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List of Israeli football champions

The association football champions of Israel are the winners of the highest league in Israeli football, which is currently the Israeli Premier League. The league is contested on a round robin basis and the championship awarded to the team that is top of the league at the end of the season. Having won the 2012–13 competition, Maccabi Tel Aviv are the incumbent champions.[1]

Following the creation of the Eretz Israel Football Association in August 1928,[2] the first nationwide football championship in Mandatory Palestine, the Palestine League, began in November 1931. The Palestine League's last edition was played during the 1946–47 season, and since then the national championship has been played under four names: the Israeli League, from 1949 to 1950; Liga Alef, between 1951 and 1954; Liga Leumit, from 1954 to 1999; and finally, since 1999, the Israeli Premier League.

In all, Maccabi Tel Aviv hold the record for most championships, with 19 titles; they are also the only Israeli club to have never been relegated from the top division.[3][4] The next most successful teams are Hapoel Tel Aviv, Maccabi Haifa and Beitar Jerusalem, with 13, 12 and six titles respectively.[nb 1] These four sides won every Israeli Premier League title from its inception in 1999 to 2012;[1][5] due in part to this, they are sometimes described as Israel's "Big Four".[6] While Maccabi and Hapoel Tel Aviv have always been major players in the league championship, the consistent success of Maccabi Haifa and Beitar Jerusalem has been a relatively recent phenomenon, both clubs having won their first title during the 1980s. The longest run of successive titles is five, won by Hapoel Petah Tikva between the 1958–59 and 1962–63 seasons.[5]

Champions

Key
Champions also won the Israel State Cup during the same season (People's Cup before 1948)
Champions also won the League Cup during the same season (began play in 1984)
(number of titles) A running tally of the total number of championships won by each club is kept in brackets.

Palestine League (1931–47)


The inaugural Palestine League title was won by British Police, who finished the season unbeaten and also won the People's Cup to complete the country's first double.[7] Except for Jerusalem-based British Police's initial victory, only clubs from Tel Aviv won the title during the Mandate period; Hapoel and Maccabi Tel Aviv won five and four championships respectively.[5][nb 1] Because of violent conflicts involving the Yishuv, the competition's scheduling was inconsistent and in some seasons no national championship was held.[8][9]

Full league standings and top scorer details not known at this time.
Palestine League seasons from 1931 to 1947
Season Winner (number of titles) Notes
1931–32 British Police (1)
1932–33 Not held
1933–34 Hapoel Tel Aviv (1)
1934–35 Hapoel Tel Aviv (2) [nb 1]
1935–36 Maccabi Tel Aviv (1)
1936–37 Maccabi Tel Aviv (2)
1937–38 Hapoel Tel Aviv (3) [nb 1]
1938–39 No national championship [nb 2]
1939–40 Hapoel Tel Aviv (4)
1940–41 Not held
1941–42 Maccabi Tel Aviv (3)
1942–43 Not finished [nb 3]
1943–44 Hapoel Tel Aviv (5)
1944–45 No national championship [nb 4]
1945–46 Not held
1946–47 Maccabi Tel Aviv (4)
1947–48 Not held
1948–49 Not held

Israeli League (1949–50)

Following Israel's independence in 1948, the association dropped "Eretz" from its name and the cup was renamed the Israel State Cup. The league championship was held as the "Israeli League" for one season, in 1949–50; Maccabi Tel Aviv won the title.

Israeli League champions from 1949 to 1950
Season Winner (number of titles) Runners-up Third place Top scorer Notes
Player Goals
1949–50 Maccabi Tel Aviv (5) Hapoel Tel Aviv Hapoel Haifa Merimovich, YosefYosef Merimovich (Maccabi Tel Aviv) 25
1950–51 Not held

Liga Alef (1951–54)

A new top division, Liga Alef started play with the 1951–52 season. It became the second tier of Israeli football in 1954–55, when it was superseded as the top flight by Liga Leumit. Maccabi Tel Aviv won both of the championships held under this name.

Liga Alef champions from 1951 to 1954
Season Winner (number of titles) Runners-up Third place Player Goals Notes
(Top scorer)
1951–52 Maccabi Tel Aviv (6) Maccabi Petah Tikva Hapoel Haifa Glazer, YehoshuaYehoshua Glazer (Maccabi Tel Aviv) 24
1952–53 Not held
1953–54 Maccabi Tel Aviv (7) Maccabi Petah Tikva Hapoel Petah Tikva Spiegel, EliezerEliezer Spiegel (Maccabi Petah Tikva) 16

Liga Leumit (1954–99)


The inaugural Liga Leumit season, 1954–55, ended with the championship leaving Tel Aviv for the first time since the first league season, 1931–32; Hapoel Petah Tikva finished the season top of the league while Maccabi and Hapoel Tel Aviv came in second and third place respectively. Hapoel Petah Tikva then finished in second place three times in a row, with Maccabi Tel Aviv winning two of the next three titles and Hapoel Tel Aviv one, before starting a record run of five successive championship victories. Hapoel Petah Tikva's run of five consecutive titles between the 1958–59 and 1962–63 seasons remains unmatched today. Two Ramat Gan clubs, Hapoel Ramat Gan and Hakoah Ramat Gan, then claimed a title each before Hapoel Tel Aviv took the title back to Tel Aviv at the end of the 1965–66 season. In the 1966–68 season, often referred to as the "double season", the sixteen teams played each other twice at home and twice away during a season lasting two years.[17]

During the 1970s and 1980s, six teams won their first championships; Maccabi Netanya took four titles between 1970 and 1980 while Hapoel Be'er Sheva won two back-to-back in 1974–75 and 1975–76. Hapoel Kfar Saba, Maccabi Haifa, Beitar Jerusalem and Bnei Yehuda Tel Aviv all won their first titles during the 1980s. After Bnei Yehuda's victory in 1989–90, Maccabi Haifa, Maccabi Tel Aviv and Beitar Jerusalem dominated the remainder of the top-flight Liga Leumit era, winning every title except the last; the 1998–99 championship was won by first-time victors Hapoel Haifa.

Liga Leumit champions from 1954 to 1999
Season Winner (number of titles) Runners-up Third place Player Goals Notes
(Top scorer)
1954–55 Hapoel Petah Tikva (1) Maccabi Tel Aviv Hapoel Tel Aviv Elmaliah, NisimNisim Elmaliah (Beitar Tel Aviv) 30
1955–56 Maccabi Tel Aviv (8) Hapoel Petah Tikva Hapoel Tel Aviv Levi, AvrahamAvraham Levi (Beitar Tel Aviv)
Michael Michaelov (Beitar Tel Aviv)
16
1956–57 Hapoel Tel Aviv (6) Hapoel Petah Tikva Maccabi Tel Aviv Ginzburg, AvrahamAvraham Ginzburg (Hapoel Haifa) 16
1957–58 Maccabi Tel Aviv (9) Hapoel Petah Tikva Maccabi Haifa Levi, RafiRafi Levi (Maccabi Tel Aviv) 14
1958–59 Hapoel Petah Tikva (2) Hapoel Haifa Maccabi Tel Aviv Amar, AharonAharon Amar (Maccabi Haifa) 17
1959–60 Hapoel Petah Tikva (3) Maccabi Tel Aviv Hapoel Haifa Levi, RafiRafi Levi (Maccabi Tel Aviv) 19
1960–61 Hapoel Petah Tikva (4) Hapoel Tel Aviv Hapoel Haifa Levi, ShlomoShlomo Levi (Hapoel Haifa)
Zharia Ratzabi (Hapoel Petah Tikva)
15
1961–62 Hapoel Petah Tikva (5) Maccabi Jaffa Hapoel Tiberias Levi, ShlomoShlomo Levi (Maccabi Haifa)
Itzhak Nizri (Hapoel Tiberias)
16
1962–63 Hapoel Petah Tikva (6) Hapoel Tel Aviv Maccabi Jaffa Ratzabi, ZhariaZharia Ratzabi (Hapoel Petah Tikva) 12
1963–64 Hapoel Ramat Gan (1) Maccabi Jaffa Hapoel Petah Tikva Ashkenazi, IsraelIsrael Ashkenazi (Maccabi Jaffa) 21
1964–65 Hakoah Ramat Gan (1) Hapoel Petah Tikva Hapoel Tel Aviv Ashkenazi, IsraelIsrael Ashkenazi (Maccabi Jaffa)
Itzhak Mizrahi (Bnei Yehuda Tel Aviv)
18
1965–66 Hapoel Tel Aviv (7) Maccabi Tel Aviv Hapoel Petah Tikva Romano, MosheMoshe Romano (Shimshon Tel Aviv)
Mordechai Spiegler (Maccabi Netanya)
17
1966–68 Maccabi Tel Aviv (10) Hapoel Petah Tikva Hapoel Haifa Spiegler, MordechaiMordechai Spiegler (Maccabi Netanya) 38 [nb 5]
1968–69 Hapoel Tel Aviv (8) Maccabi Tel Aviv Maccabi Netanya Spiegler, MordechaiMordechai Spiegler (Maccabi Netanya) 25
1969–70 Maccabi Tel Aviv (11) Hapoel Tel Aviv Maccabi Haifa Romano, MosheMoshe Romano (Shimshon Tel Aviv) 15
1970–71 Maccabi Netanya (1) Shimshon Tel Aviv Hapoel Tel Aviv Ben Rimoz, EliEli Ben Rimoz (Hapoel Jerusalem) 20
1971–72 Maccabi Tel Aviv (12) Beitar Jerusalem Hakoah Ramat Gan Shaharabani, YehoudaYehouda Shaharabani (Hakoah Ramat Gan) 21
1972–73 Hakoah Ramat Gan (2) Hapoel Tel Aviv Hapoel Jerusalem Romano, MosheMoshe Romano (Beitar Tel Aviv) 18
1973–74 Maccabi Netanya (2) Maccabi Tel Aviv Beitar Jerusalem Alon, BennyBenny Alon (Hapoel Haifa) 15
1974–75 Hapoel Be'er Sheva (1) Maccabi Netanya Hapoel Haifa Romano, MosheMoshe Romano (Shimshon Tel Aviv) 17
1975–76 Hapoel Be'er Sheva (2) Beitar Jerusalem Hapoel Haifa Machnes, OdedOded Machnes (Maccabi Netanya) 21
1976–77 Maccabi Tel Aviv (13) Maccabi Jaffa Beitar Jerusalem Peretz, VickyVicky Peretz (Maccabi Tel Aviv) 17
1977–78 Maccabi Netanya (3) Beitar Jerusalem Maccabi Tel Aviv Lavi, DavidDavid Lavi (Maccabi Netanya) 16
1978–79 Maccabi Tel Aviv (14) Beitar Jerusalem Maccabi Netanya Machnes, OdedOded Machnes (Maccabi Netanya)
Eli Miali (Beitar Jerusalem)
18
1979–80 Maccabi Netanya (4) Hapoel Tel Aviv Shimshon Tel Aviv Lavi, DavidDavid Lavi (Maccabi Netanya) 18
1980–81 Hapoel Tel Aviv (9) Bnei Yehuda Tel Aviv Maccabi Jaffa Fitusi, HertzelHertzel Fitusi (Maccabi Petah Tikva) 22
1981–82 Hapoel Kfar Saba (1) Maccabi Netanya Bnei Yehuda Tel Aviv Machnes, OdedOded Machnes (Maccabi Netanya) 26
1982–83 Maccabi Netanya (5) Shimshon Tel Aviv Hapoel Be'er Sheva Machnes, OdedOded Machnes (Maccabi Netanya) 22
1983–84 Maccabi Haifa (1) Beitar Jerusalem Hapoel Tel Aviv Lavi, DavidDavid Lavi (Maccabi Netanya) 16
1984–85 Maccabi Haifa (2) Beitar Jerusalem Shimshon Tel Aviv Lavi, DavidDavid Lavi (Maccabi Netanya) 18
1985–86 Hapoel Tel Aviv (10) Maccabi Haifa Maccabi Tel Aviv Malmilian, UriUri Malmilian (Beitar Jerusalem)
Doron Rabinzon (Maccabi Petah Tikva)
14
1986–87 Beitar Jerusalem (1) Bnei Yehuda Tel Aviv Maccabi Tel Aviv Yani, EliEli Yani (Hapoel Kfar Saba) 16
1987–88 Hapoel Tel Aviv (11) Maccabi Netanya Hapoel Be'er Sheva Armeli, ZahiZahi Armeli (Maccabi Haifa) 25
1988–89 Maccabi Haifa (3) Hapoel Petah Tikva Maccabi Netanya Tabak, BennyBenny Tabak (Maccabi Tel Aviv) 18
1989–90 Bnei Yehuda Tel Aviv (1) Hapoel Petah Tikva Maccabi Haifa Malmilian, UriUri Malmilian (Maccabi Tel Aviv) 16
1990–91 Maccabi Haifa (4) Hapoel Petah Tikva Beitar Tel Aviv Levine, NirNir Levine (Hapoel Petah Tikva) 20
1991–92 Maccabi Tel Aviv (15) Bnei Yehuda Tel Aviv Maccabi Haifa Mizrahi, AlonAlon Mizrahi (Bnei Yehuda Tel Aviv) 20
1992–93 Beitar Jerusalem (2) Maccabi Tel Aviv Bnei Yehuda Tel Aviv Mizrahi, AlonAlon Mizrahi (Bnei Yehuda Tel Aviv) 26
1993–94 Maccabi Haifa (5) Maccabi Tel Aviv Hapoel Be'er Sheva Mizrahi, AlonAlon Mizrahi (Maccabi Haifa) 28
1994–95 Maccabi Tel Aviv (16) Maccabi Haifa Hapoel Be'er Sheva Revivo, HaimHaim Revivo (Maccabi Haifa)
Amir Turgeman (Maccabi Ironi Ashdod)
17
1995–96 Maccabi Tel Aviv (17) Maccabi Haifa Beitar Jerusalem Revivo, HaimHaim Revivo (Maccabi Haifa) 26
1996–97 Beitar Jerusalem (3) Hapoel Petah Tikva Hapoel Be'er Sheva Kakoun, MottiMotti Kakoun (Hapoel Petah Tikva) 21
1997–98 Beitar Jerusalem (4) Hapoel Tel Aviv Hapoel Haifa Mizrahi, AlonAlon Mizrahi (Maccabi Haifa) 18
1998–99 Hapoel Haifa (1) Maccabi Tel Aviv Maccabi Haifa Kubica, AndrzejAndrzej Kubica (Maccabi Tel Aviv) 21

Israeli Premier League (1999–present)

When the Israeli Premier League became the top division of Israeli football in 1999–2000, Liga Leumit became the second division. Since then, only five clubs have won the title; Hapoel Tel Aviv, Ironi Kiryat Shmona, Maccabi Haifa, Maccabi Tel Aviv and Beitar Jerusalem. Hapoel Tel Aviv, Maccabi Haifa, Maccabi Tel Aviv and Beitar Jerusalem are sometimes referred to as the "Big Four" of Israeli football.[6] Having won seven titles in the league's 13 seasons, the most successful club during this period is Maccabi Haifa; during the same period Beitar Jerusalem and Hapoel Tel Aviv have won two championships each while Maccabi Tel Aviv have added only one to their total. Although Hapoel Tel Aviv have only finished top of the league twice since 1999—in 1999–2000 and ten years later in 2009–10—they have won the double on both occasions. This achievement was matched by Beitar Jerusalem in 2007–08. Ironi Kiryat Shmona won their first championship during the 2011–12 season, thereby becoming the first northern title-winners.

Israeli Premier League champions since 1999
Season Winner (number of titles) Runners-up Third place Player Goals Notes
(Top scorer)
1999–2000 Hapoel Tel Aviv (12) Maccabi Haifa Hapoel Petah Tikva Tubi, AssiAssi Tubi (Maccabi Petah Tikva) 27
2000–01 Maccabi Haifa (6) Hapoel Tel Aviv Hapoel Haifa Nimni, AviAvi Nimni (Maccabi Tel Aviv) 25 [nb 6]
2001–02 Maccabi Haifa (7) Hapoel Tel Aviv Maccabi Tel Aviv Refua, KobiKobi Refua (Maccabi Petah Tikva) 18
2002–03 Maccabi Tel Aviv (18) Maccabi Haifa Hapoel Tel Aviv Abargil, YanivYaniv Abargil (Hapoel Kfar Saba)
Shay Holtzman (Ironi Rishon LeZion / F.C. Ashdod)
18
2003–04 Maccabi Haifa (8) Maccabi Tel Aviv Maccabi Petah Tikva Haim, OfirOfir Haim (Hapoel Be'er Sheva)
Shay Holtzman (F.C. Ashdod)
16
2004–05 Maccabi Haifa (9) Maccabi Petah Tikva F.C. Ashdod Colautti, RobertoRoberto Colautti (Maccabi Haifa) 19
2005–06 Maccabi Haifa (10) Hapoel Tel Aviv Beitar Jerusalem Holtzman, ShayShay Holtzman (F.C. Ashdod) 18
2006–07 Beitar Jerusalem (5) Maccabi Netanya Maccabi Tel Aviv Azran, YanivYaniv Azran (F.C. Ashdod) 15
2007–08 Beitar Jerusalem (6) Maccabi Netanya Ironi Kiryat Shmona Yeboah, SamuelSamuel Yeboah (Hapoel Kfar Saba) 15
2008–09 Maccabi Haifa (11) Hapoel Tel Aviv Beitar Jerusalem Yitzhaki, BarakBarak Yitzhaki (Beitar Jerusalem)
Shimon Abuhatzira (Hapoel Petah Tikva)
Eliran Atar (Bnei Yehuda Tel Aviv)
14
2009–10 Hapoel Tel Aviv (13) Maccabi Haifa Maccabi Tel Aviv Arbeitman, ShlomiShlomi Arbeitman (Maccabi Haifa) 28
2010–11 Maccabi Haifa (12) Hapoel Tel Aviv Maccabi Tel Aviv Tamuz, TotoToto Tamuz (Hapoel Tel Aviv) 21
2011–12 Ironi Kiryat Shmona (1) Hapoel Tel Aviv Bnei Yehuda Saba'a, AchmadAchmad Saba'a (Maccabi Netanya) 20
2012–13 Maccabi Tel Aviv (19) Maccabi Haifa Hapoel Tel Aviv Atar, EliranEliran Atar (Maccabi Tel Aviv) 22

Performances

Total titles won by club

Fourteen clubs have been champions.

Total titles won by club
Club Titles Title-winning seasons
Maccabi Tel Aviv 19 1935–36, 1936–37, 1941–42, 1946–47, 1949–50, 1951–52, 1953–54, 1955–56, 1957–58, 1966–68, 1969–70, 1971–72, 1976–77, 1978–79, 1991–92, 1994–95, 1995–96, 2002–03, 2012–13
Hapoel Tel Aviv 13[nb 1] 1933–34, 1934–35, 1937–38, 1939–40, 1942–43, 1956–57, 1965–66, 1968–69, 1980–81, 1985–86, 1987–88, 1999–2000, 2009–10
Maccabi Haifa 12 1983–84, 1984–85, 1988–89, 1990–91, 1993–94, 2000–01, 2001–02, 2003–04, 2004–05, 2005–06, 2008–09, 2010–11
Beitar Jerusalem 6 1986–87, 1992–93, 1996–97, 1997–98, 2006–07, 2007–08
Hapoel Petah Tikva 6 1954–55, 1958–59, 1959–60, 1960–61, 1961–62, 1962–63
Maccabi Netanya 5 1970–71, 1973–74, 1977–78, 1979–80, 1982–83
Hapoel Be'er Sheva 2 1974–75, 1975–76
Hakoah Ramat Gan 2 1964–65, 1972–73
Bnei Yehuda Tel Aviv 1 1989–90
British Police[nb 7] 1 1931–32
Hapoel Haifa 1 1998–99
Hapoel Kfar Saba 1 1981–82
Hapoel Ramat Gan 1 1963–64
Ironi Kiryat Shmona 1 2011–12

Total doubles won by club

Six teams have completed the double by winning the Israeli State Cup during the same season. There have been 14 doubles won in total; the most successful club in this regard is Maccabi Tel Aviv, who have been both league champions and cup winners on six occasions.

Total doubles won by club
Club Doubles Double-winning seasons
Maccabi Tel Aviv 6 1946–47, 1953–54, 1957–58, 1969–70, 1976–77, 1995–96
Hapoel Tel Aviv 4 1933–34, 1937–38, 1999–2000, 2009–10
Maccabi Haifa 1 1990–91
Beitar Jerusalem 1 2007–08
Maccabi Netanya 1 1977–78
British Police 1 1931–32

Total titles won by city

The 14 title-winning clubs have come from a total of nine cities. The most successful city is Tel Aviv.

Total titles won by city
City Number of titles Title-winning clubs
Tel Aviv 33 Maccabi Tel Aviv (19), Hapoel Tel Aviv (13), Bnei Yehuda Tel Aviv (1)
Haifa 13 Maccabi Haifa (12), Hapoel Haifa (1)
Jerusalem 7 Beitar Jerusalem (6), British Police (1)
Petah Tikva 6 Hapoel Petah Tikva (6)
Netanya 5 Maccabi Netanya (5)
Ramat Gan 3 Hakoah Ramat Gan (2), Hapoel Ramat Gan (1)
Beersheba 2 Hapoel Be'er Sheva (2)
Kfar Saba 1 Hapoel Kfar Saba (1)
Kiryat Shmona 1 Kiryat Shmona (1)

Total titles won by district

The Israeli championship has been won by 14 clubs from six districts. The most successful district is Tel Aviv District.

Total titles won by district
District[20] Number of titles Title-winning clubs
Tel Aviv 36 Maccabi Tel Aviv (19), Hapoel Tel Aviv (13), Hakoah Ramat Gan (2), Bnei Yehuda Tel Aviv (1), Hapoel Ramat Gan (1)
Haifa 13 Maccabi Haifa (12), Hapoel Haifa (1)
Center 12 Hapoel Petah Tikva (6), Maccabi Netanya (5), Hapoel Kfar Saba (1)
Jerusalem 7 Beitar Jerusalem (6), British Police (1)
South 2 Hapoel Be'er Sheva (2)
North 1 Kiryat Shmona (1)
Judea and Samaria 0

Footnotes

References

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External links

  • Israel Football Association

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