2014–15 Israeli Premier League

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Israeli Premier League
Season2014-15
ChampionsMaccabi Tel Aviv (21st title)
RelegatedF.C. Ashdod
Hapoel Petah Tikva
Champions LeagueMaccabi Tel Aviv
(2nd qualifying round)
Europa LeagueIroni Kiryat Shmona
(3rd qualifying round)
Hapoel Be'er Sheva
(2nd qualifying round)
Beitar Jerusalem
(1st qualifying round)
Matches played240
Goals scored604 (2.52 per match)
Top goalscorerEran Zahavi (27 goals)
Biggest home winMaccabi Haifa 5–0 Ashdod
(14 February 2015)
Biggest away winMaccabi Petah Tikva 0–4 Hapoel Be'er Sheva (25 October 2014)
Maccabi Netanya 0–4 Maccabi Haifa (3 December 2014)
Hapoel Haifa 0–4 Maccabi Haifa (14 December 2014)
Highest scoringMaccabi Netanya 4–4 Maccabi Petah Tikva (20 September 2014)
Longest winning run5 games
Ironi Kiryat Shmona
Longest unbeaten run16 games
Ironi Kiryat Shmona
Longest winless run15 games
F.C. Ashdod
Longest losing run4 games
F.C. Ashdod
Hapoel Tel Aviv
Maccabi Haifa
Ironi Kiryat Shmona
Highest attendance29,300 - Maccabi Haifa 1–3 Beitar Jerusalem (27 December 2014)[1]
Average attendance6,451[1]

The 2014–15 Israeli Premier League is the sixteenth season since its introduction in 1999 and the 73nd season of top-tier football in Israel. It began in the end of August 2014 and will end in May 2015. Maccabi Tel Aviv are the defending champions, having won their third Premier League title, and 20th championship last season.

Teams[edit]

A total of fourteen teams are competing in the league, including twelve sides from the 2013–14 season and two promoted team from the 2013–14 Liga Leumit.

Hapoel Nir Ramat HaSharon and Bnei Yehuda were relegated to the 2014–15 Liga Leumit after finishing the 2013–14 season in the bottom two places.

Maccabi Netanya and Hapoel Petah Tikva were promoted after finishing the 2013–14 Liga Leumit in the top two places.

Stadia and locations[edit]

Club Home City Stadium Capacity
Beitar Jerusalem Jerusalem Teddy Stadium 31,733
Bnei Sakhnin Sakhnin Doha Stadium 8,500
F.C. Ashdod Ashdod Yud-Alef Stadium 7,420
Hapoel Acre Acre Acre Stadium 5,000
Hapoel Be'er Sheva Be'er Sheva Vasermil Stadium 13,000
Hapoel Haifa Haifa Sammy Ofer Stadium 30,870
Hapoel Petah Tikva Petah Tikva HaMoshava Stadium 11,500
Hapoel Ra'anana Ra'anana Netanya Stadium[2] 13,610
Hapoel Tel Aviv Tel Aviv Bloomfield Stadium 14,413
Ironi Kiryat Shmona Kiryat Shmona Kiryat Shmona Stadium 5,300
Maccabi Haifa Haifa Sammy Ofer Stadium 30,870
Maccabi Netanya Netanya Netanya Stadium 13,610
Maccabi Petah Tikva Petah Tikva HaMoshava Stadium 11,500
Maccabi Tel Aviv Tel Aviv Bloomfield Stadium 14,413

Personnel and sponsorship[edit]

Team President Manager Captain Kitmaker Shirt sponsor
Beitar Jerusalem Israel Eli Tabib Israel Guy Levy Israel Ofir Kriaf Puma itrader
Bnei Sakhnin Israel Mohammed Abu Yunes Israel Eli Cohen Israel Khaled Khalaila Umbro Toyga
F.C. Ashdod Israel Jacky Ben-Zaken Israel Nir Klinger Israel Ofir Martziano Nike
Hapoel Acre Israel Yehuda Barshishat Israel Shlomi Dora Israel David Goresh Macron Azrieli Group
Hapoel Be'er Sheva Israel Alona Barkat Israel Elisha Levy Israel Elyaniv Barda Kappa Mobli
Hapoel Haifa Israel Yoav Katz Israel Tal Banin Israel Oshri Roash Diadora Hatama
Hapoel Petah Tikva Israel Doron Ben Dakon Israel Meni Koretski Israel Kobi Musa Lotto
Hapoel Ra'anana Israel Asher Alon Israel Haim Silvas Israel Snir Shuker Umbro ME Tel Aviv
Hapoel Tel Aviv Israel The Red Fans Israel Eli Cohen Israel Shay Abutbul Umbro Fujicom
Ironi Kiryat Shmona Israel Izzy Sheratzky Israel Barak Bakhar Israel Shir Tzedek Puma Ituran
Maccabi Haifa Israel Ya'akov Shahar Israel Marco Balbul Israel Yossi Benayoun Nike Honda
Maccabi Netanya Israel Eli Segev Israel Ronny Levy Israel Eran Levy Joma Burgus Burger Bar
Maccabi Petah Tikva Israel Amos Luzon Israel Ran Ben Shimon Israel Naor Peser Macron Panorama North
Maccabi Tel Aviv Canada Mitchell Goldhar Spain Pako Ayestarán Israel Sheran Yeini Adidas

Managerial changes[edit]

Team Outgoing manager Manner of departure Date of vacancy Position in table Incoming manager Date of appointment
Maccabi Haifa Israel Arik Benado Sacked 14 April 2014 Pre-season Serbia Aleksandar Stanojević 1 May 2014
Beitar Jerusalem Israel Ronny Levy Sacked 10 May 2014 Israel Meni Koretski 10 May 2014
Hapoel Haifa Israel Shlomi Dora End of contract 14 May 2014 Israel Reuven Atar 14 May 2014
Hapoel Acre Israel Yuval Naim Sacked Israel Alon Harazi
Hapoel Tel Aviv Israel Ran Ben Shimon Sacked 26 May 2014 Israel Asi Domb 27 May 2014
Hapoel Ra'anana Israel Meni Koretski Resigned Israel Haim Silvas
Maccabi Tel Aviv Portugal Paulo Sousa Signed by Basel 28 May 2014 Spain Óscar García 2 June 2014
Maccabi Petah Tikva Israel Yetav Luzon Resigned 11 June 2014 Israel Ran Ben Shimon 12 June 2014
Bnei Sakhnin Israel Marco Balbul End of contract 19 June 2014 Israel Guy Levy 19 June 2014
Maccabi Tel Aviv Spain Óscar García Resigned 26 August 2014 Spain Pako Ayestarán 26 August 2014
Bnei Sakhnin Israel Guy Levy Sacked 5 December 2014 13th Israel Eli Cohen 5 December 2014
Maccabi Haifa Serbia Aleksandar Stanojević Resigned 28 December 2014 4th Israel Marco Balbul 28 December 2014
Hapoel Acre Israel Alon Harazi Resigned 5 January 2015 14th Israel Shlomi Dora 8 January 2015
Maccabi Netanya Israel Yossi Mizrahi Resigned 14 January 2015 12th Israel Ronny Levy 14 January 2015
Beitar Jerusalem Israel Meni Koretski Sacked 30 January 2015 10th Israel Guy Levy 30 January 2015
Hapoel Tel Aviv Israel Asi Domb Sacked 30 January 2015 8th Israel Eli Cohen 30 January 2015
Hapoel Petah Tikva Israel Ido Bar-On Sacked 7 February 2015 13th Israel Meni Koretski 7 February 2015
Hapoel Haifa Israel Reuven Atar Sacked 16 February 2015 12th Israel Tal Banin 16 February 2015

Regular season[edit]

Regular season table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Maccabi Tel Aviv 26 17 5 4 53 20 +33 0541 Top Playoff
2 Hapoel Be'er Sheva 26 14 7 5 47 24 +23 49
3 Ironi Kiryat Shmona 26 13 8 5 40 27 +13 47
4 Beitar Jerusalem 26 10 10 6 38 29 +9 40
5 Maccabi Petah Tikva 26 10 9 7 28 30 −2 39
6 Maccabi Haifa 26 11 4 11 38 29 +9 37
7 Hapoel Ra'anana 26 9 7 10 24 23 +1 34 Bottom Playoff
8 Maccabi Netanya 26 9 6 11 37 45 −8 33
9 Bnei Sakhnin 26 7 9 10 32 37 −5 30
10 Hapoel Tel Aviv 26 8 7 11 27 33 −6 0292
11 F.C. Ashdod 26 6 9 11 29 41 −12 27
12 Hapoel Haifa 26 7 5 14 20 41 −21 26
13 Hapoel Petah Tikva 26 5 8 13 28 43 −15 23
14 Hapoel Acre 26 4 10 12 20 39 −19 22

Updated to games played on 7 March 2015.
Source: Israel Football Association
Rules for classification: 1st points; 2nd goal difference; 3rd matches won; 4th goals scored; 5th head-to-head; 6th decision match
Winners of 2014–15 Israel State Cup qualify for the second qualifying round of the UEFA Europa League.
1 Maccabi Tel Aviv deducted one point.[3]
2 Hapoel Tel Aviv deducted one point.[3]
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.
Only applicable when the season is not finished:
(Q) = Qualified to the phase of tournament indicated; (TQ) = Qualified to tournament, but not yet to the particular phase indicated; (RQ) = Qualified to the relegation tournament indicated; (DQ) = Disqualified from tournament.

Regular season results[edit]

Home \ Away[1] BEI BnS ASH HAC HBS HHA IKS HPT HRA HTA MHA MNE MPT MTA
Beitar Jerusalem 1–2 1–1 4–0 0–3 0–1 3–1 3–1 0–0 1–1 1–0 1–1 2–3 1–0
Bnei Sakhnin 1–0 2–3 1–1 2–0 2–0 1–4 0–0 2–0 1–1 1–1 0–2 1–1 1–3
F.C. Ashdod 3–3 2–2 0–0 2–2 0–1 0–0 1–3 1–2 3–1 1–0 2–3 0–0 0–1
Hapoel Acre 1–1 1–3 0–1 1–1 1–1 2–0 1–1 0–2 1–0 0–0 1–2 0–2 1–4
Hapoel Be'er Sheva 1–1 2–0 2–1 3–0 4–0 2–1 2–1 0–1 1–0 2–0 4–0 1–0 3–2
Hapoel Haifa 3–4 0–3 0–2 1–0 1–1 1–2 1–1 1–0 1–1 0–4 3–2 0–1 2–0
Ironi Kiryat Shmona 1–1 1–1 1–0 2–2 1–1 1–0 3–2 1–1 3–0 0–1 3–1 3–0 2–1
Hapoel Petah Tikva 0–1 2–1 1–2 4–1 1–3 2–1 1–3 0–0 0–1 2–2 1–1 0–0 1–3
Hapoel Ra'anana 0–2 1–1 2–0 0–2 1–1 2–0 0–0 4–0 0–1 1–0 2–1 0–0 0–2
Hapoel Tel Aviv 0–2 1–1 3–1 1–3 3–2 3–0 0–1 0–0 2–1 2–2 1–0 1–2 0–02
Maccabi Haifa 1–3 4–2 5–0 1–0 1–0 2–0 1–3 3–1 0–2 3–1 2–1 0–1 0–1
Maccabi Netanya 2–0 2–1 0–0 1–1 4–2 0–2 1–2 3–1 1–0 0–2 0–4 4–4 3–3
Maccabi Petah Tikva 1–1 2–0 1–1 0–0 0–4 0–0 3–0 1–2 3–2 2–1 1–0 0–1 0–3
Maccabi Tel Aviv 1–1 2–0 5–2 3–0 0–0 3–0 1–1 2–0 2–0 2–0 3–1 3–1 3–0

Updated to games played on 16 February 2015.
Source: Israel Football Association
^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
2 The match originally was abandoned after supporter violence while the score was 1–1.[4] The Israel Football Association declared the match a 0–0 draw, with neither teams receiving any points and closing the stands for four matches.[3]
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Playoffs[edit]

Key numbers for pairing determination (number marks position after 26 games):[5]

Rounds
27th 28th 29th 30th 31st 32nd 33rd 34th 35th 36th
1 – 6
2 – 5
3 – 4
1 – 2
5 – 3
6 – 4
2 – 6
3 – 1
4 – 5
1 – 4
2 – 3
6 – 5
3 – 6
4 – 2
5 – 1
6 – 1
5 – 2
4 – 3
2 – 1
3 – 5
4 – 6
6 – 2
1 – 3
5 – 4
3 – 2
4 – 1
5 – 6
6 – 3
2 – 4
1 – 5
7 – 11
8 – 13
9 – 12
10 – 14
7 – 8
13 – 9
12 – 10
11 – 14
8 – 11
9 – 7
10 – 13
14 – 12
8 – 9
7 – 10
13 – 14
11 – 12
9 – 11
10 – 8
14 – 7
12 – 13
9 – 10
8 – 14
7 – 12
11 – 13
10 – 11
14 – 9
12 – 8
13 – 7
 

Top Playoff[edit]

Top Playoff table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Maccabi Tel Aviv (C) (Q) 36 21 9 6 67 32 +35 0701 2015–16 UEFA Champions League Second qualifying round
2 Ironi Kiryat Shmona (Q) 36 18 10 8 53 38 +15 64 2015–16 UEFA Europa League Third qualifying round 3
3 Hapoel Be'er Sheva (Q) 36 17 11 8 63 40 +23 62 2015–16 UEFA Europa League Second qualifying round 3
4 Beitar Jerusalem (Q) 36 13 13 10 48 43 +5 0512 2015–16 UEFA Europa League First qualifying round 3
5 Maccabi Haifa 36 14 8 14 51 37 +14 50
6 Maccabi Petah Tikva 36 12 12 12 34 41 −7 48

Updated to games played on 1 June 2015.
Source: Israel Football Association
Rules for classification: 1st points; 2nd goal difference; 3rd matches won; 4th goals scored; 5th head-to-head; 6th decision match
1 Maccabi Tel Aviv deducted one point.[3]
2 Beitar Jerusalem deducted one point.[6]
3 Since Maccabi Tel Aviv won the 2014–15 Israel State Cup, then the 2nd-positioned team will be awarded with entry to the third qualifying round of the UEFA Europa League.
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.

Top Playoff results[edit]

Home \ Away[1] BEI HBS IKS MHA MPT MTA
Beitar Jerusalem 1–1 0–1 1–1 0–0 3–0
Hapoel Be'er Sheva 4–0 2–2 1–1 3–0 1–1
Ironi Kiryat Shmona 1–2 3–1 1–0 2–0 0–0
Maccabi Haifa 1–0 4–0 4–1 0–0 1–1
Maccabi Petah Tikva 1–2 1–2 0–1 1–0 1–1
Maccabi Tel Aviv 4–1 3–1 2–1 2–1 0–2

Updated to games played on 1 June 2015.
Source: Israel Football Association
^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Bottom Playoff[edit]

Bottom Playoff table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
7 Bnei Sakhnin 33 11 11 11 43 44 −1 44
8 Hapoel Tel Aviv 33 12 8 13 36 40 −4 0421
9 Maccabi Netanya 33 11 8 14 46 54 −8 41
10 Hapoel Ra'anana 33 10 9 14 35 36 −1 39
11 Hapoel Acre 33 9 11 13 28 42 −14 38
12 Hapoel Haifa 33 9 7 17 25 47 −22 34
13 Hapoel Petah Tikva (R) 33 8 8 17 43 59 −16 32 Relegation to Liga Leumit
14 F.C. Ashdod (R) 33 6 13 14 32 51 −19 31

Updated to games played on 16 May 2015.
Source: Israel Football Association
Rules for classification: 1st points; 2nd goal difference; 3rd matches won; 4th goals scored; 5th head-to-head; 6th decision match
Winners of 2014–15 Israel State Cup qualify for the Third qualifying round of the UEFA Europa League.
1 Hapoel Tel Aviv deducted one point.[3]
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.

Bottom Playoff results[edit]

Home \ Away[1] ASH BnS HAC HHA HPT HRA HTA MNE
F.C. Ashdod 0–0 0–0 2–4
Bnei Sakhnin 1–1 1–0 1–1 2–0
Hapoel Acre 1–0 1–0 2–0
Hapoel Haifa 3–2 0–1 0–0
Hapoel Petah Tikva 2–3 0–2 4–2
Hapoel Ra'anana 4–0 1–2 2–2 1–2
Hapoel Tel Aviv 1–0 2–0 1–2 2–1
Maccabi Netanya 0–0 2–3 1–2 3–1

Source: Israel Football Association
^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Season statistics[edit]

Top scorers[edit]

As of matches played on 1 June 2015.
Rank Scorer Club Goals
1 Israel Eran Zahavi Maccabi Tel Aviv 27
2 Israel Mohammad Ghadir Bnei Sakhnin 16
3 Israel Maor Buzaglo Hapoel Be'er Sheva 13
Nigeria Olarenwaju Kayode Maccabi Netanya
5 Israel Roi Kahat Ironi Kiryat Shmona 12
6 Israel Shlomi Arbeitman Hapoel Be'er Sheva 11
Albania Hamdi Salihi Hapoel Haifa
Zambia Rodgers Kola Ironi Kiryat Shmona
Israel Eran Levy Maccabi Netanya

Source: Israel Football Association

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b http://www.one.co.il/Article/14-15/1,1,0,0/252513.html?ref=hp
  2. ^ The club play their home games at a neutral venue due to their own ground not meeting the league's requirements.
  3. ^ a b c d e Bar Dayan, Shirly (24 November 2014). "Hapoel, Maccabi each deducted one point for TA derby debacle". Sport5. Retrieved 24 November 2014.
  4. ^ Sinai, Allon (11 November 2014). "Maccabi, Hapoel Tel Aviv await repercussions of derby violence". Jerusalem Post. Retrieved 11 November 2014.
  5. ^ "The full fixture list for the Top and Bottom playoffs" (PDF) (in Hebrew).
  6. ^ "Israel's football association decision regarding Beitar Jerusalem" (PDF) (in Hebrew). The Israel Football Association. 18 May 2015.