Israel Halivner

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Israel Halivner
Personal information
Full name Israel "Halaula" Halivner
Date of birth (1928-01-10)10 January 1928
Place of birth Poland
Date of death 11 December 2013(2013-12-11) (aged 85)
Place of death Givatayim, Israel
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
1940–1948 Maccabi Tel Aviv
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1948–1956 Maccabi Tel Aviv
1957–1958 Maccabi Ramat Gan
Teams managed
1957–1958 Maccabi Ramat Gan
1962 Maccabi Tel Aviv
1962–1964 Maccabi Sha'arayim
1964 Bnei Yehuda
1965 Maccabi Haifa
1966–1968 Maccabi Tel Aviv
1968–1970 Beitar Jerusalem
1970–1971 Maccabi Tel Aviv
1972–1973 Shimshon Tel Aviv
1975 Beitar Jerusalem
1975–1976 Hapoel Jerusalem
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Israel Halivner (Hebrew: ישראל חליבנר‎; 10 January 1928[1]-11 December 2013) is a former Israeli footballer, who played for Maccabi Tel Aviv, and football manager. He was the head coach of Maccabi Tel Aviv when the club won its second Asian Club Championship.[2]


Playing career[edit]

Halivner joined Maccabi Tel Aviv at the age of 12 and four championships and two cups during the 1950s. In 1957 Halivner moved to Maccabi Ramat Gan, where he served as coach as well as playing. In 1958, at the age of 30, Halivner retired from active play and returned to Maccabi Tel Aviv, to serve as coach for the youth team.

Managerial career[edit]

In 1962, as Halivner was still coaching Maccabi Tel Aviv's youth team, the club board decided to sack coach Ignác Molnár and to install Halivner as coach for the senior team.[3] Halivner stayed as head coach until the end of the season,[4] saved the team from relegation and coached the team in the cup final, losing to Maccabi Haifa in a replay.

Halivner next took managerial positions in Maccabi Sha'arayim[5] (where he led the team to promotion to Liga Leumit), Bnei Yehuda[6][7] and Maccabi Haifa,[8] before returning to Maccabi Tel Aviv as head coach for at the beginning of the double season.[9] The club won the championship and qualified to the Asian Club Championship, but Halivner moved on to coach Beitar Jerusalem.[10] In 1970 Halivner returned to Maccabi Tel Aviv[11] and guided the club to its second Asian Club Championship title,[12] as well as its 14th cup (as the previous season's cup played out in the first half of the season). However, poor results in the league and the new cup competition led Halivner to leave the post. Halivner coached Shimshon Tel Aviv,[13] Beitar Jerusalem and Hapoel Jerusalem, but late retired from coaching altogether to concentrate on running his family's travel agency business.


As player[edit]

As Manager[edit]


  1. ^ Celebrating[permanent dead link] Davar, 9 January 1972, Historical Jewish Press (in Hebrew)
  2. ^ Asian Football Champion, Maccabi Tel Aviv, Returned Yesterday…[permanent dead link] Davar, 6 April 1971, Historical Jewish Press (in Hebrew)
  3. ^ Molnár Deposed from Maccabi Tel Aviv[permanent dead link] Herut, 20 March 1962, Historical Jewish Press (in Hebrew)
  4. ^ Stankovic to Coach Maccabi Tel Aviv[permanent dead link] Herut, 24 June 1962, Historical Jewish Press (in Hebrew)
  5. ^ Movements Among the Coaches and Players in Football[permanent dead link] Ma'ariv, 17 July 1962, Historical Jewish Press (in Hebrew)
  6. ^ 8 Foreign Managers Will Coach in Liga Leumit Next Season[permanent dead link] Ma'ariv, 14 July 1964 Historical Jewish Press, (in Hebrew)
  7. ^ Bnei Yehuda and Halivner – Separated[permanent dead link] Yair Stern, Ma'ariv, 21 December 1964, Historical Jewish Press (in Hebrew)
  8. ^ Spasov Deposed, Halivner in His Place[permanent dead link], Yehuda Goren, Ma'ariv, 13 April 1965, Historical Jewish Press (in Hebrew)
  9. ^ Halivner- Coaching Maccabi T.A. a First Rate Challenge for Me[permanent dead link] Ma'ariv, 20 October 1966, Historical Jewish Press (in Hebrew)
  10. ^ I See Players Who Are Out of Shape[permanent dead link] Ma'ariv, 1 January 1969, Historical Jewish Press (in Hebrew)
  11. ^ Halivner Signed With Maccabi T.A.[permanent dead link] Ma'ariv, 4 May 1970, Historical Jewish Press (in Hebrew)
  12. ^ I Believe That Maccabi T.A. Will Rise in Bangkok Tournament[permanent dead link], Ma'ariv, 15 March 1971, Historical Jewish Press (in Hebrew)
  13. ^ Halivner Was Allowed to Arrive Late to the Coaches Meeting With Shmilo[permanent dead link] Davar, 17 December 1972, Historical Jewish Press (in Hebrew)