Europa F.C.

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Europa FC
Europa FC logo.png
Full nameEuropa Football Club
Nickname(s)The Green Machine
Founded1925 (reformed 2014)
GroundVictoria Stadium,
Winston Churchill Avenue,
Gibraltar.
Capacity2,000
ChairmanPeter Cabezutto
ManagerRafa Escobar
LeagueGibraltar Premier Division
2017–18Gibraltar Premier Division, 2nd
WebsiteClub website

Europa FC is 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
2018
2016–17 Domestic Treble, Europa League 2Q round, 2018 Rock Cup

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, 2018-19

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]

First team[edit]

As of 3 February 2019

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 (vice-captain)
2 Gibraltar DF Ethan Jolley
3 France DF Nalys Castro
4 Spain DF Olmo Gonzalez
5 Ghana DF Ibrahim Ayew
6 Denmark DF Emil Peter Jørgensen
7 Gibraltar FW Lee Muscat
8 Spain MF Álex Quillo
9 Spain FW Manuel Arana
10 Gibraltar MF Liam Walker (captain)
11 Gibraltar MF Tjay De Barr (vice-captain)
No. Position Player
12 Germany MF Razak Iddrisu
14 Spain DF Jesús Toscano
15 Spain MF Domingo
16 Gibraltar FW Mikey Yome
17 Spain MF Urko Arroyo
18 Gibraltar MF Aaron Payas
19 Spain FW Manu Dimas
20 Ghana MF Mustafa Yahaya
22 Gibraltar DF Thomas Hastings
23 Gibraltar GK Dayle Coleing
43 Gibraltar DF Lance Cabezutto

Intermediate League squad[edit]

As of 5 March 2019

The following players are registered to play in the Gibraltar Intermediate League. Players in italics are also registered for the first team.

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 Daniel Tudela
2 Gibraltar DF Jesse Picardo Peralta
3 Spain DF Billy Moyano
4 Gibraltar FW Julian Celecia
5 Gibraltar GK Stefan Mascharenhas
6 Gibraltar DF Jordan Prescott
7 Gibraltar MF Nicholas Fortuna
8 Gibraltar DF Lance Cabezutto
10 Gibraltar FW Morris Figueras
11 Gibraltar MF Kaydrian Martinez
12 Germany MF Razak Iddrisu
13 Gibraltar GK Kaydon Migge
14 Gibraltar FW Walid Ben Abdel Hanin
No. Position Player
16 Gibraltar MF Jemar Matto (captain)
17 Gibraltar DF Dylan Sharp
19 Gibraltar MF Lee Muscat
20 Gibraltar DF Abel Gomez
22 Ghana MF Rami Baroudi
Gibraltar DF Haytam Acharki
Gibraltar DF Kevin Gonzalez
Gibraltar DF Thomas Hastings
Spain DF Karim Piñero (vice-captain)
Gibraltar MF Riki Duarte
Gibraltar MF Sean Gilbert
Gibraltar MF Philip Gillingwater-Pedersen
Gibraltar FW Devon Ballester

References[edit]

  1. ^ uefa.com. "UEFA Europa League 2014/15 - History - Vaduz-Europa FC – UEFA.com".
  2. ^ "Europa FC – Timeline – Facebook".

External links[edit]