Players of Palestinian Origin (Eligible to play for Palestine)
Club: Al-Kharaitiyat SC
Age: 25 (03/01/1988)
Capped: Yes (1 cap for Qatar)
Situation: Jamal Mahmoud attempted to call him up for the Qatar friendly but his overtures were rejected. He is a solid contributor for his Qatari club side and would make for an interesting addition. With Qatar policy of naturalizing its best uncapped QSL players he may have a change of heart down the road.
Club: Al-Wakrah SC
Position: Attacking Midfielder
Age: 23 (11/07/1990)
Situation: Not a lot is known about the player other than the fact that he plays in Al-Wakrah's reserve team.
Club: Harras El Hodoud
Age: 21 (02/04/1992)
Capped: Yes (US Youth Teams)
Situation: An immensely talented young goalkeeper with 23 caps to his name at U15, U18, and U20 levels. A DC United Product, Badr spent two years honing his trade with FC Porto before signing a deal to become Harras El Hodoud's starting goalkeeper in January 2012. His debut and an imminent league title were rudely interrupted by the Alexandria Stadium disaster. To become Tim Howard's successor Samir Badr has to battle an array of talented young goalkeepers. Aston Villa's Brad Guzan (28) is currently the #2 and Klinsmann has overlooked Badr in favor of DC United's Bill Hamid (21) and Chicago's Sean Johnson (23) who represented the USA in Olympic Qualifying. These factors may prompt Badr to make the switch or he may peak at the right time and go on to represent the USA at future World Cups- both are distinct possibilities. Badr and fellow Palestinian-American Omar Jarun share in agent in Justin Stone.
Aníbal Araújo Capela
Club: Sporting Braga (B-team)
Position: Center Back
Age: 22 (08/05/1991)
Capped: Yes (Portugal Youth Teams)
Situation: A great prospect but it is not known whether or not he would have any interest in playing for Palestine. Aníbal has a total of 14 caps for Portugal's U18, U19, and U20 teams and is currently trying to break in to Braga's first team after two spells on loan to clubs in the Portuguese Segunda.
Club: Schalke U17
Age: 16 (22/02/1997)
Situation: Born in Bisan, just outside the Green Line the young striker recently moved to Schalke from Borussia Mönchengladbach.
Club: SC Freiburg II
Age: 20 (15/03/1993)
Situation: A young striker who has steadily climbed up the ranks at Freiburg. Uncapped for Germany, he is a player that should be called up for the Olympic team in the future.
Yashir Pinto Islame
Club: FC Edmonton (on loan from Colo-Colo)
Position: Striker/Wide Forward
Age: 22 (06/02/1991)
Capped: Yes (Chile Youth Teams)
Situation: Pinto is Palestinian through his maternal grandfather and interestingly enough all of his siblings have Arabic names. Yashir has been capped over 30 times for Chile at U18, U19, and U20 levels and has 17 goals to his name internationally. Once lauded as the next great Chilean prospect he has not quite settled into the senior team at Colo-Colo and has been sent out on loan in order to gain experience. He has four goals and two assists over 23 appearances for NASL side FC Edmonton this season. At 21 he has every chance of getting called up for Chile one day but will need to establish himself at a club first.
Amed Pinto Islame
Club: Ñublense (Primera B)
Age: 25 (16/12/1988)
Situation: A lot of talk on the amongst Palestinian football fans has centered around Yashir, yet his uncapped brother Amed, has gone unnoticed. Amed has been with a couple of clubs in his career but has steadily worked his way up to Primera B club Ñublense. He has proved to be an important player for Los Rojos and its hard not to like a player of such resilience and toughness (he recently played in a game with a fractured nasal cavity).
Club: IFK Norrköping
Age: 26 (03/04/1987)
Capped: Yes (1 cap for Sweden U21)
Situation: There has been some confusion surrounding the player's ethnicity with some sites claiming that he is of Iraqi descent. Our sources in Sweden have confirmed that he is in fact Palestinian and could be joining up with the national team soon.
Abdul Rahman Khalili
Club: IFK Värnamo (Superettan)
Position: Central Midfielder
Age: 21 (07/06/1992)
Capped: Yes (Sweden Youth Teams)
Situation: The younger brother of Imad Khalili has also represented Sweden at youth level amassing 21 caps at U17 and U19 levels. Abdul Rahman graduated from the Helsingborg academy and signed with Superettan side Värnamo after a successful loan period. He has scored three goals for the relegation strugglers this season. Not far removed from a budding national team career with Sweden this exciting prospect may not yet be ready to switch allegiances.
Club: Lock Haven University
Age: 23 (12/05/1991)
Situation: David has expressed interesting in furthering his footballing career in the WBPL should the opportunity arise. A central defender, Qaisi is very comfortable on the ball and has no shortage of talent- starting a majority of his team's games since enrolling at LHU. In 2011, he was voted as one of the best defenders in the PSAC Conference. So where does his future lie? A survey of MLS players in 2011 showed that only 3.7% played at Division II schools, whereas 51% had previously played for a Division I school, prior to joining the league. If he chooses to continue his career stateside he will most likely need to join a smaller club in the NASL or USL. The WBPL offers an interesting alternative and a path to the national team but it has been unkind to collegiate players in the past; in late 2012, Ali Elkadi tried and failed to join the league. If he is to land in the WBPL he'll need representation that knows the ins and outs of the league to cut through the red tape.
Club: FSV Mainz 05
Age: 24 (09/07/1989)
Capped: Yes (Germany Youth Teams)
Situation: A much acclaimed youth player Schahin spent a few years quietly going about his business in the 2.Bundesliga. Deemed a surplus to requirements at Greuther Fürth he was loaned to Dyanmo Dresden in 2011/12. Nine league goals in 12 games saw him snapped up by newly promoted Fortuna Düsseldorf at the beginning of the 2012/13 season. The step up did not stop Dani who bagged four goals in his first six Bundesliga games. Schahin has been capped 11 times at U19 and U20 level for Germany, however, the sheer amount of talent in Germany could doom his chances with the senior team. If he were to switch allegiances Schahin could play for Ukraine (where he was born), Russia (where his mother was born), or Palestine. As recently as last year, Schahin rejected an invitation Theo Bücker to join Lebanon citing his Palestinian heritage.
Club: NK Istra 1961
Age: 29 (21/02/1984)
Capped: Yes (Croatia Youth Teams)
Situation: First came to the attention of Palestinian fans in 2007. Sharbini has been capped at U19 and U20 level for Croatia but was never in Slaven Bilic's plans for the senior squad. According to Majed Balawi, the striker wants to play for Palestine but there has been a lack of initiative on the part of the PFA (more on this below).
Club: Al-Ittihad (KSA)
Position: Attacking Midfielder
Age: 26 (21/02/1987)
Capped: Yes (1 Cap for Croatia)
Situation: The more talented of the two Sharbini brothers, Anas probably would be a Croatian National Team player by now if not for the likes of Luka Modric and Niko Kranjcar. A move to Al-Ittihad of Saudi Arabia might signal a new stage in his career. It wasn't too long ago that he was being linked with a move to a bigger European league. At 25, it may be too early to call time on his Croatia career, especially if he continues to play well for Al-Ittihad. Even if he was to continue to be ignored by Croatia- would he want to play for Palestine? The PFA tried calling him up in 2007 (both brothers cited death threats for rejecting the call-up) and by Jamal Mahmoud in 2012 for the Arab Cup (a call-up that was also rejected because both brother were in the process of looking for new clubs after falling out with Hajduk Split's management).
Club: Al-Shabab (KSA)
Situation: Expected to acquire Palestinian citizenship in 2013 in order to help his club, Al-Shabab, free up an extra foreign player spot. The player has expressed interest in representing Palestine if the opportunity arises.