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GFA expel Olympique from National League

The Gibraltar FA have this evening expelled FC Olympique from all GFA competitions following the clubs forfeit of a second consecutive National League match.

The GFA have issued the following statement:

“The GFA confirms that FC Olympique have this evening been expelled from all GFA competitions following the Club’s forfeit of a second consecutive National League match.

The Club had already forfeited the league match versus Europa FC on the 21stAugust. This evening, the Club were scheduled to play Manchester 62 FC, but FC Olympique have again failed to fulfill a fixture on time.

The GFA’s regulations on forfeiture are very clear. Rule 136 of the Association’s Disciplinary Regulations stipulate that if a team abandons and/or forfeits a total of two matches during a season, the team will have its Domestic Licence automatically withdrawn and will consequently be expelled from all GFA competitions. The Association therefore regrettably has no option but to expel FC Olympique from its competitions following successive forfeits on the 21stAugust and the 11thSeptember.

The National League is therefore reduced to a 12-team competition. The structure of the National League will remain otherwise unchanged and as previously advised.”

Tonight’s decision comes as no surprise due to a constant battle over player’s wages and an apparent late submission of players registrations for this season.

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Portugal U21 vs Gibraltar U21: Preview

Gibraltar U21 will face their biggest test so far in Group 7 as they take on Portugal U21’s at 21:45 in the Complexo Desportivo FC Alverca stadium.

David Ochello will be forced to make a minimum two changes from his side which lost 10-0 to Belarus, back in early June. Michael Negrette wrote on social media that he would miss the game due to work commitments, while his team-mate for both club and country, Shaun De Los Santos was not selected in Ochello’s 19-man squad.

Julian Del Rio’s good form in both the domestic league and Intermediate has earned himself a call-up alongside Evan De Haro who recently signed for Algeciras Juvenil – two players with big futures ahead of them.

The young Portuguese side boasts some of the best young players in the world, playing football with the best teams. One player which the Gibraltar defense will have to keep an eye on is 20-year striker Rafael Leao who signed in the summer for AC Milan for a staggering €30 million.

Betting:

Unsurprisingly, Portugal are massive favourites, with the best price being 1/100, and some firms even offering 1/1500. Gibraltar are as big as 500/1 to cause one of the biggest upsets in football history, while even a draw, a similarly big upset, is 40/1.

The handicap for this match is set at 6 – unsurprising given Gib’s 10-0 defeat last time out, and in truth, there is little value outside of the handicap when betting on games like these.

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Lynx duo awarded August Player & Manager of the month

Lynx duo Alberto Valdivia & Albert Parody have been awarded FG Player & Manager of the Month for August.

FG Player of the Month – Alberto Valdivia (Lynx)

Alberto has had a great start to the season, scoring three goals and a few assists. The 23-year old will spearhead the Lynx attack, and if the Spaniard can strike up a partnership with Marko Marcius & Mohamed Badr, we could be looking at this season’s dark-horses.

  1. Alberto Valdivia (Lynx)
  2. Tamupiwa Dimairo (FCB Magpies)
  3. Juanfri Pena Garcia (St Joseph’s)

FG Manager of the Month – Albert Parody (Lynx)

Albert has put together a good squad which has performed excellently so far. The 51-year old has brought in some good players in the summer, mixed in with good local players while managing to keep the main nucleus of the team from last season.

  1. Albert Parody (Lynx)
  2. David Wilson (FCB Magpies)
  3. Raul Procopio (St Joseph’s)
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Ribas announces squad for September European Qualifiers

Gibraltar senior head coach, Julio Ribas has announced his squad for September’s European Qualifiers against Denmark at home on the 5th & Switzerland away on the 8th.

Ribas had originally announced a 30-man squad but removing the seven players which have travelled with the U21’s for their qualifier against Portugal – below is the 23-man squad:

  • Dayle Coleing (Europa)
  • Matt Cafer (Bruno Magpies)
  • Kyle Goldwin (Lincoln Red Imps)
  • Louie Annesley (Blackburn Rovers)
  • Erin Barnett (Boca Juniors)
  • Ethan Britto (Lincoln Red Imps)
  • Jared Buhagiar (Bruno Magpies)
  • Joseph Chipolina (Lincoln Red Imps)
  • Roy Chipolina (Lincoln Red Imps)
  • Ethan Jolley (Europa)
  • Jean Carlos Garcia (Bruno Magpies)
  • Aymen Mouelhi (St Joseph’s)
  • Jayce Olivero (Europa)
  • Brad Power (Lynx)
  • Jason Pusey (Europa)
  • Jack Sergeant (Europa)
  • Andrew Hernandez (St Joseph’s)
  • Anthony Hernandez (Lincoln Red Imps)
  • Alain Pons (St Joseph’s)
  • Liam Walker (Europa)
  • Jamie Coombes (Lincoln Red Imps)
  • Tjay De Barr (Real Oviedo B)
  • Reece Styche (Hereford)

The seven players named on the standby list are Ethan Santos, Jamie Serra, Ethan Thorne-Llambias, Jaydan Parody, James Parkinson, Ayoub El Hmidi and Dylan Peacock.

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Ochello names U21 squad for Portugal qualifier

Gibraltar’s U21 Head Coach, David Ochello, has announced his squad ahead of this Thursday’s European Qualifier against Portugal.

The Gibraltar U21 squad also features seven players who have been named in Julio Ribas’ National Team for the September European 2020 Qualifiers doubleheader, meaning the seven players selected will be on standby should the Senior National Team require them.

Squad:

  • Bradley Banda (Lynx)
  • Jaylan Hankins (Las Palmas C)
  • Christian Lopez (Manchester 62)
  • Jack Breed (AFC Portchester)
  • Leon Clinton (St Joseph’s)
  • Max Cottrell (Mons Calpe)
  • Liam Crisp (Manchester 62)
  • Evan De Haro (Algeciras Juvenil)
  • Julian Del Rio (Lincoln Red Imps)
  • Ayoub El Hmidi (Mons Calpe)
  • Phillip Gillingwater-Pederson (Europa)
  • James Parkinson (Lions)
  • Jaydan Parody (Lynx)
  • Dylan Peacock (Algeciras Juvenil)
  • Kian Ronan (Manchester 62)
  • Kevagn Ronco (Mons Calpe)
  • Ethan Santos (Mons Calpe)
  • Jamie Serra (St Joseph’s)
  • Ethan Thorne-Llambias (Lincoln Red Imps)
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Is now the time for Dayle Coleing?

With the internationals just around the corner and Julio Ribas’ squad announced today, we take a look at Europa FC goalkeeper Dayle Coleing and if now is the correct time to cement his position as Gibraltar’s number one.

Dayle made 11 appearances last season in all competitions, conceding 5 goals in 990 minutes and keeping 6 clean-sheets. Taking into account the newly implemented 4 HGP rule in the Gibraltar National League, Europa awarded the 22-year old the number one shirt and has now become a regular figure.

If Dayle was to be given Gibraltar’s number one jersey, you expect Julio’s decision to be made a little easy with not only Dayle’s current form but Chino’s unexpected move to current champions of the domestic league Lincoln Red Imps.

Chino will definitely go down as one of the greats in Gibraltar football, making his debut in a friendly win over Latvia followed by playing a huge role in Gibraltar’s historic back-to-back wins in the UEFA Nations League against Armenia and Liechtenstein.

His move to Lincoln caught many by surprise, going from being number one at Gibraltar United to competing against Lolo Soler, arguably the best goalkeeper in Gibraltar, at Imps will be difficult but one which Chino will surely fight til the end for.

If Dayle does start against Denmark, the pressure on Matt Cafer will be extremely big. Starting against Macedonia in the away fixture in the Nations League would have been a taster of what’s to come for the 24-year old but inconsistent performances for Gib Phoenix and rumoured off-field issues has seen the Bruno Magpies keeper to possibly drop down to third choice for the Gibraltar National team.

After joining Magpies this summer, Cafer really needs to step up to the plate and not only help his side compete at the top but show Julio Ribas that he is worth keeping in the squad.

With Jamie Robba become a regular figure and keeping 9 clean-sheets last season, more than any other Gibraltarian goalkeeper, there’s only so much Julio can do before he looks at other possibilities. The current Gibraltar U21 goalkeeper Bradley Banda can’t be far off from knocking on Julio’s door and will definitely need a good U21 campaign and season with Lynx if he is to be considered.

Last but not least, Jaylan Hankins is someone who is highly regarded as a future Gibraltar international goalkeeper and if he can step up at his new club Las Palmas – he will be another option for Julio in the future.

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Gibraltar National League: Team of the Week

Week 2 results:

  • Europa Point 0-5 Lynx (Parody, Valdivia, Badr, Marcius, Kokorovic)
  • FC Olympique 0-3 Europa (w/o)
  • Lincoln Red Imps 8-0 Glacis United (Molina x3, Del Rio x2, Lopes, Coombes, Britto)
  • Magpies 2-0 Lions (Dimairo, Assumpcao)
  • College 1975 1-9 Mons Calpe (Pacheco; Carboni x3, Carella x2, Robba x2, Vinet, Morgan)
  • St Joseph’s 3-0 Manchester 62 (Pecci, Juanfri, K.Casciaro)

  • GOALKEEPER –Frank Warwick (Man 62)
  • DEFENDER – Tamupiwa Dimairo (Magpies)
  • DEFENDER – David ‘Bauti’ Bautista Martos (Lynx)
  • DEFENDER – Andrew ‘Pishu’ Hernandez (St Joseph’s)
  • MIDFIELDER – Kevagn Robba (Mons Calpe)
  • MIDFIELDER – Diego ‘Dieguito’ Macarro (Mons Calpe)
  • MIDFIELDER – Alan Parker (Lions)
  • MIDFIELDER – Jaron Vinet (Mons Calpe)
  • STRIKER – Marko Marcius (Lynx – captain)
  • STRIKER – Sergio Molina (Lincoln)
  • STRIKER – Julian Del Rio (Lincoln)
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Gibraltar National League: Team of the Week

Week 1 results

  • Lynx 5-1 Mons Calpe (Valdivia x2, Bauti, Badr, Marcius; Power OG)
  • Manchester 62 0-0 FC Boca Juniors
  • Lions Gibraltar 0-0 Europa Point
  • Glacis United 0-9 Brunos Magpies (Ford x2, Duarte x2, Assumpcao x2, Nacho, Perez, Fortuna)
  • Europa 4-1 Lincoln Red Imps (Dimas x2, Sanchez, Walker; Gomes)
  • St Joseph’s 7-0 College 1975 (Boro x3, Juanfri x2, Cornejo x2)

GOALKEEPER: Conor O’Keefe (Europa Point)

DEFENDER: Tamupiwa Dimairo (Magpies)

DEFENDER: Jaydan Catania (Man62)

DEFENDER: Jamie Bosio (Lions)

MIDFIELDER: Liam Walker (captain – Europa)

MIDFIELDER: Brian Perez (Magpies)

MIDFIELDER: Carlos Briones (Boca)

MIDFIELDER: Salvador ‘Boro’ Delgado (St Joseph’s)

STRIKER: Juanfri Pena Garcia (St Joseph’s)

STRIKER: Manuel Dimas (Europa)

STRIKER: Alberto Valdivia (Lynx)

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Could this be St Joseph’s season?

After opening up their season with a 7-0 win over College 1975, we take a look at St Joseph’s, and why we think this could finally be their time to break into the top two of the Gibraltar National League.

We know it’s still early days, and anything can happen in football, but there’s something different going on at St Joseph’s which we feel can see them go one step further this season.

For the last two or three seasons now, St Joseph’s have always been needing “two to three top players” to be able to compete with Europa & Lincoln. Thanks to the extra UEL spot which St Joseph’s have achieved twice now, Saints have finally managed to gain the financial resources needed to catapult themselves into fighting for the league title.

Losses in April to both Lincoln & Europa last season would have given head coach Raul Procopio an idea of where to improve and they have done just that. Juanjo Bezares is no stranger to football in Spain, and has put his expertise to good use over the years. John Paul Hendrick has also worked hard to find the right HGP’s needed that would benefit the team.

Francisco Javier Mateo’s excellent display during Saints’ UEL campaign will Jamie Robba on his toes, while the acquistion of the reliable Aymen Mouelhi, partnered up with Fede Villar in the centre with Mauri on the left and Ivan Lobato on the right – you’re looking at a very solid backline, one which Saints have lacked in recent seasons.

Cristian Pecci is someone who doesn’t get as many plaudits as he should, a hard-working, defensively minded, player who can fill in at CDM or CB – a partnership with Ezequiel Rojas could be what Procopio needs. Creativity shouldn’t be an issue with Sykes Garro, Juanma Perez & Ernesto Cornejo at his proposal.

Boro & Juanfri have picked up from where they left off, grabbing five goals between them on the opening day. Summer signing Kyle Casciaro, when fully fit, will be fighting with Pedrito for a place on the wing.

The only headache we expect Raul Procopio to have is how does he implement the 4 HGP’s into his side without breaking their style of play and their momentum after the recent UEL campaign – it will be an interesting season for Saints and we’ll learn more about this side when it’s time to face the “big boys” of Gib football.

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Bosio: “The serious injury has been mentally draining on myself”

We caught up with Gibraltar international Jamie Bosio to get his reaction on Gibraltar United withdrawing from the league, his continuos battle over unpaid medical expenses and his future in football.

Yesterday it was announced that Gibraltar United would be withdrawn from the Gibraltar National League after ongoing financial issues, Bosio gave us his reaction to the news – “Given the way things have escalated in the last few months, to be honest, it’s not surprising whatsoever. Obviously, you try to be hopeful but in this case it was something that everyone could see coming. When players are owed two months wages from the season before going into a new preseason, that’s a sign that things aren’t right. I’m disappointed because I’ve spent three years with Gibraltar United and many people in the local community have an affiliation to this club which had been in existence for a combined total of 75 years. So yes it’s a sad day, but yes the writing was on the wall.”

Salgado and Dana took over at Gibraltar United in April 2017, a move at that time which was massive but would end up leaving a sour taste in the mouths of people in GIbraltar. We asked Bosio if he ever thought a situation like this would have ever come about after their ownership, “When the new investors came in you try to be optimistic and they seemed legitimate. They sold themselves very well at the start and basically told the old owners everything they wanted to hear. Because of Michel Salgado putting his reputation on the line and becoming “the face” of the club we expected nothing but the best. However, that was the first and last time we saw him. Pablo Dana was always in contact with the board and players initially but this is something that started to deteriorate as time went by.”

Late payments became a normal occurence for many of the players but days turned into weeks and now leaves them three months unpaid. We asked Bosio what kind of impact this has had on his former team-mate, “Most of my teammates are obviously distraught, especially those from last season who had put in endless hours of hard work and sacrifice with no reward. It’s not fair that players give up so much (especially those with family and children abroad) to be treated in this way. Especially now so close to the start of the new season, it’s also going to be difficult for them to find new clubs as most teams are probably set on their final squad numbers by now.”

A serious injury last season forced Jamie Bosio to seek medical treatement abroad – on his return, the club refused to reimburse him which resulted in almost taking up the situation in court – Bosio told us more, “My injury is something that they mismanaged from the time it happened in October last year. At that moment, when a club stops caring for a players health is when I knew my relationship with them could end very badly. Unfortunately, that is what happened… To this day I have spent out of pocket over £16,000 in medical fees, that include my operation, consultations, scans and physio sessions. The club itself doesn’t have any player medical insurance. I was told that things would be taken care of yet here we are nearly a whole year later with not a penny received. And now, it’s looking highly unlikely that any of that will ever be paid back to me. If a club cannot care for its players in the human aspect then it shouldn’t be selling itself as a “professional” set up.”

312 days later, Bosio’s recovery goes from stride to stride but still no payment in sight from Gibraltar United – we asked if the club has made any type of confirmation regarding the payment, “I’ve been waiting for months for a meeting to try to settle the debts amicably or try to some sort of compromise but to no avail. To his credit, Adrian Ballestero has tried his best but this and much more issues at the club go beyond him and can only be dealt with by the owners and directors. If the club owes players (not just me) money then someone surely should be held accountable, or is it ok for them to walk away from their problems and leave this mess behind? Surely the GFA need to look into the investors of local clubs that come from abroad and make sure they are legit in what they are offering.”

After the season kicked off last night, it’s a last minute rush for his team-mates and him to make arrangements with other clubs – we asked what the future holds for the 27-year old, “At the moment I’m completely disillusioned with football in Gibraltar. The serious injury has been mentally draining on myself but this added to it has been awful. I’m strongly considering my next move, ignoring all financial aspects and looking to go somewhere where I will enjoy playing football again. I’m focusing on getting myself match fit again and keeping on top of my rehabilitation programme above all else.”