Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Asian Qualifying Recap- Palestine still in with a chance!

Three points vs. Amoori & Co. in March could see Palestine through


Matchday 8 of Asian World Cup qualifying is a bye for Palestine but their hopes of clinching a spot were considerably boosted by results elsewhere.

No upset was forthcoming in Group A as both Saudi Arabia and UAE clinched the points they were expected to clinch. The Saudis made easy work of what amounted to a U23 Timorese team- all naturalized players had been held out after Palestine’s appeal to FIFA regarding the using of ineligible Brazilians.

In Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia did Palestine a favor by holding off UAE, losing respectably by a 2-1 margin.

Results in other groups also went Palestine’s way. Group winners along with best four best runners up qualify for the third round of qualifying and punch a ticket to the 2019 Asian Cup.

More after the jump...

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Rapid Reaction: Palestine 6:0 Malaysia (2018 World Cup Qualifier)

Palestine celebrate another epic win over Malaysia

Palestine Starting XI (4-4-1-1): Toufic Ali; Alexis Norambuena, Haitham Dheeb, Abdelatif Bahdari, Abdallah Jaber; Jaka Ihbeisheh, Pablo Tamburrini, Khader Yousef, Jonathan Cantillana; Ashraf Nu'man; Ahmed Abu Nahyeh

Substitutions: Alexis Norambuena <--> Sameh Mar'aba 45' // Jonathan Cantillana <--> Matías Jadue 68' // Ahmed Abu Nahyeh <--> Tamer Seyam 84' 

Goals: 
Cantillana (1-0) 37' 
Abu Nahyeh (2-0) 38' 
Abu Nahyeh (3-0) 45' 
Abu Nahyeh (4-0) 58' 
Seyam (5-0) 88' 
Ihbeisheh (6-0) 90+1' 

Highlights and more after the jump... 


Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Preview: Palestine v. Malaysia (2018 World Cup Qualifier)

Palestine training for the final time before facing Malaysia 
Game Information

What: 2018 FIFA World Cup/2019 AFC Asian Cup Qualifying
When: November 12th, 2015
Where: Amman International Stadium, Amman, Jordan
Kickoff: 1400 GMT
Streams/TV: pal24.net // BeIn Sports HD 1 (MENA)

Previous Encounters: 
June 2015 (2018 World Cup Qualifying): Malaysia 0:6 Palestine
March 2013 (Friendly): Palestine 2-0 Malaysia
March 2001 (2002 World Cup Qualifying): Palestine 1:0 Malaysia
March 2001 (2002 World Cup Qualifying): Palestine 3:4 Malaysia

Suspensions: No bookings were dished out by Jordanian referee Adham Makhadmeh in Palestine's last encounter against Saudi Arabia. Matías Jadue should return to the starting lineup after serving a one-game suspension for yellow card accumulation.


Monday, November 9, 2015

Rapid Reaction: Palestine 0:0 Saudi Arabia (2018 World Cup Qualifier)

Starting Lineup vs. KSA

Palestine Starting XI: Toufic Ali; Alexis Norambuena, Haitham Deeb, Abdelatif Bahdari (C), Abdallah Jaber; Mohammed Darwish, Pablo Tamburrini; Jonathan Cantillana, Abdelhamid Abuhabib, Sameh Mara'ba; Ashraf Nu'man 

Substitutions: Abdelhamid Abuhabib <--> Tamer Seyam 65' // Haitham Deeb <--> Tamer Salah 72' // Jonathan Cantillana <--> Imad Zatara 85' 

Cautions: None

Full match highlights and more after the jump...

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Preview: Palestine vs. Saudi Arabia (2018 World Cup Qualifier)

Palestine preparation underway in Amman. 
Game Information

What: 2018 FIFA World Cup/2019 AFC Asian Cup Qualifying
When: November 9th, 2015
Where: Amman International Stadium, Amman, Jordan
Kickoff: 1400 GMT
Streams/TV: pal24.net 


Previous Encounters: 
November 2014: Saudi Arabia 2-0 Palestine
January 2014 (WAFF Championship): Saudi Arabia 0-0 Palestine
June 2012 (Arab Cup): Saudi Arabia 2-2 Palestine
June 2015 (2018 World Cup Qualifying): Saudi Arabia 3-2 Palestine

Suspensions/Injuries: Palestine will be without Matias Jadue for this game courtesy of his booking against Timor Leste. Fellow forward Mahmoud Eid misses out through injury.


Palestine to play in Amman

The venue on the day of the announcement

(FIFA.com)- Palestine will play their 2018 FIFA World Cup™ qualifiers against Saudi Arabia and Malaysia at the King Hussein Sport City Stadium in Amman, Jordan.

This decision followed a meeting held in Palestine on Tuesday between FIFA’s security officer and local authorities, after which the Palestinian government confirmed that it could no longer guarantee the safety and security around the matches in question.

With this information, the Emergency Bureau for the FIFA World Cup Qualifiers confirmed that the security guarantees could not be compromised and that both matches needed to be played on neutral ground. The Palestine Football Association has now confirmed the venue.

The Palestine-Saudi Arabia match, which was originally scheduled for 5 November 2015, will now be played on 9 November, while the Palestine-Malaysia match will still be played, as planned, on 12 November.

Both matches will kick-off at 16.00 local time.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

FIFA bows to Saudi Pressure, moves Palestine's next two home matches

Money still buying influence at FIFA. 


From FIFA.com's Website:

"The Emergency Bureau for the FIFA World Cup Qualifiers, composed of chairman Shk. Salman Bin Ebrahima Al Khalifa (Bahrain), deputy chairman Juan Ángel Napout (Paraguay) and Michel D’Hooghe (Belgium), has decided that Palestine’s upcoming 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers against Saudi Arabia and Malaysia, scheduled to take place in Palestine, both need to be played on neutral ground. 

The decision followed a meeting held in Palestine yesterday between FIFA’s security officer and local authorities, after which the Palestinian government confirmed that it could no longer guarantee the safety and security around the matches in question." 

This marks the third time Palestine's home fixture against Saudi Arabia has been moved. Originally slated for the first match day on June 11th,  the PFA agreed at the last minute to swap home fixtures only to have Saudi Arabia demand to have the match be played on neutral ground with the second game fast approaching.

More after the jump...