المنتخب الفلسطيني يشارك في مباراة دولية لكرة القدم

آخر تحديث:  الخميس، 10 مارس/ آذار، 2011، 17:24 GMT

Hello and welcome to BBC Xtra English!

Today we talk about a historic event in the world of football.

The Palestine national football team has played its first ever competitive match at home in the West Bank.

It won the second leg of an Olympic qualifying game against Thailand but lost the tie in a penalty shootout.

The team has been affiliated to Fifa since 1998 and its stadium was upgraded to international standards in 2008.

But security concerns and Israel's continuing occupation meant the team had been unable to host any competitive international matches until now.

The BBC's Jon Donnison in Ramallah says thousands of Palestinians braved the cold and the wind to cheer their team on, among them Prime Minister Salam Fayyad.

"It is a historic day for our team, for the first time it's playing a home game, in an international competition, one that counts," he said. "This is another occasion on which we can show we are a state".

"The world now will see Palestine in different eyes, in sports eyes," said Jibril Rajoub, chairman of the Palestinian Football Association. "This is a new launch for the Palestinian people toward freedom and independence."

The celebratory atmosphere was slightly dampened by the result, as well as the weather.

Abdul Hamid Abuhabib scored a goal for Palestine in the 43rd minute, and Thailand were reduced to 10 men for the last 20 minutes of the match.

The Palestinians scored a goal but it was not enough to beat Thailand

But the visitors carried a 1-0 lead from the first leg in Bangkok, and after extra time came the penalty shootout, which the Thais won 6-5.

The head of the Asian Football Confederation, Mohamed bin Hammam, was at the match and talked of sport as "a bridge between peoples and a way to reach peace in this region".

He urged Israeli sports people to put pressure on their government to ease the travel restrictions on Palestinian athletes.

Palestinian officials say their sportspeople routinely face difficulties in trying to reach national or international competitions.

Did you watch the match? How well do you think the Palestinian team played? Write to us in English?
هل شاهدت المباراة؟ برأيك كيف كان مستوى أداء المنتخب الفلسطيني؟ اكتب لنا بالإنجليزية

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.لاستخدام هذا الملف لابد من تشغيل برنامج النصوص "جافا"، وأحدث الإصدارات من برنامج "فلاش بلاير"

يمكن التشغيل باستخدام برنامج "ريال بلاير"، أو "ويندوز ميديا بلاير"

Historic event
حدث تاريخي
Competitive match
مباراة تنافسية
West Bank
الضفة الغربية
Penalty shootout
ركلات الترجيح
Affiliated
منتسب
Security concerns
مخاوف أمنية
Host
يستضيف
Freedom
حرية
Independence
استقلال
Celebratory atmosphere
جو احتفالي
Travel restrictions
قيود مفروضة على السفر

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.لاستخدام هذا الملف لابد من تشغيل برنامج النصوص "جافا"، وأحدث الإصدارات من برنامج "فلاش بلاير"

يمكن التشغيل باستخدام برنامج "ريال بلاير"، أو "ويندوز ميديا بلاير"

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