Elisha Levy


Elisha Levy

Infobox Football biography
playername = Elisha Levy
אלישע לוי


fullname = Elisha Levy
dateofbirth = Birth date and age|1957|11|18
cityofbirth = Jerusalem
countryofbirth = Israel
nickname =
currentclub =
youthyears = 1968-1974
youthclubs = Hapoel Beit She'an
years = 1974–1982 1982–1983 1983–1987 1987–1989
clubs = Hapoel Beit She'an Maccabi Haifa Maccabi Petah Tikva Hapoel Beit She'an
caps(goals) = - (-) - (-) - (-) - (-)
manageryears = 1989–1995
1995–1996
1996–1997
1997–1999
1999–2001
2001
2001–2004
2004–2006
2006–2008
2008-
managerclubs = Hapoel Beit She'an
Maccabi Herzliya
Tzafririm Holon
Hapoel Beit She'an
Ironi Rishon LeZion
Hapoel Kfar Saba
F.C. Ashdod
Hapoel Kfar Saba
Bnei Sakhnin
Maccabi Haifa

Elisha Levy ( _he. אלישע לוי; born on 18 November 1957 in Jerusalem) is a former professional football player and is currently manager of Israeli side Maccabi Haifa.

Career

Player

Levy was born in Jerusalem and in the beginning of the 60s moved with his family to Beit She'an. At the age of 11 he joined Hapoel Beit She'an children's club. He continued to play for them through the ranks when in 1974 he started playing with the senior squad. Levy played for Beit She'an for four years in third division, and another four years in second division Before he moved to first division team Maccabi Haifa.

In 1982-83 Levy played as captain for Maccabi and reached State Cup semi final. After coach Jack Mansell left Levy was put on the bench and in the following season he moved to Maccabi Petah Tikva.

After playing for Petah Tikva for four seasons he decided to return to his youth club Hapoel Beit She'an. He played for two season before he retired and was appointed as head coach of the team.

Coach

Levy coached Bet She'an for six years in his first term. In season 1992/93 he won Second division promotion. The following year he made history when Beit She'an was promoted to the Liga Leumit, then the top division. In season 1995-96 he managed Maccabi Herzliya, but after a bad season opening he was fired. In the following year he was coach of Tzafririm Holon. In season 1997-98 He returned for a 2nd term at Hapoel Beit She'an. That season is famous for what was known to be the Shoelaces game, where Hapoel Beit She'an with Levy as manager, was accused of giving Beitar Jerusalem a win on the final day of the league, consequently Beitar won the title.

Two years later Levy was appointed coach of Ironi Rishon LeZion in 1998-99 and lead the team to 6th place, a record position for the club. He continued to coach Rishon until he was fired at the end of 2000-01 with new owners Lior Shahar arrival. Two weeks later he was announced as the new Hapoel Kfar Saba coach. Kfar Saba were placed last, 7 points from staying in the league. Even after a series of impressive victories Levy could not save Kfar Saba from relegation.

In 2001-02 as manager of F.C. Ashdod Levy managed to reach 4th place earning the Intertoto spot. That year he reached the final of the Toto Cup but lost to Hapoel Tel Aviv. He was replaced half season in 2003-04 by Yossi Mizrahi. He returned to Hapoel Kfar Saba in 2005, then in the second league, and won promotion. Half way in the following season Levy resigned when Kfar Saba were at last place.

In 2006-07 he managed Bnei Sakhnin, earning promotion to Ligat ha'Al. In 2007-08 Levy and Sakhnin reached record 4th place and the right to play in Intertoto Cup 2nd round. On 2 April 2008 it was announced that Levy would be the next Maccabi Haifa manager. He signed a 1 year contract and replaced former manager Ronny Levy. [ [http://www.uefa.com/footballeurope/news/kind=2/newsid=678800.html Levy given Haifa hot seat] UEFA, 3 April 2008] [ [http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?cid=1207159747805&pagename=JPost%2FJPArticle%2FShowFull Local Soccer: Elisha Levy to coach Maccabi Haifa] The Jerusalem Post, 3 April 2008]

Personal life

Levy is married and a father of two. He lives in Kfar Saba.

Honours

As Player
* With Hapoel Beit She'an:
** Liga Alef (3rd League) Promotion: 1977/78As Coach
* With Hapoel Beit She'an:
** Liga Alef (3rd League) Promotion: 1992/93
** Liga Artzit (2nd League) Promotion: 1993/94
* With F.C. Ashdod:
** Toto Cup Runner up: 2001/02
* With Hapoel Kfar Saba:
** Liga Leumit (2nd League) Promotion: 2004/05
* With Bnei Sakhnin:
** Liga Leumit (2nd League) Promotion: 2006/07

References

External links

* [http://www.abna-sakhnin.com/en/team/showteam.ASP?aid=510 Elisha Levy, on Bnei Sakhnin official site]


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