Maccabi Haifa secured grants totaling 9 million euros.
0:2 to Red Star in Armenia
The greens will at least be in the group stage of the Europa League, but they dream of a third appearance in history in the Champions League and next Wednesday they will host the Serbian champion who completed a double victory over Pionik
Tuesday, 09 August 2022, 21:56
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Apollon Limassol's goals against Maccabi Haifa in the first half (Sport1)
Maccabi Haifa returned tonight (Tuesday) to the playoff stage of the Champions League qualifiers, for the first time since that loss to the Belgian Genk on penalties in August 2011. The Greens will face Red Star Belgrade for the coveted ticket to the group stage, with the first match being held in Haifa next Wednesday (10:00 p.m.) and the second leg at six Days later in Belgrade.
Even if you lose to the Serbian champions, Maccabi Haifa will be in the group stage - that of the European League, in which they participated twice before (the last one in 2013/14).
In addition, the Greens have already secured grants of at least 9 million euros, and that's even before we talked about broadcast rights, ticket sales, etc.
Reaching the home of the Champions League for the third time in history - something that an Israeli team has not yet done - will raise the amount to around 17 million euros.
Unlike Maccabi Haifa which lost in Cyprus, the Red Star completed a double victory over Pionik Yerevan with 0:2 in the return match in Armenia after the 0:5 at home.
Alexander Katai missed a penalty in the 30th minute, but the second penalty received by the Serbian champions was already taken by Glor Kanga and he kicked in at the 44th minute, with striker Milan Pavkov hitting the second in the 60th minute after a kick from Kings Kangwa.
Two games from fulfilling the dream.
Maccabi Haifa players (photo: official website, Maccabi Haifa)
Meet the Red Star
"Marcana" as the Red Star Stadium is called, is considered one of the hottest in Europe.
In the league games, which are considered relatively "negligible", sometimes only about 6,000-7,000 spectators come, but for big games, for example meetings with Partizan Belgrade or matches in Europe, the champion of Serbia is able to easily attract more than 40,000 spectators who provide a sizzling atmosphere.
The history: The
Red Star has full title cupboards.
19 Yugoslav championships before the dissolution and the war, 13 championships after it and that's really not all.
The giants from Belgrade were European champions in 1991, won the Intercontinental Cup a little later, reached the final of the UEFA Cup in 1979 and much more. The DNA of dominant participation by European factories has been flowing in the veins of this club for many years.
The legendary Dian Stankovic played 15 years in Italy, won championships with Lazio and especially Inter, was European champion under Jose Mourinho and wore the team's uniform 103 times.
He led the Red Star to three consecutive championships and gives the impression that he is also at the beginning of an impressive coaching career.
Red Star automatically advanced to the third round and the matches against Pyunik Yerevan were their first in Europe.
In the league, her balance is - surprisingly - perfect.
Four wins in four rounds and a goal difference of 1:17.
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Diane Stankovic (Photo: GettyImages, Ian MacNicol)
there isn't just one like that, not even two.
The defense is led by Aleksandar Dragovic, who hoped to move to Italy in the summer, but is still in Belgrade.
Drago, by the way, suffered a lot from the Israeli national team when he played in the center of the Austrian national team's defense.
And who else?
Alexander Katai is brilliant even at the age of 31, attacking midfielder Mirko Ivanić is a numbers machine and winger Osman Bukari has already left his mark on the league after being purchased for 2 million euros from Magnet (last season he won the French Cup with Nantes on loan) and starred with a hat-trick in the home game against Pionik.
Maccabi Haifa's outstanding stopper belonged to the Red Star for half a season, sometime in 2014, but he wore Media only six times before moving on.
For him it will surely be an emotional meeting.
The former Maccabi Tel Aviv striker returned home a few weeks ago and it is impossible not to remember the heated meetings between him and the Greens during his time in Israel, but he was injured and it is doubtful that he will be able to play in the playoffs.
In the 2017/18 season, Hapoel Beer Sheva signed the young Zambian and added him to the youth team, while his brother Evans starred for Hapoel Ra'anana.
The young Kangwa scored eight league goals and even did it once to the net of Roi Fox from Maccabi Haifa, against Mahmoud Jaber, Maor Levy and Sof Podgorano.
Last summer, the 23-year-old midfielder was purchased from the Russian Arsenal Tula and meanwhile in four games in the Serbian league, he scored two goals and added an assist.
Red Star Belgrade