Asian Cup

  • Bahrain, 0 v Thailand, 1
  • Jordan, 2 v Syria, 0
  • India, 0 v UAE, 2


  • Sydney FC, 3 v Western Sydney Wanderers, 0

Asian Cup

Six weeks ago Chilean born Palestinean player, Yashir Islame was Yashir Pinto, but he changed his family name to reflect his Palestinean heritage and nationality. His great-grandfather moved from Palestine to Chile where Islame's grandparents and parents, as well as himself, were born and raised. As a 20-year-old, Pinto was part of the Colo-Colo youth academy. He is not the only player from the Palestinean diaspora in the Palestine team, with other players from Sweden, Slovakia, Algeria, the USA and Argentina.

Islame says although they drawn from a number of different parts of the globe, they are united in their passion for Palestine. He said that communication is interesting, with most players speaking more than one language with the most common being Arabic followed by English, Spanish and French. 

It's not just a football match but a “fight for Palestine” for the entire team. 

US-born Palestine player, Nazwa Albadawi, expects Australia to “come out firing”, saying they know Australia is a good team and the defending champions but the fact that Australia lost to Jordan “shows they’re beatable and that anything can happen in football.”

  • Our picture is Australian journalists with Yashir Islame and Nazwa Albadawi. 

Former Syria coach, Bernd Stange (who was sacked this morning after his team's second loss of the tournament) says that playing Palestine's defence is like “running against a wall”. Stange said that Palestine's aim will be “not to lose” but they will also be alert to a more fired-up Australia who are expected to want to avenge the first round loss to Jordan. 


Graham Arnold says tonight's match is a chance for “redemption” after they 'underperformed' against Jordan in their opening Asian Cup match. They take on another “minnow”, Palestine tonight at 10pm AEDT. 

He said he is “demanding a reaction” to the loss against Jordan. Tom Rogic is available, though Andrew Nabbout is doubtful and Josh Risdon is injured. 

Vince Rugari blogs that “it simply cannot happen again” that Australia is “out-enthused” by a much lower side in Palestine, as they were with Jordan. He says the mood within the team “remains upbeat”. 

Arnold is lamenting the absence of Daniel Arzani and Martin Boyle, saying that they were the “key” to the entire Asian Cup defence. Boyle's injury in the warm-up game against Oman has ended his season. 

The lead item in Fairfax's weekly round-up, known as The Hairdryer, concerns the goal scored by injured Iranian player, Ashkan Dejagah who, with his hand heavily bandaged, scored one of the goals of the tournament so far. The suggestion is that Rogic's hand strain is not really an excuse for the way he played against Jordan. They mention other instances such as Didier Drogba scoring in a World Cup match with a broken arm, and Alessandro del Piero providing an assist and scoring in a Champions League match in 2001. The incident they do not mention is when Brisbane Strikers defender, Glenn Gwynne, continued playing in a NSL match in Perth against Perth Glory with his nose broken in three places in 1998. Brisbane Strikers won 0-3.

Adelaide United

Rumours that Adelaide United have approached Mark Rudan about signing with them when Marco Kurz's contract expires at the end of the season. Rudan is on a two-year contract with Wellington Phoenix, but he has played one season with Adelaide and it is seen as a “big club”. Kurz, on the other hand, is frustrated by the lack of resources available at the club. This is the first amongst several items in News Corp's weekly 'A-League Confidential'. 

Craig Goodwin keeps doing what he does best, and aims to prove to Arnold that he is worthy of Socceroos selection. He says he intends continuing to do his best for Adelaide. 

Brisbane Roar

Caretaker Brisbane coach, Darren Davies is “in the dark” about the shortlist wishlist for the permanent role, or how long he will be in the caretaker role. While Brisbane's Managing Director and Football Director have travelled to Indonesia to speak with Nirwan Bakrie about possible replacements, a long list of potential candidates has been circulating widely.

It probably won't make an ounce of difference, but long-time defender, Jack Hingert, has backed Davies for the permanent role (of course 'permanent' is a relative term when it comes to football coaches). Hingert says they have put together some great passages of play under Davies and scored some great goals. 

Brisbane Roar's Jenna McCormick is keeping her World Cup hopes alive by choosing to stay with Brisbane for the remainder of the W-League season, rather than return to Adelaide for the start of the Adelaide Crowns AFLW season. Seems like a fairly obvious choice to us!

Melbourne City

Still no movement, still got Bruno Fornaroli on the books, with Warren Joyce claiming they are one of the “cheapest sides in the league”, when they're actually the club with the most money. Joyce is keen to note that the young players have “done tremendously well” under pressure. 

Newcastle Jets

Newcastle Jets' captain and Matildas lynchpin, Emily van Egmond, has been injured at training after rolling her ankle and suffering ligament damage. She is tipped to be out for at least six weeks. 

Sydney FC

Is Sydney FC too predictable? Tony Popovic's comment that they have “doing the same thing for three or four years” and every player knows where they need to be, may have been meant as praise, but it's also double-edged says Dominic Bossi. He suggests that Sydney's “hesitation to change” their approach could be what prevents them from being front-runners this season. 

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