2008–09 Liga Leumit

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The 2008–09 Liga Leumit season began on 29 August 2008, and ended on 29 May 2009.

Two teams from Liga Artzit were promoted at the end of the previous season: Hapoel Jerusalem and Maccabi Ironi Kiryat Ata along with two teams relegated from Israeli Premier League: Maccabi Herzliya and Hapoel Kfar Saba.
The two teams relegated to Liga Artzit were Hapoel Nazareth Illit and Hapoel Rishon LeZion.

Due to an expected league expansion,[1] at the end of the season five clubs were automatically promoted to the Israeli Premier League, whilst the sixth-placed club in Liga Leumit played in a play-off match against the 11th-placed team in the Premier League. Only one team relegated automatically, and one team played in a play-off match against a team from Liga Artzit (which ceased to exist, with the regionalised Liga Alef becoming the third tier).

Stadia[edit]

Club Stadium Capacity
Hapoel Jerusalem Teddy Stadium 21,600
Hapoel Haifa Kiryat Eliezer Stadium 14,002
Hapoel Be'er Sheva Vasermil Stadium 13,000
Maccabi Herzliya Herzliya Municipal Stadium 08,100
Hapoel Ramat Gan HaMakhtesh Stadium 05,500
Hapoel Kfar Saba Levita Stadium 05,500
Hapoel Acre Napoleon Stadium 005,0001
Maccabi Ahi Nazareth Ilut Stadium 04,932
Hapoel Ra'anana Karnei Oren Memorial Field 02,500
Hapoel Bnei Lod Lod Municipal Stadium 02,000
Ironi Ramat HaSharon Yankela Grundman Stadium 02,000
Maccabi Kiryat Ata Kiryat Ata Municipal Stadium 0,0726

1Currently undergoing construction work to convert it to a 5,000-seat stadium. In the meanwhile they play at the Nahariya Municipal Stadium.

League table[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Promotion or relegation
1 Hapoel Haifa (C, P) 33 17 11 5 44 29 +15 62[a] Promotion to Israeli Premier League
2 Hapoel Acre (P) 33 17 10 6 50 23 +27 61
3 Hapoel Be'er Sheva (P) 33 16 11 6 53 35 +18 59
4 Hapoel Ramat Gan (P) 33 14 11 8 37 31 +6 53
5 Hapoel Ra'anana (P) 33 15 6 12 36 38 −2 51
6 Maccabi Ahi Nazareth (O, P) 33 12 9 12 41 33 +8 45 Qualification for promotion play-offs
7 Maccabi Herzliya 33 10 8 15 34 46 −12 38
8 Hapoel Kfar Saba 33 8 12 13 34 41 −7 36
9 Hapoel Bnei Lod 33 8 13 12 35 38 −3 37[a]
10 Hapoel Jerusalem 33 9 10 14 32 40 −8 37
11 Ironi Nir Ramat HaSharon (O) 33 8 12 13 37 50 −13 36 Qualification for relegation play-offs
12 Maccabi Ironi Kiryat Ata (R) 33 4 7 22 24 53 −29 19 Relegation to Liga Alef
Source: The Israel Football Association
Rules for classification: 1st points; 2nd goal difference; 3rd matches won; 4th goals scored; 5th head-to-head; 6th decision match
(C) Champion; (O) Play-off winner; (P) Promoted; (R) Relegated.
Notes:
  1. ^ a b Hapoel Haifa received a technical lose of 3-0 to Hapoel Bnei Lod for fielding an ineligible player.

Positions by round[edit]

Team ╲ Round123456789101112131415161718192021222324252627282930313233
Hapoel Haifa111111111111111111111111111111111
Hapoel Acre12129633456666454454222323322223332
Hapoel Be'er Sheva695454335433332345554232233332223
Hapoel Ramat Gan432222222222223222343444444444444
Hapoel Ra'anana576897543554545533435555555555555
Maccabi Ahi Nazareth223345664345666666666666666666666
Maccabi Herzliya96456688810111111111010111111111111111011101099101087
Hapoel Bnei Lod11111212121212121212101010101111101088810101110111110109898
Hapoel Jerusalem8479799999888999997778877777779109
Hapoel Kfar Saba3587887777777888889997788888887710
Ironi Nir Ramat HaSharon7811101010101010899977777101010999999111111111111
Maccabi Kiryat Ata101010111111111111111212121212121212121212121212121212121212121212

Results[edit]

The schedule consisted of three rounds. During first two rounds, each team played each other once home and away for a total of 22 matches. The pairings of the third round were then set according to the standings after first two rounds, giving every team a third game against each opponent for a total of 33 games per team.

First and second round[edit]

Home \ Away HAC HBS HBL HHA HJE HKS HRA HRG IRH MAN MHE IKA
Hapoel Acre 0–2 3–0 0–4 3–0 2–1 1–0 2–0 3–0 2–1 0–1 0–0
Hapoel Be'er Sheva 2–1 2–2 1–1 0–2 1–0 3–1 0–1 2–3 0–2 2–1 3–0
Hapoel Bnei Lod 0–0 0–2 1–2 0–2 1–2 0–1 0–3 4–0 1–1 1–0 0–0
Hapoel Haifa 2–2 1–1 1–2 2–0 0–0 2–0 0–0 0–1 1–0 1–1 2–0
Hapoel Jerusalem 0–0 1–1 0–0 0–1 1–1 0–2 2–3 4–1 1–0 1–2 0–0
Hapoel Kfar Saba 1–0 0–1 0–2 1–1 1–0 1–1 0–0 3–2 1–3 1–3 2–0
Hapoel Ra'anana 0–1 0–4 1–1 0–2 1–0 3–2 0–0 1–0 0–0 1–0 1–0
Hapoel Ramat Gan 1–1 1–1 3–3 1–1 0–1 1–0 3–1 2–1 0–0 1–0 3–1
Ironi Nir Ramat HaSharon 0–2 0–0 1–0 0–2 1–1 1–1 1–2 1–0 2–2 3–0 2–0
Maccabi Ahi Nazareth 2–1 0–1 3–0 0–0 2–2 1–1 1–2 3–0 1–1 4–1 2–0
Maccabi Herzliya 0–1 1–1 0–4 1–2 2–1 1–1 1–3 0–2 1–0 1–0 1–2
Maccabi Kiryat Ata 0–2 0–1 1–1 0–1 0–1 0–2 1–2 0–1 1–1 1–0 0–0
Source: The Israel Football Association
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Third round[edit]

Key numbers for pairing determination (number marks position after 22 games):

Rounds
23rd 24th 25th 26th 27th 28th 29th 30th 31st 32nd 33rd
3 – 12
4 – 2
5 – 1
6 – 11
7 – 10
8 – 9
12 – 9
10 – 8
11 – 7
1 – 6
2 – 5
3 – 4
4 – 12
5 – 3
6 – 2
7 – 1
8 – 11
9 – 10
12 – 10
11 – 9
1 – 8
2 – 7
3 – 6
4 – 5
5 – 12
6 – 4
7 – 3
8 – 2
9 – 1
10 – 11
12 – 11
1 – 10
2 – 9
3 – 8
4 – 7
5 – 6
6 – 12
7 – 5
8 – 4
9 – 3
10 – 2
11 – 1
1 – 12
2 – 11
3 – 10
4 – 9
5 – 8
6 – 7
12 – 7
8 – 6
9 – 5
10 – 4
11 – 3
1 – 2
2 – 12
3 – 1
4 – 11
5 – 10
6 – 9
7 – 8
12 – 8
9 – 7
10 – 6
11 – 5
1 – 4
2 – 3
Home \ Away HAC HBS HBL HHA HJE HKS HRA HRG IRH MAN MHE IKA
Hapoel Acre 0–0 7–1 1–1 0–0 1–0 5–0
Hapoel Be'er Sheva 0–2 2–2 3–1 3–3 3–2 3–2
Hapoel Bnei Lod 1–1 0–1 2–1 4–2 0–0
Hapoel Haifa 2–1 0–3[a] 3–0 0–0 3–1 3–1
Hapoel Jerusalem 1–2 0–1 1–1 0–2 3–1
Hapoel Kfar Saba 0–1 1–1 3–0 2–2 1–1
Hapoel Ra'anana 1–3 1–0 1–0 2–0 1–2 2–1
Hapoel Ramat Gan 1–1 3–1 0–2 3–1 0–4 2–1
Ironi Nir Ramat HaSharon 3–3 1–1 1–2 2–0 1–1
Maccabi Ahi Nazareth 0–3 1–0 1–0 0–1 3–0 1–1
Maccabi Herzliya 0–0 0–0 2–0 2–1 1–1
Maccabi Kiryat Ata 2–0 2–3 1–2 3–0 3–4
Source: The Israel Football Association
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.
Notes:
  1. ^ Hapoel Haifa received a technical lose of 3–0 to Hapoel Bnei Lod for fielding an ineligible player.

Promotion/Relegation playoff[edit]

Promotion playoff[edit]

Maccabi Ahi Nazareth as the 6th-placed team faced the 11th-placed Israeli Premier League team Hakoah Ramat Gan for a two-legged playoff. Maccabi Ahi Nazareth won both games and were promoted to the Israeli Premier League.

Maccabi Ahi Nazareth2 – 1Hakoah Ramat Gan
Ayeli Goal 41'
Silvas Goal 48'
Report For Goal 42'

Relegation playoff[edit]

Ironi Ramat HaSharon as the 11th-placed team faced the 8th-placed Liga Artzit team Maccabi Kafr Kanna for a two-legged playoff, Ironi Ramat HaSharon won both games and will continue playing in Liga Leumit next season.


Season statistics[edit]

Scoring[edit]

Discipline[edit]

Top scorers[edit]

Rank Player Club Goals[5]
1 Israel Ohad Kadousi Hapoel Be'er Sheva 18
2 Israel Eran Levy Hapoel Haifa 13
Israel Achmad Saba'a Hapoel Bnei Lod 13
Ivory Coast Serge Ayeli Maccabi Ahi Nazareth 13
5 Israel Shay Aharon Hapoel Jerusalem 12
6 Georgia (country) Irakliy Geperidze Hapoel Haifa 11
7 Israel Dovev Gabay Maccabi Herzliya 10
Ghana Emmanuel Banahene Ironi Nir Ramat HaSharon 10
9 Israel Ronen Shwartzman Hapoel Acre 08
Israel Dudu Biton Hapoel Ra'anana 08
Israel Mor Golan Hapoel Ramat Gan 08
Democratic Republic of the Congo Alain Masudi Maccabi Herzliya 08
Total 457
Average per game 2.3

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ June 24th IFA meeting summary Archived 2008-07-01 at the Wayback Machine ‹See Tfd›(in Hebrew)
  2. ^ a b c "Hapoel Acco 0:4 Hapoel Haifa". The Israel Football Association. 29 August 2008. Retrieved 29 August 2008.
  3. ^ a b "Hapoel Acre 7:1 Hapoel Haifa". The Israel Football Association. 22 May 2009. Archived from the original on 27 June 2009. Retrieved 22 May 2009.
  4. ^ "Hapoel Akko 2-1 Maccabi Ahi Nazareth". The Israel Football Association. 6 December 2008. Retrieved 6 December 2008.
  5. ^ "Liga Leumit Top Scorers". The Israel Football Association. 29 August 2008. Retrieved 29 August 2008.