Tuesday, November 18, 2014

23 Tickets to Australia: Battle for final places begins to heat up

Amour: Back in the mix
Palestine showed enough in two friendlies against Saudi Arabia and Vietnam to calm the fears of many doubters still fretting about Jamal Mahmoud's departure. 

Palestine were clearly second best against Saudi Arabia in the first half but showed some sparks in the second half. They built on that performance three days later against Vietnam; overpowering their opponents in the second half. 

The two friendlies did raise some intriguing questions about roster spots. Mahmoud Eid has come out of nowhere and now seems likely to lead the attack for Al-Fida'i  in their Asian Cup debut against Japan in Newcastle. Hesham Salhe's energetic performance against Vietnam have many clamoring to an end of the Murad Ismail-Khader Yousef partnership in midfield. 

More Analysis After the jump....

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Rapid Reaction: Vietnam 1:3 Palestine (International Friendly)

Mahmoud Eid- one of three goal scorers on the day
Palestine Starting XI (4-2-3-1): Toufic Ali; Al-Battat, Bahdari, Salah, Abu Jazar; Salhe, Murad Ismail; Amour (C), Abuhabib, Seyam; Ashraf Nu'man 

Substitutes: Amour <-> Abu Saleh // Seyam <-> Eid // Ashraf Nu'man <-> Ahmed Maher // Ismail <-> Sheikhqasem // Hesham Salhe <-> Khader Yousef 

Abuhabib 56' (0-1)
Salhe 70' (0-2)
Eid 83' (0-3)
Nguyen 89' (1-3)

Highlights and more after the jump...

Rapid Reaction: Saudi Arabia 2:0 Palestine (International Friendly)

Khaled Salem and Mahmoud Eid started up top

Palestine Starting XI (4-4-2): Saleh (C); Fares, Bahdari, Dheeb, Jaber; Abu Saleh, Khader Yousef, Ismail, Maher; Eid, Salem. 

Substitutes: Ashraf Nu'man <--> Khaled Salem 46' // Abuhabib <--> Mahmoud Eid 63' // Abu Saleh <--> Ismail Amour 67' // Khader Yousef <--> Hesham Salhe 67' // Haitham Dheeb <--> Musa Abu Jazr 87' // 

Full Highlights & Recap after the jump...

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Preview: Saudi Arabia vs. Palestine (International Friendly)

With an international friendly win-less streak stretching back to 2012 (and a pretty bad decade), the Saudis will be looking to get a win against Palestine to gain some momentum ahead of the GCC cup. Palestine is out to show it can butt heads with the continent's top teams. Read more below to get some context to what should be a good game for the neutrals too.

When: November 6th, 2014
Kickoff: 1530 GMT 
Where: Prince Mohammed Bin Fahed Stadium, Dammam, Saudi Arabia
TV: Saudi Sports