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Maccabi Haifa plans to ask opponents to play in Israel

www.haaretzdaily.com

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By Doron Bergerfreund




Maccabi Haifa intends to try to persuade its opponents in the second qualifying round of the Champions League next season to play in Israel despite the volatile security situation in the region, the club said yesterday.

The draw for the qualifying rounds takes place in 10 days' time and Haifa, which enters the fray in the second round, will play a club that makes it through from the first round.

While the UEFA directive banning all international fixtures in Israel still stands, the club said yesterday that it had received no instructions at all regarding the status of matches due to be held here and that no specific ban on home fixtures had been imposed.

Once the opponent is known, Haifa intends to approach the club directly and describe its security plan and safety guarantees.

While the first European foray is not expected to be against a well-known outfit, Haifa hopes to be able to persuade its opponent to make the trip. thereby setting a precedent for future fixtures.

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Could anyone tell the possible opponents? thanks
 

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not sure, but i hope it will be helpful, because many teams have a right not to play in Israel and it is very hard for Maccabi to compete as well as Maccabi Tel Aviv and Hapoel! :( really sad!
 

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Alright the situation in Israel is not the best but in all history never happened something to foreign teams that played in Israel.

Two reasons why the teams could play in Israel:
1) The Israeli security is tight and efficent
2) The palestinians aren't so crazy ( even though we could not expect much of suiciders ) in harming the European players since they are seeking support.

Most of the teams consider that playing in Israel is very difficult so they use this excuse to try to get a better situation.
If the games are moved to a neutral venue so the Israeli teams have lower chances in doing well in Europe.
 

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Berko,


Ofcourse that is true what you said,


but let me add that AC Milan did infact want to play in Israel and had no objections to it. Ac Milan representitives traveled not once, but twice to Israel and were assured a safe game. Even the players of AC Milan encouraged the game to continue in Israel, because they wanted to show the game as the game of peace. That was good. There were threats to attack the bus of player in AC Milan. I heard it on Haaretzdaily and it was not much info, But stuff like that made the UEFA real afraid of the situation.


The teams who are far greater than us on paper have no problem, playing in Israel...it is the team that would have a little trouble with us that refuses. They see a neutral venue as a 2 game advantage for them which is not fair. Uefa, if they support Fair play and stuff like that to the exsitance should punish a team for even deciding or refusing to play another team. This is not fair! This is bullsh*t!!!!

The same thing happened in the NT. In June 1st, there was a attack 25 or so minutes away from Ramat Gan's Stadium. Evenso, on June 5th, Spain was full with there line up and ready to play in Israel for the WCQ, they had no problem and it was a friendly and nice game we played with them. A Game in which we did very good as well... They never spoke once about moving it. Whereas the Austrians did! They cried just because a plane of ours went down. They were isnane! I think deeply, that because of the Austrians, they f*cked our soccer system, because it influenced other decisions that was made in UEFA.
 

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Kappa, they only claim they wouldn't have a problem to play in Israel after the UEFA said the game won't be in Israel. In fact, however, they were one of the main decision causers of UEFA, since Milan is a big team and has a big influence (fact is that it is the only team that played their away game in a neutral stadium and not Chelsea, Lokomotiv or Parma).
 

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So, if Maccabi Haifa read their faxes this time they should have no problem to go through.

As for Hapoel and Maccabi, both are ranked in the qualifying round, however their seeds do not include the last European season, so Hapoel's UEFA Cup success is not factored into those rankings.
 

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Yes their opponents in the second round are easy, I think Sherif is the most camfortable opponent. but if they win the 3 round will be a hell if they get Manchester or Barcelona or Bayern :dazed:
 
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