Monday, January 25, 2016

Five reasons why Palestine will advance to the final round of World Cup Qualifying

Can Palestine continue their run?
Palestine's next match is less than two months away so what better time to speculate on whether or not they can book their ticket to the final round* of Asian World Cup qualifying?

After conspiring to throw away a valuable point to Saudi Arabia in their first game it seemed that Palestine would be left using these games as a learning experience ahead of the more realistic goal of qualifying for the 2019 Asian Cup in the UAE.

Despite good results against Malaysia (6-0) and UAE (0-0) Palestine squandered another two points in Dilli- spending most the first half in a reactive state. FIFA has yet to comment on whether or not the match would be overturned after it came to light that Timor Leste had illegally naturalized Brazilian players but for the sake of this argument will assume that the 1-1 result will stand.

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Saturday, January 23, 2016

FIFA takes no action on Timor Leste player eligibility scandal

The big news in regards to Asian World Cup qualifying this month is that Kuwait has finally been punished for government interference in football. A 3-0 win awarded to Myanmar could potentially change the makeup of the final round.

It had been anticipated that FIFA would finally take action against Timor Leste whose naturalization tactics had made several prominent media outlets, including Vice Sports, the Huffington Post, and the New York Times.

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Sunday, January 10, 2016

#PalestiniansAbroad Transfer Roundup

This article will be continuously updated  throughout the duration of the transfer window. 

With the arrival of the new year l, new faxes begin to pop up in different places. Thus far, a couple of national team stalwarts will be playing for new clubs in 2016.

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Wednesday, December 23, 2015

#PalestiniansAbroad: Midseason Update

It's the festive season meaning that leagues around the world are taking a break- or in the case of several leagues in the New World- winding down. Below is an exhaustive list of Palestine's foreign based contingent and how they've fared in the 2015/16 season with their club sides:

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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.

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