Hapoel TA to Face Joerg Haider's Kaernten in UEFA Cup

The draw was held Friday for the first round of the UEFA Cup. Israel's two representatives in the competition - Hapoel Tel Aviv and Maccabi Tel Aviv - were given very contrasting tasks.

Hapoel will face Austrian team Kaernten, while Maccabi must play Portuguese giants Boavista. The games will be held on September 19 and October 3.

In the sort of twist that seems to accompany Israeli teams whenever they play in European competition, Hapoel's opponent is none other than the team whose president is politician Joerg Haider, chairman of the far-right Austrian Freedom Party.

Sources in the Austrian media said Friday that Haider, who is officially boycotted by Israel, could try and force a political move by asking to accompany his team to Israel, despite a ban on international games in Israel, imposed six months ago by UEFA.