Bnei Yehuda Tel Aviv F.C.

Bnei Yehuda Tel Aviv F.C. (Hebrew: מועדון כדורגל בני יהודה תל אביב‎, Moadon Kaduregel Bnei Yehuda Tel Aviv), commonly known as just Bnei Yehuda, is an Israeli football club from the Hatikva Quarter of Tel Aviv. The club is currently a member of the Israeli Premier League.

Bnei Yehuda
Full nameBnei Yehuda Tel Aviv
Football Club
Nickname(s)HaShkhuna (The Neighbourhood)
HaZehuvim (The Goldens)
HaArayot (The Lions)
Founded1936; 85 years ago (1936)
GroundBloomfield Stadium, Tel Aviv
OwnerBarak Obramov
ChairmanKfir Edri
ManagerYossi Abuksis
LeagueIsraeli Premier League
2019–20Israeli Premier League, 7th


The club was formed in January 1936 by Yemenite religious Jews, With them Nathan Sulami and his friends.[1] It was named after Judah (Hebrew: יהודה, Yehuda), because the decision on its formation occurred during the week when the Torah portion of Vayigash (beginning with the words “Then Judah approached him” – Genesis 44:18) is read in the Synagogue, and the Jews of Yemen are descendants of Judah ben Jacob.[2] Sulami and his friends were first promoted to the top division in 1959. Two seasons later they narrowly avoided relegation, finishing second from bottom. In 1965 the club reached the State Cup final for the first time, but lost 2–1 to Maccabi Tel Aviv.[3] In 1968 they reached the final again, this time beating Hapoel Petah Tikva to claim their first piece of major silverware.

After several near-misses, the club was relegated at the end of the 1971–72 season after finishing second from bottom. However, they made an immediate return as Liga Alef champions but were relegated again in 1976. In the 1977–78 season the club were promoted back to the top division as Liga Artzit champions, and also reached the State Cup final, where they lost 2–1 to Maccabi Netanya. The following season the club finished fourth in Liga Leumit.

The 1980–81 season was the club's best so far. Managed by Shlomo Sharf they finished second in the league and reached the cup final again, this time beating Hapoel Tel Aviv 4–3 after a penalty shootout. However, the success was not maintained, and they were relegated at the end of the 1983–84 season.

The club made an immediate return as Liga Artzit champions and finished second in 1986–87. The 1989–90 season saw the club win its first, and to date only, championship under the leadership of Giora Spiegel. Two seasons later they won the Toto Cup for the first time, repeating the feat in 1997.

The 2000–01 season saw Bnei Yehuda finish second from bottom of the Premier League (which had replaced Liga Leumit as the top division) and the club was relegated. However, they made an immediate return as Liga Leumit runners-up.[4] In 2005–06 they reached the cup final, losing 1–0 to Hapoel Tel Aviv, but also qualifying for Europe for the first time. In the 2006–07 UEFA Cup they lost 6–0 on aggregate to Lokomotiv Sofia and had to play their home match in Senec in Slovakia due to security concerns.[5]

In the 2009–10 season Bnei Yehuda reached the European League play-off, after starting in the first qualifying round, but lost to PSV 2–0 on aggregate. The following season they reached the second qualifying round of the Europa League, but lost to Shamrock Rovers.

From 2009–10 to the 2012–13 season, Bnei Yehuda managed to finish regularly in the top 3–4 ranks of the Israeli Premier League which won her participation in the European League qualifying. Following the success, the group became a springboard for players. Many players who were remarkable in the ranks of Bnei Yehuda have moved or were sold to bigger clubs and others were called to the national team.

In the 2013–14 season, Bnei Yehuda finished bottom and relegated to Liga Leumit. However, they made an immediate return to the Premier League as the 2014–15 Liga Leumit champions.

In the 2016–17 season, the club won the National cup, and it was their first major title in 27 years (last one was the championship in 1989-90).

In 2017, HAP Investments became the Group's main sponsor. In June 2018 a new contract was signed for the 2018/2019 season.


The Bnei Yehuda fanbase is predominantly a working class neighbourhood support from Hatikva, and has one supporter group, the ultras "Lions Army", who express far-right political views. [6] have been involved in various racist incidents,[7] such as that involving Arab player Salim Tyameh[8] and have developed a reputation for this as well as violence.[9] [10] The fans heavily criticised Ismaila Soro when he decided to move to Celtic F.C. [11]


For most of its existence, Bnei Yehuda played at the Hatikva Neighborhood Stadium in the Hatikva Quarter of Tel Aviv. However, in 2004 the team moved their home matches to the Bloomfield Stadium, though the club offices, the team's practice grounds and most activities within the club are still held in the Hatikva stadium.

European recordEdit

Season Competition Round Opponent Home Away Aggregate
2006–07 UEFA Cup 2Q   Lokomotiv Sofia 0–2 0–4 0–6
2009–10 UEFA Europa League 1Q   Simurq PFC 3–0 1–0 4–0
2Q   Dinaburg Daugavpils 4–0 1–0 5–0
3Q   Paços Ferreira 1–0 1–0 2–0
PO   PSV 0–1 0–1 0–2
2010–11 UEFA Europa League 1Q   Ulisses 1–0 0–0 1–0
2Q   Shamrock Rovers 0–1 1–1 1–2
2011–12 UEFA Europa League 2Q   UE Sant Julià 2–0 2–0 4–0
3Q   Helsingborgs IF 1–0 0–3 1–3
2012–13 UEFA Europa League 2Q   Shirak 2–0 1–0 3–0
3Q   PAOK 0–2 1–4 1–6
2017–18 UEFA Europa League 2Q   Trenčín 2–0 1–1 3–1
3Q   Zenit Saint Petersburg 0–2 1–0 1–2
2019–20 UEFA Europa League 3Q   Neftçi Baku 2–1 2–2 4–3
PO   Malmö 0–1 0–3 0–4
  • 1Q: First qualifying round
  • 2Q: Second qualifying round
  • 3Q: Third qualifying round
  • PO: Play-off round


Current squadEdit

As of 12 February 2021
No. Pos. Nation Player
1 GK   ISR Omer Nir'on
2 DF   BRA Allyson
3 DF   ISR Dan Mori (captain)
4 DF   ISR Fadi Najar
5 MF   USA George Fochive
7 MF   ISR Ariel Lazmi
8 MF   ISR Shay Mazor
9 FW   ISR Almog Buzaglo
10 FW   ISR Amit Zenati
11 FW   ISR Mohammad Ghadir
12 DF   ISR Amir Rustum
14 DF   ISR Amit Cohen
15 MF   CHI Pedro Campos
16 MF   ISR Avishay Cohen
18 DF   ISR Raz Nachmias
19 MF   NIG Yussif Moussa
No. Pos. Nation Player
21 MF   ISR Tambi Sagas
22 FW   ISR Ilay Hen
25 DF   ISR Amit Glazer
26 FW   ISR Roi Ben Shimon
27 MF   SRB Matija Ljujić
29 FW   TOG Ayi Silva Kangani
30 MF   ISR Stav Finish
31 FW   MNE Fatos Bećiraj
33 GK   ISR Barak Levi
40 MF   ISR Ronen Gerdashov
44 DF   ISR Obeida Khattab
59 DF   BRA Michael Rangel
70 MF   ISR Shaked Navon
88 GK   ISR Shahar Amsalem
99 FW   ISR Niv Zrihan
MF   ISR Tomer Hazan Asus

Out on loanEdit

No. Pos. Nation Player
DF   ISR Netanel Amoyal (at Hapoel Ra'anana until 30 June 2021)
MF   ISR Ben Shimoni (at Hapoel Ramat Gan until 30 June 2021)
MF   ISR Emil Edri (at Hapoel Rishon LeZion until 30 June 2021)
No. Pos. Nation Player
MF   ISR Eilon Elimelech (at Hapoel Umm al-Fahm until 30 June 2021)
MF   ISR Elian Ruhana (at Hapoel Iksal until 30 June 2021)
FW   ISR Eyal Hen (at Sektzia Nes Tziona until 30 June 2021)

Foreigners 2020–21Edit

Only up six non-Israeli nationals can be in an Israeli club squad (only five can play at the same time). Those with Jewish ancestry, married to an Israeli or have played in Israel for an extended period of time, can claim a passport or permanent residency which would allow them to play with Israeli status.[citation needed]



Title No. Years
Israeli Championships 1 1989–90

Cup competitionsEdit

Title No. Years
State Cup 4 1967–68, 1980–81, 2016–17, 2018–19
Toto Cup 2 1991–92, 1996–97
Super cup 1 1990



  1. ^ Bnei Yehuda Tel Aviv Official Website. "Bnei Yehuda Tel Aviv". Archived from the original on 2009-08-12. Retrieved 2009-07-03.
  2. ^ היסטוריה [History] (in Hebrew). Retrieved December 29, 2013.
  3. ^ Israel – List of Cup Finals Archived June 28, 2011, at the Wayback Machine RSSSF
  4. ^ Israel Second Level 2001–02 RSSSF
  5. ^ Slovakia to stage Israeli UEFA tie CNN, 3 August 2006
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