Sunday, July 22, 2012

Club Deportivo Palestino ..... The Pride of Palestine


The Palestinian community in Chile is one of the most active among other Palestinian communities in the world. Although  this community is more than one hundred years old,  it has maintained its national and cultural identity. Throughout this period it has maintained its national ties with Palestine and Palestinians. In 2002, Palestine Football Association hired Nicola 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 Abdalla, Francisco Atura and the Argentine-born Pablo Abdalla 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.

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