2018–19 Gibraltar Premier Division

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Premier Division
Season2018–19
Dates13 August 2018 – 20 May 2019
ChampionsLincoln Red Imps (24th title)
Champions LeagueLincoln Red Imps
Europa LeagueEuropa
St Joseph's
Matches played135
Goals scored477 (3.53 per match)
Top goalscorerBoro (21 goals)
Best goalkeeperJamie Robba
Javi Muñoz
(9 clean sheets)
Biggest home winEuropa 13–1 Boca Gibraltar
(18 May 2019)
Biggest away winBoca Gibraltar 0–11 Lincoln Red Imps
(2 February 2019)
Highest scoringEuropa 13–1 Boca Gibraltar
(18 May 2019)
Longest winning run9 matches
Lincoln Red Imps
Longest unbeaten run16 matches
Europa
Longest winless run19 matches
Boca Gibraltar
Longest losing run16 matches
Boca Gibraltar
2019–20
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All statistics correct as of 20 May 2019.

The 2018–19 Gibraltar Premier Division was the 120th season of the top-tier state football league in Gibraltar, as well as the sixth season since the Gibraltar Football Association joined UEFA in 2013. The league was contested by ten clubs, and began on 13 August 2018.[1]

Lincoln Red Imps were the reigning champions, having won their 23rd title the previous season. They competed in the UEFA Champions League qualifiers, while Europa and St Joseph's contested the UEFA Europa League qualifiers. The season was marred by revelations of betting rules violations by a host of players and coaches at a number of clubs.

Format[edit]

The ten Premier Division clubs played each other three times for a total of 27 matches each.[2] The tenth-placed team in the league would be relegated and the ninth-placed team in the league would enter a playoff with the second-placed team from the Second Division for a place in the 2019–20 Premier Division.[2]

The champions earned a place in the preliminary round of the 2019–20 Champions League, and the second–placed club earned a place in the preliminary round of the 2019–20 Europa League. This season also saw the expansion of the Home Grown Player Rule to require all teams to have a minimum of three Gibraltarian players on the field of play at all times, as well as introducing a maximum registered squad size of 25 players. However, the introduction of the Gibraltar Intermediate League allows them to register a reserve squad of 18 players, of which 13 must be Gibraltarian.[3]

Violations of betting rules[edit]

Starting in November, the Gibraltar FA began issuing a number of bans following an in-depth investigation of suspected betting rule violations by players and coaches. At first, several Europa players, including Rubo Blanco, Iván Moya and manager Juan José Gallardo, were banned[4] Following this, Lincoln Red Imps manager Yiyi Pérez was also suspended[5] In March 2019, Lions Gibraltar and Gibraltar Phoenix players including Rafael Bado and Juan Manuel Llaves received bans.[6] On 12 April, 4 further players from Boca Gibraltar, Gibraltar United and Manchester 62, as well as former St Joseph's and Glacis United manager Alfonso Cortijo, received bans.[7]

Teams[edit]

Location of the stadium where all teams play

At the conclusion of the previous season, Manchester 62 were relegated. Boca Gibraltar took their place, having won the Second Division title and earning promotion for the first time in their history.

Lynx finished 9th the previous season, leaving them to face the runners up in the Second Division, FC Olympique 13, in a play-off. Lynx won the play-off 2–0 on 8 June 2018 to secure their status in the Premier Division.

Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

Team Manager Captain Kit manufacturer Club sponsor 2017–18
Boca Gibraltar Gibraltar Allen Bula Gibraltar Felix Formica-Corsi ES Coral D2, 1st Green-Up-Arrow.svg
Europa Spain Rafa Escobar Gibraltar Liam Walker Jako La Parrilla
Betfred
2nd
Gibraltar Phoenix Spain Juan Maria Sánchez Spain Ñito Jiménez Luanvi Viajes LineaSol 6th
Gibraltar United Spain Paco Luna Gibraltar Kyle Goldwin Kappa Quantocoin 4th
Glacis United Argentina Jesús Napolitano Spain Nacho Fernández Nike 7th
Lincoln Red Imps Spain Víctor Afonso Gibraltar Roy Chipolina Joma Mansion.com 1st
Lions Gibraltar Spain Albert Ferri Spain Alberto Caravaca Givova 8th
Lynx Spain Carlos Gobantes Argentina Gabriel González Silver Sport Verralls 9th
Mons Calpe Argentina Luis Manuel Blanco Argentina Federico Villar Givova Tokamóvil 5th
St Joseph's Spain Raúl Procopio Baizán Spain Boro Joma 3rd
  • Ñito Jiménez replaced Blas Álvarez as Gibraltar Phoenix captain after the latter was banned by the GFA for the remainder of the season, while Alberto Caravaca replaced Kalian Perez as Lions Gibraltar captain after Perez was banned for 16 months.[8]

Managerial Changes[edit]

Team Outgoing manager Manner of departure Date of vacancy Position in table Incoming manager Date of appointment
Gibraltar Phoenix Spain Albert Ferri Mutual consent 8 June 2018 Pre-season Spain Juan Maria Sánchez 15 June 2018
Glacis United Spain Mariano Marcos Garcia Signed by CD San Roque Netherlands Theo Vonk 26 June 2018
Lions Gibraltar Gibraltar Rafael Bado Mutual consent 29 June 2018 Spain Albert Ferri 29 June 2018
Gibraltar United Spain Manolo Nuñez Sánchez Resigned 13 July 2018[9] Spain Lucas Cazorla 14 July 2018
Glacis United Netherlands Theo Vonk 9 August 2018[10] Spain Alfonso Cortijo 10 August 2018
Lincoln Red Imps Spain Yiyi Perez Suspended[11] 8 November 2018 2nd Spain Manolo Nuñez Sánchez 8 November 2018[12]
Glacis United Spain Alfonso Cortijo Resigned[13] 9 November 2018 7th Argentina Jesús Napolitano December 2018
Europa Spain Juanjo Gallardo Suspended[14] 23 November 2018 1st Spain Miguel Ángel Rodríguez 23 November 2018
Lincoln Red Imps Spain Manolo Nuñez Sánchez Resigned 12 December 2018[15] 2nd Spain Víctor Afonso 13 December 2018[16]
Boca Gibraltar Spain Juanjo Pomares 18 December 2018[17] 9th Gibraltar Allen Bula 19 December 2018[18]
Gibraltar United Spain Lucas Cazorla Sacked 6 January 2019 4th Spain Paco Luna 7 January 2019
Europa Spain Miguel Ángel Rodríguez Mutual consent 5 February 2019 2nd Spain Rafa Escobar 6 February 2019[19]

League table[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
1 Lincoln Red Imps (C) 27 21 3 3 84 19 +65 66 Qualification for the Champions League preliminary round
2 Europa FC 27 20 4 3 84 20 +64 64 Qualification for the Europa League preliminary round
3 St Joseph's 27 17 4 6 69 29 +40 55
4 Mons Calpe 27 15 4 8 63 29 +34 49
5 Gibraltar Phoenix 27 13 4 10 42 34 +8 43
6 Gibraltar United 27 11 6 10 48 37 +11 39
7 Lynx 27 8 7 12 29 45 −16 31
8 Glacis United 27 7 3 17 28 58 −30 24
9 Lions Gibraltar 27 3 0 24 17 77 −60 9
10 Boca Gibraltar 27 2 1 24 13 129 −116 7
Source: UEFA, Soccerway
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Goal difference; 3) Goals scored.[20]
(C) Champion.

Results[edit]

Season statistics[edit]

Scoring[edit]

As of 19 May 2019[21]

Top scorers[edit]

Rank Player Club Goals
1 Spain Boro St Joseph's 21
2 Spain Juanfri St Joseph's 20
3 Argentina Pibe Mons Calpe 18
4 Argentina Leonardo Carboni Mons Calpe 16
5 Gibraltar Tjay De Barr Europa 14
6 Spain Urko Arroyo Europa 12
Gibraltar Liam Walker Europa
8 Gibraltar Joseph Chipolina Lincoln Red Imps 11
Spain Labra Gibraltar Phoenix
10 Spain Manuel Arana Europa 10
Spain Héctor Figueroa Lincoln Red Imps
Spain Raúl Segura Gibraltar Phoenix

Hat-tricks[edit]

Player For Against Result Date
Gibraltar Joseph Chipolina Lincoln Red Imps Lions Gibraltar 3–0 (H) 24 August 2018
Spain Boro4 St Joseph's Lynx 7–1 (H) 11 December 2018
Spain Giovanni Lincoln Red Imps Gibraltar United 5–1 (A) 17 January 2019
Argentina Pibe Mons Calpe Lions Gibraltar 4–0 (A) 18 January 2019
Spain Juan Manuel Llaves Gibraltar Phoenix Glacis United 6–0 (H) 19 January 2019
Gibraltar Anthony Hernandez Lincoln Red Imps Boca Gibraltar 11–0 (A) 2 February 2019
Philippines Kike Gómez Lincoln Red Imps Boca Gibraltar 11–0 (A) 2 February 2019
Spain Boro St Joseph's Glacis United 8–0 (H) 2 February 2019
Spain Juanfri St Joseph's Boca Gibraltar 10–1 (H) 28 February 2019
Spain José Luis Reyes St Joseph's Boca Gibraltar 10–1 (H) 28 February 2019
Argentina Leonardo Carboni Mons Calpe Boca Gibraltar 5–0 (A) 9 March 2019
Spain Alberto Zapata Gibraltar United Boca Gibraltar 7–0 (H) 30 March 2019
Argentina Pibe Mons Calpe Lions Gibraltar 6–0 (H) 15 April 2019
Spain Urko Arroyo Europa Lynx 5-0 (H) 4 April 2019
Argentina Leonardo Carboni Mons Calpe Gibraltar United 5-2 (H) 4 May 2019
Spain Héctor Figueroa Lincoln Red Imps Boca Gibraltar 10–0 (H) 5 May 2019
Spain Alberto Caravaca Lions Gibraltar Boca Gibraltar 7-0 (A) 11 May 2019
Gibraltar Liam Walker4 Europa Boca Gibraltar 13-1 (H) 18 May 2019
Spain Urko Arroyo4 Europa Boca Gibraltar 13-1 (H) 18 May 2019

Clean Sheets[edit]

Rank Player Club Clean sheets
1 Spain Javi Muñoz Europa 9
Gibraltar Jamie Robba St Joseph's
3 Gibraltar Matt Cafer Gibraltar Phoenix 8
Spain Manuel Soler Lincoln Red Imps
Argentina Marcos Zappacosta Mons Calpe
6 Gibraltar Kyle Goldwin Gibraltar United 7
7 Spain Borja Glacis United 5
8 Gibraltar Dayle Coleing Europa 4
Gibraltar Jaylan Hankins Lincoln Red Imps
10 Spain Álex Caro Lynx 3
Argentina Sebastian Andres Lallana Lynx

Awards[edit]

Monthly awards[edit]

No league football was played in September 2018 due to the international break and the Gibraltar Music Festival.

Month Manager of the Month Player of the Month Reference
Manager Club Player Club
August Spain Yiyi Pérez Lincoln Red Imps Gibraltar Joseph Chipolina Lincoln Red Imps [22]
October Spain Juan Maria Sánchez Gibraltar Phoenix Gibraltar Tjay De Barr Europa [23]
November Spain Raúl Procopio Baizán St Joseph's Spain Juanfri St Joseph's [24]
December Spain Raúl Procopio Baizán St Joseph's Spain Boro St Joseph's [25]
January Argentina Luis Manuel Blanco Mons Calpe Argentina Pibe Mons Calpe [26]
February Spain Víctor Afonso Lincoln Red Imps Philippines Kike Gómez Lincoln Red Imps [27]
March Spain Rafa Escobar Europa Spain Álex Quillo Europa [28]
April Spain Víctor Afonso Lincoln Red Imps Spain Sergio Molina Lincoln Red Imps [29]

End of season awards[edit]

End of season awards were handed out by Football Gibraltar, the Gibraltar Football Association's official UEFA correspondents, on 28 May and 2 June.[30][31]

Award Winner Club
Manager of the Season Spain Raúl Procopio Baizán St Joseph's
Goalkeeper of the Season Gibraltar Jamie Robba St Joseph's
Defender of the Season Portugal Bernardo Lopes Lincoln Red Imps
Midfielder of the Season Ghana Mustafa Yahaya Europa
Striker of the Season Spain Boro St Joseph's
Player of the Season Portugal Bernardo Lopes Lincoln Red Imps
Young Player of the Season Gibraltar Tjay De Barr Europa
Fans' Player of the Season Portugal Bernardo Lopes Lincoln Red Imps
Fans' Young Player of the Season Gibraltar Tjay De Barr Europa

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Changes to Domestic Football - to be implemented in season 2018/19". GFA. Archived from the original on 16 July 2018. Retrieved 27 July 2018.
  2. ^ a b "Premier Division: Season Rules". Scoresway. Retrieved 23 June 2017.
  3. ^ GFA RULE CHANGES PAVE THE WAY FOR MORE LOCALS TO PLAY IN THE LEAGUES Football Gibraltar. 5 June 2018. Accessed 10 June 2018.
  4. ^ Europa FC players banned for up to seven years for irregular betting activities GBC.gi. 4 January 2019. Retrieved 3 April 2019.
  5. ^ Football coach and player found guilty of breaches in betting rule Gibraltar Chronicle. 22 November 2018. Retrieved 3 April 2019.
  6. ^ 6 players Guilty of breaching the GFA's Betting Rules Gibraltar FA. 28 March 2019. Retrieved 3 April 2019.
  7. ^ 4 players & a coach guilty of breaching the GFA's betting rules Gibraltar FA. 12 April 2019. Retrieved 12 April 2019.
  8. ^ 6 players Guilty of breaching the GFA's Betting Rules Gibraltar FA. 28 March 2019. Retrieved 3 April 2019.
  9. ^ Farewell Manolo Gibraltar United. 13 July 2018. Retrieved 13 July 2018.
  10. ^ THEO VONK STEPS DOWN FROM ROLE AS GLACIS HEAD COACH Football Gibraltar. 10 August 2018. Retrieved 10 August 2018.
  11. ^ Football coach and player found guilty of breaches in betting rule Gibraltar Chronicle. 22 November 2018. Retrieved 27 November 2018
  12. ^ LINCOLN APPOINT MANOLO NUNEZ SANCHEZ AS NEW MANAGER Football Gibraltar. 8 November 2018. Retrieved 27 November 2018.
  13. ^ Alfonso Cortijo resigns due to personal reasons Gibraltar Chronicle Sports on Twitter. 9 November 2018. Retrieved 27 November 2018.
  14. ^ implacable contra el amaño de partidos. Cinco jugadores del Europa FC y un técnico, suspendidos. FUTBOLEROS POR EL MUNDO (Spanish). 23 November 2018. Retrieved 27 November 2018.
  15. ^ Stephen Head and Mick McElwee to take charge of Lions game Football Gibraltar on Twitter. 12 December 2018. Retrieved 12 December 2018.
  16. ^ Victor Afonso appointed Lincoln manager Lincoln Red Imps on Twitter. 13 December 2018. Retrieved 13 December 2018.
  17. ^ Farewell Juanjo Boca Gibraltar on Twitter. 18 December 2018. Retrieved 18 December 2018.
  18. ^ Welcome Allen Bula Boca Gibraltar on Twitter. 19 December 2018. Retrieved 19 December 2018.
  19. ^ El Europa de Gibraltar tienta a Rafa Escobar con una "oferta irrechazable" EuropaSur. 5 February 2019. Retrieved 6 February 2019.
  20. ^ "Premier Division: Season rules". Scoresway. Retrieved 10 June 2018.
  21. ^ "Top Scorers".
  22. ^ Premier Division Player and Manager of the Month, August 2018 Football Gibraltar. 26 September 2018. Retrieved 28 May 2019.
  23. ^ Premier Division Player and Manager of the Month, October 2018 Football Gibraltar. 9 November 2018. Retrieved 28 May 2019.
  24. ^ Premier Division Player and Manager of the Month, November 2018 Football Gibraltar. 10 December 2018. Retrieved 28 May 2019.
  25. ^ Premier Division Player and Manager of the Month, December 2018 Football Gibraltar. 10 January 2019. Retrieved 28 May 2019.
  26. ^ Premier Division Player and Manager of the Month, January 2019 Football Gibraltar. 5 February 2019. Retrieved 28 May 2019.
  27. ^ Premier Division Player and Manager of the Month, February 2019 Football Gibraltar. 6 March 2019. Retrieved 28 May 2019.
  28. ^ Premier Division Player and Manager of the Month, March 2019 Football Gibraltar. 5 April 2019. Retrieved 28 May 2019.
  29. ^ Premier Division Player and Manager of the Month, April 2019 Football Gibraltar. 5 April 2019. Retrieved 28 May 2019.
  30. ^ Football Gibraltar Awards, Part 1 Football Gibraltar. 28 May 2019. Retrieved 28 May 2019.
  31. ^ Football Gibraltar Awards, Part 2 Football Gibraltar. 2 June 2019. Retrieved 2 June 2019.

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