Smashing opener for Luxol

24/08/2017 News

STEPHEN AZZOPARDI A convincing win for Luxol Futsal in their opening match in the Preliminary Round of the Uefa Futsal Cup, held in Linz, Austria. The Maltese champions smashed the hosting Austrian champions with the final score of 7-1. This is not the highest score by a Maltese club playing abroad, as last year Valletta beat Scottish team Wattcell with the score of 9-3. Luxol were in their best condition and opened the score in the opening seconds through Rogerio dos Santos. Captain Mark Zammit doubled the score and increased the team’s confidence throughout the match. Emil Raducu and Nikola Perkovic made the half time score 4-0 for Luxol. In the second half Luxol kept their superiority and added more goals through Celino Alves, GianCarlo Sammut and Perkovic’s brace. A few seconds before the final whistle came the Austrian consolation goal done by Nenad Stankovic. Later today at 6pm, Luxol Read the full article…

Mark Borg in his second MFA’s executive term

18/07/2017 News

We are pleased that Honorary President Mark Borg has been re-elected in the MFA’s Executive Committee for the second term. He will be the catalyst of an ambitious project for the good of the local futsal. The Futsal Stadium at Ta’ Qali in the MFA infrastructure strategic plan, will be the first sign of the benefits from the MFA’s futsal reform.

Mark Borg re-contesting for MFA Executive

10/07/2017 News

Mark Borg, FMA Honorary President will be re-contesting an election in an attempt to retain his seat in the MFA Executive Committee, were he has served for the past season. The election will be held next Saturday 15th July during the MFA Annual General Meeting. Upon being elected on the MFA Executive Committee, Mark Borg has also been appointed as Chairman of the MFA Safety and Security Committee and is also a member on the Projects Committee. Mark Borg remains closely linked to grassroots and futsal development after three years at the helm of the Futsal Association and is hopeful that after the recently announced futsal reform, MFA will be actively contributing to the development of futsal especially in relation to Administration, Coaching Courses, Youth Leagues and infrastructure.

Uefa Futsal Cup 2017/18: Luxol Futsal will travel to Austria

08/07/2017 News

For the first time ever as a Maltese futsal club, Luxol were in seeding position 2 for Futsal Cup preliminary round, thanks to repeated good results every year. Also for the first time, four nations (Russia, Spain, Portugal and Italy) are entering two clubs and no teams receive byes to the elite round. The 24 clubs with the highest coefficients receive byes to the main round while the other 32 start in the preliminary round. A record of 56 clubs entered the UEFA Futsal Cup for 2017/18, and all were involved in the preliminary and main round draws held last Thursday at 14:00CET. Group C: KMF Shkupi 1927 (MKD), Luxol St Andrews (MLT), Diamant Linz (AUT, hosts), Maccabi Tel-Aviv (ISR) Preliminary round (22 to 27 August) • Eight groups of four. • Every group will contain one side each from the four seeding pots, ranked by coefficient. • Eight clubs, Read the full article…

Agreed the proposed Futsal Reform proposed by MFA

27/06/2017 News

STEPHEN AZZOPARDI In an AGM held last week, Futsal clubs unanimously voted in favour of the proposed Futsal Reform proposed by MFA which is intended to introduce a number of improvements in the coming months. As a starting point, MFA recognised the importance of Futsal as a complementary game to 11-a-side football and is committed to step in and support futsal. In this regard, MFA feels that the development of the game should be boosted in such a way that all futsal related matters are co-ordinated by an in-house committee under the management of MFA. To this effect, a Futsal Committee will be set up from this season to embark on a strategy for the coming years which will also include representatives from the Technical Department, Youth FA and Refereeing Department. The direct running of the national competitions will be delegated to a Standing Committee, made up of club representatives Read the full article…

Hamrun’s second half comeback thwarts Citizens

17/06/2017 Fixtures

ROBERT BUSUTTIL Hamrun Tre Angeli beat arch rivals Valletta 8-6 this evening to win the Gatorade KO competition. It was indeed a memorable evening for Hamrun and their supporters as they not only landed their first trophy since the FMA took charge of the local futsal competitions but they did it at the expense of their sporting foes who were searching for the first honour of the season. The match was an exciting affair with Valletta squandering their lead as the Reds fought back to level matters in the second half before scoring the crucial goals to make sure of grabbing the cup. It was a bitter pill to swallow for Valletta as they displayed some positive futsal and could have easily scored more goals had it not been for a couple of superb saves by Ħamrun goalkeeper Matthew Mifsud at the start of the second half. Futsal international referee Read the full article…

Sliema Wanderers clinch second consecutive title

16/06/2017 Fixtures

STEPHEN AZZOPARDI Sliema Wanderers’ successful round in Division One bore fruit and they raised the cup for the second consecutive time. On the other hand Msida SJ also deserved to be finalists but unfortunately they had to suffer from various injuries, during this final match. The Wanderers had a fantastic opening as they had a double advantage in the first minute, through Nikolay Filipov and Christian Micallef. A minute later Mohammed Lamari answered back and reduced the matters for Msida. Minutes later, the same Lamari managed to equalize the score. From that point in time, both teams gave their utmost in the continuation of an action-packed game. Msida ramped up and Chris Cardona put Msida SJ momentarily on the lead. A minute later, Paul Bugeja brought again both teams on equal matters. Msida managed to take back the advantage before the break, through Herbert Spiteri. In the opening seconds of Read the full article…

Citizens take ‘sweet revenge’, Easy for Hamrun

14/06/2017 Fixtures

ROBERT BUSUTTIL Valletta and Hamrun are the finalists of the Gatorade Knock-Out competition after eliminating their respective opponents in the semifinals played yesterday at the Corradino Pavillion. Valletta made sure of the final after ousting holders Luxol 7-2 in the last four of the competition. During this semifinal, the Citizens had an axe to grind. This was the seventh meeting between the two rivals this season and, to the Lilywhites’ obvious discomfort, Luxol won four of the other six matches played. The St Andrews outfit had already wrestled the league crown off the head of Valletta four days before, therefore the latter made their ‘revenge’ against the same opponents with the stamp of efficiency. Valletta navigated their boat in admirable fashion, making their opponents run into labyrinths, before unwinding with swift balls which invariably spelt danger. Luxol, so nippy in Friday’s league game against Valletta but with several players missing Read the full article…

Luxol declared Elite Champions

10/06/2017 Fixtures

STEPHEN AZZOPARDI Luxol were declared as champions of the Elite when they defeated Valletta with a 7-5 score. This third and last final which was termed as the bestest game of this season, took place in a high pitched atmosphere in the presence of a record attendance including the MFA President Norman Darmanin Demajo and the Vice President Matthew Paris. Above all this game served as a platform where both teams continued showing off their powers in local futsal. Presumably this will repeat itself in next Tuesday’s Knock Out semifinal, at 8.00pm. The first ball found the net after four minutes of play by Valletta’s Melvin Borg. Four minutes later Luxol’s international Romanian player Emil Raducu responded back and equalised the result. At the last nine minutes and forty nine seconds of the first half, Rodrigo Ticz Patricio managed to put Valletta back on the advantage. This was balanced again Read the full article…

The final challenge set between Sliema Wanderers and Msida SJ

10/06/2017 Fixtures

STEPHEN AZZOPARDI Sliema Wanderers and Msida SJ confirmed their presence in Division One’s Playoffs Final. Sliema Wanderers continued their positive attitude as they came out victorious against Qormi with the end result of 5-2. On the otherhand Msida SJ also gave a stunning performance, winning 10-2 against Mriehel ESS. In the first encounter, despite having several goaling opportunties, the first half ended goalless for both teams. It was in the first minute of the second half, that Sliema’s Uros Markovic opened the score through a fierce shot. A few minutes later player coach Aleksander Ribic managed to double the score. From this point onwards, Qormi moved forward and reduced the matters through James Tabone. Two minutes later Qormi lost the golden opportunity to level the matters, when Ryan Gilmour Cassar shot high from the second penalty spot. However this was not the end for Cassar as the the ball he Read the full article…