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Roni Levy

Published: Tuesday 1 December 2009, 11.02CET
FC Unirea Urziceni
Roni Levy
Unirea coach Roni Levy ©Getty Images
Published: Tuesday 1 December 2009, 11.02CET

Roni Levy

FC Unirea Urziceni

Date of birth: 14 November 1966
Nationality: Israeli
Playing career: Maccabi Netanya FC (twice), Bnei Yehuda Tel-Aviv FC, Maccabi Haifa FC
Coaching career: Maccabi Haifa FC, Maccabi Petach-Tikva FC, FC Unirea Urziceni

• Levy came through the ranks as a striker at hometown club Netanya, winning his first Israeli title while on loan at Bnei Yehuda in 1988/89. Sold to Haifa in 1992, he went on to earn 16 Israel caps and the 1993/94 title having dropped back to central midfield before a knee injury forced him to retire in 1997 aged 31.

• Remained at Haifa coaching youth teams, moving up to become assistant and then caretaker coach in 2000.

• Returned to the youth ranks before being handed the top job again in 2003. Levy won the first of three successive titles in his first season, becoming the first former Haifa player to guide the club to the championship and, at 38, the youngest title-winning coach in Israeli history.

• Reached the UEFA Cup round of 16 in his fourth season in charge, but failed to add to his domestic trophy haul and left Haifa in 2008 after a second fifth-placed finish in a row.

• Spent less than a year in charge at Petach-Tikva before resigning in November 2009; named as Dan Petrescu's replacement at Unirea the following January.

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