Month: September 2014

A Closer Look at….Antonello Brincat (Qrendi FC)

Name: Antonello Brincat

Lives in Mosta.

Works as a Medical Equipment Technician.

He has a passion for futsal, likes going out and is keen on videogames.

He doesn’t have a particular motto.

How did you begin to play futsal?

The first time I played futsal was when my friend Gordon Zammit told be to go for a trial with Scandals Futsal. On my first attempt, I really didn’t like the sport and therefore I continued to play 11-a-side football. After some time I tried my luck with Sliema Futsal, who were managed by Mario Gaffiero. This time I got involved in this game and from there on I continued to develop my skills.

What is the thing that fascinates you most in this game?

Well, I can say that futsal is a fast game and the player is continuously involved.

How are you getting along with Qrendi FC?

I am very happy with this team. Moreover I consider my team mates as one family and there is always respect between us.

Last year you failed promotion by a whisker. What is the team’s objective for this season?

In fact, as you said, last year we started the league with a bang. We were unbeaten until February but then something happened. Maybe we took some things for granted. We would like to challenge for promotion even though we know that all First Division sides are well equipped.

Your personal objectives.

My personal objective is to help my team mates especially younger ones to develop more skills in this game. As I said, our main aim as a team is to be promoted to the Premier Division.

Your personal appreciations…

I would like to thank Qrendi Futsal for showing faith in me, especially the staff and players. Most of all I would like to say a big thanks to my wife who is always present at the Corradino Pavillion and supports me in every match that I play.




Gzira United present new squad

No less than seven new players feature in the Gzira United squad for the Premier Division campaign season 2014/15 which kicks off next week with the first programme of matches. The new players were presented during a press conference at the Corradino Pavillion last Friday.

The new players are Kevin Vella, Sean Vella, Luke Stivala, Leandros Calleja, Michael Tonna, Frankie Xerri and Glen Farrugia.

Complementing  Team Coach Paul Carabott Damato  in the technical staff will be once again assistant coach Kenneth Farrugia together with Warren Galea as the goalkeepers’ coach.

Paul Carabott Damato said that the club is keeping its feet on the ground and set realistic targets now that they are playing in the Premier Division.

Even though other clubs have strengthened their squad, Gzira United will be a hard nut to crack for everyone. The club’s first objective is to secure their Premier Division status for the following season.

“We have to do that with humility, unity and most of all determination.” said Carabott Damato.

He said that last year Gzira United had the best defence of the First Division and this contributed mainly to the excellent work done by the technical staff, especially by Warren Galea, the goalkeepers’ coach.







Team Manager Clive Mifsud said that this transfer campaign consisted of a mix of young and experienced players that will complement the already strong squad that helped Gzira clinch promotion to the Premier Division.

Mifsud thanked the sponsors for the enthusiasm shown during their build up for this coming season. Most of all, he appreciated the donation of an AED (Automatic External Defibrillator) given by one of the sponsors (Technoline  Ltd) to assist the players in case of a cardiac related problem.







In their first official address to the media, the new players praised the sense of unity that reigns in the club. They were given a warm welcome by all the staff and this helped them to adapt immediately to their new club’s philosophy.

In the pre-season preparation, Gzira  United have played two matches against the two heavyweights of Maltese futsal, Balzan and Luxol. Despite losing both matches (6-4 and 10-5 respectively) the level of play shown by the players was encouraging.









Gzira United  will kick off their Premier Division commitments on the 10th October against Balzan

 Gzira United’s Squad 2014/15:

KEEPERS (Kit No. – Name – Previous Club)

1 – Glen Farrugia (B’Bugia) / 12 – Neil Camilleri (Gzira Utd) / 21- Nicolas Gueydon (Gzira Utd) / 22 – Kurt Balzan (Gzira Utd)

PLAYERS (Kit No. – Name – Previous Club)

Ruben Mellado Burguillo (Leganes Spain) / 3  Gordon Mizzi (Gzira Utd) / 4  Kevin Vella (Qrendi) 

5  Jurgen Mifsud (Gzira Utd) / 6  Nicky Borg (Gzira Utd) / 7  Alessio Restuccia (Gzira Utd)

8  Michael Tonna ( Melita ) / 10 – Aurelio Burgio (Gzira Utd) / 11  Joseph Mifsud (Gzira Utd – Capt)

13  Frankie Xerri (St. Patricks) / 14 Leandros Calleja (Vittoriosa) / 15  Kenneth Bonnici (Gzira Utd)

13 – Darton bugeja (Vittoriosa) / 17 – Sean Vella (Vittoriosa) / 18 – Luke Stivala (Vittoriosa)

19 – Antonio Fraschilla (Gzira Utd) / 20  Robert Zammit (Gzira Utd)


Coach – Paul Carabott Damato

Ass. Coach – Kenneth Farrugia

Keepers Coach – Warren Galea



Team Manager / Council Member – Clive Mifsud

Events Coordinator – Leo Brincat 

Secretary – Douglas Mifsud






Another eight for Mellieha, Sirens notch their first win

Mellieha continued their positive trail by scoring another eight goals, this time against B’Bugia. The first half was quite a balanced one, with Mellieha breaking the deadlock after only a minute through Craig Pickard. Four minutes later Peter Mark Cachia leveled the matters for B’Bugia. On the 12th minute Mellieha regained their advantage through Joseph Vella. A minute later Eric Saliba equalised again the score for B’Bugia.

In the second half, Mellieha were more dominant and scored four more goals scored by Craig Pickard once again, a brace by Nikolay Filipov, Darren Aitchinson and Josef Balzan. B’Bugia entered again in the match by scoring two more goals by Clive Formosa and Ronnie Celeste. Joseph Vella’s second personal goal closed the matters, with the end result 8-4 for Mellieha.

Sirens notched their first win in an interesting and hot encounter against Msida.  The referees had to show seven yellow and three red cards. For Sirens Jonathan Debono was sent off after receiving two yellow cards, like Msida’s Marian Gologan in the last minute of the game. Msida’s Herbert Spiteri was given a straight red for attempting to punch an opponent.

Sirens dramatic victory was marked with George Chircop’s and James Tabone’s brace and a goal each for Lawrence Vella and Jeffrey Fenech.

Msida also found  the net through Marian Gologan’s brace and a goal from Chris Cutajar and Andy Blundell.

Mdina Knights got stuck in, even though they were beaten by Siggiewi who had their first win of the season.  Siggiewi had a three goal advantage with the goals scored by Philip Caruana Turner, Matthew Debono and James Borg.  Mdina Knights equalised through Roberto Sarcia and a brace from Cleaven Portelli. Siggiewi finalised the score with two more goals scored by Matthew Debono and James Borg.

A dominant Luqa had another positive result, beating Mqabba 3-1.  Isaac Delmar, Andrew Scerri and Keith Mifsud scored for Luqa, while Mqabba’s only goal was scored by Justin Psaila.

Tonight Qrendi will be playing against Naxxar and Sirens against Attard.


Ribic hits six in Lija romp

Aleksandr Ribic, the mastermind, orchestrated Lija’s second win of the season in the First Division after scoring six goals as he helped his team defeat Siggiewi 9-1.

It was an outstanding performance by the Serbian player who created havoc to the Siggiewi rearguard.

Ribic formed an outstanding tandem with Zeljko Anicic who scored a brace during this match.

Former Fgura player, Jason Gauci added another one for Lija.

Siggiewi reduced the arrears through James Borg.

This victory put Lija joint first with Mellieha who also won the first two matches of the season.








Msida returned to winning ways as they beat B’Buga 6-3 to bag the first three points of the season.

Alan Micallef put Msida ahead but John Paul Barbara equalized for B’Buga. Then Msida scored three quick goals through Marian Golugan and a brace by Noel Portelli to install a 4-1 advantage.

B’Buga quickly reacted and hit the target twice through Peter Mark Cachia and Noel Tabone.

It looked as if the Southsiders were getting back into the match but Msida had other ideas as Marian Golugan and Matthew Dingli scored another two goals to give their team the final victory.

Excitement already high in the First Division

Despite going a goal down, Naxxar Lions turned round the result and ended the first half with an advantage of 4-2.

Siggiewi found the net twice through Simon Gingell Littlejohn and Matthew Debono.

After that there was no looking back for the Lions.

Naxxar obtained their first three points with Khail Drago’s brace, an own goal by Steve Gingell Littlejohn, Daniel Brincat, Ryan Mifsud, Christopher Wismayer and Andrew Catania.

In an evenly contested match, Sirens and Qrendi shared the spoils in an entertaining 4-4 scoreline. Sirens broke the deadlock after one minute and always managed to gain the advantage with Qrendi always balancing the affairs.
In the second half, Qrendi’s captain, Antonello Brincat inspired his team with two quick goals to put them in front but Sirens managed to find the equalizer that helped them grab the first point of the competition.
James Tabone scored a brace, Etienne Bonnici and a penalty by James Tabone were the goal-getters for Sirens.
Qrendi replied back with a brace by Antonello Brincat and Maxime Landais.

After last week’s debut of Mdina Knights with Mqabba, which ended 3-3, Luqa proved to be the better side by winning 3-1.

Luqa opened the score through their captain Isaac Delmar and this was the only goal in the first half.

In the second half, Edward Falzon made it 2-0 with a screamer and 10 minutes later Mdina responded and made it 2-1 through their captain John Micallef. Few minutes later Keith Mifsud made the final score 3-1 in Luqa’s favour.

The sixteen goals in Mellieha’s first two matches, placed them solely on top of the first division’s standings.

Against Mqabba, it was again Nikolay Filipov’s Show with five goals, being the division’s top scorer with eight goals.

Radoslav Kovachev put his name twice on Mellieha’s scorers together with a goal by Craig Pickard.

Mqabba’s only goal came through Thomas Consoli.

Futsal’s First Division will resume tomorrow with B’bugia playing against Msida, while Siggiewi will play again this week against Lija.

Birzebbuga St Peter’s Squad 2014/2015

Following a radical change in administration, Birzebbuga St.Peters started their new adventure from the First Division after placing second in last season’s Premier Division Section B. During the pre-season the management tried to enhance the squad with some new additions mainly from Marsaskala Futsal.
Goalkeeper Dwayne Grech together with Godfrey Cutajar, Mark Anthony Psaila and Ronnie Celeste joined the squad to practically strengthen all areas of the field.
The management also had the addition of Silvio Mifsud, veteran player, as one of the coaching staff joining Paul Saliba who managed the team last season.

The first encounter has given an indication to the team of how they stand and what the focus should be during this season.
A lively and intense match against Attard opened the season and has proven that there will be tough competition for everyone this year for the top spots in the division table.

Birzebbuga’s squad for this season:
Malcolm Cutajar
Dwayne Grech
Noel Tabone
Mark Anthony Psaila
Jean Paul Barbara
Eric Saliba
Michael Ciappara
Peter Mark Cachia
Anthero Agius
Ronnie Celeste
Charlton Camilleri
Godfrey Cutajar
Andrew Galea
Team Manager: Paul Saliba
Coach: Silvio Mifsud

Three-goal Filipov brings debut joy for Mellieha

Nikolay Filipov was Mellieha’s inspirational player as he scored a hat-trick to help his side overcome Msida 8-2 after the first round of matches from the Futsal First Division was played at the Corradino Pavillion.

It was a dream start for Mellieha who were making their official debut in the local futsal scene. Moreover other newcomers Attard, Lija and Mdina finished unbeaten in their first league commitments.

Bulgarian duo Radoslav Kovachev and Nikolay Filipov were a continuous menace to the Msida defence as Mellieha produced a remarkable second half to bag the first three points at stake.

The first half was a balanced encounter as Mellieha always took the lead but Msida found time to pull two goals back to pile some sort of pressure to their opponents.

But in the second half, Mellieha completely dominated the proceedings and scored five goals to rubberstamp their first official victory of the season.

Nikolay Filipov scored a hat-trick, Joseph Vella netted a brace while Radoslav Kovachev, Josef Balzan and Ian Cilia added more goals for Mellieha.

Alan Micallef and Gary Zerafa pulled two goals back for Msida.

Mdina and Mqabba shared the spoils 3-3 in an entertaining match.

For Mdina this was their first match in the local futsal scene.  Mqabba gained a double advantage in the first half but Mdina pulled one back before half time.

In the second half Mdina reacted quite well and managed to score the draw a few seconds before the end.

Etienne Rodo, Thomas Consoli and Wayne Mizzi put their names on the score sheet for Mqabba.

Cleaven Portelli, Matthew Gatt and Dalziel Bugeja scored Mdina’s first official goals in the futsal First Division to level matters for their team and gain the first point of the season.

Lija made a great debut in the local futsal scene after beating Luqa 5-3.

Lija surged ahead through Jeremy Cutajar and Zeljko Anicic doubled the score four minutes later. Andrew Scerri pulled one back for Luqa while Isaac Delmar with a spectacular shot restored parity 2-2.

Aleksandar Ribic regained his team’s advantage but Luqa reacted fiercely and levelled matters from Alan Chetcuti.

Veteran Jean Bert Gatt scored Lija’s fourth goal before half-time to make it 4-3.

In the second half, Luqa tried to offer a good reaction but found Lija’s keeper Stefan Vella in fine form.

Zeljko Anicic added another goal to score a brace and make the final score 5-3 for Lija.

Attard and Birzebbugia shared a lively 2-2 draw in an evenly balanced match. The former, who were marking their first appearance in the First Division, scored their goals through Aaron Camillieri and Duncan Bonello.


Let’s start with Mdina and Mqabba

Today is the official start-up of 2014/15 futsal season, with Mdina and Mqabba from the First Division League.

This website contacted Cleaven Portelli Mdina Knights’ Vice Captain, where he feels really excited about today’s game against Mqabba, like all his team mates.

Today the hard work between the student’s associations and Mdina Knights representatives will bear fruit and fulfil the 9 months of expectations.

Portelli on behalf of the team said that they will play with a winning mentality and respect to their opponents.

This summer they had the opportunity of playing some friendlies together with regular training sessions with Coach Kyle Sultana.

From the other side, Mqabba’s Coach Kenneth Fiteni said that Mqabba will continue where they left in the last season.

During the summer new players joined the club and they well integrated with the remaining ones.

They worked hard to prepare themselves in giving a good game against each team in the First Division.

Tonight’s initial match will be an important match to gauge their level of progress and what needs to be done for the future.

First Division kicks off today

Futsal fever starts gripping tight this week when the 2014/2015 First Division kicks off with the opening round of matches between today and tomorrow.

Siggiewi, Attard, Naxxar, Msida, Mdina, Sirens, B’Bugia, Mellieha, Lija, Qrendi, Mqabba and Luqa will embark on a new First Division campaign determined to get the points on board as quickly as possible to guarantee a positive season for themselves.

Attard, Mellieha, Lija and Mdina are making their official debut this season  while Marsascala, Kalkara, Fgura and Sta Lucia dropped from the futsal scene after participating in last year’s First Division.

Last year Valletta were crowned as promoted First Division champions after a good run of positive matches while Gzira United and Zebbug Rangers joined  them in the two remaining promotion spots.

There will be top teams that will challenge for their main objective to be promoted to the Premier Division. All teams have strengthened their squads with good acquisitions some of them even having a top division experience. This will guarantee a positive season for  the First Division campaign as well as more entertaining matches.

This week’s programme:

Corradino Pavillion:

Monday 15th September 2014

19.45 hrs – Mqabba vs Mdina

21.15 hrs – Msida vs Mellieha

Tuesday 16th September 2014

19.45 hrs – Lija vs Luqa

21.15 hrs – Attard vs B’Bugia





Luxol Futsal: Challenge for major trophies

After finishing third in the table last season, Luxol will conjure up a real force in order to challenge for the championship title during the coming season.

They are preparing very well for their first major encounter next month when they take on champions Balzan in the Super Cup.

Luxol secured the services of five new players in their squad. These are Celino Alves, Peter Pullicino, Omar Toutoungi, Ben Camilleri and goalkeeper Reuben Grech.

Florin Anton was confirmed as player/coach for next season and the committee has succeeded to retain most of the players who helped them place third in the table last year.







This website contacted Florin Anton who confirmed that Luxol are training intensively twice a week to prepare for the new season. He sets his objectives clearly:
“We want to win the three trophies at stake; Super Cup, Championship and Knock-Out. We believe in our team, the players are performing greatly and want to do well this season.”

The same objective was set by their new signing, Celino Alves, who believes that Luxol have the potential to challenge for all the competitions.






“We have to do that with great humility and hard training that will help us become more competitive.”

Alves, who has been playing in Malta since January, has been a key player for Hibernians last season after scoring 21 goals.

He is getting used to his new life in Malta and has made a lot of friends during these months. All these factors have contributed to consider Malta as his second home.

Asked  about his new team, Celino Alves was overwhelmed by the warm welcome received.

“My first days at Luxol have been fantastic. Everyone made me feel at home immediately from the President to the coach and all the players. They are making it possible for me to adapt to their new setup.”

The Brazilian thinks that the championship will be keenly contested as all the teams have strengthened their squads and this will make the league much more interesting.

In their preparation for the Super Cup  against Balzan (to be played on Friday 3rd October) , Luxol will play three friendly matches against Gzira Utd, Mosta and Hamrun Spartans.

They will kick off their Premier Division season against Swieqi on the 10th October.