While most eyes remain locked on the FIFA World Cup in Brazil, footballing history will be made in Gibraltar on Wednesday.
The British overseas territory off the coast of Spain was accepted as a full member of UEFA in May 2013, with the national team having picked up their first friendly win against Malta in Portugal last month.
Now it is the turn of domestic champions Lincoln Red Imps to make their bow on the European stage, as they become the nation's first UEFA Champions League entrants.
Lincoln, who only gained semi-professional status last season, meet HB Torshavn of the Faroe Islands in the opening leg of their first qualifying round tie this week - just reward for a club who have topped the Gibraltarian Premier Division for the last 12 seasons in succession.
And manager Mick McElwee, who has been at the helm for a decade and led the club to seven trebles, said it would be a proud day for his side, who share their Victoria Stadium home with the rest of the Gibraltarian top flight.
"I'm very proud of the situation, mainly because I'm happy for the club and the supporters," he told Perform. "We've been at the top of Gibraltarian football for quite some time now. Not just the 12 years that we've won the league in a row, but before that.
"Spreading over the last 20-25 years, we've been the dominant force in Gibraltarian football.
"It would have been unfortunate if we hadn't won the league last year to go through to the Champions League. There was quite a lot of relief in the club once that had been achieved, so now we're just looking forward.
"There's a good family ethic around the club and they've got quite strong connections, the players.
"It's not like at some clubs where people come and go quite frequently, the core of our club has stuck together for the last 15 or 16 years really."
The prize for the winner of the two-legged clash is a clash with Partizan, whose stadium in Belgrade could accommodate the entire population of Gibraltar, but McElwee is quick to temper the hopes of fans and players alike.
"It's going to be a bit of a learning curve for us, but we'll give it our best shot and we'll see where that takes us," he continued. "I expect our team to be competitive, but I do think we need to be realistic and keep a lid on the expectations.
"We don't have any experience at this level as a club. When you get into a competition like this, experience can count for an awful lot.
"I know the players are extremely motivated to go and do something special, but it's going to be (a case of) which team can produce the best performance over the two legs.
"We're the underdogs, and rightly so, but we'll try and give 100 per cent."
Some aspects of Lincoln's build-up are a far cry from the glamour ties normally associated with the Champions League.
"For the away leg, many of them have had to ask for special leave [from work]," McElwee revealed. "If they work for government, I think they will probably get special leave granted, otherwise they'll have to take annual leave for the three or four days that we'll be away for the return leg.
And McElwee, who works for a global vehicle manufacturer when he isn't issuing instructions from the touchline, is no different.
"I have to take annual leave as well," he added. "For example, I'll be taking time off to leave myself free on Wednesday and then the following week I'll have to take three days off for the return leg as well."
Real Madrid won last season's competition with an extra-time victory over city rivals Atletico at Benfica's Estadio da Luz.
While there is a lot of football to be played before the 2014-15 final in Berlin, there is no question Wednesday's clash with HB will carry as much – if not more – significance for the players, staff and officials at Lincoln Red Imps.
|Hometown hero Rooney right to call time on England days|
|Evans would shine for Man City, says Northern Ireland coach O´Neill|
|FIFA takes control of Cameroon´s FA|
|Clucas completes Swansea move|
|Talent means nothing to me – Mertesacker outlines academy ethos|
|Emery embracing Neymar whirlwind as PSG aim to conquer the world|
|No words needed - Juventus midfielder Marchisio rejects transfer speculation|
|Favre critical of Balotelli performance after jewellery shenanigans|
|Atletico star Griezmann lands two-game ban for ref outburst|
|A magnificent international career - Lineker and Owen lead Rooney tributes|
|West Brom tie Dawson to new contract|
|Record at 17 to striking down Scotland – Rooney´s top five England performances|
|Huddersfield snap up Sabiri|
|Gazzaniga joins Tottenham on five-year deal|
|England still need him - Eriksson urges Rooney retirement rethink|
|53 goals, but just one at the World Cup - Wayne Rooney´s England career in Opta stats|
|Kawasaki Frontale 3 Urawa Reds 1: Kobayashi double puts hosts in control|
|Wayne Rooney retires from England international duty|
|FIFA investigating Neymar complaint over unpaid Barcelona loyalty bonus|
|Liverpool great Souness ´would snap Barcelona´s hand off´ for massive Coutinho fee|
|Walker-Peters signs new Tottenham contract after impressive debut|
|Sarri eyes Manchester United after Napoli reach Champions League groups|
|Ronaldo to play 90 minutes in Santiago Bernabeu Trophy clash|
|Seri denies Barcelona move has been agreed|
|Barcelona confirm hacking after Di Maria ´announcement´|
|Ancelotti: Bayern academy a good answer to Neymar move|
|Jedinak out of Socceroos´ crucial World Cup qualifiers|
|Rooney ready for England recall, says Jagielka|
|Barcelona a dream for everyone – Insigne|
|Champions League return a statement for Liverpool - Klopp|
|Watford early EFL Cup casualties as Bristol City take the sting out of 10-man Hornets|
|´Surprised´ PSG deny wrongdoing as Barcelona take action against Neymar|
|Champions League Review: Callejon and Insigne secure Napoli´s place at the expense of Nice|
|Neymar back in Barcelona and trolling Pique, with Messi´s help|
|FIFA condemns Fancy Bears´ leak over TUEs at 2010 World Cup|
|Southampton strengthen defence with £15m Hoedt from Lazio|
|Klopp and Coutinho´s relationship ´100 per cent´ okay|
|They will never overthrow me - Ronaldo responds to ban appeal rejection|
|AFC Champions League Review: Hulk stars in Guangzhou thrashing, Persepolis fight back against Al-Ahl|
|Mixed emotions for Rodgers and Brown as Celtic advance after ´game of basketball´|
|Ronaldo´s five-match ban upheld as latest appeal fails|
|Matuidi dreaming of Champions League glory at Juventus|
|Astana 4 Celtic 3 (4-8 agg): Rodgers´ men weather second-half storm to reach Champions League group|
|It´s a maybe - Bilic waiting on Carvalho deal|
|AC Milan apologise to Fiorentina over Mirabelli´s Kalinic joke|
|Cancelo joins Inter on loan from Valencia|
|Rojo returns to Manchester United training after four-month lay-off|
|Barcelona take legal action against Neymar for alleged breach of contract|
|Weigl back in Dortmund training as recovery from broken ankle continues|
|Fancy Bears group names players granted TUEs for World Cup 2010|
|Thiago and Martinez return to Bayern Munich training|
|Rooney´s England career is over - Hurst|
|Icardi: Argentina have the best attack in the world|
|Monaco ultras fire warning to Mbappe amid talk of PSG move|
|Mane more important to Liverpool than Barcelona target Coutinho, claims Carragher|
|Arsenal midfielder Wilshere challenges reporter after red card|
|Marseille president admits interest in Moussa Dembele|
|Kalinic capture continues AC Milan overhaul|
|Hoffenheim play better football than Liverpool – Demirbay|
|Rooney trolls ´familiar faces´ after scoring landmark goal against Manchester City|
|Messi is unsure about Barcelona future, claims Benedito|
|Giggs expects Manchester United to be hard to stop under Mourinho|
|Courtois takes swipe at Tottenham fans after Chelsea win at Wembley|
|Referee abandons match in China to catch flight|
|Fassone: No more signings planned for Milan|
|Messi´s buyout clause? Someone could pay it – Guardiola|
|Koeman lauds ´clever´ Rooney after 200th Premier League goal|
|Burnley boss Dyche tells Wood to be like Neymar|
|Mbappe to PSG will ruin Ligue 1, warns Aulas|
|Rooney revels in 200th Premier League goal as Everton hold City|
|West Brom´s Robson-Kanu loses red card appeal|
|Costa would fit in at Marseille – Eyraud|
|One of the proudest days of my life - Pep Guardiola delighted with City effort in Everton draw|
|Wayne Rooney to discuss England return with Gareth Southgate|
|Koeman disappointed despite ´good result´ at City|
|How Rooney reached 200 Premier League goals - the numbers behind the milestone|
|Manchester City 1 Everton 1: Sterling strike denies visitors after Rooney milestone|
|Wayne Rooney scores 200th Premier League goal|
|Iturbe joins Tijuana on loan|
|Vardy fitness boost for Leicester ahead of Blades cup tie|
|Al Ain 0 Al Hilal 0: All square after scrappy quarter-final first leg|
|Clement reminds Abraham he´s ´not here on work experience´|
|City to pay tribute to victims of Manchester and Catalonia attacks|
|De Ligt signs four-year Ajax extension|
|Kondogbia departs Inter for Valencia loan|
|Spurs star Kane unconcerned by continued August hoodoo|
|Cutrone to feature in Montella´s immediate Milan plans|
|Guardiola one of the best - Ederson had no doubts over Manchester City move|
|They´re just rumours - Nice´s Fournier plays down talk of Barca move for Seri|
|Chelsea´s ´great character´ key to Wembley win - David Luiz|
|Martial backs Pogba for Ballon d´Or within five years|
|So stupid - Muller rues knee injury after ´helicopter´ crash|
|Feyenoord sign winger Larsson from Heerenveen|
|Ritchie and Phillips return to Scotland squad for qualifiers|
|Sakho asking price ´much too expensive´ for Palace boss De Boer|
|Costa calls Conte ´disrespectful´ over ´moment of madness´ text message|
|Ederson backs Neymar´s Ballon d´Or ambition|
|Burnley land Chris Wood in club-record transfer|
|Man City outcast Nasri joins Eto´o at Antalyaspor|
|Steve McClaren heads to Israel with Maccabi Tel Aviv|
|Early hours third-round draw brings more ridicule for EFL Cup|
|Arsenal send Jenkinson and Bramall to Birmingham|
|Roberto eyes Barca stay after revelling in midfield role|
|Lewandowski irked by busy Bayern pre-season|
|Coutinho should decide his future - Manchester City´s Ederson supports Barca target|
|Ibrahimovic fighting fit for possible Manchester United return|
|Rummenigge defends Barcelona´s Dembele bid|
|Fernandinho sounds Rooney warning for Manchester City|
|Brighton sign Izquierdo in club-record deal|
|MLS Review: NYC, Sounders score stoppage-time winners|
|They shouldn´t be there! – Neymar hits out at Barca board|
|Ramos highlights animosity towards Madrid after red card|
|Mourinho tells Rashford to embrace boo boys|
|Zidane wants no more changes to Madrid squad|
|Pastore rules out leaving PSG in swap for Mbappe|
|Messi will sign Barcelona contract – Fernandez|
|Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos equals LaLiga record for red cards|
|Spalletti eyes improvement despite convincing Inter win|
|Montella pleased with Milan´s winning start|
|I can improve - Neymar wants more despite stunning Parc des Princes bow for PSG|
|Valverde praises Barca stand-ins after opening win|
|Deportivo La Coruna 0 Real Madrid 3: Bale nets as champions make confident start|