Maltese Premier League
The Maltese Premier League, known as BOV Premier League for sponsorship reasons, is the top level league for football in Malta. The league was first competed in 1909, in the Maltese football system, there are three divisions under the Premier League, they are, the First, Second and Third divisions. At the end of the 2012–13 season, UEFA ranked the Maltese Premier League 44th out of 53 members in their coefficient calculation for UEFA club competitions, each team plays each other three times. During every season, which is held between August and May, the 12 teams play against each other twice, once each club had played 22 matches, each team has their points total halved. Each team then plays each other once more after the halving of the points, the Premier League Standing Committee is a body composed of the Premier League club presidents who represent their club on a board. These do not have powers but are a formal body that has official influence with regards to rules, regulations. From time to time the committee makes proposals to the respective, Malta rose four places in the UEFA League Coefficient in 2010–11 and a further 3 in 2011–12, as a result they gained a slot in UEFA club competitions, effective from the 2012–13 season. Prior to the 2012–13, the Maltese champions entered the first qualifying round of the Champions league, Malta Football Association League321. com – Maltese football league tables, records & statistics database. Malta – List of Champions and Runners-Up, RSSSF. com
Sliema Wanderers F.C.
Sliema Wanderers Football Club, nicknamed tax-Xelin, are Maltas most successful football team hailing from the town of Sliema, which currently plays in the Maltese Premier League. The club was founded in 1909, the club competed in the first ever Maltese Premier League season in 1909–10 and finished in second position to Floriana after the five game season came to an end. Sliema Wanderers also hold the record for the most FA Trophy wins, with their first coming in 1935, with all these honours, Sliema Wanderers are currently the most successful team in the history of Maltese football with approximately 113 honours. Sliema Wanderers train at the Tigne Sports Complex, in Sliema, Sliema Wanderers also have a futsal team, which participates in Maltas top futsal league. Sliema Wanderers have their own group, which is called the Sliema Wanderers Supporters Club. The supporters group was started by Joe Debono and Mario Avallone, since 2008, a group of young Sliema fans formed the group known as Sliema Ultras Blue Gladiators 2008 better known as. This young group is not only known to support the Blues at football but also Waterpolo, Futsal, Rugby, Hockey and many sports that includes the name. The clubhouse is on Tower Street and welcomes visitors, note, Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality
Valletta Football Club is a Maltese football club based in Valletta, the capital city of Malta. Valletta Football Club was founded in 1943, as a merger of Valletta Prestons, Valletta St. Pauls, Valletta also have a futsal team which participates in Maltas top futsal league. There is no evidence on when Valletta F. C. started. The foundation of Valletta F. C. was laid with the creation of the Valletta United team, Valletta United was known as the team of the square since the club was located in St. Georges Square. Valletta United represented the city from 1904 to 1932, the city of Valletta in Malta has a long footballing history, between 1886 and 1919 at some point or another, around fourteen teams had competed representing the city. Amongst these early teams included the popular Boys Empire League, Valletta College, St. Georges Square, Dockyard Albion, a very important early step in the history of the current club, was the founding of Valletta United Football Club in 1903 by local youngsters. Despite their enthusiasm for the game which had brought to the island by the British. They cut their white trousers into long shorts and dyed their shirts into that of the colours for their uniforms. The Ditch at Porte des Bombes, which itself had been the scene of the first ever recorded Maltese football match in 1886, was chosen to host Valletta Uniteds first match on 9 January 1904. United faced off against a team from the Collegiate School and won 1–0 with a strike from a forward named L. Agius. During their last ever season, Valletta United upset the two clubs in Malta of the time, by winning the Maltese League in 1931–32. Although Sliema and Floriana dominated the scene in those times, by winning these trophies it was Valletta United that started to break into this monopoly. Valletta United were very active in the Championship of the first division, during the period that Valletta United played within the Malta Football Association, Valletta United won the championship in 1931–32. However, for reason in the following season, Valletta United disappeared from the football scene and thus the monopoly of Sliema. Valletta United was the not the team from the city that played in the highest Division of the M. F. A. In the 1925–26 and the 1926–27 seasons there were Valletta Rovers who played in the highest Division of the M. F. A, then in the season 1937–38 and 1938–39 there was Valletta City. In 1996–97 Valletta F. C. won all five competitions that the Maltese football offers and this was done by succeeding to win the Premier League, Rothmans Trophy, Super Five Cup, Lowenbrau Cup and Super Cup. In the season 2000–01, Valletta F. C. succeeded in breaking their own record from 1996–97 and this time they won the six competitions offered by the M. F. A
Hamrun Spartans F.C.
Hamrun Spartans Football Club is the football team of Ħamrun on Malta. Since being founded in 1907, the Hamrun Spartans have won a total of seven league championships and they have also been runners-up eleven times. One of the stalwarts in the history, Stefan Sultana, has scored a total of 252 goals in his career. Hamrun Spartans were founded in 1907, by season 1913–14, Hamrun Spartans were already an established team on the local scene winning the title during that season thanks to a better goal-average than St. Georges. Their second League success came four years later when they finished again in joint top-spot with St. Georges and this time the Spartans were crowned Champions of Malta by beating them in a play-off. Hamruns top player at that time was Gejtu Psaila, known as il-Hacca, in the 1920s and 1930s, the club went through a difficult period as most Hamrun players left to join other clubs. A new team, Hamrun Liberty was formed and in just a couple of years, on their return to the First Division in 1946–47, the club changed its name to Hamrun Spartans. They were soon a hit as they won the Johnnie Walker Championship Trophy and they won the Cassar Cup again in 1948–49 season. For four times between 1947 and 1952 they were four times runners-up, the team started dwindling down in the 60s until they were relegated in the season 1969–70. After returning to the First Division, they were relegated again in 1973–74. However, after two years in the Second Division, they were back in the First Division, on the 75th anniversary, in season 1982–83, the club was back at the top winning the title after an absence of 36 years. Hamrun also managed to win the FA Trophy during that season and that was the beginning of an era under the guide of president Victor Tedesco. The team was strengthened with top players like Gigi Salerno, Raymond and George Xuereb, Edwin Farrugia, Raymond Vella, Joe Brincat and Carlo Seychell. The Spartans set a new record being the first local team to win both the home and away legs in a UEFA competition after beating Ballymena of Northern Ireland. In a decade, Hamrun managed to win three titles, three FA Trophies, the Super Cup and Euro Cup twice each. After such successful campaigns, the Spartans faced financial difficulties, the team had to transfer its best players until finally they were relegated to the First Division in 1998–99. After one year, they were promoted back to the Premier League after winning the Division 1 title, the last four seasons were years of ups-and-downs. The team won the Maltese First Division in 2006–07 and this season was also a great success to its supporters after winning the Malta Best Support Award
The Three Cities is a collective description of the three fortified cities of Birgu, Senglea and Cospicua in Malta. The oldest of the Three Cities is Birgu, which has existed since the Middle Ages, the other two cities, Senglea and Cospicua, were both founded by the Order of Saint John in the 16th and 17th centuries. The Three Cities are enclosed by the Cottonera Lines, along several other fortifications. The term Cottonera is synonymous with the Three Cities, although it is taken to also include the nearby town of Kalkara. Together, the Three Cities have a population of 10,808 people as of March 2014. Birgu has been settled since the time of the Phoenicians, Birgu was chosen as the capital city of Malta instead of Mdina upon the arrival of the Order in 1530. After the 1551 attack, Senglea was built on the known as LIsola. In Birgu, Fort Saint Angelo was built on the site of the ancient Castrum Maris, the cities were besieged during the Great Siege of Malta of 1565, and after the siege was lifted Birgu was given the title of Città Vittoriosa and Senglea the title of Città Invicta. In the aftermath of the siege, the city of Valletta was built, the cities fortifications were strengthened during the reign of Grandmaster Nicolas Cotoner, and in 1722, Grandmaster MarcAntonio Zondadari gave the town of Bormla the title of Città Cospicua. The Cottonera lines or rather Civitas Cotonera was intended as a city surrounded by fortifications and these impressive fortifications were built according to the plan of Antonio Maurizio Valperga on four of the five hills of Bormla. Margerita as a citadel at its centre, John, glorious protector of the Holy Religion followed by the Grand Master, all the knights and a lot of citizens walked towards the hill, where the bastion of S. The foundation stone was laid with the firing of the guns of all the fortresses, the six kilometre fortification encircles Bormla with a series of bastions and triumphal baroque gateways. These areas in Bormla within Clouets cartouche were and are spread over 3 areas in present-day Bormla, the lower Santa Margerita area. Helens area and the Dock No, albert Clouets cartouche excludes the peninsulas of the two neighbouring cities, so it is quite evident that neither Birgu nor Isla were ever intended to form part of Civitas Cotonera. With the death of Grand Master Cotoner critics of the design discontinued work claiming that it would not withstand a siege, numerous people of note have affirmed this claim and have even gone as far as to say that the Cottonera lines are not siege proven. With the discontinuation of work on the Civitas Cotonera, the Fort St. Margarita continued with different redesigns by various Grand Masters to its present appearance as a line of bastions, bormlas ancient name of Burmula has been defined as Phoenician or Punic which indicates this citys ancient origins. In his book Notizie Storiche Sull Etimologia Dei Nomi, Achille Ferris explains that ‘Burmula’ is made up of the words ‘Bur’ and ‘Mula’, ‘Bur’ for ‘place’ and ‘Mula’ for ‘high’, bormla’s domination in height over the surrounding areas tends to corroborate this version. During World War II, the Three Cities were heavily bombed by the Italians and Germans, Three Cities travel guide from Wikivoyage
Msida Saint-Joseph F.C.
Msida Saint Joseph Football Club – usually referred to as Msida St. Joseph – is a Maltese football club from the town of Msida, which currently plays in the Maltese First Division. The origins of football in Msida stretch back to, at least,1908, as far as we could ascertain the first team to be founded in the district was Msida United. This team played its game on November 7,1908 against the Lyceum FT. Msida United continued to play the game of friendly football up to March 1910 when they took part in the Junior Cup competition organised by the MFA. As luck would have it, Msida United were drawn against another team from Msida in the semi finals, St Josephs United had just been founded when the two rivals met at Rinella Football Ground on March 10,1910. Msida United won a hard-fought game 2–1, in the final however, Msida United lost 1–0 to Sliema United. In 1910, the National Football Ground was opened in Pietà, huge crowds filled this venue, no matter which teams were playing. This prompted the owners of the ground to organise a cup competition between the best Maltese teams of the time, Msida United met Valletta United in the quarter-finals on April 9,1910. Being primarily a team, the Msidians could not cope with the burly Valletta players and they were well. This defeat spelt the end of Msida United, after this game, they disappeared completely from the local football scene. In the meantime, St Josephs United were busy enhancing their reputation with some excellent displays of fast flowing football, the star of the team was undoubtedly Salvu Troisi who was destined to become one of the greatest Maltese footballers ever. The support of the people of Msida was diverted from Msida United to St Josephs United, therefore, it was the latter who went down in the history books as the first team to represent Msida in the Maltese Football League. In November 1909, the editor of the Daily Malta Chronicle offered a cup to the students of the Lyceum, the offer was accepted but, later on, lack of participation forced the organisers to hold the competition in the form of a league. St Josephs were one of the five members of the Civilian Football League. St Josephs made their debut in the league on October 13,1910 against the Boys Empire League, the Saints had a good start, winning an interesting game by three goals to two. Then, in their match they had a walkover against the University FT. With four points under their belt, the team from Msida entered the ground for the game against Sliema Wanderers in defiant mood, things however did not go as expected for them. When, midway through the half, the Wanderers took a 2–1 lead, angry spectators invaded the pitch