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Libya

Nickname:
The Greens
Founded:
1962
Joined FIFA:
1964
Website:
www.football.ly

Libya's national team was first initiated in 1918, but did not play an official international match until the 3rd August 1953 when they defeated Palestine 5–2 in the first Pan Arab Games in 1953.

The first manager ever to manage the Libyan national team was Masoud Zantouny and the first foreign manager was Englishman James Bingham, who took charge of the Greens for the 1961 Pan Arab Games.

The first non-Libyan Arab manager ever to manage the Libyan national team was the Algerian Mukhtar Arbee in 1966.

When it comes to the Nations Cup Libya have not fared to well having only competed in two events since their formation as a football team. They do, however, have one shining moment of glory when they finished as runners-up in the 1982 when they hosted the event.

Libya qualified automatically as hosts and were put into a rather strong group alongside Ghana, Cameroon and Tunisia. The opening match of the tournament saw the hosts take on Ghana in Tripoli and was a closely contested match. Ghana managed to score a late goal in the 89th minute forcing a 2–2 draw. A 2–0 win over Tunisia and a goalless draw against Cameroon saw Libya topping the group.

In the semi-finals, Libya came from behind to beat Zambia 2–1 and set up another match with Ghana, this time in the final on. Ghana scored first in the 35th minute, but Libya equalised in the 70th. This was followed by a tense period of extra time in which no goals were scored. In a long penalty shootout, Ghana eventually came out triumphant 7–6.

Libya's only other venture in the Nations Cup came in 2006 qualifying for the competition after a goalless draw with Sudan in their ninth qualifying match. Sadly, however, Libya failed to progress out of their group.

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