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Omar Belal Jarun

Trailblazer in International Football

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Date of Birth:



Kuwait City, Kuwait

Place of Birth:

Why Featured?

Significant impact in football as a Palestinian international player and coach.

Brief bio

Omar Jarun is a former Palestinian footballer known for his impressive physical presence and versatility on the field. Standing at 1.96 meters, Jarun has had a diverse career spanning several countries and leagues. After retiring as a player, he transitioned into a coaching role, contributing significantly to the teams he has coached.

Major Milestones


  • Birth and Early Life: Born in Kuwait to a Jordanian father of Palestinian descent and an American mother. Moved to the United States following the onset of the Gulf War.

  • Professional Debut: Started his professional football career in the United States before moving on to play in Canada, Poland, Belgium, and India.

  • Palestinian National Team: Made his international debut for Palestine in 2007, participating in key tournaments including FIFA World Cup qualifiers.

  • Coaching Transition: Transitioned to coaching, taking roles at Peachtree City MOBA and later at Atlanta United FC Academy and Huntsville City in various capacities.

  • Legacy and Influence: Continues to influence the sport through coaching, fostering new talent and applying his extensive international experience.

  • International Representation: As one of the few Palestinians to play professional football internationally, Jarun has helped raise the profile of Palestinian athletes on the global stage...See More

  • Mentorship: Through his roles in youth and professional coaching, Jarun has mentored numerous young athletes, shaping the next generation of footballers.

  • Promotion of Football in Palestine: Contributed to the promotion and development of football within Palestine, encouraging participation and support for the sport...See More

  • Career Longevity and Versatility: Demonstrated exceptional adaptability by playing in various leagues around the world, showcasing the skills and tenacity of Palestinian athletes.

  • Cultural Ambassador: Served as a cultural ambassador, bridging gaps between different football cultures and promoting understanding through sports.

Date of Last Update: 
May 9, 2024

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