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Libya's road to the World Cup

At some point, Gaddafi will be gone, and Libya will be able to start rebuilding. Will that be in time for World Cup 2014?

Made this cartoon from a crazy, crazy Reuters photo of a Libyan rebel dribbling a soccer ball in front of a building in a Gaddafi compound that was being consumed by flames.

The world is a crazy place. But not so crazy that Libya will qualify for the 2014 World Cup.

[Bonus trivia: Col. Gaddafi's son, Al-Saadi al-Gaddafi, was a professional soccer player in Libya and Italy. One reason he was able to play in Italy may have been the regime's strong ties to Italian business (Al-Saadi was on the board of Juventus, in which a Libyan consortium held a 7.5% stake).

He tested positive for the performance-enhancing drug nandrolone in 2003 after playing only one match for Perugia, and his Italian odyssey comprised only another 10 minutes of playing time, for Udinese, and time on the bench for Sampdoria.]

Roberto De Vido writes cartoons and comics about politics, sports (and life) from a small fishing and farming village an hour southwest of Tokyo.

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“I am telling Colonel Gaddafi to leave us alone and allow us to create a free Libya.”

— Libyan national team goalkeeper Juma Gtat