Hapoel Ashkelon F.C.

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Hapoel Ashkelon
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Full name Hapoel Ashkelon Football Club
מועדון כדורגל הפועל אשקלון
Founded 1955; 62 years ago (1955)
Ground Sala Stadium, Ashkelon
Ground Capacity 10,000
Chairman Israel Eitan Ksantini
Manager Israel Yuval Naim
League Israeli Premier League
2015–16 Liga Leumit, 2nd (promoted)

Hapoel Ashkelon F.C. (Hebrew: מועדון כדורגל הפועל אשקלון‎‎, Moadon Kaduregel Hapoel Ashkelon) is an Israeli football club based in Ashkelon. The club is currently in the Israeli Premier League and plays at the 10,000-capacity Sala Stadium.


After being founded in 1955, Hapoel Ashkelon spent their first few decades in the lower leagues of Israeli football. 1995–96 they won Liga Alef South division and promoted to Liga Artzit (then the second tier) and in 1996–97, they achieved second successive promotion, to Liga Leumit (then the top tier) as Liga Artzit champions. However, the club finished bottom of the division, with a points deduction. In 1999–2000, they were relegated to the third tier (which became Liga Artzit following the formation of the Israeli Premier League as the top tier in 1999), before returning to the second tier (now Liga Leumit), after winning Liga Artzit in the 2004–05 season. The club reached the State Cup final for the first time in 2007, but despite taking the lead, lost 5–4 on penalties to Hapoel Tel Aviv after a 1–1 draw. At the end of the season, the club finished 11th and relegated to Liga Artzit.

In 2008–09, the club finished as runners-up in Liga Artzit and promoted back to Liga Leumit.

In 2009–10, the club finished as runners-up in Liga Leumit and promoted back to the Israeli Premier League. Just a season later, the club finished 15th, and relegated back to Liga Leumit.

In 2013–14, the club finished 15th in Liga Leumit, and relegated to Liga Alef. The club made an immediate return to Liga Leumit, after winning Liga Alef South division in the following season. In 2015–16, the club won the Leumit Toto Cup following a victory of 1–0 against F.C. Ashdod. At the end of the season, they finished as runners-up and made a return to the Israeli Premier League, their second successive promotion under the guidance of Yuval Naim.[1]

Little Argentina[edit]

Over the years, Hapoel Ashkelon has developed a tradition of signing Argentine footballers, both Jewish and non-Jewish. Many times, there were two Argentine players who played together and developed an attacking partnership together.[2] Among those who have represented Argentina within the squad have been Bryan Man, Carlos Chacana, Naón Isidro, Jonny Tennenbaum, Fernando Fligman and Gastón Sangoy.

Current squad[edit]

As to 1 February 2017
No. Position Player
3 Israel DF Haim Izrin
4 Israel DF Gal Azulay
6 Croatia MF Mirko Oremuš
7 Israel FW Tomer Swisa
8 Israel FW Ben Azubel
9 Israel MF Asi Buzaglo
10 Israel MF Baruch Dego
11 Central African Republic FW David Manga
12 Israel DF Mor Phima
14 Israel MF Reef Mesika
16 Israel MF Rudy Haddad
17 Israel FW Matan Hozez
18 Israel MF Moshe Lugasi
No. Position Player
20 Croatia FW Josip Ivančić
21 Israel MF Kobi Ben Hemo
22 Israel GK Lior Hidrian
23 Israel DF Amir Ben-Shimon
24 Israel FW Yarden Abuhatzira
25 Israel DF Avi Malka
26 Israel FW Tal Azulay
28 Serbia DF Branislav Jovanović
30 Nigeria GK Dele Aiyenugba
33 Israel DF Tal Makhlouf
37 Burkina Faso MF Issoumaila Lingane
42 Israel DF Snir Mishan
91 Israel MF Raz Meir

Notable former players[edit]



Honour No. Years
Second tier 1 1996–97
Third tier 6 1963–64, 1973–74, 1981–82, 1995–96, 2004–05, 2014–15


Honour No. Years
Toto Cup (second tier) 2 1984–85, 2015–16
Toto Cup (third tier) 3 2001–02, 2002–03, 2004–05


  1. ^ Very nice: Hapoel Ashkelon is officially in the Premier League Gil Michaeli, Doublepass, 6 May 2016 (Hebrew)
  2. ^ Levy, Eli (2008-10-30). אשקלון ג'וניורס [Ashkelon Juniors] (in Hebrew). MyNet. Retrieved 14 September 2009. 

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