Monthly Archives: May 2015

It’s all well that ends well for Balzan

23/05/2015 Fixtures

Another futsal season comes to an end, after seeing Balzan winning the Gatorade Knock Out Competition in the final against Luxol. After the first minute Balzan started positvely when Boicho Marev broke the deadlock. Three minutes later, Celino Alves equalized the score for Luxol. Luxol finished the first half with two goals ahead scored by George Frendo and Peter Pullicino. In the second half, Balzan were more organized and after 40 seconds Marev scored Balzan’s second goal. In the fourth minute of the second half, Peter Pullicino netted his personal second goal and increased the lead for Luxol. Five minutes later Balzan reacted fiercely and Glenn Bonello re-levelled the matters. In the final seconds, Boicho Marev became Balzan’s additional player as the flying keeper. This made way for the Croatian player coach Frane Despotovic to score Balzan’s winning goal, only nine seconds from the end. This goal definitely ceased Luxol Read the full article…

Balzan and Luxol set their target to win

21/05/2015 Fixtures

New champions Luxol will do their utmost to clinch the double after building up a fantastic season in the Premiership. Luxol and Balzan are both well-shaped and ready to show off their high level of futsal to numerous spectators, at the Corradino Sport Pavillion. When questioned by this site, Luxol’s player and coach Florin Anton, admitted that he is keen to continue the winning trail. Florin Anton has built up and maintained good winning records in his Futsal history. In 6 years he registered 4 Premier Leagues (2 with Excess Lazio, 1 with Balzan and recently with Luxol), 2 Knock Out Competitions and 1 Super Cup with Balzan. As a coach he confirmed that the same squad that appeared in the Premier Playoffs Final will also be available for the Knock Out Final, next Friday. In the meantime, Balzan also have a good track record of 2 Premier Leagues, 3 Read the full article…

A Closer Look at…Stephen Mifsud (coach – Zebbug Rangers FC)

21/05/2015 A Closer Look At

Name: Stephen Mifsud Born on November 11th 1981 Place of Birth: Pieta’ Works as a Deliveryman. Personal Motto: Live and let live. I have been involved in futsal… for the last five years. Futsal is… my main hobby. I give a large proportion of my free time  to futsal but it gives me a lot of satisfaction in return. Futsal involves… a lot of dedication, preparation and a communication with the players. Zebbug Rangers FC is… a group of friends who are united together. This year I am… not satisfied because we lost our place in the Premier Division. My greatest moment was… last year when we got promoted to the Premier Division. My main objective is… to win the First Division league and get back to the top division.

Barbosa: A winning mentality helps you succeed

18/05/2015 A Closer Look At

Name: William Da Silva Barbosa Date of Birth: 2 June 1978 (age 36) Place of Birth: Sao Paolo. Plays with Luxol Futsal Club William Barbosa,  regarded as one of the best foreign players in the Gatorade Futsal Premier League, is overwhelmed after his team’s success this season.  He is even personally satisfied after placing top scorer of the league as well as giving a great share for Luxol’s success. This website contacted the Brazilian forward who is no new name in the local football scene. He signed his first professional contract in Brazil when he was only 14. During his career he played in Brazil, Germany, Holland, Spain, Switzerland and Italy. He played  for two seasons with Valletta FC and was player-coach with First Division side Luxol St Andrews. He also played for Premier Division side Tarxien Rainbows until he recently joined Gozitan side St Lawrence Spurs. Futsal is one Read the full article…

Luxol dethrone Balzan to clinch title

16/05/2015 Fixtures

Luxol have been crowned as the Gatorade Futsal Premier League champions after winning their second play-off final and beat outgoing champions Balzan. Balzan struggled to find their rhythm in a first half shaded by Luxol who deservedly built a two goal advantage but in the second half the former side improved and after some tactical switches, they stormed into their opponents to level the score. Despite all this, Luxol still remained concentrated and soon two more goals followed. The fired-up Balzan tried to rattle past the St Andrews defence who absorbed their opponents’ pressure to administer their advantage. A sizeable crowd headed to the Corradino Pavillion to watch this second play-off final as both set of supporters created a vibrant atmosphere. The two coaches had no particular formation problems as they could field their full squads for this decisive encounter. Despotovic chose Christian Cassar to replace regular keeper Nicholas Farrugia Read the full article…

A Closer Look at…James Borg (Player – Siggiewi FC)

15/05/2015 A Closer Look At

Name: James Borg Born on September 29th 1988 Lives in Mosta. Works as a Salesman. Personal Motto: Always trust your own intuition before taking anyone else’s word. I have been involved in futsal for… the last two seasons. Futsal is… a game that keeps you focused; a sport that keeps you guessing the score till the last second and improves the technique and mental strength of any player     Siggiewi Futsal is… a team created by friends for friends led by club president Steve Gingell Littlejohn. We train and enjoy the company of each other, improve our futsal abilities. This game can be described as a stress reliever from our daily routines. This year I am… satisfied with our team’s performance because although we are a small squad and often some of the players have to travel for work commitments,  we always give our best no matter the number Read the full article…

Luxol eye title, Last Chance for Balzan

14/05/2015 Fixtures

Luxol head into their second leg play-off final clash against Balzan tonight (kick-off  20.30 hrs)  in high spirits after a dramatic triumph over their same opponents on Friday. The St Andrews side will take to the court at the Corradino Pavillion eager to record a second consecutive win to clinch the title for the first time since FMA took charge of the organization of the local futsal scene as well as participate for the first time in the UEFA Futsal Cup. While Luxol go into the game on a high following their first leg 4-3 win, Balzan have all the pressure in their hands as it will be their last chance to level the matters and leave everything for a possible third match. Balzan are not ready to throw the towel and want to bounce back to victory. They have worked hard during this week as coach Frane Despotovic tried Read the full article…

A Closer Look at…Karl Micallef (President/Secretary/Goalkeeper- Luqa SA)

12/05/2015 A Closer Look At

Name: Karl Micallef Born on October 14th 1986 Lives in Rabat. Work as a storekeeper and a delivery person Personal Motto: “You only live once” I have been involved in futsal for… 9 years. I played 3 years with River Plate and 2 years with Kerygma. At the  present moment Andrew Scerri and  I are playing and at the same time managing Luqa St Andrew’s. Futsal is… not just a game but also a form of art expressed by a single player or a team. Being… a President, a Secretary, and a goalkeeper requires passion, determination and love for the game. The satisfaction lies on respect, sacrifice and loyalty of the players and the staff. Luqa Futsal Club is… a group of friends who are determined to learn and improve futsal skills to a better level.             This year I am… extremely satisfied with my Read the full article…

Late goal sinks Balzan, Luxol gain advantage

08/05/2015 Fixtures

A roller-coaster match conjured up a dramatic finale as Luxol’s William Barbosa struck the decisive goal in the dying seconds to down Balzan 4-3  in an enjoyable game to give the first win in the Gatorade Futsal Premier League play-off leg 1 final. It was a typical encounter between two heavyweights in the local futsal scene. Luxol gained a double advantage but Balzan always reacted to reduce the score until the already mentioned goal gave the St Andrews side the first advantage ahead of next week’s second game. The match attracted a number of supporters at the Corradino Pavillion and those present were not certainly disappointed as both teams played a good level of futsal. Luxol surged ahead after five minutes when Celino Alves found the net from long range with Balzan’s keeper surprised. One minute later the St Andrews outfit doubled the score when Celino Alves served Florin Anton Read the full article…

Balzan, Luxol cross swords in decisive encounters

07/05/2015 Fixtures

It may be considered as the local ‘Clasico’, the encounter between Balzan and Luxol. Both sides meet tonight (kick-off 20.30 hrs) for the best-out-of-three Gatorade Futsal Premier League play-offs final at the Corradino Pavillion.   These three important clashes are expected to be a real title show-down for all the Maltese futsal followers. Both teams will also face each other in the Gatorade Futsal Knock-Out competition, to be played later on this month. Luxol, who won 15 out of 18 matches, boast the best attack with lethal striker William Barbosa and Brazilian Celino Alves in fine form. They had a comfortable qualification for the final after imposing themselves on Valletta 15-5 on aggregate. On the other hand, Balzan, who are the outgoing champions, had to sweat hard to see off Hamrun Spartans as they had to go on extra time to obtain qualification for the final 13-11 on aggregate. Balzan Read the full article…