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Malta National Football Team
Malta
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)Knights of Malta, ?omor (Reds), Falcons
AssociationMalta Football Association
ConfederationUEFA (Europe)
Head coachDevis Mangia
CaptainMichael Mifsud
Most capsMichael Mifsud (142)
Top scorerMichael Mifsud (41)
Home stadiumTa' Qali Stadium
FIFA codeMLT
FIFA ranking
Current 184 Steady(19 December 2019)[1]
Highest66 (September 1994, September 1995)
Lowest191 (July 2017, September 2017)
Elo ranking
Current 168 Steady(25 November 2019)[2]
Highest98 (February 1992)
Lowest168 (20 March 2018)
First international
 Malta 2-3 Austria 
(G?ira, Malta; 24 February 1957)
Biggest win
 Malta 7-1 Liechtenstein 
(Ta' Qali, Malta; 26 March 2008)
Biggest defeat
 Spain 12-1 Malta 
(Seville, Spain; 21 December 1983)

The Malta national football team (Maltese: Tim nazzjonali tal-futbol ta' Malta) represents Malta in international football and is controlled by the Malta Football Association, the governing body for football in Malta.

The first official game played by Malta was a 2-3 defeat in a friendly against Austria in 1957.[3] Their competitive debut arrived five years later, playing against Denmark in the preliminary round of the 1964 European Nations' Cup.[4] Since becoming a UEFA member in 1960 and a FIFA member in 1959,[5] Malta have competed in every qualifier for the European Championship and World Cup, without ever making it to the finals of any major international competition.

History

Malta played its first international game on 24 February 1957 at the Empire Stadium, losing 2-3 to Austria. That match was played in front of a capacity crowd at the old Empire Stadium. The Malta Football Association joined FIFA in 1959 and UEFA a year later. However, in late 1959, Malta played in the 1960 Summer Olympics African Qualifiers against Morocco and Tunisia, in which they finished last in the group with two draws and two losses.

The Maltese international side first competed in the qualifying rounds of the UEFA European Nations Cup in 1962, and in FIFA World Cup qualification in 1971.[6] Malta's first competitive draw ended 1-1 against Greece in 1970. Malta's first two competitive wins were victories of 2-0 and 2-1 at home to Greece and Iceland in European Championship qualifiers in 1975 and 1982 respectively. In 1979, Malta drew 0-0 with West Germany in a European championship qualifier and they met again on 16 December 1984 for a memorable World Cup Qualifier in front of a record attendance at the Ta'Qali stadium, where the 1982 & eventual 1986 World Cup runners-up only managed a 2-3 win. Another prestigious result was achieved in March 1987 when Malta drew 2-2 in Portugal, in a qualifier for Euro'88 and the side also twice drew against Hungary during the qualification for the 1990 FIFA World Cup, and recorded four friendly wins during 1991 and 1992.[4]

Malta's third competitive win came with a 1-0 victory away to Estonia in a 1993 World Cup qualifier in which Kris Laferla scored.[7] In October 1994 Malta held Czech Republic 0-0 in a qualifier for the UEFA Euro 1996, in which the latter ended runners-up. Six years later, in October 2000 in a group qualifying match for the 2002 World Cup, once again Malta managed another 0-0 draw vs Czech Republic which eventually cost the latter a place at the following major tournament. In June 2000 Malta played England, then managed by Kevin Keegan. Trailing 2-1 going into the final minutes Malta were awarded a penalty, however David Carabott's effort was saved by Richard Wright.[8] Through November 2001 and May 2002 Malta played and remained undefeated in 6 international matches and in between they won the locally hosted (Rothmans) International Tournament. During 2005, Malta drew 1-1 against Croatia and Bulgaria. Another positive result was the 1-1 home draw in a friendly match against Northern Ireland, though George Mallia missed an injury time penalty which would have given them a win.[9] On 11 October 2006, Malta managed another competitive victory, a 2-1 triumph over Hungary in the European Championship qualifying with Andre Schembri scoring twice.[7]

On 7 February 2007, Malta drew 1-1 with one of the hosts of Euro 2008, Austria. The game was played to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the first international match played by the Maltese national team.[10] On 8 September 2007 Malta managed another draw against Turkey in a Euro 2008 qualifying match, the game finishing 2-2.[11] On 26 March 2008, Malta achieved its largest ever victory, a 7-1 defeat of Liechtenstein in a friendly at the Ta' Qali Stadium, with Michael Mifsud scoring five goals.[12] A 2-0 friendly win over Georgia followed in 2009.[13]

In May 2010, sponsorship of the Maltese national side was taken on by sportswear firm Givova, who also designed a range of new kits for the team.[14] One month later, however, the side had fallen to their lowest ever FIFA world ranking position, of 169th in the world.[13] In 2009, Malta had a 0-0 draw with Albania at home. This was their only point for the 2010 World Cup qualifying. On 11 August 2010 Malta drew 1-1 at home against FYR Macedonia in a friendly game, with Michael Mifsud scoring a brilliant diving header for Malta.[15]

In February 2011 the side achieved a 0-0 draw against Switzerland, in which goalkeeper Justin Haber saved two penalties.[13] On 6 September 2011, Malta won their first Euro 2012 qualifying point, with a 1-1 draw against Georgia. During the years of 2010 and 2011, Malta did not get many positive results, and coach John Buttigieg and assistant coach Carmel Busittil were both sacked in October 2011.[16] For the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification campaign, Malta won their first World Cup qualifying match in 20 years, nabbing a 1-0 win over Armenia in June 2013.[17] In June 2017, Malta defeated Ukraine 1-0 in a friendly match, thanks to a lone goal by defender Zach Muscat.[18]

Coaching staff

As of 8 May 2018
Manager Malta Ray Farrugia
Assistant Manager Serbia Branko Nisevic
Goalkeeping Coach Malta Charles Sciberras
Physical Trainer Malta Luca Pagani

Players

Current squad

The following 23 players were named for the fixtures against Spain and Norway on 15 and 18 November 2019 respectively.[19]
Caps and goals are correct as of 19 November 2019, after the match against Norway .

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
16 1GK Justin Haber (1981-06-09) 9 June 1981 (age 38) 54 0 Malta G?ira United
1 1GK Henry Bonello (1988-10-13) 13 October 1988 (age 31) 17 0 Malta Valletta
12 1GK Rashed Al-Tumi (2000-10-14) 14 October 2000 (age 19) 0 0 Italy Casarano

5 2DF Andrei Agius (1986-08-12) 12 August 1986 (age 33) 90 4 Malta Hibernians
4 2DF Steve Borg (1988-05-15) 15 May 1988 (age 31) 48 1 Malta Valletta
2 2DF Jonathan Caruana (1986-07-24) 24 July 1986 (age 33) 44 2 Malta Valletta
22 2DF Zach Muscat (1993-08-22) 22 August 1993 (age 26) 40 1 Portugal Olhanense
19 2DF Joseph Zerafa (1988-05-31) 31 May 1988 (age 31) 35 0 Malta Valletta
7 2DF Joseph Mbong (1997-07-15) 15 July 1997 (age 22) 18 0 Malta Hibernians
3 2DF Ferdinando Apap (1992-07-29) 29 July 1992 (age 27) 6 0 Malta Hibernians
15 2DF Karl Micallef (1996-09-08) 8 September 1996 (age 23) 1 0 Malta ?amrun Spartans
20 2DF Jurgen Pisani (1992-09-03) 3 September 1992 (age 27) 1 0 Malta Floriana

8 3MF Paul Fenech (1986-12-20) 20 December 1986 (age 33) 60 2 Malta Balzan
11 3MF Rowen Muscat (1991-06-05) 5 June 1991 (age 28) 47 1 Malta Valletta
3MF Juan Carlos Corbalan (1997-03-03) 3 March 1997 (age 22) 11 1 Malta G?ira United
6 3MF Jake Grech (1997-11-18) 18 November 1997 (age 22) 8 0 Malta Hibernians
13 3MF Dunstan Vella (1996-04-27) 27 April 1996 (age 23) 7 0 Malta Hibernians
23 3MF Tristan Caruana (1991-09-15) 15 September 1991 (age 28) 3 0 Malta ?amrun Spartans
14 3MF Brandon Paiber (1995-06-05) 5 June 1995 (age 24) 1 0 Malta Floriana
18 3MF Nikolai Muscat (1996-07-13) 13 July 1996 (age 23) 0 0 Malta G?ira United

9 4FW Michael Mifsud (Captain) (1981-04-17) 17 April 1981 (age 38) 142 41 Malta Birkirkara
17 4FW Alfred Effiong (1984-11-29) 29 November 1984 (age 35) 36 4 Malta Balzan
21 4FW Luke Gambin (1993-03-16) 16 March 1993 (age 26) 22 0 England Colchester United
10 4FW Kyrian Nwoko (1997-07-04) 4 July 1997 (age 22) 13 1 Malta Valletta

Recent call-ups

The following players have been called up within the last 12 months.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Andrew Hogg (1985-03-02) 2 March 1985 (age 34) 67 0 Malta Birkirkara v.  Faroe Islands, 15 October 2019
GK Nicholas Vella (1989-08-27) 27 August 1989 (age 30) 0 0 Malta Pietà Hotspurs v.  Romania, 10 June 2019
GK Steve Sultana (1990-09-07) 7 September 1990 (age 29) 0 0 Malta ?amrun Spartans v.  Faroe Islands, 22 November 2018

DF Dexter Xuereb (1997-09-21) 21 September 1997 (age 22) 0 0 Malta Mosta v.  Faroe Islands, 15 October 2019
DF Ryan Camilleri (1988-05-22) 22 May 1988 (age 31) 42 0 Malta Valletta v.  Romania, 10 June 2019

MF Kurt Shaw (1999-04-01) 1 April 1999 (age 20) 1 0 Malta Sliema Wanderers v.  Faroe Islands, 15 October 2019
MF Bjorn Kristensen (1993-04-05) 5 April 1993 (age 26) 23 0 Malta Hibernians v.  Romania, 10 June 2019
MF John Mintoff (1988-08-23) 23 August 1988 (age 31) 10 0 Malta Sliema Wanderers v.  Romania, 10 June 2019
MF Matthew Guillaumier (1998-04-09) 9 April 1998 (age 21) 2 0 Malta Birkirkara v.  Romania, 10 June 2019
MF Clayton Failla (1986-01-08) 8 January 1986 (age 34) 58 2 Malta Birkirkara v.  Faroe Islands, 23 March 2019 INJ
MF Leighton Grech (1990-03-23) 23 March 1990 (age 29) 0 0 Malta Senglea Athletic v.  Faroe Islands, 22 November 2018
MF Kurt Zammit (1996-02-26) 26 February 1996 (age 23) 0 0 Malta Birkirkara v.  Faroe Islands, 22 November 2018

FW Jean Paul Farrugia (1992-03-21) 21 March 1992 (age 27) 16 1 Malta Sliema Wanderers v.  Faroe Islands, 15 October 2019
FW Luke Montebello (1995-08-13) 13 August 1995 (age 24) 3 0 Malta Birkirkara v.  Romania, 10 June 2019

Results and fixtures

2018

2019

Records

As of 18 November 2019[20]

Most capped players

Players in bold are still active, at least at club level.

Striker Michael Mifsud is the most capped player with 142 caps and top goalscorer with 41 goals

Players with an equal number of caps are ranked in chronological order of reaching the milestone.

# Name Career Caps Goals
1 Michael Mifsud 2000- 142 41
2 David Carabott 1987-2005 122 12
3 Gilbert Agius 1993-2008 120 8
4 Carmel Busuttil 1982-2001 113 23
5 Joe Brincat 1988-2004 101 6
6 Roderick Briffa 2003- 100 1
7 John Buttigieg 1984-2000 97 1
8 Andre Schembri 2006-2018 94 3
9 Brian Said 1996-2009 91 5
10 Silvio Vella 1988-2000 90 1

Top goalscorers

Players in bold are still active, at least at club level.

# Name Career Goals Caps Average
1 Michael Mifsud 2000- 41 142 0.29
2 Carmel Busuttil 1982-2001 23 113 0.21
3 David Carabott 1987-2005 12 122 0.09
4 Hubert Suda 1988-2003 8 70 0.11
Gilbert Agius 1993-2008 8 119 0.07
6 Raymond Xuereb 1971-1985 6 43 0.14
Kristian Laferla 1986-1998 6 65 0.09
Joe Brincat 1988-2004 6 101 0.06
9 George Mallia 1999-2008 5 63 0.08
Andrei Agius 2006- 5 90 0.06
Brian Said 1996-2009 5 91 0.05

Competitive record

FIFA World Cup

FIFA World Cup record FIFA World Cup qualification record
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
Uruguay 1930 Not a FIFA member Not a FIFA member
Italy 1934
France 1938
Brazil 1950
Switzerland 1954
Sweden 1958
Chile 1962
England 1966
Mexico 1970
West Germany 1974 Did not qualify 6 0 0 6 1 20
Argentina 1978 6 0 0 6 0 27
Spain 1982 4 0 0 4 2 15
Mexico 1986 8 0 1 7 6 25
Italy 1990 8 0 2 6 3 18
United States 1994 10 1 1 8 3 23
France 1998 10 0 0 10 2 37
South Korea Japan 2002 10 0 1 9 4 24
Germany 2006 10 0 3 7 4 32
South Africa 2010 10 0 1 9 0 26
Brazil 2014 10 1 0 9 5 28
Russia 2018 10 0 1 9 3 25
Qatar 2022 To be determined To be determined
Canada Mexico United States 2026
Total 0/21 102 2 10 90 33 300

UEFA European Football Championship

UEFA European Championship record UEFA European Championship qualifying record
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
France 1960 Not a UEFA member Not a UEFA member
Spain 1964 Did not qualify 2 0 0 2 2 9
Italy 1968 Did not enter Did not enter
Belgium 1972 Did not qualify 6 0 1 5 2 16
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia 1976 6 1 0 5 2 20
Italy 1980 6 0 1 5 2 21
France 1984 8 1 0 7 5 37
West Germany 1988 8 0 2 6 4 21
Sweden 1992 8 0 2 6 2 23
England 1996 10 0 2 8 2 22
Belgium Netherlands 2000 8 0 0 8 6 27
Portugal 2004 8 0 1 7 5 24
Austria Switzerland 2008 12 1 2 9 10 31
Poland Ukraine 2012 10 0 1 9 4 21
France 2016 10 0 2 8 3 16
Europe 2020 10 1 0 9 3 27
Germany 2024 To be determined 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 0/16 106 4 14 94 52 315

UEFA Nations League

UEFA Nations League record
Year Division Round Position Pld W D L GF GA
Portugal 2018-19 D Group stage 4th 6 0 3 3 5 14
notavailable 2020-21 To be determined
Total 1/1 6 0 3 3 5 14

Mediterranean Games record

Mediterranean Games record
Year Round GP W D L GS GA
Egypt 1951 - 0 0 0 0 0 0
Spain 1955 - 0 0 0 0 0 0
Lebanon 1959 - 0 0 0 0 0 0
Italy 1963 - 4 0 0 4 4 18
Tunisia 1967 - 0 0 0 0 0 0
Turkey 1971 - 0 0 0 0 0 0
Algeria1975 - 0 0 0 0 0 0
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia 1979 - 0 0 0 0 0 0
Morocco 1983 - 0 0 0 0 0 0
Syria 1987 - 0 0 0 0 0 0
1991 - present See Malta national under-20 team
Total 1/10 4 0 0 4 4 18

All-time team record

As of 18 November 2019 after match against the  Norway[21]

  Positive Record   Neutral Record   Negative Record

  1. ^ Includes matches against  Czechoslovakia.
  2. ^ Includes matches against  West Germany.

Managers

Managerial history

As of 14 October 2018
Manager Malta career Played Won Drawn Lost Win %
Malta Joe A. Griffiths 1957-1961 6 2 2 2 033.3
Malta Carm Borg 1961-1964 9 0 2 7 000.0
Hungary Janos Bedl 1966 2 2 0 0 100.0
Malta Tony Formosa[1] 1966 10 1 1 8 010.0
Malta Joseph Attard 1969 1 0 0 1 000.0
Malta Saviour Cuschieri 1970 1 0 1 0 000.0
Malta Victor Scerri 1973 2 1 0 1 050.0
Italy Terrenzio Polverini 1974-1976 9 1 2 6 011.1
Malta John Calleja 1976-1978 11 2 1 8 018.2
Malta Victor Scerri 1978-1983 26 3 3 20 011.5
Bulgaria Guentcho Dobrev 1984-1987 21 1 4 16 004.8
Germany Horst Heese 1988-1991 36 3 8 25 008.3
Malta Pippo Psaila 1991-1993 17 5 4 8 029.4
Italy Pietro Ghedin 1993-1995 24 4 5 15 016.7
Malta Robert Gatt 1996 3 0 1 2 000.0
Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Milorad Kosanovi? 1996-1997 15 0 2 13 000.0
Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Josif Ili? 1997-2001 41 5 4 32 012.2
Germany Sigfried Held 2001-2003 21 4 5 12 019.0
Germany Horst Heese[2] 2003-2006 15 1 2 12 006.7
Czech Republic Du?an Fitzel[2] 2006-2009 34 3 4 27 008.8
Malta John Buttigieg[2] 2009-2011 21 2 3 16 009.5
Malta Robert Gatt[3] 2012 1 1 0 0 100.0
Italy Pietro Ghedin 2012-2017 48 7 6 35 014.6
Belgium Tom Saintfiet 2017-2018 3 0 0 3 000.0
Malta Ray Farrugia 2018-2019 18 1 4 13 005.6
Italy Devis Mangia[22] 2019- 0 0 0 0 !--
  1. ^ 1 match with Janos Bedl
  2. ^ a b c assisted by Carmel Busuttil
  3. ^ managed the team on a one-off basis as caretaker manager

FIFA ranking

Rank Date
Worst Ever Rank 191[13] July 2017, September 2017
Best Ever Rank 66 September 1994, September 1995
Current Rank 182> October 2019

References

  1. ^ "The FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking". FIFA. 19 December 2019. Retrieved 2019.
  2. ^ Elo rankings change compared to one year ago. "World Football Elo Ratings". eloratings.net. 25 November 2019. Retrieved 2019.
  3. ^ Baldacchino, Carmel (6 February 2007). "Malta's late rally thrills home crowd on debut". Times of Malta. Retrieved 2018.
  4. ^ a b "National Team All Time Results". Malta Football Association. Retrieved 2011.
  5. ^ "Member associations - Malta". UEFA. Retrieved 2018.
  6. ^ "History of the Malta Football Association". Malta Football Association. Archived from the original on 27 September 2011. Retrieved 2011.
  7. ^ a b Brincat, Henry (15 October 2006). "Malta 2-1 Hungary". The Malta Independent.
  8. ^ "Malta v England: Clockwatch". BBC. 3 June 2000. Retrieved 2014.
  9. ^ "Malta 1-1 Northern Ireland". BBC. 17 August 2005. Retrieved 2015.
  10. ^ "Malta to play Euro 2008 co-hosts Austria on 30 May". The Malta Independent. 22 December 2007.
  11. ^ Huggins, Trevor (9 September 2007). "England notch easy win against Israel". Reuters UK.
  12. ^ "Five-goal Mifsud inspires Malta to massive win". The Times of Malta. 27 March 2008.
  13. ^ a b c d "Malta make ground from Swiss denial". fifa.com. 7 April 2011.
  14. ^ "High-profile friendly a useful test - Buttigieg". The Times of Malta. 11 May 2010.
  15. ^ "Malta-Macedonia draw 1-1". The Times of Malta. 11 August 2010.
  16. ^ "Malta fires national coach John Buttigieg". ESPN. 26 October 2011.
  17. ^ Azzopardi, Kevin (7 June 2013). "Resilient Malta stun Armenia". Times of Malta.
  18. ^ "Friendly match: Malta obtains encouraging win against Ukraine". The Malta Independent. 6 June 2017.
  19. ^ "Farrugia selects final squad for Faroe, Spain qualifiers". Malta Football Association. 18 March 2019. Retrieved 2019.
  20. ^ Roberto Mamrud. "Malta - Record International Players". RSSSF. Retrieved 2014.
  21. ^ "World Football Elo Ratings: Malta". Elo Ratings. Retrieved 2017.
  22. ^ "Devis Mangia appointed national teams' head coach". Times of Malta. 31 December 2019. Retrieved 2020.

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