Palestine national football team

The Palestine national football team (Arabic: منتخب فلسطين لكرة القدم) represents Palestine in international football.[5][6] The national team is administered by the Palestinian Football Association. In the past few years, the Palestinian team has witnessed a remarkable development thanks to coach Jamal Mahmoud and Abdel Nasser Barakat.[7][8]

Nickname(s)أسود كنعان (Lions of Canaan)[1]
الفدائيون (The Fedayeen)
الفرسان (The Knights)
AssociationPalestinian Football Association
ConfederationAFC (Asia)
Sub-confederationWAFF (West Asia)
Head coachNoureddine Ould Ali
CaptainAbdelatif Bahdari
Most capsAbdelatif Bahdari (71) [2]
Top scorerFahed Attal (14)[2]
Home stadiumFaisal Al-Husseini International Stadium
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 106 7 (28 November 2019)[3]
Highest73 (February–March 2018)
Lowest191 (April–August 1999)
Elo ranking
Current 110 1 (25 November 2019)[4]
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)
Asian Cup
Appearances2 (first in 2015)
Best resultGroup stage (2015, 2019)
AFC Challenge Cup
Appearances3 (first in 2006)
Best resultChampions (2014)
Bangabandhu Gold Cup
Appearances1 (first in 2018)
Best resultChampions (2018)

A football federation in Mandatory Palestine was founded in 1928 although this was primarily the team of the Jewish residents. A team for the Arab residents of Palestine played its first match in 1953 and was 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.[9] In recognition of their efforts the Palestinian Football Federation was awarded FIFA's inaugural Development Award and AFC National Team of the Year.[10]



Football appeared in Palestine in the beginning of the 20th century. The national team played its first competition in the 1953 Pan Arab Games in Alexandria, followed by many other appearances in the Pan Arab Games and also in other competitions such as the Palestine Cup of Nations and the Arab Nations Cup.

International recognition

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.[9] Palestine received the inaugural FIFA Development Award in recognition of the achievement.[10]

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.[11] However, as Thailand was ordered to forfeit the first match because of fielding an ineligible player,[12] 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,[13] they lost the return leg by 1–2[14] and eliminated by away goals rule.[15]

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.

On 15 October 2019, Palestine drew 0–0 with Saudi Arabia, in which the latter ended their decades-long boycott of playing in the West Bank in protest of Israel's control over Palestinian territories.[16]

Home matches in Palestine (official)

  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
5 September 2019 Faisal Al-Husseini International Stadium, Jerusalem  Uzbekistan 2–0 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifying Oday Dabbagh, Islam Batran
15 October 2019 Faisal Al-Husseini International Stadium, Jerusalem  Saudi Arabia 0–0 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifying

Problems relating to the Israeli–Palestinian conflict

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.[17] 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.[18] 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.[19] 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.[20]

Striker Ziyad Al-Kord was banned from traveling and had his house destroyed.[21] Tariq al Quto was killed by the Israel Defense Forces,[22] and during the Operation Cast Lead three Palestinian footballers, Ayman Alkurd, Shadi Sbakhe and Wajeh Moshtahe, were among the Palestinian casualties.[23]

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.[24] In 2012, Olympic Team goalkeeper Omar Abu Ruways was arrested by Israel for being a member of a terrorist cell.[25]

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. [26] 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. [26]

Palestinian facilities, such as Palestine Stadium, have been damaged in military conflicts.[27]

The team's former goalkeeper Abu Rwayyis was arrested in connection with an attack on IDF soldiers in April 2012.[28]

Competitive record

FIFA World Cup

FIFA World Cup record FIFA World Cup qualification record
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
1930 to 1998 Not a FIFA member
2002 Did not qualify 621389
2006 62131111
2010 200207
2014 412154
2018 8422245
2022To be determined 311132
2026 To be determined
Total0/21000000 29107125138

AFC Asian Cup

AFC Asian Cup record AFC Asian Cup qualification
Year Result Position GP W D* L GS GA GP W D* L GS GA
1956Did not enter Did not enter
2000Did not qualify 410338
2004 6024311
2007 511339
2011 202011
2015Group stage16th3003111 13832187
2019Group stage18th302103 14923498
2023To be determined
TotalGroup stage2/176024114 441910157744
*Denotes draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.

Asian Games

Football at the Asian Games has been an under-23 tournament since 2002.
Asian Games record
Year Result Pld W D* L GF GA
1951Did not participate
1998Did not participate
2002–present See Palestine national under-23 football team

Olympic Games

Olympic Games record Qualifications record
Year Result Position Pld W D L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
1900 to 2000 Did not enter Did not enter
2004 Did not qualify 421154
2008 201123
2012 430162
2016 420265
2020To be determined To be determined
Total0/23000000 147251914

AFC Challenge Cup

AFC Challenge Cup record Qualifications record
Year Result Position Pld W D L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
2006Quarter-finals5th4211162Automatic qualification
2010Did not qualify202011
2012Fourth place4th521276321051

WAFF Championship

WAFF Championship finals
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA
2000Group stage7th301235
2002Group stage5th200214
2004Group stage5th201123
2007Group stage5th200203
2008Group stage6th200204
2010Group stage9th200216
2012Group stage8th310234
2014Group stage7th201101
2019Group stage3rd421165
TotalGroup stage9/92234151635

West Asian Games

West Asian Games
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA
1997Did not enter
2002Fourth place4th4112511
2005Group stage9th200206
TotalFourth place2/36114517

Arab Nations Cup

Arab Nations Cup
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA
1963Did not enter
1966Group stage5th311183
1985Did not enter
1992Group stage5th201112
1998Did not qualify
2002Group stage9th403179
2012Group stage9th201124
TotalGroup stage4/9111641818

Pan Arab Games

Pan Arab Games
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA
1953Group stage6th2002313
1957Did not enter
1965Fourth place4th621379
1976Final group6th621349
1985Did not enter
1992Group stage5th201112
1999Third place3rd622269
2007Did not enter
2011Fourth place4th5113511
TotalThird place6/102776142655

Recent results and fixtures




Current squad

The following 28 players were called up for the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification – AFC Second Round match against Yemen and Uzbekistan.
Caps, goals and player numbers are correct as of 15 October 2019 after the match against Saudi Arabia.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Toufic Ali (1990-11-08) 8 November 1990 33 0 Markaz Balata
16 1GK Naim Abu Aker (1995-01-20) 20 January 1995 0 0 Ahli Al-Khaleel
22 1GK Rami Hamadeh (1994-03-24) 24 March 1994 27 0 Hilal Al-Quds
1GK Amr Kaddoura (1994-07-01) 1 July 1994 0 0 Landskrona BoIS

2 2DF Ahmed Qatmish (1998-03-10)10 March 1998 (aged 21) 0 0 Thaqafi Tulkarem
4 2DF Mohammed Abumayyala (1995-02-19)19 February 1995 (aged 24) 1 0 Hilal Al-Quds
5 2DF Yaser Hamed (1997-12-09) 9 December 1997 7 2 Portugalete
7 2DF Musab Al-Battat (1993-11-21)21 November 1993 (aged 25) 40 1 Shabab Al-Dhahrieh
14 2DF Abdallah Jaber (1993-02-17) 17 February 1993 54 2 Ahli Al-Khaleel
15 2DF Abdelatif Bahdari (1984-02-20) 20 February 1984 71 9 Markaz Balata
17 2DF Mousa Farawi (1998-03-22) 22 March 1998 4 0 Hilal Al-Quds
28 2DF Mohammed Khalil (1998-04-05) 5 April 1998 0 0 Al-Bireh

13 3MF Mahmoud Abu Warda (1995-05-31) 31 May 1995 5 0 Markaz Balata
20 3MF Nazmi Albadawi (1991-08-24) 24 August 1991 7 1 North Carolina FC
21 3MF Islam Batran (1994-10-01) 1 October 1994 17 3 Al-Jazeera
3 3MF Mohammed Bassim (1995-07-03) 3 July 1995 14 0 Shabab Al-Bireh
3MF Jonathan Cantillana (1992-05-26)26 May 1992 (aged 26) 20 9 PSIS Semarang
23 3MF Mohammed Darweesh (1991-06-02) 2 June 1991 36 0 Hilal Al-Quds
25 3MF Odai Kharoub (1993-02-05) 5 February 1993 4 0 Merkaz Balata
10 3MF Sameh Maraaba (1992-11-28) 28 November 1992 34 9 Markaz Balata
9 3MF Tamer Seyam (1992-11-25) 25 November 1992 40 6 Hassania Agadir
6 3MF Shadi Shaban (1992-03-04) 4 March 1992 22 0 Jabal Al-Mukaber
24 3MF Ahmad Maher Wridat (1991-07-22) 22 July 1991 27 8 Shabab Al-Dhahrieh
8 3MF Mohammed Yameen (1994-09-19) 19 September 1994 20 1 Hilal Al-Quds

4FW Saleh Chihadeh (1994-08-25) 25 August 1994 3 0 FC Thun
4FW Oday Dabbagh (1998-12-03) 3 December 1998 21 4 Al-Salmiya
12 4FW Khaled Salem (1989-11-17) 17 November 1989 30 3 Markaz Balata
4FW Mahmoud Wadi (1994-12-19) 19 December 1994 12 0 Al-Masry
11 4FW Yashir Islame (1991-02-06) 6 February 1991 18 7 PKNP F.C.

Recent call-ups

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
GK Anas Abu Seif (1995-04-20)20 April 1995 (aged 24) 0 0 Shabab Al-Khalil v.  Syria; 11 August 2019

DF Ahmed Zreiqi (1996-04-01) 1 April 1996 0 0 Markaz Balata v.  Uzbekistan; 5 September 2019
DF Musa Saleem 1 0 Shabab Al-Khalil SC v.  Uzbekistan; 5 September 2019
DF Waleed Qombor (1997-08-10) 10 August 1997 0 0 Jabal Al-Mukaber Club v.  Uzbekistan; 5 September 2019
DF Ahmed Bahdari (1986-07-01)1 July 1986 (aged 33) 0 0 Khadamat Rafah v.  Syria; 11 August 2019
DF Jaka Ihbeisheh (1986-08-29)29 August 1986 (aged 32) 15 3 NK Bravo 2019 AFC Asian Cup
DF Daniel Mustafá (1984-08-02)2 August 1984 (aged 34) 4 0 Sarmiento de Leones 2019 AFC Asian Cup
DF Alexis Norambuena (1984-03-31)31 March 1984 (aged 34) 16 1 Deportes Melipilla 2019 AFC Asian Cup
DF Tamer Salah (1986-04-03)3 April 1986 (aged 32) 18 0 Hilal Al-Quds 2019 AFC Asian Cup
DF Mohammed Saleh (1993-07-18)18 July 1993 (aged 25) 9 0 Al-Masry 2019 AFC Asian Cup
DF Michel Termanini (1998-05-08) 8 May 1998 3 0 Tala'ea El Gaish SC v.    Nepal; 6 October 2018

MF Ahmed Abu Khadijah (1998-05-19) 19 May 1998 0 0 Shabab Al-Bireh v.  Uzbekistan; 5 September 2019
MF Haitham Khairallah (1992-07-07) 7 July 1992 2 0 Palestinian Forces v.  Saudi Arabia; 15 October 2019
MF Mohammed Jabari (1998-05-19)19 May 1998 (aged 21) 0 0 Ahli Al-Khaleel v.  Syria; 11 August 2019
MF Amir Qitawi (1999-05-01)1 May 1999 (aged 20) 0 0 Markaz Balata v.  Syria; 11 August 2019
MF Hilal Mousa (1991-05-30) 30 May 1991 9 0 Ahli Al-Khaleel v.  Tajikistan; 12 October 2018

FW Mohammed Balah (1993-09-04)4 September 1993 (aged 25) 6 1 Saham Club v.  Syria; 15 October 2019
MF Mahmoud Eid (1993-06-26) 26 June 1993 18 1 Kalmar FF v.  Singapore; 10 September 2019
FW Raed Dahla (1998-02-01)1 February 1998 (aged 21) 0 0 Shabab Al-Bireh v.  Syria; 11 August 2019
FW Rami Al-Masalma (1991-11-12)12 November 1991 (aged 27) 5 0 Shabab Al-Khalil v.  Syria; 11 August 2019

Past squads

Head to head records


Top goalscorers

As of 21 November 2019

# Name Career Goals Caps
1 Fahed Attal 2005–2012 14 40
2 Ashraf Nu'man 2009– 14 56
3 Ziyad Al-Kord 1998–2006 10 33
4 Jonathan Cantillana 2015– 10 25
5 Sameh Maraaba 2015– 10 33

Most capped players

As of 21 November 2019, the ten players with the most caps for Palestine are:[29][30]

# Player Career Caps Goals Ref
1 Abdelatif Bahdari 2007– 71 9 [30]
2 Saeb Jendeya 1998-2009 70 1 [30]
3 Khader Yousef 2008– 69 2 [30]
4 Ramzi Saleh 2000-2015 66 0 [30]
5 Ashraf Nu'man 2009– 56 14 [30]
6 Abdallah Jaber 2014– 54 2 [30]
7 Hussam Abu Saleh 2008–2015 54 3 [30]
8 Ismail Amour 2005– 44 7 [30]
9 Fahed Attal 2005–2012 40 14 [30]
10 Fadi Lafi 1999–2009 39 5 [30]


Name Nat Period Matches Wins Draws Losses Honours
Ricardo Cagurati 1998 3 0 1 2
Azmi Nassar 1999 2000 10 3 2 5 1999 Pan Arab Games 3rd Place
Mansour Hamid El-Bouri 2000 3 0 1 2
Mustafa Abdel-Ghali Yacoub 2001 6 2 1 3
Andrzej Wiśniewski 2002 2 0 0 2
Nicola Hadwa Shahwan 2002 2004 11 0 5 6
Alfred Riedl 2004 9 2 3 4
Azmi Nassar 2005 2007 11 5 1 5
Nelson Dekmak Mores 2007 1 0 0 1
Ezzat Hamza July 2008 June 2009 5 0 3 2
Jamal Daraghmeh 1 July 2009 4 July 2009 3 0 0 3
Moussa Bezaz 4 July 2009 31 July 2011 16 3 6 7
Jamal Mahmoud 15 November 2011 10 September 2014 32 14 6 12 2014 AFC Challenge Cup winners
Saeb Jendeya (Interim) 11 September 2014 13 October 2014 2 2 0 0
Ahmed Al Hassan 13 October 2014 18 April 2015 7 1 1 5
Abdel Nasser Barakat 18 April 2015 19 December 2017 19 11 6 2
Julio César Baldivieso 19 December 2017 22 April 2018 2 0 1 1
Noureddine Ould Ali 22 April 2018 23 7 9 7 2018 Bangabandhu Cup winners


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