Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Rapid Reaction: Palestine 7:0 Timor Leste (2018 World Cup Qualifier)

Jaka got the party started early in Dura 

Palestine Starting XI (4-4-1-1): Toufic Ali; Musab Battat, Abdelatif Bahdari (c), Haitham Dheeb, Abdallah Jaber; Jaka Ihbeisheh, Pablo Tamburrini, Shadi Shaaban, Jonathan Cantillana; Ashraf Nu'man; Yashir Pinto

Substitutions: Shaaban <-> Ahmed Awad 51' // Tamer Seyam <-> Ihbeisheh 62' // Khader Yousef  <-> Pablo Tamburrini 80' 

Cautions: None 

Goals: Jaka Ihbeisheh 2', Jonathan Cantillana 18' 66', Yashir Pinto 32' 39', Ahmed Awad 77', Abdelatif Bahdari 90'

Highlights and more after the jump...

Monday, March 28, 2016

Preview: Palestine vs. Timor Leste (2018 World Cup Qualifier)

Game Information

What: 2018 FIFA World Cup/2019 AFC Asian Cup Qualifying
When: March 29th, 2016
Where: Dura International Stadium, Dura, Palestine 
Kickoff: 1700 (Kickoff in your timezone, here

Previous Encounters: 

October 2015 (2018 World Cup Qualifying): Timor Leste 1:1 Palestine

Injuries/Suspensions: Mohammed Darwish will miss the encounter courtesy of his double booking against the UAE. Abdelatif Bahdari has recovered from the light injury he sustained against UAE.

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Palestine rest and recover ahead of anticipated revenge vs. Timor Leste

(Hebron, Palestine) // Palestine got their first training underway this evening at the Hussein Stadium after an arduous journey back home from the United Arab Emirates.

The national team caught a bus in the wee hours of Friday morning bound for Dubai were they flew to Amman. At that point the team split up, with dual nationals making their way to the Jordan Valley border (a two hour drive from the airport) while the rest of the team crossed over from the Allenby Bridge.

Ahmed Awad and Jaka Ihbeisheh were held at the border for three additional hours- further delaying their arrival to the team hotel in Ramallah.

Departing from the team's ranks is Matías Jadue who returned to Malaysia to help PKNS FC in their FA Cup semifinal.

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Thursday, March 24, 2016

Rapid Reaction: UAE 2:0 Palestine (2018 World Cup Qualifier)

Haitham Dheeb contests Ahmed Khalil for the ball

Palestine Starting XI (4-4-1-1): Toufic Ali, Alexis Norambuena, Haitham Dheeb, Abelatif Bahdari, Abdallah Jaber; Jonathan Cantillana, Mohammed Darwish, Pablo Bravo, Tamer Seyam; Sameh Mar’aba, Ashraf Nu’man.

Subs: Ashraf Nu’man <-> Jonathan Cantillana 54' // Jaka Ihbeisheh <-> Ahmad Abu Nahyeh 67' // Shadi Shaaban <-> Sameh Mar’aba 80'

Cards: Alexis Norambuena 5', Mohammed Darwish 18' 68', Tamer Seyam 61' Abdelatif Bahdari 66', Pablo Tamburrini'

Ejections: Mohammed Darwish

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Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Preview: UAE vs. Palestine (2018 World Cup Qualifier)

Abdel Nasser Barakat doling out instructions in Abu Dhabi

Game Information

What: 2018 FIFA World Cup/2019 AFC Asian Cup Qualifying
When: March 24th, 2016
Where: Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi, UAE
Kickoff: 1500 GMT

Previous Encounters: 

September 2015 (2018 World Cup Qualifying): Palestine 0:0 UAE
February 2012 (Friendly): UAE 3:0 Palestine
October 2009 (Friendly): UAE 1:1 Palestine
July 2006 (WAFF Championship): Palestine 0:0 UAE
November 1999 (Pan Arab Games): Palestine 1:0 UAE

Injuries: Mahmoud Eid was a late scratch with the coaching staff deciding that the forward was short of match fitness having just returned from injury. Also exiting the team's plans for the game against UAE are Hamada Mar'aba, Rami Hammadi, and Ali Adwi.

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

AFC Cup: Al-Orouba (Oman) 1:1 Shabab Al-Dhahrieh

Mohammed Fode (R) in action


Muscat: Palestine’s Shabab Al-Dhahrieh picked up their first points of the 2016 AFC Cup campaign on Wednesday when a goal by Abdalhalim Morjan helped secure a 1-1 draw with Oman’s Al Orouba in their Group C meeting.
Morjan gave the Palestinian side the lead after 32 minutes only for Moatasem Al Shibli to level midway through the second half as Al Orouba remained in second place in the group, two points behind leaders Air Force Club from Iraq.
The home side had the upper hand in the opening exchanges, but it was Al-Dhahrieh who went into the halftime break with the advantage after Morjan’s 32nd minute goal.
A neat pass from Izoddien Wriedat found Morjan on the edge of the area and his left-foot effort from distance was clinical.
Al Orouba eventually turned their domination of the second half into a goal in the 67th minute when Al Shibli collected Ahmed Saleem’s long pass before seeing off Musab Battat and scoring with a right-foot shot.
Highlights after the jump...

AFC Cup: Ahli Al-Khaleel 2:1 Fanja (Oman)

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Hebron: Mahmoud Wadi scored twice as Palestine’s Ahli Al Khalil handed Fanja of Oman a 2-1 defeat on Wednesday to secure the first win of their 2016 AFC Cup, Group D campaign.
Wadi gave his side the lead in the 23rd minute before doubling Ahli Al Khalil’s advantage in the 65th minute, leaving Abdulaziz Al Maqbali to claim a consolation for Fanja in the first minute of stoppage time.
The Palestinians had the better of the opening exchanges and Wadi claimed his first in the 23rd minute, when he rose highest to head home Islam Batran’s corner.
Fanja went looking for the equaliser but found themselves 2-0 down halfway through the second period with Wadi’s first-time finish following a low ball into the area from Shadi Shaban putting the home side further ahead.
The Omanis finally found their way onto the scoresheet as the game moved into stoppage time, with Al Maqbali converting following Jarlisson Santana’s free kick, but it was too late to spark a Fanja fight back.
The defeat leaves Fanja without a win in their first three games while Ahli Al Khlail picked up their first victory of the campaign after losing their opening match against Bahrain’s Muharraq.

Highlights after the jump... 

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Palestinians Abroad: Carlos Salom called up

Salom (R) in action for Union Española

According to multiple sources in Chile, Union Espanõla forward Carlos Salom has been called up to the Palestinian national team for their upcoming qualifiers against the United Arab Emirates and Timor Leste.

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