Monthly Archives: November 2013

A Closer Look at…..Alessio Restuccia (Gzira United)

29/11/2013 A Closer Look At

Name: Alessio Restuccia Born on the 1st of March 1991 in Augusta (Italy). He is 22 years old. Lives in Sliema. Plays with Gzira United He believes that you have to fight in life in order to achieve your personal goals. How did you begin to play futsal? Sincerely it was a natural choice that was going to happen one day or another. Being a bit restricted to form part of an 11 a side team because of work commitments, I opted for futsal and thanks to Gzira United, I have made this dream come true.  Talk about your futsal career so far. There is not much to say about my futsal career as I have started playing this sport only a few months ago. I cannot hide my feelings of missing 11 a side football as I have played for years with various teams. Despite all this, the reality Read the full article…

Rampant Paolites gain more ground

29/11/2013 Fixtures

Hibernians maintained their perfect start in the FXDD Premier Division after defeating Pembroke 8-2. Three braces by Xavier Saliba, Levan Kobaidze, Rui Almeida and a goal by David Bobokhidze and Melvin Borg completed the mission for Hibernians. The Paolites opened a three goal margin in the first fifteen minutes with three well taken shots but the game in the first half was still a cagey affair. Pembroke were awarded 3 ten meter mark penalties but they did not manage to convert even one of them.   Hibs now move on 18 points in the standings  having six points advantage over Luxol, Balzan and Pembroke although playing two matches more. In another match, Zabbar registered their second win of the season after an 11-3 win against Melita. Even though the score shows great disparity between these two teams, it was Melita who had the upper hand in the first eight minutes. A Read the full article…

FXDD Knock Out: 2nd Round Draws

27/11/2013 News

Tonight during the FMA’s council meeting, in front of the clubs’delegates, the FXDD Knock Out Second Round’s fixtures were drawn. Mon 06.01.14 19:45 Melita vs Vittoriosa 21:15 Zurrieq vs Zebbug Tue 07.01.14 19:45 Hibernians vs Zabbar 21:15 Msida vs Gzira Thu 09.01.14 19:45 Swieqi vs Naxxar 21:15 Qormi vs Balzan Fri 10.01.14 20:00 Pembroke vs Mqabba 21:30 San Gwann vs Fgura

Gzira back to winning ways

27/11/2013 Fixtures

Gzira and Kalkara gained precious wins in the FXDD First Division after seeing off Sta Lucia and Valletta with convincing scorelines. Gzira returned on winning ways after routing Sta Lucia 8-0. Three braces by Alessio Restuccia, Charlo Debattista and Leo Brincat and a goal each by Aurelio Burgio and Douglas Mifsud completed Gzira’s sixth victory of the season. They bounce back in the first place of the standings with 18 points having one match more than second place Qrendi who play against Siggiewi next Saturday. In another match played at the Corradino Sports Complex, Kalkara beat Valletta 5-0. Vaughan Barnes scored a hat-trick, while Claudio Camilleri and Karl Muscat netting a goal each. This was Kalkara’s second victory of the season.       

Balzan kept on scoring

26/11/2013 Fixtures

In the single match scheduled for today, Balzan dominated Swieqi United with the highest score so far of 17-1. Balzan immediately went on the offensive and in a couple of minutes gained a series of corner kicks. The first half ended 10-1 in favor of Balzan. In the beginning of the second half, Swieqi created good chances of goal but weren’t able to finish them. Balzan continued from where they left in the first half and scored 7 more goals. For Balzan Glenn Bonello scored twice. Gabriel Dobre, Carlos Scicluna, Giancarlo Sammut and Nicola Delre scored a goal each. Marc Areny Albert and Emil Andrei Raducu scored 3 times each and Jovica Milijic scored 4 times.  To add to this long list of scorers, Martin Sammut scored an own goal. While the only goal for Swieqi United came from Simon Gingell Littlejohn. Therefore Balzan had the fourth consecutive victory and Read the full article…

Another goal spree by Luxol, Qrendi bounce first

24/11/2013 Fixtures

Luxol continued their glorious moment in the FXDD Premier Division when they produced a mammoth 14-1 victory  against Qormi. The victorious side scored their goals from a hat-trick by William Barbosa and a brace by Carl Saliba.  Florin Anton, Noel Bray, Ibrahim Tarik, Basil, Paul Bugeja and an own goal completed the Luxol show. In another exciting match, Vittoriosa beat Zurrieq 6-5 to register their first success of the season. It was a very close match with the Cottonera side who emerged the final winners. In the FXDD First Division League, Qrendi bounced in the first place of the standings after beating Msida 6-2. The former are the only side without a defeat in this league. Mqabba and Naxxar Lions shared an entertaining 3-3 scoreline to gain a point each while Sirens earned their first win of the season after defeating Fgura 9-5.  

Photo Collage of the History of Maltese Futsal

22/11/2013 News

Local photographer Joe Borg has produced a wonderful photo collage depicting the history of Maltese Futsal. It consists of some photos that he has taken during these last two futsal seasons held at the Corradino Sports Complex. When this website asked Joe Borg about this photo collage, he said that this game is becoming even more popular. The local media is taking a lot of initiative to make this sport develop further. “I tried to join some pictures together to create a photo story. I love this game. I can say that futsal is one of my passions.” “I have been taking photos of futsal for the last three years. I try to cover almost all the games and this gives me a lot of commitment and motivation.”  

A Closer Look at… Paul Bugeja (Luxol)

22/11/2013 A Closer Look At

Paul Bugeja. Born on the 16th May 1980 (33 years) Works as Quality Leader at a local company. He believes that if you want to achieve something in life you need to make a lot of sacrifices and continue believing. If you don’t succeed you can still say that you did your best.                How did you begin your futsal career? I began playing futsal by chance. There was a team who had a friendly at the Corradino Sports Complex and a friend told me to join in. I had never played futsal before. That match turned to be a blessing in disguise as I enjoyed myself and wanted to play another time. I remember that my friend told me if I was interested to join in this team and I gladly accepted.   Talk about your futsal career so far. I began playing official futsal at the age Read the full article…

First win for Luqa

22/11/2013 Fixtures

Luqa managed to gain their first points of the season after beating Birzebbuga with a 7-2 scoreline. Three goals by Andrew Scerri, two goals by Michael Galea and one goal for Justin Muscat and Stephen Aquilina sealed the issue for Luqa. Noel Tabone and Aaron Dalli reduced the arrears for Birzebbuga who lost their third match of the season. Meanwhile Melita obtained their third win of the campaign when they defeated Mosta 9-2. This was the third consecutive defeat for the latter team. Three autogoals by George Douglas Saliba, Darryl Schembri and Matthew Caruana together with a brace by Bojan Minic, Nikola Petrovic, Kaene Cassar Degabriele, Jerome Mamo and Michael Martin gave Melita the precious points in this match. Mosta scored through Matthew Borg and George Douglas Saliba.  

Another two exciting matches from the Futsal’s Premier Division

20/11/2013 Fixtures

Hibernians dominate the pitch when beating Zabbar St. Patrick’s 8-2. The goals for Hibernians came by a hat trick from David Bobokhidze, brace for Levan Kobaidze and Daniel Brincat while the 5th goal during the match came from Rui Miguel Ribeiro De Almeida. For Zabbar the two goals came from Filipov Brothers (Nikolay and Rosen). In the second match Pembroke Athleta beat San Gwann 6-1. Pembroke had a very good match thanks to Bryan Degaura, who not only scored a hat trick but helped a lot to keep the team’s rhythm high. Karl Azzopardi besides scoring the 3rd goal he also moved a lot during the match. During the second half, the inclusion of Dexter O’Brien was very important, as he was always there with his fast play and scored the 5th goal. Pembroke’s Kenneth Ekezie sealed the victory with his goal at the end of the match. The only Read the full article…