Tbilisi State University makes it to the next round

August 20, 2016 News
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STEPHEN AZZOPARDI In the final and decisive match in the Group F preliminary round of the UEFA Futsal Cup, Tbilisi State University manages to make it to the Main Round. Hosts Sievi Futsal did their utmost in trying to be the qualifying team of the preliminary round. They managed to open the score through Jarmo Junno. Murtaz Kakabadze levelled the matters, while Rami Tirkkonen put Sievi again on the lead. Irakli Shelvegia and David Bobokhidze maintained the 3-2 advantage before the end of the first half. The second half turned out to be quite thrilling one.  It was Sievi again who opened the score through Joni Pakola, who put them again on the lead. The Georgians seemed to want a win at all costs, as Archil Sebiskervadze and Shota Chanukvadze added two more goals for Tbilisi State University. Sievi’s last opportunity came when Joni Pakola reduced the score, which put Read the full article…


Plucky Valletta sink Watcell Utd to place third

August 20, 2016 News
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ROBERT BUSUTTIL Valletta gained their first win in the preliminary round Group F of the UEFA Futsal Cup, after seeing off Wattcell United 9-3. It was a collective win for the Citizens who had most of the possession and surged forward from the word go to install a four goal lead in the first 16 minutes. The Scottish side tried to get back into the match but the Lilywhites were superior and maintained their 4-1 advantage before the interval. In the second half, Valletta continued to dominate and managed to score five more times to obtain their first victory of the tournament which enabled Clayton Felice’s troops to place third in the tournament. Despite suffering back-to-back defeats against Sievi FS 7-3 and Tbilisi University State 6-0, Valletta, on their first European participation, had also some good performances during these matches. Cristian Cuadros Silva and Chris Cardona hit the target twice Read the full article…


Sievi Futsal coming up for the big challenge against TSU

August 19, 2016 News
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STEPHEN AZZOPARDI Sievi Futsal continued their pursuit after Tbilisi State University, beating Wattcell Futsal Cup 13-3. Definitely, the last match from Group F of the UEFA Futsal Cup preliminary round, between Sievi and Tbilisi will be a decider for the qualified team. Duo Rami Tirkkonen and Miika Hosio were the main protagonists for Sievi, both having a poker. Nikola Erceg had a hat trick and Jarmo Junno had a brace. Gavin Malin missed a penalty for Wattcell but he managed to score a minute later. Christopher Donnelly was again in the scorers’ list scoring a brace. Wattcell’s last match in the UEFA Futsal Cup will be next Saturday at 12:30 CET against Valletta.


Tbilisi State University rout Valletta 6-0 to reach the group’s leadership

August 18, 2016 News
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STEPHEN AZZOPARDI State University swept past Valletta 6-0. Former Hibernians player David Bobokhidze scored a brace while Archil Sebiskveradze from the penalty spot, together with Shota Chanukvadze, Nodari Kurtsadze and Nikoloz Kurtanidze added one each for Tbilisi. This was the second match from Group F of the UEFA Futsal Cup preliminary round, played in the Ylivieska Ice Arena in Sievi, Finland. Valletta seemed to obtain a positive grip of the game as they took their chances, so much so that Denis Di Maio also hit the woodwork. The goalkeeper Neil Cuschieri did his job wonderfully, reflected in the number of saves from his part. The first half had a mild effect on the Citizens’ motivation as the Georgians scored only in the final three minutes through Bobokhidze. The second half however was a completely different story. Tbilisi State University took complete control of the game and scored another five goals. Read the full article…


Valletta face tough challenge against Tbilisi

August 18, 2016 News
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ROBERT BUSUTTIL Valletta FC have an arduous task ahead as they face Georgian champions Tbilisi State University (kick-off 15.30 hrs) in their second match from Group F of the UEFA Futsal Cup preliminary round. The team from Georgia has the moral sky high after their positive debut when they dominated Watcell United 12-4. Their main objective is to gain another three points so that they could face Sievi FC in their final match with a strong motivation to win the group. Valletta have lost their opening match against Finnish hosts Sievi FC 7-3. They know that today they are going to face a tough challenge but still want to show their best to contain their more quoted opponents. Despite the upset of losing the first match, Valletta coach Clayton Felice will surely have been encouraged with the fighting qualities displayed by his players as they defended stoutly for much of Read the full article…


Valletta lose opening game

August 17, 2016 News
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ROBERT BUSUTTIL Valletta lost 7-3 to hosts FS Sievi in the first of three matches from the Qualifying Group F of the UEFA Futsal Cup. Though the home team held the upper hand for some stretches of the match, the Citizens, held tight, gave a good account of themselves and even managed to break the deadlock after 5 minutes. Sievi reacted quickly to turn the tables but the Citizens refused to throw in the sponge as they restored parity. However the Finnish side produced a fierce reaction and scored five more goals to ensure of the first three points of the group. During the match, Maltese keeper Neil Cuschieri, in particular, distinguished himself with a number of saves. Prolific scorer Rami Tirkkonen was the main protagonist as he netted a poker for the host side while Miika Hosio, Joni Pakola and Juho Vainala also put their names on the score Read the full article…


Tbilisi State University gave their first futsal lecture

August 17, 2016 News
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STEPHEN AZZOPARDI In the opening match from Group F of the UEFA Futsal Cup Preliminary Round, Tbilisi State University (TSU) easily gained their first three points against Wattcell. TSU were already leading 7-0 after the end of the first half. Wattcell had a better second half as they reduced the score from Christopher Donnelly’s hat trick and Sean Muhsin’s goal from the second penalty mark. Archil Sebiskveradze missed the penalty but paid back later by scoring two goals. Lasha Sigunava was the Georgian main protagonist with his hat trick and various more chances to score. Nikoloz Kurtanidze, Shota Chanukvadze, Kakhaber Maisaia, Malkhaz Murtskhvaladze, Levian Kobaidze, Irakli Shelegia and David Bobokhidze also netted for Tbilisi State University. Final score TSU beat Wattcell 12-4. Tbilisi State University will be Valletta’s next opponent during tomorrow’s match scheduled at 15:30 CET.


Euro newcomers Valletta target creditable performance

August 17, 2016 News
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ROBERT BUSUTTIL Valletta will be going all out to mark their debut in the UEFA Futsal Cup with a spirited showing when they meet Finland’s FS Sievi this evening in the first qualifying round Group F match at the Ylivieska Ice-Arena (kick-off 18.00). Clayton Felice, the Citizens’ mentor, is aware that his team face a difficult task to match the host side but is eyeing a positive result in today’s encounter to keep their moral high for the remaining two matches of the group. “Our aim is to maintain concentration throughout all the game,” Felice said. “We will be looking to obtain a respectable result to keep our team focused for the next two matches.” Felice can rely on some experienced players that have already played in this tournament such as captain Xavier Saliba, on his third showing in Finland, Melvin Borg and Vanderlei Reis Augusto. They can also field Read the full article…


Playing for his homeland against his old friends

August 16, 2016 News
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STEPHEN AZZOPARDI This site managed to contact Tbilisi State University’s captain David Bobokhidze, former Hibernians player together with Levan Kobaidze. Winning the Georgian Championship for the first time ever, the eleven year old Tbilisi State University Futsal, will have the first appearance in the UEFA Futsal Cup Preliminary Round. Bobokhidze admitted that Tbilisi State University will be very disappointed if they don’t pass the Preliminary Round in the UEFA Futsal Cup. As a team, they did their utmost last season to grab the title, and they are still doing their effort prior to the UEFA Futsal Cup competition. They have a positive feeling of their strength and ability to try and win every game, since every game has its own importance. Throughout the preliminary round they will remain 100% concentrated to avoid any mistakes. They are led by their coach Avtandil Asatiani, who coached Hibernians in the past and is Read the full article…


A Closer Look at … Vanderlei Reis Augustus (Valletta Futsal)

August 16, 2016 A Closer Look At
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ROBERT BUSUTTIL Name: Vanderlei Reis Augusto. Country: Brasil Born on December 22nd 1980 (35 years old) He played in Italy with Montesilvano, Pescara, Acqua e Sapone, Loreto Aprutino, Magione, Torgianesse and Minturno. Last year he played for Luxol FC in the UEFA Futsal Cup and is now with Valletta FC in Finland for the same competition. How long have you been training with Valletta FC? I have joined Valletta three weeks ago and I was welcomed very well. It’s like I have been here for a long time. The group is very united and we have trained intensively under the guidance of a great coach, Clayton Felice. We also had two friendlies where we performed really well. How did you find the atmosphere at Valletta FC? As I have just told you, the Citizens are really a great group. They are like a family; humble persons like me that want Read the full article…