Hapoel Bnei Lod F.C.

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Hapoel Bnei Lod
Hapoel Bnei Lod's emblem
Full name Hapoel Bnei Lod Rakevet Football Club
Founded 1969
1997 (Merger)
Ground Lod Municipal Stadium, Lod
Ground Capacity 4,000
Chairman Israel Abu Subhi
Manager Israel Slimane Azbarga
League Liga Leumit
2015–16 Liga Leumit, 8th

Hapoel Bnei Lod Rakevet F.C. (Hebrew: הפועל בני לוד‎‎) are a football club, from the central Israeli city of Lod. The club plays in an all-red kit, and are currently in Liga Leumit, the second tier of Israeli football. Home matches are played at the Lod Municipal Stadium.

History[edit]

The club was founded in 1969 and joined Liga Dalet, then the fifth and lowest tier of Israeli football league system.[1] In 1997, Hapoel Bnei Lod merged with Hapoel Rakevet Lod (both clubs played in Liga Gimel Central division) and formed Hapoel Bnei Lod Rakevet, under the management of Abu Subhi.[2]

After the merger, the club won Liga Gimel Central division and reached Liga Bet for the first time in the 1998–99 season. In 2003–04 they won Liga Bet South B division.[3] The following season the club won Liga Alef South division and promotion to Liga Artzit (the third tier). The winning run continued in 2005–06 as the club claimed the Liga Artzit championship to win promotion to Liga Leumit.

The club was close to achieve promotion to the Israeli Premier League at the end of the 2011–12 season, when they finished level in points with the first placed, Hapoel Ramat Gan. the two clubs faced in a decisive promotion play-off held in HaMoshava Stadium in Petah Tikva. Bnei Lod lost 0–2 and remained in Liga Leumit.[4]

In the 2013–14 and 2014–15 seasons, the club finished third, one place short from promotion to the Israeli Premier League.

On 9 December 2014, the club won their first ever piece of silverware, winning the 2014–15 second division's Toto Cup after beating Bnei Yehuda 2–0.[5]

Current squad[edit]

As to 19 December 2016
No. Position Player
1 Israel GK Raz Karmi
2 Israel DF Omer Mashalla
3 Israel DF Matan Peleg
4 Israel DF Ofir Shmilovic
5 Romania MF Dan Bucşa
6 Israel DF Anwar Murad
7 Israel FW Raz Shavit
8 Israel MF Ahad Azam
10 Israel FW Amran El Krenawy
11 Israel DF Hen Reuven
12 Israel DF Alaa Jaffar
13 Israel DF Vladyslav Gershman
No. Position Player
14 Israel MF Gal Ben Dayan
15 Israel FW Wael Mresat
17 Israel DF Salem Abu Siam
18 Israel MF Nir Nachum
21 Israel MF Yehya Isa
22 Israel GK Stav Flezental
23 Israel MF Mustaph Yussuf
25 Israel DF Khaled Khatib
30 Romania MF Emil Ninu
77 Israel MF Anas Dabour
Israel FW Amir Shwaki

Honours[edit]

League[edit]

Honour No. Years
Third tier 1 2005–06
Fourth tier 1 2004–05
Fifth tier 2 1997–98, 2003–04

Cup competitions[edit]

Honour No. Years
Toto Cup (second tier) 1 2014–15

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ And again Liga... Dalet (Page 7) Hadshot HaSport, 26.9.1969, archive.football.co.il (Hebrew)
  2. ^ Bnei Lod's chairman: Maccabi Tel Aviv is in the level of Liga Artzit Aviad Pohoryles & Tomer Am Shalem, nrg.co.il, 20.2.2006 (Hebrew)
  3. ^ Liga Bet South B One (Hebrew)
  4. ^ Hapoel Ramat Gan in the Premier League with 2:0 over Bnei Lod One, 18.5.2013 (Hebrew)
  5. ^ Bnei Lod won the Toto Cup of Liga Leumit Walla, 9.12.2014 (Hebrew)