Palestine 2019 Home (N. ALBADAWI #20) Jersey/Shirt
This is a Jako Palestine national team 2019 home jersey featuring the name and number of star midfielder Nazmi Albadawi.
Albadawi has established himself as an important member of the next generation of the Palestine national team since making his international debut in 2018. Born in the United States to Palestinian parents, Albadawi has spent his entire club career in the USA, predominantly with second-tier club North Carolina FC and now Major League Soccer club FC Cincinnati, where he is a member of their inaugural MLS squad. Albadawi scored on his debut for Palestine in a friendly against Pakistan was a subsequently included in their 2019 AFC Asian Cup squad, being one of a growing number of players from the Palestinian diaspora to play for the national team.
Palestine have been competing at international level since their football federation was founded in 1928, however they were only recognised by FIFA in 1998 after the creation of the Palestinian National Authority. After joining FIFA, Palestine achieved little success and faced significant challenges in training, playing and travelling due to travel restrictions placed by Israel on people in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. Despite these issues escalating over the coming years, Palestine have become one of the region’s success stories after qualifying for their maiden Asian Cup in 2015 by winning the 2014 AFC Challenge Cup. They qualified again in 2019 and reached an all-time high FIFA ranking of 73 in March 2018.