Libya is relatively unknown compared to nearby Maghreb countries. However, it still has a passionate fan base. The national men’s football team of Libya, known as the “Mediterranean Knights,” has competed in several major tournaments over the years, including the Africa Cup of Nations and the Arab Cup of Nations.
According to the latest FIFA Men’s Rankings, Libya is currently ranked 120th in the world. The team has seen fluctuation in their ranking over the years, with their highest position being 36th on September 2012 and their lowest being 187st in 1997.
The Mediterranean Knights have qualified for the Africa Cup of Nations three times, with their best performance coming in 1982 when they reached the final. The team has also won the Arab Cup of Nations once in 1982 and were runners-up in 1974, which was the first edition of the tournament.
Libya has several top-tier clubs that compete in the Libyan Premier League, such as Al-Ahli Tripoli and Al-Ittihad Tripoli and several others. The football scene in Libya has been impacted by the political situation in the country, which has limited their ability to perform on international level.
Libya’s current coach is the 53y old French Corentin_Martins who was appointed in 2022. The the team has been showing improvement and fluctuating results, as they won 5 games, lost 3 games, and draw in 1 game in 2022. In 2023, the Mediterranean Knights lost both their friendly games agains Ivory Coast (1-0) and DR Congo (3-1).