Hapoel Rishon LeZion F.C.

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Hapoel Rishon leZion
Hapoel Rishon LeZion's emblem
Full name Hapoel Rishon LeZion
הפועל ראשון לציון
Nickname(s) Rishonia
Founded 1940; 77 years ago (1940)
Ground Haberfeld Stadium, Rishon LeZion
Ground Capacity 6,000
Owner Eyal Berkovic
General Director Roee Anakawa
Manager Nir Berkovic
League Liga Leumit
2015–16 Liga Leumit, 12th

Hapoel Rishon LeZion F.C. (Hebrew: הפועל ראשון לציון‎‎) is an Israeli football club which currently plays in Liga Leumit, Israel's second football division. Home matches are hosted at the Haberfeld Stadium. In 1991, the club changed its name to Hapoel Ironi Rishon LeZion (Hebrew: הפועל עירוני ראשון לציון‎‎), and in June 2008 the name was switched back to Hapoel Rishon LeZion following a change in ownership.[1]


Hapoel Rishon LeZion was one of the first clubs in the history of league football in Israel. The football section of the Sports club was established in 1929,[2] and played several matches since 1933,[3][4] including competing at the Palestine Cup in 1937 and 1939. The club was formally established in 1940.[5][6]

Its best achievements were runner-up of the Israel State Cup in 1946 and 1996. On both occasions it lost to Maccabi Tel Aviv. Following its cup final in 1996, it played in UEFA Cup Winners' Cup, but was eliminated in the qualifying round by Constructorul Chisinau of Moldova on away goals rule (0:1, 3:2).

The club played at the top division in Mandatory Palestine for the first time at the 1941–42 season and after the Israeli Declaration of Independence, became founder members of the Israeli League in 1949. In 1951–52, the club finished second bottom and dropped to the second tier.

Between 1952 and 1994 the club played just three seasons in the top division: 1978-79, 1980–81 (where they finished sixth) and 1981–82. In the 1991–92 season, while playing in Liga Alef, the third tier, it added the word Ironi to its name, and in the next two seasons, made two successive promotions and returned to the top flight once again after winning Liga Artzit in the 1993–94 season.[1] This time the club managed to stay nine consecutive seasons in the top league until it was relegated to the second tier, (Liga Leumit), at the end of the 2002–03 season, and three seasons later dropped further down to Liga Artzit, the third tier at the time.

In 2008–09, after the club changed its name back to Hapoel Rishon LeZion, it was promoted to Liga Leumit, the second tier.

In 2010–11, the club was promoted to the Israeli Premier League, the top tier. They were relegated back to Liga Leumit the following season.

The club is also known with their previous name Hapoel Ironi Rishon LeZion (Hebrew: הפועל עירוני ראשון לציון‎‎).

On 4 December 2012, Hapoel Rishon LeZion won the 2012–13 Toto Cup Leumit.

Current squad[edit]

As to 19 March 2017
No. Position Player
1 Israel GK Avihai Dahan
4 Israel DF Benjamin Bachar
5 Israel DF Avi Strool
6 Israel DF Wesam Rabah
7 Israel MF Tomer Sasonker .
8 Israel FW Roei Zikri
9 Israel MF Ness Zamir
10 Israel FW Ohad Kadousi
11 Israel MF Ariel Lazmi
12 Israel DF Bar Galili
14 Israel DF Eliran Saimon
15 Israel MF Yair Roei
16 Israel DF Yuval Haliva
18 Israel DF Bar Galili
No. Position Player
19 Israel FW Mohammed Badrana
21 Israel MF Or Amsalem
22 Israel GK Itamar Israeli
25 Israel MF Michael Zandberg
26 Israel MF Elian Ruhana
29 Israel MF Amit Malka
30 Israel MF Phillip Manneh
33 Israel DF Mohamed Abu Alhija
44 Israel MF Idan Cohen
55 Israel DF Ilay Bachar
70 Israel FW Gil Blumstein
98 Israel GK Omer Hanin
99 Israel FW Mor Fadida




Honour No. Years
Second tier 1 1993–94
Third tier 3 1964–65, 1988–89, 1992–93


Honour No. Years
Toto Cup (second division) 1 2012–13


  1. ^ a b History of Hapoel Rishon LeZion F.C. Hapoel Rishon LeZion fans Official Site (Hebrew)
  2. ^ At the centennial, Rishon LeZion will be at the top (Page 9) Hadshot HaSport, 16 May 1980, archive.football.co.il (Hebrew)
  3. ^ At the EIFA Davar, 1 December 1933, Historical Jewish Press (Hebrew)
  4. ^ Activities in Liga Bet South division Doar Hayom, 15 December 1933, Historical Jewish Press (Hebrew)
  5. ^ The Stadium Hapoel Rishon LeZion Official Site (Hebrew)
  6. ^ Club Hapoel Rishon LeZion fans Official Site (Hebrew)

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