FC Olympique 13: Ambition in Gibraltar’s Second Division

Ben Gilmour

Founded in 2013 amid the rise of interest in football through Gibraltar, F.C. Olympique 13 were formed to compete in Gibraltar’s new UEFA approved pyramid and would compete in the second division. After 4 years of life in the second division investing has come into the club as they hope to rise to the top of football on the small rock nation.

Olympique 13′ had a relatively stagnant first few years in Gibraltar’s second division with Englishman Gary Turner-Bone leading the club to some mid-table finishes and one close race to promotion in 2013-14. After the 2015-16 season there was to be a lot of change around the club as Gary departed and in came quite an unpredictable new face.

In the summer of 2017 a Nigerian businessman by the name of Sunday Adeleye came into the club as the popularity in Gibraltarian football abroad was increasing. Sunday already had experience in running a club as he owns Nigerian second division team Dynamic Sporting Solutions Football Club.

The club took a new brand with a stylish new logo and a fresh atmosphere within the club. Olympique quickly joined up with Dynamic Sporting Solutions thanks to Sunday’s ownership of both teams and young players of the Nigerian second division team were sent on loan to play for Olympique. Along with this change came a new manager to replace Gary Turner-Bone at the helm of the club. As he departed, in came Scotsman Lewis Fraser who had experience with Hibernian F.C. in the Scottish Premiership as a match analyst as well as a managerial career with Angels F.C. in Gibraltar. Lewis brought change upon the squad quickly.

Two massive signings for the club came in to state the intent and ambition they had of becoming a Premier Division football club as International keeper Jordan Perez came in from St Joseph’s. Robert Montovio who also had Premier Division experience with Gibraltar United netting 21 goals in 45 games over 2 seasons came into Olympique.

As the team was completely overhauled and new Nigerian youth players from Dynamic Sporting Solutions as well as two new stars coming in, Olympique enjoyed a highly successful 2017-18 season with the club finishing second in the league. However, they did not manage to achieve the promotion they were looking for and are still this season looking for a way back up to the place they believe they deserve to be at.

As Lewis Fraser departed the club, in came Leo F.C. manager Norberto Alonso Simón as he was equipped with the challenge of taking Olympique up to the top division.

So far this 2018-19 season they’ve found themselves in second place with 3 wins in 4 games with a +13 goal difference and motivation to achieve promotion. Olympique is most definitely a club to watch in the upcoming season.

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