Maccabi Petah Tikva F.C.

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Maccabi Petah Tikva
Full name Maccabi Avshalom Ironi Petah Tikva Football Club
Founded 1912; 105 years ago (1912)
Ground HaMoshava Stadium, Petah Tikva
Ground Capacity 11,500
Owner Amos Luzon
Chairman Israel Amos Luzon
Manager Kobi Refua
League Israeli Premier League
2015–16 Israeli Premier League, 7th

Maccabi Petah Tikva F.C. (Hebrew: מכבי פתח תקווה‎‎) (full name: "Maccabi Avshalom Ironi Petah Tikva F.C., Hebrew: מועדון ספורט מכבי אבשלום עירוני פתח תקווה‎‎) is an Israeli football club based in the city of Petah Tikva. It is part of the Maccabi sports club and currently plays in the Israeli Premier League.


The club was founded in 1912 by a group of Jewish students from Petah Tikva, who were studying in the Ottoman city of Constantinople (many of them would later serve in the Ottoman army during World War I), making it the second oldest Jewish football club in Israel after Maccabi Tel Aviv, which was formed in 1906.[1]

In 1921, after the death of founder member Avshalom Gisin during the 1921 Palestine riots, the club added his name to the club's name, and the club was named "Maccabi Avshalom Petah Tikva".[1][2]

In 1927 the club moved to the Maccabi Petah Tikva Ground, where they would play until the 1970s.[1] In 1935 they won their first piece of silverware, beating Hakoah Tel Aviv 1–0 in the cup final.[3] In 1939 they reached the final again, but lost 2–1 to Hapoel Tel Aviv. The following year they won the Haaretz tournament.

The club was included in the new Israeli League in 1949, and finished fifth in the inaugural post-independence league table.[4] In the next season (1951–52 – there was no 1950-51 edition) they finished as runners-up to champions Maccabi Tel Aviv and also won the State Cup, beating Maccabi Tel Aviv 1–0. In 1953–54 (1952–53 was also not played) they also finished second with Eliezer Spiegel finishing as the league's top goalscorer on 16 goals from 22 matches.

After several seasons of mid-table finishes, Maccabi finished bottom of the table in 1962–63 (a season in which the club were deducted 3 points due to suspicions of bribery during a game with Maccabi Jaffa)[4] and were due to be relegated to Liga Alef. However, the Israel Football Association decided to expand the league from 12 to 15 clubs and they were spared demotion. However, the club was relegated at the end of the 1965–66 season after finishing second from bottom.

After two seasons in Liga Alef (one of which – Liga Leumit 1966-68 – lasted for two years) the club returned to the top division in 1969. At the end of the 1970–71 season the club was relegated again after finishing second from bottom, but made an immediate return as Liga Alef champions.

Although Maccabi finished bottom in 1974–75, they were again reprieved from relegation due to league expansion.[4] However, after a repeat performance in 1976–77 they did go down. After making another immediate return to the top flight, the club maintained several mid-table finishes, before ending the 1987–88 season bottom of the table.

In 1990 and 1991 the club won the Liga Artzit Toto Cup. They returned to the top division in 1991 and have remained there since. In 1995 the club won the top division's Toto Cup for the first time, a feat repeated in 2000 and 2004.

In 2001 the club reached the cup final for the first time in 49 years, losing 3–0 to Maccabi Tel Aviv. In 2003–04 they finished third, qualifying for the UEFA Cup. However, the home leg of their third qualifying round tie against SC Heerenveen was cancelled by UEFA due to a baggage handlers strike,[5] and they lost the away leg 5–0.

In 2004–05 the club finished second in the league and qualified for the UEFA Cup again. This time they were more successful, beating Macedonian side FK Baskimi 11–0 on aggregate, before knocking out Partizan Belgrade (with a 5–2 away win carrying them through despite a 2–0 loss at home). However, in the group stage they finished bottom having lost all four matches.

Current squad[edit]

As of June 23th 2017
No. Position Player
1 Israel GK Yossi Ginzburg
3 Israel DF Omer Danino
10 Israel FW Lidor Cohen
11 Israel DF Naor Peser (Captain)
12 Israel DF Idan Adheneny
16 Israel GK Zahi Gigi
19 Israel MF Manor Solomon
23 Israel DF Omri Luzon
25 Israel FW Avihu Azar
26 Israel MF Gidi Kanyuk
44 Israel FW Tai Baribo
No. Position Player
51 Israel DF Assaf Levi
52 Brazil MF Romário Pires
55 Israel MF Liroy Zhairi
77 Israel DF Uri Magbo
Israel DF Oded Elkayam
France DF Johan Martial
Israel MF Yuval Shabtay
Guinea MF Richard Soumah
Israel FW Yuval Avidor
Israel MF Lotem Zino

Retired numbers[edit]


The club played at the Maccabi Petah Tikva ground between 1926 and the 1970s. Since they left the old Maccabi Petah Tikva ground they shared the 6,768-capacity Petah Tikva Municipal Stadium with city rivals Hapoel. At the end of 2011, the club moved to HaMoshava Stadium.

Notable coaches[edit]


1935, 1951-52

1994-95, 1999-2000, 2003-04, 2015-16


  1. ^ a b c Maccabi Petah Tikva: From 1908 to Today Asher Goldberg, (in Hebrew)
  2. ^ Maccabi Avshalom Do'ar HaYom, 26 June 1928, Historical Jewish Press (in Hebrew)
  3. ^ Israel – List of Cup Finals RSSSF
  4. ^ a b c Israel – List of Final Tables RSSSF
  5. ^ Uefa make U-turn BBC Sport, 22 September 2004
  6. ^ A Players Revolt Deposed Spiegel from Maccabi P.T. Herut, 19 May 1957, Historical Jewish Press (in Hebrew)
  7. ^ Maccabi P.T.'s Manager Arrived from England Hadshot HaSport, 12 January 1958, p. 1 (in Hebrew)
  8. ^ A Romanian Manager to Maccabi P.T. Ma'ariv, 11 January 1959, Historical Jewish Press (in Hebrew)

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