Beitar Jerusalem Football Club was founded in 1936 and originally operated as a youth team, before becoming a senior side in 1942. Nicknamed 'The Menorah' and 'The Lions from the Capital', the team have enjoyed some significant success in domestic football over the years and have emerged as one of the country's biggest teams. Historically, their main rivals have been Hapoel Jerusalem FC, who Beitar have overtaken as the city's top club over recent decades.
The team made their first appearance in the country's top flight after winning the second division title in 1953–54. However, at the end of their first season, Beitar Jerusalem were relegated. Although they won the second tier title again in 1957–58, no promotion or relegation took place at the end of the campaign and the club did not return to the top flight until 1968. In 1976, Beitar Jerusalem picked up their first major honour, the Israel State Cup, and three years later they won the trophy for a second time. Then, in 1986–87, they won the league for the first time.
Altogether, the team have been crowned as league champions six times, with their most recent win coming in 2007-08. They have won the Israel State Cup seven times and completed a league and cup double in the 2007–08 season. Further success has come in the Toto Cup, which they have lifted twice.
The club's all-time appearance record is currently held by Uri Malmilian, while Eli Ohana is the side's most prolific goalscorer. The list of other notable former talents includes names like Hanan Azulay, Yossi Mizrahi and Avi Nimni.
Beitar Jerusalem's home matches are played at Teddy Stadium, which is named after the city's former mayor, Teddy Kollek. The venue opened in 1991 and is classed as a category 4 stadium by UEFA. In the summer of 2013, a 12,000-seater stand was completed, bringing the stadium's total capacity up to 34,000.