Monthly Archives: September 2015

Pullicino: The Spirit of the group was transferred to the court

29/09/2015 News

Peter Pullicino could not have had such a dream debut as Malta’s futsal national team coach as his team achieved a double victory over San Marino away from home soil. On Saturday the Maltese boys dominated the match to win 5-1 while the following day they repeated their feat by winning over their opponents 5-3. This website spoke to Peter Pullicino, who seemed completely satisfied after this positive experience. How do you describe your debut with the national team? My first time as national coach was an incredible experience and success thanks largely to the players. The players worked unbelievably hard in the short time we had.  What were the positives and maybe negatives of these two friendlies? The massive positive from the trip was how the spirit of the group was transferred to the court. The whole group worked as one to gain the positives outcomes . Amazingly I Read the full article…

A Closer Look At … Mark Zammit (Luxol)

29/09/2015 A Closer Look At

Name: Mark Zammit Born on the 8th February 1986 Place of Birth: Malta Works as a Systems Integration Specialist at RS2 Software P.L.C. Plays with Luxol St. Andrews How did you begin to play futsal? Back in 2012 I used to play for Demons F.C. in one of the Futsal 4th Division sections, finishing top of our section. Games were still played in outdoor 5-a-side pitches, so I had no experience yet of what futsal had to offer. This though all changed at the end of the season, when I was approached by a friend who proposed me to join Werqa Futsal in the second division. Accepting immediately this challenge, my futsal career kicked off. Talk about the teams you have played with so far. I spent a good 2 years with Werqa Futsal (aka Qormi FC), forming a good relationship with many players and staff, and also achieving promotion Read the full article…

Unity and concentration key factors after positive results

28/09/2015 News

The Maltese national team has returned home from San Marino tired but satisfied after achieving two positive results in the double fixture against the host team.  The Maltese side got off to a good start after beating San Marino 5-1 on Saturday and succeeded to make a double after seeing off the home side 5-3 a day later. This website spoke to Xavier Saliba, Matthew Attard and Mark Zammit who seemed overwhelmed by the performance given by the Maltese lads. “We were a mix of new and established players in the team. I believe we worked well together and this could be confirmed by the exceptional performance we have showed.” On a personal note, Xavier Saliba managed to score two more goals in this double fixture for Malta to add his personal tally to 19 goals and confirm his record of being the all-time leading marksman in the futsal national Read the full article…

Franco Cachia for European Futsal Cup in Slovenia

28/09/2015 News

The UEFA Referees’ Committee has appointed FIFA referee Franco Cachia for a Futsal Cup mini-tournament organized by the Football Association of Slovenia this coming week. KMN Dobovec (Slovenia), SL Benfica (Portugal), FC Grand Pro Varna (Bulgaria), MNK Centar Sarajevo (Bosnia and Herzegovina) will be contesting this Main Round Group B mini-tournament to be played on the 30th September, 01st and 03rd October in the Sporthall Podčetrtek, Podcetrtek.  The other referees taking charge of the matches with Franco Cachia will be Sebastian Stawicki (Poland), Ilya Akimitsev (Russia) and Ramil Namazov (Azerbaijan).  Azra Ahmetović (Slovenia) will act as Timekeeper. UEFA representatives Andreas Demetriou (Cyprus) and Marinus Den Engelsman (Nederlands) will act as Referee Observer and Delegate, respectively.    

Malta turn tables to register double on San Marino

27/09/2015 News

Malta obtained a deserved 5-3  victory over San Marino  at the Sport Domus Complex to register a double over their opponents after winning the first match 24 hours earlier. It wasn’t an easy task for the national team as they had to come from 3-1 down to make a great comeback and achieve their mission. Malta broke the deadlock in the opening minutes but San Marino reacted and scored twice before the break. In the second half, our opponents added another one until Peter Pullicino, 11 minutes from the end,  opted for the flying keeper to pile more pressure on the San Marino rearguard. This move paid dividends as Malta managed to score three times to secure their second consecutive win. Dylan Musu hit the target twice while Luke Stivala, Carl Azzopardi and Xavier Saliba added more goals for Malta. The latter continued with his goal-scoring spree as he hit Read the full article…

Malta triumphs in San Marino

27/09/2015 News

Malta registered a comfortable 5- 1 victory against San Marino to win the first out of two matches away from home soil. Peter Pullicino, who was making his official debut as the national coach, saw his team dominating the match, enjoying a good amount of possession and creating lots of goal scoring opportunities. Xavier Saliba, Carl Azzopardi, Melvin Borg and Matthew Attard were the goal-getters for Malta as San Marino conceded an own goal to make it 5-0. In the dying seconds of the game, San Marino pulled a consolation goal to narrow the gap to 5-1. These matches are a perfect preparation for the upcoming FIFA Futsal European qualifiers in Kaunas, Lithuania, where the  opponents will be France, Albania and Lithuania. Tomorrow Malta plays its second game against San Marino at 10.30hrs.

A Closer Look At … Matthew Mifsud (Valletta)

26/09/2015 A Closer Look At

Name: Matthew Mifsud Born on the 5th February 1978 Lives in Tarxien Works as a medical doctor Plays as a goalkeeper with Valletta How did you begin to play futsal? My long time friend John Cutajar had been playing futsal for a number of years, and had long since trying to lure me into futsal. I was reluctant due to heavy work commitments that had originally forced me to leave football. Finally I gave in and was drafted to replace the goalkeeper at Naxxar Motors way back in 2008 who were at the time led by Jesmond Caruana . I quickly secured my place and never looked back since. Talk about the teams you have played with so far. I haven’t journeyed much, having played exclusively with Naxxar Motors for 4 amazing years (where we have won 3 KOs and reached the final twice out of 4 semifinal playoffs) before Read the full article…

Mdina Knights’ impressive launch

24/09/2015 News

UoM (University of Malta) Mdina Knights Futsal officially launched their second presence in the local futsal league, during a presentation held at the University’s IT Services Auditorium. This second season will be the continuation of a successful project between the MUSC (Malta University Sports Club), KSU (Kunsill Studenti Universitarji) and Mdina Knights FC together with new sponsors coming on board. UoM Mdina Knights invested a lot in improving the team’s image as this also reflects the image of the University Students. During the launch those present were really impressed with the positive approach shown from the UoM Mdina Knights executive committee and players. Together with the hard working training in preparation for the coming league, UoM Mdina Knights will be always in touch with their followers through the brand new website which incorporates all the social media and will include live blogging and live score during Mdina Knights Futsal’s matches. Read the full article…

A Closer Look At … Peter Pullicino (National Team Coach)

22/09/2015 A Closer Look At

Recently the Malta Football Association appointed Peter Pullicino as the Maltese Futsal National Team’s Coach. Pullicino is a qualified UEFA A Coach at senior level and Youth Elite. He is also a qualified Physical Trainer in Football and a Personal Trainer. Pullicino covered MFA courses in goal keeping, I.T. in football and recently finished a course in Sports Nutrition. Currently he is also studying to obtain the PRO licence. He started his adventure in futsal when 17 years of age, where he played for a short period of years in Australia at State level. He resumed his futsal esperience in Malta where he played for a further six months with Qormi before joining Luxol and winning the league. Pullicino’s football coaching career consists of 4 years as Assistant Coach at Birkirkara and another 4 years as the Minors coach at Birkirkara in which they won the league.  Presently he is Read the full article…

Gatorade League and KO draws made

19/09/2015 News

League champions Luxol were handed a comfortable start to their title defence when they were drawn against newcomers Sliema as the draws of the Gatorade Futsal League and KO competition were held at the Corradino Pavillion. Meanwhile last year’s play-off finalists Valletta and Hamrun will start their commitments against Sirens and Lija respectively. On the other hand, the St Andrews side received a bye  alongside Sirens  to the second round of the KO competition. Matches from the first round will be played between October 5 and 9 while the league  is scheduled to start in November. Consequently, the FMA will decide Luxol’s opponent in the Gatorade Super Cup as last year’s KO finalists Balzan dropped their participation. The draws resulted as follows: Gatorade Futsal League Day 1 Luxol vs Sliema Mqabba vs Qrendi Zebbug vs Msida Sirens vs Valletta Marsaskala vs Swieqi Lija vs Hamrun Mdina vs Gozo Gatorade Futsal Read the full article…