Valletta to play in Finland in their first appearance in the UEFA Futsal Cup

July 7, 2016 News

Valletta were drawn to face hosts Sievi Futsal in Finland in Group F, together with Wattcell from Scotland and Tbilisi State University from Georgia. Both Valletta and Wattcell will experience and take the opportunity to test themselves against other European futsal champions. The Georgians have their goalkeeper Jaba Jamburia who was voted as the best goalkeeper of the season and Gia Nikvashvili as the best player of the Georgian Futsal League. The Georgian team also includes the former Hibernians’ player David Bobokhidze, who used to play with Valletta’s Xavier Saliba. All the preliminary round’s matches will be played in Finland between the 16th and the 21st of August. Futsal in Finland is very popular as it’s the third most played sport in the country.

Malta Futsal Team to return after two friendlies in Andorra

June 23, 2016 News

Malta’s second friendly match against Andorra had a brilliant start, as Ryan Gilmour Cassar opened the score with his first personal goal with the national team. Initially the Maltese players had a good grasp of ball possession. The Maltese goalkeeper Clint Mifsud was doing a great job until the Andorran team equalised the score. Nonetheless Mifsud denied the Andorran’s second goal from a shot on the second penalty spot. The first half ended with a goal from each side. During the second half, the more aggressive Andorran players obtained an early advantage. From this point onward, Matthew Xerxen played as a flying keeper which unfortunately paved way for two more goals in an empty net. Later in the second half, Christian Wismayer motivated his team mates with the Maltese second goal. The end result of 4-2 for Andorra follows yesterday’s 3-0 for the same host national team. Tomorrow the Maltese Read the full article…

Positive performance … yet still room for improvement

June 23, 2016 News

The Maltese Futsal National Team had their first friendly encounter against Andorra yesterday evening, whilst millions of people were watching the EURO 2016 matches. In Andorra La Vella, the hosting team scored three times and missed a penalty during the second half. The end result being 3-0 for Andorra. The environment was of not much help to the Maltese players in creating their opportunities to score. They were unfamiliar to the quality of the court’s floor and to the ball used during the match. However during the second half, the Maltese players proved themselves better since they were more able to create more open chances. In the last eight minutes, they even put their final efforts in using the flying keeper. Malta will have the second friendly encounter against Andorra today at 7:30pm. All are hoping that things will improve for our futsal national team to acquire more positive results.

Cassar earns first call-up as Pullicino chooses squad

June 4, 2016 News

Sirens’s in-form striker Ryan Gilmour Cassar has been called up to the Malta futsal squad for the first time after he was named in Peter Pullicino’s 14-man list for this month’s double friendly match against Andorra . Cassar, who started playing futsal five months ago, joins experienced players such as Jovica Milijic, Melvin Borg, Nicola del Re and Glenn Bonello who also featured among the called-up squad. Malta will play against Andorra at the capital city Andorra La Vella in a double header on June 22nd and 23rd. Andorra have already played against Malta almost 18 months ago in the preliminary round of the Futsal Euro as they won 4-0. Malta squad Goalkeepers: Nicky Farrugia (Luxol). Mathew Xerxen (Lija Ath). George Frendo (Hamrun). Ryan Cassar (Sirens). Mark Zammit (Luxol). Melvin Borg (Valletta). Jovica Milijic (Valletta). Karl Azzopardi (Luxol). Matthew Attard (Luxol). Daniel Mifsud (Hamrun) . Nicola Del Re (Lija Ath) Read the full article…

Luxol winners of the Knock Out, Hamrun try to end on a positive note

May 31, 2016 Fixtures
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Definitely it was a positive season for Hamrun Spartans who flourished on top of the league before the playoffs, paved the way towards the final and actually played in the Knock Out final. On the other hand Luxol, eliminated by Champions Valletta in the playoffs, invested every final effort with the high aim of raising the cup. Both teams gave a marvelous performance in a game played again behind closed doors with the entertaining first half ending 2-2. Luxol went early on the lead thanks to Florin Anton who was followed minutes later by Mark Zammit. Two minutes before break time, Hamrun reacted and balanced the score through Madson Gaetano and George Frendo. The second half saw the effort of Luxol’s players to be the winners of this final, reach the peak. In the first minute, Florin Anton received an inviting ball from a corner taken by Celino Alves and Read the full article…

Knock Out Final to be played tomorrow behind closed doors

May 29, 2016 News

The Gatorade Knock Out Final between Luxol and Hamrun will be played tomorrow Monday 30th May 2016 at 8:30pm. This final game will also be played behind closed doors as per security risk assessment recommendations. This will be reviewed in the preparation of the next season in another venue.

A Closer Look At … Keith Borg (Coach – Sirens)

May 29, 2016 A Closer Look At
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Name: Keith Borg Born on the 29th April 1980 in Attard Favourite football player: Peter Schmeichel Favourite futsal player: Ricardinho Favourite Dish: Fish Personal Motto: Believe in yourself and you will succeed   Why did you choose this sport? I chose Futsal after I stopped from playing football due to a serious injury. I always enjoyed playing 5 a side football and when I was 14 years old I had the opportunity to play in Sicily. How long have you been involved in futsal? I have been involved in futsal for 11 years, where 8 of them as a player and the last 3 years in administration. My first team was named Boca Juniors which I founded and lasted for 5 yrs. Then I formed Naxxar Lions Futsal Team with Martin Attard, better known as Meme.   The memorable season in futsal that you remember most   There were many Read the full article…

Hamrun break sweat to sink Lija

May 27, 2016 Fixtures

Hamrun Spartans had to sweat for a place in the Gatorade KO final and only managed to secure a 4-2 victory in the dying seconds of the game against a battling Lija side. This match, which was also played behind closed doors, had a high tempo as both teams showed character throughout the whole 40 minutes. Last Wednesday’s play-off final defeat to Valletta placed pressure on Hamrun. Knowing that his side’s only hope of silverware rests with the Gatorade KO, Paul Rapa motivated his troop to clinch a place in the final against Luxol. However, their mission was not an easy one as they were pinned at the back with Lija showing an extraordinary ability to vary their play and open out on the flanks. They had to break sweat to sink a gallant Lija side who were unlucky to hit the post four times in the second half. Hamrun Read the full article…

Mqabba officially withdrawn from the Knock Out Competition

May 27, 2016 News

Mqabba FC have officially withdrawn from the competition and will therefore not turn up for tonight’s game. FMA suggested that Luxol turn up at the scheduled time so that match officials may take note. The second match between Hamrun and Lija is being moved earlier to 9pm, by mutual agreement. Match is once again being played behind closed doors, so police and FMA security are instructed to allow only players (including suspended players), club officials on the bench, other club officials, match officials, FMA staff and press members.

Make or break for Spartans, Luxol

May 27, 2016 Fixtures

The Gatorade KO competition has reached a decisive phase as four teams will be vying for a place in the final when the semi-finals are played at the Corradino Pavillion tonight. Success in the Gatorade KO competition is Luxol’s and Hamrun’s objective tonight but the latter can’t afford a repeat of their lame showing in the 10-4 league defeat to Valletta two days ago if they are to offer Lija a stern challenge in today’s semifinal. In the first match, Luxol start as clear favourites to advance to the final of the Gatorade KO as they take on Division One side Mqabba (kick-off 20.00 hrs) Frane Despotovic’s men have been inactive for more than a month after their elimination in the play-offs. They hope that this competition will give them further success to add another trophy after winning the Super Cup in the initial part of the season. The St Read the full article…