Israel's only remaining team in the UEFA Cup was handed a tough second round draw Friday against Spanish first division leaders Valencia. The Spaniards will host the first leg on November 6, with the return tie to be played on November 27.
Valencia has already beaten Barcelona and Real Madrid in the Spanish League this season and in the previous round of the UEFA Cup disposed of AIK Solona with 1-0 wins home and away.
The club is considered one of the best in Europe in recent years and twice reached the final of the Champions League.
Giovanni Rosso, who played against Valencia with Hapoel Haifa in a Champions League qualifier in the 1999/2000 season, said the draw was a great opportunity for Haifa to surprise a big name club. Haifa coach Roni Levy was less enthusiastic. "Obviously, Valencia is a very tough opponent, one that will be extremely difficult to play against," Levy said.
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