Defender (association football)
In the sport of association football, a defender is an outfield player whose primary role is to prevent the opposing team from scoring goals. There are four types of defenders: centre-back, full-back, wing-back; the centre-back and full-back positions are essential in most modern formations. The sweeper and wing-back roles are more specialised for certain formations. A centre-back defends in the area directly in front of the goal, tries to prevent opposing players centre-forwards, from scoring. Centre-backs accomplish this by blocking shots, intercepting passes, contesting headers and marking forwards to discourage the opposing team from passing to them. With the ball, centre-backs are expected to make long and pinpoint passes to their teammates, or to kick unaimed long balls down the field. For example, a clearance is a long unaimed kick intended to move the ball as far as possible from the defender's goal. Due to the many skills centre-backs are required to possess in the modern game, many successful contemporary central-defensive partnerships have involved pairing a more physical defender with a defender, quicker, more comfortable in possession and capable of playing the ball out from the back.
During normal play, centre-backs are unlikely to score goals. However, when their team takes a corner kick or other set pieces, centre-backs may move forward to the opponents' penalty area. In this case, other defenders or midfielders will temporarily move into the centre-back positions; some centre-backs have been known for their direct free kicks and powerful shots from distance. Brazilian defenders David Luiz and Naldo have been known for using the cannonball free kick method, which relies more on power than placement. In the modern game, most teams employ three centre-backs in front of the goalkeeper; the 4–2–3–1, 4–3–3, 4–4–2 formations all use two centre-backs. There are two main defensive strategies used by centre-backs: the zonal defence, where each centre-back covers a specific area of the pitch; the sweeper is a more versatile centre-back who "sweeps up" the ball if an opponent manages to breach the defensive line. This position is rather more fluid than that of other defenders who man-mark their designated opponents.
Because of this, it is sometimes referred to as libero. Though sweepers may be expected to build counter-attacking moves, as such require better ball control and passing ability than typical centre-backs, their talents are confined to the defensive realm. For example, the catenaccio system of play, used in Italian football in the 1960s, employed a purely defensive sweeper who only "roamed" around the back line; the more modern libero possesses the defensive qualities of the typical libero while being able to expose the opposition during counterattacks. The Fundell-libero has become more popular in recent time with the sweeper transitioning to the most advanced forward in an attack; this variation on the position requires great fitness. While seen in professional football, the position has been extensively used in lower leagues. Modern libero sit behind centre-backs as a sweeper before charging through the team to join in the attack; some sweepers move forward and distribute the ball up-field, while others intercept passes and get the ball off the opposition without needing to hurl themselves into tackles.
If the sweeper does move up the field to distribute the ball, they will need to make a speedy recovery and run back into their position. In modern football, its usage has been restricted, with few clubs in the biggest leagues using the position; the position is most believed to have been pioneered by Franz Beckenbauer, Gaetano Scirea, Elías Figueroa, although they were not the first players to play this position. Earlier proponents included Alexandru Apolzan, Ivano Blason, Velibor Vasović, Ján Popluhár. Other defenders who have been described as sweepers include Bobby Moore, Franco Baresi, Ronald Koeman, Fernando Hierro, Matthias Sammer, Aldair, due to their ball skills and long passing ability. Though it is used in modern football, it remains a respected and demanding position. A recent and successful use of the sweeper was made by Otto Rehhagel, Greece's manager, during UEFA Euro 2004. Rehhagel utilized Traianos Dellas as Greece's sweeper to great success, as Greece became European champions.
Although this position has become obsolete in modern football formations, due to the use of zonal marking and the offside trap, certain players such as Daniele De Rossi:, Leonardo Bonucci, Javi Martínez and David Luiz have played a similar role as a ball-playing central defender in a 3–5–2 or 3–4–3 formation. Some goalkeepers, who are comfortable leaving their goalmouth to intercept and clear through balls, who participate more in play, such as René Higuita, Manuel Neuer, Edwin van der Sar, Fabien Barthez, Hugo Lloris, among others, have been referred to as sweep
RTS Widzew Łódź is a Polish football club based in Łódź. The club was founded in 1922 but traces its roots to TMRF Widzew founded in 1910, referring to the Widzew-district of Łódź, its official colours are red and white, hence their nicknames Czerwona Armia and Czerwono-biało-czerwoni. The club traces its roots to 5 November 1910 as Towarzystwo Miłośników Rozwoju Fizycznego Widzew in Widzew a suburb of Łódź. In 1922 the club was founded as Robotnicze Towarzystwo Sportowe Widzew. Widzew has won the 1985 Polish Cup, they have appeared in 117 matches in European Cups, of which they won 42. Widzew knocked European giants Manchester United out of the 1980–81 UEFA Cup, although their biggest achievement was reaching the semi-final of the 1982–83 European Cup, eliminating 3 times winners Liverpool along the way. In the beginning of season 2007/2008 Widzew was bought by one of the wealthiest men in Poland – Sylwester Cacek. In January 2008, while playing in the Second League, the Polish Football Association ruled that Widzew Łódź should be relegated due to their involvement in a corruption scandal.
However, Widzew became champion that year, were allowed to stay in the second division, renamed First League before the start of the 2008–09 season. Despite the deduction of six points as a penalty, Widzew managed to become champions once again, were promoted to the Ekstraklasa. In total, Widzew played 35 seasons at the highest level before being relegated in the 2013–14 season. Due to financial problems, Widzew finished last at the end of the 2014–15 I Liga season. Subsequently, the club ruled by Sylwester Cacek went bankrupt. In consequence local businessmen led by Marcin Ferdzyn and Grzegorz Waranecki decided to take on amateur status as a new association called Stowarzyszenie Reaktywacja Tradycji Sportowych Widzew Łódź, which continues the tradition of the old RTS Widzew Łódź; the new association was registered in a Polish court on 2.07.2015, within a few weeks of summer 2015 they managed to find new coach Witold Obarek and collect a new squad, which started the 2015/2016 season in the fifth tier of Polish football.
In first season in IV League Widzew has promoted to higher tier. In season 2016/17 Widzew achieved third place in III League, after Drwęca Nowe Miasto Lubawskie and ŁKS Łódź but next season yielded promotion to II League. Now, on the halfway point of season 2018/19 Widzew is leader with 37 points in 17 matches. Ekstraklasa: Winner: 1980–81, 1981–82, 1995–96, 1996–97 2nd place: 1976–77, 1978–79, 1979–80, 1982–83, 1983–84, 1994–95, 1998–99 Polish First League: Winner: 2005–06, 2008–09, 2009–10 Polish Cup: Winner: 1985 Polish SuperCup: Winner: 1996 Finalist: 1997 Polish League Cup: Finalist: 1977 UEFA Champions League/European Cup: Semi-Finalist: 1982–83 Copa del Sol: Runner-up: 2013 Polish U-19 Runner Up: 1995 Polish U-19 Bronze Medal: 1936, 1937, 1997 As of 11 August, 2018. Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality; the club's home stadium was the Stadion Widzewa called Stadion im. Ludwika Sobolewskiego, which opened in 1930.
The stadium, owned by the city of Łódź, had a capacity of 10,500 seats. In early 2015, it was demolished to make way for a new stadium with 18,000 seats, it was intended the new stadium will be completed by November 2016. In the 2014–2015 season, its last season as a professional club, Widzewa played their home matches in Byczyna near Poddębice, 40 km west of Łódź. After bankruptcy and relegation to the 4th division a rebuilt team was forced to play its domestic games in Łódź at UKS SMS Łódź stadium, during the construction of a new Stadion Widzewa stadium; the first match on new stadium was played on 18 March 2017, Widzew won against Motor Lubawa 2:0. 17,443 fans attended the game. Widzew has one of the largest fan-bases in Poland with fan-clubs all around the country. Widzew's biggest rival is ŁKS Łódź. Legia Warsaw are big rivals, with whom they contest the Derby of Poland, which stems from the fact there were frequent title races between the two clubs. Widzew fans maintain friendly relations with fans of Ruch Chorzów, Elana Toruń, Wisła Kraków and PFC CSKA Moscow.
TMRF Widzew was a football team created by the active supporters of Widzew in 2014, who were in a long conflict with the club board. Only Widzew supporters were admitted to the squad. Football in Poland List of football teams Champions' Cup/League UEFA Cup Official website Widzew Łódź at 90minut.pl
Ta' Qali is a wide open space in the limits of Attard in central Malta, which contains the national football stadium, Ta' Qali National Park, a crafts village, a national vegetable market, locally known as the Pitkalija. Shortly before World War II, the area was used to build a military aerodrome and a station for the Royal Air Force, which the British called RAF Ta Kali. RAF Ta Kali was operational throughout the war and continued to be used as an RAF airfield until the mid-1950s. Latterly, RAF squadrons based in the United Kingdom visited Ta Kali as part of their annual proficiency training. Since the departure of the RAF and the closure of the air base, the location has been transformed into a recreational area; the area is small in scale but considered by some in Malta as an ideal place to go for a picnic and spend weekend afternoons. The National Park includes an amphitheatre. A number of international concerts have been staged at the park; the newly built US Embassy stands across from the Ta'Qali National Park.
In July, 2011 the embassy relocated to Ta'Qali from Floriana. Ta' Qali still fulfils part of its former role as an airfield but the only aircraft that take off from the diminished landing strip are scale models, whose owners make part of a club located in Ta' Qali. Today, many of the military huts and buildings have been converted into workshops where Maltese craftsmen produce their handiwork, the Ta' Qali Crafts Village has become an important tourist attraction. There is the Malta Aviation Museum where one can find different types of aircraft related to Maltese aviation history. Before being converted to a recreational park the airstrip was used in the first car races held by the Maltese. 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi is a 2016 American biographical war movie filmed in Malta and Morocco, for which a large film set was built during 2015 in Ta' Qali. The film follows the 2012 Benghazi attack, in which Islamic militants attacked a U. S. diplomatic compound in Libya
Athletic Club Omonia Nicosia. The club was established on 4 June 1948; the football team of AC Omonia joined the Cyprus Football Association in 1953. On 29 May 2018 the football team of AC Omonia became a profesional for-profit football company. Omonia is one of the most popular and successful football clubs in Cyprus, having won 20 national championships, 14 cups and 16 super cups. Omonia holds an outstanding record of 14 championships in two decades, between 1970–1989 and, together with APOEL, holds the record of having won the championship six times in a row and the Cypriot Cup four times in a row; the AC Omonia operates basketball, volleyball and futsal. The latter one is being successful, having won the league and cup in three consecutive years since 2011. On 23 May 1948, the board of APOEL sent a telegram to the Hellenic Association of Amateur Athletics, with the opportunity of the annual Panhellenic Track and Field Competition. In its telegram, it stated its wish for the "communist mutiny" to be ended.
Club players considering this action as a political comment on the Greek Civil War distanced themselves or were expelled from APOEL. On 4 June 1948, Dr. Mattheos Papapetrou organized a meeting in Nicosia that led to the creation of Omonia. Many players expelled from APOEL joined the new club. Along with other left-wing teams such as Nea Salamina, Alki Larnaca and Orfeas Nicosia, Omonia helped create in December 1948 the Cyprus Amateur Football Federation. Omonia took part in the CAFF league until 1953, having won four out of five played championships and five out of five played cups. Omonia was accepted by the Cyprus Football Association to participate in the Cypriot First Division After joining the Cypriot First Division in 1953, Omonia only placed seventh out of nine teams in the 1953–54 season avoiding relegation. During that decade, the club's best placing came during the 1956–57 season when the club finished in the third position; the team would make its closest push for the title during the 1959–60 season after finishing second, one point behind Anorthosis Famagusta.
The following year, after seven seasons in the First Division, the club would win its first title in 1960–61 season. Omonia, in that season, would score 91 goals in 24 matches on their way to their first Cyprus First Division title. Omonia won their second title during the 1965–66 season. Omonia won its first trophies of the decade in 1972, when the club won both the cup. Led by a young Sotiris Kaiafas, Omonia won seven league titles in the 1970s, six of them were consecutive. At the end of the decade, Omonia had a total of three cups. At the end of the 1979 season, Omonia trailed its arch-rival APOEL by two championships. In 1976, Sotiris Kaiafas would go on and win the European Golden Shoe for his single-season 39-goal performance. In 2003, he was awarded the UEFA Jubilee Awards for the Best Cypriot Footballer of the 20th century; the 1980s was a successful decade for the club as it won an additional seven Cypriot League Championship titles including another five consecutive in 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, in 1987 and in 1989.
As the 1980s came to an end, Omonia had won 14 Cypriot championship titles, becoming the most successful team on the island at the time. The 1990s would prove to be less successful than the previous two decades. During this time, Omonia only mustered one Cypriot League title during the 1992–93 season, it would be eight years. In 1997, Omonia signed the German Rainer Rauffmann, who would become the second top goalscorer for the club. With the help of other Omonia great and captain, Costas Malekkos, a young Costas Kaiafas, Rauffmann would become top scorer of the Cypriot First Division in 1997–98, 1998–99, 1999–00 and 2000–01 seasons and led Omonia to two titles. After a disappointing eight seasons, the 2000s decade began with a trophy. Omonia celebrated its 18th Cypriot league championship title in 2001. Now captained by Costas Kaiafas, Omonia would win its 19th Cypriot League Championship again in 2003. Since 2003, the team would stumble and be without a title for the next several years. After numerous seasons of poor signings and underachieving, Omonia's reigns would be taken over by new chairman and team president, Miltiadis Neophytou in 2008.
The team would soon be put back on track starting in 2006, beginning with the signing of Cyprus international goalkeeper Antonis Georgallides. Omonia would continue its star-studded signings by acquiring Cypriot stars, playing abroad, such as Elias Charalambous and Stathis Aloneftis. Omonia would make headlines with the shocking signing of all-time leading scorer for Cyprus, Michalis Konstantinou. In 2009, Omonia would sign another Cypriot star, Konstantinos Makrides. En route, Omonia would acquire young Cypriot hopefuls, 21-year-old Dimitris Christofi and 20-year-old Georgios Efrem. Efrem, playing on the youth team of Arsenal and Scottish side Rangers, would be the final piece to the puzzle needed to win its 20th Cypriot league championship. After putting the proper pieces in place, Omonia did just that. During the 2009–10 season, led by the new captain, Elias Charalambous, Omonia would not lose a single derby, including play-offs matches against either, APOEL, Anorthosis Famagusta nor Apollon.
Head coach Takis Lemonis left the club after disappointing results and Dušan Bajević became the new coach in October 2010, but was fired in April 2011. He was replaced by Neophytos Larkou. Omonia would not be able to
Anna Przybylska was a Polish actress and model. Born in Gdynia, she had a daughter and two sons and Jan Bieniuk, with her partner, Polish footballer Jarosław Bieniuk, she was ranked high amongst the most beautiful Polish actresses and was chosen, in 2004, to be the Polish ambassador for the ASTOR cosmetics brand. Two years she became the European ambassador for ASTOR. After fighting pancreatic cancer for 1 year, she died on 5 October 2014 in Gdynia. Złotopolscy as Marylka Baka Ciemna strona Venus as Suczka Lot 001 as Julia Sezon na Leszcza as a girl Lokatorzy as Krysia's sister Kariera Nikosia Dyzmy as Jadzia Rób swoje ryzyko jest Twoje as Beata Rózowa noc as Donata Fiok Daleko od noszy as Doctor Karina Królowa chmur as Kasia Pojedynek mistrzów RH+ as Marta Solidarność, Solidarność as secretary Wszyscy jesteśmy Chrystusami Ryś as Jolka Dlaczego nie! as star Lekcja pana Kuki as Alicja Warsaw Dark aka Izolator as call-girl Złoty Środek as Mirka and Mirek Klub Szalonych Dziewic as Karolina Bilet na księżyc as Halina "Roksana" Anna Przybylska on IMDb
Amica Wronki was a Polish football club based in Wronki, Poland. The club was invariably linked to the Amica company, a manufacturer of white goods, predominantly stoves, which gave the club its nickname; the company's increasing profits gave the new team tremendous financial clout in the Polish leagues. The club was formed when two clubs were joined together, Błękitni Wronki and LZS Czarni Wromet Wróblewo; the new club was named FK Amica Wronki and in just 4 years, the club won promotion from the Fourth Division to the Orange Ekstraklasa. They have been in the top division in Poland since 1995. In May 2006 they merged with fellow Ekstraklasa team Lech Poznań; the reserve team became its first team but only lasted one season before it was disbanded. In 2007, one of the clubs, merged that created Amica, Błękitni Wronki was re-founded and is considered to be a phoenix club; the history of SSA Amica Sport goes back to 1992 when the Amica company wanted to sponsor a football team in the town of Wronki where their factory was located.
The Amica company's increasing profits gave the new team financial clout in the Polish leagues. The club was formed when two clubs were joined together, Błękitni Wronki and LZS Czarni Wromet Wróblewo. In the 1993–1994 season Amica Wronki were promoted to the Third Division; the next season the team, led by Jarosław Szuby, won promotion to the Second Division. Amica didn't stay in the second division for long because the following season they again won promotion, this time to the Ekstraklasa under Marian Kurowski who took over the job started by former coaches Boguslaw Baniak and Horst Panic; the team finished 5th, 5th and 7th in successive seasons to cement themselves as an Ekstraklasa side. On 13 June 1998, Amica Wronki beat Aluminium Konin 5–3 to win their first Polish Cup and first trophy in their history. Despite the team from Konin being by far the better team, Amica Wronki won in controversial circumstances, with the help of the referee Sam Kowalczyk so obvious that he was given a 3-month ban, but the PZPN match observer Alojzy Jarguz inexplicably gave the referee a high note.
Impartial observers, such the manager of Lech Poznań Adam Topolski, chairman of Olimpia Poznań Bolesław Krzyżostaniak, the chief of Zawisza Bydgoszcz Edward Potok and former Górnik Konin manager Janusz Białek were all critical of the match they have witnessed. In the aftermath of the match, Ryszard Forbrich, known as "Fryzjer", the director of Amica Wronki at the time, was the infamous leader of an organised crime group, fixing matches all around the country, uncovering a huge corruption scandal in Polish football several years later, he admitted to fixing the match in his autobiography. The 1998 cup final however was never investigated, with trophy still belonging to Amica, remains a sore point for Górnik fans to this day. On 18 July 1998, Amica Wronki won the Polish Super Cup, contested by the previous seasons League and Cup Champions, by beating League Champions ŁKS Łódź after a goal by Radosław Biliński. Amica qualified for the last edition of the now defunct European Cup Winners Cup in the 1998/1999 season, playing for the first time against European opposition.
They beat Hibernians FC 5–0 in the qualifying round before losing to SC Heerenveen 4–1 on aggregate in the first round. After a disappointing league campaign in 1998/1999 where they finished in 12th place they managed to end the season well by winning their second Polish Cup beating GKS Bełchatów on 13 June 1999. Once more they had the opportunity of playing in Europe through the UEFA Cup and beat Brøndby IF of Denmark 5–4 on aggregate in the first round, they followed up that success by beating League Champions Wisła Kraków to win their second Polish Super Cup on 22 September 1999. They were drawn against Spanish team Atlético Madrid in the second round of the Uefa Cup and lost 5–1 on aggregate ending the 1999/2000 season in 6th place. Amica won their third Polish Cup on 9 June 2000 in a rematch of the Super Cup game against Wisła Kraków, they appeared in a European competition for the third season in a row and made it to the second round beating FC Vaduz 6–3, FC Alania Vladikavkaz 5–0 and losing to Hertha BSC Berlin 2–4 and finished the 2000/2001 season in 7th place.
In the 2001/2002 season a reshuffle of the Ekstraklasa occurred to lower the number of teams from 18 to 16. Two groups of nine teams were created for the fall season; the spring season consisted of a Championship group consisting of the top 5 teams in both fall season groups and a Relegation group consisting of the bottom 4 teams from both fall season groups. Amica finished in 5th place in their group during the Fall Season with 12 points to qualify for the Championship group and ended the Spring season in 3rd place. Amica made it to the Polish Cup final for the fourth time but were beaten by Wisła Kraków 8–2 on aggregate. Qualification for the 2002/2003 UEFA Cup was accomplished as Polish Cup runners-up because Wisla had won the league title and therefore qualification for the UEFA Champions League. Amica beat Servette FC on the away goals rule after a 4–4 aggregate tie in the first round before extending their streak of never having qualified past the second round by losing to Málaga CF 4–2 on aggregate and finishing the season in 6th place.
The following season fared much better as a good run of games propelled them to 3rd place in the league and therefore UEFA Cup qualification, the only downside being their elimination from the Polish Cup in the quarter finals. A penalty shoot-out was needed for Amica to beat Hungarians Budapest Honvéd FC 5–4 after a 1–1 aggregate tie in the second qualifying round of the 2004/2005 UEFA Cup. A 2–1 victory in the first round against Latvians FK Ventspils was followed by their first appearance in the re
Malta national football team
The Malta national football team represents Malta in international football and is controlled by the Malta Football Association, the governing body for football in Malta. The first official game played by Malta was a 2–3 defeat in a friendly against Austria in 1957, their competitive debut arrived five years playing against Denmark in the preliminary round of the 1964 European Nations' Cup. Since becoming a UEFA member in 1960 and a FIFA member in 1959, Malta have competed in every qualifier for the European Championship and World Cup, without making it to the finals of any major international competition. Malta played its first international game on 24 February 1957 at the Empire Stadium, losing 2–3 to Austria; that match was played in front of a capacity crowd at the old Empire Stadium. The Malta Football Association joined UEFA a year later; the international side first competed in the qualifying rounds of the UEFA European Nations Cup in 1962, in FIFA World Cup qualification in 1971. Malta's first competitive draw ended 1–1 against Greece in 1970.
Malta's first two competitive wins were victories of 2–0 and 2–1 at home to Greece and Iceland in European Championship qualifiers in 1975 and 1982 respectively. In 1979, Malta drew 0–0 with West Germany in a European championship qualifier and they met again on 16 December 1984 for a memorable World Cup Qualifier in front of a record attendance at the Ta'Qali stadium, where the 1982 & eventual 1986 World Cup runners-up only managed a 2–3 win. Another prestigious result was achieved in March 1987 when Malta drew 2–2 in Portugal, in a qualifier for Euro'88 and the side twice drew against Hungary during the qualification for the 1990 FIFA World Cup, recorded four friendly wins during 1991 and 1992. Malta's third competitive win came with a 1–0 victory away to Estonia in a 1993 World Cup qualifier in which Kris Laferla scored. In October 1994 Malta held Czech Republic 0–0 in a qualifier for the UEFA Euro 1996, in which the latter ended runners-up. Six years in October 2000 in a group qualifying match for the 2002 World Cup, once again Malta managed another 0–0 draw vs Czech Republic which cost the latter a place at the following major tournament.
In June 2000 Malta played England managed by Kevin Keegan. Trailing 2–1 going into the final minutes Malta were awarded a penalty, however David Carabott's effort was saved by Richard Wright. Through November 2001 and May 2002 Malta played and remained undefeated in 6 international matches and in between they won the locally hosted International Tournament. During 2005, Malta drew 1 -- 1 against Bulgaria. Another positive result was the 1–1 home draw in a friendly match against Northern Ireland, though George Mallia missed an injury time penalty which would have given them a win. On 11 October 2006, Malta managed another competitive victory, a 2–1 triumph over Hungary in the European Championship qualifying with Andre Schembri scoring twice. On 7 February 2007, Malta drew 1 -- 1 with one of the hosts of Euro Austria; the game was played to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the first international match played by the Maltese national team. On 8 September 2007 Malta managed another draw against Turkey in a Euro 2008 qualifying match, the game finishing 2–2.
On 26 March 2008, Malta achieved its largest victory, a 7–1 defeat of Liechtenstein in a friendly at the Ta' Qali Stadium, with Michael Mifsud scoring five goals. A 2–0 friendly win over Georgia followed in 2009. In May 2010, sponsorship of the Maltese national side was taken on by sportswear firm Givova, who designed a range of new kits for the team. One month however, the side had fallen to their lowest FIFA world ranking position, of 169th in the world. In 2009, Malta had a 0–0 draw with Albania at home; this was their only point for the 2010 World Cup qualifying. On 11 August 2010 Malta drew 1–1 at home against FYR Macedonia in a European Championship qualifying game, with Michael Mifsud scoring a brilliant diving header for Malta. In February 2011 the side achieved a 0–0 draw against Switzerland, in which goalkeeper Justin Haber saved two penalties. On 6 September 2011, Malta won their first Euro 2012 qualifying point, with a 1–1 draw against Georgia. During the years of 2010 and 2011, Malta did not get many positive results, coach John Buttigieg and assistant coach Carmel Busittil were both sacked in October 2011.
For the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification campaign, Malta won their first World Cup qualifying match in 20 years, nabbing a 1–0 win over Armenia in June 2013. In June 2017, Malta defeated Ukraine 1–0 in a friendly match, thanks to a lone goal by defender Zach Muscat; as of 8 May 2018 The following 23 players were named for the fixtures against Faroe Islands and Spain on 23 March and 26 March 2019 respectively. Caps and goals are correct as of 20 November 2018, after the match against Faroe Islands; the following players have been called up within the last 12 months. As of 26 March 2019 Players in bold are still active, at least at club level. Players with an equal number of caps are ranked in chronological order of reaching the milestone. Players in bold are still active, at least at club level; as of 26 March 2019 Positive Record Neutral Record Negative Record As of 14 October 2018 Official site of the Malta Football Association RSSSF archive of results from 1957 Reports for all matches of the Maltese national football team