Gibraltar national football team

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Gibraltar
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) Team 54[1]
Association Gibraltar Football Association
Confederation UEFA (Europe)
Head coach Jeff Wood
Captain Roy Chipolina
Most caps Joseph Chipolina (20)
Top scorer Jake Gosling (2)
Home stadium Victoria Stadium (Friendlies)
Estádio Algarve (Qualifiers)
FIFA code GIB
First colours
Second colours
Third colours
FIFA ranking
Current 205 Steady (15 september 2016)[2]
Elo ranking
Current 183 (July 2016)[3]
Highest 174 (March 2011)
Lowest 188 (July 1995)
First international
 Gibraltar 0–0 Slovakia 
(Faro, Portugal; 19 November 2013)
Biggest win
 Gibraltar 1–0 Malta 
(Faro, Portugal; 4 June 2014)
Biggest defeat
 Gibraltar 0–7 Poland 
(Faro, Portugal; 7 September 2014)
 Republic of Ireland 7–0 Gibraltar 
(Dublin, Republic of Ireland; 11 October 2014)
 Gibraltar 0–7 Germany 
(Faro, Portugal; 13 June 2015)
 Poland 8–1 Gibraltar 
(Warsaw, Poland; 7 September 2015)

The Gibraltar national football team represents Gibraltar in football competitions and is controlled by the Gibraltar Football Association. Gibraltar applied for full UEFA membership and was accepted by the UEFA Congress in May 2013 and can therefore compete in the UEFA European Championship beginning with the 2016 tournament for which the team has been competing in UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying Group D. On 13 May 2016 Gibraltar became a member of FIFA at the governing body's 66th Congress which was held in Mexico City.[4] With a population of 30,000 Gibraltar is the smallest UEFA member in terms of population.[5][6]

Despite not being an island, Gibraltar set up its first official side for the football competition at the 1993 Island Games[7] and has been a regular in the tournament, winning the 2007 edition.[8]

History[edit]

Pre-UEFA[edit]

Gibraltar's first unofficial national match took place against Jersey in the 1993 Island Games in the Isle of Wight, although the team had previously played friendlies versus professional and amateur clubs. The result was a 2–1 loss for the Gibraltarians. Gibraltar's largest unofficial win was 19–0 versus Sark, in St. Martin, Guernsey, whilst their largest unofficial loss was 5–0 versus Greenland – an autonomous region of Denmark – which also took part on the Isle of Wight, in Freshwater.

Foundation[edit]

The history of the Gibraltarian national football side can be traced back to April 1923, when it travelled to Spain to play club side Sevilla in a friendly; two games were played and Gibraltar lost both.[7] The side also managed a draw with Real Madrid in 1949.[9][10]

Island Games[edit]

Before joining UEFA, Gibraltar competed in numerous football competitions, most regularly in the Island Games.

The first competition the team entered was the 1993 Island Games, despite Gibraltar not being an island. Gibraltar lost all of its matches, scoring only one goal and finishing in last place.

They had much more success in the 1995 Island Games, which they hosted. Despite losing their opening game against Greenland, Gibraltar bounced back to record their first competitive win, against the Isle of Man. Another victory over Anglesey saw Gibraltar finish second in the group, ahead of Anglesey only on goal difference, and qualify for the semi finals. There, they beat Jersey 1–0, before losing the final to the Isle of Wight by the same scoreline.

In the 1997 Island Games, two wins and two losses in the group stage, followed by a defeat to Shetland in a playoff, saw Gibraltar finish 6th out of 9 teams. Another poor performance in 1999 saw them finish 11th.

Island Games results improved slightly in 2001, as they came 5th, and in 2003 Gibraltar recorded their biggest win ever, defeating Sark 19–0. Other good results against Greenland and Orkney saw them finish 6th out of 12. Despite these minor successes, Gibraltar did not enter the 2005 tournament.

A football team represented Gibraltar at the 2015 edition of the games even after Gibraltar was accepted by UEFA. However, the squad was a development team composed of under-19s and over-aged players with no first team senior squad members taking part.[11] The team will be coached by John Moreno.

Year Round Position GP W D L GS GA
19891991 Did not enter N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Isle of Wight 1993 7th Place Match 8 4 0 0 4 1 9
Gibraltar 1995 Runners-Up 2 5 4 0 1 5 3
Jersey 1997 5th Place Match 6 5 2 0 3 13 8
Gotland 1999 11th Place Match 11 4 1 0 3 9 11
Isle of Man 2001 5th Place Match 5 4 3 0 1 7 2
Guernsey 2003 5th Place Match 6 5 3 0 2 29 5
Shetland 2005 Did not enter N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Rhodes 2007 Champions 1 4 3 1 0 9 2
Åland Islands 2009 9th Place Match 9 4 2 1 1 12 3
Isle of Wight 2011 5th Place Match 5 3 2 0 1 14 7
Bermuda 2013 Did not enter N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Jersey 2015[nb 1] 9th Place Match 10 4 1 1 2 3 6
Total 10/14 1 Title 42 21 3 18 102 56
*Gold background colour indicates that the tournament was won. Red border colour indicates tournament was held on home soil.

FIFI "Wild Cup"[edit]

In early summer 2006 Gibraltar participated in the 2006 FIFI Wild Cup where it was ranked 3rd. The tournament was an alternative World Cup for non FIFA members, which was only held once. In Gibraltar's opening match, they drew 1–1 with the hosts, the 'Republic of St. Pauli', before beating Tibet 5–0 in their second group game to qualify for the semi-finals. There they lost 2–0 to eventual champions Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus. In the third place playoff, Gibraltar had a rematch against St. Pauli. This time Gibraltar were able to defeat the hosts, to finish in third place out of the six teams.[12]

Year Round Position GP W D L GS GA
Hamburg 2006 3rd Place Playoff 3 4 2 1 1 8 4
Total 1/1 0 Titles 4 2 1 1 8 4

2008 Four Nations[edit]

In 2008 Gibraltar accepted an invitation to participate in The Four Nations Tournament, the most prominent senior football tournament that Gibraltar had ever participated in. The 2008 Four Nations Tournament, won by England C, was played in North Wales, and was contested between Wales Semi-Pro, England C, Scotland B and guest nation Gibraltar after Northern Ireland decided not to take part. Though Gibraltar eventually finished bottom of the group, they pushed tournament winners England C close.[13]

Year Round Position GP W D L GS GA
Wales 2008 Group 4 3 0 0 3 4 11
Total 1/1 0 Titles 3 0 0 3 4 11

Record of matches[edit]

Opponents Matches Win Draw Loss GF GA
 Åland Islands 1 0 0 1 1 2
Anglesey Ynys Môn 4 1 0 3 3 6
England England C 2 1 0 1 3 2
 Faroe Islands 2 1 0 1 4 4
 Frøya 3 3 0 0 17 1
 Greenland 4 2 0 2 7 7
 Guernsey 1 0 1 0 0 0
Isle of Man Isle of Man 2 2 0 0 3 1
 Isle of Wight 4 2 0 2 6 3
 Jersey 7 1 1 5 8 15
 Madeira 1 0 0 1 0 2
 Minorca 1 1 0 0 2 1
 Monaco 2 1 1 0 6 2
 Northern Cyprus 1 0 0 1 0 2
 Orkney 2 2 0 0 9 1
 Rhodes 2 2 0 0 6 0
 Sark 1 1 0 0 19 0
Scotland Scotland Semi-Pro 1 0 0 1 2 4
 Shetland 4 1 0 3 5 6
 Tibet 1 1 0 0 5 0
Wales Wales Semi-Pro 1 0 0 1 2 6

Honours[edit]

  • Winners (1): 2007
  • Runners-up (1): 1995

FIFA membership[edit]

After becoming a member of UEFA, the GFA aimed to become a full FIFA member in time to participate in 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification.[14] On 26 September 2014, it was announced that Gibraltar's application for FIFA membership was denied, with president Sepp Blatter stating that Gibraltar is ineligible because it is not an independent country. This was despite FIFA at the time including 22 members that are not independent countries, including five in UEFA (Faroe Islands and the four Home Nations of the United Kingdom). The Gibraltar Football Association then announced that it planned to appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport, the same process by which Gibraltar successfully gained UEFA membership in 2013.[15] The CAS heard Gibraltar's case on 21 May 2015. At which time no time frame for a verdict was announced and further legal arguments would still be heard. It was expected that no decision would be reached before the FIFA congress coming the following week.[16] A ruling was announced on 2 May 2016, nearly a year after the CAS heard Gibraltar's case. As part of the ruling, FIFA was ordered to transmit Gibraltar's application for membership to the FIFA congress which was set to take place the following week in Mexico City. Additionally, FIFA was ordered to take, "all necessary steps to admit the Gibraltar Football Association as a full member of FIFA without delay." If the vote held at the congress was successful, it was believed that Gibraltar would be a last-minute addition to 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification.[17] In FIFA's official statement regarding the ruling, the organization said that the it expected to discuss the matter at the upcoming congress and discuss a course of action, including potentially altering the congress agenda to submit Gibraltar's application for membership.[18] On 13 May 2016, Gibraltar was accepted as a member of FIFA with a vote of 172 to 12 in favour. Gibraltar became FIFA's 211th member immediately after the Football Federation of Kosovo was voted member 210.[19]

FIFA World Cup[edit]

World Cup Record Qualification record
Year Round Pos Pld W D L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
1930 to 2014 Not a FIFA member Not a FIFA member
Russia 2018 Qualification Group H 1 0 0 1 1 4
Qatar 2022 To be determined - - - - - -
Total 0/22 - 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 1 4

UEFA acceptance[edit]

Gibraltar starting XI in UEFA debut against Slovakia

Gibraltar first applied for UEFA membership in 1999 but was rejected because of intense opposition from Spain. Spain's opposition stemmed not only from claiming ownership of the territory but from fear that Gibraltar's acceptance would set a precedent that would inspire the separatist Basque national football team and Catalan national football teams to apply for UEFA membership as well. The issue was voted on again in 2007 but only three member nations (England, Scotland, and Wales)[10] supported Gibraltar's bid after Spain threatened to withdraw Spanish teams from all UEFA competitions. UEFA then established rules, which were introduced following pressure from Spain, restricting membership to sovereign states recognised as such by the United Nations. The Gibraltar FA then went to the Court of Arbitration for Sport in 2007 and again in 2011 after an appeal and it was ruled that Gibraltar could not be refused membership because the sovereignty rules were not established until after Gibraltar's 1999 and 2007 applications. At this time, Gibraltar was named a provisional member of UEFA and was granted permission to enter national teams in under-17 and under-19 tournaments for the first time.[20][21]

The GFA was accepted as a full UEFA member by resolution of the UEFA congress held in London on 24 May 2013, with only Spain and Belarus opposed.[22][23] This meant Gibraltar became the smallest UEFA member by population, behind San Marino, then Liechtenstein and the Faroe Islands. As a result of the vote, the Gibraltar national team became eligible to enter the qualification tournaments for UEFA's premier national team competition, the European Championship. The first such opportunity was the Euro 2016 qualifying campaign, which would kick off in September 2014. Following the examples of Armenia-Azerbaijan and Russia-Georgia, it was confirmed that Gibraltar and Spain would be kept apart in qualifying groups.[6]

After being accepted into UEFA, the GFA outlined adjusted eligibility criteria for the selection of players for the national squad. To be eligible, a player must be British passport-holders who were born in Gibraltar, have Gibraltarian parents or grandparents, or have attended school for five years locally.[24] Former Manchester United, Derby County, Southampton and Stoke City defender Danny Higginbotham, whose uncle Allen Bula was the team manager, was eligible to be called up because of this criteria adjustment.[25][26] On 18 September 2013, Higginbotham announced that he agreed in "principle" to play for Gibraltar.[27][28] Recruiting of English-born players by manager Allen Bula was unpopular with some fans,[29] and in 2015 Bula's successor Jeff Wood said he would use more home-based players and develop local talent while still searching for eligible players elsewhere.[30]

Gibraltar's first official international match was a 0–0 friendly draw against Slovakia, on 19 November 2013 at the Estadio Algarve in Portugal.[31][32] On 23 February 2014, Gibraltar was drawn in Group D for the UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying alongside Germany, Poland, Georgia, Republic of Ireland and Scotland. Initially, Gibraltar were drawn into the same group as Spain for the tournament but the previous decision to keep the two teams apart in qualifying rounds was upheld and Gibraltar was immediately moved into another group. This was their first time participating in an official European competition.[33] In June 2014, Gibraltar recorded their first ever victory under UEFA with a 1–0 win against Malta, the goal coming from Kyle Casciaro.[34]

Euro 2016 qualifying[edit]

On 7 September 2014, Gibraltar played their first competitive match – a Euro 2016 qualifier against Poland. Despite coming into the game with optimism and excitement, they were still massive underdogs[35] and although the half time score was only 1–0 to Poland, it ended 7–0.[36] On 11 October 2014, they were defeated once again by 7–0, this time by Republic of Ireland, in their second Euro 2016 qualifier. In their third match, they were beaten for the third time by Georgia 3–0.

On 29 March 2015, Gibraltar scored their first ever goal in a full international competitive match. Lee Casciaro scored against Scotland at Hampden Park, Glasgow during the first half to level the match at 1–1. However, Scotland went on to win 6–1.[37] In July 2015, Englishman Jeff Wood was appointed manager, succeeding caretaker Dave Wilson who took over from Gibraltar's first manager Allen Bula in March 2015.[38] Gibraltar could not repeat their performance of scoring a goal in the next two matches; losing 7–0 away against Germany[39] and 4–0 against Republic of Ireland.[40] On 7 September 2015, Jake Gosling scored Gibraltar's second-ever competitive goal; netting a late consolation goal as his team was defeated 8–1 by Poland.[41] Gibraltar finished its maiden qualifying campaign last in its group with zero points.[42] With a 0–6 defeat to Scotland in the final match of qualifying, Gibraltar allowed 56 total goals throughout qualification, surpassing San Marino's previous record of 53 in a 10-match qualification process.[43]

UEFA European Football Championship[edit]

UEFA Euro Record Qualification record
Year Round Pos Pld W D L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
1960 to 2012 Not a UEFA member Not a UEFA member
France 2016 Did not qualify 10 0 0 10 2 56
Total 0/16 - 0 0 0 0 0 0 10 0 0 10 2 56

Record of matches[edit]

The following table shows Gibraltar's all-time international record, correct as of 6 September 2016. Only official matches are included.

Opponents P W D L GF GA GD Win % First Last
 Croatia 1 0 0 1 0 4 −4 00.00 2015 2015
 Estonia 2 0 1 1 1 3 −2 00.00 2014 2014
 Faroe Islands 1 0 0 1 1 4 −3 00.00 2014 2014
 Georgia 2 0 0 2 0 7 −7 00.00 2014 2015
 Germany 2 0 0 2 0 11 −11 00.00 2014 2015
 Greece 1 0 0 1 1 4 −3 00.00 2016 2016
 Latvia 1 0 0 1 0 5 −5 00.00 2016 2016
 Liechtenstein 1 0 1 0 0 0 +0 00.00 2016 2016
 Malta 1 1 0 0 1 0 +1 100.000 2014 2014
 Poland 2 0 0 2 1 15 −14 00.00 2014 2015
 Portugal 1 0 0 1 0 5 −5 00.00 2016 2016
 Republic of Ireland 2 0 0 2 0 11 −11 00.00 2014 2015
 Scotland 2 0 0 2 1 12 −11 00.00 2015 2015
 Slovakia 1 0 1 0 0 0 +0 00.00 2013 2013
Total 20 1 3 16 6 81 −75 05.00 2013 2016

Recent results and forthcoming fixtures[edit]

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

The following 26 players were called up for the 2018 World Cup qualifiers against Estonia and Belgium in October 2016.[44]

Caps and goals are correct as of 6 September 2016 after the game against Greece.

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Jordan Perez (1986-11-13) 13 November 1986 (age 29) 16 0 Gibraltar St Joseph's
13 1GK Jamie Robba (1991-10-26) 26 October 1991 (age 24) 8 0 England Torquay United
23 1GK Kyle Goldwin (1985-04-24) 24 April 1985 (age 31) 0 0 Gibraltar Gibraltar United
1GK Deren Ibrahim (1988-06-03) 3 June 1988 (age 28) 0 0 England Dartford

3 2DF Joseph Chipolina (1987-12-14) 14 December 1987 (age 28) 20 0 Gibraltar Lincoln Red Imps
6 2DF Roy Chipolina (Captain) (1983-01-20) 20 January 1983 (age 33) 19 1 Gibraltar Lincoln Red Imps
5 2DF Ryan Casciaro (1982-12-11) 11 December 1982 (age 33) 18 0 Gibraltar Lincoln Red Imps
20 2DF Jean-Carlos Garcia (1992-07-05) 5 July 1992 (age 24) 15 0 Gibraltar Lincoln Red Imps
2 2DF Scott Wiseman (1985-10-09) 9 October 1985 (age 30) 9 0 England Scunthorpe United
15 2DF Erin Barnett (1996-09-02) 2 September 1996 (age 20) 6 0 Unattached
12 2DF Jayce Olivero (1998-07-02) 2 July 1998 (age 18) 3 0 Gibraltar Lions Gibraltar

14 3MF Jamie Bosio (1991-09-29) 29 September 1991 (age 24) 7 0 England Canterbury City
10 3MF Liam Walker (1988-04-13) 13 April 1988 (age 28) 19 1 Gibraltar Europa
17 3MF Anthony Bardon (1993-01-19) 19 January 1993 (age 23) 9 0 Gibraltar Lincoln Red Imps
8 3MF Aaron Payas (1985-05-24) 24 May 1985 (age 31) 9 0 Gibraltar Manchester 62
21 3MF Robert Guilling (1980-10-15) 15 October 1980 (age 35) 9 0 Gibraltar Lynx
7 3MF Jeremy Lopez (1989-07-09) 9 July 1989 (age 27) 6 0 Gibraltar Manchester 62
18 3MF Anthony Hernandez (1995-02-03) 3 February 1995 (age 21) 5 0 Gibraltar Manchester 62
3MF Ashley Rodriguez (1989-11-13) 13 November 1989 (age 26) 0 0 Gibraltar Gibraltar United

9 4FW Kyle Casciaro (1987-12-02) 2 December 1987 (age 28) 18 1 Gibraltar Lincoln Red Imps
4FW Lee Casciaro (1981-09-29) 29 September 1981 (age 34) 11 1 Gibraltar Lincoln Red Imps
11 4FW George Cabrera (1988-12-14) 14 December 1988 (age 27) 5 0 Gibraltar Lincoln Red Imps
22 4FW Michael Yome (1994-08-29) 29 August 1994 (age 22) 6 0 Gibraltar Manchester 62
19 4FW Jamie Coombes (1996-05-27) 27 May 1996 (age 20) 4 0 Gibraltar Manchester 62
16 4FW Robert Montovio (1984-08-03) 3 August 1984 (age 32) 2 0 Gibraltar Gibraltar United
4FW Adam Priestley (1990-08-14) 14 August 1990 (age 26) 11 0 England Alfreton Town

Recent call-ups[edit]

The following players have been called up within the past twelve months or withdrew from the current squad due to injury or suspension.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Andrew Walker (1997-01-29) 29 January 1997 (age 19) 0 0 England Coventry City v.  Portugal, 1 September 2016 PRE
GK Dayle Coleing (1996-10-23) 23 October 1996 (age 19) 0 0 England Thackley v.  Latvia, 29 March 2016
GK Liam Neale (1996-12-01) 1 December 1996 (age 19) 0 0 Gibraltar Lions Gibraltar v.  Scotland, 11 October 2015

DF Jack Sergeant (1995-02-27) 27 February 1995 (age 21) 11 0 Gibraltar Manchester 62 v.  Portugal, 1 September 2016 PRE
DF Justin Rovegno (1989-07-17) 17 July 1989 (age 27) 1 0 Gibraltar Manchester 62 v.  Latvia, 29 March 2016
DF Ethan Jolley (1997-03-29) 29 March 1997 (age 19) 0 0 Gibraltar Lynx v.  Latvia, 29 March 2016
DF Brad Power (1992-10-29) 29 October 1992 (age 23) 0 0 Gibraltar Gibraltar United v.  Latvia, 29 March 2016
DF Alain Pons (1995-09-16) 16 September 1995 (age 21) 0 0 Gibraltar Lincoln Red Imps v.  Latvia, 29 March 2016

MF Jake Gosling (1993-08-11) 11 August 1993 (age 23) 11 2 England Cambridge United v.  Portugal, 1 September 2016 PRE
MF Dean Torrilla (1994-07-30) 30 July 1994 (age 22) 0 0 Gibraltar Lincoln Red Imps v.  Greece, 6 September 2016
MF Shaun De Los Santos (1998-01-26) 26 January 1998 (age 18) 0 0 Gibraltar Manchester 62 v.  Latvia, 29 March 2016
MF Brian Perez (1986-09-16) 16 September 1986 (age 30) 6 0 Gibraltar Manchester 62 v.  Scotland, 11 October 2015
MF Daniel Duarte (1979-10-25) 25 October 1979 (age 36) 5 0 Gibraltar Manchester 62 v.  Scotland, 11 October 2015
MF Liam Clarke (1987-12-04) 4 December 1987 (age 28) 0 0 Gibraltar Manchester 62 v.  Scotland, 11 October 2015
MF Jesse Victory (1996-04-02) 2 April 1996 (age 20) 0 0 Gibraltar Manchester 62 v.  Georgia, 8 October 2015 PRE

FW John-Paul Duarte (1987-01-11) 11 January 1987 (age 29) 9 0 Gibraltar Manchester 62 v.  Latvia, 29 March 2016
FW Evan Green (1993-03-13) 13 March 1993 (age 23) 0 0 Gibraltar Lions Gibraltar v.  Latvia, 29 March 2016
  • INJ Withdrew from the squad due to an injury.
  • PRE Preliminary squad.
  • RET Retired from the national team.

Player history[edit]

The Gibraltar national football team at the Victoria Stadium in March 2014

Most capped[edit]

As of 6 September 2016

See more: List of Gibraltar international footballers

# Name Career Caps Goals
1 Joseph Chipolina 2013– 20 0
2 Roy Chipolina 2013– 19 1
Liam Walker 2013– 19 1
4 Kyle Casciaro 2013– 18 1
Ryan Casciaro 2013– 18 0
6 Jordan Perez 2013– 16 0
7 Jean-Carlos Garcia 2014– 15 0
8 Jake Gosling 2014– 11 2
Adam Priestley 2013– 11 0
Jack Sergeant 2013– 11 0
Lee Casciaro 2014– 11 1
With two goals, Jake Gosling is Gibraltar's all-time scoring leader since joining UEFA. He was also the first player to score an away goal and to score more than one goal for Gibraltar.

Most goals[edit]

As of 1 September 2016

Players with an equal number of goals are ranked in order of average.

# Name Career Goals Caps Average
1 Jake Gosling 2014– 2 11 0.182
2 Lee Casciaro 2014– 1 10 0.1
Kyle Casciaro 2013– 1 17 0.059
Roy Chipolina 2013– 1 18 0.056
Liam Walker 2013– 1 18 0.056

Captains[edit]

As of 1 September 2016

# Player Career Captain Caps Total Caps
1 Roy Chipolina 2013– 18 18
2 Liam Walker 2013– 1 18

Goalkeepers[edit]

As of 1 September 2016

# Player Career Games Wins GA GAA
1 Jordan Perez 2013– 15 1 44 2.933
2 Jamie Robba 2014– 8 1 25 3.125
  • ^1 Players in bold are still actively competing and are available for selection

Gibraltar managers[edit]

Up to date as of 1 September 2016
Manager Nation Gibraltar career Played Won Drawn Lost GF GA Win %
Bula, AllenAllen Bula Gibraltar 2013–2015 9 1 2 6 3 28 11.11
Wilson, DavidDavid Wilson Scotland 2015 3 0 0 3 1 17 00.00
Wood, JeffJeff Wood England 2015– 7 0 1 6 1 32 00.00

Personnel[edit]

Allen Bula, Gibraltar's head coach between 2010 and 2015

Current technical staff[edit]

As of 6 July 2015[45][46]

Position Name
Head Coach England Jeff Wood
Assistant Coach Scotland David Wilson
Head of logistics Gibraltar Aaron Edwards
Goalkeeper Coach Gibraltar Manuel Perez
Assistant Goalkeeper Coach Gibraltar Karl Valarino
Team Doctor Gibraltar Dr. Nathan Chichon
Team Physiotherapist Gibraltar Iain Latin
Team Osteopath England Paul Knight
Massage Therapist Gibraltar Gareth Henwood

Stadium[edit]

Before being accepted into UEFA, the team played its home games at Victoria Stadium, the 5,000-seat national stadium of Gibraltar. There were plans to replace the stadium with the proposed 8,000-seat Europa Point Stadium which was expected to be completed for UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying.[47][48][49] Construction was expected to begin in October 2013.[50] While a new stadium is under construction, the team will play its home matches at Estádio Algarve about four hours away in Portugal since the Victoria Stadium does not meet UEFA standards for international matches. Former national team manager Allen Bula stated that the team would play at the stadium for "a few years" until the Europa Point Stadium is complete.[51] Although the Victoria Stadium cannot be used for qualifying matches, it can be used for friendlies when Gibraltar chooses to do so.[52] In December 2014 the GFA applied for an exemption from UEFA to allow for competitive matches to be held at the Victoria Stadium although it did not meet minimum requirements. The exemption was filed based upon UEFA regulations which allow for an exemption to be granted because of "hardship". At that time, UEFA said that all scheduled matches, such as those during Euro 2016 qualification, would take place in the already-determined locations but a determination would be made for future competitions.[53] In February 2016 the Gibraltar government announced that over the previous four years numerous improvements had been made to the Victoria Stadium including the installation of approved AstroTurf and lighting which surpassed the requirements for a Category 2 stadium but did not quite meet Category 3. These improvements allowed for UEFA Champions League and Europa League matches to be played at the stadium.[54] In September 2015 it was announced that the GFA was considering the site of the Lathbury Barracks as an alternative to Europa Point following strong opposition from some Gibraltarians. At the time it was also revealed that UEFA would not fund renovations to the Victoria Stadium but would fund the construction of a new stadium. Additionally UEFA backed down from its original demands for a Category 4 stadium and would allow for the construction and use of a 4,000 to 6,000 seat venue.[55] In February 2016 the Government of Gibraltar announced that it expected to be presented for plans at the Lathbury site very soon.[54]

See also[edit]

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ Development team from 2015 edition onward

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