F.C. Ashdod

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Club crest
Full nameFootball Club Ironi Ashdod
מועדון ספורט עירוני אשדוד
Nickname(s)The Port City Team The Dolphins
Founded1999; 20 years ago (1999)
GroundYud-Alef Stadium, Ashdod
OwnerF.C. Ashdod Supporters trust
ChairmanMunicipality of Ashdod
ManagerAvi Buchbut
LeagueIsraeli Premier League
2017–18Israeli Premier League, 12th

F.C. Ironi Ashdod (Hebrew: מועדון ספורט עירוני אשדוד‎, Moadon Sport Ashdod, lit. Ashdod Sport Club or in short Hebrew: מ.ס. אשדוד‎, Mem Samekh Ashdod, lit. F.C. Ashdod) is an Israeli football club, playing in the port city of Ashdod. The unorthodox name of the team (unlike most Israeli soccer teams, the name indicates only the club's home city but no association, e.g. Hapoel, Maccabi, Beitar etc.) is the result of the union of two city rivals, Hapoel Ashdod and Maccabi Ironi Ashdod.


During the club's first years, its kit colors were completely blue. However, when Haim Revivo took a more prominent role in the club, the colors were changed to red and yellow. The decision was made that the kit should incorporate the previous two clubs' colors, Hapoel having been red and Maccabi yellow.

The club was not immediately successful after the merger, and fan support was lacking. During the 2004–05 season, they reached their greatest achievement, a third-place finish in the Israeli Premier League and a berth in the UEFA Cup. The club also reached the final of the Toto Cup, only to go out on penalty kicks. Their first time in a continental competition was not a memorable one, as they went out to the Slovenian PrvaLiga runners-up, NK Domžale.

Prior to the 2014–15 season, the club added Ironi to its name. However, following a dispute with fans of the previous club, Maccabi Ironi Ashdod, during the 2–3 defeat against Maccabi Netanya in the last match of the regular season, the club's chairman, Jacky Ben-Zaken, decided to rename the club to Hapoel Ashdod and to play in red shirts.[1] Despite warnings from the Israel Football Association, which informed the club that such changes during season are illegal,[2] Ashdod did show up for their next match, which opened the Bottom playoff, against Hapoel Ra'anana in red shirts, with the caption "F.C. Hapoel Ashdod",[3] and was eventually disciplined.[4] Furthermore, the club was punished by FIFA with six points deduction for failing to pay an arbitration award to Nigerian club, Kaduna United, for the transfer of Efe Ambrose in 2010. As a result, the club has been dropped to the bottom place in the Israeli Premier League.[5] However, in an exceptional decision, FIFA reversed its decision after it was found out that the club did pay the arbitration award.[6] At the end of the season, the club finished at the bottom of the league, after failing to register a win during their last 15 matches, and for the first time in their history, were relegated to the second tier, Liga Leumit, following a defeat of 0–1 against Hapoel Tel Aviv.[7][8]

In the 2015–16 season, the club won Liga Leumit and made an immediate return to the Israeli Premier League.


Current squad[edit]

As of 19 August 2018.

No. Position Player
1 Israel GK Yoav Gerafi
3 Israel MF Gil Cohen
4 Israel DF Obeida Khateb
5 Israel DF Nir Bardea
6 Israel MF Yaniv Brik
7 Israel FW Hen Azriel
9 Israel MF Roei Gordana
10 Israel MF Dan Bitton
11 Israel FW Sagiv Yehezkel
13 Israel DF Yuval Spungin
14 Israel FW Dean David
15 Israel DF Tom Ben Zaken
16 Israel FW Amran El Krenawy
17 Israel MF Tom Mond
18 Israel FW Bentzi Moshel
No. Position Player
20 Israel MF Aviv Solomon
21 Ghana MF Leonard Owusu
22 Niger FW Seybou Koita
23 Israel MF Ben Reichert
24 Israel MF Ran Rubin
25 Israel DF Benel Edri
28 Israel FW Gal Tzruya
33 Israel GK Omer Egozi
37 Burkina Faso MF Issoumaila Lingane
77 France MF Romain Habran
80 Serbia MF Filip Knežević
90 Israel GK Roei Mishpati
92 Israel MF Yuval Jakobovich
98 Israel DF Manamto Asefa
France DF Johan Martial

Notable former players[edit]


European cup history[edit]

As of 29 August 2013
Season Competition Round Country Club Home Away Aggregate
2005–06 UEFA Cup Q1 Slovenia Domžale 2–2 1–1 3–3(a)

Club personnel[edit]

Position Person
Head Coach Israel Avi Buchbut
Assistant Coach Israel Moshe Ohayon
Assistant Coach Israel Yossi Fahima
Goalkeeper Coach Israel Moshe Purnell
Physiotherapist Israel Naftali Harush
Fitness Coach Israel Yoav Herzog
Fitness Coach Israel Moshe Dameron
Doctor Israel Haim Kovachich
Academy Director Israel Tal Cohen

Kit makers[edit]

Years Kit manufacturers
2000–2007 Diadora
2007–2009 Sektor Sport
2009–2013 Nike
2013–2014 Legea
2014–2016 Nike
2016–2017 Jartazi
2017– Nike


  1. ^ Ben Zaken decided: The team will be called Hapoel Ashdod Shirley Bar Dayan, Sport 5, 14 March 2015 (in Hebrew)
  2. ^ Ashdod can't change name Sport 2, 18 March 2015 (in Hebrew)
  3. ^ Red of shame: 4:0 for Ra'anana over Ashdod. Watch David Nathan, Ynet, 21 March 2015 (in Hebrew)
  4. ^ Not a bargain: Ashdod to be disciplined for the red shirts Sport 5, 30 March 2015 (in Hebrew)
  5. ^ In FIFA order: 6 points deducted for Ashdod Ynet, 8 April 2015 (in Hebrew)
  6. ^ Back to life: FIFA returned F.C. Ashdod the six points Motti Pshehatzki, Sport 5, 17 April 2015 (in Hebrew)
  7. ^ No remaining in the league like this: All the numbers of F.C. Ashdod Sport 1, 16 May 2015 (in Hebrew)
  8. ^ Watch: F.C. Ashdod relegated to Leumit after 18 years Erez Na'aman & Igal Berman, One, 16 May 2015 (in Hebrew)

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