Faisal Al-Husseini International Stadium

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Faisal Al-Husseini International Stadium
Full nameFaisal Al-Husseini International Stadium
LocationAl-Ram, Palestine
Coordinates31°50′51″N 35°13′49″E / 31.84750°N 35.23028°E / 31.84750; 35.23028Coordinates: 31°50′51″N 35°13′49″E / 31.84750°N 35.23028°E / 31.84750; 35.23028
Capacity12,500 (all seated)
SurfaceArtificial turf
Construction
Renovated2008
Tenants
Palestine national football team (2008–present)

Faisal Al-Husseini International Stadium is an association football stadium on Dahiat al'Barid St in Al-Ram. It is the home stadium of the Palestine national football team. It is named after Faisal Husseini, a Palestinian politician who died in 2001. The stadium seats 12,500.

Palestine international matches[edit]

On 26 October 2008, the team played Jordan in their first-ever home international in 10 years of FIFA membership. In attendance were FIFA President Sepp Blatter and Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad.[1] On 29 October 2009, the Palestinian national women’s football team played its first home international match against Jordan before a capacity crowd at the stadium.[2]

On 9 March 2011, Palestine "played its first ever competitive match at home in the West Bank". It was the second leg of a qualifier for the 2012 Olympic Games, against Thailand. Thailand had won the first leg 1–0 in Bangkok; Palestine won the second 1–0 at the stadium, with a goal by Abdelhamid Abuhabib in the 43rd minute. The draw on aggregate led to a penalty shootout, with Thailand winning 6–5. Attending the match was Prime Minister Fayyad, who described it as a "historic day".[3]

Palestine 1–0 (1–1 on aggregate) Thailand
Abuhabib Goal 43'
Penalties
5–6
Faisal Al-Husseini International Stadium, Al-Ram

On 3 July 2011, the stadium hosted "the first World Cup game ever to be played at home in the Palestinian territories". The game was the second leg of a two-match encounter against Afghanistan, in the first round of the Asian Football Confederation qualifiers for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. The game was a draw, enabling Palestine to advance to the second round on aggregate. Afghanistan were eliminated.[4]

Palestine 1–1 Afghanistan
Wadi Goal 12' Report Arezou Goal 63'
Faisal Al-Husseini International Stadium, Al-Ram
Attendance: 9,000

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Jordan ties Palestine in historic match". The Jordan Times. 27 October 2008. Retrieved 16 March 2011.
  2. ^ "Palestine women tie Jordan in soccer first". Ma'An News Agency. 26 October 2000. Retrieved 16 March 2011.
  3. ^ "Palestinian footballers in bittersweet Olympic match". BBC News. 9 March 2011. Retrieved 16 March 2011.
  4. ^ "Palestinians play first World Cup qualifier at home", BBC, 3 July 2011

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