National futsal squad heads to Bulgaria on Sunday

January 20, 2017 News
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The Malta futsal team, led by coach Peter Pullicino, will head to Bulgaria this Sunday ahead of their participation in a Futsal Euro 2018 Preliminary Round tournament. Malta has been drawn in Group D along with England, Albania and Bulgaria with the matches scheduled to be played between Tuesday, January 24 and Friday, January 27 at the Palace of Culture & Sports in Varna. The Maltese contingent will be headed by Mark Borg, the president of Futsal Malta and MFA Executive Committee member. Malta’s first game is against England on Tuesday, starting at 4.30pm (Maltese time). On Wednesday, Pullicino’s team face hosts Bulgaria at 7pm before concluding their group commitments with a match against Albania next Friday (kick-off 4.30pm). The referees for this four-team tournament are Barton Josip, from Macedonia, Hora Hennadly, from Ukraine, Jaruchiewicz Damian, from Poland, and Estonian Osomkov Grigori. The squad called up by national futsal coach Read the full article…


Hamrun inflict Swieqi’s first loss

January 18, 2017 Fixtures
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ROBERT BUSUTTIL Hamrun Tre Angeli staged a great comeback in the second half to hand Swieqi their first defeat of the season after beating them 6-5. Prior to Monday’s match, Swieqi had gained six straight wins in the Gatorade Futsal League. The match turned out to be an exciting affair with Swieqi squandering their lead as the Red/Blacks fought back to level matters after the second half and then notch the crucial goals to make sure of returning to winning ways. It was a bitter pill to swallow for Swieqi as they displayed some good moves and could have easily scored, at least, another goal had it not been for a couple of superb saves by Hamrun goalkeeper Matthew Mifsud at the start of the second half. Jason Gauci, Redeemer Borg, Boicho Marev, Fredrick Johansson and Andre Ciancio got the goals for Swieqi with Hamrun hitting back through a hat-trick Read the full article…


Easy for Luxol, Qormi climb sixth

January 15, 2017 Fixtures
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ROBERT BUSUTTIL Luxol achieved their seventh win on the trot as they routed Mriehel ESS 9-0. The St Andrews outfit made sure of the points in the first half when they opened a five-goal advantage. They took the lead after 2 minutes through Mark Zammit. Four minutes later, it was 2-0 when debutant Dejan Bizjak netted from close distance. Luxol managed to maintain the upperhand as they scored twice in a minute through Giancarlo Sammut and Zvezdan Vukovic. Before the interval Emil Andrei Raducu hit the target to install a 5-0 advantage. After the break, Luxol were all over their opponents, scoring four more times through a hat-trick by their player-coach Frane Despotovic and another goal from Vukovic. Qormi chalked up a deserved 10-5 win over Swieqi Under 21 to level Hamrun and Msida on the 12-point mark. Qormi completely dominated the first half as they gained a 7-1 advantage Read the full article…


Valletta hit back to win a tight match

January 13, 2017 Fixtures
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STEPHEN AZZOPARDI As many highly expected, the match between Valletta and Hamrun Tre Angeli turned out to be a tight match, with both teams fighting to maintain the best position on the table. Hamrun lost three points against Luxol while Valletta won all their previous matches. Hamrun started on a positive note through a quick double advantage, thanks to Daniele Degennaro. Raphinha reduced the matters and put again the Citizens in the match. Melvin Borg managed to level the result, scoring a powerful goal. In the remaining 40 seconds of the first half, Daniele Degennaro sealed his personal hat-trick and put Hamrun again on the lead. After the first two minutes of the second half, Xavier Saliba scored Valletta’s third goal. As in response, Jason Mifsud answered with the fourth goal for Hamrun with Raphinha again leveling the result. From this moment onwards it seemed there was no looking back Read the full article…


Luxol confirm their top position

January 7, 2017 Fixtures
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STEPHEN AZZOPARDI The late hours of Friday evening witnessed Luxol’s supremacy, as Hamrun Tre Angeli were faced off, with a score of 4-0. Hamrun started on a bad foot as Emil Andrei Raducu’s shot was deflected to an autogoal. Afterwards Zvezdan Vukovic together with Emil Andrei Raducu changed the half time score reading to 3-0. Throughout the second half both teams kept a sharp eye on each others’ actions which resulted in a more balanced encounter. However, to worsen Hamrun’s position, Daniel Mifsud was sent off after receiving the yellow card for the second time. Finally Luxol’s Carl Azzopardi sealed the end result to 4-0. The University students returned to win, this time 7-4 against Marsascala Construct Furniture. A brace from Djordje Masksimovic together with goals from Andrea Farrugia, Martin Caruana, Jean Carl Cuschieri, Gaetano Gesualdi and Paul Scerri, led to the second win for the UOM’s team. Marsascala reduced Read the full article…


Swieqi keep the pace, Qrendi, Qormi maintain positive trend

January 4, 2017 Fixtures
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ROBERT BUSUTTIL Swieqi FC maintained their match in the Gatorade Futsal League and joined rivals Luxol and Valletta at the top of the standings after an easy 11-1 win over Sliema Wanderers. Nikola Farrugia’s boys dominated possession for long stretches and had their talisman player Boicho Marev in fine form as he struck a poker. Jason Gauci netted a brace while Timothy Gingell, Andre Ciancio, Fredrick Johansson, Christian Wismayer and Redeemer Borg completed the score for Swieqi. Paul Bugeja scored Sliema’s consolation goal. Meanwhile Qrendi registered their third victory of the season after seeing off Tarxien JMI 9-6. After an evenly balanced affair in most parts of the match, Qrendi took the upperhand and managed to score in the crucial minutes of the game. Craig Pickard helped himself by scoring a hat-trick while Robert Baldacchino hit the target twice. David Delicata, Bertram Azzopardi, Godfrey Cutajar and Jeremy Cutajar also put Read the full article…


Big Guns maintain winning streak

December 31, 2016 Fixtures
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ROBERT BUSUTTIL The top teams of the Gatorade Futsal League maintained their winning trend as they saw off their respective opponents to continue their challenge for the main positions of the table. Luxol registered the biggest victory of this round after hammering Safi San Lorenzo 16-0. Celino Alves maintained his goal scoring spree as he netted four times while Glenn Bonello and Frane Despotovic hit a hat-trick each. Romanian international Emil Raducu and Mark Zammit helped themselveswith a brace while Andy Mangion and an own goal completed the score for the St Andrews side. Champions Valletta obtained their fifth success on the trot after seeing off a mighty University of Malta side 11-1. Although cruising to a 3-0 advantage before the break, the Citizens had to endure a determined University side who gave their all against the champions. However in the second half, Valletta were determined to improve in their Read the full article…


Paulo Caetano stars in Marsascala win

December 28, 2016 Fixtures
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ROBERT BUSUTTIL Marsascala Construct Furniture bagged their second win of the campaign after edging Qrendi 5-3. It was another great performance for the Sea Southsiders who were motivated to get the points that mattered. Paulo Caetano struck a hat-trick while Steve Gambin hit a brace for Marsascala. Qrendi, who suffered their third defeat in a row, had a brace from Antonello Brincat and a goal from Craig Pickard.


Raphinha almost reached a goal scoring record in futsal

December 26, 2016 Fixtures
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STEPHEN AZZOPARDI Valletta’s Raphael Felipe Ortiz de Oliveira (Raphinha) almost reached the world’s scoring record in futsal, when he scored 14 goals in the Citizen’s massive win of 25-2 against Qrendi. Another Brazilian international player Valdin, managed to reach this record when he scored 20 goals for Brazil’s national futsal team facing Timor-Leste. On 13th October 2006, Brazil set a world record for the largest win in an international futsal match, defeating Timor-Leste 76–0. Qrendi simply had no answer to Valletta’s pace and attacking cohension with braces for Jovica Milijic, Mohammed Elamari and Chris Cardona. Stefan Vella, Dylan Musu, Melvin Borg and Carlo Scicluna also jotted down their names in the Valletta’s scorers’ list. Qrendi unfortunately conceded an autogoal, besides their consolation goals through Antonello Brincat and David Delicata. Hamrun Tre Angeli hammered Zurrieq Wolves 19-0. Everton Veve magnificently scored six goals together with braces from Daniele Degennaro, Luke Stivala Read the full article…


Swieqi maintain perfect record after thrilling match

December 21, 2016 Fixtures
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ROBERT BUSUTTIL Swieqi FC made it four wins out of four after coming back from two goals down to beat Mriehel ESS 6-3 in a goal-rich contest as another round of matches from the Gatorade Futsal League was played at the Corradino Pavillion. It was an entertaining match which could have gone either way until Nikola Farrugia’s men finally prevailed thanks mainly to an impressive battling performance in the second half. They excelled with some fine attacking play inspired by their creative player Boicho Marev. Despite the victory, Swieqi were stunned in the first minutes by Mriehel as their defensive backline struggled to contain the physical power of striker Wisam El Zaredei. However, Swieqi’s coach can take heart by the manner with which the team reacted when finding themselves two goals down and will hope that the players maintain the same qualities as they bid to build a consistent run, Read the full article…