The 2015/16 Second Division season kicks off tomorrow – and you can warm-up for the new campaign with our comprehensive guide to the Premier Division teams.
Below you’ll find links to Premier Division team profiles.
The Premier Division new boys. Angels were promoted last season on the final day after beating Mons Calpe 4-2 and causing one of the biggest shocks we’ve seen in a long time. Angels got rebuilding straight away, they parted ways with their manager Juanfran Fernandez Perez and brought in Albert Ferri.
This transfer window has been busiest ever and, while some teams have announced their transfer via social media, Angels has been one of those who have kept quiet and gone about their business behind closed doors. Without the big name signings we’ve seen elsewhere, we expect Angels to struggle this season and are current favourites to be relegated.
Last years runners up Europa FC will no doubt be setting their sights on going one better and winning the league and qualifying for the Champions League. Under the Carrasco brothers, Europa have started a major restructure at the club bringing in players from in and around the Sevilla area.
Europa have made many signings this season from goalkeeper Javi Munoz to striker Antonio Truji. From last years squad only three players remained, Matt Cafer, Kelvin Morgan & Jake Victor. Preseason started early for Europa and after their performance against Lincoln on Saturday, this could be their best chance of snatching the league from Lincoln’s grasps.
Their second year in the Premier Division and they will be hoping for different luck this time around after finishing second bottom last year. Britannia struggled during the first half of the season but after their major rebuilding last January, they looked a completely different side.
Speaking to President James Watson, he confirmed to us that the team has changed again with Britannia making many signings. Britannia took to social media to announce their signings, but since then have been quiet and we think they’ll be hoping to spring a surprise when they turn out on the opening day of the season against Gibraltar United.
Another set of Premier Division new boys. Gibraltar United were champions of the Second Division last season and were promoted to the top flight of Gibraltar football. In a division which is struggling to field locals players, Gibraltar United dominated much of the league while only fielding local players, something that must have made their win even sweeter.
This season however has seen a great improvement of the standard of players and a better league brings better players. Gibraltar United have had to strengthen their side with both local and foreign players in order to keep up. They got things under way by bringing in manager Manuel Nunez Sanchez which was followed by a handful of signings. Adding to an already strong squad, youngsters Liam Neale & Alan Parker joined from Glacis Utd & Lincoln Red Imps respectively & also managed to bring in some Premier Division experience with Robert Montovio & Jamie Bosio joining from Europa Point & Manchester 62, to name a few.
Glacis United finished last season in a respectable sixth position. Despite their lack of depth in the squad due to injury and suspensions, finishing sixth can be seen as a major positive when you take into account the quality shown by the top clubs last season.
Glacis Utd have been very quiet this year with media sources announcing transfers, but the club neither confirming nor denying. Glacis announced their squad for this season, some familiar faces added on by some good local talent like Aidan Borrell from Lions & some shock signings like Leo Pereyra from Europa FC. Their opening game against Manchester should be a very interesting one.
The team to beat. Gibraltar’s most dominant team for the last 13 years, Lincoln will be hoping they can retain their Shield this season and make it 14 in a row. It won’t be as straight forward as they hope with the league improving, especially taking into consideration their shaky performance against Europa last Saturday. Lincoln’s days may be numbered.
Lincoln haven’t had the greatest of transfer windows, as expected. The league champions made some fantastic business by bringing in Jamie Bosio, Juanse Pegalajar & Nico Chietino, signings that made a massive impact on social media. Since then Lincoln have lost Juanse Pegalajar to a team in Spain, Antonio Sambruno, Jamie Bosio and Scott Ballantine who have gone out on loan to a team in UK while they continue their studies. Lincoln have made some relatively good deals, Yeray Patino Blasco shone during the Pepe Reyes Cup & the return of George Cabrera from injury feels like a new signing.
Lions Gibraltar FC finished bottom of the Premier Division and were lucky to not be relegated, thanks to the rule put in place by the GFA. President Alex Grech has been non-stop this summer bringing in new signings left, right and centre, a restructure that was needed after last season’s horror show.
Lions were very busy with their signings over the summer. Aymen Mouelhi joined from Europa, Jose Luis Romero & Raul Segura joined from St Josephs, to name a few. Speaking to one of their players, the mood at Lions is completely different with their side hoping to mount a serious challenge in the top half of the league. Despite their signings, Lions were dealt a major blow when Erin Barnett announced he’ll be departing the club and will be moving to University.
Lynx finished third last season, a few points behind Europa FC which was followed by a Rock Cup final game against Lincoln. Despite losing 4-1, it was by far Lynx’s best season to date. In the last few days Lynx have slowly been announcing their squad, position by position and by the looks of things, they will be hoping to go one step further.
Lynx have made some good signings so far, Ethan Jolley joined from Lincoln, Karim Pinero from St Josephs and Aaron Akrapovic from Europa FC. Lynx seem to have just the right balance of youth and experience but a major loss was midfielder Mohammed Magby who was one of the standout players from last season despite only joining in January.
Manchester 62 finished in a very poor fifth position last season after finishing second the season before last. Just after the season ended Man62 departed with manager Juanlu and a major restructure at the club was under way as what happened was something no one expected.
Manchester firstly announced David Ochello as their new manager followed by his technical team. The signings started flowing in with Cristian Toncheff, Daniel Duarte, John Paul Duarte & many others joining. Manchester fixed their goalkeeping problem bringing in Hafed Droubi from Brunos Magpies & Kaaron Macedo from St Joseph’s after the retirement of Kevin De Los Santos & losing Bradley Banda to Lincoln.
St Joseph’s finished last season fourth in the league, a major improvement after just managing to stay in the Premier two seasons ago beating Mons Calpe in the play-offs. Their links from abroad helped reshape the squad with Fede Tobler, Titi Sanz & Jose Luis Romero in the line-up.
The transfer window has been very busy but for St Josephs, not their best. News broke out early on of many departures from the club, and since then they have clearly tried their best to try and fill their roles. Titi Sanz returned to FC Cartagena, Jose Luis Romero joined Lions & Francis Marquez dropped down a division to Mons Calpe. The Saints have made some great locals signings with Jordan Perez, Aidan Ghio & Cecil Prescott joining the club and also managed to bring in players from abroad to strengthen the team for their opener against Lions.
So who will be crowned champions of the Premier Division? Will Lincoln make it fourteen in a row or will Europa & Manchester break the streak? Who will get relegated? We expect the next few months to be exciting aswell as hectic, stay tuned at Football Gibraltar as we will be with you every step of the way.