Hapoel Kfar Saba F.C.

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Hapoel Kfar Saba
Full name Hapoel Kfar Saba Football Club
מועדון כדורגל הפועל כפר סבא
Nickname(s) The greens from the Sharon
Founded 1928; 89 years ago (1928)
Ground Levita Stadium, Kfar Saba
Ground Capacity 5,800
Owner Stav Shaham
Chairman Robi Regev
Manager Eli Cohen
League Israeli Premier League
2015–16 Israeli Premier League, 10th
Website Club home page

Hapoel Kfar Saba F.C. (Hebrew: מועדון כדורגל הפועל כפר סבא‎, Moadon Kaduregel Hapoel Kfar Saba) are an Israeli football club based in Kfar Saba. The club is currently a member of the Israeli Premier League and plays its home matches at Levita Stadium.

History[edit]

The club was established in 1928. In 1951–52 they won the South Division of Liga Bet to win promotion to Liga Alef (then the top division). Three years later they finished third from bottom and had to take part in promotion/relegation play-offs with the two top clubs from the second tier. They were unbeatnd during the play-offs and retained their place in Liga Leumit (which had replaced Liga Alef as the top division). However, in 1955–56, they finished bottom and were relegated.

Hapoel made an immediate return to Liga Leumit. They finished bottom in 1957–58, but avoided the drop as no clubs were relegated. However, they finished bottom again the following season and were relegated. The club returned to Liga Leumit in 1968. In 1975 they reached the State Cup final for the first time, beating Beitar Jerusalem 1-0. After several mid-table finishes, they were relegated at the end of the 1976–77 season. They made an immediate return to the top division, finishing third in Liga Artzit (the new second tier). In 1980 they reached the State Cup final again, beating Maccabi Ramat Amidar 4–1.

In 1980–81 they narrowly avoided relegation, finishing two points and one place above the relegation zone. The following season the club won the title for the first (and only) time under the management of Dror Kashtan. However, they finished bottom the season after, and returned to Liga Artzit.

They finished as runners-up to Hapoel Haifa in 1983–84 to make another immediate return to Liga Leumit. In 1990 the club reached the State Cup final for a third time, beating Shimshon Tel Aviv 1–0 after extra time. The following season they were relegated again after finishing bottom of the table. In 1992, under the management of Avram Marchinsky, the club signed its first American player, Michael Winograd, out of Lafayette College. The club returned to the top division the following season.

In 1999–2000 they were relegated to Liga Leumit (now the second tier). They won the league in 2001–02 to return to the top division, but were relegated at the end of the following season. The club won Liga Leumit again in 2004–05, and avoided relegation on goal difference the following season. However, two seasons later they were relegated on goal difference.

For the 2010–11 season, a new owner, Harel Raihman, came on after almost 15 years of Eli Tabib's era. At the end of the regular season, the club finished on top of the league, with an advantage of thirteen points over the third place. However, in the Top playoff, where all the points obtained during the regular season were halved (and rounded up), the club failed to record a win, and finished the league in the third place, behind Ironi Nir Ramat HaSharon and Hapoel Rishon LeZion which were promoted. As the third placed club, Kfar Saba went to play in the Promotion play-off against the 14th-placed club in the Israeli Premier League, Hapoel Petah Tikva, and lost both games, 1-4 and 0-1. Thus, the club remained in Liga Leumit.

In the 2012–13 season the club have entered administration, and as a result, were deducted nine points. The club finished bottom and relegated to Liga Alef, the third tier of Israeli football. With a new owner, Stav Shaham, together with former club captain, Eli Yani, and the supporters trust, "The Green Heart", the club recovered in the following season, and made an immediate return to Liga Leumit, after finishing on top of Liga Alef North division. In the following season, the club made their second successive promotion, following runners-up finish in Liga Leumit. Thus, the club returned to the Israeli Premier League after seven years.

Current squad[edit]

As of 20 July 2016
No. Position Player
1 Israel GK Ran Kadoch
3 Israel DF Itzik Cohen
7 Brazil FW Bruno Andrade
8 Brazil MF Diogo Kachuba
9 Serbia MF Slobodan Simović
10 Nigeria FW Sunny Omoregie
11 Israel MF Tal Ayela
13 Republic of the Congo FW Mavis Tchibota (on loan from Maccabi Tel Aviv)
14 Israel FW Eli Elbaz (on loan from Hapoel Haifa)
15 Israel MF Raz Cohen
16 Israel DF Tal Benesh
No. Position Player
17 Israel MF Yuval Jakobovich
18 Israel MF Omer Fadida (Vice-captain)
20 Israel DF Sammy Elyakim
21 Israel FW Ran Itzhak
22 Israel DF Tomer Levy
23 Israel MF Guy Hadida
30 Israel DF Lior Levi
41 Israel DF Sahar Brown
55 Israel GK Ben Weitzman
77 Israel GK Erez Kubani
81 Serbia DF Dušan Matović (captain)

Out on loan[edit]

No. Position Player
Israel MF Guy Badash (at Israel Hapoel Nir Ramat HaSharon until 30 June 2017)

Staff[edit]

Management[edit]

Position Staff
Owner Israel Stav Shacham

Israel The supporters trust "Halev Hayarok" ("The green heart")

Chairman Israel Robi Regev
VP Israel Guy Blum
Marketing Manager Israel Dotan Ninveh
spokeswoman Israel Sasya Asraf

Coaching staff[edit]

Position Staff
Head Coach Israel Sharon Mimer
Assistant Coach Israel Dudu Avraham
Goalkeeping Coach Israel Ohad Cohen
Technical Manager Israel Amit Ben Arie
Fitness Coach Israel Ran Goldig
Physio Israel Tal Upin
Club Doctor Israel Lazar Ludwig
Logistics Israel Jacob Serolovich
Goalkeeping Youth Team Coach Israel Ofer Nosovsky
Manager Youth Department Israel Amit Rockman
Head of Physiology Department Israel Ilan Bakhar

Honours[edit]

League[edit]

Honour No. Years
Israeli Championships 1 1981–82
Second tier 5 1951–52, 1956–57, 1966–68, 2001–02, 2004–05
Third tier 1 2013–14

Cup competitions[edit]

Honour No. Years
State Cup 3 1974–75, 1979–80, 1989–90
Super Cup 1 1982

Managers[edit]

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