13th November 2016 World Cup Qualifier GSP Stadium, Nicosia, Cyprus
Cyprus v. Gibraltar
This Sunday evening sees the first ever clash between Cyprus and Gibraltar in European World Cup qualification, with both sides languishing at the bottom of the Group H table after three matches, neither side having picked up a point so far.
However, Gibraltar have achieved something that Cyprus are yet to in this current campaign, namely scoring a goal. Cyprus have lost by three to Belgium, and two to both Greece and Bosnia-Herzegovina. That poor start does leave Cyprus above Gibraltar on goal difference however, in spite of Liam Walker’s strike for Gibraltar against Greece. Continue reading →
10th October 2016 World Cup Qualifier Estadio do Algarve, Faro, Portugal
Gibraltar 0-6 Belgium
It was a record-breaking night in Faro on Monday, but sadly not for any giant-killing reasons. Belgium’s Christian Benteke scored the fastest ever World Cup qualifying goal after only 7 seconds in what was a nightmare start for Gibraltar’s debutant goalkeeper Deren Ibrahim.
Benteke’s strike removed the one from San Marino’s Davide Gualtieri against England in 1993 from the record books – a fact that most England fans will no doubt be eternally grateful for. Continue reading →
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 →