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Israeli Teams Receive European Draws


Hapoel Tel Aviv, Bnei Yehuda Tel-Aviv, and Maccabi Tel-Aviv have all receieved their draws for Uefa Champions League Qualifying and Uefa Europa League Qualifying respectively. For Hapoel they will face Bosnian champions Željezničar. This will be no easy task as the Bosnian club has produced players like Edin Dzeko and Sanel Jahic. The first leg will be played in Sarajevo on July 13/14 and the return leg on July 20/21 in Bloomfield stadium. Hapoel should not underestimate the Bosnian side, as it promises to be a tough game. Hapoel had a great run last season in the Europa League, they finished at the top of the group stages, but lost out to Rubin Kazan in the round of 32.  Meanwhile Maccabi Tel-Aviv will play either FK Mogren of Montenegro or Santa Coloma of Andorra, both teams should be easy for Maccabi to beat. Maccabi last played European football in 2008 when they were dumped out by Kayserispor in qualifying. The first game will take place July 15 with the return leg on July 22.  Meanwhile Bnei Yehuda will face Armenian unknowns Ulisses in the first qualifying round and should they win, will advance to face the Irish side Shamrock Rovers. Bnei Yehuda will play its first game on July 1, and the return leg on July 8. Bnei Yehuda made a good run in qualifying last year, but were unable to beat Dutch Giants PSV Eindhoven and lost 2-0 on aggregate. Maccabi Haifa because of it’s higher coefficient will not be playing till the third qualifying round of the Uefa Europa League.

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  1. Abraham
    June 21, 2010 at 7:27 pm

    Hapoel drew the toughest team they could have drawn but I’m sure Željezničar is thinking the same thing since Hapoel had the highest coefficient of any club in first or second rounds. Željezničar can be dangerous but they have a lot of older players and they sold their best player. It will tough but I expect Hapoel to advance. The thing I don’t like is that with the first match 3 weeks away, Hapoel still haven’t finalized their squad. The players won’t have a lot of time to play together in practice.

    I expect Mogren to advance and the Montenegrin teams are getting better. Maccabi will win but Im curious to see by how much. I wonder how well Maccabi will play together with so many new players.

    Bnei Yehuda had a great performance last year. They started in the first round and made it to the fourth round, losing to a major Dutch club. Bnei Yehuda played well and missed on several good chances to score or even win. I think the first 2 rounds are a good draw for them. They should pass by the Armenian club with ease, and although the Irish club is in the middle of its season, their best player is having a bad year and Irish football in general is not that good. They could have had a worse draw.

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