Category Archives: A Closer Look At

A Closer Look At … Clive Calleja (Safi San Lorenzo)

28/03/2017 A Closer Look At

STEPHEN AZZOPARDI Name: Clive Calleja Born on: 29.12.1987 Plays for Safi San Lorenzo Works as: Accountant Hobbies: Football; supporting Liverpool How long have you been playing futsal? I started futsal in 2009 where I joined Los Street boys. On my first season we won promotion to the 1st Division equivalent to nowadays top division. We played a decider against Sliema Bilbao. The match ended 1-1 and we won through a penalty shootout. Against all odds during the same season we also managed to make it to the final of the knockout but we lost the match against a much better equipped Naxxar Motors. The following season we played in the top flight division where we encountered various difficulties due to the higher level in this division. However it was a great experience for all players involved. After this season Los Street Boys and Luxol Futsal Club joined forces and I Read the full article…

A Closer Look At … Marwan Telisi

09/03/2017 A Closer Look At

STEPHEN AZZOPARDI Name: Marwan Telisi Born on the 4th November 1987 Plays for Mreiehel ESS Works at MT Designer Brand Clothes Hobbies: Football Motto in life: Concentrate and work hard till you reach the target. How long have you been playing futsal? I have been playing futsal for quite a long time, but in Malta this is my third season. I played with Qormi, Hamrun and now Mriehel ESS. What do you think about this sport? For me futsal is the best sport ever. How can you define Mriehel’s championship so far? Actually I joined Mriehel ESS in January together with three foreigners, who are very good futsal players together with coach Eslam Khalifa. We came to help the team to reach the top five teams. We are training hard and we still have to learn to improve ourselves. In my opinion, Mriehel is becoming a surprising team. Do you Read the full article…

A Closer Look at….Roderick Mascena (Qormi Futsal)

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ROBERT BUSUTTIL Name: Roderick Mascena Born on September 10th 1982. Plays for Qormi Futsal. Works in a pharmaceutical company. Hobbies: Playing and watching football, Tennis, Snooker and Darts. Motto in life: Life is a journey…enjoy the ride. How long have you been playing futsal? I have been playing this beautiful game for the last five years. What do you think about this sport? I think that it’s a sport that has been growing so fast during these years. In fact lots of coaches and players are involved and most of all I can mention the sterling job that the Malta Futsal School is doing with the kids. How can you define Qormi’s championship so far? I think that till now our season was satisfying. Actually this is what we’ve expected as we won the matches against teams of our level but found it a bit hard against the elite teams. Read the full article…

A Closer Look at…Russell Camilleri (Zurrieq Wolves)

19/02/2017 A Closer Look At

ROBERT BUSUTTIL Name: Russell Camilleri. Plays with Zurrieq Wolves Born on April 12th 1985 Works in an IT department. Motto in life: Limits hold you back / Everything in life worth doing is worth overdoing. How long have you been playing futsal? This is my 6th year in the futsal game. However I stopped playing futsal in the last 3 years after the restructuring of the league. So this is a sort of coming back from retirement. What do you think about this game? I love futsal because it requires great teamwork and discipline. Also, it’s a fast paced game which requires techniques. Actually, all players are highly involved in the game. Talk about your season so far with Zurrieq Wolves. Zurrieq Wolves returned to futsal after 4 years. We have a mix of experienced and new players who still need to get acquainted to the game. We have to Read the full article…

A Closer Look at….David Peter Borg (Club Secretary – Valletta Futsal)

14/02/2017 A Closer Look At

ROBERT BUSUTTIL Who is David Peter Borg? David Peter Borg is a hardworking, caring and a trustworthy person who always ready to help everyone. I’m 29 years old and I was born in Penrith – New South Wales – Australia. What is your job with Valletta Futsal? I’m the Club Secretary of Valletta FC Futsal Club since May 2016. What do you think about the season so far? The Season for us is quite good – we managed to win all 9 league matches from 9 and also a Knock-Out encounter against Tarxien. Unfortunately in November we lost the Super-Cup final against Luxol. But on the whole, we are performing quite well. What is your opinion about the current futsal league? My opinion regarding the current Futsal League is that in the near future I do hope for two divisions at least – Premier and First Division so that the Read the full article…

Seth Lawson Burkett … The boy in Brazil

10/09/2016 A Closer Look At

Seth Lawson Burkett former futsal player in Brazil had the pleasure to share his professional insight with us. He started playing futsal at the age of 8 in Peterborough United’s football academy where he played futsal once a week. The head of the academy at that time was Dan Ashworth who is now the FA’s director of elite development. Burkett started to play futsal professionally at the age of 18, first for Stamford AFC and soon after for Loughborough University, where he spent five seasons. Whilst at Loughborough he was called up for the England development squad. Since then he had a season at London United and now he’s playing for Baku United. Burkett maintained that playing futsal as a young athlete is a no-brainer. First of all it’s fun. You get loads of touches and the chance to express yourself in any position. Too often young footballers are pushed Read the full article…

A Closer Look at … Vanderlei Reis Augustus (Valletta Futsal)

16/08/2016 A Closer Look At

ROBERT BUSUTTIL Name: Vanderlei Reis Augusto. Country: Brasil Born on December 22nd 1980 (35 years old) He played in Italy with Montesilvano, Pescara, Acqua e Sapone, Loreto Aprutino, Magione, Torgianesse and Minturno. Last year he played for Luxol FC in the UEFA Futsal Cup and is now with Valletta FC in Finland for the same competition. How long have you been training with Valletta FC? I have joined Valletta three weeks ago and I was welcomed very well. It’s like I have been here for a long time. The group is very united and we have trained intensively under the guidance of a great coach, Clayton Felice. We also had two friendlies where we performed really well. How did you find the atmosphere at Valletta FC? As I have just told you, the Citizens are really a great group. They are like a family; humble persons like me that want Read the full article…

A Closer Look At … Keith Borg (Coach – Sirens)

29/05/2016 A Closer Look At

Name: Keith Borg Born on the 29th April 1980 in Attard Favourite football player: Peter Schmeichel Favourite futsal player: Ricardinho Favourite Dish: Fish Personal Motto: Believe in yourself and you will succeed   Why did you choose this sport? I chose Futsal after I stopped from playing football due to a serious injury. I always enjoyed playing 5 a side football and when I was 14 years old I had the opportunity to play in Sicily. How long have you been involved in futsal? I have been involved in futsal for 11 years, where 8 of them as a player and the last 3 years in administration. My first team was named Boca Juniors which I founded and lasted for 5 yrs. Then I formed Naxxar Lions Futsal Team with Martin Attard, better known as Meme.   The memorable season in futsal that you remember most   There were many Read the full article…

A Closer Look at…Brandon Debono (Sliema Wanderers Futsal Club)

19/04/2016 A Closer Look At

Name: Brandon Debono. Born on July 30th 1994. Place of Birth: Mqabba. Works as a Deliveryman. Favourite Group: U2 Favourite Dish: Spaghetti. Personal Motto: Never give up and keep working hard. How long have you been involved in this sport? I have been practising this sport for the past four months. How difficult is the role of the goalkeeper in futsal? Actually the goalkeeper has to be always concentrated during all the match as he is involved continuously in a lot of saves. Statistically half of the shots at goal come from outside the arc. So one has to be on the alert. How different is futsal from football? The rules are different from football and the ball has a low bounce. Sliema are passing from a bright patch and will now face Mqabba in the play-off semi-final. How difficult is the challenge for the championship? It’s not going to Read the full article…

A Closer Look at…Gaetano Gesualdi (Mdina Knights)

13/04/2016 A Closer Look At

Name: Gaetano Gesualdi. Born on February 15th 1992. Personal Motto: Enjoy Life! How long have you been playing futsal? It’s quite recent. In fact I’ve been playing futsal since January 2016. What do you think about this sport? I find futsal quite an enjoyable sport. It was a bit difficult to adjust at the beginning but now I am enjoying the fast pace of this game. Your name is also synonymous with the local football scene. Yes in fact I started this season with Tarxien Rainbows and then moved in the First Division with St Georges. In my opinion, Mdina Knights is a particular squad with a lot of young players full of energy and determination… We are quite a large squad and with many of us studying and working at the same time, futsal lets us take off a lot of stress. At the same time I think that Read the full article…