Lincoln Red Imps F.C.
Lincoln Red Imps Football Club is a semi-professional football club from Gibraltar. They play in the Gibraltar Premier Division, and share the Victoria Stadium with all clubs in the territory. They are the record champion with 22 league titles, the last 14 of which have been consecutive. The football club was first formed in 1976 by Charles Polson and Charles Head, when this Lincoln team became old enough to play Senior Football, it was decided to enter this young team into the GFA second division. The team started to climb to the top in the division in the season 1981–82 winning the league. The next year Lincoln finished in mid table in the first division, in 1983–84 Lincoln won the league and promotion to the Gibraltar Premier Division. Lincoln won 14 Gibraltar Premier Division titles in a row from 2003 to 2016 and they also won the national treble of League, Rock Cup and Senior Cup in 2004,2005,2006,2007,2008 and 2011. In 2014, after Gibraltar had joined UEFA as the 54th member, after claiming a 1–1 draw in the home match, they lost 5–2 at Faroese team HB and were eliminated in the first qualifying round. In the First Qualifying Round Lincoln were drawn against FC Santa Coloma of Andorra, the match was Brendan Rodgers first competitive fixture as manager of Celtic. In the return leg, the Red Imps were defeated 3–0, after converting a penalty, a second half goal was conceded and the game ended in a draw. Notes 1Q, First qualifying round 2Q, Second qualifying round Like all other Gibraltarian clubs, Lincoln shares the 5, note, Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality, official website Lincoln Red Imps F. C. Twitter account UEFA profile
By population, Spain is the sixth largest in Europe and the fifth in the European Union. Spains capital and largest city is Madrid, other urban areas include Barcelona, Valencia, Seville, Bilbao. Modern humans first arrived in the Iberian Peninsula around 35,000 years ago, in the Middle Ages, the area was conquered by Germanic tribes and later by the Moors. Spain is a democracy organised in the form of a government under a constitutional monarchy. It is a power and a major developed country with the worlds fourteenth largest economy by nominal GDP. Jesús Luis Cunchillos argues that the root of the span is the Phoenician word spy. Therefore, i-spn-ya would mean the land where metals are forged, two 15th-century Spanish Jewish scholars, Don Isaac Abravanel and Solomon ibn Verga, gave an explanation now considered folkloric. Both men wrote in two different published works that the first Jews to reach Spain were brought by ship by Phiros who was confederate with the king of Babylon when he laid siege to Jerusalem. This man was a Grecian by birth, but who had given a kingdom in Spain. He became related by marriage to Espan, the nephew of king Heracles, Heracles later renounced his throne in preference for his native Greece, leaving his kingdom to his nephew, Espan, from whom the country of España took its name. Based upon their testimonies, this eponym would have already been in use in Spain by c.350 BCE, Iberia enters written records as a land populated largely by the Iberians, Basques and Celts. Early on its coastal areas were settled by Phoenicians who founded Western Europe´s most ancient cities Cadiz, Phoenician influence expanded as much of the Peninsula was eventually incorporated into the Carthaginian Empire, becoming a major theater of the Punic Wars against the expanding Roman Empire. After an arduous conquest, the peninsula came fully under Roman Rule, during the early Middle Ages it came under Germanic rule but later, much of it was conquered by Moorish invaders from North Africa. In a process took centuries, the small Christian kingdoms in the north gradually regained control of the peninsula. The last Moorish kingdom fell in the same year Columbus reached the Americas, a global empire began which saw Spain become the strongest kingdom in Europe, the leading world power for a century and a half, and the largest overseas empire for three centuries. Continued wars and other problems led to a diminished status. The Napoleonic invasions of Spain led to chaos, triggering independence movements that tore apart most of the empire, eventually democracy was peacefully restored in the form of a parliamentary constitutional monarchy. Spain joined the European Union, experiencing a renaissance and steady economic growth
Gibraltar is a British Overseas Territory located on the southern end of the Iberian Peninsula. It has an area of 6.7 km2 and shares its border with Spain. The Rock of Gibraltar is the landmark of the region. At its foot is a populated city area, home to over 30,000 Gibraltarians. An Anglo-Dutch force captured Gibraltar from Spain in 1704 during the War of the Spanish Succession on behalf of the Habsburg claim to the Spanish throne, the territory was subsequently ceded to Great Britain in perpetuity under the Treaty of Utrecht in 1713. Today Gibraltars economy is based largely on tourism, online gambling, financial services, the sovereignty of Gibraltar is a major point of contention in Anglo-Spanish relations as Spain asserts a claim to the territory. Gibraltarians overwhelmingly rejected proposals for Spanish sovereignty in a 1967 referendum, under the Gibraltar constitution of 2006, Gibraltar governs its own affairs, though some powers, such as defence and foreign relations, remain the responsibility of the British government. The name Gibraltar is the Spanish derivation of the Arabic name Jabal Ṭāriq, earlier, it was known as Mons Calpe, a name of Phoenician origin and one of the Pillars of Hercules. The pronunciation of the name in modern Spanish is, evidence of Neanderthal habitation in Gibraltar between 28,000 and 24,000 BP has been discovered at Gorhams Cave, making Gibraltar possibly the last known holdout of the Neanderthals. Within recorded history, the first inhabitants were the Phoenicians, around 950 BC, subsequently, Gibraltar became known as one of the Pillars of Hercules, after the Greek legend of the creation of the Strait of Gibraltar by Heracles. The Carthaginians and Romans also established semi-permanent settlements, after the collapse of the Roman Empire, Gibraltar came briefly under the control of the Vandals. The area later formed part of the Visigothic Kingdom of Hispania from 414 AD until the Islamic conquest of Iberia in 711 AD, in 1160, the Almohad Sultan Abd al-Mumin ordered that a permanent settlement, including a castle, be built. It received the name of Medinat al-Fath, on completion of the works in the town, the Sultan crossed the Strait to look at the works and stayed in Gibraltar for two months. The Tower of Homage of the Moorish Castle remains standing today, from 1274 onwards, the town was fought over and captured by the Nasrids of Granada, the Marinids of Morocco and the kings of Castile. In 1462, Gibraltar was finally captured by Juan Alonso de Guzmán, after the conquest, King Henry IV of Castile assumed the additional title of King of Gibraltar, establishing it as part of the comarca of the Campo Llano de Gibraltar. In 1501, Gibraltar passed back to the Spanish Crown, the occupation of the town by Alliance forces caused the exodus of the population to the surrounding area of the Campo de Gibraltar. As the Alliances campaign faltered, the 1713 Treaty of Utrecht was negotiated and ceded control of Gibraltar to Britain to secure Britains withdrawal from the war. Unsuccessful attempts by Spanish monarchs to regain Gibraltar were made with the siege of 1727 and again with the Great Siege of Gibraltar, during the American War of Independence
Captain (association football)
The team captain is usually identified by the wearing of an armband. The only official responsibility of a captain specified by the Laws of the Game is to participate in the toss prior to kick-off. Contrary to what is said, captains have no special authority under the Laws to challenge a decision by the referee. However, referees may talk to the captain of a side about the general behaviour when necessary. At an award-giving ceremony after a fixture like a cup competition final, any trophy won by a team will be received by the captain who will also be the first one to hoist it. The captain also generally leads the teams out of the room at the start of the match. The captain generally provides a point for the team, if morale is low. Captains may join the manager in deciding the first team for a certain game, in youth or recreational football, the captain often takes on duties, that would, at a higher level, be delegated to the manager. A club captain is usually appointed for a season, if he is unavailable or not selected for a particular game, then the club vice-captain will be appointed to perform a similar role. The match captain is the first player to lift a trophy should the team win one, a good example of this was in the 1999 UEFA Champions League Final when match captain Peter Schmeichel lifted the trophy for Manchester United as club captain Roy Keane was suspended. In the 2012 UEFA Champions League Final, match captain Frank Lampard jointly lifted the trophy for Chelsea with club captain John Terry, a club may appoint two distinct roles, a club captain to represent the players in a public relations role, and correspondent on the pitch. After Neville retired in 2011, regular starter Nemanja Vidić was named as club captain, são Paulos Rogério Ceni is the player who has worn the captains armband the most times. A vice-captain is a player that is expected to captain the side when the captain is not included in the starting eleven, or if, during a game. Examples include Manuel Neuer succeeding Philipp Lahm at Bayern Munich, Marcelo attaining from Sergio Ramos at Real Madrid C. F, gary Cahill being the understudy of John Terry at Chelsea FC and Lionel Messi taking over from Andrés Iniesta at FC Barcelona. Similarly, some clubs also name a 3rd captain to take the role of captain when both the captain and vice-captain are unavailable, during the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa, Germany had three captains. Michael Ballack had skippered the team since 2004, including the successful qualifiers for the 2010 World Cup. Lahm ended up becoming the permanent captain of Germany, as Ballack was never called up for the national team
Liam Walker is a Gibraltarian footballer who plays for Europa FC and the Gibraltar national team as a midfielder. Walker began his career in Algeciras CF, making his debut on 22 October 2006 and he received his first start on 22 May 2007, against CD Mairena. He already had trials with Manchester United, Everton and Aston Villa as a teenager, in 2008 summer, Walker joined Atlético Zabal, but only appeared in eight matches, scoring six times. During the 2009–10 season, he was promoted to Linenses first team, in January 2010, he signed with UD Los Barrios, and made his debut on the 31st, against Puerto Real CF. He scored his first goal on 27 April, against Sevilla FC C, in May 2010, Walker returned to Linense, getting more playing time than his last spell, appearing in 13 matches and scoring once. In January of the year, he signed a contract with CD San Roque. In his first season, he only appeared six times and scored once, in his second season, he was the clubs topscorer and best player of the season, scoring ten goals in 30 games. In July 2012, Walker was called by Portsmouth manager Michael Appleton to train with the club and he was a part of the squad in the club pre-season matches, against Bolton Wanderers, on 4 August. In his next game, on 8 August, he scored the final goal, on 16 August, Walker signed a one-month contract with Pompey. However, due to his international clearance not being made by RFEF in time and he only made his debut on 21 August 2012, in an away match against Colchester United, coming in for Kieran Djilali who started on the bench. Walker played on the wing on his debut whilst Portsmouth captain Brian Howard, Portsmouth drew with Colchester 2–2, with goals for Pompey through Luke Rodgers and Jordan Obita. Walker hit the post early in the half and also assisted Rodgers in the first goal of the match. He then started in the two games, before being dropped to the bench. Walker only received a three months later, against Yeovil Town, on 29 December. Walker scored his first league goal for Portsmouth against Scunthorpe United on 2 February 2013 and he scored his second on the 16th, against Carlisle United, from the penalty spot. Walker finished the season with three assists, only behind Jed Wallace and Howard, at the end of the season, Walker was challenged to earn a new deal by manager Guy Whittingham. However, on 9 July, Walker announced that he would join a Greek club and it was reported that Walker turned up at a training base of Dundee United in Spain without notice and requested a possible trial. This was however refused by Dundee Uniteds management and he was also linked to a move for Aris Thessaloniki, but the deal fell through
Victoria Stadium (Gibraltar)
Victoria Stadium is a multi-purpose stadium in Gibraltar. It is currently used mostly for football matches, but also hosts the yearly Gibraltar Music Festival and it is located close to the Gibraltar Airport just off Winston Churchill Avenue. It was named after the wife of Gibraltarian philanthropist John Mackintosh, the ground has also hosted cricket matches since 1993. The ground hosted its first cricket match when Marylebone Cricket Club visited Gibraltar in 1993 between Gibraltar and the MCC, the Europa Point plans have been scrapped by the local government of Gibraltar. Football in Gibraltar Sport in Gibraltar Media related to Victoria Stadium at Wikimedia Commons
Europa FC are a football club from Gibraltar who play in the Gibraltar Premier Division. As with all clubs in the territory, Europa FC currently share the Victoria Stadium on Winston Churchill Avenue. The club was founded in 1925 and it was continuously active up to 1970. The name change was cleared by UEFA and the Gibraltar Football Association has granted back the honours the club lost when it folded initially, in 2014 they were the first team from Gibraltar to play the UEFA Europa League after they finished runners-up in the Rock Cup. They lost the first match 0–3 against FC Vaduz from Liechtenstein, in the second leg they lost 1–0 at home, resulting in a 4–0 aggregate defeat. In 2015 the club had Gibraltars first player to appear at an international tournament. In 2015 the club was renamed to their original name Europa FC, the side entered the UEFA Europa League once again, without a manager as Dimas Carrasco had not yet been appointed. The side lost 9–0 on aggregate to SK Slovan Bratislava with a new side that received criticism from fans due to the lack of Gibraltarian players. Another season in 2nd place followed, although July 2016 did see Europa win their first continental cup tie, players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality. Official Website Europa F. C. on Twitter College Europa FC at UEFA. com
F.C. Britannia XI
FC Britannia XI was a club side who played their football in the Gibraltar Premier Division and the Gibraltar Second Division. The club, like all others in the territory, play at the Victoria Stadium on Winston Churchill Avenue, in 2014 they secured promotion back to the Premier Division after winning the Second Division title. Their first season saw them avoid relegation due to the leagues expansion, the club began their second season in the top-flight well under Alan Arruda, being third for the majority of the first half of the season. Victoria Stadium is a stadium in Gibraltar. It is currently used mostly for football matches and holds about 5,000 people and it is located close to the Gibraltar Airport just off Winston Churchill Avenue. It was named after the wife of Gibraltarian philanthropist John Mackintosh, Gibraltar Premier Division – 1907–08, 1911–12, 1912–13, 1917–18, 1919–20, 1936–37, 1940–41, 1954–55, 1955–56, 1956–57, 1957–58, 1958–59, 1960–61, 1962–63. Gibraltar Second Division – 2013–14 Rock Cup –1937,1940,1948, adidas Joma Football in Gibraltar Gibraltar Football Association List of football clubs in Gibraltar Official site of the Gibraltar Football Association
Lions Gibraltar F.C.
Lions Gibraltar is a professional football club in Gibraltar. They play in the top level league, the Gibraltar Premier Division. They were created by a merger of Gibraltar United F. C. after a quiet 45-year history, the club merged with league giants Gibraltar United in 2011 to create a much stronger side. After 3 years, however, Gibraltar United broke away to form their own once again in 2014. In February 2015 the club announced plans to become a club with Premier League club Swansea City, however. After a disappointing season in which the finished bottom of the league. Significant investment by the new ownership meant that Lions would now become a club with the aim of toppling Lincoln Red Imps dominance. The following season saw improvement, with the club finishing 4th. On May 31, the board announced former national team coach David Wilson as their new manager for the 2016–17 season, note, Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality, note, Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality, official website Lions Gibraltar F. C. on Twitter
Joseph Louis Chipolina is a Gibraltar international footballer who plays for Lincoln Red Imps of the Gibraltar Premier Division as a left back or left winger. He is his nations most-capped player of all time, having played all 23 of their matches, Chipolina began his career with Linense of the Spanish Segunda División B and Tercera División, the third and fourth tier of the Spanish football league system respectively, between 2007 and 2012. In 2011–12, Chipolina played one season at CD San Roque of the Tercera División, in March 2012, Chipolina earned a week-long trial at Leyton Orient of Englands League One. Chipolina and San Roque terminated his contract by mutual consent in April 2012, in total, Chipolina made 26 appearances for the club. In December 2015 Chipolina was offered trials with three Scottish clubs, including Hibernian, however, the trials were cancelled at the last moment because of apparent contract complications with his Lincoln Red Imps. Between 2007 and 2013, Chipolina appeared in seven matches for Gibraltar, One of his caps came in a friendly match against England C which garnered interest in the player from Leyton Orient and Scotlands Livingston. He was also a part of the squad competed in the 2011 Island Games. After Gibraltar was accepted as a member of UEFA, Chipolina was selected as part of the 23-man squad for Gibraltars official debut against Slovakia on 19 November 2013, Chipolina made his international debut in the match, a start in the eventual 0–0 draw. As of match played 25 March 2017, scores and results list Gibraltars goal tally first. Chipolina works as a clerk in Gibraltar. BDFutbol profile Joseph Chipolina – UEFA competition record Joseph Chipolina at Soccerway