anyway, during the hours of footage that rolled in from Tripoli, Misrata, and Benghazi (as well as celebrations all over the world), i began to notice that many of the rebels and celebrants were wearing football jerseys from famous teams. on a lark, i screen-capped a bunch of them. obviously i don't mean to downplay the importance of the revolution, but i thought people might be interested.
two photos of libyan rebels, taken by life magazine.
first of all, let me apologize if i've missed any jerseys...the coverage happened very quickly, and in most cases i only had a split-second to cap the screen. it was obviously easier for me to recognize jerseys from teams i follow passionately, but i have not omitted any picture that i grabbed last night. i am also including images from various news agencies, like the ones above.
jubilant libyans stomping on a poster of Gaddafi. front and back view.
an al jazeera reporter reports the scene at green square, now known as martyrs' square.
young men fire ak-47's from cars in celebration.
in a crowd, two young boys stand cheering, wearing internazionale and barcelona jerseys.
they eventually leave together. (from what i could tell, it's an old quaresma "77" inter jersey.)
a boy in a madrid kit, and someone who looks like an older relative, were also in the crowd. (this one is difficult to see in caps, but it was quite clear on the screen.)
can anyone make out the older man's jersey? it looked like man city or maybe a marseille away kit, but i wasn't sure.
as they left together, the number on the boy's jersey became clear -- cristiano ronaldo, #9.
another photo of a celebrant in a barca jersey, from the atlantic.
tripoli residents, posing with the libyan kingdom flag, which was adopted by the rebels. the man in the center is wearing a juventus jersey.
militants preparing to move into tripoli yesterday. barca jersey on the right.
this one is kind of hard to see in still frames. on the flatbed of a truck that rebel fighters drove into tripoli, there was a guy in the back of the shots wearing an ac milan jersey...you can see the rossoneri colors in the first, and the "fly emirates" sponsorship in the second.
clearly not an official NT jersey, but i think it's hard to mistake the blue and yellow coloring and the "kaka" on the back in this photo
presenting the rest without comment.
more football related notes: four members of the libyan national football team and thirteen other top libyan players defected earlier this summer, in support of the rebels. one of Gaddafi's sons briefly played in europe, although it was widely known that his success was due to bribes from his father. there's a really great guardian article about the way the Gaddafis corrupted football in Libya, if you're interested.
edit: just saw this on the new york times's website