Hapoel Nir Ramat HaSharon F.C.

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Hapoel Nir Ramat HaSharon
Hapoel Nir Ramat HaSharon's emblem
Full nameHapoel Nir Ramat HaSharon Football Club
Founded1957; 65 years ago (1957)
GroundGrundman Stadium, Ramat HaSharon
Capacity4,300
ChairmanRamat HaSharon Municipality
ManagerHaim Levy
LeagueLiga Leumit
2020–21Liga Leumit, 7th

Hapoel Nir Ramat HaSharon Football Club (Hebrew: מועדון כדורגל הפועל ניר רמת השרון) is an Israeli football club based in Ramat HaSharon. They are currently members of Liga Leumit and play their home matches at the Grundman Stadium.

History[edit]

The club was founded in 1957 as Hapoel Ramat HaSharon, the club was promoted to Liga Artzit (The second division back then) in 1984. In the 1984–85 season they narrowly missed out on promotion to Liga Leumit (then the top division), after losing 1–0 to Hapoel Jerusalem on the final day of the season; had they won, they would have been promoted in Jerusalem's place. The following season they were relegated to Liga Alef, and two seasons later to Liga Bet.

In 1996 the club returned to Liga Alef and in summer 1997 merged with Maccabi Nir Ramat HaSharon, a club which was named after Nir Itzhaki, by his brother and the club's chairmen, Meir Itzhaki, after Maccabi was refused funding by the local council.[1] The merged club took the name Hapoel Ironi Nir Ramat HaSharon.

In 1999–2000 they finished second in their division. Due to Beitar Tel Aviv and Shimshon Tel Aviv merging, the club was promoted to Liga Artzit (now the third tier) to fill the vacancy. In 2002–03 they narrowly avoided relegation, finishing one place above the relegation zone. The following season they won the league to earn promotion back to the second division. In the same season they also won the Liga Artzit Toto Cup.

The club escaped relegation in 2004–05 after Maccabi Ahi Nazareth had two points deducted. The following season they finished third from bottom again, but avoided the drop.

In the 2009–10 season the club made one of its biggest achievements in the club's history when the team reached the semi final of the Israel State Cup.

In the 2010–11 season the club won the Toto Cup Leumit and got promoted to the Israeli Premier League for the first time in the history of the club after they finished as champions of Liga Leumit. In June 2013, the club changed its name from Ironi Nir Ramat HaSharon to Hapoel Nir Ramat HaSharon and changed its logo.

In the 2012–13 season, the club achieved its best placing to date, when they finished sixth in the Israeli Premier League. However, in the following season, the club finished second bottom and relegated to Liga Leumit.

Current squad[edit]

As of 24 February 2022
No. Pos. Nation Player
1 GK Israel ISR Omer Nir'on
2 DF Israel ISR Francisco Dutari
4 MF Israel ISR Amit Leibovich
5 DF Israel ISR David Tiram
6 MF Israel ISR Yossi Mekonen
8 MF Israel ISR Amit Magoz
9 FW Israel ISR Yehonathan Levy
11 FW Israel ISR Ohad Barzilay
12 MF Ivory Coast CIV Amed Diomande
13 GK Israel ISR Poraz Wolkovitz
15 MF Israel ISR Roi Har
16 MF Israel ISR Or Ostvind
No. Pos. Nation Player
18 DF Israel ISR Ron Ben Dakon
19 MF Israel ISR Guy Sivilia
20 DF Israel ISR Idan Ratta
23 MF Israel ISR Naftali Belay
25 FW Israel ISR Roy Ronen
26 MF Israel ISR Shahaf Mor
27 DF Israel ISR Moshe Hadadi
28 DF Israel ISR Ovadia Darwish
30 DF The Gambia GAM Jarjue Abdoulie
33 FW Israel ISR Elior Mishali
88 DF Israel ISR Ohad Elbilia
91 MF The Gambia GAM Abubakar Barry

Honours[edit]

League[edit]

Honour No. Years
Second tier 1 2010–11
Third tier 1 2003–04
Fourth tier 2 1966–68, 1978–79

Cups[edit]

Honour No. Years
Toto Cup (second division) 1 2010–11
Toto Cup (third division) 1 2003–04

Managers[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ HCJ: A Local Council Can Choose to Fund Only One Football Team Amat Shmiel Daklo, 25 November 1996, Globes (in Hebrew)

External links[edit]

  • [ Official website] (in Hebrew)