 ineligible players.
  2. ^ The match was abandoned at the 65th minute due to the ball bursting. Beitar Petah Tikva was awarded a 0–3 victory.
  3. ^ Hapoel Balfouria won 2–0 originally, but was awarded a 3–0 win since Beitar Petah Tikva fielded ineligible players.
  4. ^ Hapoel Hadera originally won 3–0. The EIFA awarded the match to Hapoel HaTzafon Tel Aviv, as Hapoel Hadera appeared to the match without its players' EIFA member cards.
  5. ^ The match was abandoned at the 60th minute due to unruly behavior of Beitar Ramat Gan players and the result stood.


  • 100 Years of Football 1906-2006, Elisha Shohat (Israel), 2006
  1. ^ Our Football HaBoker, 21 July 1946, via archive.football.org.il (Hebrew)

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