Palestine national football team

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Palestine
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)الفدائيون (The Fedayeen)
الفرسان (The Knights)
أسود كنعان (Lions of Canaan)
AssociationPalestinian Football Association
ConfederationAFC (Asia)
Sub-confederationWAFF (West Asia)
Head coachNoureddine Ould Ali
CaptainAbdelatif Bahdari
Most capsRamzi Saleh (68) [1]
Top scorerFahed Attal (14)[1]
Home stadiumFaisal Al-Husseini International Stadium
FIFA codePLE
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current99 Increase 1 (25 October 2018)[2]
Highest73 (February–March 2018)
Lowest191 (April–August 1999)
Elo ranking
Current115 Decrease 8 (17 November 2018)[3]
Highest103 (5 September 2017)
Lowest159 (October 2011)
First international
 Egypt 8–1 Palestine State of Palestine
(Alexandria, Egypt; 26 July 1953)
Biggest win
State of Palestine Palestine 11–0 Guam 
(Dhaka, Bangladesh; 1 April 2006)
Biggest defeat
 Egypt 8–1 Palestine State of Palestine
(Alexandria, Egypt; 26 July 1953)
 Iran 7–0 Palestine State of Palestine
(Tehran, Iran; 5 October 2011)
Asian Cup
Appearances2 (first in 2015)
Best resultGroup stage, 2015

The Palestine national football team (Arabic: منتخب فلسطين لكرة القدم‎) is the national football team of Palestine and represents Palestine in international football.[4][5]

A football federation in Mandatory Palestine was founded in 1928; However, a team for a future Arab state to be called Palestine was first recognized by FIFA in 1998, after the creation of the Palestinian National Authority. Palestine has yet to qualify for the World Cup. They first qualified for the Asian Cup in May 2014, after beating the Philippines 1–0 in the AFC Challenge Cup final. At the finals in Australia, they were eliminated in the group stage.

The team reached an all-time high position of 73rd in the FIFA ranking in February 2018 after not losing any game since early 2016. Palestine's first title was the 2014 AFC Challenge Cup. The country also qualified for the 2019 Asian Cup.

Following their readmission by FIFA, the team played no official fixtures in the Palestinian territories due to security concerns until a match on 26 October 2008 against Jordan in the newly renovated Faisal Al-Husseini International Stadium in Al-Ram north of Jerusalem, which finished in a 1–1 draw.[6] In recognition of their efforts the Palestinian Football Federation was awarded FIFA's inaugural Development Award and AFC National Team of the Year.[7]

History[edit]

Palestine applied to, and was admitted into FIFA in 1998. They played their first friendly matches against Lebanon, Jordan and Syria in July 1998. The following year, the team, led by Israeli-Arab coach Azmi Nasser took part in the 1999 Pan Arab Games, in which they won the bronze medal after beating Syria, Qatar, and the United Arab Emirates, while only losing to hosts Jordan.

Palestine's first attempt to qualify for the 2000 AFC Asian Cup and the 2002 FIFA World Cup were unsuccessful, but saw victories against Hong Kong and Malaysia.

In 2002, the PFA hired Nicola Hadwa Shahwan as manager. Shahwan, who was born in Beit Jala, grew up in Chile and had many connections among Santiago's Palestinian community, whence he brought Roberto Bishara, Roberto Kettlun, Edgardo Abdala, Francisco Atura and the Argentine-born Pablo Abdala into the squad. These players made their debuts in the 2002 Arab Nations Cup. The team exited in the group stage but managed draws against group winners Jordan, hosts Kuwait, and Sudan, with their only loss coming against eventual semi-finalists Morocco.

In 2004, two more Latin Americans joined the Palestinian national team Hernán Madrid and the Argentine-born Alejandro Naif.

After an unsuccessful Asian Cup qualifying campaign, the PFA hired Austrian coach Alfred Riedl to lead the team in the 2006 FIFA World Cup qualifications. Palestine were drawn in a group alongside Uzbekistan, Iraq and Chinese Taipei. In their first match, Palestine recorded an historic 8–0 win against the Taiwanese; two months later a 1–1 draw against Iraq put Palestine in first place in the group. Palestine were drawn in a group in Asian Cup qualifying for the 2007 tournament alongside 2004 finalists China, eventual winners Iraq, and Singapore. Palestine still had a chance of qualifying until the penultimate round, after a 1–0 win against Singapore and a 2–2 draw against Iraq. Palestine was invited to participate in the inaugural Challenge Cup in Bangladesh, where they beat Guam 11–0, Cambodia 4–0 and drew with Bangladesh to top their group and reach the quarterfinal, where they were beaten 1–0 by Kyrgyzstan. In the summer of 2006, Palestine achieved its highest ever FIFA ranking at 115, placing them 16th in the Asian continent. The team remained without a manager for most of 2007 and preparations for World Cup Qualifying were severely lacking. Palestine lost the first leg of a two-legged play-off against Singapore 0–4 and could not play the return leg as a result of Israeli travel restrictions.

In 2008, with the assistance of FIFA's Goal program, Jibril Rajoub, head of the PFA had the Faisal Al-Husseini International Stadium built, and on 26 October 2008 Palestine held a match on home soil for the first time since becoming a member of FIFA, a 1–1 draw with Jordan in front of a crowd in excess of 7,000.[6] Palestine received the inaugural FIFA Development Award in recognition of the achievement.[7]

Two and a half years later, in March 2011, Palestine played its first ever competitive home game. The game, at the Faisal Al-Husseini International Stadium, 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 with a goal by Abdelhamid Abuhabib in the 43rd minute. The draw on aggregate led to a penalty shootout, where Palestine lost by 5–6.[8] However, as Thailand was ordered to forfeit the first match because of fielding an ineligible player,[9] Palestine replaced Thailand to play Bahrain next. In the next round against Bahrain, although Palestine won the first leg at Bahrain National Stadium by 1–0,[10] they lost the return leg by 1–2[11] and eliminated by away goals rule.[12]

The team beat Afghanistan 3–1 on aggregate (2–0 away, 1–1 home) in the first round of AFC qualification for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. They faced Thailand in the second round, with an away match on 23 July 2011 in Buriram, and a home match on 28 July at Al-Ram. Palestine lost the away leg 1–0, with back-up goalkeeper Mohammed Shbair saving a penalty in the dying moments of the match to keep the tie alive. Palestine took a 1–0 lead in the 6th minute of the return leg through a Murad Alyan goal but conceded 10 minutes before halftime, meaning they would have to win by two clear goals in order to advance. Palestine took a 2–1 lead late in the second half but had a man sent off and conceded a goal whilst desperately searching for a winner. They were eliminated from AFC qualification on an aggregate score of 2–3, if the Asian Football Confederation elects to keep the same qualifying format for the 2018 FIFA World Cup they will be ranked 21st and receive a 1st round bye.

The PFA elected not to renew Moussa Bezaz's contract after the team failed to advance to the Third Round of 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying. Former Al-Wehdat player and manager Jamal Mahmoud was announced as the national team manager in November 2011 after two disastrous friendlies without a permanent manager saw the team lose 4–1 and 7–0 to Indonesia and Iran, respectively. His first official match was a friendly against Bahrain in Manama which Palestine won 1–0 courtesy of Ali El-Khatib's first international goal. Palestine lost its first game at the 2011 Pan Arab Games to Jordan but recovered well in their following group games. Earning a well-deserved 1–1 draw and a 2–0 win over 2012 African Cup of Nations finalists Libya and Sudan to advance to the semifinals of the competition. The team eventually exited the competition against eventual champions Bahrain under dubious circumstances when the Bahrainis were awarded a phantom goal in the second half to make the score 3–1.

Mahmoud led the team three months later at the 2012 AFC Challenge Cup. In the run up to the competition, Palestine made history by playing and defeating its first UEFA opponent, Azerbaijan, 2–0. Preparation for the competition was less than ideal with Abdelatif Bahdari, Roberto Bishara, Omar Jarun, Majed Abusidu, Ali El-Khatib, and Imad Zatara unavailable due to club commitments and having Raed Fares, Haitham Theeb, Ismail Amour, Mohammed Al-Masri, Rafit Eyad and Murad Alyan out with injury. Palestine finished group play at the 2012 AFC Challenge Cup without conceding a goal after 2–0 wins over Nepal and Maldives along with a 0–0 draw against Turkmenistan en route to a semifinal exit at the hands of eventual champions Korea DPR.

Palestine won their first West Asian Football Federation Championship match in 2012, defeating Lebanon 1–0 in Kuwait City.

In 2013, they secured a second straight AFC Challenge Cup berth, qualifying for the 2014 edition by topping Group D with 7 points, ahead of Bangladesh, Nepal, and the Northern Mariana Islands. The team ended up winning the 2014 AFC Challenge Cup without conceding a goal and drawing just one out of five games. The win brought the Palestine team their first major trophy and assured them of participation in the 2015 AFC Asian Cup, also their first ever. In the run-up to qualifying they scored 16 goals, won six games and drew twice, while putting together eight straight clean sheets. Ashraf Nu'man was crowned top scorer of the finals tournament having scored the winning goal in the final against Philippines and three additional goals in the runner up. Midfielder Murad Ismail was recognized as the Most Valuable Player of the tournament.

Shortly following their 2014 AFC Challenge Cup triumph and qualification 2015 AFC Asian Cup qualification, Jamal Mahmoud resigned as national team manager citing irreconcilable differences with the Palestine Football Association. Jamal Mahmoud left the post as the most successful manager in national team history by a number of metrics. He led the team to an all-time high rank of 85 in the FIFA Rankings, won 14 of his 34 games, registered a 41% win percentage and a points-per-game rate of 1.41.

Palestine were placed in Group D at the 2015 AFC Asian Cup alongside Japan, Jordan and Iraq which lost all three group matches. They were defeated 0–4 by Japan, lost 1–5 to Jordan and finished their campaign with a 0–2 loss to Iraq.

Following the disastrous showing at the 2015 AFC Asian Cup the PFA appointed Olympic Team manager Abdel-Nasser Barakat as national team manager who moved to overhaul the squad choosing not to call up Ramzi Saleh, Hussam Abu Saleh, Ismail Al-Amour, Raed Fares, Murad Ismail Said, and Mousa Abu-Jazar all of whom had been part of the national team at the last Asian Cup Finals. Barakat led a search for a number of players eligible to represent Palestine in South America and Europe. In his first game in charge debutants Pablo Tamburrini and Matias Jadue scored in a narrow 3–2 loss to Saudi Arabia in 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification.

Palestine registered a pair of famous 6–0 wins over Malaysia during the course of World Cup qualifying. Those results combined with valiant 0–0 draws at home to Saudi Arabia and UAE kept Palestine in the hunt for qualification to the Third Round of Asian World Cup qualification until the penultimate match day. They were eliminated from 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification following a 2–0 loss away to UAE on 24 March 2016. They won their final 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification match at home five days later 7–0. This game marked the debuts of Ahmed Awad and Yashir Pinto with the national team. It also marked the first time Palestine won a game on home soil since readmission to FIFA following draws against Jordan, Afghanistan, Thailand, and UAE.

Home matches in Palestine (Official)[edit]

  Win   Draw   Loss

Date Venue Opponent Result Competition Palestine scorers
26 October 2008 Faisal Al-Husseini International Stadium, Jerusalem  Jordan 1–1 Friendly Ahmed Keshkesh
3 July 2011 Faisal Al-Husseini International Stadium, Jerusalem  Afghanistan 1–1 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying Houssam Wadi
28 July 2011 Faisal Al-Husseini International Stadium, Jerusalem  Thailand 2–2 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying Murad Alyan (2)
8 September 2015 Faisal Al-Husseini International Stadium, Jerusalem  United Arab Emirates 0–0 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying
29 March 2016 Dora International Stadium, Hebron  Timor-Leste 7–0 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying Yashir Pinto (2), Jonathan Cantillana (2), Jaka Ihbeisheh, Ahmed Awad, Abdelatif Bahdari
5 September 2016 Dora International Stadium, Hebron  Tajikistan 1–1 Friendly Carlos Salom
13 June 2017 Faisal Al-Husseini International Stadium, Jerusalem  Oman 2–1 2019 AFC Asian Cup qualifying Yashir Pinto, Jonathan Cantillana
10 October 2017 Dora International Stadium, Hebron  Bhutan 10–0 2019 AFC Asian Cup qualifying Abdelatif Bahdari (3), Jonathan Cantillana (2), Abdullah Jaber, Tamer Seyam, Sameh Maraaba, Khaled Salem, Mohammad Natour
14 November 2017 Arab American University Stadium, Jenin  Maldives 8–1 2019 AFC Asian Cup qualifying Sameh Maraaba (4), Mahmoud Yousef (2), Jonathan Cantillana, (own goal)
4 August 2018 Faisal Al-Husseini International Stadium, Jerusalem  Iraq 0–3 Friendly
16 November 2018 Faisal Al-Husseini International Stadium, Jerusalem  Pakistan 2–1 Friendly Alexis Norambuena, Nazmi Albadawi

Problems relating to the Israeli–Palestinian conflict[edit]

The Palestinian Football Federation faces problems in training and playing due to the Israel-Palestinian conflict.

Because of travel restrictions placed by Israel upon people in the West Bank and Gaza Strip and the difficulty in obtaining an exit visa from Israel, many players in the team are drawn from the Palestinian diaspora, from as far away as Chile and the United States.[13] Recently, Israel's refusal to issue exit visas has resulted in players, or in some case the entire team, being unable to represent the territories. In November 2006 (the last match of 2007 AFC Asian Cup qualification group stage is scheduled), all players based inside the West Bank and Gaza Strip were denied exit visas. The AFC cancelled the match since both teams had been eliminated from the competition by virtue of their previous results against China and Iraq.[14] A film, Goal Dreams, was made about the team attempting to overcome obstacles in the qualification for the 2006 World Cup, who were also featured on the BBC documentary series Frontline Football.

In October 2007, the second leg of a crucial 2010 World Cup qualifier between Palestine and Singapore was not played due to Palestine's inability to obtain exit visas. The AFC and FIFA decided not to reschedule the match despite protests from the PFA, and Singapore was awarded a 3–0 win in a walkover match.[15] In May 2008, the team was not allowed to travel to the 2008 AFC Challenge Cup. After a 2011 World Cup qualifier against Thailand, two starters, Mohammed Samara and Majed Abusidu, were refused entry to the West Bank and therefore could not travel back with the team from Thailand.[16]

Striker Ziyad Al-Kord was banned from traveling and had his house destroyed.[17] Tariq al Quto was killed by the Israel Defense Forces,[18] and during the Operation Cast Lead three Palestinian footballers, Ayman Alkurd, Shadi Sbakhe and Wajeh Moshtahe, were among the Palestinian casualties.[19]

Mahmoud Sarsak was administratively detained by Israel in July 2009 for being a member of Islamic Jihad; following a hunger strike and international pressure on his behalf from FIFA President Sepp Blatter, he was released in July 2012.[20] In 2012, Olympic Team goalkeeper Omar Abu Ruways was arrested by Israel for being a member of a terrorist cell.[21]

Sameh Maraaba was arrested in April after returning with his team from training in Qatar. The Shin Bet accused Maraaba of exploiting his status as a Palestinian football player to act as a courier for Hamas. [22] Shin Bet released a statement in which it was contended that Maraaba admitted that, before he left for Qatar, he met a senior Hamas operative in Kalkilya, asked him to meet an operative from Hamas' military wing in Qatar and received money, a cellphone and written messages which he brought back to Hamas operatives in Kalkilya. [22]

Palestinian facilities, such as Palestine Stadium, have been damaged in military conflicts.[23]

The team's former goalkeeper Abu Rwayyis was arrested in connection with an attack on IDF soldiers in April 2012.[24]

Competition records[edit]

FIFA World Cup[edit]

FIFA World Cup record FIFA World Cup qualification record
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
Uruguay 1930 to France 1998 Not a FIFA member
South Korea Japan 2002 Did not qualify 6 2 1 3 8 9
Germany 2006 6 2 1 3 10 11
South Africa 2010 2 0 1 1 0 7
Brazil 2014 4 1 2 1 5 4
Russia 2018 8 4 2 2 24 5
Qatar 2022 To be determined To be determined
Canada Mexico United States 2026
Total 0/21 0 0 0 0 0 0 26 9 7 10 47 36

Olympic Games[edit]

Olympic Games record Qualifications record
Year Result Position Pld W D L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
France 1900 to Australia 2000 Did not enter Did not enter
Greece 2004 Did not qualify 4 2 1 1 5 4
China 2008 2 0 1 1 2 3
United Kingdom 2012 4 3 0 1 6 2
Brazil 2016 4 2 0 2 6 5
Japan 2020 To be determined To be determined
Total 0/23 0 0 0 0 0 0 14 7 2 5 19 14

AFC Asian Cup[edit]

AFC Asian Cup Finals record AFC Asian Cup qualification
Hosts / year Result Position GP W D* L GS GA GP W D* L GS GA
Hong Kong 1956 to United Arab Emirates 1996 Did not enter - - - - - -
Lebanon 2000 Did not qualify 4 1 0 3 3 8
China 2004 6 0 2 4 3 11
Indonesia Malaysia Thailand Vietnam 2007 5 1 1 3 3 9
Qatar 2011 - - - - - -
Australia 2015 Group stage 16th 3 0 0 3 1 11 - - - - - -
United Arab Emirates 2019 Qualified 14 9 2 3 49 8
Total Group stage 2/17 3 0 0 3 1 11 29 11 5 13 58 36

Asian Games[edit]

Football at the Asian Games has been an under-23 tournament since 2002.
Asian Games record
Year Result Pld W D* L GF GA
India 1951 - 0 0 0 0 0 0
Philippines 1954 - 0 0 0 0 0 0
Japan 1958 - 0 0 0 0 0 0
Indonesia 1962 - 0 0 0 0 0 0
Thailand 1966 - 0 0 0 0 0 0
Thailand 1970 - 0 0 0 0 0 0
Iran 1974 - 0 0 0 0 0 0
Thailand 1978 - 0 0 0 0 0 0
India 1982 - 0 0 0 0 0 0
South Korea 1986 - 0 0 0 0 0 0
China 1990 - 0 0 0 0 0 0
Japan 1994 Withdrew 0 0 0 0 0 0
Thailand 1998 - 0 0 0 0 0 0
2002–present See Palestine national under-23 football team
Total 0/13 0 0 0 0 0 0

AFC Challenge Cup[edit]

AFC Challenge Cup record Qualifications record
Year Result Position Pld W D L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
Bangladesh 2006 Quarter-finals 5th 4 2 1 1 16 2 Automatic qualification
India 2008 Withdrew Withdrew
Sri Lanka 2010 Did not qualify 2 0 2 0 1 1
Nepal 2012 Fourth place 4th 5 2 1 2 7 6 3 2 1 0 5 1
Maldives 2014 Champions 1st 5 4 1 0 6 0 3 2 1 0 10 0
Total Champions 3/5 14 8 3 3 29 8 8 4 4 0 16 2

WAFF Championship[edit]

WAFF Championship Finals
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA
Jordan 2000 Group stage 7th 3 0 1 2 3 5
Syria 2002 Group stage 5th 2 0 0 2 1 4
Iran 2004 Group stage 5th 2 0 1 1 2 3
Jordan 2007 Group stage 5th 2 0 0 2 0 3
Iran 2008 Group stage 6th 2 0 0 2 0 4
Jordan 2010 Group stage 9th 2 0 0 2 1 6
Kuwait 2012 Group stage 8th 3 1 0 2 3 4
Qatar 2014 Group stage 7th 2 0 1 1 0 1
Total Group stage 8/8 18 1 3 14 10 30

West Asian Games[edit]

West Asian Games
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA
Iran 1997 Did not enter
Kuwait 2002 Fourth place 4th 4 1 1 2 5 11
Qatar 2005 Group stage 9th 2 0 0 2 0 6
Total Fourth place 2/3 6 1 1 4 5 17

Arab Nations Cup[edit]

Arab Nations Cup
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA
Lebanon 1963 Did not enter
Kuwait 1964
Iraq 1966 Group stage 5th 3 1 1 1 8 3
Saudi Arabia 1985 Did not enter
Jordan 1988
Syria 1992 Group stage 5th 2 0 1 1 1 2
Qatar 1998 Did not qualify
Kuwait 2002 Group stage 9th 4 0 3 1 7 9
Saudi Arabia 2012 Group stage 9th 2 0 1 1 2 4
Total Group stage 4/9 11 1 6 4 18 18

Pan Arab Games[edit]

Pan Arab Games
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA
Egypt 1953 Group stage 6th 2 0 0 2 3 13
Lebanon 1957 Did not enter
Morocco 1961 Did not enter
Egypt 1965 Fourth place 4th 6 2 1 3 7 9
Syria 1976 Final group 6th 6 2 1 3 4 9
Morocco 1985 Did not enter
Syria 1992 Group stage 5th 2 0 1 1 1 2
Jordan 1999 Third place 3rd 6 2 2 2 6 9
Egypt 2007 Did not enter
Qatar 2011 Fourth place 4th 5 1 1 3 5 11
Total Third place 6/10 27 7 6 14 26 55

Recent results and fixtures[edit]

28 December 2018 (2018-12-28) FriendlyIraq v PalestineQatar
2019 AFC Asian Cup
Group B
Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Australia 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Advance to knockout stage
2  Syria 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3  Palestine 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Possible knockout stage based on ranking
4  Jordan 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
First match(es) will be played on 6 January 2019. Source: AFC

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Tawfiq Ali (1990-11-08) 8 November 1990 (age 28) 30 0 State of Palestine Taraji Wadi Al-Nes
1GK Rami Hamadi (1994-03-24) 24 March 1994 (age 24) 15 0 State of Palestine Hilal Al-Quds
1GK Amr Kaddoura (1994-07-01) 1 July 1994 (age 24) 0 0 Sweden Landskrona BoIS

2DF Abdelatif Bahdari (1984-02-20) 20 February 1984 (age 34) 57 8 State of Palestine Shabab Al-Khaleel
2DF Musab Al-Battat (1993-11-21) 21 November 1993 (age 24) 30 1 State of Palestine Ahli Al-Khaleel
2DF Abdullah Jaber (1993-02-17) 17 February 1993 (age 25) 41 2 State of Palestine Ahli Al-Khaleel
2DF Alexis Norambuena (1984-03-31) 31 March 1984 (age 34) 15 1 Chile Deportes Melipilla
2DF Tamer Salah (1986-04-03) 3 April 1986 (age 32) 18 0 State of Palestine Hilal Al-Quds
2DF Michel Termanini (1998-05-08) 8 May 1998 (age 20) 3 0 State of Palestine Hilal Al-Quds
2DF Mohammed Saleh (1993-07-18) 18 July 1993 (age 25) 8 0 Malta Floriana FC

3MF Nazmi Albadawi (1991-08-24) 24 August 1991 (age 27) 1 1 United States FC Cincinnati
3MF Mohamad Basim (1995-01-29) 29 January 1995 (age 23) 7 0 State of Palestine Al-Bireh
3MF Jonathan Cantillana (1992-05-26) 26 May 1992 (age 26) 19 9 State of Palestine Hilal Al-Quds
3MF Oday Dabbagh (1998-12-03) 3 December 1998 (age 19) 8 1 State of Palestine Hilal Al-Quds
3MF Mohammed Darweesh (1991-06-02) 2 June 1991 (age 27) 23 0 State of Palestine Hilal Al-Quds
3MF Sameh Maraaba (1992-11-28) 28 November 1992 (age 25) 28 9 State of Palestine Thaqafi Tulkarem
3MF Shadi Shaban (1992-03-02) 2 March 1992 (age 26) 15 0 State of Palestine Ahli Al Khaleel
3MF Tamer Seyam (1992-11-25)25 November 1992 (aged 25) 30 5 Morocco Hassania Agadir
3MF Pablo Tamburrini (1990-01-30) 30 January 1990 (age 28) 17 1 State of Palestine Al-Bireh

3MF Mahmoud Eid (1992-05-16) 16 May 1992 (age 26) 17 1 Sweden GAIS
4FW Yashir Pinto (1991-02-06) 6 February 1991 (age 27) 11 5 Chile Coquimbo Unido
4FW Mahmoud Wadi (1994-12-19)19 December 1994 (aged 23) 4 0 Egypt Al-Masry SC
4FW Saleh Chihahdeh (1994-08-24)24 August 1994 (aged 23) 1 0 Switzerland SC Kriens

Recent call-ups[edit]

The following players have also been called up to the Palestine squad within the last 12 months.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
DF Haytham Dheeb (1986-03-12) 12 March 1986 (age 32) 34 1 State of Palestine Jabal Al-Mukaber v.  Iraq; Friendly 4 August 2018
DF Jalal Abu Yousef (1990-06-04) 4 June 1990 (age 28) 1 0 State of Palestine Markaz Shabab Al-Am'ari v.  Qatar; Friendly 11 September 2018

MF Mohammed Natour (1991-09-09) 9 September 1991 (age 27) 1 1 State of Palestine Merkaz Tulkarem v.  Maldives; 2019 ACQ 14 November 2017
MF Odai Kharoub (1993-04-02) 2 April 1993 (age 25) 1 0 State of Palestine Shabab Al-Khaleel v.  Maldives; 2019 ACQ 14 November 2017
MF Abdelhamid Abuhabib (1989-08-06) 6 August 1989 (age 29) 8 0 State of Palestine Ahli Al-Khaleel v.  Qatar; Friendly 11 September 2018

FW Mohammed Maraaba (1994-03-12) 12 March 1994 (age 24) 0 0 State of Palestine Ahli Al-Khaleel v.  Maldives; 2019 ACQ 14 November 2017
FW Mahmoud Yousef (1997-07-30) 30 July 1997 (age 21) 1 2 State of Palestine Shabab Al-Khaleel v.  Maldives; 2019 ACQ 14 November 2017

Past squads[edit]

Head to head records[edit]

Statistics[edit]

Top goalscorers[edit]

As of 27 March 2018

# Name Career Goals Caps
1 Fahed Attal 2005–2012 14 40
2 Ashraf Nu'man 2009– 12 49
3 Ziyad Al-Kord 1998–2006 10 33
4 Ahmad Maher Wridat 2012– 8 22
Jonathan Cantillana 2015– 8 14
Sameh Maraaba 2015– 8 18

Most capped players[edit]

As of 27 March 2018, the ten players with the most caps for Palestine are:[25][26]

# Player Career Caps Goals Ref
1 Ramzi Saleh 2000–2015 107 0 [26]
2 Khader Yousef 2008– 68 2 [26]
3 Saeb Jendeya 1998–2008 70 1 [26]
4 Abdelatif Bahdari 2007– 52 7 [26]
5 Ashraf Nu'man 2009– 51 14 [26]
6 Hussam Abu Saleh 2008–2015 47 3 [26]
7 Ismail Amour 2005–2015 44 7 [26]
8 Fahed Attal 2005–2012 40 14 [26]
9 Fadi Lafi 1999–2009 39 5 [26]
10 Hamada Eshbeir 2000–2008 35 0 [26]
Mousa Abu-Jazar 2011–2015 35 1 [26]

Honours[edit]

See also[edit]

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