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UEFA Nations League: Gibraltar - Liechtenstein Match press kits

UEFA Nations League - 2018/19 SeasonMatch press kits

GibraltarGibraltarVictoria Stadium - GibraltarTuesday 16 October 2018
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Group D4 - Matchday 4
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Head to Head

UEFA Nations League
DateStage reachedMatchResultVenueGoalscorers
09/09/2018GS-FTLiechtenstein - Gibraltar2-0
VaduzSalanovic 32, Wieser 72
 QualifyingFinal tournamentTotal

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Squad list Only this chapter

Gibraltar - Squad list
League phase
1Kyle Goldwin24/04/198533Gibraltar United*30
13Matt Cafer27/09/199424Gibraltar Phoenix - 00
23Dayle Coleing23/10/199621College Europa - 00
2Jean-Carlos Garcia05/07/199226Lincoln Red Imps - 10
3Joseph Chipolina14/12/198730Lincoln Red Imps*31
4John Sergeant27/02/199523West Didsbury & Chorlton*30
5Ethan Jolley29/03/199721College Europa - 00
6Louie Annesley03/05/200018Lincoln Red Imps - 10
11Alain Pons16/09/199523Lincoln Red Imps - 30
12Jayce Olivero02/07/199820Abingdon United - 30
14Roy Chipolina20/01/198335Lincoln Red Imps - 10
15Erin Barnett02/09/199622Gibraltar United*20
20Ethan Britto30/11/200017Lincoln Red Imps - 10
-Anthony Hernandez03/02/199523Lincoln Red Imps - 20
8Anthony Bardon19/01/199325Lincoln Red Imps*30
10Liam Walker13/04/198830College Europa - 30
16Kyle Casciaro02/12/198730Lincoln Red Imps - 00
17Andrew Hernandez10/01/199919Lincoln Red Imps - 10
18Scott Ballantine12/04/199622Manchester 62 - 00
19Tjay De Barr13/03/200018College Europa - 20
7Lee Casciaro29/09/198137Lincoln Red Imps - 30
9George Cabrera14/12/198829Lincoln Red Imps - 00
21Jamie Coombes27/05/199622Lincoln Red Imps - 10
-Julio Ribas08/01/195761 - 30
Liechtenstein - Squad list
League phase
1Benjamin Büchel04/07/198929Vaduz - 30
12Thomas Hobi20/06/199325Hohenems - 00
21Justin Ospelt07/09/199919Vaduz - 00
2Fabian Eberle27/07/199226VfB Eichstätt - 00
3Max Göppel31/08/199721Vaduz - 30
4Daniel Kaufmann22/12/199027Balzers*30
6Andreas Malin31/01/199424Dornbirn - 00
15Seyhan Yildiz30/04/198929Balzers*31
22Martin Rechsteiner15/02/198929Balzers - 20
5Marco Wolfinger18/04/198929Balzers - 00
8Aron Sele02/09/199622Vaduz - 30
10Sandro Wieser03/02/199325Vaduz*31
11Dennis Salanovic26/02/199622Thun - 21
13Mathias Sele28/05/199226Balzers - 00
14Livio Meier10/01/199820Eschen/Mauren - 20
16Vinzenz Flatz05/07/199424Konolfingen - 00
17Robin Gubser17/04/199127Balzers - 20
18Nicolas Hasler04/05/199127Chicago Fire - 30
20Sandro Wolfinger24/08/199127Eschen/Mauren*31
23Michele Polverino26/09/198434Balzers - 20
7Philippe Erne14/12/198631Balzers - 20
9Marcel Büchel18/03/199127Empoli*10
19Niklas Kieber04/03/199325Eschen/Mauren - 20
-Rene Paurtisch04/02/196454 - 30

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Head coach Only this chapter

Julio César Ribas

Date of birth: 8 January 1957
Nationality: Uruguayan
Playing career: Bella Vista (three times), Nacional Montevideo (twice), Liverpool Montevideo, Gimnasia LP, Sud América, Defensor Sporting, River Plate Montevideo (twice), Mayindú, Cartaginés
Coaching career: Sud América, Nacional Asunción, Bella Vista (twice), Peñarol (twice), Liverpool Montevideo, Venezia, Juventud de las Pedras, Oman, Deportivo Maldonado, Cartagena, Lincoln Red Imps, Gibraltar

• During a 17-year playing career that was mostly spent in his native Uruguay but also took him to Argentina's Gimnasia and Cartagines in Costa Rica, Ribas won the Uruguayan league with Nacional in 1977 and Bella Vista in 1990 and also won second division titles in his homeland with Liverpool and River Plate, in addition to his ten caps for Uruguay.

• His coaching career started successfully with a second division title for his first club, Sud América. Another second-tier championship success three years later with Bella Vista, whom he had represented three times as a player, earned a move to Montevideo giants Peñarol, where Ribas remained for three years, winning the Uruguayan national championship in 1999.

• His first move outside Uruguay brought him to Venice, but it did not go to plan as Venezia were relegated from Italy's Serie B. Ribas then tried his hand at international football, coaching Oman for a short spell in 2008.

• Back at Peñarol, he helped steer the club to the 2009 Uruguayan title but was soon on the move again, eventually ending up in Spain's Segunda División B (third tier) with Cartagena in 2014/15.

• He was appointed coach of Lincoln Red Imps, the perennial champions of Gibraltar, in April 2016, and although they were pipped to the title in his first full season, Ribas nevertheless made a name for himself by leading the team to a sensational 1-0 home first-leg win over Celtic in a UEFA Champions League qualifier (albeit in a 1-3 aggregate defeat) and then reclaiming the national title for Lincoln in 2017/18 before taking over as head coach of the Gibraltar national team.


René Pauritsch

Date of birth: 4 February 1964
Nationality: Austrian
Playing career: Voitsberg, Grazer AK (twice), DSV Leoben, Red-White Rankweil, Frohnleiten
Coaching career: Eschen/Mauren, Vorarlberg, Austria Lustenau (assistant), Liechtenstein (youth), Liechtenstein

• Had a modest playing career, making a total of 35 Austrian Bundesliga appearances for Grazer AK and Leoben in addition to spending time in the lower leagues with Voitsberg, Rankweil and Frohnleiten.

• His sole top-flight goal was a decisive one – the winner for Leoben in a 2-1 victory against Krems on 3 November 1990.

• Began coaching in Liechtenstein at Eschen/Mauren before returning home to Austria to lead Vorarlberg and, subsequently, work as assistant at second-tier Austria Lustenau under Heinz Fuchsbichler.

• Took charge of Liechtenstein's youth teams in 2008, eventually stepping up to succeed Hans-Peter Zaugg at the helm of the senior national side in late 2012.

• Enjoyed some early success in his new role, guiding Liechtenstein to 1-1 home draws against Latvia and Slovakia in his first two competitive fixtures. Oversaw a 1-0 victory away to Moldova in November 2014 as part of qualifying for UEFA EURO 2016, Liechtenstein's first competitive away success in nine years.


Match officials Only this chapter

  • RefereeVasilis Dimitriou (CYP)
  • Assistant refereesCharalambos Charalambous (CYP) , Pavlos Georgiou (CYP)
  • Additional assistant refereesTimotheos Christofi (CYP) , Kostas Psevdiotis (CYP)
  • Fourth officialStelios Nikita (CYP)
  • UEFA DelegateArturs Gaidels (LVA)
  • UEFA Referee observerGaetano De Gabriele (MLT)


NameDate of birthUEFA matches
Vasilis Dimitriou13/08/1977019

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Competition facts Only this chapter

What is the background to the UEFA Nations League?

The rejuvenation of national team football – and the UEFA Nations League – stems from the desire of UEFA and its 55 member associations to improve the quality and standing of national team football. UEFA and its associations wanted more sporting meaning in national team football, with associations, coaches, players and supporters increasingly of the opinion that friendly matches are not providing adequate competition for national teams.

Extensive consultation and discussions started as far back as the 2011 UEFA Strategy Meeting in Cyprus and continued at a series of Top Executive Programme (TEP) meetings over the following three years. The UEFA Nations League was unanimously adopted at the XXXVIII Ordinary UEFA Congress in Astana on 27 March 2014.

What is the basic format?

  • The format of the UEFA Nations League features promotion and relegation. The 55 European national teams have been divided into four leagues in accordance with UEFA's national association coefficient rankings on 11 October 2017.
  • League A includes the top-ranked sides and League D includes the lowest:

League A

Group A1: Germany, France, Netherlands
Group A2: Belgium, Switzerland, Iceland
Group A3: Portugal, Italy, Poland
Group A4: Spain, England, Croatia

  • Teams have been split into four groups of three, with the group winners then contesting the UEFA Nations League Finals (semi-finals, third-place match and final) in June 2019 to become the UEFA Nations League winners. One host country will be appointed in December 2018 from among the finalist teams.
  • The four teams that finish bottom of their groups will be relegated to League B for the 2020 edition.
  • The top four ranked teams that do not qualify for UEFA EURO 2020 will enter a play-off in March 2020, with one finals place on offer.

League B

Group B1: Slovakia, Ukraine, Czech Republic
Group B2: Russia, Sweden, Turkey
Group B3: Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Northern Ireland
Group B4: Wales, Republic of Ireland, Denmark

  • Teams have been split into four groups of three.
  • The four group winners are promoted to League A, with the four sides that finish bottom relegated to League C for the next competition to be played in 2020.
  • The top four ranked teams that do not qualify for UEFA EURO 2020 will enter a play-off in March 2020, with one finals place on offer

League C

Group C1: Scotland, Albania, Israel
Group C2: Hungary, Greece, Finland, Estonia
Group C3: Slovenia, Norway, Bulgaria, Cyprus
Group C4: Romania, Serbia, Montenegro, Lithuania

  • Teams have been split into one group of three (containing teams from Pots 1, 2 and 3 only) and three groups of four.
  • Due to winter venue restrictions, a group could contain a maximum of two of these teams: Norway, Finland, Estonia, Lithuania.
  • The four group winners are promoted to League B, with the four sides that finish bottom relegated to League D for the 2020 edition.
  • The top four ranked teams that do not qualify for UEFA EURO 2020 will enter a play-off in March 2020, with one finals place on offer.

League D

Group D1: Georgia, Latvia, Kazakhstan, Andorra
Group D2: Belarus, Luxembourg, Moldova, San Marino
Group D3: Azerbaijan, Faroe Islands, Malta, Kosovo
Group D4: FYR Macedonia, Armenia, Liechtenstein, Gibraltar

  • Teams have been split into four groups of four.
  • Due to excessive travel restrictions, any group could not contain a maximum of one of these pairs: Andorra & Kazakhstan, Faroe Islands & Kazakhstan, Gibraltar & Kazakhstan, Gibraltar & Azerbaijan
  • The four group winners are promoted to League C for the 2020 edition.
  • The top four ranked teams that do not qualify for UEFA EURO 2020 will enter a play-off in March 2020, with one finals place on offer.

  • Leagues A and B consist of four groups of three teams
  • League C comprises one group of three teams and three groups of four sides
  • League D is formed by four groups of four teams
  • The League Phase Draw for the UEFA Nations League took place at the SwissTech Convention Centre in Lausanne on 24 January 2018.
  • In each league, four group winners are promoted (or play in the Finals, see below) and four teams are relegated for the next competition to be played in 2020.
  • The overall UEFA Nations League rankings will determine the composition of the draw pots for the subsequent European Qualifiers.
  • In addition, the UEFA Nations League will provide teams with another chance to qualify for the UEFA EURO final tournament, with four sides qualifying through play-off matches which take place in March 2020 (see below).

When will the UEFA Nations League take place?

The UEFA Nations League will take place as follows:

  • See the full fixture list.
  • The UEFA Nations League group games are being held over six matchdays, during the 'double-headers' in September, October and November 2018. The UEFA Nations League Finals competition for the teams that win the four groups within the top division is scheduled for June 2019.
  • For the UEFA Nations League Finals, the group winners of UEFA Nations League A will play in a knockout format (semi-finals, third-place match and final) in June 2019 to become the UEFA Nations League winners. One host country will be formally appointed by the UEFA Executive Committee in December 2018 from one of the nations competing in the final four. Italy, Poland and Portugal (all in Group A3) have expressed interest.
  • The play-off matches will be staged in March 2020 (see below).

Will qualifying for the UEFA EURO change?

The changes to UEFA EURO qualifying will make it more streamlined. The equation is now simple: ten groups with the top two teams in each group qualifying automatically, and the other four places being awarded to European Qualifiers play-off winners, in which the 16 group winners of the UEFA Nations League will be in contention.

The UEFA EURO 2020 qualifying draw will be made after the completion of the UEFA Nations League and allow for the four UEFA Nations League Finals participants to be drawn into groups of five teams.

But the key principle of the qualifiers remains: that every team can play every team.

The European Qualifiers for UEFA EURO 2020 commence in March 2019. There will be two matchdays in each of March, June, September, October and November 2019. In total, there will be five groups of five teams and five groups of six teams (ten groups in all) playing over ten matchdays (the same number as now). The winner and runner-up in each of the ten groups will qualify automatically for the UEFA EURO 2020 final tournament (June 2020).

  • The last four EURO places will be won through the European Qualifiers play-offs, which will take place in March 2020 and which will be contested by the 16 UEFA Nations League group winners.
  • If a group winner has already qualified via the European Qualifiers, then their spot will go to the next best-ranked team in their league. If a league does not have four teams to compete, the remaining slots are allocated to teams from another league, according to the overall UEFA Nations League ranking.  
  • Each league will have a path of its own and each path will feature two single-leg semi-finals and one single-leg final. The winner of each path will win a ticket to UEFA EURO 2020.

How are the overall UEFA Nations League rankings calculated?

Within each league (A, B, C and D), the overall ranking will be calculated based on position in the group then points, goal difference, goals scored, away goals scored, wins, away wins, disciplinary points, coefficient ranking.

What are the advantages for national associations and teams?

National associations and coaches, in consultations with UEFA, revealed that they feel that friendly internationals are not providing adequate sporting competition. The UEFA Nations League creates more meaningful and competitive matches for teams and a dedicated calendar and structure for national team football.

Top teams can also aspire to take part in the UEFA Nations League Finals, a new top-level event.

For middle-ranking and smaller nations, the UEFA Nations League will offer an extra way to qualify for UEFA EURO final tournaments. Lower-tier countries – the bottom 16 in the rankings – are now guaranteed one of the 24 qualifying slots for UEFA EURO.

Lower-ranking teams who have struggled against sides ranked considerably higher than them will now get the chance to take part in balanced matches. Teams do not learn and progress by repeatedly losing; now some sides will start winning.

While the UEFA Nations League will replace most friendly internationals, there will still be space in the calendar for friendlies, especially for top teams who may want to face opposition from outside Europe as they will be in groups of three teams.

Associations and teams benefit from clarity of the fixture calendar, and there is now a clear buffer between the end of the UEFA EURO and FIFA World Cup, and vice versa, as well as stability of income.

What are the advantages for supporters?

Supporters more than most realise that most friendlies fail to deliver competitive and meaningful football. Now they will have the opportunity to see their teams play in more competitive matches, take part in a new competition and get a second chance to qualify for the major tournaments.

In every even year there are World Cup or UEFA EURO champions; now in every odd year there will be a UEFA Nations League winners. Football is about competition and now, just like in club football, there will be a national team champion at the close of every season.

Will this mean more demands on players and clubs?

No: the UEFA Nations League and European Qualifiers will adhere to the existing agreed international match calendar. UEFA is always keen to preserve the balance between club and international football. The new competition should, in fact, reduce demands on players and clubs with less travel envisaged for friendly games while national teams will be playing more consistently at their own level. With double-header matchweeks, players will even go back to their clubs earlier than is currently the case.

Is this just about generating more revenue?

No, finances are not a driver for the new competition. However, the competition will have the same centralised media rights as have recently been introduced for all European Qualifiers so associations will have even more stability in their income.

Will there be no more friendly internationals?

There will certainly be fewer friendly internationals and undoubtedly fewer meaningless friendlies. However, there will still be space in the calendar for friendly internationals – particularly warm-up matches for final tournaments. UEFA is also keen that European teams will still have the chance to play opponents from other confederations.


Match-by-match lineups Only this chapter


  • UEFA Nations League - Group stage – final tournament
    Group D4 - Group Standings
    FYR Macedonia3300819
    Matchday 1 (06/09/2018)
    Gibraltar 0-2 FYR Macedonia
    0-1 Tričkovski 19, 0-2 Alioski 35
    Goldwin, J. Chipolina, Sergeant, L. Casciaro (93 Garcia), Bardon, Walker, Pons (75 Garro), Mascarenhas-Olivero, Barnett, Hernandez, De Barr (80 Styche)
  • Matchday 2 (09/09/2018)
    Liechtenstein 2-0 Gibraltar
    1-0 Salanovic 32, 2-0 Wieser 72
    Goldwin, J. Chipolina, Sergeant, L. Casciaro, Bardon, Walker, Pons (46 Garro), Mascarenhas-Olivero, Barnett, Hernandez, De Barr (71 Styche)
  • Matchday 3 (13/10/2018)
    Armenia 0-1 Gibraltar
    0-1 J. Chipolina 50 (P)
    Goldwin, J. Chipolina, Sergeant, L. Casciaro, Bardon, Walker, Pons (96 Annesley), Mascarenhas-Olivero, R. Chipolina, Hernandez (85 Britto), J. Coombes (70 Styche)
  • Matchday 4 (16/10/2018)
  • Matchday 5 (16/11/2018)
  • Matchday 6 (19/11/2018)
    FYR Macedonia-Gibraltar


  • UEFA Nations League - Group stage – final tournament
    Matchday 1 (06/09/2018)
    Armenia 2-1 Liechtenstein
    1-0 Pizzelli 30, 1-1 Wolfinger 33, 2-1 Barseghyan 76
    B. Büchel, Göppel, Kaufmann, Erne (48 Kühne), Sele, Wieser, Salanovic, Hasler, Wolfinger (81 Meier), Rechsteiner (80 Yildiz), Polverino
  • Matchday 2 (09/09/2018)
    Liechtenstein 2-0 Gibraltar
    1-0 Salanovic 32, 2-0 Wieser 72
    B. Büchel, Göppel, Kaufmann, Quintans, Sele, Wieser, Salanovic, Meier (89 Kieber), Hasler, Wolfinger (74 Kühne), Gubser (82 Yildiz)
  • Matchday 3 (13/10/2018)
    FYR Macedonia 4-1 Liechtenstein
    1-0 Trajkovski 10, 2-0 Trajkovski 30, 3-0 Pandev 36, 3-1 Yildiz 37, 4-1 Alioski 67
    B. Büchel, Göppel, Kaufmann, Sele (29 Gubser), Büchel (72 Erne), Wieser, Yildiz, Hasler, Wolfinger (79 Kieber), Rechsteiner, Polverino
  • Matchday 4 (16/10/2018)
  • Matchday 5 (16/11/2018)
    Liechtenstein-FYR Macedonia
  • Matchday 6 (19/11/2018)

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