Muammar Gaddafi’s Son Played Professional Soccer in Italy

As Libya's civil unrest reaches a breaking point, and Muammar Gaddafi's head is a "Snap, Crackle and Pop" away from jeering cheer through the streets; I wish to focus on more important maters at hand. The amazing details which undoubtedly connects a totalitarian regime from Libya with Italy's Serie A. Libya located in Northern Africa, has many ties with Italy. One small tie being oil, which annually they export over 18 million tons of oil to Italy each year. Not to mention the hundreds of Italian businesses and companies that do business in Libya. These complex relationships have merged into the great sport of soccer.

Gaddafi bought 7.5% off the stakes of Juventos. He later tried buying 20% of Juventos but failed, switching his site towards another Italian team Lazio. Failing to buy a Lazio he opted to purchase a smaller team called Triestina. In countries around the world, becoming a soccer player is what every young boy dreams of. In some countries, like Libya, these dreams can be fulfilled especially if your father is a dictator and has loads of cash. 

Gaddafi's son, Al-Saadi Kadafi, played for teams Samdoria, Udinese and Perugia; however, his lack of skill spoke louder than the pocket book, and he was cut from all three teams. At Perugia he was caught in a drug test and was let go. Amazingly Udinese selected Al-Saadi Gaddafi for the Champions League tournament, but nothing came of it. So what does a millionaire son do when he has no skill sets? Al-Saadi Gaddafi now lives in Los Angeles, working in the film industry. (sources:

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Roberto Avey

Roberto Avey is an ex-soccer player from Brazil. Club, Associação Atlética Ponte Preta in Campinas, São Paulo, Brazil, 1995-1998 under coach, Francisco da Silva Júnior “Chiquinho." He has since graduated from Midwestern State University in Texas, with a bachelor degree in journalism and helps coach teams in Southern California. Read more

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