Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Palestine's Depth Chart (Goalkeepers & Defenders)

Palestine's Starting XI  (vs. Malaysia June 16th, 2015)
Heading into 2017, what does Palestine's core look like? AND how close are we to fielding a team that can not only qualify for UAE 2019 but do some serious damage?

The answers to these questions aren't clearer after the last set of friendlies. While it was nice to see two friendlies booked for the same window; certain circles will be lamenting the lack of rotation.

Fans have their opinions and so do we but in this article we'll look at how the staff rates the players in the pool.

Below is the definitive ranking for defensive players (Goalkeeper, backline):

Monday, November 14, 2016

Rapid Reaction: Morocco B 0:0 Palestine (Unofficial Friendly)

Palestine Starting XI (4-5-1): Rami Hamadi; Mohammed Saleh, Abdelatif Bahdari, Tamer Salah; Abdallah Jaber; Jaka Ihbeisheh, Mohammed Darwish, Mohammed Yameen, Islam Batran, Oday Kahroub, Mahmoud Eid. 

Substitutions:  Batran<->Seyam // Eid <->Mar'aba // Ihbeisheh<->Abu Nahya // Yameen<->Salbees

Highlights and More after the jump...

Preview: Morocco B v. Palestine (Unofficial Friendly)

Game Information

What: Unofficial Friendly 
When: November 14, 2016

Where:  Complexe Sportif Moulay Prince Abdella, Rabat, Morocco    

Kickoff: 19:00 GMT; 21:00 Palestine 
Streams/TV: Link

Previous Encounters: 
December 2002 (Arab Nations Cup): Morocco 3:1 Palestine

More after the jump.... 

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Rapid Reaction: Lebanon 1:1 Palestine (International Friendly)

Palestine fans were out in force in Beirut

Palestine Starting XI (4-4-1-1): Toufic Ali; Mohammed Saleh, Abdelatif Bahdari, Alaa Abu Saleh; Abdallah Jaber; Jaka Ihbeisheh, Mohammed Darwish, Sameh Mara'ba, Tamer Seyam; Mahmoud Eid; Ahmad Abu Nahyeh. 

Substitutions: Mar'aba <-> <->Yameen 60' // Abu Nahyeh <-><-> <->Batran 64' // Ihbeisheh <-> <-><-><->Awad 80' 

Goals: Shamshine 36' // Bahdari 90'+8

Highlights and full recap after the jump...

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Preview: Lebanon vs. Palestine (International Friendly)

Game Information

What: International FIFA Friendly 
When: November 10, 2016
Where: Camile Chamoun Stadium, Beirut, Lebanon    
Kickoff: 1730 Local; 1530 GMT 
Streams/TV: TBA/  LBC, LDC

Previous Encounters: 
July 1998 (Arab Nations Cup): Lebanon 3:1 Palestine
December 2012 (WAFF Championship): Palestine 1:0 Lebanon 
August 2015 (International Friendly): Palestine 0:0 Lebanon

Full preview after the jump... 

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Confirmed: Palestine to face Lebanon next month

Tamburrini in last year's friendly vs. Lebanon. 

According multiple sources and now confirmed by FIFA. Palestine will face off against neighbors Lebanon on Lebanese soil next month. Murmurs of a friendly match between the two West Asian sides started making the rounds last week and the match now appears on FIFA's website.

The two sides last met in August of last year and played out a stale goalless draw with Matias Jadue missing a chance to give Palestine a late win. That match saw the debuts of national team regulars Jonathan Cantillana and Amir Abu Nahya (9 goals between them since then). 

Palestine's record vs. Lebanon stands at 1-1-1 since readmission to FIFA in 1998. 

The exact location- last year's match was held in Sidon- and kickoff time have yet to be announced.