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Gibraltar national under-17 football team

Gibraltar Under-17
AssociationGibraltar Football Association
ConfederationUEFA (Europe)
Head coachJansen Moreno
CaptainJaiden Bartolo
Most capsAndrew Hernandez, Jaiden Bartolo (9)
Top scorerJaiden Bartolo (6)
Home stadiumVictoria Stadium
FIFA codeGIB
First colours
Second colours
First international
 Republic of Ireland 4–1 Gibraltar 
(Yerevan, Armenia; 24 October 2013)
Biggest win
 Gibraltar 8–2 Liechtenstein 
(Gibraltar; 25 August 2022)
Biggest defeat
 Serbia 12–0 Gibraltar 
(Paphos, Cyprus; 4 November 2022)
European Championship
AppearancesNone
FIFA U-17 World Cup
AppearancesNone

The Gibraltar national under-17 football team is the youth football team of Gibraltar, run by the Gibraltar Football Association. The team is based mostly on the young players from the region's domestic leagues, the Gibraltar Premier Division and Gibraltar Second Division, and competes every year to qualify for the European Under-17 Football Championship.

History

The team played its first match on 24 October 2013 against the Republic of Ireland national under-17 football team,[1] the year when Gibraltar became a member of UEFA.[2] George Wink, then of the Juvenil team of the Spanish club Club Atlético Zabal, scored the first goal, in the history of the national under-17 team on October 28, 2013 against the Armenia national under-17 football team.[3]

The side would finish bottom of the group on every campaign since, scoring only 5 goals in response, with George Wink becoming the record goalscorer at any level of football in Gibraltar until Jake Gosling and Lee Casciaro equalled the record for the seniors in 2015. In May 2017, a re-organization of management throughout the Gibraltar Football Association saw coach Stephen Head step up to manage the U19 team, with David Ochello appointed as his replacement. The following campaign saw Gibraltar suffer a record 10-0 defeat to Norway on the 4th anniversary of their debut in the competition.

8 years after their first matches as UEFA members, Gibraltar finally secured their first win at under-17 level with a 2-1 friendly win over Faroe Islands on 10 September 2021. In October 2023, Gibraltar initially withdrew from qualification for the 2024 UEFA European Under-17 Championship, citing safety concerns as a result of the Israel–Hamas war.[4] The whole group, set to be hosted in Israel, was postponed by UEFA later that day.[5] New dates were later announced for November 2023 with Wales hosting instead.

Match record

FIFA World Cup

FIFA World Cup record Qualification record
Era Year Round Pos Pld W D L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
Under-16 1985 to 1989 Not a FIFA member Not a FIFA member
Under-17 1991 to 2015
India 2017 Ineligible
Brazil 2019 Did Not Qualify 3 0 0 3 0 27
Peru 2021 Cancelled
Indonesia 2023 Did Not Qualify 2 0 0 2 0 14
Qatar 2025 to be determined To be determined
Total 0/20 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 0 0 5 0 41

UEFA European Championship

UEFA European Championship record Qualification record
Era Year Round Pos Pld W D L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
Under-16 1982 to 2001 Not a UEFA member Not a UEFA member
Under-17 2002 to 2013
Malta 2014 did not qualify 3 0 0 3 2 14
Bulgaria 2015 3 0 1 2 0 9
Azerbaijan 2016 3 0 0 3 2 16
Croatia 2017 3 0 0 3 1 7
England 2018 3 0 0 3 0 23
Republic of Ireland 2019 3 0 0 3 0 27
Estonia 2020 Cancelled 3 0 0 3 1 20
Cyprus 2021
Israel 2022 did not qualify 3 0 0 3 1 17
Hungary 2023 2 0 0 2 0 14
Cyprus 2024 2 0 0 2 0 8
Estonia 2025 Future event
Total 0/41 0 0 0 0 0 0 28 0 1 27 7 155

Recent results and fixtures

25 August 2022 (2022-08-25) Friendly Gibraltar  8–2  Liechtenstein Gibraltar
12:00
Report
Stadium: Victoria Stadium
27 August 2022 (2022-08-27) Friendly Gibraltar  4–0  Liechtenstein Gibraltar
12:00
Report Stadium: Victoria Stadium
1 November 2022 (2022-11-01) 2023 UEFA U-17 Qualification Gibraltar  0–2  Cyprus Paphos, Cyprus
13:30 Report Stadium: Stelios Kyriakides Stadium
Attendance: 125
Referee: Sander Van Der Eijk (Netherlands)
4 November 2022 (2022-11-04) 2023 UEFA U-17 Qualification Serbia  12–0  Gibraltar Paphos, Cyprus
11:00
Report Stadium: Stelios Kyriakides Stadium
Attendance: 31
Referee: Alessandro Dudic (Switzerland)
15 November 2023 (2023-11-15) 2024 UEFA U-17 Qualification Belgium  4–0  Gibraltar Newport, Wales
17:00 Report Stadium: Dragon Park
Referee: Roman Jitari (Moldova)
18 November 2023 (2023-11-18) 2024 UEFA U-17 Qualification Israel  Cancelled  Gibraltar Newport, Wales
14:00 Report Stadium: Dragon Park
Referee: Jan Machálek (Czechia)
21 November 2023 (2023-11-21) 2024 UEFA U-17 Qualification Gibraltar  0–4  Wales Cardiff, Wales
14:00 Report
Stadium: Cardiff International Sports Stadium
Referee: Radoslav Gidzhenov (Bulgaria)

Squad

Current squad

For the 2024 UEFA European Under-17 Championship qualification and finals, players born on or after 1 January 2007 are eligible.

The following players were called up for the following 2024 UEFA European Under-17 Championship qualification matches:[6]

  • Match date: 15, 18 and 21 November 2022
  • Opposition:  Belgium,  Israel and  Wales
  • Caps and goals correct as of: 21 November 2023, after the match against  Wales.
No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Thomas Recagno (2007-09-11) 11 September 2007 (age 16) 8 0 Gibraltar Manchester 62
13 1GK Ryan Smith (2007-04-21) 21 April 2007 (age 17) 1 0 Gibraltar Lincoln Red Imps

3 2DF Kai Mauro (2007-05-30) 30 May 2007 (age 17) 5 0 Spain Cádiz
2 2DF Joachim Ostheider (2007-04-10) 10 April 2007 (age 17) 4 0 Spain Cádiz
4 2DF Jayvan Garro (2008-06-01) 1 June 2008 (age 16) 2 0 Gibraltar Lincoln Red Imps
5 2DF Jay Coombes (2007-03-09) 9 March 2007 (age 17) 2 0 Gibraltar Lincoln Red Imps
12 2DF Sebastian Sun Gorny (2007-09-04) 4 September 2007 (age 16) 1 0 Gibraltar Lincoln Red Imps
17 2DF Julian Chichon (2007-09-23) 23 September 2007 (age 16) 0 0 Spain Puerto de La Línea
20 2DF Alex Collado (2007-02-25) 25 February 2007 (age 17) 0 0 Gibraltar Lincoln Red Imps

6 3MF Amos Federico (captain) (2007-04-23) 23 April 2007 (age 17) 3 0 England Repton
7 3MF Giovanni Soleci (2007-02-02) 2 February 2007 (age 17) 2 0 Gibraltar Lincoln Red Imps
8 3MF Karim Bousselham (2007-10-07) 7 October 2007 (age 16) 2 0 Spain Linense
10 3MF Daniel Smith (2007-04-01) 1 April 2007 (age 17) 2 0 Gibraltar Manchester 62
14 3MF Quentin McGlashan (2007-06-20) 20 June 2007 (age 17) 1 0 Gibraltar College 1975
15 3MF Max Bautista (2008-05-07) 7 May 2008 (age 16) 0 0 Gibraltar Lincoln Red Imps
19 3MF Stefan Desoiza (2007-11-15) 15 November 2007 (age 16) 0 0 Gibraltar Lincoln Red Imps

11 4FW Leon Mason (2007-05-16) 16 May 2007 (age 17) 4 0 Spain Atlético Zabal
9 4FW Kai Bartolo (2007-07-16) 16 July 2007 (age 16) 2 0 England Wealdstone
18 4FW Anthony Avellano (2008-04-04) 4 April 2008 (age 16) 2 0 Spain Algeciras
16 4FW Evan Villa (2007-08-24) 24 August 2007 (age 16) 1 0 Gibraltar Lincoln Red Imps

Recent call-ups

The following players have been called up within the past twelve months or withdrew from the current squad due to injury or suspension, and remain eligible.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up




INJ Withdrew from the squad due to an injury
PRE Preliminary squad
WD Withdrew for other reasons

Managerial history

Top Goalscorers

As of 4 November 2022

Players with an equal number of goals are ranked in order of average.

# Name Career Goals Caps Average
1 Jaiden Bartolo 2021–2022 6 9 0.667
2 James Scanlon 2022 3 4 0.75
3 Sebastian Diaz 2022 2 3 0.667
Angel Gonzalez 2021 2 3 0.667
George Wink 2013 2 3 0.667
6 Ashton Hancock 2022 1 1 1
Javier Martínez 2022 1 1 1
Christian Zammitt-Agius 2019 1 1 1
Johnny Rush 2022 1 3 0.333
Liam Jessop 2021 1 5 0.2
Julian Valarino 2015–2016 1 5 0.2
Ethan Britto 2014–2016 1 7 0.143
Byron Espinosa 2013–2015 1 7 0.143

Notes

  1. ^ Gibraltar drawn with Republic of Ireland, England and Armenia in Under 17’s
  2. ^ "FOOTBALL: Season 2013/14 to kick –off". Archived from the original on 2015-09-23. Retrieved 2014-08-04.
  3. ^ Wink lässt Gibraltar träumen - UEFA.com
  4. ^ Official Statement Gibraltar FA. 7 October 2023. Retrieved 7 October 2023.
  5. ^ Statement: MU17 UEFA EURO Qualifying Round Football Association of Wales. 7 October 2023. Retrieved 7 October 2023.
  6. ^ U17 Squad Gibraltar FA. 5 October 2023. Retrieved 6 October 2023.

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