Bnei Sakhnin

Founded In
1991
Location
Sakhnin, Israel

Bnei Sakhnin

About Bnei Sakhnin

Ihoud Bnei Sakhnin Football Club, better known as Bnei Sakhnin, was founded in 1991 as the result of a merger between two of the city's previous clubs, Hapoel Sakhnin and Maccabi Sakhnin. Since their formation, they have emerged as the most successful Israeli-Arab club. Their primary rivals are Beitar Jerusalem.

Having started play in the lower divisions of Israel's league system, Bnei Sakhnin gained promotion to the country's second tier in 1997. They finished the 1998-99 campaign in the relegation places, but were saved when top tier side Maccabi Jaffa were moved down three divisions due to financial irregularities. After gradual progress, the team finished as runners up in 2002-03 and gained promotion to the Premier League.

Despite being favourites for relegation, the club survived their first top flight season and also picked up their first major honor, after beating Hapoel Haifa in the final of the Israel State Cup. In the process, they became the first Israeli-Arab club to win the competition and also the first to compete in a European competition, when they appeared in the following season's UEFA Cup. The 2007-08 season marked their highest Premier League finish to date, as they ended the campaign in 4th place. That season also saw the side finish as runners up for the Toto Cup. 

Abbas Suan and Maor Buzaglo are amongst the most notable players to have represented the club and both have also represented Israel at international level. Hana Farhoud, who played for the team from 1995 until 2001, is currently their record goalscorer.

Bnei Sakhnin's home games are held at Doha Stadium, which is also known as Peace Stadium. The venue opened in 2006 and can currently hold up to 8,500 supporters, although there are plans in place to expand this to around 15,000 in the future.