Lebanese Premier League

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Lebanese Premier League
Lebanon League (logo).png
Founded 1933; 85 years ago (1933)
Country Lebanon
Confederation AFC
Number of teams 12
Level on pyramid 1
Relegation to Lebanese Second Division
Domestic cup(s) Lebanese Super Cup
Lebanese Elite Cup
League cup(s) Lebanese FA Cup
International cup(s) AFC Cup
Current champions Al-Ahed (6th title)
(2017–18)
Most championships Al-Ansar (13 titles)
TV partners MTV Lebanon(live matches)
Website lebanese-goal.com
2017–18 Lebanese Premier League

The Lebanese Premier League (French: Championnat du Liban de Football; Arabic: الدوري اللبناني لكرة القدم‎) is the top division of the Lebanese Football Association league competitions. It was founded in 1900 and began in 1934[clarification needed] and their confederation is the AFC. There are 12 teams competing; the bottom two teams are relegated each season to the Lebanese Second Division, and are replaced by the top two teams in the second division who are promoted to the Premier League.

Seasons run from October to May. Most games are played on Saturdays and Sundays, with a few games played during weekdays. 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]

If teams are level on points, tie-breakers are applied in the following order:

  1. Goal difference for the entire season
  2. Total goals scored for the entire season
  3. Head-to-head results (total points)
  4. Head-to-head goals scored
  5. Head-to-head away goals scored
  6. Total away goals scored for the entire season

Media coverage[edit]

The Lebanese League broadcasting rights are distributed to MTV Lebanon. Live coverage of each game is broadcast 4 times a week, and weekly highlights of each match are produced once a week.

  • MTV Lebanon (Domestic Broadcasting) "http:/www.mtv.com.lb"

Lebanese Premier League clubs (2017–18)[edit]

Locations of teams in the 2016–17 Lebanese Premier League
Locations of teams in the 2016–17 Lebanese Premier League within Beirut
Club Location Stadium Stadium capacity Coach
Al Ahed Beirut Beirut Municipal Stadium 22,500 Lebanon Bassem Marmar
Al Akhaa Al Ahli Aley Amin AbdelNour Stadium 3,500 Iraq Abdul-Wahab Abu Al-Hail
Al Ansar Beirut Beirut Municipal Stadium 22,500 Germany Robert Jaspert
Al Islah Al Bourj Al Shimaly Tyre Sour Stadium 22,000 Lebanon Khalil Watfa
Al Nejmeh Beirut Rafic El-Hariri Stadium 5,000 Lebanon Jamal Al Haj[2]
Al Nabi Sheet Zahlé Al-Nabi Shayth Stadium 5,000 Venezuela Quique Garcia
Racing Beirut Beirut Bourj Hammoud Stadium 8,000 Lebanon Roda Antar
Safa Beirut Safa Stadium 4,000 Lebanon Mohammad Dakka
Salam Zgharta Zgharta Zgharta Stadium 5,000 Tunisia Maher Essederi
Shabab Al-Arabi Beirut Beirut Municipal Stadium 22,500 Lebanon Jalal Rodwan
Tadamon Sour Tyre Sour Stadium 6,500 Lebanon Mohammed Zouheir
Tripoli SC Tripoli Tripoli Municipal Stadium 22,000 Germany Theo Bücker

Previous winners[edit]

Season Club
1933–34 Al Nahda FC
1934–35 AUB(Beirut)
1935–36 Sika Railways (Beirut)
1936–37 AUB (Beirut)
1937–38 AUB (Beirut)
1938–39 Sika Railways (Beirut)
1939–40 Not held
1940–41 Sika Railways (Beirut)
1941–42 Al Nahda FC
1942–43 Al Nahda FC
1943–44 Homenetmen Beirut
1944–45 Homenmen Beirut
1945–46 Homenetmen Beirut
1946–47 Al Nahda FC
1947–48 Homenetmen Beirut
1948–49 Al Nahda FC
1949–50 Not held
1950–51 Homenetmen Beirut
1951–1953 Not held
1953–54 Homenmen Beirut
1954–55 Homenetmen Beirut
1955–56 Racing Beirut
1956–57 Homenmen Beirut
1957–1960 Not held
Season Club
1960–61 Homenmen Beirut
1961–62 Not held
1962–63 Homenetmen Beirut
1963–64 Not held
1964–65 Racing Beirut
1965–66 Not held
1966–67 Al-Shabiba Mazraa (Beirut)
1967–68 Not held
1968–69 Homenetmen Beirut
1969–70 Racing Beirut
1970–1972 Not held
1972–73 Al-Nejmeh (Beirut)
1973–74 Not held
1974–75 Al-Nejmeh (Beirut)
1975–1987 Not held
1987–88 Al-Ansar (Beirut)
1988–89 Not held
1989–90 Al-Ansar (Beirut)
1990–91 Al-Ansar (Beirut)
1991–92 Al-Ansar (Beirut)
1992–93 Al-Ansar (Beirut)
1993–94 Al-Ansar (Beirut)
1994–95 Al-Ansar (Beirut)
1995–96 Al-Ansar (Beirut)
Season Club
1996–97 Al-Ansar (Beirut)
1997–98 Al-Ansar (Beirut)
1998–99 Al-Ansar (Beirut)
1999–00 Al-Nejmeh (Beirut)
2000–01 Abandoned
2001–02 Al-Nejmeh (Beirut)
2002–03 Tripoli SC
2003–04 Al-Nejmeh (Beirut)
2004–05 Al-Nejmeh (Beirut)
2005–06 Al-Ansar (Beirut)
2006–07 Al-Ansar (Beirut)
2007–08 Al-Ahed (Beirut)
2008–09 Al-Nejmeh (Beirut)
2009–10 Al-Ahed (Beirut)
2010–11 Al-Ahed (Beirut)
2011–12 Safa (Beirut)
2012–13 Safa (Beirut)
2013–14 Al-Nejmeh (Beirut)
2014–15 Al-Ahed (Beirut)
2015–16 Safa (Beirut)
2016–17 Al-Ahed (Beirut)
2017–18 Al-Ahed (Beirut)

Champions[edit]

Clubs Championships
Al-Ansar 13
Al-Nejmeh 8
Homenetmen Beirut 7
Al-Ahed 6
Al Nahda FC 5
Homenmen Beirut 4
Safa 3
AUB 3
Racing Beirut 3
Sikka Railways Beirut 3
Al-Shabiba Mazraa 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-Ansar 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 Haidar 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 Argentina Lucas Galan Salam Zgharta 17
2015–16 Argentina Lucas Galan Salam Zgharta 19
2016-17 Lebanon Abou Bakr Al-Mel Tripoli SC 16
2017-18 Senegal El Hadji Malick Tall Ansar 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.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Season review: Latvia". UEFA. 8 November 2010. Retrieved 26 April 2012. European-record run of 14 straight championships 
  2. ^ "Lebanon – Jamal Al Haj". Archived from the original on 4 November 2016. 

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