• Yaser Hamed completed his training at the Academy of Athletic Club de Bilbao.
  • He became a part of the Palestinian selection from his first match.
  • Palestine-Saudi Arabia on the #WCQ program

Palestine stood out in 2014 by winning the AFC Challenge Cup, beating the Philippines in the final. A title that earned him his first participation in the AFC Asian Cup.

At that time, Yaser Hamed was 17 years old. After having cut his teeth at the Athletic Bilbao training center, he started in youth football with various clubs in the Spanish lower divisions. Two years later, he signed his first professional contract.

While Palestine returned to the Asian Cup two years ago, the central defender has become one of the executives of the selection, in which he made his debut in the summer of 2019. Hamed has participated in all the Palestine matches in the Asian qualifier for the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar ™.

“All players progress throughout their careers. Personally, I always try to analyze and learn things from any player, regardless of the game,” he explains at the microphone of FIFA.com. “As a center-back I try to exploit every opportunity to score from a set piece. One of my qualities is the header, so I always try to give my best. -even when an opportunity to score arises “.

To give everything

Palestine currently sit last in Group D in the second round of Asian qualifying, with a record of one win, one draw and three losses. She is five lengths from Uzbekistan, leader of the group. She will therefore play a large part of her survival during the meeting on March 30 against Saudi Arabia.

“We haven’t had any luck in previous matches, but I am counting on the qualities of our team, we are ready to take up the challenge. I am proud of the national team because we have grown together as footballers. professionals and we are laying the foundations for a promising future, ”explains Hamed. “We will play the game against Saudi Arabia as if it were a final.”

Despite the difficulty of the task, Hamed and his teammates will try to draw inspiration from the draw obtained against the Saudis on October 15, 2019 at Al-Ram. That day, the Palestinian defense, well corroded by the goalkeeper Rami Hamadeh, had repelled all the assaults of the visitors to obtain a goalless draw.

“It is thanks to our great concentration and a good reading of our opponent’s playing style. I have been following the Saudi league for many years. And then I approach each meeting with the will to give my all. My philosophy is that. is: ‘You will rest at the hotel,’ ” he concludes.

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