Yuval Naim

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Yuval Naim
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Personal information
Full name Yuval Naim
Date of birth (1967-11-22) 22 November 1967 (age 49)
Place of birth Ramat Gan, Israel
Playing position Center Back
Club information
Current team
Hapoel Ashkelon (manager)
Youth career
Hapoel Ramat Gan
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1986–1993 Hapoel Ramat Gan
1993–1994 Hapoel Tzafririm Holon
1994–1996 Hapoel Ramat Gan
1996–1998 Bnei Yehuda 32 (1)
1998 Hakoah Ramat Gan
1998–1999 Hapoel Or Yehuda
1999–2001 Maccabi Ramat Amidar
Teams managed
2001–2004 Maccabi Ramat Amidar
2005–2010 Hapoel Ramat Gan
2010 Bnei Sakhnin
2010–2011 Hapoel Petah Tikva
2011–2012 Beitar Jerusalem
2013–2014 Hapoel Acre
2014– Hapoel Ashkelon
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Yuval Naim (Hebrew: יובל נעים‎‎; born 22 November 1967) is an Israeli former football player and manager.


Player career[edit]

Yuval Naim grew up and played as a Centre-back in the youth academy of Hapoel Ramat Gan and in the mid-80's he was selected to the senior squad, where he received the number 5, and in 1989, he was a partner in their promotion to Liga Leumit, first division at the time. However, after just one season they been relegated to the second tier.

In 1993, he left Hapoel Ramat Gan and went to play with Hapoel Tzafririm Holon. and in the end of that season they dropped to the third tier for the first time in its history. Naim helped the team return to Liga Leumit and played for another two years. His last game against Hapoel Tayibe, stopped with 20 minutes left on the clock with his team in 2–0 lead, and the claim being he rammed the linesman nose, following the incident he was banned until the end of that season.

In the summer of 1996 he moved to Bnei Yehuda and one season later, he moved the Hakoah Ramat Gan. Later he also played for Hapoel Or Yehuda and Maccabi Amidar Ramat Gan, and in 2001, at age 34, he retired from active playing.

Manager career[edit]

After retiring he was appointed as the manager of Maccabi Ramat Amidar and has recorded success in his first season as the team promoted to the Liga Artzit division. Naim went on to manage Amidar for three more years, and after the merger of Hakoah Tel Aviv and Maccabi Ramat Amidar, in summer of 2005 he served as the scout of the new merged club Hakoah Amidar Ramat Gan.

After seven rounds in the 2005–06 season, he became the manager of a childhood club, Hapoel Ramat Gan, and managed to keep the team in the Liga Artzit despite a gap of 13 points from the relegation zone. The following season he helped promoted the team to Liga Leumit, and in 2009 under his guidance they were promoted to the Israeli Premier League after 19 years absence. The 2009–10 season, the team finished in the 14th place and ended up played in the Relegation Play-off match against Hapoel Kfar Saba of Liga Leumit, where they won.

In the Summer of 2010, Naim left Hapoel Ramat Gan and moved to Bnei Sakhnin but after several weeks he was sacked from the team before beginning of the season. He then appointed as manager of Hapoel Petah Tikva and in April 2011, after an ongoing dispute with Tomer Sinai, one of the club owners, he was sacked from the club.

In June 2011, he was arrested together with his friend Ben Cohen, as part of police investigation, on suspicion of blackmail threats of Gal Hazor, Hapoel Petah Tikva club owner.[1]

On 17 August 2011, Naim was appointed as the manager of Beitar Jerusalem.[2]

On 31 January 2013, Naim was appointed as the manager of Hapoel Akko.[3]

In July 2014, Naim was appointed as the manager of Hapoel Ashkelon. In his first season with the club he won promotion as the Liga Alef champion. The following season he finished with Ashkelon as the runner up of Liga Leumit and won promotion to the Premier League.


As manager


  1. ^ יובל נעים ישוחרר בבוקר למעצר בית
  2. ^ "Yuval Naim signed in Beitar Jerusalem" (in Hebrew). ONE. 17 August 2011. Retrieved 17 August 2011. 
  3. ^ "Shimon Hadari left, Yuval Naim signed" (in Hebrew). Walla! Sports. 31 January 2013. Retrieved 31 January 2013. [dead link]