F.C. Ironi Ashdod

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Ashdod
Club crest
Full name Moadon Sport Ironi Ashdod
מועדון ספורט עירוני אשדוד
Nickname(s) The Dolphins
Founded 1999; 15 years ago (1999)
Ground Yud-Alef Stadium, Ashdod
Ground Capacity 8,200
Chairman Jacky Ben-Zaken
Manager Nir Klinger
League Israeli Premier League
2013–14 8th

F.C. Ironi Ashdod (Hebrew: מועדון ספורט עירוני אשדוד‎, Moadon Sport Ironi Ashdod, lit. Ironi Ashdod Sport Club or in short Hebrew: מ.ס.ע. אשדוד‎, Mem Samekh Hain Ashdod, lit. F.C.I Asdod) is an Israeli football club, playing in the port city of Ashdod. The unorthodox name of the team (no association, i.e. Hapoel, Maccabi, Beitar etc.) is the result of the union of two city rivals, Hapoel Ashdod and Maccabi Ironi Ashdod.

History[edit]

During the club's first years, its kit colors were completely blue. When Haim Revivo took a more prominent role in the club, the colors were changed to red and yellow (which was also noted by skeptics of being Revivo's colors during his time at Galatasaray in Turkey.) The decision was made that the kit should incorporate two of the previous clubs' colors, Hapoel having been red and Maccabi yellow and blue.

The club was not immediately successful after the merger, and fan support was lacking. During the 2004-05 season, they reached their greatest achievement, a third place finish in the Israeli Premier League and a berth in the UEFA Cup. The club also reached the final of the Toto Cup, only to go out on penalty kicks. Their first time in a continental competition was not a memorable one, as they went out to the Slovenian PrvaLiga runners-up.

In the summer of 2014, the club added Ironi to its name.

Players[edit]

First-team squad[edit]

As of 27 September 2014. Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Israel GK Ofir Martziano
2 Israel DF Hatem Abd Elhamed
3 Israel DF Ofer Verta
4 Israel DF Gal Barel
5 Israel DF Israel Rosh
6 Democratic Republic of the Congo DF Paty Yeye Lenkebe
7 Israel FW Murad Abu Anza
8 Israel DF Rahamim Checkol
9 Nigeria FW Yero Bello
10 Serbia MF Aleksandar Davidov
11 Israel MF Roei Beckel
12 Israel MF Lior Inbroom
14 Israel MF Gadi Kinda
No. Position Player
15 Israel DF Tom Ben Zaken
16 Israel FW Michael Ohana
18 Nigeria DF Juwon Oshaniwa
19 Israel FW Niv Zrihan
20 Israel DF Michael Siroshtein
23 Israel MF Dean David
32 Argentina FW David Solari
55 Israel GK Roi Mishpati
77 Israel MF Mishel Russ
Israel DF Amir Ben-Shimon
Israel MF Tom Mond
Israel FW Bentzi Moshel

Notable former players[edit]

Managers[edit]

Honours[edit]

European cup history[edit]

As of 29 August 2013
Season Competition Round Country Club Home Away Aggregate
2005–06 UEFA Cup Q1 Slovenia Domžale 2–2 1–1 3–3(a)

Club officials[edit]

Boardroom[edit]

Management[edit]

References[edit]