Football in Israel and the West Bank
Replies: 8 - Last Post: Feb 3, 2012 8:37 AM Last Post By: tochigiken
Jan 13, 2012 9:44 PM
Football in Israel and the West BankWill be in Israel and the West Bank at the end of next month, and I'd like to watch football or some other popular sport. I've found some info about football in Israel, but if anyone has suggestions, I'd love to hear them. Also, it's very tough finding information about football in the WB. Any suggestions on what's happening and where I can learn more?
Jan 14, 2012 9:05 AM
Jan 16, 2012 5:26 AM
2Football is the most popular sport in Palestine. Messi is revered as a God all over the place. Barcelona and Madrid are the two most popular teams. You'll see Palestinians playing football in every city.
Jan 17, 2012 1:38 AM
3In the Israeli league, depending on when exactly you'll be around, you can either watch games on the weekend of
In general lines, if you want to see a game -
HaPoel Kiryat Shmona is playing out a cinderella story this year - the small team from the extreme north is leading the league by 8 points right now.
HaPoel Tel Aviv was leading, but is in a free fall with management problems and a fired coach, in 3rd place right now
Maccabi Haifa - the usual representative to the Champions League has had a crap season and is 10th.
Beitar Jerusalem is the bad boy of Israeli football, with a fan base that is represented by too many hooligans and Jewish nationalist zealots - they've also been having a really bad season in 12th right now (and hopefully will relegate to the lower league!)
Tickets in Tel Aviv's Bloomfield Stadium, where both Hapoel Tel Aviv and Maccabi Tel Aviv play home games will run between NIS80-200, which is about $20 - $50. For games in Tel Aviv you can buy online, or at an authorized ticket agent, or at the Stadium on the day of the game.
Jan 25, 2012 6:25 AM
4Thanks everyone for the detailed responses (especially the info on HaPoel Kiryat Shomna). I'm planning on renting a car and driving around the North of Israel, so I'll see if I can catch any of their matches.
Jan 26, 2012 4:16 AM
5The NYTimes picked up on the story
Feb 1, 2012 11:12 AM
Feb 1, 2012 12:50 PM
Feb 3, 2012 8:37 AM
8Haven't chosen yet. I'll have 11 days in Israel and the West Bank, so I guess I'll wait until I get there to decide.
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