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
Balzan Football Club is a Maltese football club from the village of Balzan, which currently plays in the Maltese Premier League. The Club was founded in 1937, and has played football once before in 2003–04. As of 24 June 2016 Note, Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules, players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality. The Clubs Administration Building ‘Solerville’ is located at Main Street, Balzan, a bar and garden restaurant on the ground floor are open to the public. The Club’s modern training facilities, located at Robert Mifsud Bonnici Street, Lija, include a clubhouse, the clubhouse includes a conference room, a bar and a gymnasium and was officially opened on 13 March 2011. From September 2015, Balzan F. C. teams also commenced training at St Aloysius College Ground, notes 1Q, First qualifying round Official website Official Facebook page Official Academy Facebook page
Gozo is an island of the Maltese archipelago in the Mediterranean Sea. The island is part of Malta, after the island of Malta itself, it is the second-largest island in the archipelago. Compared to its neighbour, Gozo is more rural and known for its scenic hills. The island of Gozo has long associated with Ogygia, the island home of the nymph Calypso in Homers Odyssey. In that story, Calypso, possessed of supernatural powers. As of March 2015, the island has a population of around 37,342 and it is rich in historic locations such as the Ġgantija temples, which, along with the other Megalithic Temples of Malta, are among the worlds oldest free-standing structures. The island is rural in character and, compared to the main island Malta and it was known for the Azure Window, a natural limestone arch that was a remarkable geological feature, until its collapse in 2017. The island has other notable features, including the Inland Sea. There are many beaches on the island, as well as seaside resorts that are popular with locals and tourists, the most popular being Marsalforn and Xlendi. Gozo is considered one of the top diving destinations in the Mediterranean, Gozo has been inhabited since 5000 BC, when farmers from nearby Sicily crossed the sea to the island. They are thought to have first lived in caves on the outskirts of what is now known as San Lawrenz, the temples name is Maltese for belonging to the giants, because legend in Maltese and Gozitan folklore says the temples were built by giants. Another important Maltese archaeological site in Gozo, which dates back to the period, is the Xagħra Stone Circle. Also, native tradition and certain ancient Greek historians maintain that Gozo is the island Homer described as Ogygia, the island of Gozo was repopulated between 1565 and 1580 by people from mainland Malta, undertaken by the Knights of Malta. The law authorised the Council to raise taxes, although it never made use of this power. In 1971 the Malta Labour Party was voted into office, in the Gozo Civic Council referendum,1973, the overwhelming majority of voters voted for the abolition of the Gozo Civic Council. In the mid-1980s attempts were made to set up a Gozo committee, chaired by the Prime Minister, however, it was only in 1987 that the Ministry of Gozo was set up. Local government in the Gozitan localities was restored with the introduction of Local councils in 1993 with Gozo having 14 councils, the island has its own Latin bishopric, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Gozo, the only suffragan of the Metropolitan Archbishop of Malta. Gozo contains a number of Catholic churches
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
Senglea Athletic F.C.
Senglea Athletic Football Club is an amateur football club. It is the football club in Senglea. This club takes part in the Maltese First Division organised by the Malta Football Association, Senglea Athletic Football Club was founded in 1943. It took over from the former Senglea United club, which had formed in 1921 following the demise of Senglea Shamrocks. After World War II the club began to compete in the division organised by the Malta Football Association. Apart from moments of success and happiness, this also had his disappointing moments. For many times this club had to play in the lowest divisions of Malta, the most moments of glory and happiness occurred in the mid-70s when the club was promoted to the second division, and later on to the first division. For a number of successive times Senglea Athletic F. C. were declared champions of the second division, for another time, in 1981, the club was promoted to the Maltese Premier Division. During that season, Senglea Athletic made history when they contested in the final of the MFA Trophy, while being in the Maltese First Division. The club was very near to participate in the European Cup Winners Cup, during that time the president for the club was Walter Clinch. From that time onwards Senglea Athletic F. C. passed through some very bad due to financial crisis. But then in the year 2000, they got back to their feet and were promoted from the Maltese Third Division to the Maltese Second Division, during that time the president for Senglea Athletic F. C. was Reno Chirchop. The next year, Senglea Athletic F. C. this time again with Msida F. C. were promoted to the Maltese First Division, during that time the president for Senglea Athletic F. C. was Dr. Vincent S. Zammit. The clubs aim of competing in the Maltese Premier League took a step backwards, during the season 2009–10 Senglea Athletic finished in the 9th place, just a position above the relegation play-offs. The home kit of Senglea Athletic F. C. consists of the colours of Senglea, yellow. The manufacturer of the kits is Nike, while the sponsor is Bronk Productions, Note, The same squad number may be used by more than one player. If that is the case, the last player who have used the number is assigned with it. Note, players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality. Also known as, Minors or Under-19Note, Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules, players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality
Qala Saints F.C.
Qala Saints F. C. is a football club from the village of Qala in Gozo, Malta. The club was founded in 1968 and is named after the village patron Saint Joseph and they play in the Gozo Football League. The teams traditional colours are maroon and light blue, the nicknames used for the players are the Maroons or the Saints. Qala Saintss main rivals on the island of Gozo are their neighbours Nadur Youngsters F. C. along with Ghajnsielem F. C, in the summer of 2010 the club changed name to Qala Saints F. C. The Maroons have never been main contenders for the top honours in Gozo in the past. However, during the last season the club managed to win two of the major honours offered by Gozitan football – the G. F. A Cup, other past honours won include the Second Division League on three occasions, and the Second Division Knock/Out Cup on two occasions. The last time that Qala SJ played in the Second Division was during the 2005/06 season, in which they were able to win the Second Division League, one should note that the Saints managed to win the Second Division League without conceding a single loss during the 2005/06 season. Furthermore, their foreign import, Ishaku Umoru, was joint top scorer in the Second Division League, during the 2008–2009 season the Maroons ended the bottom of the First Division and hence were relegated to the Second Division. After a promising start to the season, winning the first knockout competition, a couple of disappointing results meant the team lost ground early on, and soon the results went from bad to worse. The team couldnt even go beyond last place in the standings, Qala Saints FC Official Website Qala St. Joseph F. C
Mtarfa F. C. is a football club from Mtarfa, the home of a former big British forces barracks area in northern Malta. Founded in 2006, the took part for the first time in their history in the 2007/2008 season. They have entered the Malta Football Association in lieu of Ta Xbiex F. C, Mtarfa reclaimed the Strickland Cup on January 3,2012 after a game against Marsaskala. Mtarfa FC, for the second year are champions of the Roger Strickland cup after defeating Marsascala Mtarfa F. C. is the Maltese football club representing the locality of Mtarfa. The idea to develop a new football club generates from a group of football enthusiast. Founder and first President Joseph Vassallo together with the first committee in 2006 founded the MTARFA FOOTBALL CLUB, the official kit colours were extracted from the localitys flag – Yellow and Green Striped shirt for the first gear, and White with Blue as the second Gear. First coach was Mr. Joe Borg and inauguration match was against Melita, the demand from players to register with the club forced the committee to increased more age categories and trainers. The 2009 was formed two new categories the U/19 coached by Angelo Borg and the U/15 coached by William Galea. The U/13 coached by Ian Sansone and the U/11 coached by Anton Francalanza, the club achieved the first artificial synthetic Nursery Ground in the parameters of the ex Royal Navy Bruce Hospitals and a Club House in the centre of Mtarfa. Note, Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules, players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality. President, Joseph Vassallo Vice President, Paul Mifsud Secretary, Simon Spiteri Coach, Haruna Doda Assistant Coach, Kit Manager, Official website http, //www. maltafootball. com/