Wednesday, 9 June 2010
Palestine V Wales 9th of July 2010 in Swansea
In order to celebrate the amazing continuing Resistence of not only the Palestinian Footballers but of all the Palestinian people, Swansea Palestine Community Link has organised a friendly match between the Welsh and the Palestinian's living in Swansea.
Help make the game a success by donating to the Palestinian Team's Shirts - just click on the donate button on the left.
Palestine sits modestly at 174th in the FIFA world rankings, held jointly with the Seychelles and Somalia. On October 26, 2008, the Palestinian men's football team played its first home match on national soil. Previous matches where they had officially been at home on the fixture list were played in neighbouring countries such as Jordan and Qatar.
Around 13 months later, in November of 2009, the cycle was completed when the
women's team were also able to play a home game. Both matches were played against
neighbouring Jordan and both finished in draws. 1-1 in the men's game, 2-2 in the
Palestine was presented with the FIFA Development Award in 2008, "in recognition of
the difficult task that it had accomplished in keeping football alive"
Football in GAZA faces its own particular problems, the captain of the national side, a Gazan, is unable to enter the West Bank, and currently lives and plays in Jordan. During Israel's onslaught on the Gaza Strip in December 2008 and January 2009, two footballers, Ayman Alkurd and Wajeh Moshate, were killed, as was Khalil abed Jaber, a member of the Palestinian Olympic Committee. The national stadium and the PFA headquarters were also destroyed.