Category Archives: 2011_Now

This period began very well for Club Deportivo Palestino: In general it has kept within the first places within the league of first division. In 2014 a great controversy occurred when they placed the map of Historical Palestine replacing it by the number ‘1’ on the back of the shirt, causing claims from the Zionist lobby, but at the same time the equipment and the T-shirt gained quite worldwide popularity. Then when Pablo Guede took over as coach, it causes a real revolution in the team with a very aggressive way of playing, leading the team to qualify for a Copa Libertadores after 36 years. Also, the team has had very positive results, classifying 2 times to Copa Sudamericana of the hand of Nicolás Cordova as coach.

Christmas-season Present: Chilean Soccer Club Deportivo Palestino Visits the West Bank (Haaretz)

‘The main purpose of this visit is to reconnect the team to our origins in Palestine,’ said team general manager Christian Elben Nazal.

For over a week, Palestinian soccer fans have been enjoying a special Christmas-season present: the first visit by Chilean soccer club Deportivo Palestino to the West Bank.

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Chile’s Gaza sympathisers rally behind Palestinian football colours (The Guardian)

Club Deportivo Palestino has become a focal point for tensions between Santiago’s sizeable Arab and Jewish communities

In Patronato, a poor quarter of Santiago, the Palestinian community meets at the Beit Jala cafe. It’s just a step away from San Jorge, Chile’s oldest orthodox church founded by the first Palestinian migrants in 1917. Here the elders sip their coffee and savour oriental pastries. The walls are covered with photographs of Beit Jala, the village from where most of the Palestinians in Chile originated.

Continue reading Chile’s Gaza sympathisers rally behind Palestinian football colours (The Guardian)