Ronny Levy (Hebrew: רוני לוי‎; also spelled Roni; born 14 November 1966) is an Israeli football manager, and a former international player. Levy, who played as a defensive midfielder, won championships with both Bnei Yehuda and Maccabi Haifa.

Ronny Levy
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Personal information
Date of birth (1966-11-14) 14 November 1966 (age 55)
Place of birth Netanya, Israel
Position(s) Defensive Midfielder
Youth career
Maccabi Netanya
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1985–1992 Maccabi Netanya 156 (12)
1990–1991Bnei Yehuda (loan) 20 (3)
1992–1997 Maccabi Haifa 144 (18)
National team
1993–1995 Israel[1] 16 (0)
Teams managed
1999–2000 Maccabi Haifa (assistant)
2000 Maccabi Haifa (caretaker)[2]
2000–2003 Maccabi Haifa (youth)
2003–2008 Maccabi Haifa
2008–2009 Maccabi Petah Tikva
2009–2010 Unirea Urziceni
2010–2011 Beitar Jerusalem
2011 Steaua București
2011–2013 Anorthosis Famagusta
2013–2014 Beitar Jerusalem
2015 Maccabi Netanya
2015–2016 Maccabi Haifa
2016–2018 Anorthosis Famagusta
2019–2020 Beitar Jerusalem
2021– Hapoel Be'er Sheva
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Playing careerEdit

Levy started his career as a striker in the youth teams of Maccabi Netanya. He was a prolific scorer and was promoted to the first team in 1985. After five seasons in the shadow of then domestic superstars Oded Machnes and David Lavi, he was loaned to Bnei Yehuda in the transfer window of season 1989–90, where he won his first championship title.

After two years back in Maccabi Netanya, Levy transferred to Maccabi Haifa in 1992 where he was positioned as a defender. After a few games his role was changed to defensive midfielder, the position he would occupy until the end of his playing career. Levy played a major role in Maccabi Haifa's championship in the season of 1993–94. He retired from playing in 1997 due to a serious injury of his knee.

International careerEdit

He has sixteen international caps with the Israeli national team.

As a managerEdit

With retirement, Levy was given a coaching position in one of Maccabi Haifa's youth teams. After two years in the youth department, he was made assistant manager of the first team, under the management of Eli Cohen. Cohen resigned his position in the last stages of the 1999–2000 season, and was replaced by Levy for a few games. At the end of the season, Levy returned to the youth department, this time as head coach of the first youth team for the next three years, where he was very successful, making both cup and league titles in his last year there.

As the season of 2002–03 ended, and manager Itzhak Shum left the club to go to top Greek club Panathinaikos, Levy was given the position of first team manager. His appointment met serious doubts from both news media and fans, who suggested he was not experienced enough to fill one of the most desirable and prestigious roles in Israeli football.

Levy answered the critics with three domestic championships in a row in his first 3 years of managing Maccabi Haifa (2003–04, 2004–05, 2005–06), one Toto Cup Al (2006), and a qualification to the UEFA cup group stage in 2006–07.[3]

Levy is one of the first managers in Israeli football to use computer software as a tool for measuring the players' performance and a means for tactical analysis. In 2006, Levy received a "manager of the year" award from both major Israeli newspapers, 'Yedioth Ahronoth and Maariv.[4]

After seasons 2006–07, 2007–08 which were considered as failure after failing to challenge for the title, finishing 5th in both seasons, he decided to leave the club and was replaced by Elisha Levy.[5]

On 22 December Levy signed with Maccabi Petah Tikva for a year and a half. One 22 November after less than a year with the Petah Tikva side Levy decided to quit.[6]

On 31 December 2009 Levy signed with Unirea Urziceni for a contract worth $600,000 to manage the team for a year and a half.[7] His first game in charge was against Liverpool at Anfield in the UEFA Europa League on 18 February 2010 where the visitors lost 1–0.[8]

On 17 January 2011, Levy signed with Beitar Jerusalem.[9]

On 10 June 2011, Steaua Bucharest presented Ronny Levy as the new head coach of the team.[10] He was fired on 30 September 2011 after a draw against AEK Larnaca in the UEFA Europa League. The next day, 1 October, he signed a contract for a year with Anorthosis Famagusta.[11] He was sacked on 1 April 2013.[12]

On 6 December 2013, Levy made his return to Beitar Jerusalem.

On 14 January 2015, Levy signed with Maccabi Netanya.[13]

On 18 May 2015, Levy made his return to Maccabi Haifa, signing a three-year contract.[citation needed]

On 26 October 2016, Levy made his return to Anorthosis Famagusta after signing 18-month contract.[citation needed] He left the club in September 2018.[14]


Team Nat From To Record
G W D L Win %
Maccabi Haifa (caretaker)   2000 2000 8 3 2 3 037.50
Maccabi Haifa (youth)   2000 2003 100 71 13 16 071.00
Maccabi Haifa   2003 2008 250 132 60 58 052.80
Maccabi Petah Tikva   2008 2009 19 4 7 8 021.05
Unirea Urziceni   2009 2010 27 8 11 8 029.63
Beitar Jerusalem   2010 2011 17 7 5 5 041.18
Steaua București   2011 2011 14 5 5 4 035.71
Anorthosis Famagusta   2011 2013 52 34 12 6 065.38
Beitar Jerusalem   2013 2014 24 10 4 10 041.67
Maccabi Netanya   2015 2015 16 6 5 5 037.50
Maccabi Haifa   2015 2016 40 17 12 11 042.50
Anorthosis Famagusta   2016 3 2 0 1 066.67
Total 569 299 136 134 052.55


As a PlayerEdit

As a ManagerEdit


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  3. ^ Online, FOCUS. "Levy übernimmt Trainerposten bei Unirea Urziceni".
  4. ^ Germany, kicker, Nürnberg. "Levy übernimmt in Urziceni".
  5. ^ "Official: Unirea Urziceni Appoint Ronny Levy As New Head Coach -".
  6. ^ "Ronny Levy neuer Coach in Urziceni".
  7. ^ GmbH, Perform Media Deutschland (1 January 2010). "Levy neuer Trainer bei Unirea Urziceni".
  8. ^ "Levy gets another crack at Liverpool". 10 January 2010. Retrieved 16 February 2010.
  9. ^ "Ronny Levy signed with Beitar Jerusalem" (in Hebrew). . ONE. 17 January 2011. Retrieved 17 January 2011.
  10. ^ "Ronny Levy noul antrenor al Stelei" (in Romanian). Retrieved 10 June 2011.
  11. ^ "Signed by Ronny Levy" (in Greek). Archived from the original on 5 October 2011. Retrieved 1 October 2011.
  12. ^ "פרסום ראשון: רוני לוי פוטר". 1 April 2013.
  13. ^ "חוזר לקווים: רוני לוי המאמן החדש של מכבי נתניה".
  14. ^ "Λύση συνεργασίας με Ρόνι Λέβι". Αnorthosis Famagusta FC. 26 September 2018. Retrieved 26 September 2018.