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Gibraltar national football team

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 (16)
Top scorer Jake Gosling (2)
Home stadium Victoria Stadium (Friendlies)
Estádio Algarve (Qualifiers)
Elo ranking
Current 179 (9 September 2015)[2]
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. It is not yet a full member of FIFA and is therefore not eligible to enter the World Cup. 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. With a population of 30,000 Gibraltar is the smallest UEFA member in terms of population.[3][4]

Despite not being an island, Gibraltar set up its first official side for the football competition at the 1993 Island Games[5] and has been a regular in the tournament, winning the 2007 edition.[6]

Contents

  • History 1
    • Pre-UEFA 1.1
      • Foundation 1.1.1
      • Island Games 1.1.2
      • FIFI "Wild Cup" 1.1.3
      • 2008 Four Nations 1.1.4
      • Record of matches 1.1.5
      • Honours 1.1.6
    • FIFA membership 1.2
    • UEFA acceptance 1.3
      • Euro 2016 qualifying 1.3.1
      • UEFA European Football Championship 1.3.2
    • Record of matches 1.4
  • Recent results and forthcoming fixtures 2
    • UEFA Euro 2016 qualification 2.1
  • Players 3
    • Current squad 3.1
    • Recent call-ups 3.2
  • Player history 4
    • Most capped 4.1
    • Most goals 4.2
    • Captains 4.3
    • Goalkeepers 4.4
  • Gibraltar managers 5
  • Personnel 6
    • Current technical staff 6.1
  • Stadium 7
  • See also 8
  • Footnotes 9
  • References 10
  • External links 11

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 a 19–0 thrashing of 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.[5] The side also managed a draw with Real Madrid in 1949.[7][8]

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.[9] 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
1993 7th Place Match 8 4 0 0 4 1 9
1995 Runners-Up 2 5 4 0 1 5 3
1997 5th Place Match 6 5 2 0 3 13 8
1999 11th Place Match 11 4 1 0 3 9 11
2001 5th Place Match 5 4 3 0 1 7 2
2003 5th Place Match 6 5 3 0 2 29 5
2005 Did not enter N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
2007 Champions 1 4 3 1 0 9 2
2009 9th Place Match 9 4 2 1 1 12 3
2011 5th Place Match 5 3 2 0 1 14 7
2013 Did not enter N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
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"

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.[10]

Year Round Position GP W D L GS GA
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

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.[11]

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

Record of matches

Opponents Matches Win Draw Loss GF GA
 Åland Islands 1 0 0 1 1 2
Ynys Môn 4 1 0 3 3 6
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 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 Semi-Pro 1 0 0 1 2 4
 Shetland 4 1 0 3 5 6
 Tibet 1 1 0 0 5 0
Wales Semi-Pro 1 0 0 1 2 6

Honours

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

FIFA membership

Gibraltar is not yet a member of FIFA. However, the GFA aimed to become a full FIFA member in time to participate in 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification.[12] 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.[13] 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.[14]

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)[8] 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.[15][16]

The GFA was accepted as a full UEFA member by resolution of the UEFA congress held in London on 24 May 2013, with only

  • Official site of the Gibraltar Football Association
  • UEFA Profile
  • Island Games results
  • FIFI World Cup results
  • Spanish site about Gibraltar's inclusion into UEFA
  • All-time results at Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation
  • Unofficial website about Gibraltarian football, futsal and national team

External links

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  2. ^ "ELO Rankings". eloratings.net. Retrieved 20 November 2013. 
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  6. ^ Brown, Colin. "NatWest Island Games XII – Rhodes 2007". International Island Games Association. Retrieved 24 February 2014. 
  7. ^ Owen, Graham. "Football in Gibraltar-". laliganews.tv. Retrieved 24 February 2014. 
  8. ^ a b Kenny, Stuart. "From army games to a draw with Real Madrid: A history of Gibraltar football". sports.stv.tv. Retrieved 24 February 2014. 
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  10. ^ "FIFI Wild Cup 2006". RSSSF. Retrieved 25 February 2014. 
  11. ^ "Four Nations Semi-professional Tournament". RSSSF. Retrieved 25 February 2014. 
  12. ^ "Internaitonal news: Gibraltar confirm new stadium plans". Sky Sports. Retrieved 4 March 2014. 
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  15. ^ Doyle, Paul. "Gibraltar set to be new kids on the Rock as Uefa votes on its future". The Guardian. Retrieved 19 February 2014. 
  16. ^ "Background". GFA. Retrieved 24 February 2014. 
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  18. ^ Lafuente, Javier (24 May 2013). "Gibraltar mete un gol a España".  
  19. ^ Culatto, John. "GFA change squad rules for Slovakia friendly". panorama.gi. Retrieved 5 February 2014. 
  20. ^ "Stoke City: Danny Higginbotham confirms Gibraltar approach". The Sentinel. Retrieved 17 September 2013. 
  21. ^ "Danny Higginbotham: Gibraltar call-up was too good to refuse". The Sentinel. Retrieved 20 September 2013. 
  22. ^ "Danny Higginbotham agrees to play for Gibraltar". Sky Sports. Retrieved 18 September 2013. 
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  24. ^ Doyle, Garry (11 October 2014). "We can reach play-offs, insists Gibraltar manager".  
  25. ^ Fitzmaurice, Aidan (3 September 2015). Green army not a worry for us', says Gibraltar boss Jeff Wood"'".  
  26. ^ "Slovakia 0 Gibraltar 0". BBC Sport. 19 November 2013. Retrieved 20 November 2013. 
  27. ^ Brennan, Rob (19 November 2013). "Rock solid: Gibraltar hold Slovakia to a goalless draw in their UEFA debut match". Daily Mail (London). Retrieved 20 November 2013. 
  28. ^ Fifield, Nicola (23 February 2014). "Gibraltar moves group in Euro 2016 qualifiers draw over political tensions". London: Telegraph. Retrieved 24 February 2014. 
  29. ^ "Gibraltar claim first win with 1–0 victory over Malta". BBC Sport. 5 June 2014. Retrieved 17 July 2014. 
  30. ^ Lowe, Sid (2 September 2014). "Gibraltar head to Portugal to play Poland in first competitive match". The Guardian. Retrieved 9 September 2015. 
  31. ^ "Gibraltar 0-7 Poland: Robert Lewandowski scores four as Allen Bula's side endure predictably torrid evening". Mail Online. 7 September 2014. Retrieved 9 September 2015. 
  32. ^ "Scotland 6 – 1 Gibraltar". BBC Sport. 29 March 2015. Retrieved 29 March 2015. 
  33. ^ Wood takes permanent Gibraltar role – UEFA
  34. ^ "Germany 7 - 0 Gibraltar". BBC Sport. 13 June 2015. Retrieved 9 September 2015. 
  35. ^ Hafez, Shamoon (4 September 2015). "Gibraltar 0 - 4 R. of Ireland". BBC Sport. Retrieved 9 September 2015. 
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  37. ^ "Scotland ease past Gibraltar to end on a high". UEFA. Retrieved 11 October 2015. 
  38. ^ "Steven Fletcher bags hat-trick as Scotland rout Gibraltar". http://asia.eurosport.com. Retrieved 11 October 2015. 
  39. ^ "National Team Squad to Face Georgia & Scotland".  
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  45. ^ Franco, Liam. "GIB’S MAN IN UEFA FLAGS UP STADIUM PROJECT ON TWITTER". Gibraltar Chronicle. Retrieved 26 September 2013. 
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References

  1. ^ Development team from 2015 edition onward

Footnotes

See also

Before being accepted into UEFA, the team played its home games at Victoria Stadium, the 5,000-seat national stadium of Gibraltar. There are plans to replace the stadium with the proposed 10,000-seat Europa Point Stadium which was expected to be completed for UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying.[42][43][44] Construction is expected to begin in October 2013.[45] While the 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. 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.[46] Although the Victoria Stadium cannot be used for qualifying matches, it can be used for friendlies when Gibraltar chooses to do so.[47]

Stadium

Position Name
Head Coach Jeff Wood
Assistant Coach David Wilson
Head of logistics Aaron Edwards
Goalkeeper Coach Manuel Perez
Assistant Goalkeeper Coach Karl Valarino
Team Doctor Dr. Nathan Chichon
Team Physiotherapist Iain Latin
Team Osteopath Paul Knight
Massage Therapist Gareth Henwood
[41][40]As of 6 July 2015

Current technical staff

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

Personnel

Manager Nation Gibraltar career Played Won Drawn Lost GF GA Win %
Bula, AllenAllen Bula 2013–2015 9 1 2 6 3 28 11.11
Wilson, DavidDavid Wilson 2015 3 0 0 3 1 17 00.00
Wood, JeffJeff Wood 2015– 4 0 0 4 1 22 00.00
Up to date as of 11 October 2015

Gibraltar managers

  • ^1 Players in bold are still actively competing and are available for selection

Goalkeepers

As of 11 October 2015
# Player Career Games Wins GA GAA
1 Jordan Perez 2013– 12 1 38 3.167
2 Jamie Robba 2014– 7 1 21 3
# Player Career Captain Caps Total Caps
1 Roy Chipolina 2013– 15 15
2 Liam Walker 2013– 1 15

As of 11 October 2015

Captains

# 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 14 0.071
Roy Chipolina 2013– 1 15 0.067

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

As of 11 October 2015

Most goals

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.
# Name Career Caps Goals
1 Joseph Chipolina 2013– 16 0
2 Roy Chipolina 2013– 15 1
Liam Walker 2013– 15 0
4 Kyle Casciaro 2013– 14 1
Ryan Casciaro 2013– 14 0
6 Jordan Perez 2013– 12 0
7 Jake Gosling 2014– 11 2
Jean-Carlos Garcia 2014– 11 0
Adam Priestley 2013– 11 0
10 Lee Casciaro 2014– 10 1

See more: List of Gibraltar international footballers

As of 11 October 2015

Most capped

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

Player history

  • INJ Withdrew from the squad due to an injury.
  • PRE Preliminary squad.
  • RET Retired from the national team.
Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Dayle Coleing (1996-10-23) 23 October 1996 0 0 Unattached v.  Republic of Ireland, 4 September 2015 PRE
DF Jack Sergeant (1995-02-27) 27 February 1995 9 0 Manchester 62 v.  Georgia, 8 October 2015 INJ
DF Jayce Mascarenhas-Olivero (1998-07-02) 2 July 1998 0 0 Lions Gibraltar v.  Poland, 7 September 2015
DF Liam Franco (1992-03-31) 31 March 1992 0 0 St Joseph's v.  Republic of Ireland, 4 September 2015 PRE
DF Ethan Jolley (1997-03-29) 29 March 1997 0 0 Lincoln Red Imps v.  Republic of Ireland, 4 September 2015 PRE
DF David Artell (1980-11-22) 22 November 1980 7 0 Bala Town v.  Scotland, 29 March 2015
DF Scott Wiseman (1985-10-09) 9 October 1985 7 0 Scunthorpe United v.  Scotland, 29 March 2015
DF Yogan Santos (1985-01-15) 15 January 1985 5 0 Manchester 62 v.  Germany, 14 November 2014
MF Aaron Payas (1985-05-24) 24 May 1985 6 0 Manchester 62 v.  Georgia, 8 October 2015 PRE
MF Jeremy Lopez (1989-07-09) 9 July 1989 5 0 Manchester 62 v.  Georgia, 8 October 2015 INJ
MF Jesse Victory (1996-04-02) 2 April 1996 0 0 Manchester 62 v.  Georgia, 8 October 2015 PRE
MF Jayce Consigliero (1997-08-03) 3 August 1997 0 0 Lincoln Red Imps v.  Republic of Ireland, 4 September 2015 PRE
MF Rafael Bado (1984-12-30) 30 December 1984 2 0 Lynx v.  Germany, 14 November 2014
MF Anthony Hernandez (1995-02-03) 3 February 1995 2 0 Manchester 62 v.  Germany, 14 November 2014
FW Evan Green (1993-03-13) 13 March 1993 0 0 Lions Gibraltar v.  Georgia, 8 October 2015 PRE
FW Adam Priestley (1990-08-13) 13 August 1990 11 0 Shaw Lane Aquaforce v.  Germany, 13 June 2015

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

Recent call-ups

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Jordan Perez (1986-11-13) 13 November 1986 12 0 St Joseph's
13 1GK Jamie Robba (1991-10-26) 26 October 1991 7 0 Le Pontet
23 1GK Liam Neale (1996-12-01) 1 December 1996 0 0 Gibraltar United
3 2DF Joseph Chipolina (1987-12-14) 14 December 1987 16 0 Lincoln Red Imps
6 2DF Roy Chipolina (Captain) (1983-01-20) 20 January 1983 15 1 Lincoln Red Imps
5 2DF Ryan Casciaro (1982-12-11) 11 December 1982 14 0 Lincoln Red Imps
20 2DF Jean-Carlos Garcia (1992-07-05) 5 July 1992 11 0 Lincoln Red Imps
15 2DF Erin Barnett (1996-09-02) 2 September 1996 3 0 Lions Gibraltar
2 2DF Jamie Bosio (1991-09-29) 29 September 1991 3 0 Ashford United
16 2DF Justin Rovegno (1989-07-17) 17 July 1989 1 0 Manchester 62
10 3MF Liam Walker (1988-04-13) 13 April 1988 15 0 Lincoln Red Imps
11 3MF Jake Gosling (1993-08-11) 11 August 1993 11 2 Bristol Rovers
17 3MF Anthony Bardon (1993-01-19) 19 January 1993 8 0 Lincoln Red Imps
21 3MF Robert Guilling (1980-10-15) 15 October 1980 6 0 Lynx
8 3MF Brian Perez (1986-09-16) 16 September 1986 6 0 Lincoln Red Imps
14 3MF Daniel Duarte (1979-10-25) 25 October 1979 5 0 Manchester 62
4 3MF Liam Clarke (1987-12-04) 4 December 1987 0 0 Manchester 62
9 4FW Kyle Casciaro (1987-03-12) 12 March 1987 14 1 Lincoln Red Imps
7 4FW Lee Casciaro (1981-09-29) 29 September 1981 10 1 Lincoln Red Imps
18 4FW John-Paul Duarte (1987-01-11) 11 January 1987 9 0 Manchester 62
12 4FW George Cabrera (1988-12-14) 14 December 1988 3 0 Lincoln Red Imps
19 4FW Jamie Coombes (1996-05-27) 27 May 1996 3 0 Manchester 62
22 4FW Michael Yome (1994-08-29) 29 August 1994 3 0 Lincoln Red Imps
Caps and goals are correct as of 11 October 2015 after the game against Scotland.

The following 23 players were called up for the Scotland on 12 October 2015.[39]

Current squad

Players

v  Gibraltar

UEFA Euro 2016 qualification

Recent results and forthcoming fixtures

Opponents Played Won Drawn* Lost GF GA GD
 Croatia 1 0 0 1 0 4 −4
 Estonia 2 0 1 1 1 3 −2
 Faroe Islands 1 0 0 1 1 4 −3
 Germany 2 0 0 2 0 11 −11
 Georgia 2 0 0 2 0 7 −7
 Malta 1 1 0 0 1 0 +1
 Poland 2 0 0 2 1 15 −14
 Republic of Ireland 2 0 0 2 0 11 −11
 Scotland 2 0 0 2 1 12 −11
 Slovakia 1 0 1 0 0 0 0
Total 16 1 2 13 5 67 −62

The following table shows Gibraltar's all-time international record, correct as of 7 September 2015. Only official matches are included.

Record of matches

UEFA Euro Record
Year Round Position MP W D L GF GA
1960 to 2012 Not a UEFA Member
2016 Did Not Qualify
Total 0/0 - 0 0 0 0 0 0

UEFA European Football Championship

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.[32] 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.[33] Gibraltar could not repeat their performance of scoring a goal in the next two matches; losing 7–0 away against Germany[34] and 4–0 against Republic of Ireland.[35] 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.[36] Gibraltar finished its maiden qualifying campaign last in its group with zero points.[37] 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.[38]

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[30] and although the half time score was only 1–0 to Poland, it ended 7–0.[31] 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.

Euro 2016 qualifying

Gibraltar's first official international match was a 0–0 friendly draw against 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.[28] In June 2014, Gibraltar recorded their first ever victory under UEFA with a 1–0 win against Malta, the goal coming from Kyle Casciaro.[29]

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.[19] 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.[20][21] On 18 September 2013, Higginbotham announced that he agreed in "principle" to play for Gibraltar.[22][23] Recruiting of English-born players by manager Allen Bula was unpopular with some fans,[24] 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.[25]

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