The club signed former Maccabi Haifa striker Raffi Cohen and loaned another striker, Lior Asulin from Maccabi Herzliya. The team gained a reputation for being a tough, combative outfit, similar in style to the Crazy Gang period at English club Wimbledon. Captain and club stalwart Abbas Suan (he had been at the club since its formation, having been part of the Hapoel Sakhnin team since 1994) won particular acclaim, gaining a call-up to the Israel squad, and winning his first cap in February 2004. Despite the gloomy predictions, the club defied the odds, eventually finishing 10th, four points clear of relegation, whilst Nazareth finished bottom. However, the highlight of the season was the State Cup victory, also a first by an Israeli-Arab club. In the final, Sakhnin beat surprise finalists, second division side Hapoel Haifa 41. Sagi Strauss was brought in to mind the nets from Maccabi Petah Tikva.
In (%) matches in season 2019 played at home was total goals (team and opponent) Over 2.5 goals. Teams Hapoel Umm al-Fahm Hapoel Bnei Lod played so far 0 matches.Hapoel Umm al-Fahm in actual season average scored goals per match. Below you will find a lot of statistics that make it easier Predict the result for a match between both teams. In (%) matches played at home was total goals (team and opponent) Over 1.5 goals. In (%) matches played away was total goals (team and opponent) Over 1.5 goals. Below the text is a list of the direct games. Hapoel Bnei Lod average scored goals per match in season 2019. In (%) matches played away team was total goals (team and opponent) Over 2.5 goals.
HAPOEL HADERA vs BNEI SAKHNIN
In their first season back in the Premier League, they finished fourth, their highest ever league position, qualifying for the Intertoto Cup. However, with one of the largest budgets in the division (around five and a half million shekels), the club were amongst the favourites to return quickly to the Premier League, and did so by finishing as runners-up to Kiryat Shmona. Problems due to political unrest in the region, did that leaders in the club asked to postpone matches in Intertoto cup in the Summer of 2008, Most of the stars of the team were sold, most notably Maor Buzaglo who signed for Maccabi Tel Aviv.
The majority of fans of Bnei Sakhnin are Arab Israelis. Other fan clubs that they have friendship with is Ultras Hapoel 99 fans of Hapoel Tel Aviv F.C., Ultr Sankt Pauli 2002 of FC St. The fan base of Bnei Sakhnin is smaller in comparison to other Israeli clubs. The Bnei Sakhnin fan club is called Ultras Sakhnin 2003 (US03) or Duha Gate 45 (named due to the gate numbers that leads to their stand), it was established in 2003 after they promoted to the top division. Pauli and Ultras Winners 2005 of Wydad Casablanca.
As a punishment, the IFA ordered the club to play two games behind closed doors. Despite chairman Ghnaim's stated mission to create a "cultural rainbow" from his football club, games against Beitar Jerusalem were particularly violent, at least partially due to the presence of notoriously anti-Arab supporters of Beitar; when Sakhnin won the State Cup, Beitar fans paid for an obituary to be printed in Israel's leading daily Yediot Aharonot, claiming that Israeli football was dead. On 29 January 2005 Sakhnin fans rioted during a home match (played at Kiryat Eliezer) against Hapoel Tel Aviv after a violent incident on the field between a team official and a referee, who had earlier had sent off two Sakhnin players. During their spell in the top flight, several Sakhnin games were plagued by hooliganism.
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Promotion was only won on the last day of the season, the club overtaking Hapoel Jerusalem when they won 10 away to Maccabi Kiryat Gat, whilst Hapoel were held to a 00 draw at Hapoel Ra'anana. In 200203 the club finished as runners-up and promoted alongside fellow Israeli-Arab club Maccabi Ahi Nazareth, becoming the joint-second Israeli-Arab club to play in the top flight after Hapoel Tayibe.
In (%) matches played at home was total goals (team and opponent) Over 1.5 goals. Bnei Sakhnin average scored goals per match in season 2019. In (%) matches played away team was total goals (team and opponent) Over 2.5 goals. Below the text is a list of the direct games. In (%) matches in season 2019 played at home was total goals (team and opponent) Over 2.5 goals. Below you will find a lot of statistics that make it easier Predict the result for a match between both teams. In (%) matches played away was total goals (team and opponent) Over 1.5 goals. Teams Hapoel Umm al-Fahm Bnei Sakhnin played so far 0 matches.Hapoel Umm al-Fahm in actual season average scored goals per match.
Big matches (especially those against rival club Beitar Jerusalem) can attract large crowds but toward the end of the 200506 season when the club was set to be relegated, the attendance at matches declined dramatically. The peak of fan attendance was the Israel State Cup final when Ramat Gan Stadium was filled with Arabs from Israel who had all come to support the club.
Hapoel Umm Al Fahm - Bnei Sakhnin
Prior to their first season in the top division, Sakhnin were favourites to be relegated, and it was thought that Nazareth had a better chance of survival. They also lost manager Momy Zafran who resigned shortly after the club won promotion, replacing him with Eyal Lahman. In addition, the club had to play games in Haifa's Kiryat Eliezer Stadium, as their home ground in Sakhnin was deemed unfit for the Premier League. Questions remained as to whether the squad that gained promotion would be able to compete at the top level, along with the added pressures not to become the next Hapoel Taibe (who were relegated in their first season in the top flight, and subsequently suffered financial problems leading to repeated relegations thereafter).
After beating Partizani Tirana 61 on aggregate in the second qualifying round, the club faced Newcastle United in the first round. However, Sakhnin were beaten 71 on aggregate, including a 51 home defeat in a match played at the National Stadium in Ramat Gan due to security concerns. The cup win meant that the club became the first Arab team to play in Europe, entering the UEFA Cup.