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Israel World Cup Qualifying Takes a Blow–Lose 2-1 to Greece

As usual, Israel probably wont be seeing this anytime soon

By Benjamin Schuman-Stoler

Israel lost 2-1 in Greece yesterday, seriously mitigating their chances to qualify for the World Cup next summer in South Africa. They are now behind Latvia, Switzerland, and Greece in Europe’s Group 2.

Ha’aretz called the loss a “Greek Tragedy.”

Israel’s Path to World Cup 2010 in South Africa: Draws Greece 1-1

By Benjamin Schuman-Stoler

Highlights from Israel’s World Cup Qualifier against Greece this weekend:

They play Greece again (this time at their place) on Wednesday.

With nine points, Israel currently sit in third place in group 2. They needed that win!

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Palestinians Inaugurate National Soccer Stadium

Don’t you just love it when a sporting event is used to boil down the immense complexities of geopolitical circumstance to a few simplistic characteristics? It can be a dangerous game, it’s true, especially when sportswriters suddenly think they’re foreign policy experts. But more often than not, the use of sports to explain the world is an illustrative exercise. A few months back, we just couldn’t help reporting on the optimistic joint Israel-Palestine bid for World Cup 2018.

And considering all the hoopla surrounding Israeli politics these days, we were once again pleased to see traditionally volatile Middle East subjects in the innocuous sports sections of major news agencies this past weekend.

As you can gather from the Sky Sports video above, the Palestinian national soccer team inaugurated their national stadium competing against Jordan on Sunday.

Although the action on the field wasn’t particularly remarkable (they drew 1-1), Continue reading