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Premier Division: Team of the Week

Matchday 17 results

  • Glacis United 0-2 Gibraltar United (Ratto, Negrette)
  • Mons Calpe 1-1 Lynx (Carboni; Valdivia)
  • Europa 1-1 Lincoln Red Imps (Dimas; Kike)
  • Gibraltar Phoenix 1-2 St Joseph’s (Llaves; Paz, Juanfri)
  • Lions Gibraltar 2-1 FC Boca Juniors (Caravaca x2; Isra)

GOALKEEPER: Alejandro Caro (Lynx)

DEFENDER: Fede Villar (Mons Calpe)

DEFENDER: Brad Power (Lynx)

DEFENDER: Abraham Paz (St Joseph’s)

DEFENDER: Bernardo Lopes (Lincoln)

DEFENDER: Christopher Miñano (Phoenix)

MIDFIELDER: Mustapha Yahaya (Europa)

MIDFIELDER: Michael Negrette (Gib Utd)

MIDFIELDER: Rafael Bado (Lions)

STRIKER: Alberto Caravaca (Lions)

STRIKER: Israel Castillo (Boca)

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Assumpcao: “We have to be ready to play anyone”

Brazilian-born attacker Matheus Assumpcao chats about his sides Gibtelecom Rock Cup victory, life at Magpies and much more.

Magpies progressed to the Gibtelecom Rock Cup quarter final last week by beating Boca 5-2. We asked Matheus how he felt the team played, ” It was a very important win on our first test against a Premier Division side this season. We were happy with the result, but, we were not pleased with the amount of chances we missed during the game. Overall it was a good performance from everyone, but, as a team we know that’s not our full potential. We are looking to work hard in the next few weeks to keep improving our game and reach the intensity that Davie wants us to play.”

Magpies and Olympique will be representing the Second Division in the Gibtelecom Rock Cup, we asked if there’s any team he would like to play against – “Honestly, as a team we can’t be choosing opponents at this stage of the competition. We will happily play against any of the teams that are left because if we want to go far in the Gibtelecom Rock Cup, we have to be ready to play anyone. Personally though, I believe that we can surprise anyone and knockout one of the big teams of the Premier and show everyone that we are ready to compete at the top. Maybe test ourselves against Europa FC at some point in the Cup, the First in the Second Division against one of the strongest teams in the Premier Division, why not?”

Assumpcao reflects on his time so far with Magpies, “It’s been really good. I’m thankful for Soccer Smart for connecting me with Magpies. I’m really enjoying myself and excited to see what my future holds in Gibraltar. We have a very good relationship between players, coaching staff, and our directors, what makes everything better. Our fans are also amazing, coming to basically every game and giving us an atmosphere that I don’t think many teams have here. Knowing you have people like that supporting you from the stands makes it easy to have energy to run 90 minutes for them!”

Magpies currently sit top of the Second Division, four points clear and a game in hand – we asked if he fancies his side to go all the win and win, “That’s the goal we set for the season, to win the league and the Second Division Cup. Davie is always pushing us to be better and never let us feel comfortable with the first place, so if we keep listening to him and doing things right, I believe we can go and win the league. Confidence comes from the positive results we are having so far, it’s natural, but if at any moment we think we are already Champions then teams like Manchester 62 and Olympique could come and take it away from us. 

Photo: Neil Wilson

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Gibtelecom Rock Cup: Team of the Week

Gibtelecom Rock Cup Second Round results

  • St Joseph’s 12-0 FC Hound Dogs
  • Mons Calpe 14-0 College 1975
  • Lincoln 1-2 Europa
  • Manchester 62 0-12 Gibraltar United
  • Lynx 1-3 Gibraltar Phoenix
  • Glacis 1 (3) – (4) 1 Lions Gibraltar
  • Europa Point 0-2 FC Olympique
  • FC Boca Juniors 2-5 Brunos Magpies

GOALKEEPER: Francisco Jose Perez Pichardo (Lions)

DEFENDER: Olmo Gonzalez (Europa)

DEFENDER: Ezequiel Rojas (Gib Phoenix)

DEFENDER: Yassin El Melki (Glacis)

MIDFIELDER: Israel Castillo (Boca)

MIDFIELDER: Jaydan Parody (Olympique)

MIDFIELDER: Guido Ratto (Gibraltar United)

MIDFIELDER: Matheus Assumpcao (Magpies)

STRIKER: Jose Luis Reyes (St Joseph’s)

STRIKER: Leo Carboni (Mons Calpe)

STRIKER: Fernando Cuesta (Magpies)

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Gibtelecom Rock Cup Second Round: Review

The Second Round of the Gibtelecom Rock Cup saw Europa beat Lincoln in the tie of the round, two Second Division sides progressed to the Quarter Finals, but the gap between some of the teams in Gibraltar’s two divisions was emphasised even further with three games seeing double-digit scorelines.

Photo © William Gracia

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Premier Division Player and Manager of the Month – January 2019

The first month of 2019 sees a Mons Calpe duo take the FG Player and Manager of the Month awards in the Premier Division.

Photo © Rough and Ready

Player of the Month – Juan Pablo ‘Pibe’ Pereira Sastre

In a month where in truth there were not many stand-outs, we’re giving this award to a player who has been consistent throughout the season and has been a key player in helping Mons fight for the European spots. Pibe scored four times in January as Mons won three and lost once; the striker has scored in more than half of his games this season – after coming third in these awards last month the Argentinian striker wins the award this time out. His team-mate and compatriot Leonardo Carboni comes a close second, while Raul Segura of Phoenix finishes third.

Manager of the Month – Luis Manuel Blanco

Another tricky one here, with both Mons and Europa winning three games this month –neither side won in matchday 16 and even though only Mons game fell in January, we feel Blanco edges his Europa counterpart to the award this time out. Impressive wins vs Phoenix and St Josephs (albeit the latter came via a fortunate winner), and a hammering of Glacis means that Mons are still in with a very good shout of qualifying for a maiden European competition. New Lincoln manager Victor Afonso recovered from a loss to St Joseph’s to win his following two games in the month, but comes a distant third this month.

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Gibtelecom Rock Cup Second Round: Predictions

The Gibtelecom Rock Cup second round kicks off tomorrow evening and here are our predictions.

St Joseph’s vs FC Hound Dogs (Wednesday 6th February – 8:30pm)

Saints come into the game on the back of a 8-0 thrashing of Glacis and would be expected to continue that goalscoring form against the side which sit bottom of the Second Division. Raul Procopio’s squad isn’t the biggest so we could see him putting out a strong squad.

Prediction: St Joseph’s win.

Mons Calpe vs College 1975 (Thursday 7th February – 6:15pm)

Just like the St Joseph’s game, this one will probably end up in a quite heavy scoreline. College got beat 5-1 by Manchester 62 in the Cup last weekend, while Mons Calpe will be looking for a confidence booster after their defeat to Gibraltar United. With a bigger squad, Blanco could use certain players from his Intermediate squad for some valuable minutes.

Prediction: Mons Calpe win.

Lincoln Red Imps vs Europa (Thursday 7th February – 8:30pm)

It was raining goals for Lincoln last weekend as they shipped eleven past Boca – Giovanni Rodriguez and Hector Figueroa have impressed since joining in January while ex-Europa forward Kike got himself a hat-trick on his debut. The holders will be hoping to try and get one over their rivals after losing 3-2 earlier on in the season but could see defeat as a blessing with more focus being put into winning the league.

Prediction: Lincoln win.

Manchester 62 vs Gibraltar United (Friday 8th February – 8:30pm)

It has been a difficult few months for Gibraltar United but last week’s win over Mons Calpe could be the turning point needed and they’d hope to continue it against Manchester. The Red Devils invested well in January and it showed in their Cup win against College with ex-Gib Utd striker Robert Montovio getting on the scoresheet but their number one keeper Christian Lopez saw red which will give them a problem going into the game.

Prediction: Gibraltar United win.

Lynx vs Gibraltar Phoenix (Saturday 9th February – 4pm)

This one could be a very interesting tie; two sides doing well at the moment with Phoenix slightly edging it with more goals scored. Lynx have proved to be a tough test to Lincoln and Europa in the last couple of weeks so their opponents should not take them lightly.

Prediction: Phoenix win on penalties.

Glacis United vs Lions (Saturday 9th February – 6:15pm)

Lions will be looking to exact revenge after their 3-1 loss in January, it was quite an even game until conceding an own goal just before half-time which ultimately changed the game. Glacis will be hoping to welcome Alan Parker and Nacho Fernandez back into the squad while Mariano Pereira and Courtney Lewis miss out through suspension.

Prediction: Lions win on penalties.

Europa Point vs FC Olympique (Saturday 9th February – 8:30pm)

Another interesting encounter -, both teams in good form and in with a good chance of progressing. Europa Point will be happy to welcome back their main man Cristian Nunez Chaves from suspension while their opponents come into the game off the back of a whopping 12-3 win over Leo in the 2nd Division Cup.

Prediction: Olympique win on penalties.

FC Boca Juniors vs Brunos Magpies (Sunday 10th February – 4pm)

Magpies did take a heavy hit to their squad in January but with a front three of Assumpcao, Wyatt & Cuesta – it doesn’t really matter what is behind you, they are that good. Yet to be properly tested in the Second Division, Dave Wilson’s men will be looking at the Rock Cup as a idea of where the club is going ahead of next season. It will be another difficult task for Boca and one which we don’t see them winning.

Prediction: Magpies win.

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Premier Division: Team of the Week

Matchday 16 results

  • Gibraltar United 2-1 Mons Calpe (Zapata, Ponce; Carboni)
  • Lions Gibraltar 1-3 Gibraltar Phoenix (Caravaca; Segura, Labrador x2)
  • FC Boca Juniors 0-11 Lincoln Red Imps (Hernandez x3, Kike x3, Figueroa x2, Pons, Lopes, Falu)
  • St Joseph’s 8-0 Glacis United (Boro x4, Cornejo x2, Duarte, Paz)
  • Lynx 1-1 Europa (Badr; Dimas)

GOALKEEPER: Kyle ‘Chino’ Goldwin (Gib Utd)

DEFENDER: Gonzalo Guijaro (Gib Utd)

DEFENDER: Andres Jesus Medina Cueto (Lynx)

DEFENDER: Ezequiel Rojas (Gib Phoenix)

DEFENDER: Ethan Jolley (Europa)

MIDFIELDER: Ernesto Cornejo (St Joseph’s)

MIDFIELDER: Anthony Hernandez (Lincoln)

STRIKER: Juan Manuel Labrador (Gib Phoenix)

STRIKER: Hector Figueroa (Lincoln)

STRIKER: ‘Boro’ Alegre Delgado (St Joseph’s)

STRIKER: Kike Gomez Bernal (Lincoln)

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Parker: “In that moment it felt amazing”

After returning from the Futsal World Cup qualifiers, we spoke to Alan Parker about his goal against England, preparation for the tournament and achievements with South United.

Firstly. Alan described how the trip to Latvia was “Well for starters, I would like to say that it has been an amazing trip. I feel that I have gained valuable experience which will benefit myself and my team-mates in future competitions.”

Gibraltar flew out to Latvia on Saturday 26th January, four days before their opening game against England. We asked how those extra days of preparation helped the team, “I think travelling earlier gave us more time to prepare the games but also helped us to focus more, instead of being in Gibraltar and flying to Latvia two days before the game.”

Alan scored in Gibraltar’s opening 4-1 defeat to England followed by 9-0 & 11-0 defeats to hosts Latvia and Cyprus respectively. Alan reflected on his individual performances, “Scoring a goal for Gibraltar is always important and in that moment, it felt amazing. However, the result against England wasn’t what we wanted but our performance was excellent. We all tried our best and gave our all for Gibraltar, the results weren’t great but i’m proud enough with that. Hopefully the experience we’ve gained from this tournament will help us get better results next time around.”

Alan’s focus now turns to the domestic league, with South United sitting fourth in the First Division – we asked how his team will do for the rest of the season, “We have two games left and then the league splits into two for the playoffs. We just take things one match at a time and try our best to finish in the top four and qualify for a spot in Europe next season which is our aim.”

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Prieto: “The main and most important thing is to give our maximum in each game”

Gibraltar kick off their FIFA Futsal World Cup qualifying campaign this afternoon against England – we caught up with head coach Jose Carlos Gil Prieto as he talks about the preparation leading up to the tournament, what he hopes to achieve and much more.

After being pitted in Group A with England, Cyprus and hosts Latvia; we asked Jose Carlos on his thoughts on the draw – “After 4 years working for the GFA Futsal, first as an assistant to Peter Moreno and this last year & a half as head coach – I could say that the effort made by these players and technical staff has been incredible. With Christmas in between, we have carried on training, despite the problems we always encounter with the allocations (despite the great effort made by the Gibraltar FA). The mix of experience with youth, existing in this team, is probably the best which I have worked with, they are a good group of players and we hope that all the hard-work put in will be reflected in the matches.”

We asked how the preparation has gone in the lead up to the Futsal World Cup qualifiers, “In fact, the preparation has been quite good except for the injuries sustained to Mark Moxham and our captain Andrew Lopez, who are unable to travel with the squad. As I said before, preparation has been excellent especially during December and January as we’ve had practically 20 players, which, on previous occasions, it was very difficult for us to create a stable group. This shows that Futsal continues to grow in Gibraltar as there’s more interest in our selection, both young and experienced players.”

During the UEFA Nations League campaign, Jose Carlos worked closely with Julio Ribas – we asked how it’s benefited him as a coach, “To be honest, it has helped me a lot but not only in the days before the games, but in the day to day of our work (preparation of training, talks, etc). Working with someone like Julio, who has worked at the highest level has been a real eye opener for me. Lastly, I would like to thank Julio and the members of the Gibraltar FA for giving me this precious opportunity.”

Lastly, Jose Carlos gave an insight into what he hopes to achieve from this tournament which sees Gibraltar play three games in four days – “Regarding what I hope to achieve in this qualifier; we are all very clear that the main and most important thing is to give our maximum in each game, to compete at the highest level and continue acquiring international experience. In the result, many other details intervene as can be the rival, luck, etc .., But that does not prevent, that no one will take from us, the immense illusion with which we travel, and although we have to be realistic of the harshness of the rivals, in our mind there is always the maximum demand, which is to get positive results and continue scoring, and for the first time in the history of our federation progress to the next round of the World Cup.”

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Premier Division: Team of the Week

Matchday 15 results

  • Glacis United 3-1 Lions Gibraltar
  • Mons Calpe 2-1 St Joseph’s
  • Europa 1-0 Gibraltar United
  • Lincoln Red Imps 1-0 Lynx
  • Gibraltar Phoenix 3-1 FC Boca Juniors

GOALKEEPER: Alejandro Caro (Lynx)

DEFENDER: Jean Carlos Garcia (Phoenix)

DEFENDER: Francisco Zuniga (Mons Calpe)

DEFENDER: Juan Manuel Montesinos (Lincoln)

DEFENDER: David Gomez Prieto (Gib Utd)

DEFENDER: Jesus Toscano (Europa)

MIDFIELDER: Blas Alvarez (Gib Phoenix)

MIDFIELDER: Mustapha Yahaya (Europa)

MIDFIELDER: Ignacio ‘Nacho’ Fernandez (Glacis)

MIDFIELDER: Courtney Lewis (Glacis)

MIDFIELDER: Graeme Torrilla (Mons Calpe)