Europa F.C.

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Europa FC
Europa FC logo.png
Full name Europa Football Club
Nickname(s) The Green Machine
Founded 1925 (reformed 2014)
Ground Victoria Stadium,
Winston Churchill Avenue,
Gibraltar.
Ground Capacity 2,800
Chairman Peter Cabezutto
Manager Juan José Gallardo (interim)
League Gibraltar Premier Division
2017–18 Gibraltar Premier Division, 2nd
Website Club website

Europa FC are a football club from Gibraltar who play in the Gibraltar Premier Division. As with all other clubs in the territory, Europa FC currently share the Victoria Stadium on Winston Churchill Avenue.

History[edit]

The club was founded in 1925. It was continuously active up to 1970. The club merged with College in the 1980s, going by College Cosmos until 2013, and in 2014 split again from College, changing from College Europa back to Europa FC, while College 1975 entered the Gibraltar Second Division. The name change was cleared by UEFA and the Gibraltar Football Association has granted back the honours the club lost when it folded initially.

The club saw considerable success in the late 1920s and early 1930s, where it won 4 of its 6 titles. However, against the likes of Prince of Wales, the club struggled to become a major force and won its 6th and final title in the 1951-52. After further declining fortunes, the club merged with College in 1970, although it failed to see a revival in fortunes as it would continue to move between the top two divisions of Gibraltar football for the next 40 years, last being out of the top flight in 2012-13.

Despite a 4th-place finish in the 2013–14 Gibraltar Premier Division, 2014 they were the first team from Gibraltar to play the UEFA Europa League after they finished runners-up in the Rock Cup. They lost the first match 0–3 against FC Vaduz from Liechtenstein. In the second leg they lost 1–0 at home, resulting in a 4–0 aggregate defeat.[1] In 2015 the club had Gibraltar's first player to appear at a major international tournament, with Charly representing Equatorial Guinea at the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations.

In 2015 the club was renamed to their original name Europa FC.[2] The side entered the UEFA Europa League once again, without a manager as Dimas Carrasco had not yet been appointed. The side lost 9–0 on aggregate to SK Slovan Bratislava with a new look side that received criticism from fans due to the lack of Gibraltarian players and large number of Spanish signings. Another season in 2nd place followed, although July 2016 did see Europa win their first continental cup tie, winning 3–2 on aggregate against FC Pyunik in the 2016-17 UEFA Europa League.

Further investment in the side under Juan Jose Gallardo saw an influx of young Gibraltarians join the Greens to align them with the league's new Home Grown Player Rule, including eventual international Sykes Garro and, most notably, key player Liam Walker from title rivals Lincoln Red Imps. The investment in the side drew dividends as the title race between Lincoln and Europa went down to the final round of games. Victory against Glacis United on 21 May, thanks to goals from Liam Walker and Kike Gómez, saw the club win their first title since 1952. A week later, the Greens won the 2017 Rock Cup, completing a domestic treble of Pepe Reyes Cup, Gibraltar Premier Division and Rock Cup for the first time in their history. However, after their extra-time defeat to The New Saints in the 2017–18 UEFA Champions League in July 2017, Gallardo stepped down from his managerial position to focus on his role as sporting director. Jonathan Parrado was brought in to take over management of the team.

Notable managers[edit]

The following manager(s) at least one major accomplishment while in charge of Europa:

Name Period Achievements
Spain Jose Requena 2014 Europa League qualification
Bosnia and Herzegovina Bruno Akrapović 2014–15 Gibraltar Premier Cup, Europa League qualification
Spain Dimas Carrasco 2015–16 Europa League qualification
Spain Juan Jose Gallardo 2016–2017 2016–17 Domestic Treble, Europa League 2Q round

Honours[edit]

Europa FC squad on 25 June 2015
Winners (7): 1928–29, 1929–30, 1931–32, 1932–33, 1937–38, 1951–52, 2016–17
Winners: 2012–13
Winners (7): 1938, 1946, 1950, 1951, 1952, 2017, 2017–18
Winners: 2014–15
Winners: 2016–17

European record[edit]

Season Competition Round Club Home Away Aggregate
2014–15 UEFA Europa League 1Q Liechtenstein Vaduz 0–1 0–3 0–4
2015–16 UEFA Europa League 1Q Slovakia Slovan Bratislava 0–6 0–3 0–9
2016–17 UEFA Europa League 1Q Armenia Pyunik 2–0 1–2 3–2
2Q Sweden AIK 0–1 0–1 0–2
2017–18 UEFA Champions League 1Q Wales The New Saints 1–3 2–1 3–4
2018–19 UEFA Europa League PR Kosovo Prishtina 1–1 0–5 1–6
Notes
  • 1Q: First qualifying round
  • 2Q: Second qualifying round

Current squad[edit]

As of 29 June 2018

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

No. Position Player
1 Spain GK Javi Muñoz (captain)
2 Gibraltar DF Ethan Jolley
5 Ghana DF Ibrahim Ayew
6 Spain MF Iván Moya
7 Spain FW Jorge Pina
8 Spain MF Álex Quillo
9 Spain FW Kike Gómez
10 Gibraltar MF Liam Walker
13 Spain FW Rubo Blanco
14 Spain DF Jesús Toscano
No. Position Player
17 Spain FW Guillermo Roldán
19 Gibraltar FW Mikey Yome
20 Ghana MF Mustafa Yahaya
22 Argentina MF Martín Belforti
24 Spain FW Joselinho
28 Gibraltar GK Dayle Coleing
42 Spain DF Alberto Merino Sánchez (vice captain)
Spain DF Olmo Gonzalez
Gibraltar MF Tjay De Barr

Intermediate League squad[edit]

As of 1 February 2018

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

No. Position Player
12 Gibraltar MF Stefan Bonavia
15 Gibraltar MF Jordan Prescott
23 Gibraltar DF Liam Crisp
30 Gibraltar GK Jerome Mascarenhas
32 Gibraltar MF Alex Gonzalez
33 Gibraltar DF Luke Evans
35 Gibraltar DF Thomas Hastings
No. Position Player
36 Gibraltar DF Nick Busto
39 Gibraltar FW Michael Gracia
Gibraltar DF Lance Cabezutto
Gibraltar DF Aidan Casey
Gibraltar DF Carl Machin
Gibraltar DF Stefan Oliva
Gibraltar FW Declan Pizarro

References[edit]

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