Libya national football team players, coach, world rankings, nickname
The Libya national football team made its comeback to the international football scene after 7 years. The club played in its first international game against Tunisia in the Africa Cup of Nations 2021 qualifiers. Despite failing to qualify for the AFCON championships, the club's morale is at an all time high as they seek to win more international matches.
Football is one of the most popular sports in Libya, and the national team ranks first in the hearts of many fans in the country. The Libyan national football team's nickname is the Mediterranean Knights. Unfortunately, conflict in the region has led to suspensions and bans on local and international matches. With the FIFA ban lifted, what is next for the Mediterranean Knights?
- Full name: Libya national football team
- Nickname: The Mediterranean Knights
- Founded: 1962
- Managed by: Libya Football Federation
- Confederation: CAF
- FIFA entry: 1964
- Colours: Green, black, red
- Coach: Javier Clemente
- Captain: Ali Salama
- FIFA ranking: 117 (as of December 2021)
Libya's national football team history
Football is the most popular sport in Libya. The national team was founded in 1962, with its first international match happening two years later in the Arab Cup championships. Participation in international matches has been hindered by suspension and bans caused by the frequent conflict in the North African nation.
The national football league is affected by several challenges besides the security situation in the country. In addition to losing coaches, the football club has had inconsistent matches at home and away, losing training and practice time.
Has Libya ever made it to the World cup?
The Libyan national soccer club has never made it to the World cup. The team lost in the most recent 2021 World Cup Qualifiers despite an impressive performance in the Group F matches. Having left the football scene 7 years ago, the Knights made a surprise come back by beating the Angolan Panthers 2 to 1.
Libya national football team, AFCON 2022 campaign
One of Libya's national football team's trophies includes the 2014 African Cup of Nations cup. The team played brilliantly and ended in the finals taking the Championship title. The national team's performance in the 2012 AFCON games was disappointing for fans and players after they were eliminated at the group stage.
The Knights made it to the 2018 Africa Cup of Nations games after winning the qualifier match against Algeria. As a result, the football team advanced to the AFCON semifinals taking the fourth position after Sudan. Following the 7 year absence, the Libya national football team failed to qualify for the AFCON 2022 championships after losing to Tunisia.
Libya national football team's coach
Here is a profile of the current Mediterranean Knights' coach.
- Full name: Javier Clemente
- Date of birth: 12th March 1950
- Age: 72 (as of 2022)
- Nationality: Spanish
- Height in inches: 5'6"
- Height in centimetres: 168
- Appointed: 25th May 2021
Libya's national football team's captain
Here is a profile of the current Mediterranean Knights' team captain.
- Full name: Ali Salama
- Date of birth: 18th September 1987
- Place of birth: Benghazi, Libya
- Age: 35 (as of 2022)
- Nationality: Libyan
- Height in inches: 5'9"
- Height in centimetres: 176
- Position: Centre back
- Current team: Al-Madina
The Libyan national football team's players
Here are the players making up Libya's national football team as of January 2022;
- Wurad Wuheshi
- Muad Allafi
- Azzaqa Ahmed
- Nashnoush Mohammad
- Abdullah Daqo
- Moftah Taqtaq
- Badr Hassan
- Muhamad Soula
- Muayad Lafi
- Ahmed Ali
- Mutassim Mustrati
- Hamdou Houni
- Khouja Omar
- Masri Mahdi
- Shadi Rabia
- Abdullah Belaem
- Karah Yousef
- Mohamed Jodur
- Hamed Faraj
- Alaa Qejdar
- Abdalla Sherif
- Talha Rizk
- Moataz Mahdi
- Khaled Magdi
- Muhammad Bettamer
- Ismail Tajouri
Several Libyan players have been signed to different foreign soccer clubs appearing in the European, American and Arab football leagues. Who is Libya's national football team's top player? The team's best football player, Al Musrat made his debut a the national team in 2014. He has since made 40 appearances scoring 2 goals.
- Full name: Al Moatassem Al Musrati
- Date of birth: 6th April 1996
- Place of birth: Misurata, Libya
- Age: 26 (as of 2022)
- Nationality: Libyan
- Height in inches: 6'2"
- Height in centimetres: 189
- Position(s): Central midfield, Defensive midfield
- Current team: SC Braga
Libya's national football team's FIFA world rankings
According to the 2021 FIFA rankings, the Mediterranean Knights were ranked 117 with 1151.06 points. The team's best FIFA ranking was 36 in 2012, which earned them a spot among the best African national teams.
Libya's national football team is a squad with immense potential. Despite the several challenges, the club's optimism is at an all time high as they prepare for more international championship matches.
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