Player Focus

Pre Man 62 thoughts!

We caught up with our three captains after their time away with the National Team and asked them for their thoughts on a number of issues. Firstly we wanted to know how the International break had gone for them.

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Brad, Chino and Jamie joined by Erin on the pitch at the Karaiskakis Stadium

Chino was adamant that, ‘as always the international break is an amazing experience. I for one try and bring that experience back to the club and push the team to the maximum! Its always great to be back at the club with all my team mates and prepare for our next big test.’It was also a very gratifying experience for Brad, ‘the international break was another amazing experience and a chance to meet up again with our other team mates. On a personal note it was satisfying to be back in the reckoning after being in and out of the last few squads. Now it’s time to focus on Gib Utd again, working hard and playing well which will hopefully turn into more call ups and caps along the way.’

Our focus now switched to this Sunday’s game against Manchester 62 and all three Captains shared similar feelings. Jamie responded that, ‘you know what you are going to face when you play Manchester 62, in some aspects I reckon it will be a very similar game to the Lynx one. Of course it’s another opportunity for us to gain more momentum and get another 3 points.’ Thoughts shared by Brad, ‘we had a very good result in our first game. We stuck to our gameplan and in the end came away with the 3 points. Man 62 won’t be an easy task as we found out last season but this year we go into the game off the back of a good win and a positive mentality to hopefully come away with another win.’

We finally asked the three if they had noticed the squad gelling better upon their return for International Duty. Chino cast his Captain’s eye over the question, ‘the squad is coming together really well and theres a very good atmosphere in the changing room which will reflect on the pitch!’ Jamie also noticed the squad had solidified, ‘while we’ve been away the squad has had more time to gel and new players look settled now.’

All three Skippers agreed that the match on Sunday would be a tough one but that the team was ready and raring to go!

Interview brought to you by Turicum Private Bank

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FIFA World Cup Qualifiers

The Gibraltar Football Association today named their final 23 man squad for the final two Group H FIFA World Cup Qualifiers that see Gibraltar meet Estonia at the Estadio Do Algarve in Faro on Saturday 7th October; incidentally the last time Gibraltar is due to play Internationals there before the long awaited return to the Victoria Stadium. The final game sees Gibraltar playing at the Stadio Georgios Karaiskakis versus Greece on Thursday 10th Ocotber.

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Gibraltar United is extremely proud of the four players in our squad called up to defend the national colours. Chino, still awaiting his first minutes, and Jamie Bosio are once again called up. Erin Barnett is back after serving a one game suspension following his red card against Belgium. Brad Power also finally makes the final squad on the backs of a fantastic performance in our first league outing. Brad has been a regular in the 28 man squads and has been working hard on and off the pitch to make the cut. Mr Wood has finally decided to give him his chance and we are all very happy and proud of Brad.

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Under 21 Call Ups

Following the 1st Round of Premier Division matches Under 21 Coach Aaron Asquez announced his squad for the forthcoming UEFA Under 21 matches. Gibraltar are due to play on Monday 2nd October vs Armenia and then on Tuesday 10th October vs Macedonia. The original 18 call ups are for the Armenia match while a futher squad will be announced for the Macedonia match.

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Michael Negrette, Tito De Torres and Cecil Prescott have all been called up for the Armenia match. Michael has already made his debut for the club, getting about 20 minutes and playing a vital role versus Lynx FC. Tito had made the squad as an unused sub while Cecil was unavailable through injury. We wish all three the best on their ventures and hope to see them wearing the national colours with pride!

The full Gibraltar Under 21 Squad can be found below.

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Farewell Robert! The Gunslinger makes his Exit!

All great stories come to an end sometime and for the the sharpest gun in the West the sun has set over his Gibraltar United Career on the pitch.

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Robert joined us for the start of the 2015/16 season as our marquee signing in the attacking area of the pitch, leaving Second Division side Europa Point as the lure of working with former Boss Manolo was too strong for Robert to resist. He set the tone for his Red and White career by scoring his first goal in his first match against a feisty Britannia.

That set him off on a remarkable scoring streak that saw him net 15 times for the first team and a further 8 times for the Reserves. His goals against Man 62, Lynx FC and most notably Glacis and Angels FC saw the club safe in a difficult first season in the top flight. The moniker John Wayne was to serve Robert well in his first season as almost every ball he touched in the area was converted into a goal. His connection with Pitu was deadly as one can appreciate below.

Scoring 15 league goals in a struggling side, add to that 9 for the Reserves, brought Robert to the attention of Jeff Wood and the clamour for him to get capped was immense. Roberts prowess on the pitch made Mr Wood’s selection easy. A local forward getting regular game time and scoring regularly could not be left out despite the club’s standing in the league. As it was Robert earned his two UEFA caps in the home friendlies against Latvia and Leichtenstein in March 2016. He was to carry on being a regular call up for the following year as Gibraltar begun its FIFA journey as well; just rewards for his efforts.

The following season was much like the last as we fought at the wrong half of the table but yet again Robert ended the season as our top goalscorer, netting six times. It was with a heavy heart that he approached the club informing us of his decision to step down as age has finally caught up with him. His sharpness in front of the goal has not blunted and it will be Olympique 13 that will benefit from this poacher extraordinaire as he is sure to set the 2nd Division alight!

His eagerness to help with our youth has seen him become a coach and will continue that role. Though he leaves the club as a player he still works tirelessly passing on his experience and wisdom to the young strikers in our youth ranks. Indeed Robert has certainly become a Gibraltar United man through and through!

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Farewell Capitan!

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Credit to Christopher Milan, Christian Correa, Core Photography and Snaprimages for the photos.

Season in Review

30th June is a marked day in many football calendars around the world as it sees the end of one season and the start of another with many contracts traditionally finishing on this date. As such it is fitting that we post our 2016/17 season review today as the football world begins to turn its attention to the 2017/18 season.

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United moved fast and quick in the heady days of the summer of 2016 to secure several marquee signings. GFA regular Jamie Bosio joined from Lincoln FC after completing his studies and he was joined by the Hernandez brothers from Man 62. Jason Pusey, Paul Podesta, Ashley Rodriguez, Aymen Mouehli, Erin Barnett Dani Wink and Jesse Victory all signed for the club in a bid to challenge for a place higher up in the league.

A mixed preseason saw an inconsistent run of results as Manolo gelled in so many new faces into the squad. So many new players in key positions meant that there was an unfamiliarity and lack of chemistry that takes time to foster. Yet as is his want, the manager drilled the squad hard in preseason to have them ready for a late September kick off against Manchester 62.

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United’s first game of the 16/17 Season

Robert Montvio promised to carry on where he had left off the previous year by netting a brace that earned United a point when perhaps they should have got three. After one game the league took its first hiatus for International Football and Jeff Wood called up a number of United players and its also provided an opportunity for new players to gel with their new team mates. Games against recently crowned European Champions Portugal and the first FIFA World Cup Qualifiers for Gibraltar followed.

The league continued mid October with United facing tough opposition in champions Lincoln, 3rd placed St Joseph’s and in Mons Calpe the surprise package of the season. 3 defeats left us 7th hovering above Europa Point, Lions and Lynx FC. Our first win of the season came against the latter with yet another Montovio goal. United had showed great maturity in their play and the results against Lincoln in particular showed the progress made.

United were dealt a major injury blow early in the season when defensive stalwart, Brad Power, succumbed to a major injury that was to leave him out of the game for a long time. Jason Pusey stepped into the breach and became the defensive rock Manolo built his defence. Erin Barnett was his constant companion flanked by Pishu and Perez. A dour 0-0 draw against Lions FC augured what was to come however.

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Robert in action vs Lincoln Red Imps

The Red and Whites next tasted ‘victory’ in a forfeited match in early December but broke off for the Christmas with a tremendous morale booster of a 3-1 win over Man 62 in which Paul Podesta scored a spectacular long range effort to seal the win. The Red and Whites however entered a very negative spiral of results that threatened to unhinge the whole season.

In a run of 12 matches from January to April, United garnered two points and went 6 games without scoring as the dependable John Wayne (aka Robert Montovio) found that his powder had gone somewhat dry. A 93rd minute loss to basement club Europa Point saw United at their lowest ebb as the spectre of relegation loomed large. January had also seen club stalwarts Jared Buhagiar and Carl Thomas leave the club, they had a combined appearance total of 125 and would now don the claret and blue of Glacis United. EL Andalussi and Marquez were transferred to Mons Calpe while evergreen Robba resigned for the club alongside Paul Grech.

Gibraltar United also showed that it was committed to its civic duties when it supported a charity initiative by Stuart Felice and joined him for his Dip a Day on a cold, wet but fun March afternoon at Camp Bay.

April 2017 however brought the most momentous news in the Club’s recent history. News broke that former Real Madrid and Spain international Michel Salgado, alongside Dubai based banker Pablo Dana, had bought the club. There was an immediate stir of excitement, not only among United supporters, as Michel Salgado landed on the Rock on the 4th April 2017 to announce not only his purchase of the club but also a partnership with Turicum Private Bank as the club’s main sponsor. Michel met all the teams in the Youth Division as well as the Senior squad. Morale was on the up and the effect was immediately felt on the field.

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United had rediscovered their form. A battling point against St Joseph’s was followed by two more draws and a much needed victory against Glacis United that pulled United away from the relegation places and into safety. Both Hernandez brothers scored against Glacis United with Pishu showing a composure beyond his years to seal the win very late on. Despite a catastrophic result against Europa FC, United saw the season out in 7th place, an improvement on last season and with solid foundations being laid for a more promising 2017/18 season as the Salgado era began.

The club finished the season with a massive recruitment drive and held youth trials at the stadium for over 130 young  players and held a charity Gala night in which £5,000 was raised for the Calpe House trust. Club legend Adolfo Ramriez was named the Club’s Life Honorary President. Oh yes and just the small matter of a World Cup and Champions League Winner, Brazil legend called Roberto Carlos being the club’s guest of honour!

 

Vi et Animo, Ad Victoriam!

Kaylan Rumbo talks to Dictate the Game

Squad member Kaylan Rumbo was asked by Blogger Dictate the Game for an interview on all things Gib Utd and Gibraltarian football in General.

Have a read here: https://dictatethegame.wordpress.com/2016/10/24/interview-with-gibraltar-united-player-kaylan-rumbo/

Follow Dicate the Game here: https://dictatethegame.wordpress.com/

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Photos from match versus Manchester 62 FC

Photographs are copyrighted to Club Official Photographer Christopher Milan.

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First line up of the season. 6 players make their debut.

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Chino denies the dangerous Toncheff.

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Anthony glides past Mark Casciaro.

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Erin rifles in the shot Robert turned in to make it 1-1.

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Keita punches clear.

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Carl Thomas stops Liam Clarke.

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Pishu is brought down by Andrew Lopez.

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Penno!

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Robert makes no mistake. 2-2.

Gib Utd Players with the Gibraltar National Team

The Gibraltar National Team is currently away in Portugal getting ready for a historical first ever FIFA World Cup Qualifier versus Greece on the 6th September 2016.

Mr Wood, national manager, selected four Gibraltar United players to represent Gibraltar in this match. These were Robert Montovio, Chino, Jamie Bosio and Anthony Hernandez. The former two repeat a call up after being involved with the national squad last March. The latter, two of our new Summer signings, get a first call up as Gibraltar United players.

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From l to r, Chino, Jamie Bosio, Robert Montovio, Anthony Hernandez.

Thrown into the mix was a friendly game versus recently crowned European Champions Portugal. Though Gibraltar was at the wrong end of a 5-0 scoreline the lads gave a very creditable first half performance limiting Portugal to a a very fortuitous one goal lead. Anthony came onto the field 20 minutes into the game substituting an injured Anthony Bardon while Jamie came on as a Half Time substitute. Playing in front of a partisan 22,000 strong crowd must have been an experience and the club is proud to have these four players representing Gibraltar.

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Jamie Bosio in action versus Portugal

Attention now turns to the aforementioned historical FIFA fixture versus former European Champions Greece next Tuesday. We wish the National Team the best of luck as the whole of Gibraltar gets behind them.

Interview with Chino and Brad

‘Chino’ Goldwin and Brad Power took some time off their busy training schedule to spend some time with us chatting about how things have gone so far this season. Both players are having very good seasons so far and have caught the eye of local sports media outlets due to their performances on the field. They are two parts of the greater whole which together makes Gibraltar United and we were eager to see what they had to say. Both were in last year’s squad with Chino an integral part of the Championship winning side. Brad finished his studies in the UK last year but was able to score a couple of goals for the club in the times he was able to play while on holiday.

We asked them first of all if re-signing for the club in the summer was an easy decision to make; they both answered emphatically:

Chino: Yes it was an easy decision to make as we had won the second division league and I felt that with a few additions we could compete with at least the bottom half of the premier league and stay up and then build up from there.

Brad: Signing on this season was an easy decision for me. I wanted to test myself in the premier division and the project and philosophy this club have in place is one which I believe in. At the start of the season we had a good group of players who wanted to prove a lot of the doubters wrong, something we have successfully been doing so far. The challenge in itself was one I was looking forward to.

Both agreed that securing the services of Manolo ‘El Chupete’ Nuñez was the perfect foil to attract and quality players  and keep the majority of the squad together.

Chino: Obviously when I heard that the club had acquired the services of arguably the best coach in local football I was very excited but at the same time a bit nervous as I didn’t know what to expect in terms of whether I was going to be good enough or not. However saying that he has been an influential figure in my development and growth as a goalkeeper and as a team we have improved immensely. Personally I have never had a manager who has been able to teach me the essentials of goalkeeping (apart from Christian Wink in FUTSAL…which was excellent) and for that I am very thankful.

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Brad, on the other hand, faced a stern test when faced with his new manager as Manolo had spotted some hidden potential in him. Nominally a striker, Brad has been reconverted into a center back by Manolo. Here is what he had to say about it:

Brad: At first I was not completely on board with the idea of playing at the back. The manager saw potential in me to play there and ever since the first friendly in pre season I feel I have improved game by game. The fact I played as a striker has helped me in terms of how I disliked being defended against, it’s the small things like that which I believe have helped me adapt so quickly to my new role. I feel I have gone from strength to strength with each game I have played. Manolo has believed in me and training with one of the best if not the best manager in the Premier Division has only benefited me. My confidence has grown with each performance and all the positive reviews I have received from team mates and others has only motivated me further to keep on improving. I still have a lot to learn and I know that game by game I will continue to do so. Scoring my first goal of the season was another massive boost to my confidence and I hope to add a few more before the end of the season.

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Both players were eager to express their excitement and desire to test themselves against the best of local football in the Premier Division. They both knew it wasn’t going to be easy but it certainly it was going to help their growth as footballers.

Brad: As a team we knew that this season would be a real test for us. The manager set us targets for each round and we know that we must approach each game differently. We had plenty of doubters at the start of the season and I believe this has worked in our favour, we have played with no pressure and caused numerous upsets already and I’m sure we are capable of a few more. Nobody expected us to have our point tally so far, we will take it game by game and hopefully look up the table instead of below us. Personally testing myself against the best local and foreign players is a challenge I have relished and one in which I feel I have shown my ability at this level.

Chino: Playing in the Premier so far has been a great experience and is a huge difference to the second division because of the quality some of the teams have. Once you get the taste for it you don’t want anything different. You have to be on your toes every second of the game any slight lapse in concentration can effect your team and I’m enjoying every minute of it. The work ethic needed to compete in the Premier Division is something that I thrive off! There have been many ups and downs this season but all in all I think we have exceeded everyone’s expectations, as many people thought that it was impossible to compete with a squad full of local players.

As a final thought we asked them about their hopes and aspirations for the future:

Chino: As any football player would say the ultimate reward would be to represent your country at international level but at the moment my target is to do the best I can for my club and team mates and obviously stay in the Premier Division simply because you want to play with and against the best.

Brad: Right now I’m not looking too far ahead, my focus is to stay in the starting 11 and play week in week out in the Premier Division. If I continue to improve it’s obvious that any local player’s aim is to get into the national side, to test yourself against some of the worlds best is every player’s dream. For now I will take it game by game and hopefully the opportunity arises in the future.

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Our thanks to Chino and Brad. They will be back in action this coming Sunday at 16:30 versus Lynx F.C.