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.
|Full name||Sport Club Ashdod|
מועדון ספורט אשדוד
|Nickname(s)||The Port City Team|
|Ground||Yud-Alef Stadium, Ashdod|
|Owner||S.C. Ashdod Supporters trust|
|Chairman||Municipality of Ashdod|
|Manager||Ran Ben Shimon|
|League||Israeli Premier League|
|Israeli Premier League, 9th of 14|
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 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. Despite warnings from the Israel Football Association, which informed the club that such changes during season are illegal, 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", and was eventually disciplined. 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. However, in an exceptional decision, FIFA reversed its decision after it was found out that the club did pay the arbitration award. 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.
In the 2015–16 season, the club won Liga Leumit and made an immediate return to the Israeli Premier League.
Updated 30 June 2022.
Out on loanEdit
Notable former playersEdit
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.
- Yossi Mizrahi (2004, 21 April 2008 – 20 May 2010)
- John Gregory (1 July 2010 – 18 April 2011)
- Yossi Mizrahi (18 April 2011 – 30 June 2013)
- Nir Klinger (1 July 2013 – 7 June 2015)
- Eyal Lahman (7 June 2015 – 18 December 2015)
- Ronny Awat (18 December 2015 – 14 February 2017)
- Ran Ben Shimon (14 February 2017 – 5 July 2017)
- Yossi Mizrahi (16 July 2017 – 3 August 2017) (caretaker)
- Reuven Atar (3 August 2017 – 3 October 2017)
- Amir Turgeman (10 October 2017 – 24 April 2018)
- Yossi Mizrahi (24 April 2018 – 11 May 2018)
- Blagoja Milevski (11 May 2018 – November 2018)
- Yuval Naim (November 2018 – January 2019)
- Moshe Ohayon (January 2019 – February 2019)
- Avi Buchbut (February 2019 – June 2019)
- Ronny Awat (June 2019 – January 2020)
- Ran Ben Shimon (January 2020–)
European cup historyEdit
- As of match played 29 July 2021
|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|
|Head Coach||Ran Ben Shimon|
|Assistant Coach||Ronny Awat|
|Assistant Coach||Moshe Ohayon|
|Assistant Coach||Yossi Fahima|
|Goalkeeper Coach||Moshe Purnell|
|Fitness Coach||Yoav Herzog|
|Fitness Coach||Moshe Dameron|
|Academy Director||Tal Cohen|
- "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.
- Ben Zaken decided: The team will be called Hapoel Ashdod Shirley Bar Dayan, Sport 5, 14 March 2015 (in Hebrew)
- Ashdod can't change name Sport 2, 18 March 2015 (in Hebrew)
- Red of shame: 4:0 for Ra'anana over Ashdod. Watch David Nathan, Ynet, 21 March 2015 (in Hebrew)
- Not a bargain: Ashdod to be disciplined for the red shirts Sport 5, 30 March 2015 (in Hebrew)
- In FIFA order: 6 points deducted for Ashdod Ynet, 8 April 2015 (in Hebrew)
- Back to life: FIFA returned F.C. Ashdod the six points Motti Pshehatzki, Sport 5, 17 April 2015 (in Hebrew)
- No remaining in the league like this: All the numbers of F.C. Ashdod Sport 1, 16 May 2015 (in Hebrew)
- 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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