2001–02 Maltese Premier League

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Maltese Premier League
Season2001–02
Dates18 August 2001 – 5 May 2002
ChampionsHibernians
(9th title)
RelegatedNaxxar Lions
Lija Athletic
Champions LeagueHibernians
UEFA CupSliema Wanderers
Birkirkara
UEFA Intertoto CupValletta
Matches played132
Goals scored440 (3.33 per match)
Top goalscorerDanilo Dončić (32 goals)

The 2001–02 Maltese Premier League (known as the Rothmans Premier League for sponsorship reasons) was the 22nd season of the Maltese Premier League, and the 87th season of top-tier football in Malta. The league started on 18 August 2001 and finished on 5 May 2002. Valletta were the defending champions.

Teams[edit]

The following teams were promoted from the First Division at the start of the season:

From the previous Premier League season, the following teams were relegated to the First Division:

First round[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
1 Birkirkara 18 12 4 2 46 16 +30 40 Qualification for the Championship Pool
2 Hibernians 18 12 4 2 41 22 +19 40
3 Sliema Wanderers 18 12 2 4 48 16 +32 38
4 Valletta 18 10 5 3 40 21 +19 35
5 Ħamrun Spartans 18 7 2 9 23 33 −10 23
6 Floriana 18 6 4 8 27 24 +3 22[a]
7 Marsa 18 6 4 8 32 38 −6 22[a] Qualification for the Relegation Pool
8 Pietà Hotspurs 18 4 3 11 20 36 −16 15
9 Naxxar Lions 18 4 0 14 24 54 −30 12
10 Lija Athletic 18 2 2 14 14 55 −41 8
Source: RSSSSF
Notes:
  1. ^ a b Floriana won the sixth place play-off against Marsa, played on 26 February 2002, 4–3 via a penalty shoot-out after the game had finished 0–0 after extra time.

Results[edit]

Home \ Away BKR FRN HIB ĦMR LJA MRS NXR PTA SLM VLT
Birkirkara 3–1 1–1 5–0 3–0 3–0 5–1 5–2 0–1 1–3
Floriana 0–1 1–2 0–0 3–1 2–2 2–1 5–1 2–0 1–2
Hibernians 0–1 2–1 1–1 5–0 3–2 3–2 4–1 2–1 5–4
Ħamrun Spartans 1–2 1–0 0–1 2–0 2–3 2–1 2–1 1–5 0–3
Lija Athletic 1–4 2–2 0–4 1–2 1–2 3–2 2–1 0–0 0–2
Marsa 2–4 1–1 2–2 2–0[a] 5–1 2–1 2–3 2–4 1–0
Naxxar Lions 1–6 0–3 1–3 2–4 4–2 2–0 2–0 1–4 1–4
Pietà Hotspurs 1–1 3–1 0–1 0–3 3–0 2–0 0–1 0–3 1–1
Sliema Wanderers 1–1 0–1 2–0 3–2 7–0 4–1 6–0 3–1 1–2
Valletta 0–0 2–1 2–2 3–0 4–0 3–3 5–1 0–0 0–3
Source: RSSSF
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.
Notes:
  1. ^ Marsa were awarded a 2–0 win after a protest. Originally, Ħamrun Spartans won the first encounter with a 1–0 score.[1]

Second round[edit]

Championship Pool[edit]

The teams placed in the first six positions in the league table qualified for the Championship Pool, and the points obtained during the first round were halved (and rounded up) before the start of second round. As a result, the teams started with the following points before the second round: Birkirkara 20 points, Hibernians 20, Sliema Wanderers 19, Valletta 18, Ħamrun Spartans 12 and Floriana 11.

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification HIB SLM BKR VLT FRN ĦMR
1 Hibernians (C) 10 7 2 1 26 12 +14 43 Qualification for the Champions League first qualifying round 4–2 2–2 2–4 3–1 2–0
2 Sliema Wanderers 10 5 2 3 19 14 +5 36 Qualification for the UEFA Cup qualifying round 1–3 2–2 2–1 3–2 4–0
3 Birkirkara 10 2 5 3 14 13 +1 31 1–3 0–0 1–1 1–2 4–0
4 Valletta 10 3 3 4 12 12 0 30 Qualification for the Intertoto Cup first round 1–1 2–0 1–2 0–2 1–0
5 Floriana 10 4 2 4 12 14 −2 25 0–2 0–3 1–1 1–0 1–1
6 Ħamrun Spartans 10 1 2 7 3 12 −9 17 0–2 0–2 1–0 1–1 0–2
Source: RSSSF
(C) Champion.

Relegation Pool[edit]

The teams which finished in the last four league positions were placed in the Relegation Pool and at the end of the round the two lowest-placed teams were relegated to the First Division. The points obtained during the first round were halved (and rounded up) before the start of second round. As a result, the teams started with the following points before the second round: Marsa 11 points, Pietà Hotspurs 8, Naxxar Lions 6, Lija Athletic 4.

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification PTA MRS NXR LJA
7 Pietà Hotspurs 6 4 0 2 9 6 +3 20 2–1 2–1 2–0
8 Marsa 6 2 1 3 10 10 0 18 1–2 2–1 4–0
9 Naxxar Lions (R) 6 2 2 2 13 8 +5 14 Relegation to the First Division 2–1 1–1 6–0
10 Lija Athletic (R) 6 2 1 3 7 15 −8 11 1–0 4–1 2–2
Source: RSSSF
(R) Relegated.

Season statistics[edit]

Top scorers[edit]

Rank Player Club Goals[2]
1 Serbia and Montenegro Danilo Dončić Sliema Wanderers 32
2 Malta Adrian Mifsud Hibernians 27
3 Nigeria Chris Oretan Valletta 15
Malta Michael Galea Birkirkara
5 Malta Malcolm Licari Pietà Hotspurs 12
6 Malta Daniel Bogdanović Naxxar Lions 12
Malta Stefan Sultana Ħamrun Spartans
8 Malta Matthew Calascione Birkirkara 10
9 Malta Ivan Zammit Valletta 9
Brazil Eduardo do Nascimento Floriana
Nigeria Ndubisi Chukunyere Hibernians

Hat-tricks[edit]

Player[3][4][5] For Against Result Date
Nigeria Chimezie Nwoke Naxxar Lions Lija Athletic 4–2 19 August 2001
Malta Chucks Nwoko Birkirkara Pietà Hotspurs 5–2 18 August 2001
Serbia and Montenegro Danilo Dončić Sliema Wanderers Pietà Hotspurs 3–1 8 September 2001
Serbia and Montenegro Danilo Dončić Sliema Wanderers Naxxar Lions 6–0 29 September 2001
Serbia and Montenegro Danilo Dončić Sliema Wanderers Valletta 3–0 12 October 2001
Serbia and Montenegro Danilo Dončić Sliema Wanderers Ħamrun Spartans 4–0 3 March 2002
Malta Adrian Mifsud Hibernians Sliema Wanderers 4–2 9 March 2002
Serbia and Montenegro Danilo Dončić Sliema Wanderers Floriana 3–2 21 April 2002

Awards[edit]

Monthly awards[edit]

Month[6] Player of the Month
Player Club
August Malta Sean Sullivan Valletta
September Serbia and Montenegro Danilo Dončić Sliema Wanderers
October Malta Matthew Calascione Birkirkara
November Malta Simon Agius Lija Athletic
December Malta Daniel Bogdanović Naxxar Lions
January Malta Joe Brincat Birkirkara
February  Malta national team
March Malta Adrian Mifsud Hibernians
April Malta Adrian Mifsud Hibernians
May Malta Joe Brincat Birkirkara

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Marsa get derby defeat overturned". UEFA. 12 December 2001. Retrieved 21 October 2018.
  2. ^ "Rothmans Premier League Table 2001/02". MaltaFootball.com. Retrieved 21 October 2018.
  3. ^ "Rothmans Premier League Results - First Round 2001/02". MaltaFootball.com. Retrieved 21 October 2018.
  4. ^ "Rothmans Premier League Results - Second Round 2001/02". MaltaFootball.com. Retrieved 21 October 2018.
  5. ^ "Rothmans Premier League Results - Championship Pool 2001/02". MaltaFootball.com. Retrieved 21 October 2018.
  6. ^ "Player of the Month". MaltaFootball.com. Retrieved 21 October 2018.

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