Yellow-and-blue kicks off campaign in Malta

The disappointment of the past two seasons in the Champions League qualifiers is still fresh in the minds of many of Maccabi Tel Aviv’s players.

The yellow-and-blue has thoroughly dominated the local scene over the past three years, but is determined to make amends for its failures in continental soccer’s premier club competition in 2015/16, starting with Tuesday’s second qualifying round first leg at Maltese champion Hibernians.

Maccabi is a firm favorite to overcome Hibernians, which hasn’t won a game in European competition since 2002. However, it will need to overcome two more home-and-away ties in order to attain its true goal, reaching the group stage of the Champions League for the second time in club history and the first since the 2004/05 season.


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