1955–56 Liga Leumit

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Liga Leumit
Season 1955-56
Champions Maccabi Tel Aviv
8th title
Relegated Hapoel Kfar Saba
Maccabi Rehovot
Matches played 132
Goals scored 465 (3.52 per match)
Top goalscorer Avraham "Huli" Levi
Michael Michaelov (15)

The 1955–56 Liga Leumit season was the first edition of Liga Leumit, which had replaced Liga Alef as the top division of football in Israel and the 17th season of top flight football under the IFA.

Maccabi Tel Aviv won the title.[1] Avraham Levi from Beitar Tel Aviv and Michael Michaelov from Hapoel Tel Aviv were the league's joint top scorers with 16 goals each.

Hapoel Kfar Saba and Maccabi Rehovot were relegated automatically, whilst Maccabi Jaffa finished third from bottom and entered a promotion/relegatgion play-off with Liga Alef champions Hakoah Tel Aviv. Jaffa won 4-1 on aggregate and remained in Liga Leumit.[2]

Teams[edit]

Team Home city Home ground
Beitar Tel Aviv Tel Aviv Hapoel Ground, Jaffa
Hapoel Haifa Haifa Kiryat Eliezer Stadium
Hapoel Kfar Saba Kfar Saba Hapoel Ground, Kfar Saba
Hapoel Petah Tikva Petah Tikva Hapoel Ground, Petah Tikva
Hapoel Ramat Gan Ramat Gan HaMakhtesh Stadium
Hapoel Tel Aviv Tel Aviv Hapoel Ground, Jaffa
Maccabi Haifa Haifa Kiryat Eliezer Stadium
Maccabi Jaffa Jaffa Maccabi Jaffa Ground
Maccabi Netanya Netanya Sar-Tov Stadium
Maccabi Petah Tikva Petah Tikva Maccabi Ground, Petah Tikva
Maccabi Rehovot Rehovot Maccabi Ground, Rehovot
Maccabi Tel Aviv Tel Aviv Hapoel Ground, Jaffa

Final table[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GR Pts Qualification or relegation
1 Maccabi Tel Aviv 22 13 6 3 47 16 2.938 32 Champions
2 Hapoel Petah Tikva 22 12 5 5 54 28 1.929 29
3 Hapoel Tel Aviv 22 12 5 5 49 29 1.690 29
4 Maccabi Petah Tikva 22 10 7 5 43 34 1.265 27
5 Maccabi Haifa 22 11 3 8 53 27 1.963 25
6 Hapoel Haifa 22 9 4 9 32 39 0.821 22
7 Beitar Tel Aviv 22 10 0 12 41 48 0.854 20
8 Maccabi Netanya 22 9 2 11 31 44 0.705 20
9 Hapoel Ramat Gan 22 9 0 13 28 42 0.667 18
10 Maccabi Jaffa 22 6 5 11 39 44 0.886 17 Relegation Playoffs
11 Maccabi Rehovot 22 6 1 15 25 62 0.403 13 Relegated to Liga Alef
12 Hapoel Kfar Saba 22 3 6 13 20 48 0.417 12
Updated to match(es) played on 02 June 1956. Source: Davar (in Hebrew)
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal ratio 3) goals scored.

Results[edit]

Home \ Away MJA BTA HRG HKS HPT HTA HHA MHA MNE MPT MTA MRV
Maccabi Jaffa 2–4 2–1 4–1 3–3 2–2 1–2 3–2 2–3 1–1 0–2 6–1
Beitar Tel Aviv 4–0 1–0 0–3 1–2 0–5 2–3 1–6 2–0 2–3 1–2 6–3
Hapoel Ramat Gan 2–5 0–3 3–1 2–5 0–1 1–0 0–1 4–2 0–3 1–0 3–2
Hapoel Kfar Saba 0–0 2–0 1–2 2–1 1–5 0–1 1–4 0–2 1–1 0–1 0–0
Hapoel Petah Tikva 4–2 2–0 3–0 4–0 1–2 2–2 1–3 6–0 3–1 1–1 3–0
Hapoel Tel Aviv 0–1 3–1 2–0 0–0 1–0 5–1 0–2 2–0 2–0 3–0 7–1
Hapoel Haifa 3–1 1–3 2–3 3–0 1–0 2–2 0–0 3–2 3–2 0–3 3–0
Maccabi Haifa 5–1 4–2 3–0 1–2 1–2 2–2 5–0 0–2 1–3 1–3 5–0
Maccabi Netanya 2–0 1–0 0–3 3–3 1–3 1–2 3–1 3–1 0–0 2–1 2–1
Maccabi Petah Tikva 2–0 0–3 3–1 7–1 4–4 4–4 1–1 2–0 4–1 3–3 1–0
Maccabi Tel Aviv 1–1 2–3 1–0 0–0 1–1 3–0 2–0 1–1 3–0 2–0 5–1
Maccabi Rehovot 3–1 1–0 1–2 3–2 0–3 3–2 1–0 0–3 3–1 1–2 0–7
Updated to match(es) played on 2 June 1956. Source: Davar (in Hebrew)
For coming matches, an a indicates there is an article about the match.

Positions by round[edit]

The table lists the positions of teams after each week of matches; in order to preserve chronological evolvements, any postponed matches are not included to the round at which they were originally scheduled, but added to the full round they were played immediately afterwards. For example, if a match is scheduled for matchday 13, but then postponed and played between days 16 and 17, it will be added to the standings for day 17.

Team \ Round 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22
Maccabi Tel Aviv 5 6 6 5 4 5 7 6 6 4 3 1 2 2 3 3 3 3 2 1 1 1
Hapoel Petah Tikva 3 4 2 3 2 1 1 2 2 3 2 4 4 3 2 1 1 1 3 4 3 2
Hapoel Tel Aviv 1 1 1 1 3 3 3 3 3 2 4 3 1 1 1 2 2 2 1 2 2 3
Maccabi Petah Tikva 5 3 3 2 1 2 2 1 1 1 1 2 3 4 4 4 4 5 4 3 4 4
Maccabi Haifa 10 5 7 6 5 6 4 4 5 6 5 5 6 5 5 5 5 4 5 5 5 5
Hapoel Haifa 3 8 8 9 7 7 5 7 7 7 7 6 5 6 7 7 6 6 6 6 6 6
Beitar Tel Aviv 2 2 4 4 6 4 6 5 4 5 6 7 7 7 6 6 7 7 7 7 8 7
Maccabi Netanya 5 9 10 10 12 12 10 8 9 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 7 8
Hapoel Ramat Gan 12 7 5 7 8 9 11 12 10 9 10 11 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9
Maccabi Jaffa 10 12 12 12 11 10 8 9 8 11 9 10 10 10 10 11 11 11 11 10 10 10
Maccabi Rehovot 9 11 9 8 9 8 9 10 12 10 11 9 11 11 11 10 10 10 10 11 11 11
Hapoel Kfar Saba 5 10 11 11 10 11 12 11 11 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12

Source: [1]

Top goalscorers[edit]

Pos Player Club Goals
1 Avraham "Huli" Levi Beitar Tel Aviv 15
Michael Michaelov Hapoel Tel Aviv
3 Baruch Cohen Maccabi Jaffa 14
Boaz Kofman Hapoel Petah Tikva
Shlomo Levi Maccabi Haifa
6 Nahum Stelmach Hapoel Petah Tikva 13
Eliezer Spiegel Maccabi Petah Tikva
8 Itzhak Kirschenberg Hapoel Ramat Gan 11
10 Rehavia Rosenbaum Hapoel Tel Aviv 10
Jonny Hardy Maccabi Haifa
Boghos Ghougasian Maccabi Jaffa

References[edit]

  1. ^ Maccabi T.A. Won the Liga Leumit Championship After Beating Hapoel T.A. 3:0 (1:0) Davar, 3 June 1956, Historical Jewish Press (in Hebrew)
  2. ^ Maccabi Jaffa Beat Hakoah T.A. 1:0 and Remained Among the 10 Leumit Clubs Davar, 17 June 1956, Historical Jewish Press (in Hebrew)