Maccabi Haifa F.C.

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Maccabi Haifa
Full nameMaccabi Haifa Football Club
מועדון הכדורגל מכבי חיפה
Nickname(s)The Greens
הירוקים (Hayerukim)
Founded1913[1]
GroundSammy ofer, Haifa
Capacity30,780
ChairmanIsrael Ya'akov Shahar
LeagueIsraeli Premier League
2008-091st (Champions)

Maccabi Haifa Football Club (Hebrew: מועדון הכדורגל מכבי חיפה‎, Moadon HaKaduregel Maccabi Haifa) is an Israeli football team from the city of Haifa, a section of Maccabi Haifa sports club. The club has won 11 championships, five State Cups and four Toto Cups. The club was founded in 1913, and it is one of the country's most successful teams in Europe, being the first Israeli club to qualify for the group stage of the UEFA Champions League.

History[change | change source]

First seventy years of obscurity[change | change source]

Maccabi Haifa Football Club was established in 1913 in the port city of Haifa. It was a small, struggling club that spent most of its time between the Liga Leumit and the lower leagues.

The club was overshadowed by their city rivals Hapoel Haifa, who were then the darling club of the city of Haifa and especially of then mayor Abba Hushi. But even in its first years the club adapted a very adventurous and offensive style of play based on technique and short passes. In 1942, the club reached the Israel State Cup final, but was humiliated 12-1 by Beitar Tel Aviv in the final, which is the club's worst defeat ever. In 1962, the club won its only honour until the 80s, when the team defeated Maccabi Tel Aviv 5-2 in the State Cup final. In 1963 they reached the final again, but failed to defend their title losing to arch-rivals Hapoel Haifa 1-0.

Maccabi Haifa F. C. is a professional football (soccer) club in Israel. Founded in 1913, it is Israel's most successful club both domestically and in European competitions.

Club Titles[change | change source]

Leagues Won

Cups Won

Famous Players ever in Maccabi Haifa F.C.[change | change source]

Avi Ran, Adoram Keisi, Eyal Berkovic, Yaniv Katan, Yossi Benayoun, Reuven Atar and Alon Mizrahi

Best Club Records[change | change source]

Most Goals in season - 1993/1994

Most Games played without losing strike - 46 Games (From Seasons 1993-1995)

Most Away Undefeated Strike - 30

Most Points in a Year - 96 Points

Fan Organization[change | change source]

Maccabi Haifa has three fan organizations. One of them and the biggest one, is the Green Apes, founded in 2002. Second, is Inferno Verde, which means The Green Hell, founded in 2010. Third, is Ultra Boys.

The Green Apes (aka: The Ultras) consist of 2,400 people, while Inferno Verde includes 100.

Squad[change | change source]

As of September 1 2009.

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
1 GK Israel Israel Nir Davidovitch (vice-captain2)
3 DF Israel Israel Alon Harazi (vice-captain)
4 DF Israel Israel Shai Maimon
5 DF Portugal Portugal Jorge Teixeira
7 MF Brazil Brazil Gustavo Boccoli (holds Teudat Zehut)
8 MF Colombia Colombia John Culma
9 FW Georgia (country) Georgia Vladimir Dvalishvili
12 FW Argentina Argentina Eial Strahman (holds Teudat Zehut)
13 DF Israel Israel Taleb Twatiha
14 MF Brazil Brazil Tiago Dutra
15 MF Israel Israel Eyal Golasa
16 FW Israel Israel Mohammad Ghadir
No. Pos. Nation Player
17 DF South Africa South Africa Peter Masilela
18 DF Israel Israel Ali Ottman
19 FW Israel Israel Shlomi Arbeitman
20 FW Israel Israel Yaniv Katan (captain)
21 DF Israel Israel Dekel Keinan
22 GK Israel Israel Amir Edri
23 MF Israel Israel Biram Kayal
24 MF Israel Israel Yisrael Zaguri
26 MF Israel Israel Lior Rafaelov
27 DF Israel Israel Eyal Meshumar
28 MF Israel Israel Sintayehu Sallallich
44 GK Israel Israel Haim Susskind

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