Hapoel Ashkelon F.C.


Hapoel Ashkelon F.C.

Infobox Football club
clubname = Hapoel Ashkelon F.C.

| fullname = Hapoel Ashkelon Football Club מועדון כדורגל הפועל אשקלון
founded = 1955
ground = Sala
Ashkelon
capacity = 8,000
chairman = flagicon|Israel Sharon Habazi
manager = flagicon|Israel Miro Ben Shimon
league = Liga Artzit
season = 2007-08| position = Liga Artzit, 4th
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Hapoel Ashkelon F.C. ( _he. מועדון כדורגל הפועל אשקלון, "Moadon Kaduregel Hapoel Ashkelon") is an Israeli football club based at the Sala Stadium in Ashkelon.

History

After being founded in 1955, Hapoel Ashkelon spent their first few decades in the lower leagues of Israeli football. In 1997, they were promoted to Liga Leumit (then the top division) as Liga Artzit champions. However, the club finished bottom of the division, with a points deduction. They were later relegated to the third tier (which became Liga Artzit following the formation of the Israeli Premier League as the top division in 1999), before returning to the second division (now Liga Leumit) in 2004. The club reached the State Cup final for the first time in 2007, but despite taking the lead, lost 5-4 on penalties to Hapoel Tel Aviv after a 1-1 draw. This also had an effect on their league play as the club was relegated to the Liga Artzit that very same year.

Players

Current squad

"As of May 4, 2007"

Notable former players

Club Officials

Boardroom

*Owner/Chief Executive: flagicon|Israel Ms. Sharon Habazi

Management

*Manager: flagicon|Israel Michel Dayan

Managerial History

Honours

*State Cup
**Runners-up 2007
*Liga Artzit
**Champions 1996/97, 2004/05
*Toto Cup (Liga Artzit)
**Winners 1985, 2002, 2003, 2005

External links

* [http://www.fc-ha.com Hapoel Ashkelon Fansite (in Hebrew)]
* [http://www.bigsoccer.com/forum/forumdisplay.php?f=169 BigSoccer.com's Israel Football Forum (in English)]


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