F.C. Nazareth Illit

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F.C. Nazareth Illit
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Full name Football Club Nazareth Illit
Founded 1962; 52 years ago (1962)
Ground Green Stadium, Nazareth Illit
Ground Capacity 4,000
Manager Shimon Edri
League Liga Leumit
2013–14 8th
Current season

Football Club Nazareth Illit (Hebrew: מועדון כדורגל נצרת עילית‎, Moadon Kaduregel Natzrat Illit, formerly Hapoel Nazareth Illit F.C.), is an Israeli football club based in the city of Nazareth Illit.

History[edit]

Founded in 1962, the club was in Liga Artzit, then the second tier, in 1980-81. In 1983-84 they finished second from bottom, and were relegated to Liga Alef.

In 1998-99 they finished as runners-up in Liga Alef North, and were promoted back to Liga Artzit, which was now the third tier following the formation of the Israeli Premier League in 1999. After narrowly avoiding relegation in 2000-01 when they finished one place above the relegation zone, the club finished as runners-up the following season, and were promoted back to the second tier. In 2003-04 they finished as runners-(on goal difference), and were promoted to the Premier League for the first time in their history.

In their first season in the Premier League the club finished fifth. Home matches were initially played at Maccabi Ahi Nazareth's Ilut Stadium, whilst their home ground had floodlights installed. They returned home in February 2005. However, the following season, 2005-06, they finished second from bottom (on goal difference), and returned to Liga Leumit. In 2007-08 they finished bottom of Liga Leumit, and were relegated to Liga Artzit.

Despite only finishing seventh in Liga Artzit in 2008-09, F.C. Nazareth Illit were promoted back to Liga Leumit as restructuring meant the top seven clubs were automatically promoted. Since then, Nazareth Illit hasn't been relegated for 3 consecutive seasons, finishing 7th in 2009-10, 11th in 2010-11 and 12th in 2011-12.

In the 2012-13 season of the league, currently under process, Nazareth Illit is surprisingly at the top of the table. With the joining of players like Ibrahim Basit, Eran Malchin and Moti Malka, Nazareth Illit is ranked 2nd, with 8 fixtures to go in the season. If the team will stay in that position until the end of the season, they will be promoted to the Israeli Premier League for the first time since their relegation in 2006.

Current squad[edit]

As to 4 September 2014

No. Position Player
1 Israel GK Sagi Malul
2 Israel DF Elior Kakiashvili
4 Israel DF Eliran Hudeda
5 Israel DF Yevgni Berkman
6 Israel DF Niv Serdal
7 Israel MF Eran Malkin (on loan from Maccabi Haifa)
8 Israel MF Yehuda Zano
10 Israel MF Yarden Cohen
11 Israel FW Aviv Cohen
12 Israel MF Awdi Sabag
14 Israel MF Naor Abudi (on loan from Hapoel Ironi Kiryat Shmona)
No. Position Player
16 Moldova FW Eugen Sidorenco
17 Ghana MF William Owusu
18 Israel DF Reuven Gal
21 Israel MF Liad Elmaliah
22 Israel GK Ron Shushan (on loan from Maccabi Haifa)
23 Israel MF Yaniv Deri
25 Israel FW Ohad Rabinovich
30 Israel MF Ofir Shmilovich
33 Israel FW Haythem Halabi (on loan from Maccabi Haifa)
55 Israel DF Niran Rotstein
99 Israel GK Shimon Teper

Notable former players[edit]

     

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