Palestinian soccer team advances to next World Cup round

04.07.2011                      02.Tammus, 5771

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Palestinian soccer team advances to next World Cup round

The national team, ranked no. 171 in the world, beat Afghanistan in the first World Cup game to be played in the Palestinian Territories.

The first World Cup game ever to be played at home in the Palestinian territories took place Sunday, as the Palestinian national team secured its place in the next round after a 1-1 draw against Afghanistan, the BBC reported.
For years, Palestinian soccer was disorganized, underfunded and hindered so much by Israeli travel restrictions that games were often forfeited because players couldn't arrive for the kickoff.
"When teams come play on our land, it's a way of recognizing the Palestinian state," said player Murad Ismael, 26, to the Associated Press last month. "That benefits the Palestinian cause, not just Palestinian sports."…