Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Barakat announces preliminary squad to face Tajikistan

Palestine manager Abdel Nasser Barakat has revealed a list of 27 domestically based players set to take part in a training camp ahead of next month's friendly vs. Tajikistan.

Headlining the list are defender Alaa Abu Saleh- the former Bnei Sakhnin captain and fellow Sakhninite midfielder Hamad Ghanayem who are among 11 Shabab Al-Khaleel players to be included in the list. These two players could prove to be valuable additions to the national team- with over 400 Ligat Ha'al games under their belt.

Former Chile U20 striker Rodrigo Gattas is also in the squad for the first time along with six other Hilal Al-Quds players- the second largest contingent in the side. 

Players plying their trade abroad are expected to be called up on the 30th of this month. With the game against Tajikistan due to be held in Dora, it seems the FA has scrapped plans to train in Algeria for logistical reasons. 

Full squad after the jump...

Abdallah Jaber's contract with Arab Contractors voided

After agreeing a three year deal with Egyptian Premier League side Arab Contractors last week, Palestine left back Abdallah Jaber has voided his contract.

The impasse was a result of the player not being issued a copy of his contract- a basic right that FIFA's rules and regulations ensures to all players. Jaber took to social media to clarify exactly what happened posting pictures of the signing ceremony as well as his successful medical. 

Friday, August 12, 2016

Palestinians Abroad: Mahmoud Eid signs for Allsvenskan side Kalmar FF

Kalmar FF announced the transfer on social media last night

The most recent transfer in a flurry of moves involving Palestinian players comes from the old continent. Mahmoud Eid will become the only active national team player playing in the first tier of a European league. He is the eighth national team player to be involved in a transfer to a foreign league in 2016. 

More details after the jump...

Monday, August 8, 2016

Palestinians Abroad: Abdallah Jaber moves to Arab Contractors

Abdallah Jaber (c) presented at Arab Contractors' team headquarters. 

After a year filled with speculation, Palestine's left back has finally secured a much sought after move to a foreign club. 

Reports had linked Abdallah Jaber to various Egyptian clubs over the past 12 months. El-Ahly, Zamalek, ENPPI, were all rumored to be interested in signing the player.

More details after the jump...

Shukran, Peto! Kettlun calls time on 15-year career

Roberto Kettlun with the national team during the 2012 Nakba Cup
When a pro athlete calls time on his career his accomplishments are usually summed up in the amount of minutes played, trophies won, and records set. Every so often, however, an athlete's body of work can't really be summed up by an aggregation of of stat sheets.

Roberto Kettlun is one of those types of athletes. A cursory glance of his CV will show that he won 23 caps, scored three goals, and played professionally in Chile, Greece, and Italy before a four year stint in Palestine's WBPL. His time in Palestine was truly revolutionary; as the first established national team star to move to the new league he encouraged others to join him and help the league develop.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Transfer Roundup: Ihbeisheh, Shaban blaze new trails for Palestinian players

Ihbeisheh (c) becomes the first Palestine NT player to play in the Qatari league 
As we make our way through the month of July; transfers involving Palestinian national team players are quickly accumulating.

Friday, July 1, 2016

Palestine captain Bahdari joins Tala'ea El-Geish

Bahdari will join his fourth club in as many years
After a glut of rumors, Abdelatif Bahdari has found himself a new home. The 32 year old centre back will join Egyptian Premier League side Tala'ea El-Geish on a one year deal it was announced yesterday.

Financial details of the contract were not disclosed but it had been rumored that one of Bahdari's former clubs- Wehdat had tabled a $50,000/year offer which fell well short of the player's demands (rumored to be closer to the $80,000/year he was on with Shabab Al-Khalil).

Bahdari will join former Palestine captain Ramzi Saleh in the Egyptian league. Former Palestinian players to play in the league include Mohammed Samara (teammate to both Mohammed Salah and Mohammed Al-Neny at Arab Contractors), Eyad Abou El-Khair, & the Al-Ahly goalkeeping legend from the 1960s Marwan Kanafani.

Tala'ea El-Geish currently lie in 12th place in the Egyptian league withe one match day remaining.