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Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) Gib
Association Gibraltar Football Association
Head coach Allen Bula
Home stadium Victoria Stadium
FIFA code GBZ
Gibraltar official football team
Gibraltar official football team
Gibraltar official football team
Gibraltar official football team
Gibraltar official football team
Gibraltar official football team
Gibraltar official football team
Gibraltar official football team
Home colours
Gibraltar official football team
Gibraltar official football team
Gibraltar official football team
Gibraltar official football team
Gibraltar official football team
Gibraltar official football team
Gibraltar official football team
Gibraltar official football team
Away colours
First international
Sevilla FC 2–0 Gibraltar Gibraltar
(Spain; 15 April 1923)
Biggest win
Gibraltar Gibraltar 19–0 Sark Gibraltar official football team
(Guernsey; 29 June 2003)
Biggest defeat
Sevilla FC 5–0 Gibraltar Gibraltar
(Spain; 18 April 1923)
Gibraltar official football team Greenland 5–0 Gibraltar Gibraltar
(Isle of Wight; 6 July 1993)

The Gibraltar official football team represents Gibraltar in football competitions and is controlled by the Gibraltar Football Association. It is not yet a member of FIFA or UEFA and is therefore not eligible to enter the World Cup or the European Championship. Gibraltar applied for UEFA membership, but this was rejected by the UEFA Board in 2007. The issue has been referred to the Court of Arbitration for Sport for a ruling.

History

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.

The first competition the team entered was the 1993 Island Games. 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 edition, 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.

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 even enter the 2005 tournament.

In 2007, Gibraltar won the Island Games for the 1st time, beating Rhodes by 4–0.

FIFI Wild Cup

In 2006 Gibraltar participated in the 2006 FIFI Wild Cup where it was ranked 3rd. 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. Gibraltar beat the Faroe Islands 3–0 in an international friendly on the 11 March 2011. This adds further weight for Gibraltar's argument to be accepted by FIFA and UEFA and finally become members.

Tournaments

In 2008 Gibraltar accepted an invitation to participate in The Four Nations Tournament, the most prominent senior football tournament that Gibraltar has ever participated in. The 2008 Four Nations Tournament, won by England, was played in North Wales, and was contested between Wales, England, Scotland 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 close.

Application for membership of FIFA and UEFA

On 25 August 2006, it was proposed that Gibraltar will become a provisional member of UEFA. However, a decision on granting this was postponed in October 2006. The decision was made on 8 December 2006 that Gibraltar will be made provisional members of UEFA: FIFA had announced two days earlier that their executive committee had "ruled that Gibraltar does not meet the statutory requirements to become a FIFA member", despite the fact that the Court of Arbitration in Sport had already ruled to the contrary.

On 26 January 2007 Gibraltar membership had been rejected by the UEFA Board with only 3 out of 52 votes supporting Gibraltar's claim. Spain was the strongest opponent to Gibraltar joining UEFA, even threatening to boycott any competition in which the Gibraltar national team would compete.

The issue has again been referred back to the Court of Arbitration for Sport for a ruling.

Records Island Games record
Year Round Position GP W D L GS GA
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
Rhodes 2007 Champions 1 4 3 1 0 9 2
Åland Islands 2009 9th Place Match 9 4 2 1 1 12 3
Total 8/11 1 Title 35 18 2 15 85 43
*Gold background colour indicates that the tournament was won. Red border colour indicates tournament was held on home soil.
Wild Cup record
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
Honours
  • Football at the Island Games:
  • Winners (8): 2007
  • Runners-up (1): 1995
Selected Internationals opponents
  • Last game: Gibraltar official football team Gibraltar 1–2 Rochdale AFC England – Gibraltar – 11 March 2011
  • Next game: vs Cardiff City
Opponents Matches Win Draw Loss GF GA
Gibraltar official football team Åland Islands 1 0 0 1 1 2
Gibraltar official football team Ynys Môn 4 1 0 3 3 6
Gibraltar official football team Faroe Islands 1 1 0 0 3 0
Gibraltar official football team Frøya 3 3 0 0 17 1
Gibraltar official football team Greenland 4 2 0 2 7 7
Gibraltar official football team Guernsey 1 0 1 0 0 0
Gibraltar official football team Isle of Man 2 2 0 0 3 1
Gibraltar official football team Rhodes 2 2 0 0 6 0
Gibraltar official football team Isle of Wight 4 2 0 2 6 3
Gibraltar official football team Jersey 7 1 1 5 8 15
Gibraltar official football team Madeira 1 0 0 1 0 2
Gibraltar official football team Minorca 1 1 0 0 2 1
Gibraltar official football team Monaco 2 1 1 0 6 2
Gibraltar official football team Orkney 2 2 0 0 9 1
Gibraltar official football team Northern Cyprus 1 0 0 1 0 2
Gibraltar official football team Sark 1 1 0 0 19 0
Gibraltar official football team Shetland 4 1 0 3 5 6
Gibraltar official football team Tibet 1 1 0 0 5 0
Current squad

The following players have been selected for the Gibraltar Senior Festival Cup in 2010.

0#0 Pos. Player Date of Birth (Age) Caps Goals Club
GK Jordan Pérez Gibraltar Lincoln
GK Jamie Robba Spain Atlético Zabal
GK Kayron Macedo Gibraltar S.t Josephs
DF Ryan Casciaro Gibraltar Lincoln
DF Jean Carlos García Spain Atlético Zabal
DF Yogan Santos Gibraltar Laguna
DF Kyle Bear Gibraltar Laguna
DF Steffan Cardona Gibraltar Glacis United
DF Neal Medina Gibraltar Lincoln
DF Sean Mascarenhas Gibraltar Laguna
DF Brendon Perez Gibraltar Glacis United
DF Evan Zayas Gibraltar Laguna
MF Kenneth Chipolina Gibraltar Manchester United (Gibraltar)
MF Aaron Payas Gibraltar Laguna
MF Joseph Chipolina Spain Balompédica Linense
MF Matthew Reoch Gibraltar Manchester United (Gibraltar)
MF Robert Guilling Gibraltar Lincoln
MF Al Greene Gibraltar Glacis United
MF Kyle Casciaro Gibraltar Lincoln
MF Lee Casciaro Gibraltar Lincoln
MF Brian Perez Gibraltar Lincoln
MF Daniel Duarte Gibraltar Lincoln
MF Roy Chipolina Gibraltar Lincoln
FW Jeremy López Gibraltar Manchester United (Gibraltar)
FW John Paul Duarte Gibraltar Lincoln
FW Lee Muscat Gibraltar Lincoln
Notable players
  • Christian Sánchez

 
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