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 →
7th October 2016 World Cup Qualifier A. Le Coq Arena, Tallinn, Estonia
Estonia 4-0 Gibraltar
It was a tale of endeavour and ultimate frustration in Tallinn, as Gibraltar enjoyed a decent first half before succumbing in the second. A match that had begun with hopes of grabbing a first ever competitive point sadly ended with disappointing defeat, and by more goals than Gibraltar’s efforts really deserved. Continue reading →
7th October 2016 World Cuo Qualifier A. Le Coq Arena, Tallinn, Estonia
Estonia v. Gibraltar
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 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 →
Through all of the troubles that Somalia has been through in the last couple of decades, the fate of their national football team, The Ocean Stars, was something of an irrelevance. That they recently sunk to the lowest rung of world football’s ladder is as much an indictment of the difficulties that had gone before then it is an assessment of the current crop of Somali players.
Their only recent action was in losing both legs of their World Cup qualifying first round tie with Niger, crashing out 6-0 on aggregate. The venue of their “home” leg tells the story of their problems. Continue reading →