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Haifa derby

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Locale  Haifa (Israel)
Next meeting  TBC
First meeting  18 June 1949
Meetings total  124
Haifa derby
Teams  Hapoel Haifa Maccabi Haifa
Latest meeting  Hapoel Won 3-0 (11 february 2017)

The Haifa derby is the name given to the football matches between Hapoel Haifa and Maccabi Haifa. As with any major football rivalry, gloating and banter between the two sets of fans is commonplace.


This rivalry between those two club has a long history, just like the clubs themselves. Hapoel Haifa was associated with the Israeli Labor Party and a socialist point of view, while Maccabi Haifa was known for middle class fans. In recent years these political differences have almost completely disappeared due to Maccabi becoming big club by winning twelve titles since 1984 compared with Hapoel's solidarity title won in 1999. This can be further evidenced by Hapoel's opening fixture at Sammy Ofer Stadium attracting 3,500 fans while Maccabi's inaugural fixture was a full capacity 30,000.

Israeli Premier League

On June 18, 1949 the first game was held between the two clubs: Hapoel beat Maccabi 2–0. Since 1955 almost all the derbies took place in the municipal stadium – Kiryat Eliezer Stadium. The first game in that stadium ended with Maccabi winning 4–1. In 1967 was the first derby in Kiryat Haim Stadium (1–1). The aggregate score between the two teams is 148–98 to Maccabi Haifa.

State Cup

The two clubs have met 15 times in the State Cup. Maccabi have won 10 games, and Hapoel have won 3. Two games ended with a penalty kick: once in 2000 when Maccabi won and managed to get the quarter final ticket (2–2 after 120 minutes), and in the second time in 2005 and Hapoel made it (after 3–3) to get the quarter final ticket. The teams have met twice in the final. In 1963, Hapoel Haifa won with a third minute goal from Simha Oren, and in 1995 Maccabi won 2–0 with goals from Moshe Glam and Ofer Shitrit.

Full list of results

Fixtures from 1949 to the present day featuring League games, State cup games and Toto Cup Games:

Competition statistics

Fixtures from 1949 to the present day:

Stadium Statistics

Fixtures from 1949 to the present day:

Goalscorer records

Players with 5 or more goals in the Those in bold still with either side.

As of 21 December 2014


Haifa derby Wikipedia

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