Israeli champions Maccabi Tel Aviv arrived to rainy weather at Basle airport this afternoon

The Maccabi Tel Aviv squad left a hot and humid Israel on a direct flight to Switzerland this morning, only to arrive at Basle airport in rainy, 180 weather to begin their preparations for tomorrow's match against F.C. Basel at local venue St. Jakob Park.  The players were joined at the airport by first team manager Benny Tabak, who had arrived a day earlier, and from there proceeded to their hotel by coach.  Immediately following this evening's press conference with Maccabi head coach Paulo Sousa, the squad will hold their first practice session on Swiss soil at local venue St. Jakob Park.  Tomorrow morning they'll conduct a light practice session in advance of their first leg against F.C. Basel in the third round of the Champions League qualifying stage.  The game will begin at 7 pm local time – 8 pm Israel time – and will be broadcast on Israeli sport channel, Sport 5.

Fans who wish to purchase tickets to the match in Basle can still do so and join the team in Switzerland.  Tickets can be purchased either at the Leaan website and collected on matchday at the stadium ticket offices, or at the stadium ticket offices themselves, which will be open from 4 pm on the day of the match.  Tickets are already on sale for next Tuesday's return leg at 8 pm at Bloomfield Stadium. Season ticket holders have until tomorrow to purchase their ticket and maintain their seating at the stadium.  Ticket sales to the general public will begin Wednesday.