Monday, January 25, 2016

Five reasons why Palestine will advance to the final round of World Cup Qualifying

Can Palestine continue their run?
Palestine's next match is less than two months away so what better time to speculate on whether or not they can book their ticket to the final round* of Asian World Cup qualifying?

After conspiring to throw away a valuable point to Saudi Arabia in their first game it seemed that Palestine would be left using these games as a learning experience ahead of the more realistic goal of qualifying for the 2019 Asian Cup in the UAE.

Despite good results against Malaysia (6-0) and UAE (0-0) Palestine squandered another two points in Dilli- spending most the first half in a reactive state. FIFA has yet to comment on whether or not the match would be overturned after it came to light that Timor Leste had illegally naturalized Brazilian players but for the sake of this argument will assume that the 1-1 result will stand.

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Saturday, January 23, 2016

FIFA takes no action on Timor Leste player eligibility scandal

The big news in regards to Asian World Cup qualifying this month is that Kuwait has finally been punished for government interference in football. A 3-0 win awarded to Myanmar could potentially change the makeup of the final round.

It had been anticipated that FIFA would finally take action against Timor Leste whose naturalization tactics had made several prominent media outlets, including Vice Sports, the Huffington Post, and the New York Times.

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Sunday, January 10, 2016

#PalestiniansAbroad Transfer Roundup

This article will be continuously updated  throughout the duration of the transfer window. 

With the arrival of the new year l, new faxes begin to pop up in different places. Thus far, a couple of national team stalwarts will be playing for new clubs in 2016.

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