Posted on: November 10, 2011 10:44 am
Edited on: November 10, 2011 11:04 am

AFCON next year.

Traditional Powers missing from the coming African Cup of Nations.


No Egypt, No Cameroon, No Nigeria. Or even Togo who has been going in recent years, no Algeria either who were at the World Cup.

More traditional nations there, I embolden, italicizing the 2nd (or 3rd) tier powers:

Group A:
Equatorial Guinea
Libya, kind of wonder how they got in.
I hope Senegal can win it, I do like one of the Guinea teams but unsure of which one it is, there are at least two countries with that word in it.

Group B
Burkina Faso
Ivory Coast Cote D'Ivoire
This group B does indeed appear difficult, Burkina Faso actually has won one AFCON, one they hosted.

Group C
Morroco seems to provide Europe with a fair number of players.

Group D
Reasonably difficult group.


, traditional powers, Ghana who has won the most AFCONs after Egypt at 5 or Ivory Coast, Tunisia or even Senegal might be able to win this whole tournament.

FIFA rankings here in case one wanted to reference these teams.  http://www.soccerway.com/teams/rank

Category: Soccer
Tags: Africa
Posted on: November 10, 2011 10:43 am
Edited on: November 10, 2011 10:54 am

African Nations Ratings.

The Libyans actually are playing fairly good soccer right now, that is a story in itself, there was a charity match recently held for Libya and many of the participants were Italians, Libya really is just across the Mediteranean and I may have mentioned it once before, one of Colonel Gaddafi's sons once played some Italian football. http://www.soccerway.com/teams/liby

One recent African Cup of Nations saw Libyan and Egyptian fans fight a tiny bit with each other, you know, throwing seats at each other and crazy stuff like that.



It appears the giant nations stay up high in the rankings but missed the AFCON all the same, Nigeria, Cameroon and Egypt.

Category: Soccer
Tags: Africa
Posted on: November 6, 2011 7:58 pm

Love Soccerway but be wary of their data!

I wrote a few days ago about the Leeds goalkeeper Paul Rabuchka reported by Soccerway as being born in California but having the flag of St. George, the flag of England next to his name in the roster. I did not question it however, I was looking at the Wolves squad:
George Elokobi: http://www.soccerway.com/players/ge
 Yes, surely a Ghanaian but country and place of birth listed as Somalia and Mogadishu? I say this has to be nonsense. Somalia has been a country in crisis with many refugees and one can often tell a Somalian. The East of Africa, Kenya, Ethiopia, Eritrea and Somalia have some reknown marathon runners but for soccer, it is East Africa, Ivory Coast, Nigeria, Ghana, Cameroon that are reknown. I'd just say, be wary of some of their information. That can not be correct.

Posted on: October 28, 2011 1:43 pm
Edited on: October 28, 2011 11:18 pm

Argentina hasn't been as good recently.

The club's head of security, Alberto Perrone, was also removed from his position, as evidence emerged exposing the former police chief's close links with the mob involved both in San Lorenzo and the Argentina national team.
 Argentina is such a gifted soccer nation, some of the best players in the World are Argentine, of course, Messi and Arguedo but this is pretty bad. What in the world?? A player was also assaulted at practice by the rival hooligan mob which in Argentina seems to be a bit like organized crime crossed with Ultras. Argentina's national team has had some disappointments for their standard at least, Venezuela beat them this year.


This 2nd story is interesting because the Nigerians were upset at their previous coach, a lot of fans wanted the previous coach fired who got them only to the semi finals at the African Cup of Nations held in Angola in 2010, now they brought in the fans choice and guess what? They didn't even qualify to go the African Nations Cup but I do think this Siasia fellow did help the Eagles years ago, do well in the Olympics. It's a tough road to hoe. Look at our USA team. In 2002, at that World Cup, Korea Japan we were a hot number, got to the quarters, almost to the semifinals, at one time, both Mexico and USA were in the top 10, even top 6 maybe.

The manager failed to help the Super Eagles qualify for the African Cup of Nations that will take place in Gabon and Equatorial Guinea in January.

Category: Soccer
Tags: africa, argentina
Posted on: March 19, 2011 9:08 pm
Edited on: March 21, 2011 11:34 pm

Colonel Gaddafy's son, the Soccer Player.

While we watch this action going on of Allied powers acting against the Tyrant Moammar Gaddafi, I would bet many people don't know that his son played soccer professionally in Italy. I probably first read about this in the everything about soccer er football, whichever magazine, Four Four Two, which while costing a pretty penny is very informative of soccer now and yesterday.

"Saadi Gaddafi, 30, the captain of Libya's national soccer team, will join the team permanently in the autumn if his time in Italy proves fruitful.

"It is an honour for me to be able to play with Perugia," Saadi Gaddafi was quoted by Italian news agency Ansa as saying."

- http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/2

Not bad, your dad's head of the country so you get to be captain of the National Soccer team. Well, we do have Bradley managing the USA team and his son playing for it, good player he is too.

But while I'm sure the lad may have some talent, it seems he kicks the ball in answer to a bit of favoritism and money being in the picture.

Here is an excellent comprehensive article from AllAfrica, very good news from just last month.

"Over the years, one of the charges against the murderous regime of Colonel Muammar el-Qaddafi was that state funds were being used to further the footballing career of his third-oldest son, Al Saadi.

He was once thought to run the Libyan Football Federation. It is hard to know if Libyan football will survive revolution and civil war, but it is worth telling the story, again, of Saadi's surreal, so-called career in Italian football."

- http://allafrica.com/stories/201102

Lastly, we have an excellent blog entry discussing this topic. Now, I'll just save you a bit of reading, Libya had this Italian coaching their national team, the Manager's name is Scoglio:

".  The victories were not enough in Libya, since Scoglio had problems in the country that went beyond sports.  Scoglio was in conflict with Al-Saadi Gaddafi (son of Libyan Leader Muammar Gaddafi), who was President of the Libyan National Football Team.  In September 2002, the Libyan National Football Team decided that Scoglio had to go.  The reason was a revamping of Libyan football, starting with the dissolution of the national team.  Scoglio told his version of what transpired to the Italian sports magazine Corriere dello Sport.  He claimed that he was fired because of Al-Saadi Gaddafi.  According to Scoglio, Gaddafi wanted to participate in the matches, and other coaches allowed him.  Scoglio saw how Gaddafi performed as a midfielder and concluded that he was “worthless. ” He declared: “When he (Gaddafi) played, we lost.  When he did not, we won."


Good blog I had not seen before.

Sounds like Colonel Gaddaffi's son in fact even failed a drug test when playing in Italy, traces of "Nandrolone" were found.

Anyway, let's take a look at the results of the Libyan National Football Team.

My only antidote about Libya is I remember about 4, maybe 6 years ago when the African Cup was played in Egypt and the Egyptian fans and the Libyan fans fought, you know, throwing things at each other in the stadium, tearing the seats out. Interestingly, for the qualifications for the World Cup where Algeria, foe of our USA team in this last world cup,  Egyptian fans threw rocks at the Algerian bus and though no serious injuries, there may have been some minor blood injuries.


Now, I'm trying to find a big team or even a team we may be familiar with other than other countries in the area Libya have played. By Elo ratings, Libya is currently, 79th, not all that bad.

It looks like they've played Nigeria 2 times, winning one and losing one.

It looks like they have played Malta a number of times, you can look, at least 4 times. Malta would be European and in the general area.

But no games vs. USA, Italy, Germany, England, France, they may have played in France, no Netherlands, no Brazil or Argentina either. Somehow, a game vs. South Korea slipped into the picture. The TaeGuk Warriors took care of them 4-0 and indeed, in Libya the "Greens" did defeat Mexico.

Here is the Wikipedia article on the Libyan National Soccer/ Football Team as well:


I picture "Libya" as being a bit of a 'closed' nation, like North Korea or Cuba and while probably not as bad as those countries. Egypt is a soccer power, and has even been in the Fifa top 10 though they always miss the world cup, they've won I think 6 AFCONS, or African Cup of Nations, Tunisia has been to the World Cup a number of times, I believe 3 straight times starting in 1998 to 2002 and 2006 at least and of course, we saw Algeria at the last World Cup and they were at the 1982 World Cup where they defeated West Germany and controversially in that tournament was the supposedly "agreed to draw" between Austria and West Germany that eliminated the poor Algerians. Yes, I think those teams did that on purpose but that is now many years ago. Zidane additionally, is an Algerian and wanted first to play for Algeria and the coach did not think he was good enough! Thus, a good number of the top players from France these days have a North African Heritage, Samir Nasri for Arsenal may be this way as well.

Category: Soccer
Tags: africa, libya, soccer
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