Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Transfer Watch: Jarun to Charleroi, Zatara to Ådvitaberg

Jarun (R), Charleroi's latest Zebra

Two well-travelled and experienced Palestinian National Team players have found new clubs this past week. Omar Jarun who had spent the past three years in the Polish First Division with Flota Swinoujscie, Pogon Szczecin, and Arka Gdynia (with a brief spell at FC Tampa Bay of the NASL) has moved to Royal Charleroi SC of the Jupiler League. The move comes a at good time for Jarun, who has established himself as Jamal Mahmoud's first choice CB with the national team. Jarun had been on trial with Ekstraklasa side Widzew Lodz before a two-day training stint with Charleroi. Jarun's presence in training was enough to earn him a two-year contract with an option for an additional year. 

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Transfer Watch: Summer 2012

It's been pretty slow going on the national team front since the culmination of the Arab Nations Cup which can only mean one thing- the silly season is here! Below is a synopsis of all the transfer action and rumors. 


Abdelhamid Abuhabib has swapped Balata for Shabab Al-Khaleel also joining him at the Bianconeri is Atef Abu Bilal who moved from rivals Shabab Al-Dhahrieh. These moves seem to be the final piece of the puzzle for the Hebron-based side that struggled with a lack of creativity in midfield last season.

Newly promoted Ahli Al-Khaleel have signed American-born Ali Elkadi. The left back was previously in Shabab Dubai's reserve squad. Elkadi earned his first call-up to the national team in February playing the final minutes of a 3-0 loss to the UAE. Ahli Al-Khaleel have also been rumored to be after the services of Olympic teamer Hicham Ali and former Shabab Al-Khaleel striker Mohammed Shatrit.

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Saeb Jendeya calls time on an illustrious career

Saeb Jendeya. 70 caps- all as national team captain. Two bronze medals. And that goal (see above).

It's hard to sum up Jendeya's career in a couple of sentences. His nine-year career with the national team has seen him participate in every major accomplishment during that time. The National team's first wins in a friendly, World Cup qualifier, Asian Cup qualifier, the 8-0 vs. Chinese Taipei, the 11-0 vs. Guam, credible draws vs. Iraq and Iran. 

You name it he's done it and he goes out on a high note having captained the beach soccer team to a bronze medal at the Asian Beach Games- losing only to eventual champions Iran. 

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Player Ratings - 2012 Arab Nations Cup

Palestine ventured to Taif, KSA to compete as the less fancied side alongside Kuwait and KSA for a spot in the semi-finals. An atrocious first half against Kuwait proved to be the team's undoing - already having had enough work to do given Saudi Arabia's topping of the group with a 4 goal win against the Kuwaiti blues.