Hapoel Be'er Sheva F.C.

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Hapoel Be'er Sheva
Club crest
Full name Hapoel Be'er Sheva Football Club
Nickname(s) Negev's Pride
The Camels
Crazy Reds
Founded 1 May 1949; 66 years ago (1949-05-01)
Ground Turner Stadium, Be'er Sheva
Ground Capacity 16,126
Owner Alona Barkat
Chairman Asi Rahamim
Manager Barak Bakhar
League Israeli Premier League
2014–15 3rd
Website Club home page
Current season
Departments of Hapoel Be'er Sheva
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Football Basketball Volleyball
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Hapoel Be'er Sheva Football Club (Hebrew: מועדון הכדורגל הפועל באר שבע‎, Moadon HaKaduregel Hapoel Be'er Sheva) is an Israeli football club based in Be'er Sheva. The club is currently in the Israeli Premier League. The club played its home matches at the Vasermil Stadium until May 2015, and in the Turner Stadium since September 2015.


Founded in 1949, the club was first promoted to Liga Leumit (then the top division) in 1965. In their first season they finished 13th. In 1968–69 they finished one place above the relegation zone, and the following season they finished bottom of the league and were relegated back to Liga Alef.

Hapoel were promoted back to the top division after one season, and after slow progression, the mid-1970s became the club's golden period. Back-to-back championships were won in 1974–75 and 1975–76. However, due to Israel's expulsion from the Asian Football Confederation a few years earlier and the fact that the Israel Football Association did not join UEFA until 1994, the club did not participate in any international club competitions. In the season after the second championship, the club returned to its previous form, finishing one place above relegation.

The early 1980s saw a small revival in fortunes, with a third-place finish in 1982–83 and a State Cup final in 1983–84 (they lost 3–2 on penalties to Hapoel Lod after a 0–0 draw), though the club was almost relegated the following season. They reached the Toto Cup final in 1983 and 1984, but lost both matches (3–1 and 3–2 respectively) to Maccabi Netanya.

After that came a period of relative success. Third-place finishes were achieved in 1987–88, 1993–94 and 1994–95 (though relegation was narrowly avoided (by one place) in 1991–92). They also won the Toto Cup in 1989. The third-place finishes of 1993–94 and 1994–95, combined with Israel's new membership of UEFA, allowed the club entry to the UEFA Cup. Their first outing was not a success, losing 5–2 (3–1, 2–1) on aggregate to Aris Thessaloniki of Greece in the preliminary round. However, in 1995–96 competition, they beat SK Tirana 3–0 (1–0, 2–0) in the preliminary round, and qualified for the first round. Drawn against Barcelona, the club lost both legs heavily (5–0 and 7–0) leading to a 12–0 aggregate defeat.

In 1996 the club won the Toto Cup for a second time. A year later, Hapoel picked up their fifth piece of silverware and qualified for the Cup Winners' Cup by winning the State Cup final, beating Maccabi Tel Aviv 1–0. Their third season in Europe started successfully, beating Lithuanian club Zalgiris Vilnius 2–1 (0–0, 2–1) in the preliminary round, before being thrashed 14–1 (4–1, 10–0) by Roda JC Kerkrade of the Netherlands in the next round. The club were also relegated in the same season and did not return to the top division until 2001–02.

In 2001–02, the club become the first top division team to be beaten by a lower division side in a State Cup final, losing 5–4 on penalties to second division Hapoel Ramat Gan after a 1–1 draw.

At the beginning of 2004–05 season, Hapoel Beer Sheva played against FK Vllaznia (Albania) in the competition of UEFA Intertoto Cup. Hapoel won in the sum of two games (2–1, 0–1) but have lost the qualification due to fails in squad players document fax sending. At the end of the 2004–05 season, the club were relegated to the second division. The following season saw them play Maccabi Be'er Sheva (who were groundsharing at the Vasermil Stadium) for the first time.

During the 2006–07 several players were accused of match fixing. A loss of form saw the club miss out on promotion.

In 2007 chirman Eli Zino sold the club to Alona Barakat. Barakat, known as The Queen in Be'er Sheva, has been on a mission to revive the club.[1]

In 2008–09, the club was promoted to the Israeli Premier League.

In 2011–12 and again in 2012–13, the club avoided relegation at the last match of the season, following victories against Beitar Jerusalem and Maccabi Netanya, respectively.[2][3]

In 2013–14, the club finished as runners-up, their highest position since championship in 1975–76. As a result, the club returned to European competitions at the beginning of the 2014–15 season, where they lost 1–2 on aggregate (0–0, 1–2) to RNK Split of Croatia, in the Second qualifying round of the 2014–15 UEFA Europa League.

Stadium and Facilities[edit]

Stadium of Hapoel Be'er Sheva in The Fifties

Since its inception in 1949, the club Hapoel Be'er Sheva eroded played in 3 different plots, starting out playing on the soil surface at the stadium which was located in the old city.

In 1959, the municipal stadium was built and inaugurated in Be'er Sheva on 31 October 1959 in a festive Hapoel Be'er Sheva against Hapoel Tel Aviv.

Hapoel Be'er Sheva VS Maccabi Tel Aviv, 2014/15 season. in Vasermil Stadium.

In December 1988 ended in a major overhaul of the stadium, the contribution of Mrs. Lilly Friedman-Vasermil, and his name was converted to the stadium Arthur Vasermil. Ms. Friedman-Vasermil perpetuated by her son, who was murdered in the Holocaust by the Nazis, in 1943, Majdanek extermination camp, at the age of seven.

In 1995, in honor of her portrayal of Hapoel Beer Sheva in front of a group of Barcelona UEFA Cup, the stadium was renovated and installed at the bleachers plastic seats instead of exposed concrete.

In 2009 the rest of the seats were installed in the galleries, following the return of Hapoel Beer Sheva Premier League.

On 30 May 2015 Played vasermil stadium last game, which increased Hapoel Be'er Sheva 0:4 on the team Beitar Jerusalem. The home stadium of Hapoel Be'er Sheva today is Toto–Winner "Turner" Stadium named after Jacob Turner.

Compound Vasrmil[edit]

Be'er Sheva Municipality decided during 2015 to commemorate the legendary stadium named Arthur Vasermil that carries on a meaningful story.

This compound serves mainly the youth department groups Hapoel Be'er Sheva, But sometimes even the older group.

Compound five training facilities that includes a field with artificial turf as required by FIFA.

In 2013 the building was inaugurated "at the Association", the project includes 750 square meters of computer rooms, professional spaces, dressing rooms, doctor's room, coaches room, an area for gatherings, logistics and other rooms with modern elements of the most advanced in the country and meets all the standards of the Israel Football Association Premier leagues. there is a possibility to build another floor to the club in the future, to continue activities such as football academy construction project.


Hapoel Be'er Sheva fans from State Cup Final

Crowds of Hapoel Be'er Sheva spread throughout the country and is one of the largest audiences in Israel.

During the 2013/14 season became big fans survey, 'who the most exciting team in Israeli football?', An overwhelming majority of almost 50 percent received Hapoel Be'er Sheva.

The crowd 2012/13 season won the title of Be'er Sheva year's fair audience. In recent years, won the audience Be'er Sheva fans highly praised by Israeli sports media encouraging the highest level observed.

Hapoel Be'er Sheva large number of famous fans in Israel, who visited some team games regularly. Among whom can be found in: Zvika Hadar, Danny Kushmaro, Nadav Jacoby, Rina Matzliach, Silvan Shalom, Judy Shalom Nir-Mozes, Avishay Braverman, Alon de Loco

Fans Association - Vasermilya[edit]

The association was established in early 2013 and approved by the Registrar of associations, the name "Vasermil" was chosen to preserve and remember the name of the late Arthur Vasermil, a Jewish boy who perished in the Holocaust and was named the stadium accompanied the group throughout the years and was the home of football fans in the city.

The aim of the association is to represent the community of fans of Hapoel Be'er Sheva, and a battle between the fans, the players and the professional staff to strengthen the familiarity between them, and that the association maintains the tradition of the club while preserving the interests of the club. In addition, the association works to eradicate violence and racism lots cooperate fully with the fans and the club management.

The association works regularly since its inception in social networks, and can be found on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, the association sends information including news, photos, events of the association and a real-time update on the results of games. In addition, the Association of South radio show fans as the "voice in the stands", and Android App Store and the Ap named Vasermil.

Ultras Organization - UltraSouth[edit]

Crest of fans organization - UltraSouth

Fans Organization was founded in 2014 after reunion by two organization named TheCamels and The SouthSide.

The main idea was to unite all organizations through the years in to one ultras organization.

The principal activity was concentrated at the gate 5 in vasermil stadium, the organization settled in the south gate of the new stadium.

The organization's goal is to Worry to decor in the Stands To create a pleasant atmosphere and quality.

The organization takes care to make flags and signs in high-level deployment to increases in the standard of decor in the stands,and songwriter for the group and for the players. In addition, the organization is in regular contact with the fans by Facebook.

Club crest[edit]

Hapoel established to General Federation of Labor in Israel, with the aim of fostering physical culture and sports among health care workers. Hapoel Beer Sheva, the Negev capital group boasts symbol lower half half a soccer ball, and the upper half contains a chimney symbolizes the municipal building (that sends money every year club), original Executive symbol and slogan "the pride of the Negev" to describe the Red Team.

Kit manufacturers and shirt sponsors[edit]

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20th Century
Period Kit manufacturer Shirt partner
1983/84 Adidas Solel Boneh
1984/85 Umbro
1986/87 Diadora The Sound City
1987/88 Polgat
1990/91 None
1991/92 Hiper cheap
1992/93 None
1993/94 S.H.L
1994/95 Train depots
1995/96 Lotto
1998/99 Diadora Keisar
1999/00 Train depots
21st Century
Period Kit manufacturer Shirt partner
2000/01 Kappa Hutzot Lahav
2001/02 Noga
2002/03 Kia
2004/05 Nike
2005/06 Lotto Mal Moore
2006/07 Forum Club
2007/08 Matan
Health services
2008/09 Diadora
2009/10 Crystal
2011/12 Kappa Avisrur
2012/13 O Mobli


  • Premier League:
    • Winners (2): 1974/1975, 1975/1976
    • Runners-up (1): 2013/2014
    • Third place (6): 1982/1983, 1987/1988, 1993/1994, 1994/1995, 1996/1997, 2014/2015
  • State Cup:
    • Winners (1): 1996/1997
    • Runners-up (3): 1983/1984, 2002/2003, 2014/2015
  • Toto Cup:
    • Winners (2): 1988/1989, 1995/1996
    • Runners-up (2): 1985/1986, 2012/2013
  • Super Cup:
    • Winners (1): 1974/1975
    • Runners-up (1): 1975/1976
  • Lillian Cup:
    • Winners (1): 1988
    • Runners-up (2): 1982, 1983

Record in Europe[edit]

Season Competition Round Opponent Home Away Agg
1994–95 UEFA Cup QR Greece Aris Thessaloniki 2–1 1–3 2–5
1995–96 UEFA Cup QR Albania SK Tirana 0–2 1–0 0–3
1Q Spain FC Barcelona 7–0 0–5 0–12
1997–98 Cup Winners' Cup QR Lithuania Žalgiris Vilnius 1–2 0–0 1–2
1Q Netherlands Roda JC 4–1 0–10 1–14
2004 Intertoto Cup 1Q Albania Vllaznia Shkodër 0–1 2–1 2–2
2014–15 UEFA Europa League 2Q Croatia RNK Split 0–0 1–2 1–2
2015–16 UEFA Europa League 2Q Switzerland FC Thun 1–1 1–2 2–3

Players and professional staff[edit]

As of 12 July 2015[8]
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Israel GK David Goresh
2 Israel DF Ben Bitton
3 Israel DF Ben Turjeman
5 Israel DF Shir Tzedek
7 Israel MF Maharan Radi
8 Israel MF Hadar Barad
9 Nigeria FW Anthony Nwakaeme
10 Israel FW Elyaniv Barda (Captain)
11 Israel MF Maor Buzaglo
12 Romania MF Ovidiu Hoban
13 Israel DF Ofir Davidzada
14 Israel DF Evyatar Iluz
No. Position Player
15 Israel MF Roei Gordana
17 Israel DF Matan Ohayon
18 Israel FW Shlomi Arbeitman
19 Israel MF Dan Bitton
20 Israel DF Loai Taha
21 Israel DF Noam Gamon
22 Israel GK Robi Levkovich
24 Israel MF Maor Melikson
25 Brazil DF William Soares
27 Israel FW Ben Sahar
28 Israel MF Or Havivyan
30 Nigeria MF John Ogu

Retired numbers[edit]

Out on loan[edit]

No. Position Player
Israel GK Gal Navon (at Maccabi Kiryat Gat until 30 June 2016)
Israel DF Dudu Twito (at Maccabi Petah Tikva until 30 June 2016)

Foreigners 2015–16[edit]

Only up to five non-Israeli nationals can be in an Israeli club squad. Those with Jewish ancestry, married to an Israeli, or have played in Israel for an extended period of time, can claim a passport or permanent residency which would allow them to play with Israeli status.

Professional staff[edit]

Position Staff
Head coach Israel Barak Bakhar
Assistant coach Israel Sharon Mimer
Goalkeeping coach Israel Guy Wisinger
Fitness coach Israel Dror Shimshon
Fitness coach Israel Michael Brosh
Mental Consultant Israel Eitan Azaria
  • Last Updated: 5 July 2015


Barak Bakhar Head coach
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20th Century
Israel Yosef Azran 1955–1957
Israel Lonia Dvorin 1957–1958
Israel Lonia Dvorin
England Jack Gibbons
Israel Yehiel Mor 1959–1961
Israel Yehiel Mor
Turkey Robert Scharf
Israel Yehiel Mor 1962–1964
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Slavko Milosević 1964–1965
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Selvole Stanković 1965–1966
Israel Yehiel Mor 1966–1968
Israel Moshe Litbek
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Selvole Stepanović
Israel Avraham Menchel 1969–1970
Israel Moshe Litbek 1970–1972
Israel Eli Fuchs 1972–1974
Israel Amatzia Levkovich 1974–1976
Israel Eli Fuchs
Israel Eliyahu Offer
Israel Eliyahu Offer 1977–1979
Israel Amatzia Levkovich 1979–1980
Israel Eliyahu Offer 1980–1981
Israel Shimon Shenar 1981–1983
Israel Eliyahu Offer 1983–1984
Israel Jackie Dekel
Israel Zvi Rosen
Israel Nahum Stelmach 1985–1986
Israel Dror Bar Nur
Israel Nino Bargig
Israel Nissim Bahar 1987–1988
Israel Shimon Shenar 1988–1989
Israel Hain Cohen
Israel Alon Ben Dor
Israel Eliyahu Offer
Israel Eliyahu Offer 1990–1992
Israel Viko Hadad 1993–1994
Ukraine Vitaly Savchenko 1994–1995
Ukraine Vitaly Savchenko
Israel Viko Hadad
Israel Eli Guttman
Israel Eli Guttman 1996–1997
Israel Eliyahu Offer
Israel Beni Tabak
Israel Jackie Dekel
Israel Shiye Feigenbaum
Israel Gili Landau
Israel Eliyahu Offer
Israel Motti Ivanir
Israel Eyal Lahman
21st Century
Israel Eyal Lahman
Israel Shlomo Scharf
Israel Lufa Kadosh
Israel Lufa Kadosh 2001–2003
Israel Eli Guttman 2003–2004
Israel Eli Guttman
Israel Eli Cohen
Israel Lufa Kadosh
Israel Nir Levine
Israel Haim Ben Shahnan
Israel Marco Balbul
Israel Gili Landau 2006–2007
Israel Marco Balbul
Israel Gili Landau
Israel Guy Levi 2008–2009
Israel Guy Azuri
Israel Viko Hadad
Israel Nir Klinger 2010–2011
Israel Nir Klinger
Israel Guy Levi
Israel Elisha Levi 2012–2015
Israel Barak Bakhar 2015 –

Notable players in club history[edit]

The Fifties[edit]

Home Players
  • Israel Marcus Abergel AM
  • Israel Asher Ben Shanan MC
  • Israel David Gonen GK
  • Israel Shimon Saban FW
  • Israel Mordechai Bitton MC
Purchase players
  • Israel Shalom Belhassen FW


Home Players
  • Israel Shmuel Admon ST
  • Israel Morris Hanegbi MC
Purchase players
Itzhak Gozlan in Hapoel Be'er Sheva in Sixties
  • Israel Itzhak Gozlan FW
  • Israel Haim Cohen FW
  • Israel Nidam Mordechai MC
  • Israel Yehuda Haim RB


Home Players
Meir Barad former star
Purchase players
Shalom Avitan former star


Home Players
Purchase players


Home Players
Purchase players
Foreigner players


Home Players
  • Israel Elad Bunfeld MC
Purchase players
Foreigner players

Nigeria Blessing Kaku DM


Home Players
Purchase players
Foreigner players

Youth department[edit]

Hapoel "three" Be'er Sheva, which represents the country's main southern football, and one of the largest youth departments in Israel.

Groups of youth department[edit]

Professional director of the Youth Department: Sharon Avitan

Team name League Head coach
Hapoel "three" Be'er Sheva Youth Premier League Israel Shimon Bitton
Hapoel Be'er Sheva Boys Alef Premier League Israel Nisso Avitan
Hapoel Be'er Sheva Boys Bet Premier League Israel Motti Nagar
Hapoel Be'er Sheva Boys Gimel Premier League Israel Avi Buhbut
Hapoel Be'er Sheva Children Alef Center Premier League Israel Peleg Hamdi
Hapoel Be'er Sheva lavan Children bet Center Premier League Israel Tzahi Altit


  • Youth Super Cup:
    • Winners (1): 1984/85

Youth team[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
- Israel GK Raz Rahamim
- Israel GK Gal Navon
- Israel DF Or Dadya
- Israel DF Noam Gamon
- Israel DF Yoel Ganon
- Israel DF Barel Hagag
- Israel DF Amit Bitton
- Israel DF Aviram Ohana
- Israel DF Mor Cohen
- Israel MF Amit Gabay
No. Position Player
- Israel MF Omer Nizard
- Israel MF Itai Ben Harosh
- Israel MF Ran Rubin
- Israel FW Omer Ben Shahnan
- Israel FW Dan Bitton
- Israel FW Musa Tarabin
- Israel FW Liel Sportas
- Israel FW Amran El-Karnawi


  1. ^ "The Last Word: A chink of light in a dark offseason". Jerusalem Post. 18 June 2009. Retrieved 2009-06-19. 
  2. ^ Hapoel Be'er Sheva remained in the Premier League following victory against Beitar walla.co.il, 12 May 2012 (Hebrew)
  3. ^ Premier League: Maccabi Netanya relegated to Liga Leumit walla.co.il, 4 May 2013 (Hebrew)
  4. ^ 1964/1965 And 1970/1971 Winners in Liga Alef
  5. ^ Second Division 1970/71 League Alef
  6. ^ 1994 "UEFA Intertoto Cup" Check |url= scheme (help). 
  7. ^ 1976 "UEFA Intertoto Cup" Check |url= scheme (help). 
  8. ^ Hapoel Beer Sheva

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