Beitar Jerusalem F.C.

association football club in Israel

Beitar Jerusalem Football Club (Hebrew: מועדון כדורגל בית"ר ירושלים, Moadon Kaduregel Beitar Yerushalayim) is an Israeli football club from Jerusalem. The club has been controversial because of its links with the right wing politics and to the Likud party since it was created. The fans chant racist things towards Arabs.

Beitar Jerusalem
Full nameBeitar Jerusalem Football Club
Nickname(s)The Menorah
The Flag of the State
Lions from the Capital
GroundTeddy Stadium, Jerusalem
OwnerArcadi Gaydamak
ManagerYuval Naim
LeagueIsraeli Premier League
2018-197th of 14



The club was founded in 1936 by David Horn. He was the head of the local Betar movement. The Betar movement was a Zionist youth organisation. Most of the early players came from this group. In 1938 the club stopped playing because the manager and some of the players were arrested and deported by the British authorities in Palestine. In 1943, they were able to play again, but in 1947 the British blocked the games on the day the 1948 Arab-Israeli War started. A player was also killed when he entered a British camp. During his existence the club was very successful. The team has never been relegated from the Israeli Premier League. It was one of the original 14 Israeli Premier League teams at the time of its foundation in 1999. In the all-time table of the league Beitar ranks 4th.

The farthest they have ever gone in a European competition was in the 2016-17 Europa League where they made it to the play off round.

Current team


Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Pos. Nation Player
1 GK   Israel Ariel Harush
2 DF   Israel Eli Dasa
3 DF   Argentina Miguel Alfredo Portillo
4 DF   Israel Tomer Yerucham
5 DF   Israel Matan Barashi
6 DF   Israel Tomer Ben Yosef
7 FW   Israel Amit Ben Shushan (vice-captain)
8 MF   Israel Aviram Baruchyan (captain)
9 MF   Israel Dan Einbinder
10 FW   Israel Liron Diamant
11 FW   Israel Tal Mishali
12 DF   Israel Shmuel Kozokin
13 MF   Israel Shai Mutay
14 FW   Israel Eden Malka
No. Pos. Nation Player
15 MF   Israel Shai Haddad
16 MF   Israel Evyatar Baruchyan
17 MF   Israel Zahi Elihen
18 DF   Israel Avi Reikan
19 MF   Israel Shai Nissim
21 MF   Israel Kobi Moyal
22 GK   Israel Ohad Saidof
23 DF   Israel Tal Kachila
24 MF   Israel Ofir Kriaf
26 MF   Israel Steven Cohen
27 FW   Israel Eden Nachmani
28 MF   Israel Barak Moshe
39 DF   Ukraine Andriy Pylyavskyi
40 GK   Israel Aviram Ziat


Teddy stadium

The club first home was the "Banana Field" close to Beitar youth group's "nest". In the 1950s the club moved to the YMCA Stadium. Later it was shared with Hapoel Jerusalem. The YMCA was nicknamed the sandbox because the field was in a very poor condition.

In 1991 both clubs moved to the Teddy Stadium, named after longtime Jerusalem mayor Teddy Kollek. Initially the stadium was two-sided and held 12,000 spectators. This was increased to 21,600 when a third side was completed in 1997.

Seasons in the Premier League


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  • Israeli championships
    • Winners: 1986/87, 1992/93, 1996/97, 1997/98, 2006/07, 2007/08
  • Second Division
    • Champions: 1953/54; 1957–58; 1966/68
  • State Cup
    • Winners: 1976, 1979, 1985, 1986, 1989, 2008, 2009, 2023
  • Toto Cup
    • Winners: 1997–98, 2009–10
  • Shalom Cup (Roma)
    • Winners: 2000
  • Israeli Supercup
    • Winners: 1976, 1986
  • Lilian Cup
    • Winners: 1985
  • Mini Football Championship
    • Winners: 1988

Other websites



  1. "Israel - List of Final Tables".