Month: November 2015

A Closer Look at…Mark Camilleri (Sliema Wanderers)

Name: Mark Camilleri.
Born on November 10th 1985.
Place of Birth: Rabat.
Works as a nurse at Mater Dei Hospital.
Personal Motto: Training is essential to succeed
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How did you begin to play futsal?
I started playing futsal about 12 years ago with River Plate, after finishing the minors section with the 11-a-side football team Dingli Swallows.
What do you think about this game?
Futsal is a waiting game where you try to grab the opportunity and score once your opponent is out of place.
Talk about the teams you have played so far.
As I have already said, I played for seven years with River Plate. Then I joined Kerygma Futsal for another year followed by an experience with Xghajra Futsal where I had the opportunity to be their player/coach. Following the reform made by the FMA, I joined Qormi almost three years ago. Last season I participated with Siggiewi and this year I am part of the Sliema squad.
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What was your greatest moment so far in this sport?
My greatest moment in futsal was with River Plate when we clinched the promotion from the third division.
At that time, the third division was played outside on synthetic pitches.
The following year we succeeded to emulate another feat as we got promoted from the second division.
I even succeeded to finish top scorer of the team.
Talk about your new team: Sliema Wanderers.
I can consider Sliema Futsal as one big family. Club officials, coaches and players are always striving for success.
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Recently you have won your first match of the season. What are your impressions about this season?
Yes in fact during our last game we bagged our first three points of the season.
Certainly the first two matches weren’t easy for Sliema as we faced two difficult opponents.
Despite all this, we are believing that our teamwork and performances are improving game after game.
In my opinion the teams in the Gatorade Futsal League, except maybe some four or five that will challenge for the final play-offs, are almost the same level.
This makes this campaign a very interesting one.
Your personal objectives in futsal.
My personal objective is to always improve my performance year after year.
I would like to play for the national team and maybe win the league.
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Luxol and Hamrun confirm to be the league contenders

Luxol passed from the first hard test, winning Lija Atheltic 4-3. Both teams left for the half time break with a balanced result of 3-3.

Luxol broke the deadlock with Carl Azzopardi together with a brace from William Barbosa. Lija answered back with goals scored by Luke Stivala, Ebrahim Massoudi and Chavi Montes Burgos.

Frane Despotovic’s decisive goal in the second half, gave another three points to Luxol.

Ħamrun Spartans persisted with their positive track record against Żebbuġ Rangers, winning 11-4. During a very tight first half, Żebbug managed to equalise matters when they were at a disadvantage of three goals.

Żebbug Rangers’ goals were marked with Anton Novoa Perez’s brace, Gorg Borg and Jamie Portelli’s goal from a freeshot. The Rangers also missed the opportunity to score the fifth goal from another freeshot.

Spartans’ were led by the proliphic Brazilan Raphael Felipe Ortiz de Oliveira, who scored six goals, together with braces from Rodrigo Ticz Patricio and George Frendo. Captain Michael Spiteri’s name was also listed in Ħamrun’s scoreline.

Sirens, Sliema claim first victory

Sirens and Sliema ended a run of two straight defeats after beating fellow strugglers Mqabba and Marsaskala respectively to secure the first win of the season.
Sliema Wanderers defeated Marsaskala 5-1 in the battle of the basement clash.
It was an eye-catching performance from the Blues who looked a transformed side from the one that had stuttered in the previous matches.
They looked fully motivated to take something from the match and their cause was aided by duo Darren Agius and Ryan Dalli that put them on a solid platform to grab their first points of the season.
Marsaskala tried to hit back but they were influenced by the absence of their talisman player Nikolay Filipov. Despite their effort the Southsiders never got going.
Sliema opened the scoring after four minutes when Ryan Dalli took advantage of a swift counter-attack to tear into the box and beat Delyan Ivanov.
Darren Agius doubled the score a few minutes later until Jurgen Mifsud met Mark Camilleri’s cross with a precise right-foot shot.
Marsaskala managed to reduce the score before the break thanks to a Steve Gambin penalty.
In the second half, the plan of the match didn’t change as the Wanderers added two more goals through Darren Agius and a well-taken freeshot by Mark Camilleri.
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Previously, Sirens bagged their first win of the season after they edged past Mqabba 2-1.
The North seasiders, who climbed off the bottom of the table for the first time this season after yesterday’s victory, opted for a possession game with Mqabba unable to pinch their opponents solid defence.
Antoine Galea broke the deadlock for Sirens after a fine lob.
However Mqabba managed to equalize thanks to a strike from Steve Falzon who dribbled past two defenders and fired home to make it 1-1.
Mqabba were venturing forward in search of the advantage goal but found the St Paul’s Bay rearguard in fine form as they repelled most of their opponents’ attacks.
Sirens opened the second half in style as they added a second when Etienne Bonnici collected a Lawrence Vella pass in the box to bury the ball beyond Schembri.
Mqabba had a fierce reaction but failed to capitalize in front of goal.
Matthew Buttigieg came close in the dying minutes of the match when he hit the post after a good move.
Sirens resisted until the end to gain a precious win that gives moral to their squad.
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Valletta comes out successful in a hard fought game

Against all odds, Mdina Knights showed great character and made their utmost to prove themselves as good defendants and attackers towards Valletta. Mdina’s goalkeeper, Matthew Gatt, was continuously on the alert, blocking most of Valletta’s scoring opportunities.

Braces from Dylan Musu and Denis Di Maio initiated Valletta’s advantage, while Mdina Knights scored their first goal. A free kick taken by Rodney Debono, controlled brilliantly by Leo Muscat, who smashed it, made the score 3-1. From a quick counter attack, Mohammed Elamari made it 5-1, recorded as the half time result.

Just before the break, a pulling between Randall Vella and Melvin Borg led the latter to retaliate and this clash led both players to be sent off from the court after receiving a red card.

From now on the tension between the two teams escalated, resulting in a few minute suspension of the game. Mdina’s players and coaching staff decided to resume playing, ignoring their supporters who were asking them to cease.

Matters cooled down during the half time break and the second half kicked off with 4 players for each team on the court.

Even though the Citizens were denied by the post and by Matthew Gatt, Mohammed Elamari managed to grab another goal and made it 6-1.

From a quick counter attack, Leo Muscat passed to Cleaven Portelli who pulled one back and coolly stated into the back of the net for 6-2.

Valletta took advantage of a poor clearance and strengthened the lead with two goals in quick succession, scored by Jovica Milijic.

Valletta switched Dylan Musu to a flying keeper for every attack and Jurgen Pace made the score line showing 9-2.

Finally the Knights counter attacked and Dalziel Bugeja reduced the arrears by scoring in an empty net, making the final score 9-3.

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In the previous match, a hat-trick by Diego Gomes de Mello and another goal scored by Andre Ciancio, moved Swieqi United back in the winning ways. Gozo FC also had their rare opportunities with Jean Paul Abdilla missing the equalizer after Swieqi’s goalkeeper Karl Balzan’s mistake.

In the end it was a very entertaining and balanced encounter, even though Swieqi proved to be the best side. Swieqi’s Laszlo Hayossy was also sent off after he received a red card for retaliation.

Msida temporarily alone on top after hard-fought win

Msida temporarily moved top of the Gatorade Futsal league standings after a hard-earned 5-4 victory over Qrendi.
This was their third straight victory in the league which guaranteed them of a 100 per cent record after three matches.
It wasn’t an easy task for the seasiders as they had to endure a tenacious Qrendi side who even managed to level the matters to 4-4 at a certain point of the match.
For the latter this was their third defeat of the season and they are still searching for the first points of the season.
After leading 4-2 before half-time, Msida’s rearguard had to endure Qrendi’s attacks.
Although they managed to level the matters to 4-4, Qrendi’s joy was shortlived as they conceded a last gasp goal which gave Msida another three precious points.
Marian Gologan double strike, Matthew Dingli, Floren Manea and Jeremy Cutajar scored the goals that mattered for Msida.
Maxime Landais, Alan Spiteri, Owen Fiteni andn Sasha Ciric were the scorers for Qrendi.
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The Gatorade Futsal League continues today with two matches.
Swieqi will try to return to winning ways as they face Gozo FC (kick-off 19.45hrs), who are still searching for their first points of the competition.
In the second match, Valletta and Mdina will cross swords (kick-off 21.30hrs) in a match between two teams who got the maximum points after their first two outings.

Valletta confirm, Lija grab first points

Valletta produced another stunning performance as they overcome Mqabba 7-2 to ensure maximum points after two matches.
Xavier Saliba hit the target twice while Dylan Musu, Melvin Borg, Cristian Cuadros Silva, Alex Ellul and Jovica Milijic put their names on the score sheet for the Citizens.
Thomas Consoli and Ryan Mifsud scored Mqabba’s consolation goals.
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Lija Athletic returned to winning ways after seeing off Sliema Wanderers 6-1.
Lija, who were without the suspended Massoudi, had Spanish player Chavi Montes Burgos, who helped himself with a brace.
Other goals were scored by Nicola del Re, Andre Henrique, Chris Cardona and Kurt Bartolo who ensured the first three points of the season for the Athletic.
Kenneth Bonnici reduced the arrears for Sliema.

Dolara, Perez propel Rangers to victory

Spanish duo Inigo Dolara and Anton Novoa Perez were on target yesterday as they helped Zebbug Rangers bag their first points of the season after a hard-fought 7-5 win over Swieqi.
Dolara notched a hat-trick while Perez hit a brace as the Rangers took out all their courage and determination to produce a stunning performance.
Karsten Cilia and an own goal rubberstamped Zebbug’s first victory of the season.
Timothy Gingell, Christian David Hurtado Sanchez, Andre Ciacio, Diego Gomes de Mello and Laszlo Hajossy. pulled some goals back for Swieqi who suffered their first defeat of the season.
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On the other hand, Msida St Joseph resumed their winning trend after having no difficulty to overcome Gozo FC 5-1.
Matthew Dingli hit the target twice while Mendes da Silva, Chris Cutajar and Jeremy Cutajar added more goals for Msida.
Today the Gatorade Futsal League resumes with two matches at the Corradino Pavillion when Sliema take on Lija (kick-off 20.00hrs) while Valletta hope to notch their second win of the season as they face Mqabba (kick-off 21.45hrs).

Luxol and Hamrun continue to overwhelm

Luxol and Hamrun obtained their second win in the Gatorade Futsal League with a high score margin against Sirens and Marsascala.

Similar to Valletta’s last week futsal match, another cold shower was in store for Sirens, with Luxol beating them 13-0. Throughout the first half, Sirens’ goalkeeper Alejandro Garcia Melero made a series of good saves. However  this was not enough, as Mark Zammit, Carl Azzopardi, Zvezdan Vikovic and William Barbosa still managed to give a 5-0 lead for Luxol.

During the second half, Barbosa scored another five goals together with Florin Anton’s brace and goals from Glenn Bonello and Peter Pullicino.

The only goal of Steve Gambin, together with the fruitless efforts of his Marsascala team mates, paved the way for Hamrun’s positive win.

Meanwhile, Raphael Felipe Ortiz de Oliveira, George Frendo, Rodrigo Ticz Patricio, Michel Melo Jose and Jason Mifsud were the authors of a stunning 15-1 against Marsascala.

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Mdina Knights and their University supporters had the opportunity to celebrate their second victory in the league when beating Qrendi 8-5.

Cleaven Portelli portrayed himself as the outclass Knight by putting the ball four times into the back of the net. Similarly, Leo Muscat, who also had a brilliant game, slotted another two goals. Randall Vella and John Micallef jotted their names too in the eight goals’ list.

Qrendi reduced the score through Alan Spiteri’s brace and goals from Maxime Landais, Saviour Sammut and Morad El-Torshi.

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The Gatorade League resumes with today’s encounters between Swieqi and Żebbuġ, followed by Msida SJ against Gozo. Tomorrow Sliema are playing against Lija, and Valletta against Mqabba.

A Closer Look at…Inigo Dolara (Zebbug Rangers FC)

Name: Inigo Dolara
Born on September 7th 1989 in Bilbao
Played football in Spain and Sweden.
Began to play futsal last year.
“Zebbug Rangers is a great family”

How did you begin to play futsal?
Last year I had the chance to sign as a football player in Malta. As the season got halfway through, I was given the opportunity to play futsal. Therefore I began to play with Zebbug Rangers.
How long have you been in Malta?
Actually this is my second year in Malta. I like the country, the weather and the people. This year I had the opportunity to play in another country. Finally I decided to stay another season here as I am happy in Malta.
Your opinion about the level of futsal in Malta.
I can say that the level is very good here in Malta and I think that this year it got a bit higher as well.All the teams have strengthened themselves to challenge for the major honours.
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Last year it wasn’t an easy year for Zebbug in the Premier Division. What about this year?
Yes certainly it was a difficult season for us. On a personal level I tried to help my team when I began to play with them in January. I am happy that I scored a lot of goals for Zebbug.
This year we have a new team, some players came in to strengthen the squad. Here at Zebbug we wish to do well and we know that we can give a challenge to everyone.
Your main objectives for this year.
Our objective is clear. We want to give a match to every team playing in the Gatorade futsal league. I know it will not be easy as all the teams have good players. But we are working hard under the good guide of Stephen Mifsud, our great coach. He believes in me and I wish to give my 100 % to help Zebbug place in a better position in the table this year. Our aim is to achieve success.

Champions Luxol make winning start

The Gatorade Futsal League continued this week with champions Luxol launching their title defence with an easy 7-0 win over Sliema Wanderers.
Luxol, under the guidance of coach Frane Despotovic, fielded a strong side that gave Sliema no chance to penetrate their solid defence.
Luxol, who won the Super Cup a week before, are regarded as strong contenders to repeat last season’s title success.
William Barbosa, Matthew Attard, Mark Zammit, Florin Anton, Zvezdan Vukovic, Carl Azzopardi, Glenn Bonello scored a goal each to give the St Andrews outfit a perfect start to their campaign.
In another top-flight match, Msida St Joseph cruised to a straightforward 9-2 victory over Zebbug to make sure of a positive debut.
Paolo Nunes Da Silva, Floren Manea and Ryan Xuereb scored a brace each while Clayton Farrugia, Clayton Borg and an own goal made sure of the first three points for Msida.
Zebbug reduced the score through strikes by Ricky Zammit and Inigo Dolara.