"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."
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."
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.