Fixtures

Israel Super League 05/30 18:05 3 Hapoel Haifa vs Hapoel Tel Aviv - View
Israel Super League 06/02 18:05 3 Hapoel Tel Aviv vs Hapoel Haifa - View

Results

Israel Super League 05/28 16:05 3 [2] Hapoel Tel Aviv v Hapoel Haifa [1] W 97-66
Israel Super League 05/25 18:20 31 [4] Hapoel Jerusalem v Hapoel Tel Aviv [2] L 82-71
Israel Super League 05/22 18:05 28 [1] Maccabi Tel Aviv v Hapoel Tel Aviv [2] L 88-82
Israel Super League 05/19 15:30 29 [2] Hapoel Tel Aviv v Elitzur Kiryat Ata [6] W 98-77
Israel Super League 05/15 18:00 30 [2] Hapoel Tel Aviv v Ironi Ramat Gan [3] W 82-71
Israel Super League 05/07 15:40 27 [2] Hapoel Tel Aviv v Hapoel Holon [5] W 79-59
Israel Super League 05/01 17:45 15 [7] Bnei Herzliya v Hapoel Tel Aviv [3] W 80-82
Israel Super League 04/24 17:30 26 [10] Ironi Nes Ziona v Hapoel Tel Aviv [3] W 63-102
Israel Super League 04/24 16:30 15 Bnei Herzliya v Hapoel Tel Aviv - PPT.
Israel Super League 04/19 10:45 25 [9] Hapoel Afula v Hapoel Tel Aviv [2] L 84-78
Israel Super League 04/16 15:00 24 [2] Hapoel Tel Aviv v Ironi Ramat Gan [3] L 81-94
Israel Super League 04/08 18:00 23 [12] Hapoel Galil Elyon v Hapoel Tel Aviv [2] W 76-112

Wikipedia - Hapoel Tel Aviv B.C.

Hapoel Tel Aviv Basketball Club (Hebrew: מועדון כדורסל הפועל תל אביב) is an Israeli professional basketball club, based in Tel Aviv, Israel. Historically the second-most successful side in Israeli basketball with five national championships, the club is owned by Hapoel Tel Aviv Supporters Trust. The team was established in 1935, and plays in the Israeli Basketball Premier League and in EuroCup Basketball.

History

Hapoel Tel Aviv was founded in 1935, as part of the Tel Aviv branch of the "Hapoel" sports cooperative, the sports department of the Histadrut labor union, which was socialist and mostly Ashkenazi. The 15 years following the foundation of the Israeli national league in 1954 were the golden age in the club's history. During that time, it won most of its trophies. However, since then the club has failed to repeat its past success, and has watched as its bitter city rival, Maccabi Tel Aviv, beat them constantly in the race to trophies and European glory.

In 1980 the club inaugurated its home venue of Hapoel Arena at Ussishkin Street in the north of Tel Aviv in place of the open court that Hapoel had used for home games since 1953.Fall from Glory The new arena was named after the adjacent street bearing the name of Menachem Ussishkin, a famous Zionist leader. The uncomfortable conditions, along with the fact that Hapoel Tel Aviv's fans were considered among the most fanatic in Israeli sports, contributed to Ussishkin being known for an extremely hostile atmosphere for visiting teams.

In 1995 the Histadrut decided to suspend financial support of all its "Hapoel" sports teams, including Hapoel Tel Aviv. The club was sold to a group of private businessmen, and from 1998 until 2009 (with a short pause for the 2003–04 season), it was owned by Shaul Eizenberg, an Israeli businessman and former press officer of the Israel Football Association. Except for three years of financial support by Russian multi-millionaire Vladimir Gusinsky, Hapoel Tel Aviv has since consistently suffered from financial difficulties. The result of this was an immediate deterioration in the club's stability, which led to relegation to the second league in 1996–97, 1998–99, and 2005–06. During this period the club also conceded its most humiliating defeat of all time at the hands of local rivals Maccabi Tel Aviv by a staggering 54 points. This was part of a streak of nine defeats in one season to Maccabi Tel Aviv.

2005–06 season

In a controversial decision, Hapoel Tel Aviv decided to hold its home matches at Yad Eliyahu Arena. With its 10,383-seat capacity it had been recognized for years to be the home of rivals Maccabi Tel Aviv. The decision followed a statement by the club's owner Shaul Eizenberg that Hapoel Tel Aviv must move to a larger arena in order to repeat its past glory days. Also contributing to this decision was a change in policy of local police and municipal authorities. They declared the Ussishkin Arena to be unsafe, and announced plans to demolish it and build a boardwalk in place of the arena. The arena was demolished in 2007, despite a campaign by fans to preserve it.

In 2006 Eizenberg decided to stop funding the team, and thus Hapoel Tel Aviv started the season in the second division. The situation wasn't improved in the coming season, in which the team, built almost entirely of youth players, was relegated to the third division, winning only two games all season. Although the team managed to stay in the Israeli first league, it played the 2006–07 season in the second league due to lack of funds. The lack of funds and managerial disorders, as well as a completely new team based on youth players, led to finishing last in the second league and it was relegated to the third division at the end of that season.[]

Hapoel Ussishkin period (2007–10)

Hapoel Ussishkin logo
Willy Workman
Raviv Limonad

In June 2007 the new team was founded and registered in the Israeli 5th tier (Dan District) by Maor Harel. Hapoel Tel Aviv was owned and run by a supporters' trust with 1,800 registered paying members as of May 2011. The admission fee to the trust was 300 NIS as of May 2011. Besides voting rights in the trust's general assemblies, it also provides discount prices for club services such as a season ticket.

The team holds elections for the club's board every two years. In the second election in history on June 11, 549 voters decided to keep four of the current board members in place for another term, while electing as a fifth member Gilad Simchoni, the team's captain in recent years.

Hapoel Ussishkin, the new fan-owned and run team, was founded in July 2007 and registered in the Israeli Liga Bet Dan District (fifth tier), by supporters of Hapoel Tel Aviv B.C. following the club's relegation to the Israeli third tier, after years characterized by lack of financial support by the club's owner Eizenberg and poor management, which led it to bankruptcy, and finally relegation to the fourth tier, and the demolition of the Ussishkin Arena. In December 2009 the original men's senior team announced its disbandment followed by the fans team's trust buying the rights to Hapoel Tel Aviv B.C. brand through a third party. The name change was approved by the supporter trust in the following months, with the team promotion for the 2010–11 national league season.

During the 2007–08 season, backed with an astronomical[] budget in fifth-tier terms of over 300,000 NIS, the team finished its first season with a perfect record of 22–0 and qualified to the 4th division. The club also won another title by taking the Israeli 5th Division Union Cup, also without losing a single game. During the 2008–09 season, they also finished with a perfect record, 22–0, and the team qualified to the 3rd division. On April 30, 2009, the team won the Israeli 4th and 3rd Division Union Cup, winning over Hapoel Kfar Saba in the final game. Before the 2009–10 season started, it was decided that Hapoel Ussishkin would not play in the same district as Hapoel Tel Aviv, which played in the 3rd division as well, thus avoiding an intriguing match-up. The team qualified to Liga Leumit with a perfect record and won the Israeli 4th and 3rd Division Union Cup, winning over Elitzur Kohav-Yair/Keffar-Sabba in the final game.

Hapoel Ussishkin Honors

Liga Artzit (3rd)

  • Winners: 2010 (North Division)

Liga Alef (4th)

  • Winners: 2009 (Merkaz Division)

Liga Bet (5th)

  • Winners: 2008 (Tel-Aviv Division)

Association Cup

  • Champions (2): 2009, 2010

Liga Bet Association Cup

  • Champions (1): 2008

Players of the Year

Matan Naor

The Player of the Year award is voted for by fans in time for the final home game of the season. Previous winners have been:

Year Winner
2007–08 Tohar Haimovic
2008–09 Tohar Haimovic
2009–10 Matan Naor

Hapoel Tel Aviv (2011–present)

At the end of 2009–10 season, Following the closing of the original Hapoel Tel Aviv club, the rights to the club name were purchased by an anonymous businessman, and were given to the Hapoel Ussishkin Management. The Management of Hapoel Ussishkin, following a member-wide voting process, decided to rename the club name back to its original name, Hapoel Tel Aviv. In the 2010–11 season, the club reached the semi-finals of the State Cup, before being knocked off by Elitzur Netanya. The club failed to achieve promotion to the first division at the end of the 2010–11 season, following a loss in the playoffs finals to B.C. Ha-Bika'a.

In the 2011–12 season Hapoel Tel Aviv finally achieved promotion to the First Division, following a playoff win over Maccabi Beér Yaacov, therefore returning to the top tier after six years, and being the first fan-owned club in Israel to participate in a top-tier league.

Tamir Blatt

In 2014–17, Tamir Blatt played for the team. In March 2016, NBA star Nate Robinson signed with Hapoel Tel Aviv for the remainder of the season. Robinson led Hapoel Tel Aviv to the 8 seed and qualification for the playoffs. On May 19, Robinson scored 46 points in a quarter-final game against Hapoel Jerusalem. It was the most points scored in a playoff game since 1985.

Hapoel Tel Aviv is a professional basketball team based in Tel Aviv, Israel. The team competes in the Israeli Basketball Premier League, which is the top tier of basketball in Israel. Hapoel Tel Aviv has a rich history and is one of the most successful basketball teams in the country.

The team was founded in 1935 and has since established itself as a powerhouse in Israeli basketball. Hapoel Tel Aviv has won multiple Israeli championships and has also had success in European competitions.

Known for their passionate fan base and competitive spirit, Hapoel Tel Aviv is a respected and formidable opponent in the Israeli Basketball Premier League. The team's colors are red and white, and their home games are played at the Drive-In Arena in Tel Aviv.

Hapoel Tel Aviv is known for its strong team chemistry, skilled players, and dedicated coaching staff. The team continues to be a dominant force in Israeli basketball and is always a contender for the league title.