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Derby, but not exactly Jerusalemite: about the meeting between Hapoel and Betar Jerusalem - Walla! Sport

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In the first meeting after 21.5 years, Hapoel and Betar Jerusalem will not play, but the entities that those teams represent - Hapoel Katamon vs. La Familia, as opposed to the urban rivalry that never really existed. Ron Amikam recalls and reviews



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Derby, but not exactly Jerusalemite: about the meeting between Hapoel and Betar Jerusalem

In the first meeting after 21.5 years, Hapoel and Betar Jerusalem will not play, but the entities that those teams represent - Hapoel Katamon vs. La Familia, as opposed to the urban rivalry that never really existed. Ron Amikam recalls and reviews

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Ron Amikam

Friday, 30 July 2021, 15:55 Updated: 18:42

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This week I read an amusing post by Moshe Arazi, a teacher, publicist and Betar Hard Core fan on Facebook. In the first decade of the millennium, the fiasco in Raanana in the final round of the 2002/3 season, he and his friends returned from a dismal Betar Jerusalem game and shouted "Shhhh" when it became clear that Hapoel had not been promoted to the Premier League.



The post was amusing because Arazi is one of the last Betar Jerusalem fans to know what a derby is. True, Hapoel fans have not experienced a derby for 21 and a half years, but they, in their hard work that included establishing a new Hapoel Jerusalem club and swallowing the name of the old club, did not Forget for a moment that one of the lofty goals that awaits the Red People in Zion is to play in a Jerusalem derby.After all, you have a club that played in all the leagues in the shortest possible time - were a bit infected with the opponent's hatred.



Because after all, tomorrow's derby is the first of its kind.

Although Hapoel Jerusalem and Betar Jerusalem will play in it, these are not the old Hapoel Jerusalem nor Betar Jerusalem.

Tomorrow the game will be between the two entities that made the clubs what they represent: Hapoel Katamon vs. La Familia.

And the derby that will develop later between these two clubs is going to be hot and fiery.

Tomorrow, as the derby is an upgraded prototype, it will still be fur, a derby in the exploratory stages.

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I dare say that this is a derby taken from the 1970s, when it was not yet clear to both parties what hegemony was, and it was simply a game between the Herut movement and the Jerusalem Workers' Council. Until 1968, Betar played a one-time season in the senior league and Hapoel has played continuously since 1958 in the senior league. , Which was also one of the hallmarks of the 1977 political upheaval. When Hapoel was relegated to the second division in 1979, for the first time in 20 years, Betar won its third runners-up and the second cup.



This was the stage where the derby almost inflated his soul. He returned with all his might to star in the relegation battles of the late '80s, but most of the derbies took place at all in Bloomfield, and those that were not played at the YMCA, which was already too narrow to contain the derby. Existing and for Beitar Jerusalem fans, it was also not the most important Hapoel. When Hapoel Jerusalem reached the state cup final in 1998, Betar won the laces championship. Hapoel Tel Aviv was its bitter rival, a rivalry that became mythological.



The urban rivalry in Jerusalem has never been mythological.

Fans grew up in the same neighborhoods and supported two different groups.

They sat in the same cafes, passed on urges but did not really hate each other, or at least did not develop an abysmal hatred as Betar fans developed for Hapoel Tel Aviv and later for Bnei Sakhnin.

In Tel Aviv, the derby is the pinnacle of hatred, either in Ashdod or in the streets, almost even in Haifa.

In Jerusalem there was not so much put derby that no one even remembers what it looks like, certainly how it behaves.

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The teams have changed and so have the fans (Photo: Udi Citiat)

Jerusalem has changed, and so have the audiences. No longer necessarily fans from old neighborhoods, nor actors. Hapoel has 13 home players on the roster, Betar much less. It is difficult to say that Betar is a significant leader in the number of children participating in the youth departments, football schools and various factories. If you add Hapoel's masterpieces - the "Neighborhood League" and women's soccer - the numbers are redder. Budget-wise, Hapoel's crowd is much more involved and the club is not dependent on a tycoon like Betar. Hapoel is a more Jerusalem group than Betar, which has long been a popular group and has long been a political group.



It can be said that Hapoel fans longed for Betar more than Betar fans longed for hatred for Hapoel, but the hatred that will develop for Hapoel will stem more from jealousy than other things. Of course, Hapoel should not be a pinch of the number of titles that Betar has, nor is there a chance that this will change in the next generation, but when it comes to organizing clubs, mobilizing the public, the way and the goal - to make Hapoel its fans proud of - Hapoel is in a better place. More, even from Hapoel Tel Aviv Basketball. Hapoel became a role model even before playing one season in the Premier League, and that's a lot in our football. Hapoel is back to looking at Betar in the white of their eyes - dating back to the days of Ben Rimoz, Leon Azoulay and Single - and not necessarily in sporting terms. And she's coming back, too.



There is something I learned after 50 years of physically watching hundreds of derbies across the country, even derbies that are not exactly urban - whoever hates his mythological rival more, also wins.

It is not the audience that wins, but the actors.

After 25 years in most cases the derby was in one side, and 20 years without a derby, the derby returns and there is a situation where he will again be in one side, but not the side you think.

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