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Here are some fast facts about Celtic’s Champions League play-off opponents. No doubt we will find out much more about them in the coming days.

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Celtic are looking to progress to the group stages but must get past Hapoel in order to do so.

  • Hapoel Be’er Sheva were founded in 1949.
  • They play their home games at the Turner Stadium which has a 16k capacity
  • They are the Champions of Israeli Premier League
  • Hapoel knocked out Olympiakos who were the highest seeded team.
  • They have the second highest average attendance in the Israeli Premier League (15,941)
  • In the 15/16 season Hapoel Be’er Sheva became champions after 40 years without winning a main national competition.
  • This is the furthest Hapoel Be’er Sheva have ever progressed in Europe. Got put out in the second Qualifiers of Europa League the past two seasons.
  • None of the three European qualifying opponents Celtic have had this season actually play their football in European countries. (Gibraltar, Kazakhstan now Israel.)

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