Monthly Archives: December 2014

Marlow names provisional squad for UEFA qualifiers

29/12/2014 News

Futsal National Coach Mark Marlow named a provisional 18-man squad ahead of the forthcoming UEFA qualifiers to be played in Malta between the 13th and 18th January 2015. The squad features new faces from the last international friendly tournament including Luxol keeper Adrian Attard, Andy Mangion, Darren Rapa, Giancarlo Sammut and Jason Gauci while Xavier Saliba is back in the national team formation. The players selected by Marlow are: Valletta: Matthew Mifsud; Melvin Borg; Xavier Saliba Naxxar: Daniel Brincat; Andrea Farrugia Luxol: Dale Camilleri; Matteo Desira Buttigieg; Adrian Attard Hamrun: Jovica Milijic; Darren Rapa; Chris Cardona; Andy Mangion Balzan: Nickol Del Re, Mark Zammit, Nicholas Farrugia, Giancarlo Sammut Gzira: Luke Stivala Lija: Jason Gauci. Malta were paired in Group E of the UEFA Futsal EURO Preliminary Round alongside Latvia, England and Andorra.    

2014 Round Up: Balzan Cap Dominant Year with a treble

28/12/2014 News

As we approach the end of 2014, 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 the main protagonists as they conquered in three competitions; Super Cup, League and KO competition. 2014 was the year which saw a change in the FMA administration as Mark Borg was elected as the new president after succeeding outgoing president Donald Spiteri. In a council meeting held in July it was decided that the league would be divided into two divisions: Premier (9 teams) and First Division (12 teams). On the other hand, Mark Marlow was appointed as the new futsal national team coach. The main events that marked 2014 were as follows 13th January 2014 – Malta turn tables on Gibraltar. Malta Read the full article…

Hamrun Spartans qualify, Mellieha bow out with pride

24/12/2014 Fixtures

Hamrun Spartans qualified for the second round of the Knock-Out competition after edging out First Division side Mellieha 7-5 at the Corradino Pavillion. The Northerners, although bowing out of the Knock-Out competition, departed with heads held high. The Spartans dominated possession with duo Elamari and Rogerio a continuous menace to the Mellieha rearguard. Michael Spiteri put Hamrun ahead after hitting the target from close range.  Nine minutes later Mohammed Elamari doubled the score. Mellieha reacted and reduced the arrears through Nikolay Filipov who fired a firm grounder after a solo run. On 16 minutes, Hamrun were awarded a penalty which was converted by Rogerio to make it 3-1. Hamrun could have increased the score had Rogerio not missed a free shot one minute before the break. The Northerners’ response came immediately as Radoslav Kovachev pounced on some hesitant defending and rifled the ball home. In the early stages of the Read the full article…

Lija Athletic reach Mellieha on top

21/12/2014 Fixtures

Lija Athletic managed to reach again Mellieha at the top of the table, by winning against Naxxar 5-1. Lija found the net through Florin Manea, Redeemer Borg, Ryan Bugeja and Aleksander Ribic’s brace. Naxxar’s only goal was scored at the end of the first half by Adrian Fenech. A narrow win consolidates Msida in the sixth place and makes it the fourth win a row. Ryan Xuereb, Aleksander Eustonyevic and Aleksander Meliac kept Msida on top against a very resistant Mqabba with Thomas Consoli’s brace. Attard came back to the winning ways and joined Luqa in the forth place after beating them 5-2. Attard’s win was marked with Gerry Christopher Fabbro’s hat-trick and goals from Byron Fenech and Antonio Camilleri. Edward Falzon and Andrew Scerri scored for Luqa St. Andrew’s.

Hamrun move second after good win

20/12/2014 Fixtures

Hamrun Spartans moved into the second place of the Premier Division standings after seeing off Swieqi United 7-3 in their last league match of 2014. This was the sixth success for the Spartans who are snapping at Luxol’s heels just one point behind them and three more than third placed Balzan. Brazilian Rogerio dos Santos Filho marshalled  Hamrun’s style of play as he was involved in many actions and created lots of occasions for his team mates. He found the time to score one of his team’s goals. On the other hand, Andy Mangion switched on his goal-scoring spree as he netted four goals to put the Spartans in the driving seat. Swieqi broke the deadlock from Swedish Fredrik Johansson but Roger levelled the score for Hamrun before the break. In the  second half, Hamrun dominated the proceedings scoring six more goals to gain the precious three points. Swieqi managed Read the full article…

Luxol move first as they inflict first defeat on Balzan

20/12/2014 Fixtures

Luxol regained sole leadership in the Premier Division when, thanks to a magnificent performance, they defeated champions Balzan 11-5 in the much-awaited top of the table clash thanks to a great second half comeback. It was a fixture between Malta’s top futsal teams. This was Luxol’s sixth victory of the season with Balzan suffering their first defeat of the campaign. Luxol took an early lead in the first six minutes thanks to Florin Anton and William Barbosa. Balzan soon reacted and managed to restore equilibrium through Glenn Bonello and Marco Conti. The last two minutes before the break were moments of unrelenting drama as Florin Anton put Luxol back in front but two quickfire goals by Croatian Frane Despotovic gave Balzan a 4-3 advantage. Bolstered by some tactical switches, Luxol stormed into their opponents to level the scores on 24 minutes. Seven more followed in quick succession as the fired-up Read the full article…

Premier’s top of the table challenge

19/12/2014 Fixtures

Few hours left from the top of the table challenge, this site contacted Balzan’s player coach Frane Despotovic and Luxol’s player coach Florin Anton. Despotovic told us that for sure that it will be an interesting game between two great teams. Balzan’s objective is to win each and every game and tonight will put all their effort to keep this track record. Balzan will be missing Mark Zammit who was injured during the last knock out encounter against Lija and captain Carlo Scicluna. His personal expectation is to give his 100% of his mental and physical performance. From the other side, Florin Anton said that Balzan are favourites as they beat them in the Super Cup Final and also have 2 good quality foreign players. This fact will not keep them back to be prepared to give a good game to their opponents. Luxol’s team also has good quality players Read the full article…

Carlo Scicluna appointed Naxxar coach

18/12/2014 News

Carlo Scicluna has been appointed coach of Naxxar Lions after the First Division club was informed by coaching tandem Melvin Borg and Kurt Bartolo that they couldn’t resume their commitments for the following year. In fact Bartolo and Borg will lead Naxxar for the last time in the match against Lija Athletics next Saturday at the Corradino Pavillion. In their official Facebook page, Naxxar Futsal thanked both coaches for their dedication and commitment towards the club. Carlo Scicluna requires no introduction in the local futsal scene being a key player for local champions Balzan and having several caps as a national team player. He had been coached by trainers who have a great deal of experience in this game such as Kevin Mifsud, Gabriel Dobre and Vic Hermans. He has been coaching in the Malta Futsal School for the past five years and had a short spell as a coach Read the full article…

Swieqi and Gzira advance in KO

17/12/2014 Fixtures

Swieqi and Gzira progressed into another round of the Knock-Out competition after having the better of Qrendi and Siggiewi respectively. They joined Luxol, Valletta, Qormi and Balzan who have already qualified for the next phase of this competition. Two hat-tricks by Paul Hyzler and Fredrick Johansson, a brace by Andrew Sammut Alessi and goals by Sebastian Delsinger, Kenneth Bonanno and an own goal  helped Swieqi see off Qrendi 11-3. Gzira recorded an important win, 4-2, over First Division side Siggiewi to make it to another  round of this competition Luke Stivala, Alessio Restuccia, Josh Parry and Sean Vella were the goal-getters for Gzira. James Borg and Andrew Briffa reduced the arrears for Siggiewi.  

Mellieha and Lija continue marching on

17/12/2014 Fixtures

Mellieha and Lija maintained their good form of late in the First Division after seeing off Attard and Mdina respectively to consolidate their top position in the standings. A goal after three minutes paved the way for Mellieha’s victory over fifth-placed Attard who offered stiff resistance in the first half even finding the time to level the matters. But in the second half, the Northerners increased their pressure and managed to score the winning goals that gave them the three precious points. Mellieha’s goals came from Nikolai Filipov, Daniel Saliba, Radoslav Kovachev, Craig Pickard and Robert Magro. Gianni Aquilina momentarily levelled the matters for Attard.                       Lija Athletics emulated their nearest rivals by chalking their ninth win of the season after beating Mdina Knights 6-1. After finding themselves a goal down, the Athletics reacted swiftly and managed to restore parity Read the full article…