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Hapoel Tel-Aviv v Zeljeznicar Preview


Hapoel Tel-Aviv will start its quest to join the UEFA Champions League group stages tomorrow night against Bosnian side Zeljeznicar. While Hapoel won its last three friendly games, they still received arguably the toughest possible draw of the second round. Hapoel has had an interesting off season. They have added several new players including attacking midfielder Yossi Shivhon, central defender Bevan Fransman, and midfielder Romain Rocchi. Hapoel also signed Ghanaian midfielder William Hazo, and goalkeeper Galil Ben-Shanan. Of these five players, it is likely that only Yossi Shivhon will start. Hapoel managed to retain its core of players that brought it the championship in Israel. It is almost certain that goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama will be leaving after his fantastic showing in the world cup. Hapoel already received an offer from FC Porto for one million Euros, but they rejected it. Other than Enyeama it appears that Hapoel will prove to be an even better team this season. Their opponents Zeljeznicar, are the Bosnian Champions and are based out of the city of Sarajevo. Their coach Amar Osim, who is the son of legendary coach Ivica Osim,  had many complimentary things to say about Hapoel Tel-Aviv in a press conference held earlier today. However, the Bosnian club should not be underestimated, and I’m sure Hapoel coach Eli Guttman will have his troops ready and motivated. Zeljeznicar’s most notable player of late has been the prolific Edin Dzeko, so Hapoel should be prepared for a tough physical game. Zeljeznicar has won three titles since the end of the Bosnian War, so they are a club with some history. Hapoel are the better team on paper and should win the game, but stranger things have happened.

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  1. Abraham
    July 13, 2010 at 12:18 am

    I still have no idea why Hapoel waited so long to sign players…. and they are still not done signing players! This game has 0-0 or 1-1 written all over it. For some reason, Israeli clubs treat early round qualifiers in both the European competitions as friendlies. Once they start to get close to the group stage, then thats when they take it seriously.

    What’s the deal with the GK situation. Are they really going to go with the backup as their #1 throughout the CL qualifiers? Why haven’t they signed a GK?

    About Enyeama… FC Porto are acting like assholes. They want to get away with paying almost nothing for Enyeama, so they figure they would tell him that they want him and would give him a big raise, hoping that Enyeama would kick and scream and demand that Hapoel make a deal. Porto is trying to cause trouble… the have no class and show no respect. Why would Hapoel take 1 million after his WC performance, when they turned down 2 million from Arsenal last year.

  2. Abraham
    July 13, 2010 at 3:21 pm

    5-0…wow! Forget what I said before.

  3. Paul M.A. Fransman.
    July 29, 2010 at 6:36 pm

    I will be following this club, as my younger son, Bevan Fransman, has joined from fellow Israeli Club, Maccabi Netanya. I would be keen so see how the team can recover from the 1-0 loss to Aktobe, in the 2nd Leg at home next week in the UEFA Champion’s League, 3rd Qualifying round. Success there would mean Group Stages for the team. A League game either side of this game, means 3 games in 8 days. Tough program.

    • snowbozo21
      September 23, 2010 at 6:54 pm

      Good luck to Bevan, he looks like a good player.

  4. Paul M.A. Fransman.
    August 20, 2010 at 7:56 am

    Hapoel are doing VERY WELL in the EUFA Champion’s League, qualifying round. Beating Austrian team, Salzburg 3-2 away from home is an EXCELLENT RESULT. With the return leg in Tel Avivthis coming week, Hapoel SHOULD NOT RELAX, and make the game safe in the first half. Just waiting for my son, BEVAN FRANSMAN, to win a regular place in the starting line-up. GO HAPOEL …

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