Gibraltar national under-17 football team

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Gibraltar Under-17
AssociationGibraltar Football Association
ConfederationUEFA (Europe)
Head coachJonathan Sodi
CaptainDavan Martin
Most capsAndrew Hernandez (9)
Top scorerGeorge Wink (2)
Home stadiumVictoria Stadium
FIFA codeGIB
First colours
Second colours
Third colours
First international
 Republic of Ireland 4–1 Gibraltar 
(Yerevan, Armenia; 24 October 2013)
Biggest defeat
 Ukraine 11–0 Gibraltar 
(Kakanj, Bosnia; 13 October 2018)
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. As of October 2019, the team is coached by Jonathan Sodi.

History[edit]

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.

Match record[edit]

FIFA World Cup[edit]

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 To be determined To be determined
Total 0/18 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 3 0 27

UEFA European Championship[edit]

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 Did not qualify 3 0 1 2 0 9
Azerbaijan 2016 Did not qualify 3 0 0 3 2 16
Croatia 2017 Did not qualify 3 0 0 3 1 7
England 2018 Did not qualify 3 0 0 3 0 23
Republic of Ireland 2019 Did not qualify 3 0 0 3 0 27
Estonia 2020 Did not qualify 3 0 0 3 1 20
Total 0/38 0 0 0 0 0 0 21 0 1 20 6 116

Recent results and fixtures[edit]

22 October 2019 (2019-10-22) 2020 UEFA U-17 QualificationFrance 8–0 GibraltarSotira Municipal Stadium, Larnaca
14:00 (1500 EEST)
Report Referee: Juxhin Xhaja (Albania)
25 October 2019 (2019-10-25) 2020 UEFA U-17 QualificationSlovakia 9–1 GibraltarSotira Municipal Stadium, Larnaca
14:00 (15:00 EEST)
Report Referee: Juxhin Xhaja (Albania)
28 October 2019 (2019-10-28) 2020 UEFA U-17 QualificationGibraltar 0–3 CyprusGSZ Stadium, Larnaca
14:00 (15:00 EET) Report
Referee: Robert Ian Jenkins (Wales)

Squad[edit]

Current squad[edit]

The following players have been called for the 2020 UEFA European Under-17 Championship qualification games in October 2019.[4] Players born on or after 1 January 2003 are eligible to participate.

  • Caps and goals are correct as of 28 October 2019 after the match against  Cyprus.
No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Thomas Chakraverty (2003-04-25) 25 April 2003 (age 17) 2 0 England SGS College
13 1GK Sean Benitez (2003-07-03) 3 July 2003 (age 17) 1 0 Gibraltar Lions Gibraltar

5 2DF Leeroy Marquez (vice-captain) (2003-07-05) 5 July 2003 (age 17) 5 0 Gibraltar Bruno's Magpies
14 2DF Ryan Azopardi (2003-05-05) 5 May 2003 (age 17) 3 0 Gibraltar Lincoln Red Imps
17 2DF Julian Laguea (2003-11-27) 27 November 2003 (age 16) 3 0 Gibraltar Lincoln Red Imps
19 2DF Kivan Ramos (2003-01-29) 29 January 2003 (age 17) 3 0 Gibraltar Lincoln Red Imps
2 2DF Julian Britto (2004-06-28) 28 June 2004 (age 16) 2 0 Gibraltar Lincoln Red Imps
3 2DF Elias Juel-Saleh (2003-05-06) 6 May 2003 (age 17) 2 0 Gibraltar Boca Gibraltar

6 3MF Davan Martin (captain) (2003-01-29) 29 January 2003 (age 17) 6 0 Gibraltar Lincoln Red Imps
4 3MF Stefan Thorne (2003-03-28) 28 March 2003 (age 17) 5 0 Gibraltar Lions Gibraltar
8 3MF Bilal Douah (2003-07-25) 25 July 2003 (age 17) 3 0 Gibraltar Europa
11 3MF Kadrian Verjaque (2003-09-25) 25 September 2003 (age 17) 3 0 Gibraltar Lions Gibraltar
12 3MF Richard Felipes (2003-08-26) 26 August 2003 (age 17) 3 0 England Repton
15 3MF Omar Salah El-Din (2003-10-02) 2 October 2003 (age 17) 3 0 Gibraltar Europa
10 3MF Kyle Clinton (2004-03-18) 18 March 2004 (age 16) 2 0 Gibraltar Lincoln Red Imps
16 3MF Kyron McGrail (2003-04-22) 22 April 2003 (age 17) 2 0 Gibraltar Lincoln Red Imps
18 3MF Christian Zammitt-Aguis (2003-01-25) 25 January 2003 (age 17) 1 1 Gibraltar Europa

7 4FW Jaime McGrail (2003-11-26) 26 November 2003 (age 16) 3 0 Gibraltar Lincoln Red Imps
9 4FW Dylan Borge (2003-10-15) 15 October 2003 (age 17) 3 0 Gibraltar Europa

Managerial history[edit]

Top Goalscorers[edit]

As of 25 October 2019

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

# Name Career Goals Caps Average
1 George Wink 2013 2 3 0.667
2 Christian Zammitt-Aguis 2019– 1 1 1
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[edit]

  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. ^ Gibraltar U-17 profile UEFA.com. Retrieved 22 October 2018.

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