Month: August 2016

A Closer Look at … Vanderlei Reis Augustus (Valletta Futsal)


Name: Vanderlei Reis Augusto.
Country: Brasil
Born on December 22nd 1980 (35 years old)
He played in Italy with Montesilvano, Pescara, Acqua e Sapone, Loreto Aprutino, Magione, Torgianesse and Minturno.
Last year he played for Luxol FC in the UEFA Futsal Cup and is now with Valletta FC in Finland for the same competition.

How long have you been training with Valletta FC?
I have joined Valletta three weeks ago and I was welcomed very well. It’s like I have been here for a long time. The group is very united and we have trained intensively under the guidance of a great coach, Clayton Felice.
We also had two friendlies where we performed really well.

How did you find the atmosphere at Valletta FC?
As I have just told you, the Citizens are really a great group. They are like a family; humble persons like me that want to do well and improve more and more.

Last year you also had the chance to play for Luxol FC in the UEFA Futsal Cup. Now you are playing for Valletta.
Yes true. I had the opportunity to play for Luxol and I can confirm that it was a great experience. In fact I would like to take the opportunity to thank all the Luxol committee for believing in me but most of all I would like to mention William Barbosa, a special friend that paved the way for me to play in Malta. It’s thanks to him that I’m experiencing another UEFA Futsal Cup, this time with Valletta.

You played in Italy with various teams and you have a wealth of experience. How did you begin to play futsal?
I have been playing in Italy since the year 2000 and I played for Montesilvano, Pescara, Acqua e Sapone, Loreto Aprutino, Magione, Torgianesse and Minturno.
I started playing this wonderful game at the age of 8 years and since them it has become like part of my life. I cannot imagine myself without playing futsal!

As a player you always played for a short time with a Maltese team. Can we see Vanderlei playing a whole season, maybe with Valletta?
Yes I’ve always come for a short time. I would like to make a whole season but for now, my main objective is to help Valletta perform well in this tournament.

Your personal objective in the future.
In the future I would like to be a coach or maybe a managing director in a futsal team. I would like to build my own team and achieve success, always doing so with humility and respect because that is what futsal is all about.

Valletta arrive in Finland after long journey


The contingent of Valletta FC arrived safe and sound in Finland, where they will participate in Group F preliminary round of the UEFA Futsal Cup.
After meeting at the Malta International Airport on Sunday, the contingent boarded a plane to Riga before taking another flight to Helsinki.
Consequently, they had to endure a logistical headache to make their way to Ylivieska to prepare well for their commitments in this tournament.
After this energy-sapping journey, the players performed the normal check-in at their hotel to take their well-deserved rest.
This morning all the contingent had their first taste of the town as they eventually visited the Ylivieska Ice Arena, the venue of the tournament.
At the time of writing, workers are intensifying their task to prepare the arena by installing parquet flooring.
As captain Xavier Saliba witnessed, the atmosphere among the Citizens is great.
“We are united together as a group. We are enjoying this experience and we want to do well in this tournament.”
Saliba acknowledged that the journey to arrive to Ylivieska was tiring.
“We had a long voyage to arrive here. All the players were dead-tired but we slept well.”
“This morning we had a good breakfast and now we are gathering all our energies to prepare for this afternoon’s training session.”
Valletta are having their first training session at the arena at 6pm under the guidance of their coach Clayton Felice.
They will make their official debut tomorrow at 6pm against Finnish hosts Sievi FC.

Raducu joins Luxol

Emil Raducu is set to return playing in Malta as former league champions Luxol reached an agreement with the Romanian international.

Raducu has great experience in the Maltese futsal league as he played for Tarxien and Balzan, winning also some trophies in the process.
Last year he played for Romanian side Targu Mures, who managed to clinch the championship.

This website contacted Raducu who seemed really excited to return in the Maltese Islands.

“I am very happy to come back. It is a pleasure to know that my work is respected and appreciated. This is one of the reasons I’ve decided to come back and work with honest and serious people.”

“In the past I was treated very well and I am coming back to Malta with pleasure and eagerness to do well.”

Raducu is aware of the stiff competition in the league with teams that have strengthened their squads.

“I know that it will not be easy but I am ready to work hard and give my 100 per cent to help Luxol win the league again.”

Valletta Futsal’s aim to maintain high reputation

In the last hours of Sunday and early Monday morning, Valletta will start their long journey to Sievi in Finland, to participate in the Uefa Futsal Cup Preliminary Round. Valletta will be competing in Group F together with hosts Sievi Futsal, Tbilisi State University from Georgia and Wattcell Futsal Club from Scotland.
Valletta Futsal are prepared to work hard till Sunday 21st August, in order to maintain a high reputation both for Maltese futsal and also for the capital city. During a press conference held in Valletta FC’s premises, Valletta’s coach Clayton Felice maintained that he had started training his players from mid-July, with the main emphasis being on their physique. He mentioned also the acquisition of two foreign players both familiar with the local futsal.
These are the international Albanian player Endrit Kaca who played with Qormi and Lija Athletic, together with Vanderlei Augusto. The latter used to play with Magione, Real Torgianese, Pescara, Portos, Fermo, Perugia and Luxol St Andrews in last season’s Uefa Futsal Cup Preliminary Round.
On the other hand, Cristian Cuadros Silva, Mohammed Elamari and Denis Di Maio were also confirmed in the squad. The Valletta’s local players are goalkeepers Neil Cuschieri and Gaetano Mallia, together with Melvin Borg, Joseph Borg, Chris Cardona, Gary Inguanez, Dylan Musu, Jovica Milijic and captain Xavier Saliba.
For Saliba this will be the third personal participation in such competition and his third time playing in Finland. Saliba on behalf of his team mates, envisaged the professional approach of the team, that of aiming for points and above all to receive respect from the opponents.
Valletta Futsal will play their first match against Sievi Futsal on Wednesday 17th August at 6pm. On Thursday 18th August, they will face off Tbilisi State University at 3:30pm. Valletta’s final match will be on Saturday 20th August against Wattcell Futsal Club and kicks off at 12:30pm.

Champions pay courtesy visit to President

A contingent of players, technical staff and administration from the Gatorade Elite champions Valletta FC recently paid a short visit to President Marie Louise Coleiro Preca at the Palace in Attard.

Mementoes were exchanged on the occasion with Valletta FC also presenting the President and Mr Edgar Preca with a stone-made Valletta badge.
Photographs of Valletta officials with the league trophy secured by the Club during this last Year were taken.
During the meeting, Her excellency Coleiro Preca congratulated the players for last year’s achievement and wished them luck for their upcoming UEFA Futsal Cup commitments.
On the other hand, Mr Edgar Preca had a lengthy discussion with the Citizens’ players about the benefits that futsal can bring to succeed even further in the 11-a-side game.
Valletta will participate in the UEFA Futsal Cup as they were drawn in Group F alongside Finnish hosts Sievi Futsal, Watsell Futsal Club of Scotland and Georgian Tbilisi University.