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Ali El-Khatib

Ali El-Khatib

Sector : Sports, Athletes

Personal Info

  • Country of residence: Palestine
  • Gender: Male
  • Born in: 1989
  • Age: 33
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Ali El-Khatib (Arabic: علي الخطيب, Hebrew: עלי חטיב; born 18 March 1989) is a Palestinian professional footballer who plays for Maccabi Ahi Nazareth and the Palestine national team.

club career
Al-Khatib grew up in the Arab city of Shefa Amr in northern Israel, where he played for local team Hapoel Shefa Amr.

He was brought to the Palestinian Jabal Mukaber club by coach Samir Issa in 2012. While playing with the team, controversy erupted over Al-Khatib's contract.

Hapoel Haifa had put him on trial after someone informed the coach of Khatib's talents. He was then selected to join the club after 5 or 10 minutes of trying it out.

However, the signing caused an outrage with his previous club, who alleged that he had three-and-a-half years left on his contract, resulting in them taking the case to FIFA after a Tel Aviv District Court denied their appeal. El-Khatib denied that he signed a contract with the club, claiming that they had forged his signature on the contract. The president of Jabal Al-Mukaber compared Hapoel's action to that of a horse thief under the pretence that they stole a player who was under contract.

In a league match on April 1, 2012, he was involved in a mass brawl in which he was assaulted by staff members. The match, which was against Maccabi Petah Tikva, had ended with a free-kick goal for the hosts, Maccabi Petah Tikva. Immediately after the final whistle, the players went at each other.

Petah Tikva's goalkeeper coach, Ami Ganesh, had headbutted Khatib without provocation which brought him down. Then, Yigal Maman, a high-ranking employee, kicked him in the head while on the ground, causing him to lose consciousness.

El-Khatib had to be taken to the hospital and was treated for a fractured jaw and missing teeth. The two members of staff were detained by police.

Maccabi Netanya
In June 2012 it was announced that Ali El-Khatib has joined Maccabi Netanya.

International career
As one of a growing number of Arab-Israelis playing professionally in the WBPL and representing Palestine internationally . He stated his dream is to play for Israel, and also said "It would be wonderful if one day the Palestinian national team could play against the Israeli national team. Then I would play the first half of the game with one team and the second half with the other team."

He received his first national team cap against Thailand in 2014 World Cup qualifying on July 23, 2011. He scored his first senior team goal in a friendly match against Bahrain, the 67th-minute goal proved to be the winner as the game ended 1–0. 11 days later, he scored his second goal in a crucial match against Sudan which secured Palestine passage to the 2011 Pan Arab Games semifinal.







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