Sunday, January 22, 2006

and the crowd sung what?

Since arriving in Israel almost 3 years ago, I've adopted Beitar Yerushalayim (Jerusalem) as my favorite football team in Israel. While the quality of football in Israel is still rather poor (although more players are being exported to the European leagues), the games are always fun to go to and the crowds are as passionate as it gets. What sets the Beitar crowd apart from any crowd I've ever been a part of is the chants of the crowd. Yesterday's game against Hapoel Kfar Saba included a few takes of a famous religious song that is normally sung in Yeshivot or Jewish weddings. To hear it (& sing it) sung so passionately by 6,000 fans is quite an experience. Only in Israel ...

On a side note, Beitar managed to pull out an undeserved 1-0 win thanks to a 90th minute penalty by Barak Yitzchaki.

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