Monthly Archives: January 2014

Balzan go first, Hamrun confirm

31/01/2014 Fixtures

Balzan joined Hibernians at the top of the table in the FXDD Premier Division, although playing a game more,  after seeing off Qormi 7-2. It was a collective performance by last year’s KO winners who had a lot of possession during the match with Qormi finding it difficult to penetrate their opponents’ organized defence. Balzan broke the deadlock after just 36 seconds with Gabriel Dobre and doubled the score one minute later through Christian Wismayer. The Yellows tried a sort of reaction with Peter Pullicino inspiring his team with some good counter-attacks. Despite all this, Christian Wismayer added another one until the same Pullicino found the net with a great shot to make it 3-1. Before half-time Balzan scored two more goals with Glenn Bonello and Gabriel Dobre. In the second half, Qormi tried to organize their defence and limit the scoreline. Glenn Bonello hit the target to score a Read the full article…

San Gwann qualify for the Q/F

29/01/2014 Fixtures

San Gwann became the seventh team to qualify for the quarter finals of the FXDD Knock-Out Competition after defeating First Division Fgura 8-1. It was a great performance by the Premier Division side that dominated the match. Despite breaking the deadlock from Andy Mangion, Fgura immediately levelled matters through Jason Gauci. Before the end of the first half, Alan Borg put San Gwann ahead after a good counter-attack. In the second half, San Gwann took the initiative and scored six times through Alan Borg, Josef Borg, a brace by Shawn Vella, JeanBert Gatt and Jurgen Pace. Swieqi, Zurrieq, Gzira, Balzan, Zabbar, Vittoriosa have already booked a place in the quarter-finals after defeating their respective opponents. The second round will come to an end next Saturday when Premier Division side Pembroke will take First Division side Mqabba.  

Mosta and Vittoriosa share spoils

29/01/2014 Fixtures

Mosta and Vittoriosa marked their tenth appearance in the FXDD Premier Division by sharing the spoils in an eight-goal thriller in a match played at the Corradino Pavillion. A draw was a fair reflection on a game in which both sides had their own chances at goal. The goalkeepers were their side’s respective heroes as they made a string of good saves to keep their respective team in the match. Vittoriosa were leading 4-0 until the 25th minute with goals scored by Luke Stivala (2 goals), Andre Azzopardi and Jason Mifsud. Everything looked settled for an easy win for the Cottonera side. But Mosta responded and made an exceptional comeback by scoring four times through Matthew Borg, George Douglas Saliba, Timothy Gingell and Armando Gjepali to make the final score 4-4.    

Balzan back to winning ways

28/01/2014 Fixtures

Balzan quickly returned to winning ways after thrashing Melita 13-0. It was an exceptional performance by Gabriel Dobre’s boys that dominated this game and wanted to give a clear message that they are still league contenders. In the first half, Melita’s players defended boldly suffering only two goals before half-time. They succeeded in stopping Balzan’s continuous attacks with their keeper continuously busy. In the second half, it was a different story as Balzan found the net immediately and pressed continuously with Melita unable to halt their opponents’ hunger for goals. Glenn Bonello, Christian Wismayer, Jovica Milijic, Andrea Dan, Gabriel Dobre, Rennie Tanti, Nicola del Re and Giancarlo Sammut were among the scorers for Balzan who now face Qormi next Thursday. After this defeat, the St Julian’s side still lie in the middle part of the table. Meanwhile Zabbar continued their perfect form after narrowly beating Swieqi 13-10. In a match Read the full article…

A Closer Look at….Delyan Ivanov (Zurrieq Futsal Club)

27/01/2014 A Closer Look At

Name: Delyan Ivanov Born on the 7th July 1986 (27 years old) in Gabrovo, Bulgaria. Plays as a goalkeeper with Zurrieq FC. Works at a Furniture Company (Restoring Furniture). Hobbies: Football, Table Tennis, Music, Hanging out with friends.   How did you begin to play futsal? I’ve been playing futsal since the year 2007 . I used to play in second division football . Meanwhile a friend of mine called and proposed me to  join a local futsal team. To tell you the truth, I had never heard about futsal  before so I accepted the challenge and  agreed to join this club. Talk about the futsal teams you have played with so far. I played for three years with Capital Boys who then became Marsa FC after the FMA league reform. After this positive experience, I joined Zurrieq FC during this season and I’m satisfied with my performances so far. Read the full article…

Qrendi extend winning run

27/01/2014 Fixtures

In the big match of the FXDD First Division mighty Qrendi came from behind against second placed Gzira to stretch their winning run to 10 games and increase the advantage in the table over their opponents. It was an exciting game as it usually happens in these top of the table clashes. Gzira broke the deadlock from a goal by Leo Brincat but Qrendi quickly reacted and restored parity from a Bertram Azzopardi’s goal. One minute later, Chris Bezzina put Gzira ahead to make it 2-1 for his team. However in the second half, Qrendi made a huge comeback and hit the target three times through Gordon Zammit, Ronald Spina and Antonello Brincat to clinch a dramatic victory. Kalkara hammered Sta Lucia 11-1. It was an extraordinary performance by the Cottonera side. Claudio Camilleri inspired Kalkara after hitting the target 4 times. Duncan Bonello scored a brace while Vaughan Barnes, Read the full article…

Kevin Mifsud appointed as new Hibs coach

26/01/2014 News

Kevin Mifsud has been appointed as Hibernians new Head Coach until the end of the 2013/2014 season, the club has confirmed. National team coach until last week when Malta won Gibraltar 4-3 in an international friendly, Mifsud had been at the helm for the last two years. He had become the first Maltese coach to take charge of the national futsal team. He was appointed at the beginning of 2012 and led Malta in various international commitments. This website interviewed Mifsud immediately after last Friday’s match between Hibernians and Balzan. “We made an agreement with the MFA to terminate my current contract as national team coach. The national team commitments will resume next season so during this time I will be the coach of Hibernians.” Mifsud is enthusiastic at the idea of coaching a local futsal club. “Coaching futsal is one of my passions. I always wanted to lead a Read the full article…

Hibs vs Balzan – A Good Promotion for Local Futsal

26/01/2014 Fixtures

Last Friday’s match between Hibernians and Balzan brought, in my opinion, a certain degree of positive feelings for local futsal followers. Besides having one of the biggest attendance so far  at the Corradino Pavillion this season, we have seen some good futsal by two of the greatest teams on the island. In my opinion we need more matches like these to promote this sport furthermore in Malta. Gabriel Dobre shared the same opinion last Friday when interviewed immediately after the match. “This game was certainly a good promotion for local futsal. For sure it was an exciting match that brought a lot of people at the Corradino Pavillion. This is a good sign that futsal is becoming even so popular in Malta. I hope that people come to see more matches not only when Balzan and Hibs play.” Regarding the match Dobre was disappointed but at the same time optimistic Read the full article…

Hard – fought win for Qormi

25/01/2014 Fixtures

Qormi strengthened their grip on eighth place with a hard-fought win 5-4  against Vittoriosa in the FXDD Premier Division. It was an entertaining match with both sides producing some good futsal and the result could have gone on either way. Qormi scored their goals through a brace by Mohammed Abdallah, Mark Mizzi, Ismael Achami and Alen Medati. Vittoriosa’s goals came from a brace by Clive Calleja, Luke Stivala and Kenneth Spiteri. This was Qormi’s fifth victory while Vittoriosa suffered their seventh defeat of the season.

A Closer Look at…Andre Ciancio (Mqabba)

25/01/2014 A Closer Look At

Name: Andre` Ciancio  Born on the 17th March 1995 (18 years)       Lives in Ħamrun.      Student at MCAST studying for B-TEC Extended Diploma In Sports (Coaching, Development, Fitness)  Under 12 Assistant Coach with Tarxien Rainbows. Hobbies: Things related with sports and gym. How did you begin to play futsal? I was approached by Renzo Kerr-Cumbo to try this sport. I was eager to try something new in my life and I accepted immediately. Finally I got used to the technique and rules of the game and now I don’t regret the decision I’ve made. What are the positives of this sport? I think that having lots of goal scoring occasions in a short time is quite interesting. Moreover futsal is a fast game so you need to be concentrated. Something a bit strange you have encountered while getting used to this game. Well I found the rules a bit Read the full article…