Maccabi Haifa

Founded In
1913
Location
Hefa (Haifa), Israel

Maccabi Haifa

About Maccabi Haifa

Maccabi Haifa Football Club was first established in 1913. According to various surveys, they are the most popular Israeli team and the club have achieved huge levels of success, especially in recent decades. They are nicknamed The Greens.

Having made a modest start to life in Israeli football, Maccabi Haifa enjoyed a golden era during the 1980s. In 1983-84, they picked up their first ever league title, before retaining the title the following season. A third league win followed in 1988-89 to round off the decade. The team also picked up their largest ever victory in 1988, as they thrashed Maccabi Tel Aviv 10-0.

After adding their fourth and fifth league titles in 1990–91 and 1993–94, the club went on to achieve even greater success after the turn of the millennium. In total, Maccabi Haifa picked up six league titles in the decade from 2000 to 2009, before winning another title in 2010–11, in order to take their total number of league wins up to 12. Further success has come in the Israel State Cup, which they have lifted five times. In the 1990-91 season, they lifted the cup and won the league, to complete a domestic double. Their best performance in a European competition came in the 1998–99 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup, where they reached the quarter finals. They were also the first Israeli side to reach the UEFA Champions League group phase.

Alon Harazi holds the club record for most appearances, while Zahi Armeli is the side's record goalscorer. Other notable players to have played for Maccabi Haifa include Eyal Berkovic, Yossi Benayoun and Alon Mizrahi.

The Haifa Municipal Stadium, often known as Kiryat Eliezer Stadium, has hosted the team's home matches since 1956. The venue has a capacity of 14,002, but is expected to be replaced as the club's home ground when the 30,000-seater Sammy Ofer Stadium opens in 2014.