Lee Casciaro

Lee Henry Casciaro (born 29 September 1981) is a Gibraltarian footballer who plays as a forward for Lincoln Red Imps and the Gibraltar national team. With three international goals, he is currently Gibraltar's all-time leading scorer since joining UEFA, followed by Roy Chipolina, Joseph Chipolina, Jake Gosling and Liam Walker. He is the brother of Ryan Casciaro and Kyle Casciaro who have also played for the Gibraltar national team.

Lee Casciaro
Lee Casciaro.jpg
Casciaro with Lincoln Red Imps in 2015
Personal information
Full name Lee Henry Casciaro
Date of birth (1981-09-29) 29 September 1981 (age 40)
Place of birth Gibraltar
Position(s) Forward
Club information
Current team
Lincoln Red Imps
Number 7
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1998–2013 Lincoln Red Imps (Pre-UEFA)[a] (–)
2013– Lincoln Red Imps 135 (64)
National team
2007–2013[1] Gibraltar XI (Non-FIFA) 12 (12)
2014– Gibraltar 49 (3)
*Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 23 April 2022
‡ National team caps and goals, correct as of 12 June 2022

Club careerEdit

On 7 July 2015, Casciaro scored the winning goal as Lincoln Red Imps came from behind to win 2–1 away to FC Santa Coloma in the UEFA Champions League first qualifying round, advancing on aggregate by the same score to become the first Gibraltarian team to advance into the second qualifying round.[2] On 12 July 2016, he scored the only goal in a 1–0 Red Imps victory over Celtic in the first leg of the 2nd qualifying round of the UEFA Champions League.[3]

International careerEdit

On 7 September 2014, Casciaro made his international debut for Gibraltar in a UEFA Euro 2016 Group D qualifying match against Poland with Gibraltar losing 7–0 at the Estádio Algarve.[4] He had played for the official team since 2007, scoring 9 goals in 7 appearances, but these appearances were considered unofficial upon Gibraltar's entry to UEFA in 2013. On 29 March 2015, he scored Gibraltar's first ever goal in a full international competitive match; netting an equaliser against Scotland in a 6–1 European qualification loss at Hampden Park, Glasgow.[5] For his services to sport in Gibraltar, he was awarded the Gibraltar Medallion of Distinction in August 2019.[6] He captained Gibraltar for the first time against Liechtenstein on 10 October 2020, aged 39.

Career statisticsEdit

InternationalEdit

As of match played 12 June 2022[1]
National team Year Apps Goals
Gibraltar
2014 4 0
2015 6 1
2016 4 1
2017 4 0
2018 7 0
2019 8 1
2020 4 0
2021 6 0
2022 6 0
Total 49 3
Scores and results list Gibraltar's goal tally first, score column indicates score after each Casciaro goal.
List of international goals scored by Lee Casciaro
No. Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition Ref.
1
29 March 2015 Hampden Park, Glasgow, Scotland   Scotland
1–1
1–6
UEFA Euro 2016 qualification
2
13 November 2016 GSP Stadium, Nicosia, Cyprus   Cyprus
1–1
1–3
2018 FIFA World Cup qualification
3
15 October 2019 Victoria Stadium, Westside, Gibraltar   Georgia
1–2
2–3
UEFA Euro 2020 qualification

Personal lifeEdit

Casciaro is a policeman for the Gibraltar Defence Police.[7] His brothers Kyle and Ryan have also played with Gibraltar's national side.[8]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Casciaro, Lee". National Football Teams. Retrieved 7 February 2017.
  2. ^ Fortuna, Julian (8 July 2015). "Historic win helps Lincoln's dream come true". UEFA. Retrieved 6 August 2015.
  3. ^ Donohoe, Eamonn (12 July 2016). "Lincoln Red Imps 1 0 Celtic". BBC Sport. Retrieved 12 July 2016.
  4. ^ "Gibraltar 0 - Poland 7". Sky Sports News. 7 September 2014. Retrieved 9 September 2014.
  5. ^ "Scotland v Gibraltar". BBC Sport. 29 March 2015. Retrieved 29 March 2015.
  6. ^ 2019 recipients of Gibraltar Medallions of Honour and Distinction announced Gibraltar Chronicle. 12 August 2019. Retrieved 17 October 2019.
  7. ^ "Gibraltar v Poland: Starting XIs by professional occupation". The Independent. Retrieved 9 September 2014.
  8. ^ "A policeman goes down in Gibraltar history". Marca. 30 March 2015. Retrieved 9 October 2016.
  1. ^ Lincoln stats before 2013 are unknown

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