Palestine national football team

The Palestine national football team (Arabic: منتخب فلسطين لكرة القدم‎), controlled by the Palestinian Football Association, represents Palestine in association football. The squad is governed by the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) continentally, and FIFA worldwide. While Palestine is yet to qualify for the World Cup, they have participated twice in the Asian Cup: in 2015, after winning the 2014 AFC Challenge Cup, and 2019, their first time through regular qualification. They failed to get past the group stages on both occasions. Palestine's main venue is the Faisal Al-Husseini International Stadium in Al-Ram, however they have been forced to play in neutral stadiums for home matches in numerous occasions due to political issues.

Palestine
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)أسود كنعان‎ (Lions of Canaan)
الفدائيون‎ (The Fedayeen)
الفرسان‎ (The Knights)
AssociationPalestinian Football Association
(الاتحاد الفلسطيني لكرة القدم‎‎)
ConfederationAFC (Asia)
Sub-confederationWAFF (West Asia)
Head coachNoureddine Ould Ali
CaptainAbdelatif Bahdari
Most capsAbdelatif Bahdari (74)
Top scorerFahed Attal (16)
Home stadiumFaisal Al-Husseini International Stadium
FIFA codePLE
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 103 Steady (17 September 2020)[1]
Highest73 (February – March 2018)
Lowest191 (April – August 1999)
Elo ranking
Current 106 Decrease 8 (14 October 2020)[2]
Highest90 (September 2019)
Lowest169 (September 2010)
First international
 Egypt 8–1 Palestine 
(Alexandria, Egypt; 26 July 1953)
Biggest win
 Palestine 11–0 Guam 
(Dhaka, Bangladesh; 1 April 2006)
Biggest defeat
 Egypt 8–1 Palestine 
(Alexandria, Egypt; 26 July 1953)
 Iran 7–0 Palestine 
(Tehran, Iran; 5 October 2011)
AFC Asian Cup
Appearances2 (first in 2015)
Best resultGroup stage (2015, 2019)
AFC Challenge Cup
Appearances3 (first in 2006)
Best resultChampions (2014)
WAFF Championship
Appearances7 (first in 2000)
Best resultGroup stage (7 times)

A football federation in Mandatory Palestine was founded in 1928, although this was primarily the team of the Jewish residents. While a team for the Arab residents of Palestine played its first match in 1953, the national team was recognized by FIFA in 1998, after the creation of the Palestinian National Authority. The same year, Palestine played their first FIFA-recognized match in a 3–1 defeat to Lebanon in a friendly. The team has won the 2014 AFC Challenge Cup, thanks to a 1–0 win over the Philippines in the final. Their win in the competition qualified them to the 2015 AFC Asian Cup, marking their first appearance in the competition. Palestine also qualified to the following edition of the Asian Cup, their first through regular qualification.

The Palestinian team is known by various nicknames: "Lions of Canaan" (Arabic: أسود كنعان‎), "the Fedayeen" (Arabic: الفدائيون‎) and "the Knights" (Arabic: الفرسان‎). Their main colours are red and white. The team reached an all-time high position of 73rd in the FIFA ranking in February 2018 after going on a 12-match unbeaten streak, from 29 March 2016 to 22 March 2018.

HistoryEdit

1928–1998: The beginningEdit

Maccabi leader Yosef Yekutieli attempted for Maccabi Association's membership in the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) as early as 1925.[3] The application was turned down, as only associations representing states could be admitted as members. Yekutieli thus decied to create the Palestine Football Association (PFA). Maccabi officials were obliged to include Arab teams. The association's first session was held in the summer of 1928. Notwithstanding the fourteen Jewish representatives that partook, one Arab delegate participated – an individual representing Arab Sports Club of Jerusalem.[4] FIFA accepted the PFA on 17 May 1929 and during the first years of the PFA, Arab clubs partook in PFA sanctioned-matches.[5] At this points, 11 of the 69 PFA teams were Arab, but after the mid-1930s until its transformation into IFA it became increasingly Zionist with only minor Arab membership.[6]

An Arab Palestinian Sports Federation (APSF) was born in April 1931 due to the belief that the PFA did not represent Arab interests. A Palestinian national team played its first match against a squad from the American University of Beirut in the same year according to Falastin.[7] Due to the 1936 revolt, the activities of the APSF were hampered and APSF completely disappeared toward the end of the 1930s.[8]

While the Palestinian Football Association was established in 1928, the first international match played by Palestine was in the 1953 Pan Arab Games against Egypt; the match ended in an 8–1 defeat.[9] The last game saw Palestine lose to Libya 5–2, to finish bottom of the group.

At the 1965 Pan Arab Games, Palestine were grouped with Aden, Iraq, Lebanon and the United Arab Republic. They finished second, thus advanced to the semi-finals for the first time. Palestine faced Sudan and were beaten narrowly 2–1. In the third place play-off, Palestine met Libya, where they lost 4–2.

Palestine were drawn alongside Libya, North Yemen and Syria in the 1966 Arab Nations Cup. With one win, a draw and a loss, Palestine was eliminated in the group stage.[10]

The national team participated in the 1976 Pan Arab Games, held in Damascus. Palestine started their campaign with two defeats to Morocco (3–0) and Saudi Arabia (3–1), before defeating Jordan (2–1). They lost to hosts Syria (2–0) in their fourth game of the tournament, drew against South Yemen (0–0), and finished with a win against Mauritania (1–0) to end the tournament in 6th place.[11]

Palestine participated in the 1992 Arab Nations Cup held in Iraq; they were drawn in Group B alongside Syria, Libya and North Yemen. Starting with a 0–0 to Libya, Palestine beat North Yemen 7–0 before losing 3–1 to Syria. They ended the tournament with four points and failed to qualify to the knock-out stages of the competition.[12]

1998–2014: International recognitionEdit

In May 1995, the PFA was granted the status of provisional member in FIFA. Palestine eventually gained FIFA membership on 8 June 1998 after numerous attempts since 1946.[13][8] Under Ricardo Carugati, Palestine played their first official matches in July 1998 against Lebanon, Jordan and Syria at the 1998 Arab Nations Cup qualification.[14]

In the next year, Palestine took part in the 1999 Pan Arab Games held in Jordan. There, they won games against Qatar and the United Arab Emirates, drew with Libya and Syria, while only losing to hosts Jordan. Palestine finished in the third-place which is their best result to date. In their first ever Asian Cup qualification, Palestine were drawn into a five-team group with Jordan, Kazakhstan, Pakistan, and Qatar. A single victory 2–0 against Pakistan proved to be not enough to qualify as they lost 1–0 to Qatar, 5–1 to Jordan before finishing the campaign with a 2–0 defeat to Kazakhstan.

Managed by Mustafa Yacoub, Palestine drew into Group C of the 2002 World Cup qualification along with Hong Kong, Malaysia and Qatar. The team finished in a good second place scoring 8 goals thanks to Emad Ayoub who netted four times. In the 2002 Arab Nations Cup, Palestine crashed out of the group stage, but managed to draw against group winners Jordan, Kuwait and Sudan, whose only losses were against eventual semifinalist Morocco. Under Nicola Hadwa Shahwan, the team were drawn alongside Kuwait, Qatar and Singapore. Palestine finished last with two points.

After a failed Asian Cup qualifying campaign, the PFA hired Austrian coach Alfred Riedl to lead the team during the 2006 FIFA World Cup qualification. Palestine was included in a group with Uzbekistan, Iraq and Chinese Taipei. They won both games against Chinese Taipei, drew 2–2 with Iraq, however this was insufficient for Palestine to advance beyond the second round as they lost both fixtures versus Uzbekistan 3–0 apart from a 3–0 defeat at the hands of Iraq. Palestine took part in the inaugural AFC Challenge Cup held in Bangladesh. They were drawn alongside the host team, Cambodia and Guam. In the group stage, Palestine registered their biggest win ever, a 11–0 victory over Guam. Palestine advanced from Group C and met Kyrgyzstan in the quarter-finals. After playing a goaless first half, they were beaten with a last-gasp goal. In the summer of 2006, Palestine achieved its highest FIFA ranking at 115, placing them 16th in the Asian continent.[citation needed]

Managed by Azmi Nassar, Palestine were drawn with China national football team, Iraq and Singapore during the 2007 Asian Cup qualification. Palestine finished in the bottom with 4 points. They achieved their only win against Singapore 1–0.[15]

In 2008, with the help of FIFA's goal program, the PFA built the Faisal Al-Husseini International Stadium, and on 26 October 2008. Palestine held a match at their home for the first time since they became member of FIFA, a 1–1 draw with Jordan ahead of a crowd of over 7,000.[16] Palestine entered the first round of 2010 World Cup qualification and were eliminated after only one match that finished 4–0 for Singapore. The second leg was not playet as scheduled due to the Palestinian team being barred from travelling.[17] However the FIFA refused to reschedule the match.[18]

The 2010 AFC Challenge Cup qualifying draw put Palestine in Group C, with Afghanistan (later withdrew), Kyrgyzstan and Nepal. They started the run with a goalless draw against hosts Nepal.[19] The final game finished in a 1–1 draw with Kyrgyzstan to miss the chance of qualification on goal difference.[20]

Palestine drew into group C with Jordan, Libya and Sudan for the 2011 Pan Arab Games. They lost the opening match 4–1 to Jordan in Doha. The team improved in the second match against Libya which finished 1–1. The last game against Sudan was won by Palestine 2–0 to clinch the second-place berth in the tournament.[21] At the semi-finals they lost 3–1 to Bahrain. The team completed their campaign with a 3–0 loss to Kuwait after extra time.

During the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifiers, Palestine were drawn with Afghanistan in the first round. The first leg was won 2–0,[22] while the second leg ended in a draw 1–1.[23] On 3 July 2011, the first World Cup qualifying match played at home, Palestine took the lead with a long-range shot by Houssam Wadi. Palestine reached the second round to face Thailand. The first match was lost 1–0 in Buriram, while in the second match, Palestine produced a better performance with Murad Alyan taking the lead early, before Thailand responded before half-time. The second half was similar and two teams waited until the dying minutes before scoring back-to-back goals. This resulted in Palestine's elimination.

The PFA chose not to renew Moussa Bezaz's contract after exiting the second round of the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying. Jamal Mahmoud, a former player and manager of Al-Wehdat, was announced as the national team manager in November 2011, after two disastrous friendly matches, without a permanent manager saw defeats against Indonesia and Iran 4–1 and 7–0, respectively. Palestine made history by playing and defeating their first UEFA rival Azerbaijan, on 2–0.[24] The match was later registered as unofficial for unknown reasons.

Mahmoud later led the team in the 2012 AFC Challenge Cup. In the run-up, Palestine finished group play at the 2012 AFC Challenge Cup without conceding a goal after 2–0 wins over Nepal and Maldives alongside a 0–0 draw against Turkmenistan on the way to a semifinal exit at the hands of eventual champions North Korea. The third place play-off ended in a 4–3 loss against the Philippines. During the 2014 AFC Challenge Cup qualification, Palestine drew into Group D with Bangladesh, Nepal and the Northern Mariana Islands. They started with a hard win against Bangladesh 1–0. The next game ended in a 9–0 rout over the Northern Mariana Islands. The qualifiers finished in a goalless draw against Nepal to earn a second straight AFC Challenge Cup berth.

2014–present: Recent successEdit

The team ended up winning the 2014 AFC Challenge Cup by drawing only one of the 5 matches without conceding a goal. In the opening match, Palestine won against Kyrgyzstan with a last-gasp goal by Abdelhamid Abuhabib.[25] In the next group game, they played against Myanmar and won 2–0.[26] The ended the first round with a 0–0 draw against hosts Maldives.[27] Palestine advanced as group winners to the semi-finals where they faced Afghanistan. The match ended in favor of the Palestinians with a 2–0 win.[28] At the final, Palestine clinched the win over the Philippines with a lone goal scored by Ashraf Nu'man through a free-kick.[29] The victory gave the Palestine team their first major trophy and guaranteed their participation in the next year's AFC Asian Cup. Following its 2014 AFC Challenge Cup win and qualification for the Asian Cup, Jamal Mahmoud resigned as national team manager citing irrelevant differences with the Palestine Football Association.[30]

Palestine was placed in Group D along with Japan, Jordan and Iraq in the 2015 AFC Asian Cup having lost all three group matches. They started their campaign with a 0–4 defeat by Japan.[31] In the second game Palestine were beaten 1–5, with the opposing team ending the first half with a 3 goals lead. In the second half, Palestine scored their first ever Asian Cup goal by Jaka Ihbeisheh six minutes before the end. However, at this point they were eliminated.[32] The participation ended with a 0–2 defeat to Iraq.[33] After a disastrous performance in the 2015 AFC Asian Cup, the PFA appointed Olympic team manager Abdel Nasser Barakat as national team manager, who then decided not to pick several veteran players as the team moved to overhaul.

Palestine registered two famous 6–0 wins over Malaysia during 2018 World Cup qualifying. Those results, combined with a 0–0 draw at home to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, placed Palestine within the quest for qualification for the third-round of Asian World Cup qualifiers. They were eliminated from the qualification following a 2–0 defeat to the UAE on 24 March 2016. They won their final FIFA World Cup qualification match at home 7–0 against Timor-Leste, five days later.[34]

Although eliminated from the World Cup, Palestine advanced to the third round of the 2019 AFC Asian Cup qualification. Drawn with Oman, the Maldives and Bhutan, Palestine came second in the group with five wins and one defeat, and qualified to the 2019 AFC Asian Cup for the first time through regular qualification. Between February and March 2018, Palestine reached their best ever FIFA ranking of 73rd, thanks to an unprecedented 12-match unbeaten streak (between 29 March 2016 and 22 March 2018), winning eight and drawing four. In February 2018, Palestine achieved their best-ever FIFA ranking (73rd).[14]

On 19 December 2017, Julio César Baldivieso was hired after Abdel Nasser Barakat was released.[35] The hiring was widely criticized by Palestinian fans.[36] On 22 April 2018, the PFA appointed Noureddine Ould Ali as head coach to lead the team in the next period. Palestine was crowned champion of the 2018 Bangabandhu Cup as an invited country to the tournament. In the road to the final, they topped their group with 6 points, defeating Tajikistan 2–0 before winning against Nepal 1–0 with a Khaled Salem header.[37] In the semi-final Palestine knocked out Bangladesh 2–0 with the goals coming in each half. At the final, Palestine played Tajikistan for the second time. The match ended 0–0 in regular time, to be decided in a penalty shoot-out which Palestine won 4–3.[38]

 
Palestinian defender Abdullah Jaber (right) against Syria at the 2019 Asian Cup

Drawn with Australia, Syria and Jordan, Palestine started their 2019 AFC Asian Cup campaign on 6 January 2019 with a 0–0 draw to Syria.[39] Five days later, Palestine faced title-holders Australia; a header by Jamie Maclaren and a goal by Awer Mabil sent Palestine trailing 2–0 at half-time. Australia sealed the win with a 90th-minute Apostolos Giannou header. On 15 January 2019, Palestine headed into their last group-stage match needing all three points against Jordan, and hoping for a Syria win against Australia. In the 17th minute, Palestine came close to scoring when Amer Shafi produced a fingertip save to keep out Abdelatif Bahdari. In the secold half, Oday Dabbagh failed to score from two headers, and the match ended in a 0–0 draw.[40]

Between July and August 2019, Palestine participated in the 2019 WAFF Championship; they were drawn with hosts Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, and Yemen. Palestine ended the tournament with two wins, one draw and one defeat, and finished in second place in their group: however, this wasn't enough to reach the final.[41]

Palestine were drawn with Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Uzbekistan, Yemen at the 2022 World Cup qualification. They kicked-off with a historic win over Uzbekistan 2–0 in Al-Ram.[42] Five days later, Palestine were defeated 2–1 to Singapore.[43] On 15 October 2019, Palestine drew 0–0 with Saudi Arabia, during which its decades-long boycott of play in the West Bank came to an end in protest against Israel's control over Palestinian territories.[44] Thereafter, the team lost again to Yemen 1–0.[45] This was later followed with another away loss to Uzbekistan, thus placed Palestine in the bottom and reduced the country's opportunity to reach the final round.

Problems relating to the Israeli–Palestinian conflictEdit

The Palestinian Football Association faces problems in training and playing due to the Israeli–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.[46] 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.[47] 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.[48] 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.[49]

Striker Ziyad Al-Kord was banned from traveling and had his house destroyed.[50] Tariq al Quto was killed by the Israel Defense Forces,[51] and during the Operation Cast Lead three Palestinian footballers, Ayman Alkurd, Shadi Sbakhe and Wajeh Moshtahe, were among the Palestinian casualties.[52]

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.[53] In 2012, Olympic Team goalkeeper Omar Abu Ruways was arrested by Israel for being a member of a terrorist cell.[54]

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. [55] 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. [55]

Palestinian facilities, such as Palestine Stadium, have been damaged in military conflicts.[56]

In addition, Israeli forces have been accused of intentionally shooting Palestinian footballers in the knees and feet,[57][58] including on one occasion ten bullets in the feet of 19 year old footballer Jawhar Nasser Jawhar.[59]

The team's former goalkeeper Abu Rwayyis was arrested in connection with an attack on IDF soldiers in April 2012.[60]

PlayersEdit

Current squadEdit

The following 22 players were called up for the 2020 Bangabandhu Gold Cup matches.[61][62]
Caps, goals and player numbers are correct as of 26 January 2020 after the match against Burundi.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Toufic Ali (1990-11-08) 8 November 1990 (age 29) 41 0   Markaz Balata
16 1GK Anas Abu Seif (1995-04-20) 20 April 1995 (age 25) 2 0   Shabab Al-Khalil
22 1GK Naim Abu Aker (1995-01-20) 20 January 1995 (age 25) 2 0   Ahli Al-Khaleel

2 2DF Ahmed Qatmish (1998-03-10) 10 March 1998 (age 22) 6 0   Thaqafi Tulkarem
3 2DF Mousa Salim (1994-11-01) 1 November 1994 (age 25) 8 0   Shabab Al-Khalil
4 2DF Haitham Khairallah (1992-07-07) 7 July 1992 (age 28) 2 0   Markaz Balata
5 2DF Mohammed Khalil (1998-04-05) 5 April 1998 (age 22) 2 0   Al-Bireh
12 2DF Radwan Abukarash (1992-10-22) 22 October 1992 (age 27) 6 0   Shabab Alsamu
13 2DF Thaer Jboor (1992-03-20) 20 March 1992 (age 28) 2 0   Markaz Balata
15 2DF Yazan Iwaiwi (1998-06-06) 6 June 1998 (age 22) 4 0   Ahli Al-Khaleel

6 3MF Odai Kharoub (1993-02-05) 5 February 1993 (age 27) 10 0   Merkaz Balata
7 3MF Mahmoud Abu Warda (1995-05-31) 31 May 1995 (age 25) 14 2   Markaz Balata
8 3MF Mohamed Darwish (1997-02-20) 20 February 1997 (age 23) 8 0   Trepça'89
10 3MF Sameh Maraaba (1992-11-28) 28 November 1992 (age 27) 43 12   Markaz Balata
17 3MF Amir Qatari (1999-05-10) 10 May 1999 (age 21) 3 0   Markaz Balata
18 3MF Musab Abu Salem (1993-08-18) 18 August 1993 (age 27) 2 0   Shabab Al-Khalil
21 3MF Feras Nu'man (1996-03-18) 18 March 1996 (age 24) 0 0   Taraji Wadi Al-Nes

9 4FW Khaled Salem (1989-11-17) 17 November 1989 (age 30) 43 13   Shaba Al-Khalil
11 4FW Layth Kharoub (1991-07-11) 11 July 1991 (age 29) 8 6   Merkaz Balata
19 4FW Rami Al-Masalma (1991-11-12) 12 November 1991 (age 28) 8 0   Shabab Al-Khalil
20 4FW Reebal Dahamshi (2002-06-08) 8 June 2002 (age 18) 7 3   Hapoel Nof HaGalil
23 4FW Daoud Iraqi (1999-09-13) 13 September 1999 (age 21) 7 3   Berliner AK 07

Recent call-upsEdit

The following footballers were part of a national selection in the past 12 months, but are not part of the current squad.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Amr Kaddoura (1994-07-01) 1 July 1994 (age 26) 0 0   Landskrona BoIS v.   Yemen; 14 November 2019
GK Rami Hamadeh (1994-03-24) 24 March 1994 (age 26) 28 0   Bnei Sakhnin v.   Yemen; 14 November 2019

DF Abdallah Jaber (1993-02-17) 17 February 1993 (age 27) 56 2   Hapoel Hadera v.   Uzbekistan; 19 November 2019
DF Mohammed Abumayyala (1995-02-19) 19 February 1995 (age 25) 1 0   Hilal Al-Quds v.   Yemen; 14 November 2019
DF Yaser Hamed (1997-12-09) 9 December 1997 (age 22) 9 2   Portugalete v.   Yemen; 14 November 2019
DF Musab Al-Battat (1993-11-21) 21 November 1993 (age 26) 42 1   Shabab Al-Dhahrieh v.   Yemen; 14 November 2019
DF Abdelatif Bahdari (1984-02-20) 20 February 1984 (age 36) 73 9   Markaz Balata v.   Yemen; 14 November 2019
DF Mousa Farawi (1998-03-22) 22 March 1998 (age 22) 4 0   Hilal Al-Quds v.   Yemen; 14 November 2019

MF Mohammed Bassim (1995-07-03) 3 July 1995 (age 25) 15 0   Shabab Al-Bireh v.   Yemen; 14 November 2019
MF Shadi Shaban (1992-03-04) 4 March 1992 (age 28) 23 0   Hapoel Kafr Kanna v.   Yemen; 14 November 2019
MF Mohammed Yameen (1994-09-19) 19 September 1994 (age 26) 21 1   Hilal Al-Quds v.   Yemen; 14 November 2019
MF Nazmi Albadawi (1991-08-24) 24 August 1991 (age 29) 9 1   North Carolina FC v.   Yemen; 14 November 2019
MF Islam Batran (1994-10-01) 1 October 1994 (age 26) 19 3   Al-Jazeera v.   Yemen; 14 November 2019
MF Mohammed Darweesh (1991-06-02) 2 June 1991 (age 29) 38 0   Hilal Al-Quds v.   Yemen; 14 November 2019

FW Oday Dabbagh (1998-12-03) 3 December 1998 (age 21) 21 4   Al-Salmiya v.   Yemen; 14 November 2019
FW Yashir Islame (1991-02-06) 6 February 1991 (age 29) 19 7   Barito Putera v.   Yemen; 14 November 2019
FW Saleh Chihadeh (1994-08-25) 25 August 1994 (age 26) 5 0   FC Thun v.   Yemen; 14 November 2019
FW Mahmoud Wadi (1994-12-19) 19 December 1994 (age 25) 13 0   Al-Masry v.   Yemen; 14 November 2019

Competitive recordEdit

Overview
Event 1st place 2nd place 3rd place 4th place
World Cup 0 0 0 0
Asian Cup 0 0 0 0
AFC Challenge Cup 1 0 0 1
WAFF Championship 0 0 0 0
Arab Nations Cup 0 0 0 0
Pan Arab Games 0 0 1 2
Asian Games 0 0 0 0

FIFA World CupEdit

Palestine's FIFA World Cup record Qualification record
Host nation(s)
and year
Round Pos Pld W D L GF GA Squad Outcome Pld W D L GF GA
  1930 Not a FIFA member Not a FIFA member
  1934
  1938
  1950
  1954
  1958
  1962
  1966
  1970
  1974
  1978
  1982
  1986
  1990
  1994
  1998
    2002 Did not qualify 2nd of 4 6 2 1 3 8 9
  2006 3rd of 4 6 2 1 3 11 11
  2010 First round loss 2 0 0 2 0 7
  2014 First round win, second round loss 4 1 2 1 5 4
  2018 3rd of 5 8 4 2 2 24 5
  2022 To be determined Ongoing
      2026 To be determined To be determined
Total Best: N/A 0/21 0 0 0 0 0 0 Total 53 19 13 21 86 71
  Champions    Runners-up    Third place    Fourth place Home venue

AFC Asian CupEdit

Palestine's AFC Asian Cup record Qualification record
Host nation(s)
and year
Round Pos Pld W D L GF GA Squad Outcome Pld W D L GF GA
  1956 Did not participate Did not participate
  1960
  1964
  1968
  1972
  1976
  1980
  1984
  1988
  1992
  1996
  2000 Did not qualify 4th of 5 4 1 0 3 3 8
  2004 4th of 4 6 0 2 4 3 11
        2007 4th of 4 5 1 1 3 3 9
  2011 The 2010 AFC Challenge Cup served as the qualifying tournament
  2015 Group stage 16th of 16 3 0 0 3 1 11 Squad Qualified as 2014 AFC Challenge Cup winners
  2019 Group stage 17th of 24 3 0 2 1 0 3 Squad 3rd of 5, 2nd of 4 14 9 2 3 49 8
  2023 To be determined Ongoing
Total Best: group stage 2/17 6 0 2 4 1 14 Total 29 11 5 13 58 36
  Champions    Runners-up    Third place/semi-finalists   Home venue

AFC Challenge CupEdit

Palestine's AFC Challenge Cup record Qualification record
Host nation(s)
and year
Round Pos Pld W D L GF GA Squad Outcome Pld W D L GF GA
  2006 Quarter-finals 5th of 16 4 2 1 1 16 2 Squad Qualified as invitees
  2008 Withdrew Withdrew
  2010 Did not qualify 3rd of 3 2 0 2 0 1 1
  2012 Fourth place 4th of 8 5 2 1 2 7 6 Squad 1st of 4 3 2 1 0 5 1
  2014 Champions 1st of 8 5 4 1 0 6 0 Squad 1st of 4 3 2 1 0 10 0
Total Best: champions 3/5 14 8 3 3 29 8 Total 8 4 4 0 16 2
  Champions    Runners-up    Third place    Fourth place Home venue

WAFF ChampionshipEdit

Palestine's WAFF Championship record
Host nation(s)
and year
Round Pos Pld W D L GF GA Squad
  2000 Group stage 7th of 8 3 0 1 2 3 5 Squad
  2002 5th of 6 2 0 0 2 1 4 Squad
  2004 5th of 6 2 0 1 1 2 3 Squad
  2007 5th of 6 2 0 0 2 0 3 Squad
  2008 6th of 6 2 0 0 2 0 4 Squad
  2010 9th of 9 2 0 0 2 1 6 Squad
  2012 8th of 12 3 1 0 2 3 4 Squad
  2014 7th of 9 2 0 1 1 0 1 Squad
  2019 3rd of 9 4 2 1 1 6 5 Squad
  2021 TBD 0 0 0 0 0 0 Squad
Total Best: group stage 10/10 22 3 4 15 16 35
  Champions    Runners-up    Third place/semi-finalists   Home venue

Arab Nations CupEdit

Palestine's Arab Nations Cup record
Host nation(s)
and year
Round Pos Pld W D L GF GA
  1963 Did not participate
  1964
  1966 Group stage 5th of 9 3 1 1 1 8 3
  1985 Did not participate
  1988
  1992 Group stage 5th of 6 2 0 1 1 1 2
  1998 Did not qualify
  2002 Group stage 9th of 10 4 0 3 1 7 9
  2012 Group stage 9th of 10 2 0 1 1 2 4
Total Best: group stage 4/9 11 1 6 4 18 18
  Champions    Runners-up    Third place    Fourth place Home venue

Pan Arab GamesEdit

Palestine's Pan Arab Games record
Host nation,
city and year
Round Pos Pld W D L GF GA Squad
  Alexandria 1953 Group stage 6th of 6 2 0 0 2 3 13 Squad
  Beirut 1957 Did not participate
  Casablanca 1961
  Cairo 1965 Fourth place 4th of 10 6 2 1 3 7 9 Squad
  Damascus 1976 Final group 6th of 7 6 2 1 3 4 9 Squad
  Rabat 1985 Did not participate
  Aleppo 1992 Group stage 5th of 6 2 0 1 1 1 2 Squad
  Beirut 1997 Did not participate
  Amman 1999 Third place 3rd of 11 6 2 2 2 6 9 Squad
  Cairo 2007 Did not participate
  Doha 2011 Fourth place 4th of 12 5 1 1 3 5 11 Squad
Total Best: third place 6/11 27 7 6 14 26 55
  Champions    Runners-up    Third place    Fourth place Home venue

Asian GamesEdit

Palestine's Asian Games record
Host nation,
city and year
Round Pos Pld W D L GF GA Squad
  New Delhi 1951 Did not enter
  Manila 1954
  Tokyo 1958
  Jakarta 1962
  Bangkok 1966
  Bangkok 1970
  Tehran 1974
  Bangkok 1978
  New Delhi 1982
  Seoul 1986
  Beijing 1990
  Hiroshima 1994 Withdrew
  Bangkok 1998 Did not enter
2002–present
See Palestine national under-23 football team
Total Best: N/A 0/13 0 0 0 0 0 0
  Gold    Silver    Bronze Home venue

Records and fixturesEdit

As of 25 January 2020, the complete official match record of the Palestine national team comprises 223 matches: 62 wins, 57 draws and 104 losses.[63][64] During these matches, the team scored 278 times and conceded 350 goals. Palestine's highest winning margin is 11 goals, which has been achieved against Guam in 2006 (11–0). Their longest winning streak is 7 wins, and their unbeaten record is 12 consecutive official matches.

The entire match record can be examined on the following articles:

Upcoming fixtures are listed on the 2020–29 results page.

List of matches played at homeEdit

  Win   Draw   Loss

3 July 2011 2014 WCQ R1Palestine  1–1  AfghanistanAl-Ram, Palestine
17:00 UTC+3
Stadium: Faisal al-Husseini International Stadium
Attendance: 9,000
Referee: Banjar Al-Dosari (Qatar)
28 July 2011 2014 WCQ R2Palestine  2–2  ThailandAl-Ram, Palestine
18:00 UTC+3
Report
Stadium: Faisal al-Husseini International Stadium
Attendance: 11,500
Referee: Salah Abbas Alabbasi (Bahrain)
29 March 2016 2018 WCQ R2Palestine  7–0  Timor-LesteHebron, Palestine
17:00 UTC+3
Report Stadium: Dora International Stadium
Attendance: 6,000
Referee: Hettikamkanamge Perera (Sri Lanka)
6 September 2016 FriendlyPalestine  1–1  TajikistanHebron, Palestine
Report
Stadium: Dora International Stadium
Referee: Murad Al Zawahreh (Jordan)
13 June 2017 2019 Asian Cup qual.Palestine  2–1  OmanAl-Ram, Palestine
23:00 UTC+3
Report
Stadium: Faisal Al-Husseini International Stadium
Attendance: 11,000
Referee: Sivakorn Pu-udom (Thailand)
10 October 2017 2019 Asian Cup qual.Palestine  10–0  BhutanHebron, Palestine
17:00 UTC+3
Report Stadium: Dora International Stadium
Attendance: 7,250
Referee: Rowan Arumughan (India)
14 November 2017 2019 Asian Cup qual.Palestine  8–1  MaldivesJenin, Palestine
16:00 UTC+2
Report
Stadium: Arab American University Stadium
Attendance: 5,750
Referee: Dmitry Mashentsev (Kyrgyzstan)
4 August 2018 FriendlyPalestine  0–3  IraqAl-Ram, Palestine
17:00 UTC+3 Report
Stadium: Faisal Al-Husseini International Stadium
Referee: Murad Al Zawahreh (Jordan)
5 September 2019 2022 WCQ R2Palestine  2–0  UzbekistanAl-Ram, Palestine
17:00 UTC+3
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Stadium: Faisal Al-Husseini International Stadium
Attendance: 6,740
Referee: Fu Ming (China)

Head coachesEdit

Player recordsEdit

Most-capped playersEdit

 
Abdallah Jaber, Palestine's joint 4th most-capped player
# Player Period Caps Goals
1 Abdelatif Bahdari 2007–2019 74 9
2 Khader Yousef 2008–2016 68 2
3 Ramzi Saleh 2000–2015 67 0
4 Abdallah Jaber 2014–2020 57 2
5 Ashraf Nu'man 2009–2016 56 14
6 Hussam Abu Saleh 2010–2015 55 4
7 Saeb Jendeya 1999–2008 48 1
8 Ismail Al-Amour 2005–2015 46 7
9 Mohammed Darweesh 2015– 44 0
10 Musab Al-Battat 2013– 43 1
As of 25 May 2020.[65][66] Highlighted names denote a player still playing or available for selection.

Top scorersEdit

# Player Period Goals Caps Average
1 Fahed Attal 2005–2012 16 36 0.44
2 Ashraf Nu'man 2009–2016 14 56 0.25
3 Ziyad Al-Kord 1999–2006 11 25 0.44
4 Jonathan Cantillana 2015–2018 10 26 0.38
Sameh Maraaba 2014– 32 0.28
6 Abdelatif Bahdari 2007–2019 9 74 0.12
Khaled Salem 2011– 38 0.24
8 Ahmad Maher Wridat 2011–2018 8 29 0.28
Abdelhamid Abuhabib 2012–2015 33 0.24
10 Murad Alyan 2011 7 11 0.64
Ismail Al-Amour 2005–2015 46 0.15
As of 25 January 2020.[65][66] Highlighted names denote a player still playing or available for selection.

See alsoEdit

Notes and referencesEdit

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