Lebanese Premier League

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Lebanese Premier League
Lebanon FA (logo).png
Country Lebanon Lebanon
Confederation AFC
Founded 1933; 81 years ago (1933)
Number of teams 12
Levels on pyramid 1
Relegation to Lebanese Second Division
Domestic cup(s) Lebanese FA Cup
Lebanese Super Cup
Lebanese Elite Cup
Lebanese Federation Cup
International cup(s) AFC Cup
Arab Champions League
Current champions Al-Nejmeh (2013–14)
Most championships Al-Ansar (13 Titles)
TV partners Lebanon Al Jadeed
Lebanon Al-Manar
Website lebanese-goal.com
2014–15 season

Lebanese Premier League (French: Championnat du Liban de Football / Arabic: الدوري اللبناني لكرة القدم) is the top division of the Federation Libanaise de Football Association football league competitions. It was founded in 1900 and began in 1934[clarification needed] and their confederation is the AFC. There are 12 teams competing however only 10 survive a season that sees two teams getting relegated to the Lebanese Second Division. The two remaining places are taken by the promoted teams from the second division. The most successful club in the history of the league is Al-Ansar, topping with 13 league titles while Al-Nejmeh and Homenetmen Beirut have 7 titles. Al-Ansar set a Guinness world record by winning 11 consecutive league titles between 1988 and 1999, a record that has since been surpassed by Skonto FC from Latvia.[1]

Overview[edit]

The Lebanese Premier League is based upon home and away fixtures. The points system is the international and most used system:

Ranking structure[edit]

The clubs are ranked by points and tie breakers are in the following order:

  • Goal difference
  • Goals scored
  • Head-to-head results
  • Disciplinary points

Media Coverage[edit]

Al Jadeed Logo Al-Manar logo

The Lebanese League broadcasting rights are distribtuted to Al Jadeed and Al-Manar TV. Live coverage of each game is broadcast 4 times a week, and weekly highlights of each match are produced once a week.

Lebanese Premier League clubs (2014-15)[edit]

Lebanese Premier League is located in Lebanon
Beirut
Beirut
Tyre
Tyre
Aley
Aley
Tripoli
Tripoli
Sidon
Sidon
Zgharta
Zgharta
Locations of teams in the 2013–14 Lebanese Premier League
Club Location Stadium Stadium capacity
Al-Ahed Beirut Beirut Municipal Stadium 2,500
Al Akhaa Al Ahli Aley Amin AbdelNour Stadium 3,500
Al Ansar Beirut Beirut Municipal Stadium 22,500
Al Egtmaaey Tripoli (R) Tripoli Tripoli Municipal Stadium 22,000
Al-Mabarrah (R) Beirut Mabarra Stadium 5,000
Al Nejmeh Beirut Camille Chamoun Sports City 55,000
Racing Beirut Beirut Fouad Shehab Stadium 5,000
Safa Beirut Safa Stadium 4,000
Salam Zgharta Zgharta Zgharta-Mirdachiyyé Stadium 5,000
Shabab Al-Sahel Beirut Beirut Municipal Stadium 22,500
Tadamon Sour Sour Sour Stadium 6,500
Tripoli SC Tripoli Tripoli Municipal Stadium 22,000

Previous winners[edit]

Champions so far are:[2]

Champions[edit]

Clubs
Championships
Al-Ansar 13
Al-Nejmeh 8
Homenetmen Beirut 7
Homenmen Beirut 4
Al-Ahed 3
Racing Beirut 3
Al Nahda FC 3
Sikka Railways Beirut 3
AUB 3
Safa 2
Al-Shabiba Mazraa 1
Al-Tadhamon Soor 1
Tripoli SC (ex Olympic Beirut) 1

Topscorers[edit]

Season Top scorer Club Goals
1933–34
1934–35
1935–36
1936–37
1937–38
1938–39
1939–40 The championship was not held
1940–41
1941–42
1942–43
1943–44
1944–45
1945–46
1946–47
1947–48
1948–49
1949–50 The championship was not held
1950–51
1951–52 The championship was not held
1952–53 The championship was not held
1953–54
1954–55
1955–56
1956–57
1957–58 The championship was not held
1958–59 The championship was not held
1959–60 The championship was not held
1960–61 Lebanon Mardek Chabarian Homenmen Beirut 15
1961–62 The championship was not held
1962–63 Lebanon Joseph Abou Murad Racing 18
1963–64 The championship was not held
1964–65 Lebanon Levon Altonian Homenetmen Beirut 19
1965–66 The championship was not held
1966–67 Lebanon Muhaddin Ayatani Al-Nejmeh 15
1967–68 The championship was not held
1968–69
1969–70 State of Palestine Hani Abdul Fattah Safa 19
1970–71 The championship was not held
1971–72 The championship was not held
1972–73 Lebanon Youssef Al Ghoul Al-Ansar 8
1973–74 The championship was not held
1974–75
1975–76 The championship was not held
1976–77 The championship was not held
1977–78 The championship was not held
1978–79 The championship was not held
1979–80 The championship was not held
1980–81 The championship was not held
1981–82 The championship was not held
1982–83 The championship was not held
1983–84 The championship was not held
1984–85 The championship was not held
1985–86 The championship was not held
1986–87 The championship was not held
1987–88 Lebanon Fouad Saad Al-Ansar 6
1988–89 The championship was not held
1989–90
1990–91 Lebanon Fadi Alloush Al-Ansar 32
1991–92 Lebanon Walid Dahrouj Safa 20
1992–93 Lebanon Fadi Alloush Al-Ansar 27
1993–94 Lebanon Mahmoud Hamoud Al-Nejmeh 15
1994–95 Armenia Vitali Aghassian Homenmen Beirut 16
1995–96 Syria Assef Khalifa Al-Nejmeh 19
1996–97 Trinidad and Tobago Peter Prospar Al-Ansar 22
1997–98 Lebanon Ahmad Jaradi Al-Nejmeh 13
1998–99 Lebanon Haitham Zein Al-Tadamon 15
1999–00 Brazil Toninho Santos
Iraq Sahib Abbas
Al-Ansar
Salam Zgharta
14
2000–01 Trinidad and Tobago Errol McFarlane Al-Nejmeh 21
2001–02 Iraq Mahmoud Majeed Shabab Al-Sahel 24
2002–03 Brazil Sílvio Olympic Beirut 18
2003–04 Lebanon Mohammad Kassas Al-Nejmeh 22
2004–05 Lebanon Mohammad Kassas Al-Nejmeh 21
2005–06 Lebanon Ali Nasseredine Al-Nejmeh 17
2006–07 Lebanon Mohammed Ghaddar Al-Nejmeh 25
2007–08 Lebanon Mohammed Ghaddar Al-Nejmeh 22
2008–09 Iraq Salih Sadir Al-Ahed 27
2009–10 Senegal Makhete Diop Al-Nejmeh 23
2010–11 Lebanon Hassan Maatouk Al-Ahed 15
2011–12 Lebanon Mohamad Haidar Safa 12
2012–13 Lebanon Imad Ghaddar Shabab Al-Ghazieh 20
2013–14 Lebanon Adnan Melhem Racing Beirut 15
2014–15

Lebanese Diaspora Players[edit]

Elrich was given a contract by Nejmeh before he started his career in Australia

By inviting new players from the other nations which had a large Lebanese community from the United States, Canada, Mexico, Argentina, Brazil, Germany, Colombia, Sweden, Norway, Australia, Ivory Coast, Egypt, France and others, they are hoping for a new beginning of Lebanon's football, since this was becoming popular in Lebanon. The appearance of so many Lebanese players in other countries; like Faryd Mondragon (Colombia), Miguel Layún and Miguel Sabah (Mexico); or legendary players and managers such as Pierre Issa (South Africa), Antonio Mohamed (Argentina) and Ahmad Elrich (Australia) are sending the inspiration to Lebanese people in football.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Season review: Latvia". UEFA. 8 November 2010. Retrieved 26 April 2012. European-record run of 14 straight championships 
  2. ^ "Lebanon - List of Champions". RSSSF. Retrieved 26 April 2012. 

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