Beitar Jerusalem F.C.

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Beitar Jerusalem
Full nameBeitar Jerusalem Football Club
Nickname(s)The Menorah
The Flag of the State
Lions from the Capital
GroundTeddy Stadium, Jerusalem
Ground Capacity34,000
OwnerArcadi Gaydamak
ManagerYuval Naim
LeagueIsraeli Premier League
2018-197th of 14

Beitar Jerusalem Football Club (Hebrew: מועדון כדורגל בית"ר ירושלים, Moadon Kaduregel Beitar Yerushalayim) is an Israeli football club from Jerusalem. The club has been controversial because of its links with the right wing politics and to the Likud party since it was created. The fans chant racist things towards Arabs.

History[change | change source]

The club was founded in 1936 by David Horn. He was the head of the local Betar movement. The Betar movement was a Zionist youth organisation. Most of the early players came from this group. In 1938 the club stopped playing because the manager and some of the players were arrested and deported by the British authorities in Palestine. In 1943, they were able to play again, but in 1947 the British blocked the games on the day the 1948 Arab-Israeli War started. A player was also killed when he entered a British camp. During his existence the club was very successful. The team has never been relegated from the Israeli Premier League. It was one of the original 14 Israeli Premier League teams at the time of its foundation in 1999. In the all-time table of the league Beitar ranks 4th.

The farthest they have ever gone in a European competition was in the 2016-17 Europa League where they made it to the play off round.

Current team[change | change source]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Israel GK Ariel Harush
2 Israel DF Eli Dasa
3 Argentina DF Miguel Alfredo Portillo
4 Israel DF Tomer Yerucham
5 Israel DF Matan Barashi
6 Israel DF Tomer Ben Yosef
7 Israel FW Amit Ben Shushan (vice-captain)
8 Israel MF Aviram Baruchyan (captain)
9 Israel MF Dan Einbinder
10 Israel FW Liron Diamant
11 Israel FW Tal Mishali
12 Israel DF Shmuel Kozokin
13 Israel MF Shai Mutay
14 Israel FW Eden Malka
No. Position Player
15 Israel MF Shai Haddad
16 Israel MF Evyatar Baruchyan
17 Israel MF Zahi Elihen
18 Israel DF Avi Reikan
19 Israel MF Shai Nissim
21 Israel MF Kobi Moyal
22 Israel GK Ohad Saidof
23 Israel DF Tal Kachila
24 Israel MF Ofir Kriaf
26 Israel MF Steven Cohen
27 Israel FW Eden Nachmani
28 Israel MF Barak Moshe
39 Ukraine DF Andriy Pylyavskyi
40 Israel GK Aviram Ziat

Stadium[change | change source]

Teddy stadium

The club first home was the "Banana Field" close to Beitar youth group's "nest". In the 1950s the club moved to the YMCA Stadium. Later it was shared with Hapoel Jerusalem. The YMCA was nicknamed the sandbox because the field was in a very poor condition.

In 1991 both clubs moved to the Teddy Stadium, named after longtime Jerusalem mayor Teddy Kollek. Initially the stadium was two-sided and held 12,000 spectators. This was increased to 21,600 when a third side was completed in 1997.

Seasons in the Premier League[change | change source]

Season Place
1999/00 5th
2000/01 5th
2001/02 10th
2002/03 9th
2003/04 9th
2004/05 4th
2005/06 3rd
2006/07 1st
2007/08 1st
2008/09 3rd
2009/10 4th
2010/11 11th


Honours[change | change source]

  • Israeli championships
    • Winners: 1986/87, 1992/93, 1996/97, 1997/98, 2006/07, 2007/08
  • Second Division
    • Champions: 1953/54; 1957–58; 1966/68
  • State Cup
    • Winners: 1976, 1979, 1985, 1986, 1989, 2008, 2009
  • Toto Cup
    • Winners: 1997–98, 2009–10
  • Shalom Cup (Roma)
    • Winners: 2000
  • Israeli Supercup
    • Winners: 1976, 1986
  • Lilian Cup
    • Winners: 1985
  • Mini Football Championship
    • Winners: 1988

Other websites[change | change source]

References[change | change source]

  1. "Israel - List of Final Tables".