World football stars come to Israel for the weekend for matches

World football stars come to Israel for the weekend for matches

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 World football stars come to Israel for the weekend to play matches

This weekend, Israeli fans will be able to see many of the world's football stars at two games. with the Italian “Roma” in a pre-season friendly at the Sammy Offer Stadium in Haifa.

This game will be the first meeting of the Roma coach José Mourinho with his former club Tottenham, from where he was fired almost a year ago.
Mourinho also clashed with the current Tottenham manager Antonio Conte.

“We have mutual respect and our football history speaks for us. Everything is fine now, and tomorrow we will definitely hug, — Conte said at a press conference in Tel Aviv before the game.

“It was amazing for us to receive such a warm welcome at the hotel yesterday from all our fans. Also happy birthday to Harry Kane, because yesterday was his birthday, – added by Antonio Conte.

“There are many positives, and we like to find enthusiasm in it. Now we are looking forward to playing on Saturday, — said the Italian.

Meanwhile, the Roma players visited the Wailing Wall in Jerusalem to pray and leave a note on the holy site.

Tottenham, a north London club, has long been associated with its Jewish fans to the point where its fans – both Jews and non-Jews — eventually adopted the derogatory epithet “Yid” thrown at them by rivals, and became known as “Kids”; or “Jewish Army”.
Meanwhile, Roma fans were subjected to anti-Semitic abuse from their rivals.
The best football teams regularly travel abroad for pre-season games to practice against the strongest opponents, as well as increase their commercial appeal by communicating with distant fans.

On Sunday, Israelis will be able to see world superstars Lionel Messi and Neymar as the French Paris Saint-Germain team will play with “Nantes” at Bloomfield Stadium in Tel Aviv.

This is the second time Israel has hosted the French Super Cup, following last year's season opener brought to the country by billionaire Sylvan Adams.

Messi last visited Israel in 2019 against Uruguay.

Israeli fans will not be able to see the most expensive player in the world, Kylian Mbappe, who was suspended for too many yellow cards at the end of last season.

“PSG” announced the seriousness of the attitude to the game after last year's loss to Lille with a score of 1: 0.

“We want this Cup season to start as well as possible, it is very important for us,” — said Italian goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma before the game.

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