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Tel Aviv to return as Trophée des Champions host

France’s Professional Football League (LFP) has announced that its Trophée des Champions match will once again be held at Bloomfield Stadium in the Israeli city of Tel Aviv.

The stadium hosted the 2021 edition between Lille and Paris Saint-Germain and will stage this year’s match on July 31. The Trophée des Champions is contested by the winners of Ligue 1 and the Coupe de France.

Comtec Group, which organised last year’s sell-out match, will reprise its role for this year’s event. The company has delivered a number of major sporting events in Israel, including cycling’s Giro d’Italia, Euroleague Basketball games and the European Judo Championships.

Bloomfield Stadium has a capacity of 29,400 and serves as the home of Tel Aviv’s three professional football clubs.

The LFP traditionally stages the Trophée des Champions outside of France but COVID-19 led to the 2020-21 fixture being played at Stade Bollaert-Delelis, home of Ligue 1 club RC Lens. Prior to that, the last game held in France was in 2008 when Bordeaux’s Stade Chaban-Delmas played host.

The LFP has taken the Trophée des Champions to a number of countries in recent years. The 2019 and 2018 matches were staged at the Shenzhen Universiade Sports Centre, with China also playing host in 2014 with the Workers’ Stadium in Beijing. The Canadian city of Montreal has staged the event twice at the Stade Olympique and Stade Saputo, respectively, in 2009 and 2015.

The Trophée des Champions has also been taken to the Stade de Tanger in Morocco twice, in 2011 and 2017. Stade de l’Amitié in Libreville, Gabon, played host in 2013, while Africa was also the destination in 2010 with the Hamadi Agrebi Stadium in Tunis, Tunisia.

In 2012, the Trophée des Champions headed to the United States with Red Bull Arena in New Jersey, while its sole European outing outside France came in 2016 at the Wörthersee Stadion in Klagenfurt, Austria.

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