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Israeli Arabs: Bnei Sakhnin - First Arab-Israeli Soccer Champions

The soccer team of Bnei Sakhnin made sporting history on May 18, 2004, when it became the first non-Jewish soccer club to win the Israeli soccer championship by beating Hapoel Haifa 4-1 at the Ramat Gan national stadium. In front of 35,000 spectators - the majority supporting Bnei Sakhnin, a town with a population of 21,300 - Haifa led 1-0 at half-time but Avi Danan, Lior Asulin and Gavriel Lima all scored during the second half to seal the victory. The win guarantees Bnei Sakhnin a place in the European soccer championship in 2004-2005.

Sources: Maariv, (May 19, 2004)