Month: August 2014

Lija sign Ribic

Lija Athletic Futsal have obtained the services of Serbian forward Aleksandar Ribic.

The 32 year old  has a lot of experience in Maltese futsal as he has already played for  White Eagles, Naxxar Motors, Balzan Futsal and Pembroke.

He participated in the UEFA Futsal Cup three times in Lithuania, Macedonia and Bosnia.

He won the Premier Futsal League twice, the KO competition four times and three times the Super Cup.

Moreover he finished top scorer of the Premier Division for three times and was voted twice as player of the year.

Lija Athletic  have returned back to the local futsal league after an absence of one year and have already signed Nicola del Re as their new manager this season.


Balzan returned with a luggage loaded with experience

On their arrival at the Malta International Airport, Balzan’s players were very tired since they had been travelling from Zagreb to Budapest Airport for 5 hours by bus.

Player coach Gabriel Dobre said that he was satisfied with the efforts put by his players, especially the Maltese who all gave their best.

Dobre continued that playing against a hard team like Alumnus was a new experience, but admitted of getting a bitter taste at the end.

He explained that a good game gives positive results when having two balanced teams, as they had against Kopenhavn.

Dobre finally said that during the last game they turned up to be much better.

Balzan’s next confrontation will be on Friday 3rd October, aiming to keep the Super Cup against Luxol.

Second win puts Alumnus through

FMK Alumnus…….7


(H.T 3-0)

A brace from Kristijan Grbesa and Sadat Ziberi sent debutants and hosts FMK Alumnus through the main round of the UEFA Futsal Cup after finding no difficulty to overcome the opposition of Danish champions, Kobenhavn. 

Before this match, Alumnus were in high spirits after winning the first match against Maltese champions Balzan. They installed a three goal lead before half time to put them in pole position and impose their superiority over their opponents.

In the second half the match resumed with the same scenario with Alumnus always in control of the game.

Kristijan Grbesa and Sadat Ziberi scored two goals apiece with Matija Capar, Hrvoje Penava and Matija Dulvat adding more goals for Alumnus.

Kobenhavn, who finished bottom of Group F,  scored their consolation goals through Javier Sanz Caridad and Nicolas Ulvius.

In the main round, Alumnus will play ISK Dina Moskva, Futsal Team Charleroi and FC Deva.

Kobenhavn: Graulund, Haberecht, Ajanne, Clifford, Caridad, Berlin, Benarab, Christensen, Al Faour, Ulvius, Kongsbirk, Hougaard, Jensen, Bickersteth.

Coach: Tai Regel Pundik.

Alumnus: Lukic, Capar, Penava, Dulvat, Grbesa, Peric, Brnic, Sagud, Ziberi, Horvat, Knezevic, Vuk, Ledinscak.

Coach: Mico Martic.

Referee 1: Tori Lehtinen (Finland)

Referee 2: Juan Gallardo (Spain)

Third Official: Miguel Castilho (Spain)


Group F

Alumnus 6 

Balzan      3

Kobenhavn 0




Romanian trio inspire Balzan

Balzan FC……………………5


(H.T 3-0)

A great performance by Romanian international players Tony Safar, Andrea Dan and Adrian Panzaru paved the way to Balzan’s first victory in the UEFA Futsal Cup to guarantee the second spot in Group F Preliminary Round. 

Safar scored a brace and masterminded each action his team maneuvered while Panzaru provided some good assists for his team mates.

Balzan were a completely different side from yesterday’s defeat against Alumnus. Coach Gabriel Dobre opted for an attacking strategy that left their opponents unprepared and unable to absorb their continuous attacks.

While the Danish champions were not the same level as Alumnus they still gave a challenge to the Maltese champions especially in the second half.

On 4 minutes, Emil Raducu broke the deadlock after receiving from Dobre while Tony Safar doubled the score a few minutes later after a good corner from Raducu.

Kobenhavn keeper Emil Graulund performed a string of good saves on Boycho Marev and Andrea Dan to deny Balzan’s quest for more goals.

Despite all this, Gabriel Dobre scored the third for Balzan after a fierce shot that left no chance to Graulund to install a three goal lead before half time.

In the second half, Dobre made a tactical change as keeper Xerxen substituted Farrugia. The Gudja FC keeper reacted well to his opponents’ pressure that  increased with time and produced some good saves to keep Balzan’s goal intact.

The Maltese champions continued to impose the game and scored another goal on 24 minutes through Tony Safar after a good counter attack.

Kobenhavn never lost hope and their coach Tai Regel Pundik opted for the flying keeper to exert more pressure on Balzan’s rearguard.
But in one of these attacks, Romanian Andrea Dan took advantage of an opponents’  blunder and scored another goal to make it 5-0 for Balzan.

Ten minutes from the end the Danish succeeded to find the net three times through a brace by Clement Cliford (30:31, 37:13) and Javier Sanz Caridad (32:23).

But it was too late for Kobenhavn to avoid succumbing to their first defeat of the tournament.

The end of the match brought scenes of  jubilation among Balzan’s players, committee and supporters who succeeded to finish second in this tough group.

Balzan FC: Nicholas Farrugia, Matthew Xerxen, Gabriel Dobre, Giancarlo Sammut, Boycho Marev, Mark Zammit, Andrea Dan, Adrian Panzaru, Carlos Scicluna, Emil Raducu, Tony Safar, Zeljko Anicic, Nicola del Re, Glenn Bonello.

Coach: Gabriel Dobre

Kobenhavn: Emil Graulund, Nikolay Christensen, Nikolaj Kongsbirk, Jim Bothmann Hougard, Jens Lev Nytoft Berlin, Bilal Benarab, Ibrahim Al Faour, Nicolas Ullvius, Moussa Ajanne, Clement Cliford, Javier Sanz Caridad, Lasse Jensen, Christian Hjort Haberecht, Matthias Findalen Bickersteth.

Coach: Tai Regel Pundik.

Referee 1: Juan Gallardo (Spain)

Referee 2: Miguel Castilho (Spain)

Third Official: Tony Lehtinen (Finland)


It wasn’t the day for Balzan



MNK Alumnus vs Balzan FC – UEFA Futsal Cup 2014/15

Preliminary Round – Group F

MNK Alumnus …… 7

Balzan FC ………… 2

Balzan started off on the wrong foot, when conceiving an early goal from a defensive mistake.  Balzan tried to remedy the situation when Emil Raducu equalized after four minutes play.

Surely it wasn’t the day for the goalkeeper Nicholas Farrugia and his team mates, as consecutive defensive mistakes made it easy for the Croat Champions to score.

Balzan’s player coach Gabriel Dobre, also tried to take control of the situation, by calling a time out after the third goal, changing Nicholas Farrugia with Matthew Xerxen and introducing Raducu as the additional player being the flying keeper.

This strategy didn’t work as the opponents kept on scoring more goals.

Alumnus’ scorers were Durvat, Brnic, Zibiri, Grebesca and Capar twice.

Balzan scored through Raducu who was the best player for Balzan and gave a hard time to the Croat goalkeeper Dragan Lukic.

Safar, one of Balzan’s new comers, also had a good game and scored the second goal.

MNK Alumnus: Lukic, Capar, Pernic, Sagud, Ziberi, Penava, Dulvat, Horvat, Knezevic, Vuk, Grebesa, Ledeisscak.

Balzan: Farrugia, Xerxen, Dobre, Sammut, Marev, Zammit, Dan, Panzaru, Scicluna, Raducu, Safar, Anicic, Del Re, Bonello.

Balzan perform first training session in Croatia

Balzan held its first training session at the Dom Sportiva Complex in Zagreb on the eve of their first outing in the Preliminary Round Group F of the UEFA Futsal Cup.
The players trained hard in a one and a half hour session under the charge of their player coach Gabriel Dobre.
In the first part of the session, the players started to focus on the orientation of the parquet flooring  while in the second part Dobre concentrated mostly on tactics in view of tomorrow’s match against Croat champions FMK Alumnus.
Dobre was satisfied with this first training session in Croatia.
Balzan ,who have been training for the past five weeks , included in the squad two Romanian internationals, Tony Safar and Adrian Panzaru, who seemed to have adapted well to their team’s system.
Dobre has to assess the physical condition of Andrea Dan who is suffering from a hamstring injury.
When contacted by this website, club official Nathaniel Jones expressed his satisfaction with the facilities of the Doma Sportiva Complex. He praised all the staff and players who are working hard for this tournament and  hopes that Balzan will produce a great performance against such a strong opposition.
The match between Balzan and FMK Alumnus will be played at the Dom Sportiva Complex and will start at 20.00hrs.



Balzan to fly off to Zagreb

Tomorrow around noon, Balzan Futsal will depart from the Malta International Airport to their much awaited participation in UEFA Futsal Cup 2014/15.

Balzan are in Preliminary Round Group F together with Croatian Champions MNK Alumnus and Danish Champions København.

Balzan’s opening match is scheduled on Wednesday against MNK Alumnus at 8pm.

The other match against København is set for Thursday at 8pm.

During last Friday’s press conference at Team Sport in Iklin, player coach Gabriel Dobre remarked that the opening match on Wednesday against MNK Alumnus, needs to be a good one.

The opponents are professional futsal players and that means that Balzan need to work harder on the day.

During the last month all players attended to all training sessions which were held almost everyday and had two friendly matches against Gzira and Lija.

These friendly matches were important to measure the level of confidence of the team and to have a clearer picture of the players’ situation.

The two ex-Romanian national team players Tony Luliu Safar and Adrian Panzaru together with Mark Zammit and Matthew Attard from Hibernians, Carl Azzopardi from Pembroke and the return of Eslam Khalifa from Luxol were this summer’s acquisitions for Balzan to strengthen the squad.

Dobre worked hard with his boys to have the ideal strategy for the first game in the UEFA Futsal Cup.

In fact he’s happy with the strategy on paper which now needs to be put in practice on what they decide to play on pitch.

Course for prospective futsal referees

MFA will be organizing a new course for prospective futsal referees from 4th September to 22nd September 2014.
Anyone (aged between 17 to 38 years old) interested in starting a career as futsal referee can send an email to Mr. Gjergji Bitri ( stating:
Name and Surname, Date of Birth, Address, Profession/Education.
Lectures on Futsal Laws of the Game will be held Mondays and Thursdays from 18.30 to 20 hours at Refereeing Department Premises, Centenary Stadium, Ta’ Qali.
Successful candidates will participate in FIFA Seminar for Futsal Referees to be held between 26th to 28th September in Malta.

Mqabba FC – Giving a tough challenge to every opponent

After holding their Annual General Meeting, First Division club Mqabba FC has chosen the new committee members  for the coming season.

Conrad Dimech will be Mqabba’s president, Wayne Dimech will take the role of the club’s treasurer while Geoffrey Said has been chosen as General Secretary.

Kenneth Fiteni has been confirmed as their coach together with assistant coach Nikola Farrugia.

Mqabba have obtained former Msida duo Thomas Consoli and Daniel Galea together with Alex Falzon (ex-Luqa SA), Owen Fiteni (ex-Sta Lucia), Darren Lynch (ex-Vittoriosa S), Vittorio Ciantar (ex-B’Bugia), Paul Cumbo and Etienne Rodo.

Moreover, Karl Carabott and Denzil Pisani will begin a new experience as futsal players.

When contacted by this website, Mqabba’s president, Conrad Dimech said that the club hasn’t set a fixed objective for the coming season. Their main goal is to give a tough game to their opponents and perform well in every match.

Mqabba’s first match will be against Mdina Knights on the 15th September.

Msida St Joseph present new players

Following the first players’ meeting of season 2014-2015, Msida St Joseph F.C presented their official new players at their club house.

Their new recruits for this season  are former Fgura trio Godfrey Cutajar, Noel Portelli and Wayne Vella together with Sean Micallef (ex-Birgu), Brendon Debrincat (ex-Gzira Utd), James Camilleri (ex-Sta Lucia) and Gallen Mifsud (ex-Pembroke).

Apart from the above mentioned players, Msida have retained last year’s top scorer Chris Cutajar and kept faith in four other players Alan Micallef, Andy Blundell, Ian Caruana and Matthew Dingli.
Meanwhile the committee is in advanced discussions with three foreign players to continue to bolster their already strong team.

Their main goal is to improve on last year’s position as well as to challenge for promotion to Premier Division status next year.

The committee will have Mike Pace as their president with Ian Micallef as secretary while Kevin Agius will take the role of player/coach.

The Club’s President, Mike Pace, on behalf of the committee, thanked all those involved in the club who provide their help and assistance throughout the year.