F.C. Boca Gibraltar

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Boca Gibraltar
FC Boca Gibraltar Logo.png
Nickname(s)Boca
Founded2012
GroundVictoria Stadium, Gibraltar
Capacity2,000
OwnersAaron Edwards
Fred Martin
Sam Mead
Allen Bula Jr
Phillip Hermida
ManagerAllen Bula[1]
LeagueGibraltar National League
2018–19Gibraltar Premier Division, 10th

Boca Gibraltar is a football team from Gibraltar. They play in the Gibraltar Premier Division having previously played in the Gibraltar Second Division and they also play in the Rock Cup.[2]

History[edit]

The club was founded as Boca Juniors Gibraltar F.C. in 2012, and joined the Gibraltar Second Division for the 2012-13 season. After the Gibraltar Football Association joined UEFA in 2013, the league saw significant expansion and an influx of foreign players, however, a 10th place finish in the 14 team league was all they could muster in the 2014–15 season. After rebuilding the squad in the now 12 team division, the team finished 8th in the 2015–16 season.

Significant improvements after the departure of Red Imps, Pegasus and Britannia from the league saw an impressive 3rd place finish in 2017, while the club began referring to themselves as simply Boca Gibraltar. However, 7 points separated Boca from the top two teams, and they missed out on the promotion play-off. A restructuring in summer 2017 saw former goalkeeper and club captain Philip Hermida promoted to Director of Football, with the intention of challenging for promotion in 2018. A 1-1 draw with Ocean Village rivals Bruno's Magpies on the final day secured the Second Division title by a single point on 22 May 2018, ensuring that Boca will play in the Gibraltar Premier Division for the first time next season. In February 2019, the club was taken over by a group of investors including former player Phillip Hermida, Allen Bula Jr, and former national team coach Aaron Edwards.[3]

Current squad[edit]

Correct as of 13 August 2019.[4]

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

No. Position Player
1 Gibraltar GK Jordan Perez (captain)
2 Spain DF Juan Jiménez
3 Spain DF Gerardo López Rico
4 Spain DF Guillermo Pérez
5 Gibraltar DF Erin Barnett
8 Gibraltar FW Nathan Santos
10 Gibraltar MF Julio Bado
11 Gibraltar MF Felix Formica-Corsi
No. Position Player
12 Equatorial Guinea MF Charly
14 Gibraltar MF Haitam Fakir Sellam
15 Gibraltar MF James Chiles-Cowell
17 Spain MF José Luis Reyes
19 Gibraltar MF Sean Gilbert
23 Spain DF Jamie Campoy
26 Gibraltar GK Albert Chichon

Club staff[edit]

According to the club's website.[5]

Position Name
Club Management
Manager Gibraltar Christian Ressa
Board
Honorary President Gibraltar Lawrence Podesta
Managing Director Gibraltar Aaron Edwards
Sporting Director Gibraltar Philip Hermida
Head of Youth Development
Club Secretary
Gibraltar Allen Bula Jr.
Marketing Director Gibraltar Emilio Sansolini
Commercial Director Gibraltar Sam Mead
Medical Director Gibraltar Fred Martin
Financial Director England Anil Vatvani

References[edit]

  1. ^ Welcome Allen Bula Boca Gibraltar on Twitter. 19 December 2018. Retrieved 19 December 2018.
  2. ^ http://gibraltarfa.com/domestic-football/cup/rock-cup
  3. ^ FC Boca officially under new ownership Football Gibraltar. 27 February 2019. Retrieved 27 February 2019.
  4. ^ Boca Squad List Boca Gibraltar Official Website. Retrieved 19 August 2018.
  5. ^ About Us Boca Gibraltar official site. Retrieved 19 December 2018.

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