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|Full name||Ariel Benado
|Date of birth||December 5, 1973|
|Place of birth||Haifa, Israel|
|Height||1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)|
|Playing position||Central Defender|
|Current club||Maccabi Haifa (manager)|
|2012||Maccabi Haifa (youth)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 17 May 2010.
† Appearances (Goals).
Ariel "Arik" Benado (Hebrew: אריאל "אריק" בנאדו ; born December 5, 1973 in Haifa, Israel) is a former Israeli football player, and currently the manager of Maccabi Haifa. He and Yossi Benayoun hold the record as the most capped Israeli national players, with 94 caps.
He was a second generation player at Maccabi Haifa; his father, Shlomo, appeared for Haifa in the 1970s. Arik began playing at the age of nine, rising through the ranks to the senior team. He spent a two-year spell with Beitar Jerusalem in the mid-1990s to gain experience. He has won five league championships and a State Cup title with Maccabi. Benado is also a long-standing member of the Israeli national team where he holds the record as the most capped player (94 caps), and plays as a central defender. He is a tough defender, his strength lies in his tackling due to quick foot work. He had successfully defended against top strikers with the club and the national team in Europe. He has also appeared for Maccabi in the UEFA Champions League group stage. Beitar signed him for his second term in the club for the 2006/2007 season. On June 2010, Benado agreed to return to Maccabi Haifa for one last season before his retirement in June 2011. He started on the bench but quickly became Elisha Levi's first choice in Maccabi Haifa's defense, helping Maccabi Haifa to win the championship.
As a Player
- Israeli Premier League:
- Winner (9): 1993-94, 2000–01, 2001–02, 2003–04, 2004–05, 2005–06, 2006–07, 2007–08, 2010–11
- Runner-up (2): 1999–00, 2002–03
- State Cup:
- Winner (4): 1993, 1998, 2008, 2009
- Runner-up (2): 2002, 2011
- Toto Cup:
- Winners (4): 1993-94, 2001–02, 2005–06, 2009–10
As a Manager
- Israeli Premier League:
- Runner-up (1): 2012-13
- As of 28 November 2013.
|Maccabi Haifa||17 November 2012||Present||51||27||12||12||52.94|
- "Arik Benado will be in charge against Bnei Sakhnin" (in Hebrew). ONE. 17 November 2012. Retrieved 17 November 2012.
- "Arik Benado was appointed as Maccabi Haifa manager" (in Hebrew). ONE. 25 November 2012. Retrieved 25 November 2012.
- Arik Benado at National-Football-Teams.com
|Israel national football team captain
|Maccabi Haifa captain