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
Marsaxlokk Football Club is a Maltese football club from the town of Marsaxlokk, which currently plays in the Maltese Second Division. The club was founded in 1949, Marsaxlokk won the Maltese Premier League title for the first time in their history, after finishing as league champions for the 2006–07 season. Marsaxlokk FC has its headquarters at Vendôme Tower, a historic 18th century redoubt, the first team to Marsaxlokk represented in competitions MFA were Beland City back in 1944. Although the team was formed within the Zejtun, they decided to represent to Marsaxlokk after the MFA adopted the scheme of representation of the district, in 1935, a group of individuals from Marsaxlokk decided to form a football team. Way back in 1894, there were two teams based in Marsaxlokk, Delimara Wanderers and Tas-Silċ Rovers, but these were probably formed by service personnel stationed here. Therefore, the 1935 team could be taken as the first real attempt to set up a team in this peaceful fishing locality down south, memories of the 1894 teams were probably still alive in the 1930s because the new team was named Delimara Rangers. At times, they even had to borrow a ball from the Servicemen at the local RAF Station, the lads, however, did not give up. They found a field which, years after, was transformed into an RAF hanger as well as their training ground. This team, however, did not last long, some friendly matches were played but the outbreak of the Second World War stopped their activities short. After World War II, a number of teams could be formed, Marsaxlokk White Stars took part in the Amateur Cup and in 1955 they applied to take part in competitions organized by the MFA. The White Stars played their first friendly against Little Rainbows on 11 November 1949, the team from Marsaxlokk won 3–1. Other matches followed until 1953–54 when Marsaxlokk took part in the Amateur Cup organised by the Malta FA, Marsaxlokk played their first match in the competition on 29 March 1953, losing 0–4 to Sliema Shamrocks. The next season, they beat Mellieħa FC before losing 4–1 to Melita in the semi-finals, in 1955–56, Marsaxlokk White Stars applied successfully to take part in the Third Division but after only one year they were relegated and lost their league status. This was followed by a period for the team from Marsaxlokk. Interest hit rock bottom and for the next 10 years the only survived by taking part in amateur competitions. Then, in 1965, Marsaxlokk dropped the prefix White Stars from their name and their application was accepted and that season they took part in the Third Division. The rest of their story was one of ups and downs, for many years the club alternated between the Third and Second Divisions The association held a series of play-offs to fill the gap that was left team Naxxar Lions in the Third Division. Nevertheless, after two years, the decided to withdraw from the competitions MFA
St. George's F.C.
St. Georges Football Club, nicknamed il-Hallelin, is a Maltese football club from the city of Cospicua in the Mediterranean island of Malta, believed to be the oldest club on the island. They are currently playing in the Maltese First Division, and is claimed to be the pioneers of Maltese civilian football. They formed the first football club in Malta and named it Santa Margherita, the three clubs in Cospicua merged in 1890 to form one club, holding on to the St. Georges name. During the first years of the 20th century, they became Civilian Champions, the best season for the Cospicua team was 1916–17 during which St. Georges F. C. won the double by being crowned League champions and Knock Out Cousis Shield winners. One of the most notable players of St. Georges was Emmanuel Balolu Busuttil, the match ended with a 2–1 score line in favour of St. Georges. From the corner flag, Zambula kicked the ball without touching it straight into the nearest upright. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality
UEFA Champions League
The UEFA Champions League is an annual continental club football competition organised by the Union of European Football Associations and contested by top-division European clubs. It is one of the most prestigious tournaments in the world, the UEFA Champions League final is the most watched annual sporting event worldwide. The final of the 2012–13 tournament had the highest TV ratings to date, the pre-1992 competition was initially a straight knockout tournament open only to the champion club of each country. During the 1990s, the format was expanded, incorporating a round-robin group stage to include clubs that finished runner-up of some nations top-level league. Clubs that finish next-in-line in each top level league, having not qualified for the UEFA Champions League competition. In its present format, the UEFA Champions League begins in mid-July with three qualifying rounds and a play-off round. The 10 surviving teams enter the stage, joining 22 other teams qualified in advance. The 32 teams are drawn into eight groups of four teams, the eight group winners and eight runners-up proceed to the knockout phase that culminates with the final match in May. The winner of the UEFA Champions League qualifies for the UEFA Super Cup, Real Madrid is the most successful club in the competitions history, having won the tournament 11 times, including its first five seasons. Spanish clubs have accumulated the highest number of victories, followed by England, the competition has been won by 22 different clubs,12 of which have won it more than once. Since the tournament changed name and structure in 1992, no club has managed consecutive wins, Milan were the last holders to defend their title. The reigning champions are Real Madrid, who secured their title in the competition after defeating Atlético Madrid on penalties following a 1–1 draw in the 2016 final. The first pan-European tournament was the Challenge Cup, a competition between clubs in the Austro-Hungarian Empire, the Mitropa Cup, a competition modelled after the Challenge Cup, was created in 1927, an idea of Austrian Hugo Meisl, and played between Central European clubs. In 1930, the Coupe des Nations, the first attempt to create a cup for national clubs of Europe, was played and organised by Swiss club Servette. Held in Geneva, it brought together ten champions from across the continent, the tournament was won by Újpest of Hungary. Latin European nations came together to form the Latin Cup in 1949 and it was conceived in Paris in 1955 as the European Champion Clubs Cup. The first edition of the European Cup took place during the 1955–56 season, the first European Cup match took place on 4 September 1955, and ended in a 3–3 draw between Sporting CP and Partizan. The first goal in European Cup history was scored by João Baptista Martins of Sporting CP, the inaugural final took place at the Parc des Princes between Stade de Reims and Real Madrid
UEFA Europa League
The UEFA Europa League, previously called the UEFA Cup, is an annual football club competition organized by UEFA since 1971 for eligible European football clubs. Clubs qualify for the competition based on their performance in their national leagues, previously called the UEFA Cup, the competition has been known as the UEFA Europa League since the 2009–10 season, following a change in format. For UEFA footballing records purposes, the UEFA Cup and UEFA Europa League are considered the same competition, in 1999, the UEFA Cup Winners Cup was abolished and merged with the UEFA Cup. For the 2004–05 competition a group stage was added prior to the knockout phase, the 2009 re-branding included a merge with the UEFA Intertoto Cup, producing an enlarged competition format, with an expanded group stage and changed qualifying criteria. The winner enters at least at the round, and will enter the group stage if the berth reserved for the Champions League title holders is not used. The title has been won by 27 different clubs,12 of which have won the more than once. The UEFA Cup was preceded by the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup, which was a European football competition played between 1955 and 1971, the competition grew from 11 teams during the first cup to 64 teams by the last cup which was played in 1970–71. It had become so important on the European football scene that in the end it was taken over by UEFA, the UEFA Cup was first played in the 1971–72 season, with an all-English final of Wolverhampton Wanderers versus Tottenham Hotspur, with Spurs taking the first honours. The title was retained by another English club, Liverpool in 1973, Borussia would win the competition in 1975 and 1979, and reach the final again in 1980. Liverpool won the competition for the time in 1976, beating Club Brugge in the final. During the 1980s, IFK Göteborg and Real Madrid won the competition twice each,1989 saw the commencement of the Italian clubs domination, when Maradonas Napoli beat Stuttgart. The 1990s started with two finals, and in 1992, Torino lost the final to Ajax on the away goals rule. Juventus won the competition for a time in 1993 and Internazionale kept the cup in Italy the following year. 1995 saw a third final, with Parma proving their consistency. The only final with no Italians during that decade was in 1996, Parma won the cup in 1999, which ended the Italian club era. Liverpool won the competition for the time in 2001 and Porto triumphed in the 2003 and 2011 tournaments. In 2004, the cup returned to Spain with Valencia being victorious, either side of Sevillas success, two Russian teams, CSKA Moscow in 2005 and Zenit Saint Petersburg in 2008, had their glory and yet another former Soviet club, Ukraines Shakhtar Donetsk, won in 2009. Atlético Madrid would themselves win twice in three seasons, in 2010 and 2012, the latter in another all-Spanish final, in 2013, Chelsea would become the first Champions League holders to win the UEFA Cup/Europa League the following year
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
Hibernians Football Club is a Maltese association football club based in the town of Paola. The club played one season in 1922 as Constitutionals FC, representing the pro-British Constitutional Party and they started up again in the 1927–28 season and became a top amateur side, winning the Amateur League in 1930–31. Meanwhile, the Constitutional Party had upset the Catholic Church so much that in May 1930 it was made a sin for Catholics to vote for the party. The football club changed its name a year later to Hibernians Football Club as a nod to Hibernian and they won their first match as Hibernians 2–1, against HMS Antelope in October 1931. They had to wait for a place to become available in the professional league and they have stayed in the top division ever since. Hibernians faced a period of decline followed the success of the 1980s to the end of the decade. Hibernians also have a team, which plays in Maltas top futsal league. The clubs home ground is Hibernians Stadium, a stadium in Paola. The squad list includes only the nationality of each player. Note, Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules, players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality. Note, Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules, players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality. Robert Gatt Edmond Lufi Mark Miller Michael Woods Branko Nišević mark miller A womens team plays in the Womens Maltese First Division, the team is the national record champion with twelve titles. The most recent one was won in 2016
UEFA Intertoto Cup
The competition was discontinued after the 2008 tournament. Teams who originally would have entered the Intertoto Cup now directly enter the qualifying stages of the UEFA Europa League from this point, the tournament was founded in 1961–62, but was only taken over by UEFA in 1995. Any club who wished to participate had to apply for entry, the cup billed itself as providing both an opportunity for clubs who otherwise would not get the chance to enter the UEFA Cup and as an opportunity for sports lotteries to continue during the summer. This reflects its background, which was as a tournament solely for football pools, in 1995, the tournament came under official UEFA sanctioning and UEFA Cup qualification places were granted. Initially, two were provided, this was increased to three after one year, but in 2006, it was increased to the final total of 11. The Intertoto Cup was the idea of Malmö FF chairman Eric Persson, thommen, and the Austrian coach Karl Rappan, who coached the Swiss national team at the 1938 FIFA World Cup and at the 1954 World Cup. The Cup for the Cupless was also promoted by the Swiss newspaper Sport. It derived its name from Toto, the German term for football pool, thommen, who had set up football betting pools in Switzerland in 1932, had a major interest in having purposeful matches played in the summer break. UEFA were initially disinclined to support the tournament, finding its betting background distasteful, nevertheless they permitted the new tournament, clubs which qualified for one of the official continental competitions, such as the European Champions Cups and Cup Winners Cup, were not allowed to participate. The first tournament was held in 1961 as the International Football Cup, initially the Cup had a group stage, which led to knock-out matches culminating in a final. By 1967, it had become difficult to organize the games, and so the knock-out rounds, instead, group winners received prizes of CHF10, 000-15,000. By 1995, UEFA had reconsidered its opinion, took control of the tournament. Initially, two winners were given a place in the UEFA Cup, the success of one of the first winners, Bordeaux, in reaching the final of the 1995–96 UEFA Cup encouraged UEFA to add a third UEFA Cup place in 1996. Many clubs disliked the competition and saw it as disruptive in the preparation for the new season, as a consequence, they did not nominate themselves for participation even if entitled. Following the threat of bans of English teams from all UEFA competitions, in following years, UEFA made it possible for nations to forfeit Intertoto places. Other clubs have built upon their success in the UI Cup, furthermore, UEFA rejected this assertion that the tournament is disruptive. In December 2007, following the election of new UEFA president Michel Platini and this was a part of a range of changes that were to be made to the UEFA Cup/Champions League System. Instead of teams qualifying for the Intertoto Cup, they now qualify directly for the qualifying stages of the UEFA Europa League
Birkirkara Football Club is a football club based in the town of Birkirkara, the largest town on the island of Malta. The club was formed in 1950, following the amalgamation of Birkirkara United, Birkirkara currently play in the Maltese Premier League, which it has won on four occasions, most recently in the 2012–13 season. Birkirkara also has a Futsal team under the same name, Birkirkara is one of the founding members of the European Club Association. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality, note 1, match forfeited, result set to 0–3 by UEFA
Association football, more commonly known as football or soccer, is a team sport played between two teams of eleven players with a spherical ball. It is played by 250 million players in over 200 countries and dependencies making it the worlds most popular sport, the game is played on a rectangular field with a goal at each end. The object of the game is to score by getting the ball into the opposing goal, players are not allowed to touch the ball with their hands or arms while it is in play, unless they are goalkeepers. Other players mainly use their feet to strike or pass the ball, the team that scores the most goals by the end of the match wins. If the score is level at the end of the game, the Laws of the Game were originally codified in England by The Football Association in 1863. Association football is governed internationally by the International Federation of Association Football, the first written reference to the inflated ball used in the game was in the mid-14th century, Þe heued fro þe body went, Als it were a foteballe. The Online Etymology Dictionary states that the word soccer was split off in 1863, according to Partha Mazumdar, the term soccer originated in England, first appearing in the 1880s as an Oxford -er abbreviation of the word association. Within the English-speaking world, association football is now usually called football in the United Kingdom and mainly soccer in Canada and the United States. People in Australia, Ireland, South Africa and New Zealand use either or both terms, although national associations in Australia and New Zealand now primarily use football for the formal name. According to FIFA, the Chinese competitive game cuju is the earliest form of football for which there is scientific evidence, cuju players could use any part of the body apart from hands and the intent was kicking a ball through an opening into a net. It was remarkably similar to football, though similarities to rugby occurred. During the Han Dynasty, cuju games were standardised and rules were established, phaininda and episkyros were Greek ball games. An image of an episkyros player depicted in low relief on a vase at the National Archaeological Museum of Athens appears on the UEFA European Championship Cup, athenaeus, writing in 228 AD, referenced the Roman ball game harpastum. Phaininda, episkyros and harpastum were played involving hands and violence and they all appear to have resembled rugby football, wrestling and volleyball more than what is recognizable as modern football. As with pre-codified mob football, the antecedent of all football codes. Non-competitive games included kemari in Japan, chuk-guk in Korea and woggabaliri in Australia, Association football in itself does not have a classical history. Notwithstanding any similarities to other games played around the world FIFA have recognised that no historical connection exists with any game played in antiquity outside Europe. The modern rules of football are based on the mid-19th century efforts to standardise the widely varying forms of football played in the public schools of England
Malta, officially known as the Republic of Malta, is a Southern European island country consisting of an archipelago in the Mediterranean Sea. It lies 80 km south of Italy,284 km east of Tunisia, the country covers just over 316 km2, with a population of just under 450,000, making it one of the worlds smallest and most densely populated countries. The capital of Malta is Valletta, which at 0.8 km2, is the smallest national capital in the European Union, Malta has one national language, which is Maltese, and English as an official language. John, French and British, have ruled the islands, King George VI of the United Kingdom awarded the George Cross to Malta in 1942 for the countrys bravery in the Second World War. The George Cross continues to appear on Maltas national flag, the country became a republic in 1974, and although no longer a Commonwealth realm, remains a member state of the Commonwealth of Nations. Malta was admitted to the United Nations in 1964 and to the European Union in 2004, in 2008, Catholicism is the official religion in Malta. The origin of the term Malta is uncertain, and the modern-day variation derives from the Maltese language, the most common etymology is that the word Malta derives from the Greek word μέλι, meli, honey. The ancient Greeks called the island Μελίτη meaning honey-sweet, possibly due to Maltas unique production of honey, an endemic species of bee lives on the island. The Romans went on to call the island Melita, which can be considered either as a latinisation of the Greek Μελίτη or the adaptation of the Doric Greek pronunciation of the same word Μελίτα. Another conjecture suggests that the word Malta comes from the Phoenician word Maleth a haven or port in reference to Maltas many bays, few other etymological mentions appear in classical literature, with the term Malta appearing in its present form in the Antonine Itinerary. The extinction of the hippos and dwarf elephants has been linked to the earliest arrival of humans on Malta. Prehistoric farming settlements dating to the Early Neolithic period were discovered in areas and also in caves. The Sicani were the tribe known to have inhabited the island at this time and are generally regarded as being closely related to the Iberians. Pottery from the Għar Dalam phase is similar to found in Agrigento. A culture of megalithis temple builders then either supplanted or arose from this early period, the temples have distinctive architecture, typically a complex trefoil design, and were used from 4000 to 2500 BCE. Animal bones and a knife found behind an altar stone suggest that temple rituals included animal sacrifice. Tentative information suggests that the sacrifices were made to the goddess of fertility, the culture apparently disappeared from the Maltese Islands around 2500 BC. Archaeologists speculate that the builders fell victim to famine or disease
Maltese First Division
The Maltese First Division is the second-highest division in Maltese football, behind the Maltese Premier League and above the Maltese Second Division. The league has been running for many years,14 teams take part in the league. The top two teams are promoted to the Maltese Premier League, whilst the three lowest-finishing teams are relegated to the Maltese Second Division, the third place team plays the tenth place team in the Maltese Premier League in a play-off game for promotion. Due to the expansion of the Maltese Premier League starting from the season 2017/18,3 teams will be promoted while the 4th placed team will face the play-off game, on the other hand, only 2 teams will get relegated to the Maltese Second Division. On January 13,2011, the Malta Football Association decided to expand the league to 12 teams as from season 2011–12, the top two placed teams will get promoted to the Maltese Premier League while the 3rd best team will face the play-off. As from the 2017/18 Maltese First Division, only 2 teams will be relegated automatically, League at Maltafootball. com League at soccerway. com League321. com - Maltese football league tables, records & statistics database
Mosta Football Club are a Maltese football club from the town of Mosta. The team played four seasons in Maltas highest league 1974–75, 1987–88, 2002–03 and they achieved promotion to the Maltese Premier League again in 2010–11. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality, oliver Spiteri Steve DAmato Danilo Dončić Enrico Piccioni Peter Smith The womens team of Mosta plays in the countrys top division, the Maltese First Division. In 2010–11 it won its first championship and ths qualified to the 2011–12 UEFA Womens Champions League, the team was runners-up in the 1998 and 1999 Maltese Womens Cup and recently won the 2012 cup
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
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
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
Floriana Football Club is a semi-professional Maltese football club in the town of Floriana that currently plays in the Maltese Premier League. It has one of the largest fan followings on the islands and remains the most successful club in Maltese history, in all, Floriana F. C. has won 25 national leagues and 19 FA Trophies. It is also the team from Malta to have qualified from the qualifying rounds to the first round proper of the UEFA Champions League. Floriana Football Club was founded in 1894 with the inauguration of the football ground officiated by Queen Alexandra, the site was a cricket ground from 1890 till its conversion project. Together with St. Georges FC, is one of the two oldest clubs in Malta, during that period, football in Malta was introduced by the British Servicemen who were stationed on the island, which was then a colony of the British Empire. The club is affiliated to the Malta Football Association which in turn is a member of both UEFA and FIFA, Floriana Football Club has won the major Maltese League championship 25 times and the U*BET FA TROPHY19 times. Floriana also have a team which participates in Maltas top futsal league. Football was introduced in Malta at the end of the 19th Century by the British troops stationed on the island, at that time Malta formed part of the British Empire and, the Island was the base of British forces in the heart of the Mediterranean. The forces barracks, which were located around the island of Malta, enjoyed large areas that were used as parade grounds, training areas. The sports practised by the soldiers were mainly cricket, hockey, the British forces in Malta were mainly stationed in Floriana, Cospicua, Mtarfa, Marsa and Sliema. The locals who were influenced by the soldiers stationed in the area were introduced to these sporting activities, the most popular sport amongst the residents of Floriana was football, however some also practised cricket and hockey. Floriana still has its club, carrying the name Floriana Young Stars Hockey Club. Between 1894 and 1905 the clubs colours were green/red quartered shirts, black shorts with green, the official colours of the club as we know them today, green and white vertical striped shirts, white shorts and green/white horizontal striped socks, were introduced in 1905. At that time the Royal Dublin Fusiliers were stationed in Floriana, during that year, three friendly matches were held between this regiment and FFC. At the end of the match both teams exchanged their shirts and later the FFC changed their official colours to their green. The regiment left the Island for India in that same year, the ties between Floriana and the Royal Dublin Fusiliers were so strong that the people hailing from Floriana were nicknamed after the Irish, Tal-Irish. The clubs mascot is the lion, which features prominently on the clubs badge since 1936 together with the Latin motto Ex Ludis Virtus, in this regard the clubs badge represents the fierceness of the lion together with the virtues of sportsmanship. The lion was chosen as the mascot for two general reasons attributed to history of Floriana
2007 UEFA Intertoto Cup
The 2007 UEFA Intertoto Cup was the 19th and penultimate edition of the competition and took 50 entries. Three rounds were held, and 11 teams qualified for the qualifying round of the UEFA Cup. The draw took place at UEFA headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland on 23 April 2007, the overall champion was Hamburg after they progressed further than the other Intertoto sides in the UEFA Cup. The first legs were held on 23 and 24 June 2007, Gloria Bistriţa won 3–2 on aggregate. 2–2 on aggregate, Vllaznia Shkodër won on away goals rule, makedonija Ğjorče Petrov won 2–1 on aggregate. Slavija Istočno Sarajevo won 6–4 on aggregate, shakhtyor Soligorsk won 4–3 on aggregate. 2–2 on aggregate, Dacia Chișinău won on penalty kicks, slovan Bratislava won 5–0 on aggregate. Cork City won 2–1 on aggregate, 6–6 on aggregate, Vėtra advanced on away goals rule. The first legs were held on 7 and 8 July 2007, oțelul Galați won 3–0 on aggregate. Cherno More Varna won 7–0 on aggregate, hajduk Kula won 5–2 on aggregate. 2–2 on aggregate, Gloria Bistriţa won in penalty shootout, 1–1 on aggregate, Dacia Chișinău won in penalty shootout. Rubin Kazan won 5–0 on aggregate, rapid Wien won 3–2 on aggregate. Chornomorets Odessa won 6–2 on aggregate, 3–3 on aggregate, AaB won on away goals rule. The first legs were held on 21 and 22 July 2007, the eleven winning teams qualified for the second qualifying round of UEFA Cup. União Leiria won 4–2 on aggregate, 2–2 on aggregate, Atlético Madrid won on away goals rule. Oțelul Galați won 4–2 on aggregate, tobol Kostanay won 2–0 on aggregate. Rapid Vienna won 3–1 on aggregate, blackburn Rovers won 6–0 on aggregate. 1–1 on aggregate, Hammarby won on away goals rule, aalborg BK won 3–2 on aggregate