Home Away from Home: Palestine and Lebanon Begin FIFA World Cup Quest on Foreign Soil

Palestine coaching team during the national anthem (Reuters)

Lebanon and Palestine will meet at the Khalid bin Mohammed Stadium in the United Arab Emirates.

Palestine’s national football team begin their challenge for a place in the next phase of Asia’s 2026 World Cup preliminaries in Sharjah on Thursday, de…d fixtures.

Iran kick off their quest for a seventh World Cup appearance against Hong Kong in Group E, where Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan also feature.

Saudi Arabia’s challenge begins in Group G against Pakistan, who have qualified for the second phase of Asia’s preliminaries for the first time, with Tajikistan taking on Jordan.