Gibraltar United F.C.
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|Founded||1943 (reformed 2014)|
|Ground||Victoria Stadium, Gibraltar|
|League||Gibraltar Premier Division|
|2017–18||Gibraltar Premier Division, 4th|
Gibraltar United F.C. is a football team from Gibraltar. Founded in 1943 in the midst of World War Two, they play in the Gibraltar Football League's Premier Division. In 2011 Gibraltar United joined forces with fellow local club Lions Football Club, with the club's new name Lions Gibraltar FC who played in Gibraltar's Premier Division. In 2014 the club announced their reformation as an independent club and played in the Gibraltar Football League's second tier once again in the 2014–15 season, winning promotion as champions.
The club was founded by Gibraltarian servicemen who remained on the rock during the Second World War, as the civilian population was evacuated which put a halt to league football in Gibraltar over the war years. Gibraltar United would represent Gibraltarians and play against the UK based regiments and other military units serving in Gibraltar. Once competitive football resumed on the Rock in 1946, United sealed their first league title. The club would dominate the next 10 years before entering a dry spell, winning a few more titles in the early 1960s with their last league title in 2001–02 - the last league title won by a side other than Lincoln Red Imps for 15 years before Europa's triumph in the 2016–17 season.
Despite the triumph in 2002 breaking nearly 50 year without success at the club (aside from 3 consecutive Rock Cup victories from 1999 to 2001), the club quickly began to see a decline in fortunes against the continued dominance of Lincoln, and rumours began to emerge that the historic club was close to ceasing operations, amidst talk of a rumour with lower level club Lions FC to retain Gibraltar United's Premier Division place and adopt Lions' youth program. After merging with Lions in 2011 to form Lions Gibraltar, the club established itself as a mid-table Gibraltar Premier Division side. However, in 2014, after the Gibraltar Football Association was accepted into UEFA, the club became independent of Lions once again and competed in the Gibraltar Second Division. After a tight race with Angels and Europa Point, the club won the title and promotion to the Gibraltar Premier Division for the 2015–16 season, building a squad with strong focus on Gibraltarian footballers and hiring Manolo Sanchez Nuñez as manager. A difficult first season saw them finish narrowly above the relegation playoff, with an 8th place finish securing safety.
In April 2017, the club entered partnerships with Turicum Bank and former Real Madrid defender Michel Salgado, with the latter becoming one of the new owners of the club along with Dubai based businessman Pablo Dana. With survival confirmed at the end of the season with a 7th place finish, it was announced that Salgado would oversee youth trials in June, as well as arranging all transfers in preparation for the next season. United overauled their squad and did away with their 'local only' policy for the start of the 17/18 season though they still retained around 50% of the squad as local players with a fair number of both full and Under 21 and Under 19 Internationals. Manolo Hierro also joined the Club as Director of Football soon after the 17/18 season started.
After a 4th place finish in the 2017–18 season, manager Manolo left the club. Lucas Cazorla was hired in his place. In July 2018, Gibraltar United made international headlines when it became the first football club in the world to pay players in part with cryptocurrency, through a sponsorship with Quantocoin. Pablo Domingo Fernandez and former Sevilla FC goalkeeper Antonio Notario Caro also joined the technical staff in July 2018.
- Squad as of 9 August 2018
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
|Assistant Manager||Javier Sanchez Alfaro|
|Physical Trainer||Pablo Domingo Fernandez|
|Goalkeeping Coach||Antonio Notario|
|Team Delegate||Francis Huart|
|Intermediate Team Coach||Graham Malcolm|
|Director of Football||Manolo Hierro|
|Assistant Secretary||Jonathan McNeice|
|David Diez Espagne|
1947, 1948, 1949, 1950, 1951, 1954, 1960, 1962, 1964, 1965, 2002
- Rock Cup - 4
1947, 1999, 2000, 2001
- PRESIDENTIAL CHANGE Gibraltar United F.C. 5 September 2018. Retrieved 5 September 2018.
- Cryptocurrency and football: the future or too volatile to be trusted? The Guardian. 29 July 2018. Retrieved 29 July 2018.