2017–18 Gibraltar Premier Division

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Premier Division
Victoria Stadium (Gibraltar).jpg
The Victoria Stadium where each match was played
Season2017–18
Dates25 September 2017 – 3 June 2018
ChampionsLincoln Red Imps (23rd title)
RelegatedManchester 62
Champions LeagueLincoln Red Imps
Europa LeagueEuropa
St Joseph's
Matches played135
Goals scored421 (3.12 per match)
Top goalscorerEnrique Carreño
(19 goals)
Biggest home winLynx 9–0 Manchester 62
(3 June 2018)
Biggest away winManchester 62 0–9 Europa FC
(30 May 2018)
Highest scoringGlacis United 6–4 Manchester 62
(10 March 2018)
Longest winning run11 matches
Lincoln Red Imps
Longest unbeaten run16 matches
Lincoln Red Imps
Longest winless run27 matches
Manchester 62
Longest losing run6 matches
Manchester 62
Lynx

The 2017–18 Gibraltar Premier Division was the 119th season of the top-tier national football league in Gibraltar, as well as the fifth season since the Gibraltar Football Association joined UEFA in 2013. The league was contested by ten clubs. It began on 26 September 2017 and ended on 3 June 2018.

Europa were the defending champions, having ended a fourteen-year winning streak for Lincoln Red Imps.[1] This season also saw three clubs from Gibraltar competing in European competition for the first time. Lincoln won their 23rd title on 19 May 2018 with two games to spare, after a 7–1 victory over Lions Gibraltar.

Format[edit]

The ten Premier Division clubs played each other three times for a total of 27 matches each.[2] The tenth-placed team in the league would be relegated and the ninth-placed team in the league would enter a playoff with the second-placed team from the Second Division for a place in the 2018–19 Premier Division.[2]

The champions earned a place in the preliminary round of the 2018–19 Champions League, and the second–placed club earned a place in the preliminary round of the 2018–19 Europa League.[3] This season, the league entered a winter break from December to February while renovations took place on Victoria Stadium.

Teams[edit]

Location of the stadium where all teams play

At the conclusion of the previous season, Europa Point was relegated.[4] As the champions of the Second Division, Gibraltar Phoenix earned promotion to the league this season.[5] Manchester 62 earned the right to stay in the Premier Division by winning a playoff at the end of the previous season.[6]

Club Finishing position 2016–17
Europa FC 1st (Champions)
Gibraltar Phoenix 1st in Second division (Promoted)
Gibraltar United 7th
Glacis United 4th
Lincoln Red Imps 2nd
Lions Gibraltar 8th
Lynx 6th
Manchester 62 9th
Mons Calpe 5th
St Joseph's 3rd

Personnel and kits[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

Team Manager Captain Kit manufacturer Club sponsor
Europa Spain Juan José Gallardo (interim) Spain Javi Muñoz Jako Alwani Group
Gibraltar Phoenix Spain Albert Ferri Spain Francisco Javier Moreno Luanvi Gourmet Grill
Gibraltar United Spain Manolo Nuñez Sánchez Gibraltar Kyle Goldwin Kappa Turicum Bank
Glacis United Spain Mariano Marcos Garcia Spain Daniel Guererro Nike Atlantic Financial Group
Lincoln Red Imps Spain Yiyi Perez (interim) Gibraltar Roy Chipolina Joma Mansion.com
Lions Gibraltar Gibraltar Rafael Bado Gibraltar Kalian Perez Erreà Enterprise Insurance
Lynx Gibraltar Albert Parody Egypt Mohamed Badr Nike Verralls
Manchester 62 Gibraltar Jonathan Sodi Spain Aarón Durán Joma CEPSA GIB
Mons Calpe Argentina Luis Manuel Blanco Spain Rubo Blanco Givova Tokamóvil
St. Joseph's Spain Raúl Procopio Baizán Spain Iván Lobato Kromex Propability Ltd

Managerial Changes[edit]

Team Outgoing manager Manner of departure Date of vacancy Position in table Incoming manager Date of appointment
Lynx Gibraltar Albert Parody Resigned 2 June 2017 Pre-season Gibraltar Allen Bula 2 June 2017
Glacis United Spain Manuel Perez 15 June 2017 Spain Mariano Marcos Garcia 9 July 2017
Europa Spain Juanjo Gallardo Promoted to Sporting Director 24 July 2017 Spain Johnny 24 July 2017
Gibraltar Phoenix Spain Albert Ferri Resigned 9 July 2017 Spain Jaime Molina 9 July 2017
Mons Calpe Italy Mauro Ardizzone Mutual consent 14 August 2017 Spain Albert Ferri 14 August 2017
Lynx Gibraltar Allen Bula Sacked 27 October 2017 10th Gibraltar Albert Parody (interim) 27 October 2017
Mons Calpe Spain Albert Ferri 4 December 2017 8th Argentina Luis Manuel Blanco 9 January 2018
Gibraltar Phoenix Spain Jaime Molina 13 December 2017 7th Spain Sergio Mena 1 January 2018
Manchester 62 Spain Kiko Prieto 1 January 2018 10th Gibraltar Jonathan Sodi 1 January 2018
Lynx Gibraltar Albert Parody End of interim spell 24 January 2018 9th Spain Daniel Peluas 24 January 2018
Spain Daniel Peluas Mutual consent 18 February 2018 Gibraltar Albert Parody 19 February 2018
Gibraltar Phoenix Spain Sergio Mena Sacked 18 March 2018 8th Spain Albert Ferri 19 March 2018
Lincoln Red Imps Uruguay Julio César Ribas Mutual consent 9 April 2018 1st Spain José Carlos Tello 16 April 2018
Spain José Carlos Tello Sacked 20 April 2018 Spain Yiyi Perez (interim) 21 April 2018
Europa Spain Johnny 21 May 2018 2nd Spain Juanjo Gallardo (interim) 21 May 2018

League table[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
1 Lincoln Red Imps (C) 27 21 2 4 71 19 +52 65 Qualification for the Champions League preliminary round
2 Europa FC 27 19 3 5 67 20 +47 60 Qualification for the Europa League preliminary round
3 St Joseph's 27 17 3 7 53 30 +23 54
4 Gibraltar United 27 16 5 6 45 27 +18 53
5 Mons Calpe 27 14 2 11 48 35 +13 44
6 Gibraltar Phoenix 27 8 6 13 34 47 −13 30
7 Glacis United 27 7 5 15 34 44 −10 26
8 Lions Gibraltar 27 6 5 16 27 63 −36 23
9 Lynx (O) 27 6 4 17 22 48 −26 22 Qualification for the play-off
10 Manchester 62 (R) 27 0 7 20 20 88 −68 7 Relegation to the Gibraltar Second Division
Source: UEFA, Soccerway
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Goal difference; 3) Goals scored.[7]
(C) Champion; (O) Play-off winner; (R) Relegated.

Results[edit]

Promotion/Relegation play-off[edit]

The ninth-placed team from the Premier Division played a play-off match with the second-placed Second Division club for a place in the 2018–19 Premier Division.[2]

Lynx2–0Olympique 13
Fernández Goal 56'84'

Season statistics[edit]

Scoring[edit]

As of 3 June 2018[8]

Top scorers[edit]

Rank Player Club Goals
1 Spain Enrique Carreño Europa 19
2 Spain Germán Cortés Gibraltar Phoenix 15
Philippines Kike Gómez Europa
Spain Rubo Blanco Mons Calpe
Argentina Pibe Mons Calpe
6 Spain Falu Aranda Lincoln Red Imps 12
7 Egypt Ayman Elghobashy Gibraltar United 11
8 Spain Boro St Joseph's 9
Spain Antonio Cerezo Glacis United
10 Spain Dani Ponce Gibraltar United 7
Gibraltar Anthony Hernandez Lincoln Red Imps
Spain Domingo Ferrer St Joseph's

Hat-tricks[edit]

Player For Against Result Date
Gibraltar Jean-Carlos Garcia Lincoln Red Imps Glacis United 4–0 (H) 27 September 2017
Spain Falu Aranda Lincoln Red Imps Gibraltar Phoenix 5–0 (A) 15 October 2017
Spain Antonio Cerezo Glacis United Lions Gibraltar 6–2 (H) 31 March 2018
Spain German Cortes Gibraltar Phoenix Lions Gibraltar 6–1 (A) 5 April 2018
Spain Enrique Carreño4 Europa Lions Gibraltar 5–0 (A) 15 April 2018
Spain Falu Aranda Lincoln Red Imps Manchester 62 6–0 (H) 7 May 2018
Spain Antonio Cerezo4 Glacis United Manchester 62 6–0 (A) 13 May 2018
Spain Enrique Carreño6 Europa Manchester 62 9–0 (A) 30 May 2018
Spain German Cortes Gibraltar Phoenix Lions Gibraltar 5–1 (H) 31 May 2018
Argentina Franco Gargiulo Lynx Manchester 62 9–0 (H) 3 June 2018
Gibraltar Kevagn Robba Lynx Manchester 62 9–0 (H) 3 June 2018

Clean sheets[edit]

Rank Player Club Clean Sheets
1 Spain Manuel Soler Lincoln Red Imps 16
2 Spain Javi Muñoz Europa 12
3 Gibraltar Kyle Goldwin Gibraltar United 9
4 Spain Borja Gonzalez Glacis United 7
5 Argentina Mateo Grasso Mons Calpe 6
Gibraltar Jamie Robba St Joseph's
7 Spain Edu Oliva Lions Gibraltar 4
8 Spain Goito Gibraltar Phoenix 3
Spain José Miguel Gonzalez Lions Gibraltar
Argentina Joaquin Ketlun Lynx
Spain Félix Romero St Joseph's

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Europa FC League Champions". GFA. Archived from the original on 28 May 2017. Retrieved 23 June 2017.
  2. ^ a b c "Premier Division: Season Rules". Scoresway. Retrieved 23 June 2017.
  3. ^ "Preliminary Access List 2018/19". Bert Kassies. Archived from the original on 22 December 2017. Retrieved 23 June 2017.
  4. ^ "Premier Division". soccerway.com. Retrieved 23 June 2017.
  5. ^ "Gib Phoenix complete a league and cup double". footballgibraltar.com. Retrieved 23 June 2017.
  6. ^ "Manchester 62 live to fight another day". footballgibraltar.com. Retrieved 23 June 2017.
  7. ^ "Premier Division: Season rules". Scoresway. Retrieved 22 June 2017.
  8. ^ "Gibraltar Premier League-Top Scorers".

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