Tag Archives: Gibraltar

Steady Progress – of the wrong kind

A lack of action on the field for our group of unfortunates hasn’t meant there is nothing to report from a Worst in the World perspective. On the contrary, that lack of action means that all seven teams currently ranked at the foot of the world rankings. have been steadily clocking up additional months in that position. As a consequence each nation is climbing up the all-time worst in the world rankings.

For the uninitiated, this list doesn’t imply that the current worst teams are any better or worse than their predecessors on the field – they have all spent time as officially the worst national teams in the world after all. What it does do, however, is log how many published world rankings each nation sat at the bottom of. And this current lack of action for certainly six of the seven nations means they are adding to their tally significantly.

Here’s a brief rundown of what this all means for each of our worst in the world nations. Continue reading

World Cup Qualifier: Cyprus 3-1 Gibraltar

13th November 2016
World Cup Qualifier
GSP Stadium, Nicosia, Cyprus

Cyprus 3-1 Gibraltar

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What ultimately ended with a disappointing result for Gibraltar, was actually a fairly encouraging and solid performance.

In scoring only Gibraltar’s second ever World Cup goal, Lee Casciaro had put Gibraltar in the mix for a stunning, if unlikely, draw. Sadly that wasn’t to be, with Cyprus sealing the win in the final quarter of the game. Continue reading

World Cup Qualifying: Estonia v. Gibraltar

7th October 2016
World Cuo Qualifier
A. Le Coq Arena, Tallinn, Estonia

Estonia v. Gibraltar

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Gibraltar’s first match as a member of the Worst in the World gang comes against an opposition they have actually enjoyed a degree of success against in the none too distant past.

Estonia will host our intrepid men from the Rock on Friday in Match Day Two of European World Cup qualifying, and for Gibraltar the trip to Tallinn will evoke memories of one of the finest nights in their short international football history. Continue reading

Gibraltar’s Man With The Plan: Jeff Wood

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Gibraltar may be one of Europe’s smallest, and newest, football nations, and home to just 33,000 people, but they are doing what they can to achieve as much as possible within their means.

That doesn’t mean chasing trophies or even qualification, but it does mean putting the structures and people in place to make the very best fist of things they can.

When Gibraltar began their first ever qualifying campaign, for Euro 2016, they had local man Allen Bula in charge. He was a charismatic, enthusiastic, and ambitious coach and he successfully steered the newly affiliated national team to some impressive early results – albeit in friendly matches rather than the competitive qualifiers. Continue reading

Gibraltar’s Battle for International Recognition

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After years of struggle, several applications, and in spite of repeated opposition, Gibraltar finally achieved their dream of becoming a FIFA member in May this year. It had taken a Court of Arbitration for Sport ruling to finally see the team from the Rock admitted to global football’s family, but their long journey finally came to the end that the Gibraltar FA had been dreaming of for so long. Continue reading

Gibraltar Join The Club

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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

FIFA World Rankings: New Nations

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Two new nations have joined FIFA in recent weeks, both from Europe, meaning a bit of a shift in the world rankings, shuffling many of the lowliest teams down a place. The arrival of Kosovo, leaping straight in to a ranking of 190th and surely set to rise a bit higher with a reasonably handy squad of players, means that all teams below them – including our own motley crew – are now listed one place lower (=205th).

That may change again come September when Gibraltar take their place on the rankings. Having been admitted to UEFA a couple of year’s ago, Gibraltar enjoyed some positive results in friendly internationals before losing all of their Euro 2016 qualifiers. Not having yet played a match as a FIFA nation, they are yet to receive a ranking. Continue reading