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Lebanese Premier League

Lebanese Premier League
Country Lebanon
Confederation AFC
Founded 1933 (1933)
Number of teams 12
Level on pyramid 1
Relegation to Lebanese Second Division
Domestic cup(s) Lebanese FA Cup
Lebanese Super Cup
Lebanese Elite Cup
Lebanese Federation Cup
International cup(s) AFC Cup
Arab Champions League
Current champions Al-Ahed (2014–15)
Most championships Al-Ansar (13 Titles)
TV partners Al Jadeed
Al-Manar
Website lebanese-goal.com
Current season

Lebanese Premier League (French: Championnat du Liban de Football / Arabic: الدوري اللبناني لكرة القدم) is the top division of the Federation Libanaise de Football Association football league competitions. It was founded in 1900 and began in 1934 and their confederation is the AFC. There are 12 teams competing however only 10 survive a season that sees two teams getting relegated to the Lebanese Second Division. The two remaining places are taken by the promoted teams from the second division. Seasons run from October to May. Most games are played on Saturdays and Sundays, with a few games played during weekdays. The most successful club in the history of the league is Al-Ansar, topping with 13 league titles while Al-Nejmeh and Homenetmen Beirut have 7 titles. Al-Ansar set a Guinness world record by winning 11 consecutive league titles between 1988 and 1999, a record that has since been surpassed by Skonto FC from Latvia.[1]

Contents

  • Overview 1
  • Ranking structure 2
  • Media coverage 3
  • Lebanese Premier League clubs (2014-15) 4
  • Previous winners 5
  • Champions 6
  • Topscorers 7
  • Lebanese diaspora players 8
  • See also 9
  • References 10
  • External links 11

Overview

The Lebanese FA is composed of four divisions: the Lebanese Premier League (although it is rarely referred to with the First prefix), and, below that, the Lebanese Second Division, which has been the second tier of Lebanese football since 1934. Since 1950, the Lebanese Third Division in Lebanon is also a professional league, and the Lebanese Fourth Division is also founded in 1950. The Lebanese Premier League is based upon home and away fixtures. The points system is the international and most used system:

Ranking structure

If teams are level on points, tie-breakers are applied in the following order:

  1. Goal difference for the entire season
  2. Total goals scored for the entire season
  3. Head-to-head results (total points)
  4. Head-to-head goals scored
  5. Head-to-head away goals scored
  6. Total away goals scored for the entire season

Media coverage

Al Jadeed Logo Al-Manar logo

The Lebanese League broadcasting rights are distributed to Al Jadeed and Al-Manar TV. Live coverage of each game is broadcast 4 times a week, and weekly highlights of each match are produced once a week.

  • Al Jadeed (Domestic Broadcasting) Official Television Station "http://www.aljadeed.tv/LebaneseLeague.html?LeagueId=14"
  • Al-Manar (Domestic Broadcasting) Selected Matches

Lebanese Premier League clubs (2014-15)

Lebanese Premier League is located in Lebanon
Beirut
Tyre
Aley
Tripoli
Sidon
Zgharta
Locations of teams in the 2013–14 Lebanese Premier League
Club Location Stadium Stadium capacity
Al-Ahed Beirut Beirut Municipal Stadium 2,500
Al Akhaa Al Ahli Aley Amin AbdelNour Stadium 3,500
Al Ansar Beirut Beirut Municipal Stadium 22,500
Al Egtmaaey Tripoli (R) Tripoli Tripoli Municipal Stadium 22,000
Al-Mabarrah (R) Beirut Mabarra Stadium 5,000
Al Nejmeh Beirut Camille Chamoun Sports City 55,000
Racing Beirut Beirut Fouad Shehab Stadium 5,000
Safa Beirut Safa Stadium 4,000
Salam Zgharta Zgharta Zgharta-Mirdachiyyé Stadium 5,000
Shabab Al-Sahel Beirut Beirut Municipal Stadium 22,500
Tadamon Sour Sour Sour Stadium 6,500
Tripoli SC Tripoli Tripoli Municipal Stadium 22,000

Previous winners

Champions so far are:[2]

Champions

Clubs
Championships
Al-Ansar 13
Al-Nejmeh 8
Homenetmen Beirut 7
Al Nahda FC 5
Al-Ahed 4
Homenmen Beirut 4
AUB 3
Racing Beirut 3
Sikka Railways Beirut 3
Safa 2
Al-Shabiba Mazraa 1
Tripoli SC (ex Olympic Beirut) 1

Topscorers

Season Top scorer Club Goals
1933–34
1934–35
1935–36
1936–37
1937–38
1938–39
1939–40 The championship was not held
1940–41
1941–42
1942–43
1943–44
1944–45
1945–46
1946–47
1947–48
1948–49
1949–50 The championship was not held
1950–51
1951–52 The championship was not held
1952–53 The championship was not held
1953–54
1954–55
1955–56
1956–57
1957–58 The championship was not held
1958–59 The championship was not held
1959–60 The championship was not held
1960–61 Mardek Chabarian Homenmen Beirut 15
1961–62 The championship was not held
1962–63 Joseph Abou Murad Racing 18
1963–64 The championship was not held
1964–65 Levon Altonian Homenetmen Beirut 19
1965–66 The championship was not held
1966–67 Muhaddin Ayatani Al-Nejmeh 15
1967–68 The championship was not held
1968–69
1969–70 Hani Abdul Fattah Safa 19
1970–71 The championship was not held
1971–72 The championship was not held
1972–73 Youssef Al Ghoul Al-Ansar 8
1973–74 The championship was not held
1974–75
1975–76 The championship was not held
1976–77 The championship was not held
1977–78 The championship was not held
1978–79 The championship was not held
1979–80 The championship was not held
1980–81 The championship was not held
1981–82 The championship was not held
1982–83 The championship was not held
1983–84 The championship was not held
1984–85 The championship was not held
1985–86 The championship was not held
1986–87 The championship was not held
1987–88 Fouad Saad Al-Ansar 6
1988–89 The championship was not held
1989–90
1990–91 Fadi Alloush Al-Ansar 32
1991–92 Walid Dahrouj Safa 20
1992–93 Fadi Alloush Al-Ansar 27
1993–94 Mahmoud Hamoud Al-Nejmeh 15
1994–95 Vitali Aghassian Homenmen Beirut 16
1995–96 Assef Khalifa Al-Nejmeh 19
1996–97 Peter Prospar Al-Ansar 22
1997–98 Ahmad Jaradi Al-Nejmeh 13
1998–99 Haitham Zein Al-Tadamon 15
1999–00 Toninho Santos
Sahib Abbas
Al-Ansar
Salam Zgharta
14
2000–01 Errol McFarlane Al-Nejmeh 21
2001–02 Mahmoud Majeed Shabab Al-Sahel 24
2002–03 Sílvio Olympic Beirut 18
2003–04 Mohammad Kassas Al-Nejmeh 22
2004–05 Mohammad Kassas Al-Nejmeh 21
2005–06 Ali Nasseredine Al-Nejmeh 17
2006–07 Mohammed Ghaddar Al-Nejmeh 25
2007–08 Mohammed Ghaddar Al-Nejmeh 22
2008–09 Salih Sadir Al-Ahed 27
2009–10 Makhete Diop Al-Nejmeh 23
2010–11 Hassan Maatouk Al-Ahed 15
2011–12 Mohamad Haidar Safa 12
2012–13 Imad Ghaddar Shabab Al-Ghazieh 20
2013–14 Adnan Melhem Racing Beirut 15
2014–15 Lucas Galan Salam Zgharta 17

Lebanese diaspora players

Elrich was given a contract by Nejmeh before he started his career in Australia

By inviting new players from the other nations which had a large Lebanese community from the United States, Canada, Mexico, Argentina, Brazil, Germany, Colombia, Sweden, Norway, Australia, Ivory Coast, Egypt, France and others, they are hoping for a new beginning of Lebanon's football, since this was becoming popular in Lebanon. The appearance of so many Lebanese players in other countries; like Faryd Mondragon (Colombia), Miguel Layún and Miguel Sabah (Mexico); or legendary players and managers such as Pierre Issa (South Africa), Antonio Mohamed (Argentina) and Ahmad Elrich (Australia) are sending the inspiration to Lebanese people in football.

See also

References

  1. ^ "Season review: Latvia". UEFA. 8 November 2010. Retrieved 26 April 2012. European-record run of 14 straight championships 
  2. ^ "Lebanon - List of Champions". RSSSF. Retrieved 26 April 2012. 

External links

  • Lebanese Premier League at FIFA website
  • Lebanese Premier League - Hailoosport.com (Arabic)
  • Lebanese Premier League - Hailoosport.com
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