Gibraltar national football team


Gibraltar
Nickname(s)Team 54[1]
Los Llanis
AssociationGibraltar Football Association
ConfederationUEFA (Europe)
Head coachJulio César Ribas
CaptainRoy Chipolina
Most capsLiam Walker (54)
Top scorerLee Casciaro (3)
Home stadiumVictoria Stadium
FIFA codeGIB
First colours
Second colours
Third colours
FIFA ranking
Current 195 (27 May 2021)[2]
Highest190 (October 2018)
Lowest206 (April 2017 – March 2018)
First international
 Gibraltar 0–0 Slovakia 
(Faro, Portugal; 19 November 2013)
Biggest win
Biggest defeat
 Belgium 9–0 Gibraltar 
(Liège, Belgium; 31 August 2017)

The Gibraltar national football team represents Gibraltar in international 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 competed 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.[3] Gibraltar is the second smallest UEFA member in terms of population (only San Marino has a smaller population) and the smallest in terms of area.[4][5]

Despite not being an island, Gibraltar set up its first official side for the football competition at the 1993 Island Games[6] and has been a regular in the tournament, winning the 2007 edition.[7]

History


Pre-UEFA

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

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.[6] The side also managed a draw with Real Madrid in 1949.[8][9]

Island Games

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.[10] The team was coached by John Moreno.

FIFI "Wild Cup"

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 - following Gibraltar's games against Cyprus in 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification games in 2017, Gibraltar achieved a rare feat of playing both Cypriot national teams. 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.[11]

2008 Four Nations

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.[12]

FIFA membership

After becoming a member of UEFA (see below), the GFA aimed to become a full FIFA member in time to participate in 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification.[13] 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.[14] 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.[15] 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.[16] In FIFA's official statement regarding the ruling, the organization said that 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.[17] 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.[18]

UEFA acceptance

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)[9] 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.[19][20]

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.[21][22] 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.[5]

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 a British passport holder who was born in Gibraltar, or has Gibraltarian parents or grandparents, or has attended school for five years locally.[23] 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.[24][25] On 18 September 2013, Higginbotham announced that he agreed in "principle" to play for Gibraltar.[26][27] Recruiting of English-born players by manager Allen Bula was unpopular with some fans,[28] 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.[29]

Gibraltar's first official international match was a 0–0 friendly draw against Slovakia, on 19 November 2013 at the Estadio Algarve in Portugal.[30] 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.[31] In June 2014, Gibraltar recorded their first ever victory under UEFA with a 1–0 win against Malta, the goal coming from Kyle Casciaro.[32]

Euro 2016 qualifying

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[33] and although the half time score was only 1–0 to Poland, it ended 7–0.[citation needed] 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.[34] 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.[35] Gibraltar could not repeat their performance of scoring a goal in the next two matches; losing 7–0 away against Germany[36] and 4–0 against Republic of Ireland.[37] 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.[38] Gibraltar finished its maiden qualifying campaign last in its group with zero points.[39] 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.[40]

Stadium


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 a proposed 8,000-seat stadium at Europa Point, which was expected to be completed for UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying.[41][42][43] Due to the lack of suitable facilities in Gibraltar, the team played its competitive home matches at Estádio Algarve about four hours away in Portugal, from 2013 until 2018. Former national team manager Allen Bula stated that the team would play at the stadium for "a few years" until the Europa Point Stadium was complete.[44] Although the Victoria Stadium could not be used for qualifying matches, UEFA allowed its use for friendlies when Gibraltar chose to do so.[45]

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.[46] 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.[47]

In September 2015, after plans for Europa Point were abandoned, the GFA explored other sites including Lathbury Barracks, as UEFA were unwilling at the time to fund improvements to Victoria Stadium while it was government owned.[48] In February 2016 the Government of Gibraltar announced that it expected to be presented for plans at the Lathbury site very soon.[47] However, in 2017 a deal was agreed for the Gibraltar FA to purchase Victoria Stadium with UEFA funding, and re-develop the stadium to meet UEFA standards.[49] The stadium was subsequently approved to host UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying games in March 2020

Recent results and forthcoming fixtures


2020

5 September 2020 (2020-09-05) 2020–21 UEFA Nations League D Gibraltar  1–0  San Marino Gibraltar
15:00
Report Stadium: Victoria Stadium
Attendance: 0
Referee: Aleksandrs Anufrijevs (Latvia)
7 October 2020 (2020-10-07) Friendly Malta  2–0  Gibraltar Ta' Qali, Malta
20:45
Report Stadium: National Stadium
Attendance: 0
Referee: Nikola Popov (Bulgaria)
10 October 2020 (2020-10-10) 2020–21 UEFA Nations League D Liechtenstein  0–1  Gibraltar Vaduz, Liechtenstein
20:45 Report
Stadium: Rheinpark Stadion
Referee: Kirill Levnikov (Russia)
11 November 2020 (2020-11-11) Friendly Bulgaria  3–0  Gibraltar Sofia, Bulgaria
19:30
Report Stadium: Vasil Levski National Stadium
Attendance: 0
Referee: Sebastian Colţescu (Romania)
14 November 2020 (2020-11-14) 2020–21 UEFA Nations League D San Marino  0–0  Gibraltar Serravalle, San Marino
20:45 Report Stadium: San Marino Stadium
Attendance: 0
Referee: Kateryna Monzul (Ukraine)
17 November 2020 (2020-11-17) 2020–21 UEFA Nations League D Gibraltar  1–1  Liechtenstein Gibraltar
20:45 Frommelt  17' (o.g.) Report N. Frick  44' Stadium: Victoria Stadium
Referee: Trustin Farrugia Cann (Malta)

2021

24 March 2021 (2021-03-24) 2022 World Cup qualifying Gibraltar  0–3  Norway Gibraltar
20:45 Report
Stadium: Victoria Stadium
Attendance: 0
Referee: Duje Strukan (Croatia)
27 March 2021 (2021-03-27) 2022 World Cup qualifying Montenegro  4–1  Gibraltar Podgorica, Montenegro
15:00
Report
Stadium: Podgorica City Stadium
Attendance: 0
Referee: Manuel Schüttengruber (Austria)
30 March 2021 (2021-03-30) 2022 World Cup qualifying Gibraltar  0–7  Netherlands Gibraltar
20:45 Report
Stadium: Victoria Stadium
Referee: João Pinheiro (Portugal)
4 June 2021 (2021-06-04) Friendly Slovenia  6–0  Gibraltar Koper, Slovenia
20:45
Report Stadium: Bonifika
Referee: Haris Kaljanac (Bosnia and Herzegovina)
7 June 2021 (2021-06-07) Friendly Andorra  0–0  Gibraltar Andorra la Vella, Andorra
20:45 Report Stadium: Estadi Nacional
Referee: Philip Farrugia (Malta)
1 September 2021 (2021-09-01) 2022 World Cup qualifying Latvia  v  Gibraltar
20:45 Report
4 September 2021 (2021-09-04) 2022 World Cup qualifying Gibraltar  v  Turkey Gibraltar
20:45 Report Stadium: Victoria Stadium
7 September 2021 (2021-09-07) 2022 World Cup qualifying Norway  v  Gibraltar
Report
8 October 2021 (2021-10-08) 2022 World Cup qualifying Gibraltar  v  Montenegro Gibraltar
20:45 Report Stadium: Victoria Stadium
11 October 2021 (2021-10-11) 2022 World Cup qualifying Netherlands  v  Gibraltar
20:45 Report
13 November 2021 (2021-11-13) 2022 World Cup qualifying Turkey  v  Gibraltar
Report
16 November 2021 (2021-11-16) 2022 World Cup qualifying Gibraltar  v  Latvia
20:45 Report

Personnel


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

Current technical staff

As of 23 June 2019[50][51]

Position Name
Head coach Julio César Ribas
Assistant coach Jose Carlos Gil Prieto
Goalkeeper coach Christian Wink
Technical director Desi Curry
Match analyst Jansen Moreno
Team doctor Dr Keith Gracia
Head physiotherapist
Fitness coach
Iain Latin
Team physiotherapist Andrew Rodriguez
Team osteopath Paul Knight
Massage therapist Gareth Henwood

Coaching history

Up to date as of 7 June 2021
Manager Nation Gibraltar career Played Won Drawn Lost GF GA Win %
Allen Bula 2013–2015 9 1 2 6 3 28 011.11
David Wilson (interim) 2015 3 0 0 3 1 17 000.00
Jeff Wood 2015–2018 17 0 1 16 4 79 000.00
Desi Curry (interim) 2018 1 1 0 0 1 0 100.00
Julio César Ribas 2018– 27 4 3 20 12 74 014.81

Players


Current squad

The following players were called up for the following friendlies:[52]

  • Match date: 4 June and 7 June 2021
  • Opposition:  Slovenia and  Andorra
  • Caps and goals correct as of: 7 June 2021, after the match against  Andorra.
No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Kyle Goldwin (1985-04-24) 24 April 1985 (age 36) 19 0 Lincoln Red Imps
23 1GK Dayle Coleing (1996-10-23) 23 October 1996 (age 24) 11 0 Glentoran
13 1GK Bradley Banda (1998-01-20) 20 January 1998 (age 23) 0 0 Europa

14 2DF Roy Chipolina (Captain) (1983-01-20) 20 January 1983 (age 38) 50 2 Lincoln Red Imps
2DF Jack Sergeant (1995-02-27) 27 February 1995 (age 26) 37 0 Lincoln Red Imps
6 2DF Scott Wiseman (1985-10-09) 9 October 1985 (age 35) 21 0 Lincoln Red Imps
5 2DF Louie Annesley (2000-05-03) 3 May 2000 (age 21) 19 0 Blackburn Rovers
16 2DF Aymen Mouelhi (1986-09-14) 14 September 1986 (age 34) 17 0 St Joseph's
20 2DF Ethan Britto (2000-11-30) 30 November 2000 (age 20) 11 0 Lincoln Red Imps
21 2DF Jamie Bosio (1991-03-27) 27 March 1991 (age 30) 4 0 Europa
3 2DF Kenneth Chipolina (1994-04-08) 8 April 1994 (age 27) 3 0 St Joseph's
4 2DF Ethan Santos (1998-12-22) 22 December 1998 (age 22) 3 0 Mons Calpe

11 3MF Alain Pons (1995-09-16) 16 September 1995 (age 25) 23 0 St Joseph's
8 3MF Mohamed Badr (1989-11-25) 25 November 1989 (age 31) 11 0 Europa
22 3MF Graeme Torrilla (1997-09-03) 3 September 1997 (age 23) 8 1 Lincoln Red Imps
17 3MF Kian Ronan (2001-03-09) 9 March 2001 (age 20) 8 0 Lincoln Red Imps
2 3MF Julian Valarino (2000-06-23) 23 June 2000 (age 21) 5 0 Lincoln Red Imps
10 3MF Scott Ballantine (1996-04-12) 12 April 1996 (age 25) 0 0 Manchester 62
7 3MF Bilal Douah (2003-07-25) 25 July 2003 (age 18) 0 0 Mons Calpe
15 3MF Kieron Garcia (1998-08-04) 4 August 1998 (age 22) 0 0 Manchester 62

19 4FW Tjay De Barr (2000-03-13) 13 March 2000 (age 21) 24 2 Lincoln Red Imps
9 4FW Reece Styche (1989-05-03) 3 May 1989 (age 32) 14 2 Hednesford Town
18 4FW Kelvin Morgan (1997-11-14) 14 November 1997 (age 23) 1 0 St Joseph's
12 4FW Ayoub El Hmidi (2000-09-30) 30 September 2000 (age 20) 0 0 Mons Calpe

Recent call-ups

The following players have been called up within the past twelve months.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Jamie Robba (1991-10-26) 26 October 1991 (age 29) 8 0 St Joseph's v.  Netherlands, 30 March 2021

DF Jayce Olivero (1998-07-02) 2 July 1998 (age 23) 34 0 Europa v.  Netherlands, 30 March 2021
DF Erin Barnett (1996-09-02) 2 September 1996 (age 24) 25 0 St Joseph's v.  Netherlands, 30 March 2021
DF Ethan Jolley (1997-03-29) 29 March 1997 (age 24) 10 0 Europa v.  Netherlands, 30 March 2021
DF Antony Moulds (1988-02-04) 4 February 1988 (age 33) 2 0 St Joseph's v.  Netherlands, 30 March 2021
DF Jared Buhagiar (1992-10-20) 20 October 1992 (age 28) 0 0 Lions Gibraltar v.  Netherlands, 30 March 2021
DF Brad Power (1992-10-29) 29 October 1992 (age 28) 0 0 Lynx v.  Netherlands, 30 March 2021
DF Jean-Carlos Garcia (1992-07-05) 5 July 1992 (age 29) 26 0 Bruno's Magpies v.  San Marino, 5 September 2020

MF Liam Walker (1988-04-13) 13 April 1988 (age 33) 53 2 Lincoln Red Imps v.  Netherlands, 30 March 2021
MF Kyle Casciaro (1987-12-02) 2 December 1987 (age 33) 26 1 Free agent v.  Netherlands, 30 March 2021
MF Anthony Hernandez (1995-02-03) 3 February 1995 (age 26) 24 1 Europa v.  Netherlands, 30 March 2021
MF Andrew Hernandez (1999-01-10) 10 January 1999 (age 22) 11 0 St Joseph's v.  Netherlands, 30 March 2021
MF Jaydan Parody (1998-05-08) 8 May 1998 (age 23) 0 0 Glacis United v.  Netherlands, 30 March 2021
MF Kevagn Ronco (1998-04-20) 20 April 1998 (age 23) 0 0 Mons Calpe v.  Netherlands, 30 March 2021
MF Jaron Vinet (1997-12-12) 12 December 1997 (age 23) 0 0 Europa v.  Netherlands, 30 March 2021
MF Jeremy Lopez (1989-07-09) 9 July 1989 (age 32) 8 0 Bruno's Magpies v.  San Marino, 5 September 2020 PRE
MF Nick Castle (1994-01-18) 18 January 1994 (age 27) 0 0 Glacis United v.  San Marino, 5 September 2020 PRE
MF Shaun De Los Santos (1998-01-26) 26 January 1998 (age 23) 0 0 Mons Calpe v.  San Marino, 5 September 2020 PRE

FW Lee Casciaro (1981-09-29) 29 September 1981 (age 39) 39 3 Lincoln Red Imps v.  Netherlands, 30 March 2021
FW Jamie Coombes (1996-05-27) 27 May 1996 (age 25) 19 0 Bruno's Magpies v.  Netherlands, 30 March 2021
FW Dylan Borge (2003-10-15) 15 October 2003 (age 17) 1 0 Europa v.  Netherlands, 30 March 2021
FW Dylan Peacock (2001-08-24) 24 August 2001 (age 19) 0 0 Lincoln Red Imps v.  Netherlands, 30 March 2021
FW Adam Priestley (1990-08-14) 14 August 1990 (age 30) 18 1 Yorkshire Amateur v.  Liechtenstein, 17 November 2020

INJ Withdrew from the squad due to an injury
PRE Preliminary squad
RET Retired from the national team
WD Withdrew for other reasons

Player records


As of 8 June 2021
Players in bold are still active with Gibraltar.

Most appearances

Liam Walker is the most capped player for Gibraltar.
Rank Player Caps Goals Career
1 Liam Walker 53 2 2013–present
2 Roy Chipolina 50 2 2013–present
3 Joseph Chipolina 42 2 2013–present
4 Lee Casciaro 39 3 2014–present
5 Jack Sergeant 37 0 2013–present
6 Jayce Olivero 34 0 2016–present
7 Anthony Bardon 29 0 2014–2019
8 Kyle Casciaro 26 1 2013–present
Jean-Carlos Garcia 26 0 2014–present
10 Erin Barnett 25 0 2015–present

Top goalscorers

The Gibraltarian top scorer Lee Casciaro
Rank Player Goals Caps Ratio Career
1 Lee Casciaro 3 39 0.077 2014–present
2 Jake Gosling 2 12 0.167 2014–2018
Reece Styche 2 14 0.143 2014–present
Tjay De Barr 2 24 0.083 2018–present
Joseph Chipolina 2 42 0.048 2013–present
Roy Chipolina 2 50 0.04 2013–present
Liam Walker 2 53 0.038 2013–present
8 Graeme Torrilla 1 8 0.125 2020–present
George Cabrera 1 8 0.125 2014–2018
Adam Priestley 1 18 0.056 2013–present
Anthony Hernandez 1 24 0.042 2014–present
Kyle Casciaro 1 26 0.038 2013–present

Competitive record


FIFA World Cup

FIFA World Cup record FIFA World Cup qualification record
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
1930 to 2014 Not a FIFA memberNot a FIFA member
2018 Did not qualify 100010347
2022 To be determined To be determined
2026 To be determined
Total 0/21 - 0 0 0 0 0 0 10 0 0 10 3 47

    UEFA European Championship

    UEFA Euro RecordUEFA European Championship qualifying record
    Year Round Pos Pld W D L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
    19602012 Not a UEFA memberNot a UEFA member
    2016 Did not qualify 100010256
    2020 Did not qualify 8008331
    2024 To be determined       
    Total 0/17 - 0 0 0 0 0 0 18 0 0 18 5 87

    UEFA Nations League

    UEFA Nations League record
    Season Division Group Round Pos RK Pld W D L GF GA P/R
    2018–19 D 4 Group stage 3rd49th6204515
    2020–21 D 2 1st49th422031
    2022–23 C TBA To be determined
    Total Best: Group stage 2/2 49th 10 4 2 4 8 16

    Island Games

    Year Round Position GP W D L GS GA
    19891991Did not enter
    19937th Place Match8400419
    1995Runners-Up2540153
    19975th Place Match65203138
    199911th Place Match114103911
    20015th Place Match5430172
    20035th Place Match65302295
    2005Did not enter
    2007Champions1431092
    20099th Place Match94211123
    20115th Place Match53201147
    2013Did not enter
    2015[nb 1]9th Place Match10411236
    2017Did not enter
    2019Replaced by 2019 Inter Games Football Tournament
    Total10/151 Title422131810256
    *Gold background colour indicates that the tournament was won. Red border colour indicates tournament was held on home soil.

    Four Nations

    Year Round Position GP W D L GS GA
    2008Group43003411
    Total1/10 Titles3003411

    FIFI Wild Cup

    Year Round Position GP W D L GS GA
    20063rd Place Playoff3421184
    Total1/10 Titles421184

    Head-to-head record


    The following table shows Gibraltar's all-time international record, correct as of 7 June 2021. Only official matches are included.

    Opponents P W D L GF GA GD W% First Last
     Andorra 1 0 1 0 0 0 +0 000.00 20212021
     Armenia 2 1 0 1 3 6 −3 050.00 20182018
     Belgium 2 0 0 2 0 15 −15 000.00 20162017
     Bosnia and Herzegovina 2 0 0 2 0 9 −9 000.00 20172017
     Bulgaria 1 0 0 1 0 3 −3 000.00 20202020
     Croatia 1 0 0 1 0 4 −4 000.00 20152015
     Cyprus 2 0 0 2 2 5 −3 000.00 20162017
     Denmark 2 0 0 2 0 12 −12 000.00 20192019
     Estonia 5 0 1 4 1 14 −13 000.00 20142019
     Faroe Islands 1 0 0 1 1 4 −3 000.00 20142014
     Georgia 4 0 0 4 2 13 −11 000.00 20142019
     Germany 2 0 0 2 0 11 −11 000.00 20142015
     Greece 2 0 0 2 1 8 −7 000.00 20162017
     Kosovo 1 0 0 1 0 1 −1 000.00 20192019
     Latvia 2 1 0 1 1 5 −4 050.00 20162018
     Liechtenstein 5 2 2 1 4 4 +0 040.00 20162020
     Malta 2 1 0 1 1 2 −1 050.00 20142020
     Montenegro 1 0 0 1 1 4 −3 000.00 20212021
     Netherlands 1 0 0 1 0 7 −7 000.00 20212021
     North Macedonia 2 0 0 2 0 6 −6 000.00 20182018
     Norway 1 0 0 1 0 3 −3 000.00 20212021
     Poland 2 0 0 2 1 15 −14 000.00 20142015
     Portugal 1 0 0 1 0 5 −5 000.00 20162016
     Republic of Ireland 4 0 0 4 0 14 −14 000.00 20142019
     San Marino 2 1 1 0 1 0 +1 050.00 20202020
     Scotland 2 0 0 2 1 12 −11 000.00 20152015
     Slovakia 1 0 1 0 0 0 +0 000.00 20132013
     Slovenia 1 0 0 1 0 6 −6 000.00 20212021
      Switzerland 2 0 0 2 1 10 −9 000.00 20192019
    Total 57 6 6 45 21 198 −177 010.53 20132021

    Non-FIFA record

    Opponent P W D L GF GA
     Åland Islands 100112
    England C 210132
     Faroe Islands 110030
     Frøya 3300171
     Greenland 420277
     Guernsey 101000
     Isle of Man 220031
     Isle of Wight 420263
     Jersey 7115815
     Madeira 100102
     Menorca 110021
     Monaco 211062
     Northern Cyprus 100102
     Orkney 220091
     Rhodes 220060
     Sark 1100190
    Scotland Semi-Pro 100124
     Shetland 410356
     Tibet 110050
    Wales Semi-Pro 100126
     Ynys Môn 410336

    Honours


    See also


    Footnotes


    1. Development team from 2015 edition onward

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