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
Founded 1949; 66 years ago (1949)
Ground Toto–Winner "Terner" Stadium, Be'er Sheva
Ground Capacity 16,100
Chairman Alona Barkat
Manager Barak Bakhar
League Israeli Premier League
2014–15 3rd
Current season

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 Beersheba. The club is currently in the Israeli Premier League and played home matches at the Vasermil Stadium untill 2015. From 2015-16 season they will play in Toto–Winner "Terner" Stadium, Be'er Sheva.


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.


European record[edit]

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

Current squad[edit]

As of 28 June 2015[4]
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 Siraj Nassar
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
No. Position Player
14 Israel DF Evyatar Iluz
15 Israel DF Matan Ohayon
18 Israel FW Shlomi Arbeitman
19 Israel MF Dan Bitton
20 Israel DF Loui Taha
21 Israel MF Roei Gordana
22 Israel GK Robi Levkovich
24 Israel MF Maor Melikson
25 Brazil DF William Soares
28 Israel FW Or Haviviyan
30 Nigeria MF John Ugochukwu

Retired numbers[edit]

6 - Zambia Chaswe Nsofwa, (2007) - posthumous honour

Club officials[edit]

Senior Management


Academy Coaching Staff

  • Director of Youth Academy: Motti Ivanir

Notable former players[edit]



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