2009–10 Maltese Premier League

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Maltese Premier League
Season 2009–10
Champions Birkirkara
(3rd title)
Relegated Msida Saint-Joseph
Dingli Swallows
Champions League Birkirkara
Europa League Valletta (via domestic cup)
Sliema Wanderers
Matches played 132
Goals scored 433 (3.28 per match)
Top goalscorer Brazil Camilo
(24 goals)
Biggest home win Valletta 6–0 Floriana
Biggest away win Dingli Swallows 0–6 Ħamrun Spartans
Highest scoring Qormi 6–2 Floriana
Tarxien Rainbows 2–6 Valletta
Msida Saint-Joseph 3–5 Ħamrun Spartans

The Maltese Premier League 2009–10 was the 95th season of the Maltese Premier League, the top-tier football league in Malta. Hibernians were the defending champions. The season began on 21 August 2009 and ended on 5 May 2010. It was won by Birkirkara, who became the league winners for the third time in their history.

Promotion and relegation from 2008–09[edit]

Ħamrun Spartans were relegated to the First Division after finishing in last place of the relegation pool. They were joined by Msida Saint-Joseph, who lost a decision match against Tarxien Rainbows on penalties.

Promoted from the First Division were Dingli Swallows as champions and Vittoriosa Stars as runners-up. However, after playing one match in the Premier League, Vittoriosa Stars were relegated to the First Division due to a decision by the Board to Investigate Corrupt Practices. A month later, Marsaxlokk received the same punishment, immediate relegation to the First Division due to their involvement in a bribery scandal. Rather than continue the season with eight clubs, the Maltese FA declared that both the Premier League and First Division would be composed of 10 clubs each. In a meeting on 17 September 2009, it was decided that Msida Saint-Joseph and Ħamrun Spartans would play in the Premier League this season, despite both being relegated last season.

Training Grounds and Locations[edit]

Team City of Origin Ground City of Ground
Birkirkara Birkirkara Infetti Ground Birkirkara
Dingli Swallows Dingli Dingli Ground Dingli
Floriana Floriana Independence Arena Floriana
Hibernians Paola Hibernians Ground Paola
Ħamrun Spartans Ħamrun Victor Tedesco Stadium Ħamrun
Msida Saint-Joseph Msida Ħamrun Junior Lyceum Ħamrun
Qormi Qormi Thomaso Grounds Qormi
Sliema Wanderers Sliema Tigné Point Sliema
Tarxien Rainbows Tarxien Tarxien Ground Tarxien
Valletta Valletta Salinos Ground Valletta

Competition modus[edit]

The Premier League consists of two rounds. In the First Round, every team will play each opponent twice, once home and once away, for a total of 18 games. The league will then be split in two pools. Earned points will be halved (rounded up if necessary). Teams that will finish in positions 1–6 compete in the "Championship Pool" and teams finishing in positions 7–10 play in the "Relegation Pool".

First round[edit]

League table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Valletta 18 12 4 2 45 15 +30 40 Qualification to Championship pool
2 Birkirkara 18 12 3 3 40 18 +22 39
3 Qormi 18 11 2 5 37 22 +15 35
4 Sliema Wanderers 18 9 2 7 29 21 +8 29
5 Hibernians 18 7 6 5 31 28 +3 27
6 Tarxien Rainbows 18 7 5 6 30 29 +1 26
7 Floriana 18 6 5 7 23 35 −12 23 Qualification to Relegation pool
8 Ħamrun Spartans 18 6 3 9 24 31 −7 21
9 Msida Saint-Joseph 18 3 2 13 12 34 −22 11
10 Dingli Swallows 18 1 0 17 13 51 −38 3

Source: kicker.de (German)
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored
Note: Teams ranked 1 through 6 will qualify for the championship pool, teams ranked 7 through 10 play in the relegation pool. Earned points will be halved and taken over to the respective pools.
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.
Only applicable when the season is not finished:
(Q) = Qualified to the phase of tournament indicated; (TQ) = Qualified to tournament, but not yet to the particular phase indicated; (RQ) = Qualified to the relegation tournament indicated; (DQ) = Disqualified from tournament.

Results[edit]

Home \ Away[1] BIR DIN FLO HIB ĦAM MSJ QOR SLI TAR VAL
Birkirkara 2–0 0–1 2–2 2–1 4–1 2–0 0–1 5–1 1–3
Dingli Swallows 1–3 0–2 1–2 1–3 1–2 1–4 0–2 1–4 0–6
Floriana 1–2 1–2 1–1 1–1 4–2 1–1 1–1 1–1 0–4
Hibernians 2–2 2–1 2–3 4–2 3–0 2–2 0–1 0–1 2–4
Ħamrun Spartans 0–2 3–0 0–1 2–2 1–0 1–2 3–0 2–2 2–3
Msida Saint-Joseph 1–2 2–1 1–2 0–1 0–2 0–3 1–0 1–1 0–1
Qormi 2–5 4–0 6–2 3–1 2–0 3–0 1–0 0–2 0–2
Sliema Wanderers 0–3 3–1 3–0 2–2 5–0 2–0 1–2 4–2 0–1
Tarxien Rainbows 0–2 2–1 2–1 1–2 0–1 3–1 1–2 3–1 2–2
Valletta 1–1 4–1 6–0 0–1 4–0 0–0 1–0 1–3 2–2

Source: kicker.de (German)
^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Second round[edit]

Championship Pool[edit]

Table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Birkirkara (C) 28 20 4 4 64 32 +32 45 2010–11 UEFA Champions League First qualifying round
2 Valletta 28 20 4 4 71 25 +46 44 2010–11 UEFA Europa League Second qualifying round 1
3 Qormi 28 15 2 11 53 36 +17 30
4 Sliema Wanderers 28 14 2 12 41 37 +4 30 2010–11 UEFA Europa League First qualifying round
5 Tarxien Rainbows 28 10 6 12 41 50 −9 23
6 Hibernians 28 8 6 14 40 51 −11 17

Source: maltafootball.com
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored
Points earned in the first round have been halved.
1Valletta were the winners of the 2009-10 Maltese Cup competition and qualified for the second qualifying round of UEFA Europa League.
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.
Only applicable when the season is not finished:
(Q) = Qualified to the phase of tournament indicated; (TQ) = Qualified to tournament, but not yet to the particular phase indicated; (RQ) = Qualified to the relegation tournament indicated; (DQ) = Disqualified from tournament.

Results[edit]

Home \ Away[1] BIR HIB QOR SLI TAR VAL
Birkirkara 2–1 3–1 2–1 1–0 1–0
Hibernians 4–5 1–0 1–2 0–1 1–32
Qormi 0–2 3–0 3–0 2–0 1–2
Sliema Wanderers 0–3 3–0 0–4 2–0 2–1
Tarxien Rainbows 3–3 2–0 3–2 0–2 2–6
Valletta 4–2 2–1 3–0 2–0 3–0

Source: Maltese FA
^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
2Valletta were assigned as home team for both Championship Round matches against Hibernians for unknown reasons; this match was the latter of these two and has been put in this table cell for organisatorical reasons.
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Europa league play-off[edit]

Due to finishing equal on points, Qormi and Sliema played a play-off match to determine Maltese second UEFA Europa League participant for the 2010–11 season.

1 June 2010
19:30 CEST
Qormi 0 – 2 Sliema Wanderers
Dronca Goal 51' (pen)
Goal 90+5' (o.g.)

Relegation Pool[edit]

Table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
7 Floriana 24 10 6 8 35 41 −6 25
8 Ħamrun Spartans 24 10 4 10 41 39 +2 24
9 Dingli Swallows (R) 24 2 0 22 23 71 −48 5 Relegation to Maltese First Division
10 Msida Saint-Joseph (R) 24 4 4 16 24 51 −27 011

Source: maltafootball.com
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored
Points earned in the first round have been halved.
1Msida Saint-Joseph were deducted 10 points for failing to honour payments to their former coach and a number of former players.[1]
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.
Only applicable when the season is not finished:
(Q) = Qualified to the phase of tournament indicated; (TQ) = Qualified to tournament, but not yet to the particular phase indicated; (RQ) = Qualified to the relegation tournament indicated; (DQ) = Disqualified from tournament.

Results[edit]

Home \ Away[1] DIN FLO ĦAM MSJ
Dingli Swallows 0–3 0–6 5–2
Floriana 4–2 1–0 2–1
Ħamrun Spartans 2–1 2–1 2–2
Msida Saint-Joseph 3–2 1–1 3–5

Source: maltafootball.com
^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Top scorers[edit]

Rank Scorer Club Goals[2]
1 Brazil Camilo Qormi 24
2 Malta Terence Scerri Valletta 20
3 Malta Ryan Darmanin Floriana 17
4 Netherlands Sylvano Comvalius Birkirkara 15
Brazil Denni Tarxien Rainbows 15
Brazil Marcelo Pereira Ħamrun Spartans 15
7 Malta Michael Galea Birkirkara 14
8 Nigeria Josef Okonkwo Dingli Swallows 13
Malta Jean Pierre Mifsud Triganza Sliema Wanderers 13
10 Malta Trevor Cilia Birkirkara 12
Nigeria Alfred Effiong Qormi 12
Goals total 433
Matches total 132
Average per match 3.28

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