Monthly Archives: July 2014

Next year’s Futsal League format launched

23/07/2014 News

23 teams will be taking part in next season’s futsal leagues organized by the Futsal Malta Association (FMA) after the clubs met at the Corradino Pavillion last week. Four new clubs Lija Athletics, Mellieha FC, Attard FC and Mdina Knights are returning in the Futsal competitions and will participate in the First Division. The Premier Division will be made up of ten teams; Balzan FC, Luxol St Andrews, Hamrun Spartans, Qormi FC, Mosta FC, Swieqi FC, Valletta FC, Gzira Utd, Zebbug Rangers and Zurrieq. The bottom two teams will be relegated to the First Division while the third team from the bottom will participate in a play-off with First Division teams who placed third, fourth and fifth respectively for a promotion spot. The First Division will be composed of thirteen teams; Luqa St Andrews, Mdina Knights,  Lija Athletics, Fgura Utd, Mellieha FC, Msida St Joseph, Siggiewi FC, Mqabba FC, Qrendi Read the full article…

Valletta FC more and more active on the transfer market

12/07/2014 News

Valletta FC line up for what is probably going to be most impressive transfer campaign of the summer. After securing two futsal stalwarts, Xavier Saliba and Cedric Sciberras, they signed four more players to reinforce their team who were promoted to Premier Division as champions. Goalkeeper Matthew Mifsud and Denis di Maio, both ex-San Gwann alongside Kurt Bartolo and Melvin Borg continued to bolster their already revolutionized team. As committee member Dassier Borg said, the Citizens are aiming for the final play-offs next season. This website talked to former San Gwann  inspirational keeper, Matthew Mifsud, who seemed elated by this transfer move. “I chose Valletta FC because I know the players very well, ” said Mifsud. “The committee immediately trusted me in their new project for next season and I have a lot of motivation.” “Moreover I am really proud of being given the opportunity to don the Valletta shirt Read the full article…

Valletta sign Hibs duo

06/07/2014 News

Newly promoted Premier Division side, Valletta FC continued to strengthen their squad with the signing of Xavier Saliba and Cedric Sciberras from Hibernians. Both players, who form part of the National Futsal squad,  had been donning the Paolites’ shirt for a number of years. After securing their promotion in the Premier Division as a coach, Saliba took the decision of playing with the Citizens after continuous support by the Valletta committee. When contacted by this website, Saliba expressed gratitude towards his former team as he defines the time spent with them as “the best five years of his futsal career” He wished to thank all those involved in the Hibernians setup as he learned a lot and made new acquaintances during this successful experience. He succeeded to win the first national league organized by the FMA and gave his contribution in many of the league and knock-out matches. Cedric Sciberras Read the full article…

New FMA committee in two important meetings

04/07/2014 News

The new FMA committee led by President Mark Borg had two important meetings earlier this with Parliamentary Sec for Sport, Hon. Chris Agius and Hon. Robert Cutajar, opposition representative on Sports. During a very cordial meeting held at the Ministry, Mark Borg thanked Hon. Agius for promptly accepting their invitation. Hon. Agius congratulated Borg for being elected as the new FMA President saying that he was always aware of how keen and passionate he is for the sport of futsal. Both parts spoke about various options of how FMA can collaborate with the Parliamentary Secretariat for Sport, including the possibility of acquiring forms of assistance through ETC and KMS. Mark Borg spoke about FMA’s intention to promote futsal with youngsters and it was identified that FMA will be collaborating with the Education Division and Sports Promotion Unit in the near future in order to assist in the setting up of Read the full article…

Nicola del Re new Lija A coach

04/07/2014 News

New futsal club Lija Athletics have appointed Nicola del Re as their new coach for next season. This is Del Re’s first experience as a coach. He began his futsal career six years ago as a player with Tal-Werqa Futsal Club. He also played with Pentagon Futsal,  Naxxar Motors Futsal, ZC Excess Lazio and Qormi Futsal. He currently plays with Maltese champions Balzan FC. Del Re always dreamed of managing a futsal team. Some coaches approached him to learn more about certain tactics and management skills. When Balzan appointed Gabriel Dobre as their player/coach at the beginning of the season, Del Re was given a lot of mentoring by the Romanian international and this gave him a lot of experience. As a player he won two championships, two KO competitions and two Super Cups mostly with Balzan. Nicola del Re has already met some potential players that could form part Read the full article…

Tough draw for Balzan

03/07/2014 News

Balzan must overcome the challenge of Danish club Copenhagen Futsal and Croatian side Zagreb Futsal if they are to advance to the main round of the UEFA Futsal Cup for the first time in their history after the draws held at the house of European football in Nyon. Balzan,  who captured their league title after beating arch-rivals Hibernians, were among the unseeded teams for this afternoon’s draw and were put into pot 3. “It’s a very tough draw, ” Mario Vella, Balzan’s president told this website. “The Croatians are a great squad and the majority of the players play with the national team. Despite all this, Balzan will work hard to produce a great performance in this competition.” Club official, Nathan Jones expressed the same opinion when he said that  Balzan were pitted in a difficult group. “It will be very hard, but not impossible,” said the team’s player/coach Gabriel Read the full article…

UEFA Futsal Cup draws today in Nyon

03/07/2014 News

The 2014/15 UEFA Futsal Cup will be launched by the preliminary and main round draws today at the House of European Football in Nyon. The pairings for these two rounds will take place today at 14.00 CET. A total of 29 teams beginning in the preliminary round, which will be played from 26 to 31 August, will be drawn into five groups of four and three of three. Every group will contain one side each from the four seeding pots, ranked by coefficient, other than the three-team sections which will have one apiece from the top two tiers and one from either the third or fourth tier. Maltese champions Balzan were put into pot 3 and will participate in the preliminary round of this competition. Holders Barcelona are among the teams participating and were excused from the draw as they were put into November’s elite round along Kairat Almaty, Araz Read the full article…