Month: August 2014

Valletta continue to bolster squad.

Promoted side Valletta FC continued to engage in new deals in a bid to strengthen their team for the coming season.

They have been one of the most active clubs so far during this summer transfer window.

After signing Xavier Saliba, Denis di Maio, Kurt Bartolo, Melvin Borg, Cedric Sciberras and keeper Matthew Mifsud, the Citizens agreed terms with four news players that will be forming part of their squad.

Former San Gwann trio Daniel Mifsud, Shawn Vella and Alan Borg together with Clint Farrugia (ex-Qormi FC) will be donning the Valletta shirt for next season.

These new signings confirmed the Citizens’ bid to challenge for next season’s top four position in the Premier Division.

Bringing futsal closer to all local media

For the second consecutive year, the two journalists on board, Stephen Azzopardi and Robert Busuttil will keep on bringing futsal closer to all local media.

During the last season, futsal was covered on almost all local newspapers, tv stations, news websites and on some radio stations.

In fact futsal was regularly covered on The Times of Malta, The Malta Independent and In-Nazzjon.

For the coming season we will strengthen our relations with the Sunday’s newspaper Illum and the daily newspapers Malta Today and l-Orrizont.

Futsal was also regularly covered on the globe through www.maltafootball.com, www.newsbook.com.mt and www.tvm.com.mt.

There were instances where futsal was covered on www.sportmalti.com thanks to Stephen De Battista and www.sportinmalta.com.

We can confirm that sportinmalta is ready to cover futsal on a regular basis.

In the coming weeks, we’ll contact inewsmalta and kullhadd to extend our coverage on their respective websites and newspaper.

We shall continue weekly coverages on the sport news on TVM, together with features on Kontrattakk, links on Radju Malta 2 during the weekend and coverage on RTK Radio’s news bulletin.

Another big achievement for the coming season will be to fine tune an agreement with Replay on Net TV and strengthen our contacts with ONE Sport.

Finally all this work from our journalists would be in vain, without the improved performance of all the teams participating in the Futsal’s Premier and First Division.

A Closer Look at….Sito Rivera (Hungarian National Futsal Team Coach)

International Futsal coach Sito Rivera recently paid a visit to Malta to assist Premier Division champions Balzan FC in their preparations for their participation in the UEFA Futsal Cup. Mr Rivera, who was recently appointed as Hungarian Futsal national team coach, following his departure from the same role in Romania, is an experienced mentor, who has coached clubs in his native Spain as well as Italy and Japan. 

This website took some comments from this experienced coach who accepted willingly to answer all our questions:

Name: Sito Rivera Amoros

Date of Birth: 15/3/1956

Place of Birth: Mataro’ (Barcelona)

Nationality: Spanish

Current Team: Hungarian National Futsal Team

First of all tell us something about you.

I am 58 years old and I graduated at Barcelona Law School. I have worked as a Law Employee of Justice and I possess a High Grade Sporting Futsal Coach licence. I have been involved in Futsal since 1979 . Futsal is my passion and I have participated in conferences and clinics in various countries. I have coached various clubs in my career and my goal is always to help this sport to develop and improve in the future.

When was your first experience in Futsal?

I began to play futsal at the age of 22 with the local club Unio Esportiva Mataro’ in 1979. We succeeded to win consecutive promotions from the third division to the maximum national category. From there on, I have never looked back and continued to develop my knowledge about the game. On the other hand I have been coaching this game for over 30 years from grassroots level to senior teams.

Your opinion about the level of futsal in Europe. 

I can say that UEFA has been increasing its priorities in this sport and wants to develop this game furthermore. They  are investing more in the future and are creating more coaching courses. I think that this is the key to improve the current European leagues.

How did you come to Malta?

It was Balzan FC who approached me to come and help them in their preparations for the coming UEFA Futsal Cup. In fact four of the players who form part of their squad have already worked with me when I used to coach the Romanian national team. I have a good contact with their coach Gabriel Dobre and I accepted the offer to give them a helping hand.

How was your experience in our island?

I was given a really warm welcome and I would really like to thank  Balzan FC  for their hospitality and care during my stay in Malta.  Well your island is fantastic!  I really liked the environment and climate of the island. I had the chance to experience also the level of futsal in Malta.

The level of Balzan and all the players you have encountered.

I think that Balzan can perform quite well in Europe. It’s clear that they have to train harder to compete against the likes of Luparense, Barcelona or Dina for example. But their level is good and they are well trained by their coach.

Your personal objective.

Rather than an objective I wish to continue working harder to transmit my passion to futsal players and improve the quality of this game in Europe.

Moreover I wish that Futsal would be an Olympic sport and this would give this game a greater identity.

Sito Rivera with Gabriel Dobre at the time when he was Romanian National Coach

 

 

FMA unveils brand new logo, League Draws held

Futsal Malta Association (FMA) has today unveiled its brand new logo, as its ambitious process of progress and development continues under the leadership of FMA President Mark Borg.

The logo – made up of a futsal pitch at the centre with a ball at the right hand side and the name of the association underneath reflects the love for the game of futsal and the dynamism of the association.

The website will have also some changes including a database for the restricted use of the clubs’ members.

During today’s council meeting the Premier Division, First Division and Knock Out draws were held in front of the clubs’ representatives.

The First Division will start on Monday 15th September with Mqabba playing against Mdina and Msida playing against Mellieha.

The following matches are on Tuesday 16th September with Lija playing against Luqa and Attard playing against B’Bugia.

On Monday 22nd September, Naxxar will have their first match of the season against Siggiewi, followed by Qrendi playing against Sirens.

On Tuesday 23rd September, Mellieha will continue this time against Mqabba and Luqa meets Mdina.

On Thursday 25th September, B’Bugia play against Msida and Siggiewi against Lija.

The Super Cup Final between Balzan and Luxol was already scheduled on Friday 26th September.

On Saturday 27th September, the First Division continues with Sirens against Attard, Qrendi against Naxxar and Mqabba against Luqa.

The  Premier Division will kick off on Tuesday 30th September with Zebbug playing against Mosta.

On Thursday 2nd October, Valletta return to Premier having their first match against Hamrun and Qormi will play against Zurrieq.

On Friday 3rd October we’ll have the first derby of this season, between Swieqi and Luxol.

On the same date, last season Premier’s champions Balzan will be playing against last season First Division Champions Gzira.

On Tuesday 7th October, Hamrun will meet Zebbug.

On Thursday 9th October, Zurrieq will be playing against Mosta and Luxol against Valletta.

On Friday 10th October, Balzan will be playing against Qormi and Gzira against Swieqi.

In the Knock-out’s Preliminary Round we have the following matches:

Luqa vs Balzan with the winner playing against Lija in the First Round.

Naxxar vs Gzira with the winner playing against Siggiewi in the First Round.

Valletta vs Sirens with the winner playing against Attard in the First Round.

B’Bugia vs Qrendi with the winner playing against Swieqi in the First Round.

Mellieha vs Msida with the winner playing against Hamrun in the First Round.

Mqabba vs Qormi with the winner playing against Mdina in the First Round.

The First Round also have Mosta playing against Luxol and Zebbug against Zurrieq.