Friday, April 23, 2010
Personally, we happen to think that the greatest football video game of all time was FIFA 2002. Why? Because it had Palestine in it, with all the player names to boot. Well it's been a long wait but finally we get to play with a full licensed Palestinian National Team in the new FIFA World Cup 2o1o. 199 FULLY LICENSED teams will be on offer and Palestine is one of them. You can guide Palestine through their failed qualification bid and lead them straight to the World Cup. There are also some really cool features like Zakumi's Dream Team and Captain Your Country... Everyone should buy this game declare your allegiance to Palestine and kick some ass in the online play. More details here. And yes I just pre-ordered this for my Wii... it's going to be an awesome summer*.
On a related note, a user named Boca contacted me on the Bigsoccer forums asking for an up-to-date Palestine NT line-up. So if anyone with Pro Evolution Soccer is in the mood to play with Saleh-Abusidu-Jarun-Bahdari-Bishara-Zatara-Samara-Abdala-El-Amour-Keshkesh-Attal. You can download the patch here.
*All online challenges accepted starting 5/15/2010.
Fadi Lafi notched two goals to take up his tally in the AFC Cup to three. His club side Shabab Al-Ordon ran riot at home to Al-Ahli San'a, dispatching the Yemeni side 6-1. Shabab Al-Ordon will face Syrian side Al-Karamah on the final matchday with an opportunity to top the group with a win. Is it just me or does he seem to be a much more dynamic player at club level?
Fellow Jordanian League counterparts Ahmed Keshkesh and Abdelatif Bahdari were not as fortunate on Matchday 5. Running into in-form team Al-Rayyan of Qatar who swept Wehdat aside 3-0, Bahdari started the match in his usual centreback position while Keshkesh came on in the 61st minute.
Over in Europe... Monday night saw Imad Zatara and Nîmes Olympique keep their Ligue 1 promotion hopes alive. Zatara was on the bench yet again but failed to make an appearance as Les Crocos remain 4 points off the pace with 46 points (and a -5 goal differential) to their name. Zatara who has made six appearances (1 start, 5 sub, 1 goal) for the club from Provence will have the two year option of his contract kick in automatically if he manages four more appearances for the club this season.
In Chile.... Captain Roberto Bishara made his glorious return to the Palestino line-up helping them secure a valuable 1-1 draw against Unión de San Felipe. El Observador described the defender's performance as incombustible. Los Arabes are having a difficult time of it in the Apertura and it seems it will be another race to avoid relegation. New manager Gustavo Benítez has secured the club four out of the last possible nine points which has seen Palestino climb off the foot of the table. On 9 points they lie in 19th place 1 point off a play-off promotion/relegation tie and two points away from safety.
And in Mexico... Miguel Sabah could become the second player of Palestinian descent to feature at the World Cup. Sabah was a surprise inclusion in Javier 'El Vasco' Aguirre's preliminary squad. The 17 Mexican Primera players will train for a month before the group is whittled down and combined with El Trí's Europe-based stars. So if you're looking for a team to cheer for this summer... Mexico could be your choice. The green jersey recently launched by Adidas look like something Palestine might wear (well, before Rajoub's and his fear of green put us in horrendous red jerseys).
Monday, April 12, 2010
Fantastic performance for Roberto Kettlun, by the looks of the highlights he was by far Teramo's best player. Congratulations to Peto and Teramo, hopefully it will be the first of many promotions en route to Serie A.
Saturday, April 10, 2010
Ahmed Keshkesh scored Wehdat's opening goal in their 3-1 AFC Cup win over Omani side Al-Nahda. Abdelatif Bahdari also played in this game, marshaling the defence for the full 90'. Wehdat now have 6 points from 4 games with two critical encounters against joint leaders Al-Rayyan of Qatar (Away, April 21st) and Al-Riffa of Bahrain (Home, April 28th). The other Palestinian International in this tournament- Fadi Lafi- started in Shabab Al-Ordon's 3-1 dismantling of Omani side Saham but could not add to his one-goal tally. Shabab Al-Ordon can clinch a win on Matchday 5 if they beat Al-Ahli San'a.
Over in Europe.... Imad Zatara came on as a sub in the 61st minute but could not prevent Nîmes from losing 0-1 to Clermont. The result leaves Les Crocs in sixth place 4 points behind FC Metz for the final promotion place with the daunting task of playing league leaders Caen next week.
Omar Jarun was once again in Pogon Szczecin starting line-up as they managed a 1-1 draw to Ruch Chorzow. The Result saw the team tumble down to sixth in the standings on 37 points six points back of Lodz for the final promotion place
And in South America... CD Palestino is embroiled in yet another fight for their Primera lives. They moved from the foot of the table up one place to 17th after beating O'Higgins in Gustavo Benítez's first game in charge. On Sunday, Palestino take on eternal rivals Colo-Colo.
Sunday, April 4, 2010
Apparently the Palestine FA and its Bahraini counterpart agreed to arrange a friendly match to be played at the Faisal Husseini stadium in Al Ram. The agreement remains on the FA level and the Bahrainis are waiting for an ok from their government. UAE newspaper Al Bayan reports that the proposed match was met with opposition in the Bahraini parliament. The reason:
Bahraini players will need Israeli visas to cross into Al Ram. Egypt's olympic side gave the same reason for withdrawing from a friendly last month. The argument goes that the act of applying for and receiving the visas is a step towards normalization(or in the case of Egypt, further normalization) of relations with the occupying entity. Arab countries, with the exception of Jordan and Egypt, have no official ties with Israel.
The Bahraini FA and proponents of the visit argue that, visas or no visas, the match is an act of solidarity with the Palestinian people. According to Palestinian news agency Ramattan, Palestine FA president Jibril Rajub echoed these sentiments, denying that the visa process in anyway represents normalization. Rajub said that Israel's role is merely that of a gatekeeper, and that all papers will be processed by Palestinians.
Come on Rajub, don't insult their intelligence. We all know full well that Israel has the final say as to who gets to cross. So it is up to the Bahraini's, if they decide to come, we'll welcome them with open arms. If they don't, we understand.