Monthly Archives: November 2016

UNITED WE STAND: Minute silence held before league match

30/11/2016 News

Tuesday’s Gatorade Futsal League game between Hamrun and Sliema observed a minute’s silence to remember those who were killed in the Colombian plane crash. All those present at the Corradino Sports Pavillion fell silent before kick-off to show their respect. Of the 81 people who were on board flight LMI2933, 71 are understood to have lost their lives. All-but three members of the Chapecoense football team and management staff are believed have died when the plane came down in mountains.

Raphinha hits seven as Valletta rout Tarxien

30/11/2016 Fixtures

ROBERT BUSUTTIL Last year’s league top scorer, Raphinha was seven times on the mark to lead Valletta to a comfortable 20-1 victory over Tarxien JML and help the champions maintain their perfect record as another round of matches from the Gatorade League was played this week. Three matches from the second round of games produced a bonanza of goals as Hamrun also scored a comprehensive win over Sliema while Qormi had to fight hard to conquer Mriehel ESS in a 13 goal thriller. Tarxien tried to make a fight out of it but their challenge to Valletta only lasted a few minutes before their resistance fell. Brazilian playmaker Raphinha was an inspiration for his team. He scored seven times with the other goals for the winners coming from two hat-tricks by Jovica Milijic and Denis di Maio, a brace by Carl Azzopardi. Xavier Saliba, Daniel Brincat, Melvin Borg, Mohammed Elamari Read the full article…

Pullicino unveils provisional squad

28/11/2016 News

ROBERT BUSUTTIL Malta coach Peter Pullicino has announced the provisional squad for the double friendly against San Marino on December 4th and 5th (kick-off 7.00pm) at the Corradino Sports Pavillion. The players are: Goalkeepers – Matthew Xerxen (Luxol), Clint Mifsud (Luxol), Neil Cuschieri (Valletta), Matthew Gatt (UOM). Defenders – Mark Zammit (Luxol), Jovica Milijic (Valletta), Daniel Mifsud (Hamrun), Nicola del Re (Luxol). Left – Karl Azzopardi (Luxol), Andrea Farrugia (UOM), Jason Mifsud (Hamrun), Christian Wismayer (Swieqi). Right – Dylan Musu (Valletta), Chris Cardona (Valletta), Melvin Borg (Valletta), Matthew Attard (Luxol), Giancarlo Sammut (Luxol). Pivots – Xavier Saliba (Valletta), Andy Mangion (Luxol), Luke Stivala (Hamrun), George Frendo (Msida) The Maltese national team has already played twice last season against this small country and they managed to emerge as winners in both occasions 5-1 and 5-3 on away soil.

Luxol fly high as they record mammoth victory

27/11/2016 Fixtures

ROBERT BUSUTTIL Luxol started their commitments in the 2016-17 Gatorade Futsal League campaign with a bang as they trounced Tarxien JML 15-0. The St Andrews outfit, who dominated the match with effective ball possession and fast attacks, had their talisman player Celino Alves in fine form as he netted a hat-trick. Mark Zammit, Zvezdan Vukovic, Emil Raducu and Karl Azzopardi scored a brace while Matthew Attard, Andy Mangion, Nicola del Re and Giancarlo Sammut completed the rout for Despotovic’s side. Even Msida had a very positive start of the season as they dominated Swieqi Under 21 8-0. As the scoreline clearly indicates, Msida produced a commanding performance to impose themselves on court and land their first victory of the season. Swieqi’s youth team tried hard to bridge the gap with their more technically-gifted opponents, however, their sheer hard work and determination in the end were not enough to stop their Read the full article…

Gatorade League gets off to a spectacular start

23/11/2016 Fixtures

Stephen Azzopardi Valletta ………… 7 Marsascala …… 1 Defending champions Valletta kick started the FMA Gatorade League season with an unbeatable result of 7-1 against Marsascala. However, despite this result, the latter proved to be positive opponents to the Citizens and their strength appeared in them taking the lead through Franklin Abela. This opening goal resulted in a fierce reaction in Valletta, and Raphinha with his five goals showed off himself as the key player of the game. Xavier Saliba and Dylan Musu completed the score for the Lillywhites. Valletta: Neil Cuschieri (GK), Stefan Vella (GK), Jovica Milijic, Melvin Borg, Xavier Saliba, Daniel Brincat, Dylan Musu, Denis Di Maio, Raphael Felipe Ortiz de Oliveira, Mohammed Abdussalam Elamari. Marsascala: Jean Paul Bianco (GK), Delyan Ivanov Papi (GK), Shaun Ebejer, Daryl Muscat, Steve Gambin, Dylan Caruana, Denzil Pisani, Franklin Abela, Angelo Dimech, Justin ifsud, Nicholas Abdilla, Reuben Degabriele, Ryan Mifsud, Liam Gauci. Read the full article…

Four teams through to second round

19/11/2016 Fixtures

ROBERT BUSUTTIL University of Malta, Swieqi, Marsascala and Msida eased their way into the last eight of the Gatorade KO after winning their respective encounters. University of Malta and Swieqi registered the biggest scores after having the better of Mrieħel and Żurrieq Wolves 9-3 respectively. The University students, formerly known as Mdina Knights, had Leo Muscat helping himself with four goals as Djordje Maksimovic, Rodney Debono, Andrea Farrugia, Gaetano Gesualdi and Aidan Caruana also found the net. Msida managed to overcome the stiff challenge of Qrendi 6-2. The team led by Kevin Agius, had Liam Cachia in fine form as he netted a poker while Ryan Xuereb and Claudio Venuto added their tally. Robert Baldacchino and Antonello Brincat reduced the score for Qrendi. Marsascala, on their second season of participation in the local futsal competitions, saw off Swieqi Under 21 5-1. Justin Mifsud scored a brace while Ryan Mifsud, Paolo Read the full article…

Holders progress in KO, Easy for Valletta and Hamrun

16/11/2016 Fixtures

Robert Busuttil Luxol began their defence of the Gatorade KO with a comfortable 9-4 win over Sliema Wanderers at the Corradino Pavilion. The St Andrews outfit, fresh from their triumph in the Super Cup, administered most of the match and were on target through goals from Emil Raducu (2), Matthew Attard, Carl Azzopardi, Glenn Bonello, Mark Zammit, Celino Alves, Frane Despotovic and Giancarlo Sammut. Sliema Wanderers, who tried hard to contain their more quoted opponents, answered back from a Nikolay Filipov hat-trick and a goal from Aleksandar Ribic. Valletta made up from their upset in the Super Cup as they routed newcomers Tarxien 16-2. Their latest acquisition Raphael Felipe Ortiz de Oliveira was the Citizens’ inspirational player as he netted seven goals. Jovica Milijic, Melvin Borg, Dylan Musu and Xavier Saliba hit a double while Denis di Maio completed the score for Valletta. Preston Ellul and Joseph Meilak reduced the Read the full article…

Claudio Azzopardi resigns from FMA General Secretary

15/11/2016 News

Unfortunately we have to announce the resignation of Mr. Claudio Azzopardi from his post as General Secretary for personal reasons. In his short span with FMA, Mr. Azzopardi worked hard during the negotiation period with ASH and was fundamental in the creation of the junior futsal festival, amongst other things. We would like to thank him for all his valid contribution and wish him all the very best.

Luxol beat Valletta in thrilling Super Cup

12/11/2016 Fixtures

ROBERT BUSUTTIL Luxol FC claimed their first major honour of the 2016-17 futsal season on Friday after claiming the Gatorade Super Cup. In the final, they beat Valletta 7-4 in a hard-fought contest at the Corradino Pavilion. Luxol, who managed to win last season’s KO faced strong resistance from Valletta, the current league champions. The game was played in front of an acceptable crowd with both sets of supporters contributing to make the atmosphere an enjoyable one and auguring an auspicious start to the 2016-17 campaign. The first half saw a dominant Luxol side who managed to establish a 5-1 advantage before the break. They hit the target three times in 15 minutes through Celino Alves, Frane Despotovic and Zvezdan Vukovic . Despite all this the Citizens hit back as Raphinha found the net to reduce the score. The St Andrews outfit didn’t lose their concentration and were on the Read the full article…

Luxol and Valletta face off in Super Cup

11/11/2016 News

ROBERT BUSUTTIL Valletta and Luxol lock horns at the Corradino Sports Pavilion this evening (kick-off: 20.00) in a match that gives the two teams an opportunity to claim the Super Cup ahead of the new campaign that starts next week. This match will take place after weeks of speculations and uncertainty about the venue where the local futsal season would be played. The final will be contested between the Citizens, who were crowned league champions after a positive season and Luxol, the cup holders. After a hectic pre-season, during which they played in the UEFA Futsal Cup, Valletta will be looking to clinch their first honour of the campaign. The champions maintained the core of the team that won last year’s championship and their coach, Clayton Felice can bank on several new signings, the likes of Brazilian striker Raphinha, and experienced Maltese players such as Chris Cardona, Gary inguanez, Carlo Read the full article…