In The Stands At Tel Aviv’s Bloomfield Stadium

Still with an opporutnity at a place in the UEFA Europa League for this coming spring, FC Hapoel Tel Aviv players celebrate their historic 3-0 victory over traditional Portuguese powerhouse SL Benfica of Lisbon in Group B of the UEFA Champions League at the Bloomfield Stadium in Israel. (Jack Guez/AFP/Getty Images)

The blog had proper highlight footage of the Hapoel Tel Aviv – Benfica Lisbon match all set to go, but the stuff was taken down while the work was being done on the traditional match report.

So, then, the opportunity presents itself for a little alternative as well as more cultural clip which does capture the last goal of the game scored by Israel international midfielder ERAN ZAHAVI against Benfica.

The blog understands not a word of Hebrew — the only verbal part comprehended was “ELI GUTMAN”, the name of the manager of home-standing Hapoel Tel Aviv.

Nonetheless, the material entertains as many things about the world of top-class professional football are, indeed, universal, or so it would seem; in reality, the match commentary and/or sounds in the stadium are actually surplus to requirements with respect to enjoying the actual game itself.

On the other hand, noise in the arena always enhances the experience — no matter what the language.



The BLOOMFIELD STADIUM was built on the same ground as the old Basa Stadium, which had been home to FC Hapoel Tel Aviv since 1950.

The project, which had its groundbreaking in September of 1960, was financed by a variety of interests including the Canadian Association of Labour Israel, a Canadian charity which supports the charitable works of the Hapoel Sports Movement of the Histadrut Labour Organization in Israel, the Bloomfield family of Montreal in the Canadian province of Quebec as well as the Bloomfield family foundation known as the Eldee Foundation.

The Canadian element of the project financing arose out of the intent to honor BERNARD M. BLOOMFIELD and LOUIS M. BLOOMFIELD for “their lifelong dedication to the ideals of sport in Israel”.

The Bloomfield Stadium opened on October 13, 1962, with a 1-1 draw between Hapoel Tel Aviv and Shimshon Tel Aviv; two months later, the arena hosted its first international match with the arrival of Dutch Eredivisie club FC Twente Enschede for a friendly with Hapoel Tel Aviv.



Currently, the Bloomfield Stadium, which lists an official capacity of 15,700 for football matches, has three tenants — FC Hapoel Tel Aviv, FC Maccabi Tel Aviv and FC Bnei Yehuda Tel Aviv — as the only stadium in Israel hosting three teams within the top three divisions of domestic professional football.


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