A historic maiden game against one of Europe's established teams was the hard earned reward for Gibraltar who have campaigned for many years for inclusion to UEFA.

The goalless draw on the night of the 19th of November was the first step in a exciting journey for the British territory, who now have friendlies to look forward to against Estonia and the Faroe Isles.

After that, they can concentrate on getting ready for the European Championships in 2016. It is highly unlikely that they will make it to the Euros, but that's not really the point.The point is that people of this peninsular now have someone to cheer for, the players in the Gibraltan Premier League have something to aim for, and the children having a kick about in the park have something to dream of.

Captain of the team Roy Chipolina was delighted "It's changed the way people and players in Gibraltar look at football here. It's creating exciting opportunities for both clubs and players and you can see it in pre-season.They're more willing to work as they've got a great goal ahead."

The team aren't a member of FIFA yet, so they can't start planning for the World Cup in Russia but full membership of UEFA is a good start. Politicians and sportsmen have been campaigning for years on Gibraltar's behalf, have encountered staunch opposition from Spain.

The rising political tensions between Britain and Spain have been in the news for a while now, but it is extraordinary to see how far the Spanish were willing to go in order to get their way.They threatened to remove their national teams from all competitions.

Can you imagine the World Champions not defending their title? Incredibly , the Spanish FA they also said that they would take Real Madrid and Barcelona out of the Champions League in protest.

The Catalan community wouldn't take too kindly to that, it's fair to say. When it came to the crucial congress vote in May 2013, only Spain and Belarus voted against Gibraltar's inclusion.

Spain didn't follow through with their threats, unsurprisingly with over 50 nations voting against them.

But the bad blood between the two doesn't end there. Spain and Gibraltar will be kept apart in qualifying groups, much like Armenia and Azerbaijan, or Russia and Georgia.

The only way the two will ever meet is in a friendly, which is obviously highly unlikely, or in the European Championship, which also probably won't happen soon. But if it does, make sure you watch the ultimate David versus Goliath grudge match.

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