Sliema Wanderers F.C.

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Sliema Wanderers
Logo
Full name Sliema Wanderers Football Club
Nickname(s) The Blues
The Wanderers
Founded 1909
Ground Ta' Qali Stadium,
Ta' Qali,
Malta
Ground Capacity 18,000
Chairman Malta Keith Perry
Manager Italy Alfonso Greco
League Maltese Premier League
2013–14 5th

Sliema Wanderers Football Club are a Maltese football team from the town of Sliema, which currently plays in the Maltese Premier League.

History[edit]

The club was founded in 1909. The club competed in the first ever Maltese Premier League season in 1909-10 and finished in second position to Floriana after the five game season came to an end.

Ten years down the line Sliema Wanderers finally made their mark in Maltese football by winning the Maltese Premier League title in the 1919-20 season, since then the team have gone on to win the title 26 times; a record for Malta; the last three being in 2002-03, 2003-04 and 2004-05.

Sliema Wanderers also hold the record for the most FA Trophy wins, with their first coming in 1935, when they overpowered Floriana with a 4-0 victory. The club have gone on to win this particular honour 20 times, the most recent three of which came in 2000, 2004 and in 2009; the last title being won against Valletta 7-6 on penalties after the match finished 3-3 following extra time.

With all these honours, Sliema Wanderers are currently the most successful team in the history of Maltese football with approximately 113 honours. Sliema Wanderers train at the Tigne Sports Complex, is Sliema.

Sliema Wanderers also have a futsal team, which participates in Malta's top futsal league.

Supporters[edit]

Sliema Wanderers have their own supporters group, which is called the Sliema Wanderers Supporters Club, and in 2010 it was the clubs 20th anniversary from the first time that the group was founded. The supporters group was started by Joe Debono and Mario Avallone, and the groups clubhouse is in Manwel Dimech Street, known as 'The Lazy Corner'.

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Malta GK Henry Bonello
2 Malta DF Alex Muscat
3 Malta MF Luca Martinelli
4 Italy DF Filippo Scozzese
5 Serbia MF Marko Potezica
6 Libya MF Ahmed Salama
7 Malta MF John Mintoff
8 Malta MF Mark Scerri
9 Malta FW Michael Mifsud
10 Nigeria FW Stanley Ohawuchi
11 Malta MF Peter Xuereb
12 Malta GK Keane Cutajar
13 Malta DF Clifford Gatt Baldacchino
14 Malta MF Ryan Dalli
15 Malta MF Gabriel Aquilina
No. Position Player
16 Malta MF Trevor Cilia
17 Malta MF Miguel Ciantar
18 Malta FW Axl Xuereb
19 Malta DF Carl Cassar
20 Malta FW Paolo Dandolo
21 Malta GK Glen Zammit
22 Malta FW Aidan Friggieri
23 Malta DF Josef Mifsud
24 Italy MF Paltemio Barbetti
25 Malta MF Clive Psaila
27 Malta MF Dale Micallef
28 Malta DF Giuseppe Muscat
29 Bosnia and Herzegovina DF Dejan Vuković
33 Italy DF Stefano Bianciardi

UEFA Cup Winners' Cup[edit]

Season Competition Round Country Club Home Away Aggregate
1963-64 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup Preliminary Round Wales Borough United 0-0 0-2 0-2
1968-69 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 1. Round Luxembourg US Rumelange 1-0 1-2 2-2(a)
2. Round Denmark Randers Freja 0-2 0-6 0-8
1969-70 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 1. Round Sweden IFK Norrköping 1-0 1-5 2-5
1974-75 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 1. Round Finland FC Lahti 2-0 1-4 3-4
1979-80 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 1. Round Portugal Boavista FC 2-1 0-8 2-9
1982-83 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 1. Round Wales Swansea City 0-5 0-12 0-17
1987-88 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 1. Round Albania KS Vllaznia Shkodër 0-4 0-2 0-6
1990-91 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 1. Round Czechoslovakia Dukla Prague 1-2 0-2 1-4
1993-94 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup Qualifying Round Sweden Degerfors IF 1-3 0-3 1-6

UEFA Intertoto Cup[edit]

Season Competition Round Country Club Home Away Aggregate
1998 UEFA Intertoto Cup 1. Round Hungary Diósgyőri VTK 2-3 0-2 2-5

UEFA Cup | UEFA Europa League[edit]

Season Competition Round Country Club Home Away Aggregate
1970-71 Inter-Cities Fairs Cup 1. Round Denmark Akademisk BK 2-3 0-7 2-10
1973-74 UEFA Cup 1. Round Bulgaria PFC Lokomotiv Plovdiv 0-2 0-1 0-3
1975-76 UEFA Cup 1. Round Portugal Sporting CP 1-2 1-3 2-5
1977-78 UEFA Cup 1. Round West Germany Eintracht Frankfurt 0-0 0-5 0-5
1980-81 UEFA Cup 1. Round Spain FC Barcelona 0-2 0-1 0-3
1981-82 UEFA Cup 1. Round Greece Aris Thessaloniki F.C. 2-4 0-4 2-8
1988-89 UEFA Cup 1. Round Romania Victoria Bucureşti 0-2 1-6 1-8
1995-96 UEFA Cup Preliminary Round Cyprus AC Omonia 1-2 0-3 1-5
1996-97 UEFA Cup Preliminary Round Georgia (country) FC Margveti Zestafoni 1-3 3-0 4-3
Qualifying Round Denmark Odense BK 0-2 1-7 1-9
1999-00 UEFA Cup 1. Qualifying Round Switzerland FC Zürich 0-3 0-1 0-4
2000-01 UEFA Cup 1. Qualifying Round Serbia and Montenegro FK Partizan 2-1 1-4 3-5
2001-02 UEFA Cup 1. Qualifying Round Slovakia FK Matador Púchov 2-1 0-3 2-4
2002-03 UEFA Cup 1. Qualifying Round Poland Polonia Warszawa 1-3 0-2 1-5
2006-07 UEFA Cup 1. Qualifying Round Romania Rapid Bucureşti 0-1 0-5 0-6
2007-08 UEFA Cup 1. Qualifying Round Bulgaria PFC Litex Lovech 0-3 0-4 0-7
2009-10 UEFA Europa League 2. Qualifying Round Israel Maccabi Netanya FC 0-0 0-3 0-3
2010-11 UEFA Europa League 1. Qualifying Round Croatia HNK Šibenik 0-3 0–0 0-3
2013-14 UEFA Europa League 1. Qualifying Round Azerbaijan Khazar Lankaran 1-1 0-1 1-2
2014-15 UEFA Europa League 1. Qualifying Round Hungary Ferencvárosi TC 1-1 2-1 3-2

UEFA Champions League[edit]

Season Competition Round Country Club Home Away Aggregate
1964-65 European Cup Preliminary Round Romania Dinamo Bucureşti 0-2 0-5 0-7
1965-66 European Cup Preliminary Round Greece Panathinaikos FC 1-0 1-4 2-4
1966-67 European Cup Preliminary Round Bulgaria PFC CSKA Sofia 1-2 0-4 1-6
1971-72 European Cup 1. Round Iceland ÍA Akranes 0-0 4-0 4-0
2. Round Scotland Celtic Glasgow 1-3 0-3 1-6
1972-73 European Cup 1. Round Poland Górnik Zabrze 0-5 0-5 0-10
1976-77 European Cup 1. Round Finland TPS Turku 2-1 0-1 2-2(a)
1989-90 European Cup 1. Round Albania KF Tirana 1-0 0-5 1-5
2003-04 UEFA Champions League 1. Qualifying Round Latvia Skonto Riga 2-0 1-3 3-3(a)
2. Qualifying Round Denmark FC Copenhagen 0-6 1-4 1-10
2004-05 UEFA Champions League 1. Qualifying Round Lithuania FBK Kaunas 0-2 1-4 1-6
2005-06 UEFA Champions League 1. Qualifying Round Moldova FC Sheriff Tiraspol 1-4 0-2 1-6

Managerial history[edit]

See Sliema Wanderers F.C. Managers

Manager Period
Hungary János Bédl July 1, 1964–June 30, 1966
Malta Martin Gregory 1999–01
Nigeria Augustine Eguavoen July 1, 2000–June 30, 2001
Malta Edward Aquilina 2002–06
Malta Ray Farrugia 2006–07
Malta Stephen Azzopardi Nov 1, 2007–May 30, 2010
Malta Mark Marlow July 1, 2010–June 30, 2011
Serbia Danilo Dončić Feb 3, 2011–May 27, 2012
Malta Clive Mizzi May 27, 2012–Aug 7, 2012
Italy Alfonso Greco July 1, 2012–Present

Achievements[edit]

Maltese Premier League Champions: 26
1919/20, 1922/23, 1923/24, 1925/26, 1929/30, 1932/33, 1933/34, 1935/36, 1937/38, 1938/39, 1939/40, 1948/49, 1953/54, 1955/56, 1956/57, 1963/64, 1964/65, 1965/66, 1970/71, 1971/72, 1975/76, 1988/89, 1995/96, 2002/03, 2003/04, 2004/05

Maltese Premier League Runners-Up:
1909/10, 1916/17, 1921/22, 1924/25, 1926/27, 1928/29, 1930/31, 1931/32, 1934/35, 1944/45, 1945/46, 1954/55, 1957/58, 1958/59, 1966/67, 1967/68, 1969/70, 1972/73, 1974/75, 1976/77, 1979/80, 1980/81, 1981/82, 1987/88, 1989/90, 1994/95, 1999/00, 2000/01, 2005/06

Maltese Cup Champions: 20
1935, 1936, 1937, 1940, 1946, 1948, 1951, 1952, 1956, 1959, 1963, 1965, 1968, 1969, 1974, 1979, 1990, 2000, 2004, 2009

Maltese Cup Runners-Up:
1938, 1939, 1945, 1949, 1953, 1958, 1964, 1971, 1972, 1980, 1982, 1987, 1991, 1993, 1996, 2002, 2003, 2014

Maltese First Division Champions:
1983/84

MFA Super Cup: 3
1996, 2000, 2009

Löwenbräu Cup Champions
1999, 2001, 2002

Super 5 Cup Champions
1990/91, 2001/02, 2003/04

Cassar Cup Champions
1923/24, 1924/25, 1933/34, 1934/35, 1937/38, 1938/39, 1945/46, 1955/56, 1956/57, 1959/60, 1966/67

Scicluna Cup Champions
1949/50, 1950/51, 1953/54, 1954/55, 1955/56, 1956/57, 1957/58, 1958/59, 1959/60, 1965/66

Cousis Shield Champions
1917/18, 1919/20, 1923/24, 1925/26

Christmas Cup Champions
1966/67, 1967/68, 1970/71

Independence Cup Champions
1964/65, 1969/70, 1971/72, 1973/74, 1981/82

Testaferrata Cup Champions
1964/65, 1974/75

MFA Cup Champions
1931/32

Sons of Malta Cup Champions
1972/73, 1979/80

Euro Cup Champions
1982, 1987, 1990, 2004, 2005, 2010

Christmas Tourney Cup Champions
1936/37, 1948/49

Schembri Shield Champions
1955/56, 1957/58

Empire Sports Ground Cup Champions
1923/24

MFA League Cup Champions
1965/66, 1969/70, 1978/79, 1984/85

MPFA Shield Champions
1954/55

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