Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Rapid Reaction: Malaysia 0:6 Palestine (2018 World Cup Qualifying)

Palestine celebrate an epic victory at the Bukit Jalil
Palestine Starting XI (4-4-2): Toufic Ali; Battat, Harbi (c), Salah, Jaber; Mar'aba, Tamburrini, Darwish, Seyam; Eid, Jadue 

Cautions: Jadue 34'

Substitutions: Salah <-> Abukhamis // Tamburrini <-> Khader Yousef // Eid <--> Ahmed Maher

Goals: Battat 9', Mar'aba 22', Seyam 41', Khader Yousef 63',  Mar'aba 75',  Seyam 85' 

Full Highlights & Recap after jump... 

Monday, June 15, 2015

Preview: Malaysia vs. Palestine (2018 World Cup Qualifying)

Game Information

What: 2018 FIFA World Cup/2019 AFC Asian Cup Qualifying
When: June 16th, 2015
Where: Stadium Nasional Bukit JalilKuala LumpurMalaysia 
Kickoff: 20:45 Local
Streams/TV: pal24.net 

Previous Encounters: 

March 2013 (Friendly): Palestine 2-0 Malaysia
March 2001 (2002 World Cup Qualifying): Palestine 1:0 Malaysia
March 2001 (2002 World Cup Qualifying): Palestine 3:4 Malaysia

Suspensions: None

More after the jump...

Friday, June 12, 2015

Rapid Reaction: Saudi Arabia 3:2 Palestine (2018 World Cup Qualifying)

Starting Lineup (4-5-1): Toufic Ali; Battat, Harbi, Salah, Jaber; Ahmed Maher, Khader Yousef, Tamburrini, Ihbeisheh; Eid. 

Saudi Arabia (4-2-3-1): Sharahli, Fallath, Al-Zori, Os Hawsawi, Om Hawasawi; Abdulmalik El-Khaybari, Nawaf Al-Abid; Shaye Al-Sharahili, Taysir Al-Jasim, Yehya El-Shehri; Al-Sahlawi.

Cautions: Mohammed Darwish 31', Tamer Salah 67' 

Substitutions: Ahmed Maher <--> Tamer Seyam 56' // Mahmoud Eid <--> Matias Jadue 70' // Khader Yousef <--> Sameh Mar'aba 80'

Goals:  El-Shehri 6' Al-Sahlawi 46' 90+4' // Pablo Tamburrini 51' Matias Jadue 90+1 

Full Recap and Highlights after the jump... 

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Preview: Saudi Arabia vs. Palestine (2018 World Cup Qualifying)

Abdel Nasser Barakat giving instruction to his charges 

Game Information

What: 2018 FIFA World Cup/2019 AFC Asian Cup Qualifying
When: June 11th, 2015
Where: Mohammed Bin Fahad StadiumDammamSaudi Arabia 
Kickoff: 21:00 Local
Streams/TV: pal24.net game  available on Abu Dhabi Sport 2, Saudi Sport, Palestine Sport.

Previous Encounters: 
November 2014: Saudi Arabia 2-0 Palestine
January 2014 (WAFF Championship): Saudi Arabia 0-0 Palestine
June 2012 (Arab Cup): Saudi Arabia 2-2 Palestine

Suspensions: None

More after the jump...

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Squad shakeup: Barakat announces team to face Saudi Arabia & Malaysia

Palestine during last week's training camp in Tunis. 
New Palestine manager Abdel Nasser Barakat has announced his first squad ahead of 2018 FIFA World Cup/2019 AFC Asian Cup Qualifiers against Saudi Arabia and Malaysia.

Many changes were expected once the preliminary squad of players was released last month. Long serving goalkeeper and captain, Ramzi Saleh was omitted from a roster of 67 players signaling a shift to a younger generation of players.

Also falling victim to the generational shift were Husam Abu Saleh (who retired from international football), Raed Fares, Ismail Amour, and 2014 AFC Challenge Cup MVP Murad Ismael.

There are a whole host of new players that could receive their first caps against Saudi Arabia including Chile-based Matías Jadue and Pablo Tamburrini. Overall only 10 players in this squad were present with the national team in Australia for the Asian Cup. 18 Players in the squad are under the age of 25, with Barakat calling up many players that featured during Olympic qualifying and the 2014 Asian Games.


Missing out on selection due to injury are Goalkeeper Rami Hammadi, who was expected to back up newly minted #1 Toufic Ali as well as Palestine's talisman Ashraf Nu'man. Palestine will be without a natural number 10 with Abdelhamid Abuhabib and Taraji Wadi Al-Nes's Ayman Kharbat also withdrawing form the squad.

Alexis Norambuena, Imad Zatara and Javier Cohene were not included in the preliminary squad due to long standing injuries.

Full squad after the jump...

Palestine's home game vs. Saudi Arabia shifted to Jeddah amidst bizarre circumstances

A crazy week for football got a little crazier when the Palestine Football Association unexpectedly announced a major scheduling change. 

Instead of opening 2018 FIFA World Cup/2019 AFC Asian Cup qualifiers on home soil the game was due to be played in Saudi Arabia due to "exceptional circumstances" that the Kingdom was facing. 

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