Tuesday, November 18, 2014

23 Tickets to Australia: Battle for final places begins to heat up

Amour: Back in the mix
Palestine showed enough in two friendlies against Saudi Arabia and Vietnam to calm the fears of many doubters still fretting about Jamal Mahmoud's departure. 

Palestine were clearly second best against Saudi Arabia in the first half but showed some sparks in the second half. They built on that performance three days later against Vietnam; overpowering their opponents in the second half. 

The two friendlies did raise some intriguing questions about roster spots. Mahmoud Eid has come out of nowhere and now seems likely to lead the attack for Al-Fida'i  in their Asian Cup debut against Japan in Newcastle. Hesham Salhe's energetic performance against Vietnam have many clamoring to an end of the Murad Ismail-Khader Yousef partnership in midfield. 

More Analysis After the jump....

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Rapid Reaction: Vietnam 1:3 Palestine (International Friendly)

Mahmoud Eid- one of three goal scorers on the day
Palestine Starting XI (4-2-3-1): Toufic Ali; Al-Battat, Bahdari, Salah, Abu Jazar; Salhe, Murad Ismail; Amour (C), Abuhabib, Seyam; Ashraf Nu'man 

Substitutes: Amour <-> Abu Saleh // Seyam <-> Eid // Ashraf Nu'man <-> Ahmed Maher // Ismail <-> Sheikhqasem // Hesham Salhe <-> Khader Yousef 

Abuhabib 56' (0-1)
Salhe 70' (0-2)
Eid 83' (0-3)
Nguyen 89' (1-3)

Highlights and more after the jump...

Rapid Reaction: Saudi Arabia 2:0 Palestine (International Friendly)

Khaled Salem and Mahmoud Eid started up top

Palestine Starting XI (4-4-2): Saleh (C); Fares, Bahdari, Dheeb, Jaber; Abu Saleh, Khader Yousef, Ismail, Maher; Eid, Salem. 

Substitutes: Ashraf Nu'man <--> Khaled Salem 46' // Abuhabib <--> Mahmoud Eid 63' // Abu Saleh <--> Ismail Amour 67' // Khader Yousef <--> Hesham Salhe 67' // Haitham Dheeb <--> Musa Abu Jazr 87' // 

Full Highlights & Recap after the jump...

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Preview: Saudi Arabia vs. Palestine (International Friendly)

With an international friendly win-less streak stretching back to 2012 (and a pretty bad decade), the Saudis will be looking to get a win against Palestine to gain some momentum ahead of the GCC cup. Palestine is out to show it can butt heads with the continent's top teams. Read more below to get some context to what should be a good game for the neutrals too.

When: November 6th, 2014
Kickoff: 1530 GMT 
Where: Prince Mohammed Bin Fahed Stadium, Dammam, Saudi Arabia
TV: Saudi Sports 

Thursday, October 30, 2014

27 Players in squad to face Saudi Arabia & Vietnam

Surprise Call-up: Eid (c) will be looked for for goals.
Ahmad El-Hassan has called up 28 players, nine of whom ply their trade abroad, for next month's upcoming friendlies versus Saudi Arabia and Vietnam.

Abdelatif Bahdari, Ashraf Nu'man, and Ramzi Saleh will join WBPL-based players for an internal training camp. The squad will then travel to Saudi Arabia on November 2nd where they will meet up with the rest of the foreign contingent. 

Palestine are set to face Saudi Arabia and Vietnam on November 6th and 9th, respectively. An additional friendly vs. Thailand was cancelled due to the PFA's refusal to travel to Thailand. 

Three new players are set to debut with the national team all of whom play abroad. Mahmoud Eid and Imad Khalili are set to bolster Palestine's attack. 

Khalili's debut has been anticipated ever since his loan stint at Al-Shabab in the the Saudi Pro League. Mahmoud Eid, on the other hand, came out of nowhere- the 21-year old currently suits up for Nyk√∂ping BIS in the Swedish third tier. His recent form has been excellent with three goals to his name in his last five games. 

Daniel Kabir Mustaf√° was called-up for this series of friendlies but declined for uncited reasons. Other notable absences include Adham Abu Rwais and Hilal Musa. While Tamer Salah continues to be preferred over the likes of the more established Khaled Mahdi. 

After a lengthy spell on the sidelines it has been confirmed that Imad Zatara will indeed miss the Asian Cup. Palestine's leading scorer Fahed Attal seems also destined to miss the tournament with his form at Shabab Al-Khaleel failing to convince the coaching staff. 

Also on the injury front, Alexis Norambuena made his return to the pitch for GKS Belchatow this week and should get a run out. Javier Cohene, might be a late scratch having picked up an injury in training with his club side Borac Cacak. 

Full Squad After the Jump...