Football in Lebanon

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Football in Lebanon
Country Lebanon
Governing body Federation Libanaise de Football
National team Lebanon
Nickname(s) The Cedars
Clubs 178

Football is the most popular sport in Lebanon.[1][2][3][4][5] Football in Lebanon is governed by the Federation Libanaise de Football (FLDF). The country's most popular clubs are Al-Ansar and Al-Nejmeh. The top division league is the Lebanese Premier League which consists of 12 teams.

National competitions[edit]

National teams[edit]

The Lebanon national football team is managed by Giuseppe Giannini and captained by Roda Antar. In 2000, Lebanon hosted the 2000 AFC Asian Cup and were eliminated from the group stage. [4]

A women's national team, an under-23 team, an under-20 team, an under-17 team and a futsal national team also compete.

Guinness World Record[edit]

The Al-Ansar won 11 consecutive league titles between 1988 and 1999.

Premier League football clubs[edit]

The 2011-2012 season includes the following teams:

Special events[edit]

Al-Nejmeh alongside Al-Ansar are the most popular football clubs in Lebanon. In 1974, the famous Brazilian player Pelé played a game with them (Al-Nejmeh). In 1975, they won 1-0 over USSR champions and cup holders in that year Ararat Yerevan FC. They have also beaten other great teams. They have the largest fan club in Lebanon with about 30% from all the Lebanese supporting them.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Lebanese women futsal players kick down barriers". indiatimes.com. 8 December 2013. Retrieved 13 December 2013. 
  2. ^ "Lebanon commemorates civil war outbreak through soccer | JPost | Israel News". JPost. 2010-04-14. Retrieved 2013-12-02. 
  3. ^ "On Soccer and Politics in Lebanon » CounterPunch: Tells the Facts, Names the Names". CounterPunch. Retrieved 2013-12-02. 
  4. ^ a b "National Team Helps Bring Lebanon Together". The New York Times. Retrieved 2013-12-02. 
  5. ^ "Theo Bucker, Lebanon hope to qualify for Brazil 2014 World Cup - Soccer - SI.com". Sportsillustrated.cnn.com. 2012-09-25. Retrieved 2013-12-02. 

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