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.