The idea of a pan-European amateur football tournament was first suggested by UEFA 47 years ago, exactly in 1965. However, it was only after the turn of the millennium that technical problems as to what constitutes an amateur player were resolved and proper criteria were laid down.

In Sunday’s game, Gozo defeated Rinuzi / Strong of Latvia in the opening game from Group 5 of the Intermediary Round of the UEFA Regions Cup at the Gozo Stadium.

Venue:                              Gozo Stadium

The Minister for Gozo, Giovanna Debono, this morning visited the Gozo Stadium and met with both the Russian team member as well as the Gozo team, together with the respective team officials.

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Although all matches are planned to be played at the Gozo Stadium, in case games on the last day are decisive Rinuži/Strong vs FC Olimp Moscow will be played at the Centenary Stadium, Ta’ Qali.

The Gozo FA was given the opportunity to take part in the tournament following a request to MFA President Norman Darmanin Demajo. This is the second time, that Gozo has represented Malta in the UEFA Regions Cup after playing in Thessaloniki, Greece, in 1999, losing 0-4 to Zapadne Srbije of Yugoslavia, 0-6 to Israel and 2-8 to Macedonia of Greece.