Qualification history
Palestine participated in the qualifying campaign for the second-ever FIFA World Cup™, staged in Italy in 1934. They were promptly defeated heavily by Egypt, who became the first African team to play at the illustrious tournament. The Knights then endured a six-decade wait before being granted the right to take part in Asian qualifying for Korea/Japan 2002. More recently, their Brazil 2014 campaign came to an end at the hands of Thailand, who emerged victorious from a tight second-round encounter. On the road to Russia 2018, the Palestinians acquitted themselves well, with thumping victories against Malaysia and Timor-Leste - allied with a solid defence throughout the qualifying campaign - helping them finish third in Group A. That was not quite enough to reach the next phase, but the positive performances will see the side come back with renewed hope for Qatar 2022's preliminary competition.