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Malta national football team

 Malta
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) Knights of Malta, Ħomor (Reds), Falcons
Association Malta Football Association
Confederation UEFA (Europe)
Head coach Pietro Ghedin
Captain Michael Mifsud
Most caps David Carabott (122)
Top scorer Michael Mifsud (40)
Home stadium Ta' Qali Stadium
FIFA code MLT
FIFA ranking
Current 157 Increase 3 (1 October 2015)
Highest 66 (September 1994, September 1995)
Lowest 173 (July 2011)
Elo ranking
Current 157 (9 September 2015)
Highest 98 (February 1992)
Lowest 164 (October 2001)
First international
 Malta 2–3 Austria 
(Gżira, Malta; February 24, 1957)
Biggest win
 Malta 7–1 Liechtenstein 
(Ta' Qali, Malta; March 26, 2008)
Biggest defeat
 Spain 12–1 Malta 
(Seville, Spain; December 21, 1983)

The Malta national football team represents Malta in international football and is controlled by the Malta Football Association. Malta played its first international game on 24 February 1957 against Austria, and began competing for qualification to major tournaments in 1962. The side's first competitive victory arrived in 1975 against Greece. Considered to be one of the weaker sides in Europe, Malta has never made it to the finals of any major international competition. They have however never ranked at the bottom of the FIFA World Rankings. They got as high as 66th in the top 100.

Contents

  • History 1
  • Recent results and upcoming fixtures 2
    • 2014 2.1
    • 2015 2.2
  • Players 3
    • Current squad 3.1
    • Recent call-ups 3.2
    • Records 3.3
    • Most Caps 3.4
    • Top Scorers 3.5
  • Competitive record 4
    • FIFA World Cup 4.1
    • UEFA European Football Championship 4.2
    • All-time team record 4.3
  • Managers 5
  • FIFA ranking 6
  • References 7
  • External links 8

History

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 FIFA in 1959 and UEFA a year later. The international side first competed in the qualifying rounds of the UEFA European Nations Cup in 1962, and in FIFA World Cup qualification in 1971.[1]

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 also twice drew against Hungary during the qualification for the 1990 FIFA World Cup, and recorded four friendly wins during 1991 and 1992.[2]

Malta's third competitive win came with a 1–0 victory away to

  • Official site of the Malta Football Association
  • RSSSF archive of results from 1957
  • Reports for all matches of the Maltese national football team

External links

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References

Physical trainer Luca Pagani

Goalkeepers Coach Charles Sciberras

Ass Coach Silvio Vella

Head coach Pietro Ghedin

Coaching Staff

Rank Date
Worst Ever Rank 173[9] July 2011
Best Ever Rank 66 (twice) September 1994, September 1995
Current Rank 149 [15] May 2015

FIFA ranking

  1. ^ 1 match with Janos Bedl
  2. ^ a b c assisted by Carmel Busuttil
  3. ^ managed the team on a one-off basis as caretaker manager
Manager Malta career Played Won Drawn Lost Win %
Joe A. Griffiths 1957–1961 6 2 2 2 33.3
Carm Borg 1961–1964 9 0 2 7 00.0
Janos Bedl 1966 2 2 0 0 100.00
Tony Formosa[decimal 1] 1966 10 1 1 8 10.0
Joseph Attard 1969 1 0 0 1 00.0
Saviour Cuschieri 1970 1 0 1 0 00.0
Victor Scerri 1973 2 1 0 1 50.0
Terrenzio Polverini 1974–1976 9 1 2 6 11.1
John Calleja 1976–1978 11 2 1 8 18.2
Victor Scerri 1978–1983 26 3 3 20 11.5
Guentcho Dobrev 1984–1987 21 1 4 16 04.8
Horst Heese 1988–1991 36 3 8 25 08.3
Pippo Psaila 1991–1993 17 5 4 8 29.4
Nikola Bokun 1993 4 1 0 3 25.0
Pietro Ghedin 1993–1995 24 4 5 15 16.7
Robert Gatt 1996 3 0 1 2 00.0
Milorad Kosanović 1996–1997 15 0 2 13 00.0
Josif Ilić 1997–2001 41 5 4 32 12.2
Sigfried Held 2001–2003 21 4 5 12 19.0
Horst Heese[decimal 2] 2003–2006 15 1 2 12 06.7
Dušan Fitzel[decimal 2] 2006–2009 34 3 4 27 08.8
John Buttigieg[decimal 2] 2009–2011 21 2 3 16 09.5
Robert Gatt[decimal 3] 2012 1 1 0 0 100.00
Pietro Ghedin 2012–Present 29 6 3 20 20.7
As of May 1, 2015

Managers

All-time team record

FIFA World Cup record
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA
1960 Did not enter
1964 Did not qualify
1968 Did not enter
1972 to 2016 Did not qualify
2020 To be determined
Total 0/20

UEFA European Football Championship

FIFA World Cup record
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA
1930 to 1970 Did not enter
1974 to 2014 Did not qualify
2018 To be determined
2022
Total 0/20

FIFA World Cup

Competitive record

As of 12 June 2015[14]

Records

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Glen Zammit (1987-08-05) 5 August 1987 0 0 Sliema Wanderers v.  Italy, 3 September 2015 PRE
GK Steve Sultana (1990-09-07) 7 September 1990 0 0 Balzan v.  Bulgaria, 16 November 2014
GK Nicky Vella (1989-08-27) 27 August 1989 0 0 Valletta v.  Bulgaria, 16 November 2014
DF Jonathan Caruana (1986-07-24) 24 July 1986 36 2 Valletta v.  Italy, 3 September 2015 PRE
DF Ayrton Azzopardi (1993-09-12) 12 September 1993 1 0 Tarxien Rainbows v.  Italy, 3 September 2015 PRE
DF Alex Cini (1991-10-28) 28 October 1991 0 0 Pembroke Athleta v.  Italy, 3 September 2015 PRE
DF Edward Herrera (1986-11-14) 14 November 1986 19 1 Birkirkara v.  Bulgaria, 12 June 2015
DF Ryan Scicluna (1993-07-30) 30 July 1993 3 0 Birkirkara v.  Bulgaria, 12 June 2015
DF Clive Brincat (1983-05-31) 31 May 1983 0 0 Balzan v.  Bulgaria, 12 June 2015
DF Steve Bezzina (1987-01-05) 5 January 1987 9 0 Balzan v.  Azerbaijan, 28 March 2015
DF Jurgen Pisani (1992-03-19) 19 March 1992 0 0 Pietà Hotspurs v.  Azerbaijan, 28 March 2015
DF Owen Bugeja (1988-02-09) 9 February 1988 0 0 Tarxien Rainbows v.  Bulgaria, 16 November 2014
MF Dylan Grima (1990-06-18) 18 June 1990 0 0 Balzan v.  Italy, 3 September 2015 PRE
MF Firas Abouless (1985-07-25) 25 July 1985 0 0 Tarxien Rainbows v.  Bulgaria, 12 June 2015
MF Ryan Fenech (1986-04-20) 20 April 1986 41 1 Valletta v.  Azerbaijan, 28 March 2015
MF Mark Scerri (1990-01-16) 16 January 1990 3 0 Sliema Wanderers v.  Azerbaijan, 28 March 2015
MF Ryan Camenzuli (1994-09-08) 8 September 1994 1 0 Birkirkara v.  Azerbaijan, 28 March 2015
MF Conor Borg (1997-05-13) 13 May 1997 0 0 Floriana v.  Azerbaijan, 28 March 2015
FW Jean-Pierre Mifsud Triganza (1986-07-24) 24 July 1986 1 0 Valletta v.  Azerbaijan, 6 September 2015
FW Terence Vella (1990-04-20) 20 April 1990 11 0 Birkirkara v.  Azerbaijan, 6 September 2015
FW Jean Paul Farrugia (1992-03-21) 21 March 1992 3 0 Hibernians v.  Azerbaijan, 28 March 2015
FW Joseph Mbong (1997-07-15) 15 July 1997 0 0 Hibernians v.  Azerbaijan, 28 March 2015
The following players have been called up to the Maltese squad within the last year.(retired players will not appear in this following line up)

Recent call-ups

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Justin Haber (1981-06-09) 9 June 1981 54 0 Birkirkara
1GK Andrew Hogg (1985-03-02) 2 March 1985 44 0 AEL Kalloni
1GK Henry Bonello (1988-10-13) 13 October 1988 1 0 Hibernians
2DF Andrei Agius (1986-08-12) 12 August 1986 55 1 Hibernians
2DF Clayton Failla (1986-01-08) 8 January 1986 45 2 Hibernians
2DF Alex Muscat (1984-12-14) 14 December 1984 31 0 Sliema Wanderers
2DF Ryan Camilleri (1988-05-22) 22 May 1988 25 0 Valletta
2DF Steve Borg (1988-05-15) 15 May 1988 17 0 Aris Limassol
2DF Zach Muscat (1993-08-22) 22 August 1993 11 0 Birkirkara
2DF Joseph Zerafa (1988-05-31) 31 May 1988 6 0 Birkirkara
2DF Clifford Gatt Baldacchino (1988-02-09) 9 February 1988 2 0 Sliema Wanderers
2DF Justin Grioli (1987-09-20) 20 September 1987 1 0 Balzan
3MF Roderick Briffa (Captain) (1981-08-24) 24 August 1981 88 1 Valletta
3MF Gareth Sciberras (1983-03-29) 29 March 1983 40 0 Birkirkara
3MF Paul Fenech (1986-12-20) 20 December 1986 32 1 Birkirkara
3MF Rowen Muscat (1991-06-15) 15 June 1991 23 0 Birkirkara
3MF Bjorn Kristensen (1993-04-05) 5 April 1993 10 0 Hibernians
3MF Steve Pisani (1992-08-07) 7 August 1992 2 0 Floriana
3MF Clyde Borg (1992-03-20) 20 March 1992 0 0 Floriana
4FW Michael Mifsud (1981-04-17) 17 April 1981 113 40 Sliema Wanderers
4FW André Schembri (1986-05-27) 27 May 1986 70 3 Omonia
4FW Andrew Cohen (1981-05-13) 13 May 1981 66 1 Hibernians
4FW Alfred Effiong (1984-11-29) 29 November 1984 8 2 Balzan
Caps and goals are correct as of October 13, 2015 after the match against Croatia.

The following players were named for the UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying matches against Norway on October 10, and Croatia on October 13, 2015.

Current squad

Players

Malta

2015

2014

Recent results and upcoming fixtures

in Brazil. In their match vs Armenia in June 2013, Malta claimed their first world cup qualifying win in 20 years, nabbing a 1-0 victory. Michael Mifsud scored the all important goal for Malta. 2014 FIFA World Cup Malta has been drawn in a group with Italy, Denmark, Bulgaria, Czech Republic and Armenia for qualification to the [13] In February 2011 the side achieved a 0–0 draw against

In May 2010, sponsorship of the Maltese national side was taken on by sportswear firm Givova, who also designed a range of new kits for the team.[10] One month later, however, the side had fallen to their lowest ever FIFA world ranking position, of 169th in the world.[9] 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.[11]

[9] On 7 February 2007, Malta drew 1–1 with one of the hosts of Euro 2008,

[3] scoring twice.Andre Schembri with European Championship qualifying in the Hungary On 11 October 2006, Malta managed another competitive victory, a 2–1 triumph over [5]

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