Having joined FIFA in May this year, Gibraltar played their first FIFA sanctioned matches this month. In losing a friendly to the European Champions Portugal (0-5), and their first ever World Cup qualifier to Greece (1-4) a few days later, Gibraltar have taken their place at the bottom of the World Rankings.
It wasn’t an unexpected outcome given the opposition Gibraltar faced in those two September games, but there must be more than a twinge of frustration for the Gibraltarians at being dumped at the bottom of the world rankings. Continue reading →
It emerged recently that a suggestion made at UEFA’s latest summit meeting was to replace international friendly dates with a European Nations’ League, perhaps made up of nine division of six, with promotion and relegation.
This seems great for the top nations, with a regular supply of enticing fixtures, but seems rather less alluring to the middle ranked nations. Playing the other mid ranked teams for the prospect of climbing from Division 4 to Division 4 isn’t the stuff of dreams. But if these compeitive fixtures are to replace many of the meaningless friendlies, then that is all to the good in my opinion. Continue reading →