S.C. Ashdod (Hebrew: מועדון ספורט אשדוד, Moadon Sport Ashdod, lit. Sport Club Ashdod, mainly known in Israel by the semi-acronym name מ.ס. אשדוד, Mem Samekh Ashdod, lit. S.C. Ashdod) is an Israeli football club, playing in the port city of Ashdod. The unorthodox name of the team (unlike most Israeli football 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 in 1999.

F.C. Ashdod
FC Ashdod.svg
Full nameSport Club Ashdod
מועדון ספורט אשדוד
Nickname(s)The Port City Team
The Dolphins
Founded1999; 23 years ago (1999)
GroundYud-Alef Stadium, Ashdod
Capacity7,800
OwnerS.C. Ashdod Supporters trust
ChairmanMunicipality of Ashdod
ManagerRan Ben Shimon
LeagueIsraeli Premier League
Israeli Premier League, 9th of 14

HistoryEdit

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.[1]

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 Israeli 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.[2] Despite warnings from the Israel Football Association, which informed the club that such changes during season are illegal,[3] 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",[4] and was eventually disciplined.[5] 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.[6] However, in an exceptional decision, FIFA reversed its decision after it was found out that the club did pay the arbitration award.[7] 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.[8][9]

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

PlayersEdit

Current squadEdit

Updated 30 June 2022.

No. Pos. Nation Player
1 GK   ISR Yoav Gerafi
3 DF   ISR Gil Cohen
4 DF   UGA Timothy Awany
5 DF   SRB Nenad Cvetković
6 MF   ISR Firas Abu Akel
7 FW   ISR Ben Mizan
8 MF   ISR Mohammed "Hamoudi" Kna'an
9 FW   ISR Shalev Harush
12 DF   ISR Bar Natanel
13 DF   GHA Montari Kamaheni
15 DF   ISR Tom Ben Zaken (captain)
16 DF   ISR Zohar Zasno
No. Pos. Nation Player
20 FW   ISR Gal Katabi (on loan from Maccabi Haifa)
21 MF   ISR Moti Barshazki
24 DF   ISR Shaked Hakmon
25 DF   ISR George Diba
28 MF   CMR Martin Atemengue
29 MF   ISR Shay Ayzen
30 FW   ISR Noaf Bazea (on loan from Maccabi Ahi Nazareth)
41 GK   ISR Sahar Hasson
55 MF   ISR Naor Sabag
77 MF   ISR Ya'akov Berihon
99 FW   ISR Oz Bilu
MF   BRA Lucas Salinas

Out on loanEdit

No. Pos. Nation Player

Notable former playersEdit

Foreigners 2022–23Edit

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]

ManagersEdit

European cup historyEdit

As of match played 29 July 2021
Season Competition Round Country Club Home Away Aggregate
2005–06 UEFA Cup Q2   Slovenia Domžale 2–2 1–1 3–3 (a)
2021–22 UEFA Europa Conference League Q2   Azerbaijan Qarabağ 0–1 0–0 0–1

Club personnelEdit

Position Person
Head Coach   Ran Ben Shimon
Assistant Coach   Ronny Awat
Assistant Coach   Moshe Ohayon
Assistant Coach   Yossi Fahima
Goalkeeper Coach   Moshe Purnell
Physiotherapist   Naftali Harush
Fitness Coach   Yoav Herzog
Fitness Coach   Moshe Dameron
Doctor   Haim Kovachich
Academy Director   Tal Cohen

Kit makersEdit

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

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Maccabi pummels Hapoel 5-0 to take Tel Aviv Derby as late first half red card dooms Reds". Sports Rabbi. 25 April 2022. Retrieved 17 June 2022.
  2. ^ Ben Zaken decided: The team will be called Hapoel Ashdod Shirley Bar Dayan, Sport 5, 14 March 2015 (in Hebrew)
  3. ^ Ashdod can't change name Sport 2, 18 March 2015 (in Hebrew)
  4. ^ Red of shame: 4:0 for Ra'anana over Ashdod. Watch David Nathan, Ynet, 21 March 2015 (in Hebrew)
  5. ^ Not a bargain: Ashdod to be disciplined for the red shirts Sport 5, 30 March 2015 (in Hebrew)
  6. ^ In FIFA order: 6 points deducted for Ashdod Ynet, 8 April 2015 (in Hebrew)
  7. ^ Back to life: FIFA returned F.C. Ashdod the six points Motti Pshehatzki, Sport 5, 17 April 2015 (in Hebrew)
  8. ^ No remaining in the league like this: All the numbers of F.C. Ashdod Sport 1, 16 May 2015 (in Hebrew)
  9. ^ 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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