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Maccabi Sha'arayim F.C.

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Maccabi Sha'arayim
Full nameMaccabi Sha'arayim Football Club
Founded1950
GroundMaccabi Sha'araim Stadium, Rehovot
Capacity500
ChairmanSimcha Gad
ManagerMusa Ben Haim
LeagueLiga Alef South
2020–21Liga Alef South (Group B), 4th
Maccabi Sha'araying's crest used in 2016-17 season
Maccabi Sha'araying's crest used in 2016-17 season

Maccabi Sha'arayim (Hebrew: מכבי שעריים‎) is an Israeli football club from the city Rehovot, currently playing in Liga Alef.

The club spent the past seven seasons in the top division from 1963 to 1969, and a single season in 1985–86.

History

The club was promoted to Liga Leumit (then the top division) for the first time in 1963. In their first season in the league they finished 11th out of 15. The following season the club finished sixth, which remains their highest ever league position.

In the 1965–66 season they narrowly avoided relegation, finishing one place above the relegation zone. In 1969 Maccabi reach the cup final for the first (and to date only) time, but lost 1–0 to Hakoah Ramat Gan.[1] In the same season they finished second bottom of the league and were relegated back to Liga Alef.

The final match of the 1971–72 season saw the club have a chance to return to the top flight, but they lost 2–1 to Hapoel Marmorek, which were promoted instead.[2] Two years later they qualified for the promotion/relegation play-offs, but failed to win any of their five matches and finished bottom of the group.

At the end of the 1977–78 season they finished bottom of Liga Artzit (the second division) and were relegated to Liga Alef (now the third tier).

At the end of the 1983–84 season they won Liga Alef South division and returned to Liga Artzit, and won a second consecutive promotion in the following season, returning to Liga Leumit for the first time in 16 years. However, they finished bottom, and were relegated back to Liga Artzit.

The club dropped back into the third tier at the end of the 1992–93 season, and were relegated to the fourth tier at the end of the 2000–01 season, before dropping into Liga Bet, the fifth tier, at the end of the 2005–06 season. At the end of the 2011–12 season the club returned to Liga Alef (now the third tier), following a victory of 2–1 against Hapoel Azor in the promotion play-off.[3]

In the 2015–16 season, the club won Liga Alef South division and promoted to Liga Leumit. Thus, the club returned to the second tier of Israeli football after 23 years.

Current squad

As of 5 July 2021
No. Pos. Nation Player
1 GK Israel ISR Lior Hidriyan
3 DF Israel ISR David Itzhak
5 DF Israel ISR Assaf Hakak
7 MF Israel ISR Amit Shapira
8 MF Israel ISR Tal Mishan
9 FW Israel ISR Adir Rahamim
10 MF Israel ISR Sahar Levi
11 FW Israel ISR Ilay Hen
12 MF Israel ISR Ofek Balassan
14 FW Israel ISR Matan Arbiv
No. Pos. Nation Player
15 MF Israel ISR Ido Sharon
16 DF Israel ISR Ravid Asher
17 FW Israel ISR Daniel Truaa
18 MF Israel ISR Ben Binyamin
19 MF Israel ISR Angidao Belay
22 GK Israel ISR Tal Yodlovich
26 DF Israel ISR Shon Krindi
44 MF Israel ISR Shlomo Ben Muha
77 DF Israel ISR Dasalin Ayela
99 MF Israel ISR Eden Shasha

Honours

See also

References

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