Gozo national football team

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Gozo
Shirt badge/Association crest
Association Gozo Football Association (Assoċjazzjoni tal-Futbol Għawdxija)
Confederation None
Home stadium Gozo Stadium
First colours
Biggest win

 Gozo 17–1 Raetia 

(Xewkija, Malta; January 14, 2012)

The Gozo representative football team represents the island of Gozo, Malta, in football. It is organised by the Gozo Football Association and its home stadium is the Gozo Stadium.

It is not affiliated with FIFA or UEFA and therefore is not eligible to enter either the World Cup or European Championship. The Gozo representative football team, however, competed in the 2009 Viva World Cup and hosted the subsequent edition in the following year.[1] As of 2017, Gozo[2] has also participated in the last three editions of the UEFA Regions' Cup, on top of their appearance in the inaugural edition in 1999. Occasionally, the Gozo representative football team also plays friendlies against football clubs, particularly those from the mainland.

History

Historical records suggest that a team representing the island of Gozo had already played a couple of matches way before the turn of the millennium.[3] Indeed, during the 1970s a side representing Gozo was invited to join in the Independence celebrations and play 2 friendly matches against local sides. Other historical records indicate that a Gozitan team might have been involved in more matches during this period.[4]

The Gozo Football Association's decision to found organise Gozo F.C. and have it play in the Maltese football league system might be the reason behind the lengthy hiatus of the Gozo representative national team. Indeed, the next known Gozitan appearance came in 1999, when a selection representing Gozo played in first edition of the UEFA Regions Cup. Ten years after, specifically in 2009, the Gozo representative football team debuted in the Viva World Cup. In the following year, Gozo hosted the 2010 edition of the Viva World Cup and therefore, once again, Gozo had the opportunity to participate in the said Cup. Overall, Gozo's performance was disappointing as they finished at the bottom of their group but the team could find solace in the fact that the win against Provence was their first ever win on the field against international opponents.[5] Gozo's appearance in the 2010 Viva World Cup was, however, their last appearance in the now-defunct competition.

That said, the launching of the Gozo Cup[6] during the same year presented an opportunity for the representative side to play friendly matches against Maltese football clubs. The Gozo Cup ran for four consecutive years and during the intervening period Gozo also played a number of friendlies, including the famous 17-1 victory against the Raetia national football team in Xewkija[7]. Since then, Gozo's appearances have been limited to the UEFA Regions' Cup. Indeed, the Gozitan representative football team appearance in the 2017 edition of the bi-annual UEFA Regions Cup marked Gozo's participation in, and hosting of, the tournament for the third edition running.[8]

Tournament Records

VIVA World Cup
Year Position GP W D L GS GA
Occitania 2006 Did not enter
Sápmi (area) 2008
Padania 2009 6th place 3 0 0 3 4 12
Gozo 2010 5h place 3 1 0 2 3 8
Iraqi Kurdistan 2012 Did not enter
Total 6 1 0 5 7 20
UEFA Regions' Cup
Year Position GP W D L GS GA
Italy 1999 Preliminary 3 0 0 3 2 18
Czech Republic 2001 Did not enter
Germany 2003
Poland 2005
Bulgaria 2007
Croatia 2009
Portugal 2011
Italy 2013 Intermediary 3 1 1 1 5 10
Republic of Ireland 2015 Intermediary 3 1 0 2 4 5
Turkey 2017 Intermediary 3 0 1 2 1 8
Total 12 2 2 8 12 41

Match History

Selected international matches

UEFA Regions' Cup

Selected non-international matches

References

  1. ^ http://gozonews.com/13597/the-fourth-edition-of-the-viva-world-cup-kicks-off-in-gozo/
  2. ^ http://www.uefa.com/regionscup/season=2017/clubs/club=2608428/profile/index.html
  3. ^ http://naduryoungsters.com/history/club-elites/club-elites-horace-mercieca/
  4. ^ http://www.ghajnsielem.com/activities/06/march_29.html
  5. ^ http://www.maltafootball.com/2010/06/04/viva-world-cup-gozo-place-fifth-padania-kurdistan-reach-final/
  6. ^ http://gozonews.com/12215/gozo-fa-launches-the-gozo-cup-football-tournament/
  7. ^ http://gamacero.blogspot.com.mt/2012/01/gozo-golea-reatia-en-el-primer-amistoso.html
  8. ^ http://gozonews.com/25526/uefa-regions-cup-tournament-underway-at-gozo-stadium/

External links

  • Official site of the Gozo Football Association
  • 2017 UEFA Regions Cup - Profile
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