Wednesday 9 October 2013

Developments in Gibraltar as UEFA debut approaches

The last few weeks have seen significant developments take place in Gibraltar, who became UEFA’s 54th member in May, as the British overseas territory prepares for its full international bow.

The Gibraltar Football Association recently confirmed 2 friendlies, both of which will mark their UEFA debut, with a double-header against Estonia arranged for next spring. The Baltic state are the only UEFA members who’ve played every other side on the continent and will travel to Gibraltar for a game at the Victoria Stadium on March 5th. The Gibraltarians will then visit Tallinn on May 26th for a return game.
Wise...Higginbotham has much Premier League experience

This news was preceded by a UEFA statement confirming that, from the 2014-2015 season, the Gibraltar Premier Division will be able to provide sides for both the Champions League and Europa League qualification rounds subject to the clubs having a European license. 

In more positive developments for the non-FIFA side former Manchester United, Southampton and Stoke City defender Danny Higginbotham announced his availability to national team manager Allen Bula. Higginbotham qualifies via his mother and the 34-year old currently plays for semi-professional side Chester, who are in the 5th tier of English football. 

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