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Gibraltar’s home Euro 2020 Qualifiers will all be held at the Victoria Stadium in Gibraltar, while friendly internationals at home to Estonia and away at Kosovo have also been added to Gibraltar’s schedule in 2019.
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Unlike the previous Euro Qualifiers, which were held in Faro, Gib fans will now be able to watch their national team take on Republic of Ireland, George, Denmark and Switzerland at the Victoria Stadium during the course of 2019, an announcement which will no doubt be a major boost not only to football but to Gibraltar as a whole.
A statement by the Gibraltar Football Association read: “The GFA is delighted to announce the Victoria Stadium as the venue for Gibraltar’s home matches during the entirety of the UEFA Euro 2020 qualifiers.
As the Victoria Stadium does not currently meet some UEFA requirements in respect of the Euro 2020 qualifiers, the GFA have been involved in intensive discussions with UEFA in order to ensure that international football can continue to be played in Gibraltar.
The GFA’s success in bringing football back home again will involve the carrying out of further works to the floodlighting system, as well as further improvements to media and broadcasting facilities on site.
Gibraltar will host the Republic of Ireland on the 23rd March, Denmark on the 5th September, Georgia on the 15th October and Switzerland on the 18th November.”
In addition, friendlies at home to Estonia on March 26th, and away to Kosovo on the 10th October have also been confirmed, on the two dates Gibraltar don’t have matches in the Euro Qualifiers – bringing the total games the national team will have in 2019 to 10.
Gibraltar have played Estonia twice in friendlies and twice in the 2018 World Cup Qualifiers, earning a 1-1 friendly draw in Tallinn back in May 2014, while the meeting at Kosovo will be the first between the two at international level – Europa did play Prishtina in the Europa League qualifiers last summer, while Lincoln also faced Drita in Champions League in the summer.
Europa & Gibraltar international Tjay De Barr has been the last three days on trial with Primeira Liga side Rio Ave F.C.
The 18-year old was invited by the Portuguese club at the beginning of the week and is expected to return to his club’s training session on Thursday with part of the deal being De Barr would play in their next game against Gibraltar United on the 26th January.
One more Portuguese team interested but nothing concentrate and two Segunda División clubs are monitoring the youngster.
It is understood that if any trials was successful, no deal would be completed until the end of this season.
The draw for the second round of the Gibtelecom Rock Cup sees last year’s cup winners Europa take on their main title rivals Lincoln in the biggest game of the round.
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Other intriguing ties include a repeat of last season’s Second Division title-decider as Boca face Magpies, while we’re guaranteed at least one Second Division side in the quarter finals as Europa Point take on Olympique.
FC Boca Gibraltar v Brunos Magpies
Glacis United v Lions
St Joseph’s v Hound Dogs
Europa Point v Olympique
Lincoln v Europa
Manchester 62 v Gibraltar United
Lynx v Gibraltar Phoenix
Mons Calpe v College 1975
Exact dates of fixture are to be announced, but fixtures will take place between 6th – 11th February.
Matchday 14 results
GOALKEEPER: Javi Munoz (Europa)
DEFENDER: Andre Dos Santos (Lincoln)
DEFENDER: Juan Manuel Montesinos (Lincoln)
DEFENDER: Olmo Gonzalez (Europa)
DEFENDER: Miguel Londero (Mons Calpe)
MIDFIELDER: Mustapha Yahaya (Europa)
MIDFIELDER: Raul Segura (Gib Phoenix)
STRIKER: Giovanni Rodriguez (Lincoln)
STRIKER: Juan Pablo ‘Pibe’ Pereira (Mons Calpe)
STRIKER: Juan Manuel Llaves (Gib Phoenix)
STRIKER: Juan Manuel Labrador (Gib Phoenix)
According to Spanish media outlet EuropaSur, Europa look to have won the race to re-sign their former striker Enrique ‘Kike’ Gomez Bernal despite interest from Gibraltar Phoenix.
Balona cleared the way for Kike to rejoin on Wednesday but the deal has not been made public as of yet with both teams yet to agree on terms of his contract.
Kike has only made nine appearances this season, including only two starts, since joining the Albinegros and most recently, Balona’s head coach Jordi Roger said in a press conference “that he did not depend on him for ninety minutes.”
FG understands that Europa activated their buy-back clause which allowed them to fend off interest from Gibraltar Phoenix, a host of Spanish clubs and reportedly Lincoln Red Imps.
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Mons Calpe won the inaugural Intermediate Cup by beating Manchester 62 4-1 courtesy of goals from Kelvin Morgan, Jaron Vinet, Kevagn Robba and Lautaro Fernandez.
Pedro Ezequiel Gonzalez stepped in as Mons Calpe boss for the Intermediate Cup Final and named a strong side including Kevagn Robba, Kevagn Ronco & Lautaro Fernandez.
Kelvin Morgan gave Mons Calpe the lead on his debut, while Jaron Vinet’s well driven shot from outside the box regained his side the lead after Alejandro Valero’s equaliser.
Kevagn Robba made it 3-1 when he dinked the ball over Michael Borge after being setup excellently by Luke Bautista, and Lautaro Fernandez’s header wrapped up the win in the second half.
Both sides started brightly, making some very fiery challenges early on. Mons defenders Juan Sosa & Isaac Vinet did a good job of keeping Toncheff quiet while on the other end, Ethan Santos put in an impressive display.
Morgan, Vinet and Robba put Mons in a good position coming up to half-time and it was nearly four but Kieron Garcia was on hand to clear Bautista’s shot off the line.
Red Devils midfield duo Ignacio Callejon and Alejandro Valero continuously tried to stir up some kind of attacking threat but the support just wasn’t there in the second half.
After Lautaro made it 4-1, Kieron Garcia was in the right place at the right time once again to prevent the Mons winger from bagging his second of the night.
Referee Yaro Borg blew the final whistle with Mons walking away 4-1 winners and with the Intermediate Cup trophy.
We spoke to Mons Calpe & Gibraltar U21 international Kevagn Ronco about his return from long-term injury, life in Premier and much more.
After picking up a serious injury in 2015-16, Kevagn Ronco has drifted off the raider in Gibraltar with the odd appearance for Lincoln Red Imps in their reserve league. We asked how it feels to be back playing football, “After a whole year out due to my injury, it feels great to be back playing football. My goal being to recover fully and properly from my injury. I now feel rejuvenated and I’m determined to make my return to football a success. Leading a healthy lifestyle, keeping physically active and Football has always been crucial to me since a very young age , I must admit It was a difficult period for myself not being able to play football for a whole year. Nevertheless I tried to maintain a positive attitude as I knew I needed to be at my best mentally as well as physically. I continued overall conditioning, alternating forms of low intensity training such as swimming and light weight training. I’d set new goals within every session.”
Since joining Mons Calpe last summer; Kevagn has cemented his spot in the unfamiliar right-back position, the midfielder by trade, has started twelve games so far this season. Ronco reflected on life in Premier – “It took me a couple of matches to get the hang of the speed of the gameplay but I knew that within each full 90 minutes or so on the pitch I would gain progress, especially when I’d be on the starting 11 every game. Having represented Gibraltar abroad for the U19/U21, I could anticipate that a high level of responsibility and duty would be expected at Premier. ”
Kevagn’s performances have been very impressive and was re-called to the Gibraltar national team. We asked him about his goals for the season, “As a player my goal is to progress onto the Gibraltar Senior Team and be able to represent my country abroad at the highest level. Overall I hope to develop further as a player, I feel that with every game I gain more confidence. I give it my all in every single match and training session as a player for Mons Calpe and always push myself to the limit no matter how tough the challenge may be.”
Mons’ win over Phoenix last Monday leaves them eight points off leaders Europa and with teams around them all in action between themselves – we asked how important their next game is against Lions, “I believe it would be equally important to beat Lions as it would be to win any team we play against. It is crucial for us now to not lose any matches. However our current goal would be to win Lions as this will enable us to push higher up on the league and put pressure on the teams above us.”
Photo: Neil Wilson