Europa FC is currently the club with the lowest rank among teams competing in the Europa League. The club is competing in Gibraltar domestic league. The club which is formerly known as College Europa were founded in 1925 and have competed in Europa League twice. Three years ago after returning to the top league in Gibraltar, the club managed to qualify to Europa League after defeated by their rival Lincoln FC in the Gibraltar Cup. This year, Europa also qualify to play Europa League once again after finishing as a runner-up of domestic league, Lincoln FC is still ahead of them in the league once again.
Europa have a quite well known stadium which is also used by all the contestants of Gibraltarian league; Victoria Stadium. The stadium has a unique backdrop of the famous Rock of Gibraltar. Normally, around 5000 spectators can fill up the stadium, however after seating is installed in both stands, only 2226 people can enjoy the game with this new addition.
The Dolphins which have collected six titles in the Gibraltar in the first division had a rough journey in competing against European professional teams. Last season when the club first time played at the Europa League they suffered a 4-0 aggregate defeat from Swiss league’s FC Vaduz. And this season, they will have to welcome Slovakia’s SK Slovan Bratislava. The game against the Slovakian side will determine whether the Dolphin can become the first Gibraltarian team to win European game. The club’s neighboring team, FC Lincoln which have already made a record in European history to avoid defeat by holding HB Torshavn with 1-1 at Victoria Stadium.
Europa will rely their attacking force on their ace striker Cristian Toncheff who have collected 14 goals from 19 appearances in the domestic league. He also scored five goals in the Gibraltar Cup. The Argentinian striker feels really excited about this experience in playing in the Europa League. He and his teammates will focus on enjoying the game. The other players who might have chance to make difference in the upcoming game are goalkeeper Matt Cafer and the right wing back Karim Pinero.
Europa director, Peter Cabezutto, feels very pleased with the drawing and they will try hard for the game and will not surrender easily to the opponent.
“We are very happy to have been drawn at home first and against such reputable opponents. We will give it our best shot and I’m sure that with the backing of the Gibraltar football family we will put on a good performance and make it hard for them,” said Cabezutto.