A Closer Look at … Ryan Gilmour Cassar (Sirens FC)

Name: Ryan Gilmour Cassar
Born on November 20th 1995 in Pieta’.
Favourite food: Lasagne
Personal Motto: Hard Work beats talent.

How long have you been playing futsal?
Everything started almost four months ago when I joined Sirens in the January transfer window. Therefore I am still in the initial phase of this game.

Your first days at Sirens FC…
Actually, I am very happy with the way things have turned out since I joined Sirens. The team was very welcoming, which was a huge help at the beginning. This also pushed me to work hard for the team and strive for good performances. I also feel indebted to the team and to the coach for their patience, given the fact that I was not familiar with futsal when I first started. I am also very grateful for the chance given to me by Sirens in order to pursue this new experience.

You were also part of Naxxar Lions FC in the Premier League. How long have you been playing football?
I had been playing with Naxxar Lions since I was seven years old. Whilst playing with the U-17, I have won the Section A championship and KO, which was a huge honour for me. The following year, at the age of 17, I made my debut with the senior team and then went on to make 53 appearances in the Premier League. Eventually, I ended up representing Malta in the Euro under 19 Championships where I also managed to find the net. U-19.
Last year I decided to quit football as it was coinciding with my studies.

Ryan Gilmour Cassar (third from front row) with Naxxar Lions FC.
Ryan Gilmour Cassar (third from front row) with Naxxar Lions FC.

In your opinion, what is the difference between football and futsal?
Futsal is much more intensive and requires a lot of intellectual skills. On the other hand, football allows a player to enjoy greater publicity whilst also offering much more opportunities to advance.

Sirens are lately top of the standings in the Gatorade First Division. There’s still a long way to go. What are your team’s chances to clinch the league?
I think that at this stage, it’s very important for us to stay focused and keep our feet on the ground. It is also important to keep working hard and remain consistent whilst following the coach’s advices. At this point we are finding it much easier to believe that we have potential and this is clearly showing in our performances.

Your personal ambitions.
At this point, my ambition is for the team to reach its objectives. As for myself, I intend to keep improving and help Sirens to reach its targets.

Sirens...one family.
Sirens…one family.