Monthly Archives: December 2013

A Closer Look at…Dexter O’Brien (Pembroke FC)

31/12/2013 A Closer Look At

Dexter  O’Brien. Born on the  14th September 1986. (27 years old) Lives in Qormi. Works in the AFM (Armed Forces of Malta) Hobbies: Playstation and Football. How did you begin to play futsal? I  remember  that about  seven years ago a group of friends decided to  make up a team to compete for a futsal league. They asked me to join in and I accepted immediately. What do you like  most in this sport? Futsal is all about being continuously in action and there is a constant contact with the ball. You need to think and act very rapidly in a particular  action. Talk about the teams that you have played with so far. I began playing in the fourth division with  DHL Arrows. During that particular period we succeeded to gain promotion to the third division. The following year we changed the name to Fact Futsal. Later on I Read the full article…

2013 Round Up: Balzan and Hibs hit the headlines

28/12/2013 News

As we approach the end of 2013, this website looks back at the main events which characterized this year. It was another successful year for the FMA who is striving so hard to improve the level of Futsal in Malta. It was a year which saw Balzan and Hibernians being the main protagonists with some balanced encounters between them. 2013 was the year which saw a change in the national league. In a council meeting held in late August it was decided that the league would be divided into two divisions: Premier (15 teams) and First Division (13 teams) instead of four divisions. The main events that marked 2013 were as follows 19th February 2013 Premier Division Match: Balzan vs Hibernians 3-3 Title rivals Balzan FC and Hibernians shared six goals as their direct encounter finished in a 3-3 draw. The stalemate kept things as they were at the top Read the full article…

Liam Cachia: Futsal has helped me to improve my skills

27/12/2013 News

Another promising youngster that is hitting the headlines in local futsal is Liam Cachia who plays with Luxol FC. Being 17 years of age Liam is slowly gaining experience in this beautiful game and is determined to achieve high objectives in the future. Liam began playing futsal recently. At the beginning of the season he was approached by the Luxol coach to form part of the squad and he accepted without any hesitation. “It was my dream to play futsal as I always considered it a very nice sport. It involves lots of skills, quick thinking and planning.” Liam says that futsal has helped him a lot in 11-a-side football to develop his skills. “I have improved in my agility and skills and this resulted in my development as a player.” His objective is to play well and score goals. He is lucky to be surrounded by some experienced players.  Read the full article…

A Closer Look at…Vaughan Barnes (Kalkara FC)

24/12/2013 A Closer Look At

At first he didn’t like Futsal. He couldn’t really adjust to it. But once he got used to this sport, he never looked back again. His goals are inspiring Kalkara FC to aim high this season. He is an Englishman and has been living in Malta for the past seven years. Today we meet Vaughan Barnes.  How did you begin to play futsal? The first time I heard about futsal was when I arrived in Malta back in 2007. I was introduced to the game by Gordon Sammut and started training with his team. I found it hard to adjust to the playing surface and the ball and soon I stopped playing. I then started training with Pentagon but once again just could not get into it.  Talk about your futsal career so far. As I have already said, I really did not like the game at first. But this Read the full article…

First Division: Naxxar hit five past Sta Lucia

22/12/2013 Fixtures

Naxxar  Lions moved into the fourth place of the table in the FXDD First Division after seeing off Sta Lucia with a 5-0 scoreline. Naxxar enjoyed most of the initiative with Sta Lucia trying to react but never found the net. The Lions scored their goals through Glen Borg, Terence Dimech, Andrew Catania, Roderick Attard and Lydon Baldacchino. Kalkara and Msida shared the spoils and produced an incredible match full of goals and scoring opportunities. The match finished 4-4. Kalkara’s goals were scored by a Matthew Buttigieg (2 goals), Vaughan Barnes and Duncan Bonello. Msida replied with Jonathan Brincat, Mark Pace, Alan Micallef and Aaron Calafato. Fgura registered their fourth success of the season and climbed fifth in the table after a 6-2 win against Siggiewi. For the latter this was the sixth defeat of the season.

Balzan win again

22/12/2013 Fixtures

Balzan moved into second place in the FXDD Premier Division after winning San Gwann 7-0. It wasn’t an easy win for Gabriel Dobre’s boys with promoted San Gwann offering a strong opposition. This was the seventh consecutive success for Balzan who are now three points far from Hibernians who played a game more. Balzan’s goals came from an Emil Raducu’s hat-trick, a Zeljko Anicic’s brace and a goal by Christian Wismayer and Nicola del Re. Before this match, Hamrun Spartans returned to winning ways after seeing off Vittoriosa Stars 8-2 to reach Zabbar and Melita in the seventh spot of the table with 9 points.  

Hibs seal eighth consecutive win

19/12/2013 Fixtures

Hibernians claimed their eighth consecutive win in the FXDD Premier Division after outclassing Birzebbuga 11-0. It was a match which was completely dominated by the Paolites who scored their goals through a hat-trick by David Bobokhidze, two braces by Melvin Borg and Jesmond Micallef and a goal by Xavier Saliba, Matthew Attard, Darren Agius and Georgi Gerasimov. The latter played his last match with Hibernians. It was a match which was also marred by two red cards after some incidents that occurred at the beginning of the second half. Consequently David Bobokhidze (Hibs) and Noel Tabone (B’Buga) were given the marching orders by the referee. With this success Hibernians return back as sole leaders of the table with 24 points although playing a game more than second-placed Luxol and two more than third placed Balzan who play San Gwann tomorrow. Before this match, Qormi had managed a 10-4 win against Read the full article…

Last second goal gives Luqa a dramatic win

18/12/2013 Fixtures

A goal by Justin Muscat, 1.1 seconds from the end, gave Luqa a dramatic win against Melita to move further up in the table. Luqa won this match 6-5. It was an exciting game that left all those present at the Corradino Pavillion on tenterhooks. Melita took the upperhand in the first half scoring four consecutive goals. Luqa scored 2 goals before half time to make the score 4-2.  But as the second half started,  Melita scored their fifth goal. This proved to be Luqa’s injection as they produced an incredible comeback by scoring three successive goals to level the matters. As the score was 5-5, it was Justin Muscat who found the net for Luqa to clinch the winner 1.1 seconds from the end. A brace by Andrew Scerri and  another goal by Justin Muscat, Isaac Delmar and Chris Cardona completed the mission for Luqa.

I want to score important goals – Dario Zampa

17/12/2013 News

Seventeen year old Dario Arran Zampa made his official debut with Luxol FC yesterday in the match that his team played against Pembroke. Although playing only a few minutes in the second half, young Dario was still elated to be given this golden opportunity. “When the coach decided to give me this chance I was a bit nervous at first but after a couple of minutes I gained confidence and I succeeded to win several balls,” he said after the match. Asked about his futsal career, Dario told me that he began playing this sport a year ago, when his cousin Stefano Zampa who played with Valletta, suggested him to go for a trial with the citizens. “I played some friendlies with Valletta, I really felt comfortable and succeeded to score goals as well.” I decided to sign with Valletta. I can still remember my first league match against Zejtun.” Read the full article…

Luxol win and claim top spot

17/12/2013 Fixtures

Luxol showed more great form in the FXDD Premier Division after seeing off Pembroke with a 7-3 scoreline to claim the top spot together with Hibernians. Now unbeaten in 7 league games, Luxol scored their first goal after 30 seconds to pave the way for their success. On the other hand, Pembroke, fifth in the table, offered a mighty performance with keeper Bernard Camilleri pulling off some wonderful saves to keep his team in the match and operating on swift counter-attacks with Wayne Muscat and Floren Manea being the most dangerous. Luxol’s goals were scored by Eslam Khalifa, who scored a hat-trick, a brace by William Barbosa and two goals by Ibrahim Tarek and Dean Gera. A brace by Wayne Muscat and a goal by Kenneth Ekezie reduced the arrears for Pembroke. During this match, youngster Dario Arran Zampa, seventeen years of age, made his official debut with Luxol. Before Read the full article…