Azmi Nassar

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Azmi Nassar
عزمي نصار
עזמי נסאר
Personal information
Date of birth (1957-10-03)3 October 1957
Place of birth Nazareth
Date of death 26 March 2007(2007-03-26) (aged 49)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1974–1982 Maccabi Ahi Nazareth
1983–1986 Hapoel Haifa
Teams managed
Maccabi Kafr Kanna
Bnei Tamra
Bnei Sakhnin
1999–2000 Maccabi Ahi Nazareth
2005–2007 Palestine
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Azmi Nassar (Arabic: عزمي نصار‎‎, Hebrew: עזמי נסאר‎‎; 3 October 1957 – 26 March 2007) was an Arab-Israeli football manager and served as manager of the Palestinian national football team.

Professional career[edit]

Palestinian National Team[edit]

In order to serve as manager of the Palestinian national football team, Nassar was required to obtain a Palestinian ID and passport to go along with his Israeli ID and passport. His ability to travel freely between the territories contributed to his success as national team coach.

Maccabi Ahi Nazareth[edit]

After guiding the club to the Israeli Premier League, Nassar resigned after the club was unsuccessful throughout the season and was replaced by Shiye Feigenbaum.

Personal life[edit]

A resident of Nazareth, Nassar was married to Ruthy, and they are followers of Christianity. Azmi's wife is technically Jewish and until her marriage to Azmi, when she was 18, her Israeli ID card listed her as being Jewish. Ruthy is the daughter of a mixed marriage between Ya'akov Kashlawi (an Arab Christian from Bir Zeit) and Rachel Cohen (a Jew from Petah Tikva).[1]


  1. ^ Tel Aviv Magazine. Ah"i, Ba'ali Archived March 11, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.. 20, June 2003.