Soccer / Hapoel TA to Play Gaziantepspor

After having played and won in Armenia last week for the third year in succession, Hapoel Tel Aviv drew another familiar opponent in Friday's draw for the first round of the UEFA Cup.

Dror Kashtan's side will meet Gaziantepspor of Turkey, which it played two years ago in the same round of the competition on its way to the UEFA Cup quarterfinal. Last time around, Hapoel beat Gaziantepspor 1-0 at home and drew 1-1 in the return leg.

The first leg will be held September 24 in Turkey, with the return leg two weeks later at Hapoel's "home" venue in Rotterdam.

Premier League runners-up Maccabi Haifa drew Slovenian side Publikum. Haifa will host the first leg in Turkey on September 24 with the return leg in Slovenia on October 15.

State Cup holders Hapoel Ramat Gan will play Levski Sofia of Bulgaria. Levski Sofia is owned by Israeli-Russian billionaire businessman Michael Chernoy, who immediately upon hearing of the draw instructed his club to hold the first leg in Israel, in violation of the UEFA ban on international games in the country.