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