Preview: Palestine vs. Algeria U21 (Unofficial friendly)

Game Information

What: Unofficial Friendly
When: February 27th, 2018
Where: Stade 5 Julliet, Algiers, Algeria 
Kickoff: 7 PM Jerusalem Time
Streams/TV: Streamed Live on our Facebook Channel. 

Previous Encounters: 
16.02.2016: Algeria U23 0:1 Palestine 




Warm Welcome 


Palestine and Algeria's footballing apparatuses have become closer in recent years. A friendly staged two years ago was the first step and that led to additional training camps being held in Algiers for the national and Olympic teams.

Two years after the famous unofficial friendly attracted 80,000 spectators to the Stade 5 Julliet an encore is set to take place. The opponents (Palestine's full team and Algeria's Olympic side) remain the same but despite the less than stellar billing (the likes of Riyad Mahrez will not feature)- excitement in the Algerian capital is brewing.

Houari Boumediene Stadium 

In the pre-match press conference, PFA President Jibril Rajoub announced that the Dora International Stadium will change its name. Effective immediately, the largest stadium in the West Bank will now take the name of Algeria's second President and be known as the Houari Boumediene International Stadium. 

Palestine go through their paces in Algiers

Baldivieso's detractors unhappy 

In Palestine, focus remains on Julio Cesar Baldivieso's controversial hire. This unofficial friendly will give him an opportunity to familiarize himself with the players first hand, having only watched them play for less than a month. 

The Bolivian tactician will not be afforded any type of honeymoon period by the local press and fans. Badlivieso has remained mum regarding the controversy but has heaped more pressure on himself by inviting his son along to camp as part of the technical staff. 

Palestine Squad 

GOALKEEPERS: 
Rami Hamadi (Hilal Al-Quds), Toufic Ali (Taraji Wadi Al-Nes), Ghanem Mahjaneh (Al-Bireh) 

DEFENDERS 
Abdelatif Bahdari, Thaer Jboor (both Shabab Al-Khaleel), Abdallah Jaber, Mohammed Saleh, Mus'ab Al-Battat (all Ahli Al-Khaleel), Fadi Salbees (Jabal Al-Mukaber), Tamer Salah (Hilal Al-Quds),  

MIDFIELDERS 
Mohammed Darwish, Mohammed Yameen، Tamer Seyam (all Hilal Al-Quds), Odai Kharoub, Mohanad Fannoun (both Shabab Al-Khaleel), Shadi Shaban (Ahli Al-Khaleel), Ahmed Maher Wridat (Shabab Al-Dhahrieh), Islam Batran, Sameh Maraaba (Ahli Al-Khaleel)

FORWARDS
Mohammed Balah, Mahmoud Wadi (both Ahli Amman),  Khaldoun Al-Halman (Ahli Al-Khaleel)

Algeria Squad