Hapoel Rishon LeZion F.C.

Hapoel Ironi Rishon LeZion (full name: Hapoel Ironi Rishon LeZion FC, ​​Hebrew הפועל עירוני ראשון לציון ) is an Israeli football club based in Rishon LeZion.


The club is one of the first founded by Jewish settlers in the former Mandate of Palestine football clubs. 1946 Hapoel played in the finals of the competition precursor of the Israel Football Cup and it lost to Maccabi Tel Aviv. After the founding of the state in 1948 was followed by a colorful history. In the top division one was 1978-1979, 1980-1982 and 1994-2003 between represented. In 1996, another collection in a cup final, in which one against Maccabi Tel Aviv drew the short straw again. Since Tel Aviv in a higher international competition started, Rishon LeZion was appointed to the qualification for the European Cup Winners' Cup, in which one but the Moldovan representative Constructorul Chisinau ( now FC Tiraspol ) just after 0-1 first-leg defeat and a 3-2 home win due the away goals rule failed. 2011 managed for the fourth time, the rise in the first Israeli league, but it went straight off again.