Saturday, March 25, 2017

Preview: Maldives v. Palestine (2019 Asian Cup qualifier)

Palestine pose for a picture after landing in Maldives.

Game Information

What: 2019 AFC Asian Cup qualifier 
When: March 28th, 2017
Where: Rasmee Dhandhu Stadium, MalĂ©, Maldives 
Kickoff: 5 PM GMT
Streams/TV: Link 1 // Link 2

Previous Encounters: 
2014 Challenge Cup:  Maldives 0:0 Palestine
2012 Challenge Cup: Palestine 2:0 Maldives 

Full preview after the jump... 

Friday, March 24, 2017

Final Squad to face Maldives revealed

Abdel Nasser Barakat has revealed his first Asian Cup qualifying squad. A core of players who were called up throughout World Cup qualifying has been retained with only a few changes sprinkled through the squad.

Squad Facts:

Oldest Player: Abdelatif Bahdari (33 Years, 1 month)
Youngest Player: Oday Dabbagh (17 Years, 3 months)
Most Experienced Player: Abdelatif Bahdari (42 Caps)
Least Experienced Player: Mohammed Natour (0 Caps, First Call Up)

Top Goalscorer in the Squad: Ahmad Maher (6)

Average Age: 24.6 Years
Average Number of Caps: 10.4

Total Caps: 240
Total Goals: 32

Most Represented Club: Shabab Al-Khalil (5)
Players playing abroad: 4 
Breakdown by WBPL club: Shabab Al-Khalil (5), Ahli Al-Khalil (4), Hilal Al-Quds (4), Thaqafi Tulkarem (2), Shabab Al-Dhahrieh (1)

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Rapid Reaction: Palestine 1:0 Yemen (International Friendly)

Mohammed Darweesh (R) fights for possession 
Palestine Starting XI: Hamadi, Battat, Dheeb, Bahdari, Jaber; Darweesh, Shaban, Yameen; Cantillana, Abu Nahya, Seyam

Substitutions: Norambuena <-> Yameen 64' // Pinto Islame <-> Abu Nahia 64' // Cantillana <-> Wridat 64' // Darweesh <-> Tamburrini 71' // Ihbeisheh <-> Seyam 79' // 

Goals: Yashir Pinto Islame 85' 

Cautions: None 

More after the jump...

Monday, March 20, 2017

Preview: Palestine vs. Yemen (International Friendly)

Palestine led by Ramzi Saleh (R) won 2-1 in Sana'a in 2012

Game Information

What: International FIFA Friendly 
When: March 22nd, 2017
Where: Stadium, Doha, Qatar    
Kickoff: 11 AM GMT
Streams/TV: Link 1 // Link 2

Previous Encounters: 
September 29, 2010 Yemen 3:1 Palestine 
June 18, 2012 Yemen 1:2 Palestine

Full preview after the jump... 

Friday, March 10, 2017

PFA announce Yemen friendly

Yemen will be playing their Asian Cup qualifying games in Doha
Ahead of their opening game of 2019 AFC Asian Cup qualifying. The PFA has revealed that it will spar with fellow West Asian side Yemen in Doha.

The encounter is slated for March 22nd with no information on kickoff times as of yet.

Palestine won the last encounter 2-1 courtesy of goals from Ashraf Nu'man and Ismail Al-Amour in Sana'a. The two teams have only met one other time- a 3-1 reverse for Palestine at the 2010 WAFF Championship.

Yemen have experienced an understandable dip in form that has coincided with political instability in the country. Their record since last meeting Palestine stands at 6-8-28. That said, half their wins have come in the last 18 months- including a result that effectively ended Philippines's chances of advancing to the next round of World Cup qualifying.

The two staffs could use this encounter to exchange notes on their upcoming opposition. Yemen beat Maldives by twin 2-0 score lines to navigate a route back to Asian Cup qualifying while Palestine's most recent friendlies came against Yemen's first opponent in Asian Cup qualifying- Tajikistan.