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Although there had been a lot of speculations about where the game would be changing its venue from Faro, London has always been an alternative proposal. This time the Gibraltar Football Association (GFA) confirmed that they will move forward with the venue that had already been planned before and that there has been no change. The issues regarding security and money have been resolved with the Portuguese Football association and UEFA.
In a statement, the Gibraltar Football Association said that the speculations of the match changing its venue to London is over as the GFA are confirming that the European Qualifiers matches against Germany on 13th of June, 2015; the Republic of Ireland on 4th September 2015 and that of Scotland on 11th October 2015, all these will be taking place at Estadio do Algarve in Faro/Loule in Portugal.
The GFA said that the security concerns that there were, have all been resolved as the GFA has made contracts with a new security company who are going to take care of all the security measures in the stadium on the days of the matches. And the company has given very satisfactory service in the recent matches that were held against Georgia and the feedback from the supports have been nothing but positive.
The GFA have confirmed that they have got the confirmation from the Germans, the Irish and the Scotland Football Associations asking and requesting them to host the matches in Faro so that all the fans who have booked their flights and accommodations already will not lose the money.
The Estadio do Algarve is going to be used as the home stadium as long as there is not a stadium in Gibraltar that fits the criteria and gets the approval of UEFA, the GFA said.
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The former Leicester City player Gordon Banks believes that it would not be easy for the Foxes to retain their place in the English top tier.
Leicester City, having finished at the top of the table in the Championship last season, earned promotion and would play in the Premier League this summer, but, many people doubt if they are good enough to survive at the top level and Banks is also one of those doubters.
According to Banks who won the World Cup with the Three Lions 48 years back in 1966, Leicester’s chances depend a lot on their shot stopper Kasper Schmeichel.
Banks who himself also was a goalkeeper is believed to be a fan of Schmeichel, the Denmark international.
Schmeichel has recently put pen on a new deal with the Foxes. He will now remain at the King Power Stadium till the summer of 2018.
Banks expressed his surprise at the fact that no other Premier League team tried to grab the services of Schmeichel this summer.
Speaking in an interview of his, Banks said, “It’s really good on Leicester. Kasper will be the key for them in the league. He is class apart.”
“It’s a little bit surprising that there’s been no interest for him from either of the teams.”
“If they (Leicester) are over dependent on Kasper, that’s trouble because he will have a few off days. The other players will also have to lift their game as they are going to play in the league now.”
When asked if he thinks Leicester would be there in the League next season too, the 76-year old said, “I would be hoping so, but, it isn’t likely to be honest.”
Banks featured for the Foxes in 293 matches.
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