Friday, March 24, 2017

Final Squad to face Maldives revealed


Abdel Nasser Barakat has revealed his first Asian Cup qualifying squad. A core of players who were called up throughout World Cup qualifying has been retained with only a few changes sprinkled through the squad.

Squad Facts:

Oldest Player: Abdelatif Bahdari (33 Years, 1 month)
Youngest Player: Oday Dabbagh (17 Years, 3 months)
Most Experienced Player: Abdelatif Bahdari (42 Caps)
Least Experienced Player: Mohammed Natour (0 Caps, First Call Up)

Top Goalscorer in the Squad: Ahmad Maher (6)

Average Age: 24.6 Years
Average Number of Caps: 10.4

Total Caps: 240
Total Goals: 32

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Rapid Reaction: Palestine 1:0 Yemen (International Friendly)

Mohammed Darweesh (R) fights for possession 
Palestine Starting XI: Hamadi, Battat, Dheeb, Bahdari, Jaber; Darweesh, Shaban, Yameen; Cantillana, Abu Nahya, Seyam

Substitutions: Norambuena <-> Yameen 64' // Pinto Islame <-> Abu Nahia 64' // Cantillana <-> Wridat 64' // Darweesh <-> Tamburrini 71' // Ihbeisheh <-> Seyam 79' // 

Goals: Yashir Pinto Islame 85' 

Cautions: None 

More after the jump...

Monday, March 20, 2017

Preview: Palestine vs. Yemen (International Friendly)

Palestine led by Ramzi Saleh (R) won 2-1 in Sana'a in 2012

Game Information

What: International FIFA Friendly 
When: March 22nd, 2017
Where: Stadium, Doha, Qatar    
Kickoff: 11 AM GMT
Streams/TV: Link 1 // Link 2


Previous Encounters: 
September 29, 2010 Yemen 3:1 Palestine 
June 18, 2012 Yemen 1:2 Palestine

Full preview after the jump... 


Friday, March 10, 2017

PFA announce Yemen friendly

Yemen will be playing their Asian Cup qualifying games in Doha
Ahead of their opening game of 2019 AFC Asian Cup qualifying. The PFA has revealed that it will spar with fellow West Asian side Yemen in Doha.

The encounter is slated for March 22nd with no information on kickoff times as of yet.

Palestine won the last encounter 2-1 courtesy of goals from Ashraf Nu'man and Ismail Al-Amour in Sana'a. The two teams have only met one other time- a 3-1 reverse for Palestine at the 2010 WAFF Championship.

Yemen have experienced an understandable dip in form that has coincided with political instability in the country. Their record since last meeting Palestine stands at 6-8-28. That said, half their wins have come in the last 18 months- including a result that effectively ended Philippines's chances of advancing to the next round of World Cup qualifying.

The two staffs could use this encounter to exchange notes on their upcoming opposition. Yemen beat Maldives by twin 2-0 score lines to navigate a route back to Asian Cup qualifying while Palestine's most recent friendlies came against Yemen's first opponent in Asian Cup qualifying- Tajikistan.


Thursday, March 2, 2017

Projecting Palestine's squad vs. Maldives

Bahdari (C) leads the team through warm-up sessions. 
The national team took to the pitch for the first time in 2017 as 27 domestically-based players were summoned for a weekly training session at the Majed Asaad stadium in Al-Bireh.

Amongst the players were some new faces who could make a run at cracking the final squad and perhaps even a starting line up in 2017. 

Palestine's biggest positional battles are at goalkeeper, right back, and centre midfield. The Asian Cup qualifying opener against the Maldives could see new faces in each of those positions 

This initial list of 27 players will be whittled down by almost half as a number of Palestinians playing abroad are very much in the running to make the Maldives squad. 

The contingent of players in Malaysia, Qatar, Egypt, Jordan, Sweden, & Chile have enjoyed productive seasons to varying degrees and there is an expectation of at least six out of the nine players making the trip. 

The only question marks are whether the staff can coax Carlos Salom back into the fold after a disagreement over travel arrangements during the last friendly. Imad Zatara hasn't been part of the national team set up since 2015 and at 32 would be the second oldest member of the side (he is eight months younger than Abdelatif Bahdari) but he has been in fine form for Al-Messaimer in the Qatar Gas League. 

The final question mark is whether the staff will take all three central attacking midfielders in Ahmad Maher, Ahmad Awad, and Islam Batran- a move that will probably result in Ashraf Nu'man being left out of the squad. 

With three spots reserved for goalkeepers and at least six (presumably) being called up from foreign leagues. Only 14 spots remain. That number shrinks further when a further six to eight names in the list are surefire inclusion in any squad. 

Below we rate the chances of each training camp member to make the squad