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Hapoel Be'er Sheva
Full name Hapoel Be'er Sheva Football Club
Nickname(s) The Camels (הגמלים)
Short name HBS
Founded 1 May 1949; 68 years ago (1949-05-01)
Ground Turner Stadium, Beersheba
Ground Capacity 16,126
Owner Alona Barkat
Chairman Asi Rahamim
Manager Barak Bakhar
League Israeli Premier League
2016–17 Israeli Premier League, 1st
Website Club home page
Current season
Departments of Hapoel Be'er Sheva
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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 from the city of Beersheba, that competes in the Israeli Premier League. The club was founded in 1949, and businesswoman Alona Barkat has run it since 2007. The club also includes youth groups, teens and children, and football schools.[1]

The home uniform colors of the club are red and white. Until 1959, the club played its home games at a stadium that was located in the old city of Beersheba. In 1960, the club moved to Vasermil Stadium. Starting from the 2015–16 season, the home ground of the team is Turner Stadium.

The club won its first league title in 1975. Over the years, the team has won four league titles, three Toto Cups (one in the National League), three Super Cups (one in the second division) and one Lilian Cup.

History[edit]

Early years[edit]

Hapoel Be'er Sheva were formed in 1949 by Zalman Casspi. Casspi's ambition was to build a successful team full of talented young players.

The club's first game was against a team from Mefalsim, a kibbutz in Southern Israel. The Mefalsim team was mostly made up of immigrants from South America. The game was played in a stadium in Be'er Sheva's "Old City" and ended in a 5–4 victory for Hapoel.

At this time Hapoel played in a league with only four other clubs. Hapoel drew their games against Hapoel Rishon LeZion, Hapoel Kfar Saba and Hakoah Ramat Gan. In their other game against Hapoel Ramat Gan Be'er Sheva lost 4–3.

In 1952, the club disbanded, but were re-established 3 years later and were granted entry into the Liga Gimel.

In the 1956/57 season, the team finished at the top of the league under new manager Yosef Azran. In their final game of the season, they played against Jaffa, winning 5–0, a win which gained them promotion to Liga Bet.

Following the club's promotion to Liga Bet, they appointed Lonia Dvorin as their new manager. In the first season, they finished a respectable second place, however, a 5–0 defeat against Hapoel Afula in the opening game of their second season in Liga Bet, signalled the end of Dvorin's reign as manager. He was replaced by Jack Gibbons, who had previously managed Hapoel Petah Tikva to five national titles as well as being the head coach of the Israel National team.

In the first game under Gibbons, they played against ZVI Single. However, Hapoel felt that ZVI had played illegally and reported them to the league, which resulted in Hapoel winning the points. In the second game against Maccabi Sha'arayim Hapoel won 2–0. The final game against Hapoel Natanya, a 2–1 win for Be'er Sheva, granted them promotion to Liga Alef.

In 1958/59 Jack Gibbons left the club and was replaced by Yehiel Moore, who brought in some experienced players such as Shmuel Admon, Eliyahu Offer and Moris Hanegbi. In 1959/60 the team moved to a new stadium and invited Cypriot side Anorthosis Famagusta to officially open the stadium; the Cypriot side won the game 2–1.

1960s[edit]

At the beginning of the 1960s the team did not try to promote to a higher league and finished in 9th place in 1960–61. But in 1961–62 the club decided to bring in a foreign coach, Rober Eryol.

Eryol was the only Jewish player who played at the same time in the Turkey national team. They began very badly after five games. The management decided to fire Eryol and to bring back Yehiel Moore.

The results got better and Be'er Sheva reached the State Cup semifinals after an unbelievable victory against Hapoel Tel Aviv in the quarter-final, but lost to Maccabi Tel Aviv in the semi-finals.

In 1963–64 Be'er Sheva battled against Beitar Tel Aviv and tried to be promoted to the first league. Before the end of the season Hapoel Ramla played against Be'er Sheva in their new stadium. Ramla got a 1–0 lead, but a few minutes later Be'er Sheva equalized and before the end of the game the referee gave a penalty to Be'er Sheva. As a result, the players of Ramla began to beat team members of Hapoel Be'er Sheva because they remembered a miserable defeat that took place only a year before. Be'er Sheva won 9–0. The Israeli Football Association decided to punish Ramla and gave Be'er Sheva a technical victory. Because of the decision Ramla deliberately gave a critical game to Beitar Tel Aviv, the main rival of Be'er Sheva, and therefore Beitar was promoted to the Israeli Premier League.

In 1964–65 the Yugoslavian coach Slavko Milošević came to Be'er Sheva. On the first day of the league, Be'er Sheva played an away game against Ramla and beat them 6–0. As the league continued Be'er Sheva battled with Beitar Jerusalem and Beitar Ramla. One game before the end of the season, Be'er Sheva made history and promoted to the first league after an away victory against Hapoel Ashkelon.

The success gave the Yugoslavian coach Slavko Milošević one more year. So that year 1965–66 the games were played in a home-away system. The first game was against Hapoel Petah Tikva who won. In the second game Be'er Sheva won. In that year Be'er Sheva avoided a relegation after a home game against Maccabi Netanya. Be'er Sheva won 4–0.

In the beginning of 1966 the Israeli Football Association decided to extend 1966 to two years, 1966–1968. In the first round Be'er Sheva defeated Maccabi Tel Aviv 2–0 with two goals from their young player Meir Barad with more than 8000 fans in their stadium. In the second year Be'er Sheva and Maccabi Tel Aviv met again; it was Rafi Eliyahu's first appearance on the first team. During the game he scored and Be'er Sheva won 3–0. Be'er Sheva finished in 9th place.

In 1968–69 Be'er Sheva avoided relegation because Hapoel Tel Aviv beat Maccabi Sha'arayim.

In 1969–70 Be'er Sheva was relegated to a lower league, despite signing Abraham Menchel, one of the premier coaches and a former Maccabi Haifa player, came.

1970s[edit]

Winner of the Super Cup, League II 1970/71

In 1970–71 Be'er Sheva returned to the first league after only one year of absence. Be'er Sheva took first place and Meir Barad became the top scorer of the Second League. By the end of the year Be'er Sheva, the best team of the south second division, played against Maccabi Jaffa of the north second division. The game went to overtime and Be'er Sheva won with a penalty shootout.

In 1972–73 and 1973–74 Be'er Sheva played offensive football, but because of a weak defense the team finished 5th and 7th.

First championship[edit]

Players of Hapoel Be'er Sheva from the first championship
Celebrations from the first championship, 1974/1975 season

In 1974–75, 37-year-old Amatsya Levkovich became Be'er Sheva's coach. He was one of the youngest coaches in the country and was the first who brought attacking defenders to the pitch. He took it from German football. Before the beginning of the season, Amatsya replaced his defense with two young players, 18-year-old Uri Benjamin as a right defender and Jacob Cohen as a left defender. Be'er Sheva started with three victories against Beitar Tel Aviv, Maccabi Petah Tikva and Maccabi Netanya.

The championship was decided on day 29. Be'er Sheva played against Maccabi Jaffa and won 1–0. Meanwhile, Maccabi Netanya lost to Hapoel Haifa and Be'er Sheva won the national championship for the first time. The main players were: the goalkeeper Ronnie Moscovic; defenders like Uri Benjamin, Jacob Cohen and Alon Ben Dor; midfielders like Meir Barad and Eliyahu Offer; and the striker Abraham Noma. The main thing was that all the squad came from the youth department of Be'er Sheva except the goalkeeper Ronnie Moscovic.

Before 1975–76 Be'er Sheva played against cup winners Hapoel Kfar Saba for the Super Cup. Be'er Sheva won 2–1.

Second championship[edit]

In 1975–76 Shalom Avitan returned to Hapoel Be'er Sheva after two years. In the beginning Be'er Sheva dropped points against Maccabi Tel Aviv and Beitar Jerusalem.

In that year Be'er Sheva fought Beitar Jerusalem to win the championship. In the final day of the season Be'er Sheva had a crucial game against Maccabi Jaffa who had to win to avoid relegation. Be'er Sheva needed a draw to win the championship; in the other game Beitar Jerusalem played against Maccabi Tel Aviv to try to avoid relegation. Be'er Sheva hosted Maccabi Jaffa. Maccabi Jaffa got a penalty and led 1–0; Be'er Sheva missed a penalty. The game ended in unbelievable victory for Maccabi Jaffa. All Hapoel Be'er Sheva fans waited for the result from the match between Jerusalem and Maccabi Tel Aviv. Tel Aviv won 3–2 therefore Be'er Sheva won the championship. Before 1976–77 Be'er Sheva participated in the Super Cup against Beitar Jerusalem that won after overtime 3–2.

Before 1976–77 Be'er Sheva and Beitar Jerusalem were the first teams that played in a Europe competition, the UEFA Intertoto Cup. Be'er Sheva played against HB Køge from Denmark, Hertha Berlin from Germany and Standard Liège from Belgium. In order to make the squad stronger, Be'er Sheva borrowed players like: Shraga Topolansky from Maccabi Netanya, Arie Bejerano from Hapoel Tel Aviv, Yochanan Vollach from Hapoel Haifa and Israel Fogel from Hapoel Kfar Saba. Be'er Sheva had six matches that ended with 1 victory, 3 draws and 2 defeats. In that year Be'er Sheva almost became the first reigning champions to be relegated. The coach Eli Fuchs started the year, but the management decided to fire him because of poor results. Haim Sneh replaced him for only two matches, and Eliyahu Offer and Daniel Danieli came and rescued the team after a crucial 1–0 victory against Maccabi Haifa that were relegated to the second division.

Late 1970s[edit]

After the two championship titles, Be'er Sheva did not repeat those achievements. In 1977–78 Be'er Sheva got to 5th and even lower in 1978–79.

1980s and early 1990s[edit]

In the 1981–82 season, Be'er Sheva finished 4th and played in the Lilian Cup, a tournament that took place in the 1980s before the regular season. In 1982–83 the team reached the final but lost to Maccabi Netanya 1–3. In 1982–83 Be'er Sheva finished in 3rd place and played once again in the Lilian Cup and lost again to Maccabi Netanya in the final 2–3. Be'er Sheva also reached the State Cup final but lost to Hapoel Lod after a penalty shootout; Rafi Eliyahu missed the crucial penalty.

In 1984–85 Be'er Sheva avoided relegation after a crucial victory against Beitar Jerusalem that was a contender for the championship in the last day of the season.

Although Be'er Sheva settled in the center of the standings in the 1985–86 and 1986–87 seasons, they reached the Toto final and lost to Hapoel Petah Tikva 1–2.

In 1987–88 the team got to 3rd place and won the Lilian Cup after winning 1–0 against Hapoel Tel Aviv, and also won the Toto Cup after winning 2–0 against Maccabi Netanya.

In 1990–91 the team got into the high playoff and finished 6th.

Ran Pesach years (1991–1994)[edit]

In 1992–93 the team finished 4th. In 1993–94 Be'er Sheva finished 3rd and started to play in the UEFA Cup, and became the first Israeli team to reach this competition. The team introduced some players from the youth department like: Asi Rahamim, Efraim Davidi, Gadi Hazut, Oren Sagron, Stav Elimelech, Shlomo Iluz and Victor Moroz.

Eli Lahav years (1994–1997)[edit]

In 1994–95 the team were beaten by Aris Thessaloniki from Greece and lost at home 1–2 and in the away game 1–3. In the Israeli league Be'er Sheva once again finished in 3rd place and went once again to the UEFA Cup and competed against KF Tirana from Albania. Be'er Sheva won at home 2–0 and in the away game 1–0. Hapoel Be'er Sheva were overwhelmed by Barcelona who had some famous players like: Luis Figo, Iván de la Peña, Oscar Garcia, Jordi Cruyff and Meho Kodro who also played in Maccabi Tel Aviv. The first match that took place in Vasermil Stadium ended in a 0–7 defeat and the second match ended in another defeat 0–5. Later that season Be'er Sheva won the Toto Cup after a 3–0 victory against Hapoel Kfar Saba.

In 1996–97 with Eli Guttman as a coach Be'er Sheva finished in 3rd place, reached the final cup, and beat Maccabi Tel Aviv 1–0. Be'er Sheva played extremely well with Giovanni Russo, Shay Holtzman, Sead Halilović, Alexander Solov, Liron Basis and Gadi Hazut. The chairman Eli Lahav decided to leave and sold the club to Eli Zino.

Eli Zino years (1997–2007)[edit]

Be'er Sheva beat Žalgiris Vilnius from Lithuania 2–1 after drawing 0–0 in the first game. In the next round against Roda, Be'er Sheva lost 1–4 in Vasermil Stadium and 0–10 in the Netherlands. The horrible season continued in the Israeli league and ended with relegation to the second division after 27 years.

In 1998–99 the team battled against Maccabi Netanya but failed to return to the first division and finished in 3rd place, and also in 1999–00 the team finished only in 4th place.

In 2000–01 the chairman, Eli Zino, took Eyal Lahman as the team coach. After a bad start Lahman was replaced with Shlomo Scharf. Scharf left after two games and was replaced by Michael Kadosh. Be'er Sheva recuperated with players like Ofir Haim, Rami Abu-Laben and Peter Emola. The team returned to the first division after a 5–0 victory over Hapoel Ramat Gan. It also achieved a respectable 3–2 victory over Beitar Jerusalemin the State Cup.

In 2001–02 and 2002–03 Be'er Sheva played well and finished in 5th place. In 2002–03 Be'er Sheva reached the Cup final after beating Hapoel Tel Aviv 1–0 and in the semifinal 3–0 against Maccabi Haifa. In the final Be'er Sheva lost to Hapoel Ramat Gan in a penalty shootout. Rami Eliyahu missed the crucial penalty just like his father, Rafi Eliyahu, in the early 1980s.

In 2003–04 Eli Guttman replaced Michael Kadosh. Hapoel Be'er Sheva, with players Dedi Ben Dayan, Tomer Haliva, Alon Mizrahi, Ofir Haim and Miroslav Weiss, finished in 4th place.

In 2004–05 Be'er Sheva once again relegated because the chairman had released players as a result of financial difficulties.

In 2005–06 and 2006–07 the financial difficulties continued and the team got stuck in a lower division.

Alona Barkat years (since 2007)[edit]

In July 2007 Alona Barkat purchased Hapoel Be'er Sheva. In August 29, 2007 during a practice match against Maccabi Be'er Sheva, Hapoel Be'er Sheva Zambian striker Chaswe Nsofwa collapsed and died from heart failure. Later that year Be'er Sheva finished in 4th place and did not get promoted to the first division.

In 2008–09 Be'er Sheva returned to the first division after four years of absence and also won the Toto Cup, scoring 1–0 against Maccabi Herzliya all thanks to the coach Guy Levi.

In 2009–10 there was a new coach, Guy Azouri, and some new players like: David Revivo, Erez Mesika, Siraj Nassar and Lior Asulin. As a result of poor defense Be'er Sheva bought William Soares in a huge trade that cost 600 euros, and the defender Pavel Prgel. Despite all the changes Be'er Sheva continued to play badly and Hapoel Be'er Sheva fans demanded to lay off the coach Guy Azouri. In March 2010 as a result of the violent incident of a fan towards the coach, Azouri decided to resign. Alona was also upset and decided to leave. The fans began with an exciting campaign to make her stay and after two months, Alona decided to stay. The team finished in 9th place. The professional manager of the Youth Department, Vico Hadad replaced Guy Azouri. In that season Ofir Davidzada from the youth team began to play and replaced Shimon Harush.

In 2010–11 with the coach Nir Klinger, Be'er Sheva signed some new players such as: Avi Yehiel, Lior Jan, Ricardo Fernandes and Oded Gavish. The season started with a dramatic 1–0 victory against Maccabi Petah Tikva. The team played well until Maor Melikson left to Wisła Kraków which paid 700 euros; after that the team went down and finished in 9th place after a 2–0 victory against Maccabi Tel Aviv.

In 2011–12 Alona tried to be based on home players and the combination of experienced players, but the season started really badly with 6 consecutive losses; only at game 7 did Be'er Sheva win for the first time. Nir Klinger decided to resign and Guy Levi replaced him and after a critical victory against Beitar Jerusalem. Be'er Sheva successfully avoided relegation and finished in 13th place.

In 2012–13 Alona brought the former Maccabi Haifa coach Elisha Levi. The team bought some new players like Austin Ejide and Tomer Swisa. The team reached the Toto final but lost to Hapoel Haifa 0–1 after overtime and after their striker Ido Exbard missed a crucial penalty. They avoided relegation once again after an away victory against Maccabi Netanya F.C 3–0. Netanya, however, was relegated to the second division.

Towards the 2013–14 season, Alona Barkat decided to give another chance to Elisha Levi and also brought some good players such as: Elyaniv Barda, Maor Buzaglo, Glynor Plet and Ben Bitton. Those signs gave Hapoel Be'er Sheva the greatest season since their championship back in the 1970s. Be'er Sheva also went on to play in the UEFA Europa League.

In 2014–15 Maor Melikson returned and Be'er Sheva brought some new players like: Shlomi Arbeitman, Roei Gordana, John Ogu, and Ovidiu Hoban. The team faced RNK Split from Croatia in the Europa League. Be'er Sheva lost 1–2 in the first game and could not play in Israel because of the war with Gaza in summer 2014, drawing 0-0 in GSZ Stadium in Larnaca, Cyprus, meaning they were knocked out of the Europa League. The team reached the final of the Israel State Cup but lost to Maccabi Tel Aviv.

Third championship[edit]

In 2015–16 Alona brought Barak Bachar as a new coach and also signed some new players like: Anthony Nwakaeme, Shir Tzedek, Ben Sahar and Mahran Radi and also brought some new advanced training equipment to test the ability of the players in training and in games. Be'er Sheva played against Thun from Switzerland. The first game took place in Teddy Stadium and ended 1–1; in the second game they won 2–1.

The championship was decided in the last round, on May 21, 2016. Be'er Sheva played against Bnei Sachnin and won 3–1; meanwhile Maccabi Tel Aviv in 2nd place won against Maccabi Haifa, but Be'er Sheva kept their distance from 2nd place and won the national championship for the third time, the first in 40 years. They played in the UEFA Champions League for the first time. They were in the Second Qualifying Round of the 2016–17 UEFA Champions League.

Fourth championship[edit]

Be'er Sheva got into the third qualifying round of the 2016-2017 UEFA Champions League in a 3-2 win on aggregate against FC Sheriff Tiraspol. Then, Be'er Sheva secured a Europa League group stage position by stunning Greek side Olympiacos F.C. 1-0 on aggregate, the furthest they ever reached in their club's history. In the playoff qualifying round of the UEFA Champions League, Be'er Sheva lost 5-4 on aggregate to Celtic despite winning 2-0 at Turner Stadium. In the 2016-2017 UEFA Europa League, Be'er Sheva made it in the round of 32 in the Europa League in 2nd place behind Sparta Prague in Group K and ahead of Southampton and Inter Milan. Be'er Sheva got two historic wins against Inter Milan 2-0 by goals from Miguel Vitor and Maor Buzaglo and 3-2 by goals from Maranhao, Anthony Nwakeaeme, and Ben Sahar. They became the first ever team to beat Inter Milan in the same group stage home and away. To get through in the Europa League, Be'er Sheva tied Southampton 1-1 getting in by head to head matches. Be'er Sheva won the Toto Cup for Be'er Sheva on December 28, 2016, beating Hapoel Ironi Kiryat Shmona 4-1 by 2 goals from Ben Sahar and 1 goal for both Maharan Radi and Elyaniv Barda. In the 2016-2017 Israeli Premier League, Be'er Sheva are top of the table 6 points ahead of Maccabi Tel Aviv with 19 games played. In the last 32 of the Europa League, Be'er Sheva finished their European season losing 5-2 on aggregate to Turkish side Beşiktaş J.K. Be'er Sheva also got knocked out of the Israel State Cup after a 2-1 defeat against Hapoel Ironi Kiryat Shmona.

On April 29, 2017, Be'er Sheva won Maccabi Tel Aviv 2-1 at Netanya Stadium and promised the 4th championship title in the club's history.

Stadium and facilities[edit]

Stadium Vasermil in the 2013/2014 season taken from the air during a game against Maccabi Haifa, which ended with the victory of 1-3 to Be'er Sheva

Since its inception in 1949, the club Hapoel Be'er Sheva has 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 Hapoel Be'er Sheva game against Hapoel Tel Aviv. December 1988 ended in a major overhaul of the stadium, the contribution of Mrs. Lilly Friedman-Vasermil, and the stadium was named for Arthur Vasermil. Ms. Friedman-Vasermil perpetuated the name of 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 Be'er Sheva in front of a Barcelona UEFA Cup group, the stadium was renovated and plastic seats were installed at the bleachers instead of exposed concrete.

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

On 30 May 2015 the last game was played in Vasermil Stadium, which increased Hapoel Be'er Sheva 0–4 on the team Beitar Jerusalem[clarification needed]. The home stadium of Hapoel Be'er Sheva today is Turner Stadium named after Jacob Turner.

A panoramic image of the western stands of Turner Stadium

Compound Vasermil[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 include 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 of building another floor to the club in the future, to continue activities such as a football academy construction project.

Fans[edit]

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

The 2012/2013 season fans won the title of Be'er Sheva year's fair audience. In recent years, Be'er Sheva fans have been highly praised by Israeli sports media encouraging the highest level observed.

Ultras Organization – UltraSouth[edit]

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

The main idea was to unite all organizations through the years into one Ultras Organization.

The principal activity was based at gate 5 in Vasermil Stadium; the organization settled in the south gate of the new stadium.

The organization's goal is to care for decor in the stands, to create a pleasant atmosphere with free fruit for all and quality.

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

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. The stadium named for him 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 and cooperates 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 shows fans as the "voice in the stands", and the Android App Store has an app named Vasermil.

Club crest and colours[edit]

Club crest
Hapoel crest uses a version of the communist symbol, the hammer and sickle and a boxer.

With the establishment of the club, it was decided by the management team that a crest, labeled below with Hapoel Be'er Sheva, would be placed on jerseys. This symbol has served the club until 1993.

In 1993 the club management decided to change the group crest, and because over the years the club had earned the nickname "Camel", the club tried to create a symbol for it. Between 1993 and 1995 the crest had a modified camel hump below, a soccer ball in the center circle, and the team name written in Hebrew and English at the edges.

From 1995 to 2016, Hapoel Be'er Sheva flaunted symbol whose lower half was a soccer ball, and the top half contained a chimney that symbolizes the municipal building, a symbol of the original executive, and the slogan "the pride of the Negev" to describe the team from the capital of the Negev.

Club crest from 1995 to 2016

On 21 June 2016 the club's management presented the official emblem at the 2016/2017 season press conference. The current symbol is based on the symbol that served the club from the 1995/1996 season to the 2015/2016 season: the lower half circle shape is half a soccer ball, the top half contains a chimney symbolizing the municipal building, a symbol of the original executive, and the top edges of the circle display the club's Hebrew and English name. In addition, the crest is displayed above the round star; this star represents that the club has won championships.

Colour
Type Shirt Shorts Socks First appearance / Info Club crest
Home Red White White
H. Be'er Sheva crest from 2016
Away White White White
Away Alt. Red Red White
Third Blue Blue Blue

Kit manufacturers and sponsors[edit]

Honours[edit]

Israeli President Reuven Rivlin, with both teams participating in State Cup, Maccabi Haifa and Hapoel Be'er Sheva. August 2016

1974–75, 1975–76, 2015–16, 2016–17

1996–97

1988–89, 1995–96, 2016–17

1975, 2016

Record in Europe[edit]

As of 28 May 2017

European plant G W D L GF GA
UEFA Champions League / European Cup 6 3 2 1 8 7
UEFA Europa League / UEFA Cup 18 4 4 10 16 32
UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 4 1 1 2 3 15
UEFA Intertoto Cup 12 4 4 4 19 22

Meetings in Europe[edit]

UEFA Champions League / European Cup
UEFA Europa League / UEFA Cup
UEFA Cup Winners' Cup
UEFA Intertoto Cup

Current squad[edit]

As of 20 June 2017

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
4 Portugal DF Miguel Vítor
5 Israel DF Shir Tzedek
7 Israel MF Maharan Radi
8 Israel FW Mohammad Ghadir
9 Nigeria FW Anthony Nwakaeme
10 Israel FW Elyaniv Barda (Captain)
14 Israel FW Ben Sahar
15 Israel MF Vladimir Brown
17 Israel DF Matan Ohayon
18 Israel MF Michael Ohana
No. Position Player
19 Israel FW Niv Zrihan
20 Israel DF Loai Taha
24 Israel MF Maor Melikson
25 Brazil DF William Soares
30 Nigeria MF John Ogu
36 Israel GK Gal Navon
55 Israel GK Guy Haimov
69 Hungary DF Mihály Korhut
81 Israel DF Dor Elo
Israel DF Oren Bitton
Israel MF Dan Einbinder

Retired numbers[edit]

Out on loan[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 (at F.C. Haifa Robi Shapira until 30 June 2017)
 — Israel DF Dudu Twito (at Maccabi Sha'arayim until 30 June 2017)
 — Israel DF Amit Bitton (at Hapoel Tel Aviv until 30 June 2017)
 — Israel DF Noam Gamon (at Hapoel Afula until 30 June 2017)
 — Israel MF Dan Bitton (at F.C. Ashdod until 30 June 2018)
 — Israel MF Or Havivyan (at Hapoel Petah Tikva until 20 June 2017)
No. Position Player
 — Israel MF Ran Rubin (at Hapoel Jerusalem until 30 June 2017)
 — Israel FW Liel Sportas (at Hapoel Jerusalem until 30 June 2017)
 — Israel FW Amran El Krenawy (at Hapoel Bnei Lod until 30 June 2017)
 — Israel FW Musa Tarabin (at Hapoel Jerusalem until 30 June 2017)
 — Brazil FW Lúcio Maranhão (at F.C. Ashdod until 30 June 2017)
 — Israel FW Amir Khalaila (at Hapoel Ramat Gan until 30 June 2017)

Foreigners 2016–17[edit]

Only up to six non-Israeli nationals can be in an Israeli club squad (only five can play at the same time). 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]

Barak Bakhar is the current head coach.
Position Staff
Head coach Israel Barak Bakhar
Assistant coach Israel Amir Nussbaum
Goalkeeping coach Israel Guy Wisinger
Fitness coach Israel Dror Shimshon
Fitness coach Israel Michael Brosh
Mental Consultant Israel Eitan Azaria
  • Last updated: 30 May 2016

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England Jack Gibbons
1958–1959
Israel Yehiel Mor 1959–1961
Israel Yehiel Mor
Turkey Rober Eryol
1961–1962
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
1968–1969
Israel Avraham Menchel 1969–1970
Israel Moshe Litvak 1970–1972
Israel Eli Fuchs 1972–1974
Israel Amatsya Levkovich 1974–1976
Israel Eli Fuchs
Israel Eliyahu Offer
1976–1977
Israel Eliyahu Offer 1977–1979
Israel Amatsya Levkovich 1979–1980
Israel Eliyahu Offer 1980–1981
Israel Shimon Shenar 1981–1983
Israel Eliyahu Offer 1983–1984
Israel Jackie Dekel
Israel Zvi Rosen
1984–1985
Israel Nahum Stelmach 1985–1986
Israel Dror Bar Nur
Israel Nino Bargig
1986–1987
Israel Nissim Bahar 1987–1988
Israel Shimon Shenar 1988–1989
Israel Hain Cohen
Israel Alon Ben Dor
Israel Eliyahu Offer
1989–1990
Israel Eliyahu Offer 1990–1992
Israel Viko Hadad 1993–1994
Ukraine Vitaly Savchenko 1994–1995
Ukraine Vitaly Savchenko
Israel Viko Hadad
Israel Eli Guttman
1995–1996
Israel Eli Guttman 1996–1997
Israel Eliyahu Offer
Israel Beni Tabak
Israel Jackie Dekel
1997–1998
Israel Shiye Feigenbaum
Israel Gili Landau
1998–1999
Israel Eliyahu Offer
Israel Motti Ivanir
Israel Eyal Lahman
1999–2000
Israel Eyal Lahman
Israel Shlomo Scharf
Israel Lufa Kadosh
2000–2001
Israel Lufa Kadosh 2001–2003
Israel Eli Guttman 2003–2004
Israel Eli Guttman
Israel Eli Cohen
Israel Lufa Kadosh
2004–2005
Israel Nir Levine
Israel Haim Ben Shahnan
Israel Marco Balbul
2005–2006
Israel Gili Landau 2006–2007
Israel Marco Balbul
Israel Gili Landau
2007–2008
Israel Guy Levy 2008–2009
Israel Guy Azouri
Israel Viko Hadad
2009–2010
Israel Nir Klinger 2010–2011
Israel Nir Klinger
Israel Guy Levy
2011–2012
Israel Elisha Levi 2012–2015
Israel Barak Bakhar 2015–

Notable players in club history[edit]

Itzhak Gozlan played for Hapoel Be'er Sheva in the 1960s.
Meir Barad, star of the team in the seventies
Shalom Avitan, star of the team in the seventies
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Home players
Name Position
Israel Marcus Abergil Winger / Striker
Israel Asher Ben Shanan Midfielder
Israel Shimon Saban Striker
Israel Mordechai Biton Midfielder
Israel Samuel Admon Striker
Israel Morris Hanegbi Midfielder
Israel Eliyahu Offer Midfielder
Israel Avraham Noma Striker
Israel Meir Barad Midfielder
Israel Rafi Eliyahu Winger
Israel Alon Ben Dor Centre back
Israel Robert Elbaz Centre back
Israel Moshe Abugzir Defensive midfielder
Israel Efraim Tzvi Striker
Israel Ovadia Tzvi Midfielder
Israel Jacob Cohen Left Defender
Israel Uri Benjamin Right Defender
Israel Shlomo Iluz Centre back
Israel Stav Elimelech Defensive midfielder
Israel Shimon Bitton Left Defender
Israel Oren Sagron Attacking Midfielder
Israel Gadi Hazut Right Defender
Israel Assi Rahamim Goalkeeper
Israel Yossi Benayoun Attacking Midfielder
Israel Elyaniv Barda Striker
Israel Elad Bunfeld Midfielder
Israel Ofir Davidzada Left Defender
Purchase players
Name Position
Israel Shalom Belhassen Striker
Israel Yehuda Haim Left Defender
Israel Haim Cohen Striker
Israel Nidam Mordechai Midfielder
Israel Itzhak Gozlan Striker
Israel Shalom Avitan Striker
Israel Shlomo Ben David Centre back
Israel Ronnie Moskovich Goalkeeper
Israel Efraim Davidi Centre back
Israel Ofir Haim Striker
Israel Rami Abu Laben Midfielder
Israel Alon Mizrahi Striker
Israel Maor Melikson Attacking Midfielder
Israel Siraj Nassar Attacking Midfielder
Israel Maor Buzaglo Attacking Midfielder
Foreign players
Name Position
Ukraine Victor Moroz Striker
Bosnia and Herzegovina Sead Halilović Midfielder
Croatia Giovanni Rosso Midfielder
Brazil William Soares Centre back
Nigeria Austin Ejide Goalkeeper
Nigeria John Ogu Defensive midfielder
Nigeria Anthony Nwakaeme Winger / Striker
Romania Ovidiu Hoban Defensive midfielder

Most appearances[edit]

Rank Name Period Games Goals
1 Israel Shlomo Iluz 1977–96 515
2 Israel Stav Elimelech 1987–97
1998-05
430 10
3 Israel Rafi Eliyahu 1966–84 419 66
4 Israel Meir Barad 1966-77
1978-82
344 80
5 Israel Shalom Avitan 1972–73
1975-80
1981-85
251 101
6 Israel Evyatar Iluz 2001-05
2006-15
249 5

Most league goals[edit]

Rank Name Period Games Goals
1 Israel Shalom Avitan 1972–73
1975-80
1981-85
251 101
2 Israel Meir Barad 1966-77
1978-82
344 80
3 Israel Rafi Eliyahu 1966–84 419 66

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.

Youth department groups[edit]

Professional director of the Youth Department: Sharon Avitan

Team name League Head coach
Hapoel "three" Be'er Sheva Youth Premier League Israel Nisso Avitan
Hapoel Be'er Sheva Boys Alef Premier League Israel Peleg Hamdi
Hapoel Be'er Sheva Boys Bet Premier League Israel Itay Luzon
Hapoel Be'er Sheva Boys Gimel Premier League Israel Alon Rif
Hapoel Be'er Sheva Children Alef Center Premier League Israel Roei Orin
Hapoel Be'er Sheva lavan Children Bet Center Premier League Israel Tzahi Altit
Hapoel Be'er Sheva Children Bet Coastline Plain Premier League Israel Rami Goreno
Hapoel Be'er Sheva Children Gimel Center Premier League Israel Eran Vnna

Honours[edit]

  • Youth Israeli champions:
    • Winners (4): 1969–70, 1973–74, 1975–76, 1984–85
  • 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 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

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Profile of Hapoel Be'er Sheva in UEFA". Uefa. Retrieved 30 May 2016. 
  2. ^ "Table to the UEFA Intertoto Cup 1976 season". Mogiel. Retrieved 4 April 2016. 
  3. ^ "Table to the UEFA Intertoto Cup 1994 season". Mogiel. Retrieved 4 April 2016. 
  4. ^ (in Hebrew) "Technical loss to Hapoel Be'er Sheva in Intertoto Cup". Ynet. Retrieved 4 April 2016. 

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