Libyan Premier League

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Libyan Premier League
Country Libya Libya
Confederation CAF
Founded 1963
Number of teams 16
Levels on pyramid 1
Relegation to Libyan Second Division
Domestic cup(s) Libyan Cup
Libyan League Cup
International cup(s) Champions League
Confederation Cup
Arab Champions League
Current champions AlAhli (Tripoli)
(2013–14)
Most championships Al Ittihad (16)
TV partners Libya Sport Channel
Website lff.ly
2013–14

The Libyan Premier League (Arabic: دوري الدرجة الأولى الليبي‎) is the highest division of the Libyan football league pyramid, organized by Libyan Football Federation.

The league has been ranked by the IFFHS as the 56th highest in the world for 2009, making it the 5th highest ranked league in the Arab world, after the Saudi Professional League, the Egyptian Premier League, the Algerian Ligue Professionnelle 1, & the Tunisian Ligue Professionnelle 1 [1]

The league's television rights are owned by Libya Sports. They also show a highlights program, called 90 Minutes, which broadcasts every week.

The league is dominated by two clubs: Al Ittihad and Al Ahli, both based in the nation's capital. 42 of the 43 titles have been won by clubs from the two biggest cities: Benghazi & Tripoli.

History[edit]

The Libyan Premier League was founded in 1963. Prior to that, there were three Provincial Championships, one each for the Eastern, Western and Southern provinces. The first league season at national level was the 1963-64 season, in which participated the Western Province champion Al Ahly (Tripoli), the Eastern Province champion Al Ahly (Benghazi) and the Southern Province champion Hilal Sabha. After the withdrawal of Hilal Sabha due to lack of resources, the league was limited to just two teams. Al Ahly (Tripoli) defeated Al Ahly (Benghazi) 2-0 over two matches (1-0 home and away) to become the first Libyan Premier League champions.

Winners[edit]

Al Ittihad are the most successful Libyan club, having won 16 titles, including 6 straight titles (from 2004–05 to 2009–10. Their arch rivals Al Ahly (Tripoli) have won it 10 times, but have not won the title since the 1999–2000 season.

The last team to win the title from outside the capital was al-Olomby, who won the league in the 2003–04 season. The Big Two (Al Ahly (Tripoli) & Al Ittihad) have won 27 of the 43 titles that have been contested since 1964.

Champions by season[edit]

Winners are:[2]

Performance by club[edit]

Club Winners Runners-up Winning Years
Al Ittihad (Tripoli)
16
7
1964–65, 1965–66, 1968–69, 1985–86, 1987–88, 1988–89, 1989–90, 1990–91, 2001–02, 2002–03, 2004–05, 2005–06, 2006–07, 2007–08, 2008–09 2009–10,
Al Ahly (Tripoli)
11
9
1963–64, 1970–71, 1972–73, 1973–74, 1977–78, 1983–84, 1992–93, 1993–94, 1994–95, 2000, 2013–14
Al Ahly (Benghazi)
4
7
1969–70, 1971–72, 1974–75, 1991–92
Al Madina (Tripoli)
3
2
1975–76, 1982–83, 2000–01
Al Tahaddi (Benghazi)
3
1
1966–68, 1976–77, 1996–97
Al Mahala (Tripoli)
2
1
1997–98, 1998–99
Al Nasr (Benghazi)
1
4
1987
Al Dhahra
1
0
1984–85
Al Shat
1
0
1995–96
Al Olympique
1
0
2003–04

Titles by city[edit]

City Titles Winning Clubs
Tripoli
34
Al Ittihad (16), Al Ahly (11), Al Madina (3), Al Mahala (2), Al Dhahra (1), Al Shat (1)
Benghazi
8
Al Ahly (4), Al Tahaddi (3), Al Nasr (1)
Zawiya
1
Al Olympique (1)

2013–14 Clubs[edit]

Team Location Sha'biyah Stadium Capacity[4]
Al Ahly Benghazi Benghazi Martyrs of February Stadium 10,550
Al Ahly Tripoli Tripoli June 11 Stadium 65,000
Al Akhdar Bayda Jabal al Akhdar Sheikh Chadae Stadium 10,000
Al Hilal Benghazi Benghazi Martyrs of February Stadium 10,550
Al Ittihad Tripoli Tripoli June 11 Stadium 65,000
Al Madina Tripoli Tripoli June 11 Stadium 65,000
Al Najma Benghazi Benghazi Martyrs of February Stadium 10,550
Al Nasr Benghazi Benghazi Martyrs of February Stadium 10,550
Al Olympique Zawiya Zawiya Zaawia Stadium 6,000
Al Shat (R) Tripoli Tripoli GMR Stadium 20,000
Al Swihli Misrata Misrata 9th July Stadium 10,000
Al Tahaddi (R) Benghazi Benghazi March 28 Stadium 55,000
Al Tirsana (R) Tripoli Tripoli GMR Stadium 20,000
Al Wahda Tripoli Tripoli Ali Alsgozy Stadium 3,000
Darnes Derna Bayda Al Bayda Stadium 10,000
Khaleej Sirte (R) Sirte Sirte 2 March Stadium 2,000

Top scorers by season[edit]

Top scorers are:[citation needed]

Season Player Club Goals
1963-64 Libya Ahmed Ben Sawed Al Ahly (Benghazi) 19
1964-65 Libya Ahmed Ben Sawed Al Ahly (Benghazi) 18
1965-66 Libya Ahmed Al Ahwal Al Ittihad 14
1966-67 Libya Hassan Snousi Al Ahly (Tripoli) 12
1968-69 Libya Mohamed Boughalia Al Ahly (Tripoli) 16
1970-71 Libya Yousef Sidqi Al Nasr 15
1971-72 Libya Yousef Sidqi Al Nasr 12
1972-73 Libya Nouri Alsirri Al Madina 17
1973-74 Libya Nouri Alsirri Al Madina 13
1974-75 Libya Nouri Alsirri Al Madina 17
1975-76 Libya Mustafa Belhaaj Al Madina 19
1976-77 Libya Abubakr Douzan Al Madina 15
1977-78 Libya Fahim Raqs Al Ahly (Tripoli) 8
1982-83 Libya Nouri Alsirri Al Madina 17
1983-84 Libya Abdulraouf Ferjany Al Dhahra 11
1984-85 Libya Ramadan Barnaoui Al Ahly (Benghazi) 9
1985-86 Libya Salim Bou Jarrad Al Ittihad 11
1986-87 Libya Faraj Bar'asi Al Nasr 12
1987-88 Libya Salim Bou Jarrad Al Ittihad 11
1988-89 Libya Faraj Meeloud Al Tahaddi 6
1989-90 Libya Ali Bashary
Libya Nasr Badr
Al Ahly (Benghazi)
Afriqi
11
1990-91 Libya Idris Mikraaz Darnes 11
1991-92 Libya Abdelhakeem Suwayyah Al Tirsana 12
1992-93 Libya Abdelhakeem Suwayyah Al Tirsana 14
1993-94 Libya Idrees Mikraaz Al Ahly (Tripoli) 19
1994-95 Libya Mohamed Milaad
Libya Hassan Othman
Ittihad Gheryan
Al Morooj
6
1995-96 Libya Muammar Masoud Al Shat 10
1996-97 Libya Khalifa Maqinny Al Hilal 12
1997-98 Libya Khalifa Maqinny Al Hilal 14
1998-99 Libya Mustafa Ramadan
Libya Abdelaaty Qubay
Al Ahly (Benghazi)
Al Intilaaq
13
2000 Libya Ahmed Saad Benghazi Al Jadeeda 8
2000-01 Libya Ashraf Muammar
Libya Ali Melyaan
Al Tahaddi
Al Madina
14
2001-02 Libya Al-Saadi Gaddafi Al Ittihad 19
2002-03 Libya Ahmed El Masli
Libya Khaled Shallabi
Al Nasr
Al Madina
13
2003-04 Libya Ahmed Saad Al Nasr 14
2004-05 Senegal Sheikh Sedao Al Urouba 12
2005-06 Libya Samir Al Wahaj Al Wahda 18
2006-07 Libya Walid Shebli Al Madina 13
2007-08 Libya Abdelhameed Zidane Al Akhdar 21
2008-09 Libya Samir Al Wahaj Al Tirsana 19
2009-10 Morocco Rasheed al Deasy Al Shat 15

Regulations[edit]

The rules can be found on the official LFF website[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ IFFHS
  2. ^ "Libya - List of Champions". RSSSF. Retrieved 24 September 2011. 
  3. ^ "Algeria offer to step in for Libya". aljazeera.com. 4 July 2011. Retrieved 4 January 2012. 
  4. ^ Stadium information at goalzz.com
  5. ^ Regulations at LFF (Arabic)

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