Hapoel Ironi Kiryat Shmona F.C.

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Ironi Kiryat Shmona
Hapoel Ironi Kiryat Shmona badge.png
Full name Ironi Kiryat Shmona Football Club
Founded 2000; 18 years ago (2000)
Ground Municipal Stadium, Kiryat Shmona[1]
Ground Capacity 5,300
Chairman Izzy Sheratzky
Manager Haim Silvas
League Israeli Premier League
2016–17 Israeli Premier League, 7th
The team old badge, 2000–2012

Hapoel Ironi Kiryat Shmona Football Club (Hebrew: מועדון כדורגל הפועל עירוני קרית שמונה‎) is an Israeli football club based in Kiryat Shmona.[2] The club are currently members of the Israeli Premier League and play at the Ironi Stadium.[1] They won their first league title in 2011–12.


The club was founded in 2000 by a merger of Hapoel Kiryat Shmona of Liga Alef and Maccabi Kiryat Shmona of Liga Bet, and took Hapoel Kiryat Shmona's place in Liga Alef, as well as playing at Hapoel's stadium. The merger was initiated by businessman Izzy Sheratzky owner of Ituran Location and Control, who are the official sponsors of the team.[3]

In the new club's first season they won the North Division of Liga Alef and were promoted to Liga Artzit. In 2002–03 they finished as runners-up to Hakoah Ramat Gan and were promoted to Liga Leumit. In their first season at the second level they narrowly missed out on promotion, only finishing below runners-up Hapoel Nazareth Illit on goal difference. They finished third again in 2005–06, but won the league in 2006–07 to earn promotion to the Israeli Premier League, the first time a club from the town had played in the top division. In the same season they also won the Liga Leumit Toto Cup.

The club's first season in the Premier League saw them finish third and qualify for the UEFA Cup. In their first season in Europe, home matches had to be played at the Kiryat Eliezer Stadium in Haifa. After knocking out FK Mogren, they lost to Litex Lovech in the second qualifying round.

In 2008–09, the club finished bottom of the Premier League and were relegated to Liga Leumit. However, the following season they won the division and were promoted back to the Premier League.

On 15 December 2009, Ironi Kiryat Shmona won the 2009–10 Toto Cup Leumit.

On 19 January 2011, Ironi Kiryat Shmona won the 2010–11 Toto Cup Al, a year after winning the Leumit version of the cup, it was their first major title. In addition, Ironi Kiryat Shmona became the first team to win both first and second Toto Cup trophy in a back-to-back year.

On 24 January 2012, Ironi Kiryat Shmona defended their Toto Cup Al by beating Hapoel Tel Aviv in the 2011–12 Toto Cup Al finals.

On 2 April 2012, Ironi Kiryat Shmona won the Israeli Premier League and became the 14th Israeli champions. They won the league after finishing their match against runner-up Hapoel Tel Aviv in a goalless draw with five rounds left in the league. Their championship was the first to be won by a team outside the three major cities (Tel Aviv, Jerusalem and Haifa) for almost 30 years.

On 20 May 2012, The club changed its badge due to UEFA sponsorship rules which forbids the use of a sponsor name in both the kit and team badge. The new badge includes a number of footballs including a big one which used in the former badge, the Lion of Judah statue from the Battle of Tel Hai and a gold star to mark the only team championship.[4]

European record[edit]

Season Competition Round Opponent 1st leg 2nd leg Aggregate
2008–09 UEFA Cup First qualifying round Montenegro Mogren 1–1 3–0 4–1
Second qualifying round Bulgaria Litex Lovech 0–0 1–2 1–2
2012–13 UEFA Champions League Second qualifying round Slovakia MŠK Žilina 0–1 2–0 2–1
Third qualifying round Azerbaijan Neftchi Baku 4–0 2–2 6–2
Play-off Belarus BATE Borisov 0–2 1–1 1–3
2012–13 UEFA Europa League Group I France Lyon 3–4 0–2 4th
Spain Athletic Bilbao 1–1 0–2
Czech Republic Sparta Prague 1–3 1–1
2014–15 UEFA Europa League Third qualifying round Russia Dynamo Moscow 1–1 1–2 2–3
2015–16 UEFA Europa League Third qualifying round Czech Republic Slovan Liberec 1–2 0–3 1–5

Current squad[edit]

As of 2 June 2017.
No. Position Player
1 Israel GK Itamar Nitzan
4 Israel DF Idan Nachmias
5 Serbia DF Miloš Radivojević
6 Israel DF Amir Nassar
8 Israel MF Ido Davidov
9 Israel FW Shoval Gozlan
10 Israel FW Mohammed Shaker
11 Israel FW Sean Weissman
12 Brazil DF Marcus Diniz
16 Israel MF Omer Lakou
17 Netherlands FW Nigel Hasselbaink
No. Position Player
18 Israel MF Eden Shamir
19 Israel MF Rotem Hatuel
20 Israel FW Sagiv Yehezkel
21 Israel DF Eyad Abu Abaid
22 Israel MF Ismaeel Ryan
24 Spain DF Carlos Cuéllar
25 Israel DF Sun Menahem
27 Portugal MF Afonso Taira
28 Ivory Coast MF Didier Brossou
45 Israel GK Mahadi Zuabi
55 Israel GK Eliran Gabay

On loan[edit]

No. Position Player
Israel GK Ofek Antman (to Ironi Nesher)
Israel DF Eran Azrad (to Hapoel Afula)
Nigeria FW Jacob Njoku (to Hapoel Petah Tikva)

Foreigners 2016–17[edit]

Only up to six 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.




  1. ^ a b "The Israel Football Association". Eng.football.org.il. Retrieved 2013-12-02. 
  2. ^ "The Secret Behind Israel's Star Soccer Team Kiryat Shmona – SPIEGEL ONLINE". Spiegel.de. 2012-09-19. Retrieved 2013-12-02. 
  3. ^ http://www.haaretz.com/themarker/izzy-sheratzky-s-thwarted-attempt-to-invigorate-kiryat-shmona-1.381883. Retrieved October 9, 2011.  Missing or empty |title= (help)[dead link]
  4. ^ "Ironi Kiryat Shmona new badge: The lion from the battle of Tel Hai and the championship star" (in Hebrew). ONE. 20 May 2012. Retrieved 20 May 2012. 

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