Hapoel Rishon LeZion (handball)
|הפועל ראשון לציון
Hapoel Rishon LeZion
|Head coach||Saar Frenkerl|
Hapoel Rishon LeZion (Hebrew: הפועל ראשון לציון, is a handball team from the city of Rishon LeZion, Israel. competes in the Ligat Winner Big. The team's colors are red and white, and it hosts its home games in Mordecai Rosenstein hall.
The team was founded in 1968 and since then has become a regular member of the first division and the most successful team in Israeli handball, having won a record 15 league titles, a record 13 Israeli cups. The team has also participated in the EHF Champions League in 1998, 2000 and in 2001.
The team hosts their home games in Ashalim. In 2015/16, they are expected to move to an 1,500-seat arena called "Nahlat Yehuda Arena". The captain of the team is Idan Maimon, the greatest handball player in the history of Israel and Israeli all-time scoring record holder with 3,003 goals. The coach is Sa'ar Frenkel.
Their biggest rival is Maccabi Rishon LeZion, another great Rishon LeZion team. The derby games between them have been very tense throughout the last two decades.
- Israel Champions (16): 1988, 1990, 1991, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2008, 2013
- Israel Cup Holder (13): 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2012 , 2015
- 1993/94: 1/8-finals
- 1994/95: 1/16-finals
- 1995-96: 1/16-finals
- 1996/97: 1/16-finals
- 1997/98: Group stage
- 1998/99: 1/16-finals
- 1999/00: 1/4-finals
- 2000/01: 2nd qualifying round
- 2001/02: Group stage