2008–09 Libyan Premier League

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Libyan Premier League
Season2008–09
ChampionsIttihad Tripoli
RelegatedWahda Tripoli
Jazeera
Wefaq Sabratha
Aman al Aam
Champions LeagueIttihad Tripoli
Ahly Benghazi
Confederation CupAhly Tripoli
Tersanah (via cup)
Goals scored572
Average goals/game3.18
Top goalscorerSamir Al Wahaj (Tersanah) - 19 goals
Biggest home winIttihad 6–1 Wahda Tripoli (21 May 2009)
Biggest away winShat 1–9 Ahly Tripoli (5 June 2009)
Highest scoringShat 1–9 Ahly Tripoli (5 June 2009) (10 goals)
Longest unbeaten runAhly Benghazi - 16 matches (2009-02-08 to 2009-06-23)
Longest losing runWahda Tripoli - 8 matches (2008-12-27 to 2009-03-27)

The 2008–09 Libyan Premier League season was the forty-first edition of the competition since its establishment in 1963. Al Ittihad were the defending champions, having won their fourteenth Libyan Premier League title with just one round of matches to spare in the previous season. The campaign began on Friday October 17, 2008,[1][2] delayed due to Libya's World Cup qualifiers, and, depending on the Libyan Cup, is scheduled to finish on June 26, 2009.[3] A total of 16 teams contested the league, including 13 who competed in the previous season and three promoted from the Libyan Second Division. (see 2007–08 Libyan Second Division)

The first goal of the season was scored by newly promoted Wefaq Sabratha's Stefan de Paul against 2003-04 champions Al Olomby in the thirty-second minute of the game on the opening day of the season on October 17.[4][5] Atef Hussein of Al Olomby scored the first hat-trick of the season against Al Sweahly on December 16, netting two in the final six minutes to help his side to a 3–3 draw.[6][7]

The season paused for its usual mid-season break. However, this season's break was extended due to the national team's participation in the 2009 African Championship of Nations, and participation (at club level) in Africa's continental competitions. The season continued on March 13.[8]

Wahda Tripoli were the first club to be relegated following a 4–1 defeat to Ahly Benghazi on May 28, 2009.[9]Wefaq Sabratha's relegation was also confirmed on June 18, 2009 despite defeating Jazeera 4–1, as other results went against them. Jazeera's defeat also meant that they would not be remaining in the division for next season.[10] Aman al Aam were relegated on the final day of the season. Although they defeated Khaleej Sirte 2–0, they needed Hilal Benghazi to lose to Sweahly to stay up on head-to-head record. Hilal secured a 0–0 draw, ensuring their survival by one point.

Ittihad Tripoli won the title on June 19, 2009 after defeating Sweahly 2–1 to gain an unassailable lead over second-placed Ahly Benghazi. This was Ittihad's 5th league title in succession, and their 15th overall.[11][12]

Promotion and relegation[edit]

Teams promoted from 2007–08 Libyan Second Division

Teams relegated to Libyan Second Division 2008–09

League table[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 Ittihad (C) 30 22 5 3 54 15 +39 71 2010 CAF Champions League
2 Ahly Benghazi 30 20 7 3 60 24 +36 67
3 Ahly Tripoli 30 20 6 4 62 24 +38 66 2010 CAF Confederation Cup
4 Akhdar 30 14 5 11 37 29 +8 47
5 Nasr 30 13 7 10 38 31 +7 46
6 Khaleej Sirte 30 10 12 8 31 33 −2 42
7 Tersanah 30 10 10 10 35 34 +1 40[a] 2010 CAF Confederation Cup[b]
8 Sweahly 30 10 10 10 34 34 0 40[a]
9 Madina 30 9 12 9 28 27 +1 39
10 Shat 30 9 8 13 43 57 −14 35[c]
11 Olomby 30 7 14 9 35 39 −4 35[c]
12 Hilal 30 7 10 13 25 42 −17 31
13 Aman al Aam (R) 30 8 6 16 22 37 −15 30 Relegation to Libyan Second Division
14 Wefaq Sabratha (R) 30 6 11 13 22 33 −11 29
15 Jazeera (R) 30 8 2 20 21 49 −28 22[d]
16 Wahda (R) 30 2 5 23 25 65 −40 11
Updated to match(es) played on June 26, 2009. Source: RSSSF
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) head-to-head points; 3) head-to-head goal difference; 4) head-to-head goals scored; 5) goal difference; 6) number of goals scored.
(C) Champion; (R) Relegated.
Notes:
  1. ^ a b TER 2–1 SWE; SWE 2–1 TER
  2. ^ Tersanah qualify for CAF Confederation Cup as cup runners-up, as Ittihad had already secured a CAF Champions League place
  3. ^ a b OLY 0–1 SHT; SHT 5–2 OLY
  4. ^ Jazeera deducted four points[13][14][15][16]

Results[edit]

Home \ Away AHLB AHLT AKH AMN HIL ITT JAZ KHA MAD NSR OLY SHT SWE TER WAH WFQ
Ahly Benghazi 1–1 1–0 4–0 2–0 1–0 3–0 0–1 1–1 2–1 5–2 2–0 3–1 3–0 4–1 1–0
Ahly Tripoli 2–2 3–2[a] 1–2 2–0 0–2 4–0 4–0 0–0 2–0 1–0 4–1 1–2 2–0 2–1 3–1
Akhdar 2–0[b] 1–2 1–0 0–0 0–0 1–0 1–0 2–0 2–0 2–1 1–0 1–1 3–1 1–0 4–1
Aman al Aam 0–2 0–1 1–0 3–1 0–2 2–1 2–0 0–1 0–1 1–3 0–3 1–2 0–2 1–0 0–0
Hilal 1–4 0–2 1–4 1–0 0–1 2–2 0–0 2–1 3–2 0–1 2–3 1–1 0–0 2–1 0–0
Ittihad 1–0 2–1 3–0 1–0 4–0 2–0 3–0 0–2 2–2 2–1 3–0 2–1 0–0 6–1 2–1
Jazeera 1–2 1–2[c] 1–4 1–1 0–1 0–2[d] 1–2 1–0 1–0 1–2 3–2 1–0 1–0 1–0 1–0
Khaleej Sirte 1–4 0–2 2–2 1–1 1–1 0–1 4–0 0–1 1–0 2–2 1–1 2–1 2–2 3–1 1–1
Madina 3–3 0–1 3–1 2–0 1–0 1–1 1–0 0–1 0–0 0–0 2–2 1–2 1–1 2–1 1–0
Nasr 1–1 2–2 2–0 1–0 2–0 1–0 1–0 1–2 1–1 0–0 1–2 3–0 1–0 4–0 1–4
Olomby 0–1 2–4 1–1 2–1 1–1 0–1 2–0 0–0 0–0 2–2 0–1 1–1 1–0 0–0 2–0
Shat 3–3 1–9 2–0[e] 0–2 3–3 1–1 2–1 0–0 2–0 2–1 5–2 2–3 0–4 1–2 1–1
Sweahly 0–1 1–1 1–0 1–1 0–0 0–1 2–0 0–1 0–0 0–1 3–3 1–0 2–1 4–2 0–0
Tersanah 0–0 0–0 1–0 2–2 1–0 1–3 1–0 1–1 2–1 0–1 1–1 2–1 2–1 4–2 1–1
Wahda 0–2 0–2 0–1 0–1 0–1 1–5 0–1 1–2 2–2 2–3 1–1 1–1 1–3 3–2 1–1
Wefaq Sabratha 1–2 0–1 1–0 0–0 1–2 0–1 4–1 0–0 1–0 0–2 2–2 2–1 0–0 1–3 2–0
Updated to match(es) played on 26 June 2009. Source: goalzz.com
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.
Notes:
  1. ^ Match abandoned in the 94th minute with the score 3–2 after Joseph Fausto's sending off. Fighting broke out, and the referee was struck by a missile from the crowd. Remaining minute played on December 3, with no change to the result.[17]
  2. ^ The game ended 0–0, but was later awarded as a 2–0 win to Akhdar, as Ahly Benghazi played a suspended player[18]
  3. ^ This match was suspended at half-time with the score at 1–1, as fighting broke out between both sets of supporters. The second half was played at the 2 March Stadium.[19][20]
  4. ^ Match awarded 2–0 to Ittihad after Jazeera fans invaded pitch and attacked referee, after Ittihad's 95th-minute winner. The referee had earlier given 9 minutes of stoppage time[13]
  5. ^ Match awarded 2–0 to Shat after it was discovered that Akhdar played a suspended player. Match had originally finished 3–1 to Akhdar

Team summary[edit]

Club City Stadium Manager Sponsor Kit Supplier Position Last Season
Ahly Benghazi March 28 Stadium1 Serbia Draghon Kia, Libyana Nike 3rd
Ahly Tripoli June 11 Stadium Algeria Nourredine al Sa'adi Al Madar al Jadeed Nike 2nd
Akhdar Bayda Green Document Stadium Tunisia Omar al Dheeb Al Madar al Jadeed Adidas 4th
Hilal Benghazi 28 March Stadium1 Libya Ahmed al Sanfaaz Al Madar al Jadeed Nike 1st, Group C (Second Division - Champions)
Ittihad Tripoli June 11 Stadium Italy Stefano Cusin Total S.A., Al Madar al Jadeed Puma 1st
Jazeera Zuwara Zuwara Stadium2 Tunisia Lutfi Jabbara Al Madar al Jadeed Adidas 10th
Madina Tripoli 11 June Stadium State of Palestine Mansour Saeed Libyana Diadora 7th
Nasr Benghazi March 28 Stadium1 Libya Naser al Hdairy Libyana Puma 6th
Olomby Zawiya Zaawia Stadium Libya Izzedine Khmealah Kia, Libyana Nike 8th
Shat Tripoli GMR Stadium Tunisia Lutfi Sellami Libyana Puma 9th
Sweahly Misrata 9th July Stadium Tunisia Khamees Alabaidy Min Ajlikum Puma 1st, Group A (Second Division)
Tersanah Tripoli Ali Alsgozy Stadium Libya Khalid al Marjiny Min Ajlikum Adidas 11th
Wahda Tripoli GMR Stadium Czech Republic Otkar Barec Min Ajlikum Adidas 12th
Aman al 'Aam Tripoli GMR Stadium Libya Abdulraouf Bnour Min Ajlikum Diadora 1st, Group B (Second Division)
Khaleej Sirte March 2 Stadium Libya Abdelhafidh Arbeesh Libyana Adidas 5th
Wefaq Sabratha Sabratha Stadium
Ajaylat Stadium3
Tunisia Tariq Thabit Al Madar al Jadeed Nike 2nd, Group A (Second Division)
Promoted via playoffs

1 As the 28 March Stadium was not re-opened until October 22, 2008, Benghazi clubs played at stadia selected by the Libyan Football Federation. Some fixtures were also re-arranged so that these clubs played away from home for rounds 1 & 2.
2 Due to Al Jazeera's ban from their Zuwara Stadium, the club will play their remaining home games at 9 July Stadium for the remainder of the season.
3 Wefaq Sabratha's used the Ajaylat Stadium from rounds 1-8 as their own Sabratha Stadium was undergoing maintenance.

NB: The newly constructed Benina Stadium will be used to host matches held in Benghazi, as the 28 March Stadium is undergoing maintenance. The 28 March Stadium will not be in use for the rest of this season.[21]

Awards[edit]

Season statistics[edit]

[4]

Goals[edit]

Discipline[edit]

Other[edit]

Top scorers[edit]

As of June 26, 2009

Rank Scorer Club Goals[28]
1 Libya Samir al Wahaj Tersanah 19
2 Libya Ahmed Abdelkafi Shat 17
3 Libya Nader Kara Ahly Tripoli 14
4 Senegal Sarra Camara Nasr 12
Guinea Ibrahim al Khalil Ahly Benghazi
6 Libya Atef Hussain1 Ittihad 11
Libya Ahmed Zuway Ittihad
8 Libya Abdelhameed Zidane Akhdar 10
9 Libya Ahmed Saad Ahly Tripoli 9
Libya Moataz Ben Amer Ahly Benghazi
Morocco Younes Baltahaam Ahly Benghazi
12 Libya Wisaam Boukteaf Akhdar 8
Morocco Abdelmajid Eddine Nasr

1 7 goals for Al Olomby

Stadia[edit]

Team Stadium Capacity
Ittihad
Ahly Tripoli
Madina
11 June Stadium 60,000
Ahly Benghazi
Nasr
Hilal
28 March Stadium
Martyrs of February Stadium
50,000
10,550
Olomby Zaawia Stadium 14,000
Akhdar Al Bayda Stadium 9,000
Sweahly 9 July Stadium 8,000
Aman al Aam
Wahda
Shat
GMR Stadium 6,000
Tersana Ali Alsgozy Stadium 4,000
Khaleej Sirte 2 March Stadium 3,000
Jazeera Zuwara Stadium 2,000
Wefaq Sabratha Sabratha Stadium 2,000

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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