Jordan publish squad to face Taiwan


Jordan has published the squad who will travel to Taiwan to play their first World Cup qualifier on Thursday night. 

Jordan's squad mostly domestic-based

First of all, I do not know much about football in Jordan, or Jordanian players. This as meant I have spent most of the night trying to match the names of players in the squad to players online to find out information about them.

As far as I can tell, Jordan's team is mostly made up of players from Al-Faisaly SC. A club, according to Wikipedia, is the most successful football club in the country. Jordan seems to share a familiarity with Taiwan, that I wouldn't have been aware of if the two sides weren't drawn together.

Most countries players are sourced from the domestic league, but there are a handful of players on each side who are playing in more significant football leagues.

Taiwan has players participating in China (albeit League One) and Hong Kong, and Jordan have players competing in Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, and Qatar.

The worry from our point of view is that those Middle Eastern leagues are stronger than China's League One and Hong Kong's Premier League, but the similarities are striking. 

Musa Al-Taamari to be Jordan's standout player

According to my research on the internet, Musa Al-Taamari was one of the best players in the Cypriot league for Apoel. Apart from Will Donkin, who is currently without a club, Taiwan doesn't have anyone who is playing in a European League now.

It seems like Musa Al-Taamari could become a real danger man for Jordan, and his name rings a bell from watching the Asian Cup. The Cypriot League is by no means the strongest in Europe, but for Taamari to be considered one of the best players in the league is still a sign that he is a good player in my opinion. 

Taiwan to rely on collective group

The current strength of this Taiwanese national side isn't reliant on one single standout performer, so comparing who plays where and in what league will be irrelevant come Thursday night. Taiwan relies on being strong together as a collective unit, and this is what has seen them do well over the last couple of years.

If the unit does well together, then the chance of Taiwan getting a positive result is good, but if one part of the group isn't functioning then that is when it is difficult for Taiwan to do well, mainly because the focus isn't on one player but the whole group performing well for each other and supporting each other during matches. 

Whatever happens, Thursday night is going to be an intriguing contest, and any side from the Middle East is always challenging to defeat. Whatever happens, Taiwan will win or lose as a group, we are all in this together, and like the slogan says, if it, not us (who pushes football forward in Taiwan?) then who (who will push Taiwanese into the mainstream?) And if not now? When? (When will it ever happen?) 

Whatever the result, the manner of the performance is also essential for Taiwanese football. Win, lose or draw - what is on the line in Taiwan is pretty much the same as four years ago, the growth of football. 

If people see Taiwan, battling, working hard, determined, scoring goals and really fighting for the chance to be in the next round, then they will win more fans and gain a little bit more popularity in the country. 

Add in the fact that the CTFA (Chinese Taipei Football Association) are no entirely behind the football push, then this cycle of World Cup qualifying has a bit more on the line than the last. Jordan is a dangerous opponent. Taiwan will battle hard to get a positive result, and most importantly encourage football to grow in the country. 

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