2008–09 Maltese Premier League

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Maltese Premier League
Season2008–09
ChampionsHibernians
10th Premier League title
RelegatedMarsaxlokk
Champions LeagueHibernians
Europa LeagueValletta
Birkirkara
Goals scored387
Average goals/game2.93
Top goalscorerMalta Terence Scerri (26)

The Maltese Premier League 2008–09 was the 94th season of the Maltese Premier League, the top-tier Association Football competition in Malta. It began on 23 August 2008 with a scoreless draw between Floriana and Hamrun Spartans; and ended on 24 May 2009. The first goal in the season was scored by Ivan, who played for Qormi. Hibernians were crowned champions on 23 May 2009, surpassing rivals Valletta by two points and winning their tenth title.

Changes from 2007–08[edit]

Competition modus[edit]

In the First Round, every team played each opponent twice, once home and once away, for a total of 18 games. The league was then split in two pools. Earned points were halved. Teams that finished in positions 1–6 compete in the "Championship Pool" and teams finishing in positions 7–10 play in the "Relegation Pool".

First round[edit]

Standings[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1 Hibernians 18 13 2 3 49 19 +30 41
2 Valletta 18 11 7 0 31 11 +20 40
3 Birkirkara 18 9 5 4 31 28 +3 32
4 Sliema Wanderers 18 7 5 6 24 24 0 26
5 Floriana 18 6 4 8 18 21 −3 22
6 Marsaxlokk 18 6 4 8 28 33 −5 22
7 Msida Saint-Joseph 18 6 3 9 20 28 −8 21
8 Hamrun Spartans 18 5 2 11 24 37 −13 17
9 Qormi 18 3 6 9 16 26 −10 15
10 Tarxien Rainbows 18 4 2 12 22 36 −14 14
Source: kicker.de ‹See Tfd›(in German)
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.
Note: Teams ranked 1 through 6 qualified for the championship pool, teams ranked 7 through 10 play in the relegation pool. Earned points were halved and taken over to the respective pools.

Results[edit]

Home \ Away[1] BIR FLO HIB HAM MRS MSJ QOR SLI TAR VAL
Birkirkara 0–1 0–6 3–2 2–3 2–0 1–1 4–2 1–0 2–2
Floriana 1–2 2–1 0–0 3–1 0–1 0–22 0–0 3–1 0–1
Hibernians 3–2 1–1 1–0 4–1 5–1 3–0 2–3 2–0 1–1
Hamrun Spartans 0–1 0–1 1–4 4–3 1–0 3–2 0–2 0–4 1–3
Marsaxlokk 1–1 2–1 2–3 4–2 2–1 1–1 1–2 2–1 0–1
Msida Saint-Joseph 2–2 4–1 0–2 3–2 1–1 1–1 0–3 1–0 0–2
Qormi 0–1 0–0 1–3 1–4 1–3 0–1 1–2 1–0 0–2
Sliema Wanderers 2–3 0–3 0–1 0–3 0–0 2–1 1–1 4–2 1–1
Tarxien Rainbows 1–3 3–0 2–7 1–1 3–1 0–2 0–3 1–0 1–3
Valletta 1–1 2–1 2–0 4–0 2–0 2–1 0–0 0–0 2–2

Source: kicker.de ‹See Tfd›(in German)
^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
2The match from 25 January 2009 was awarded to Qormi with a score of 2–0 because Floriana fielded an ineligible player.[1]
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Second round[edit]

Championship Pool[edit]

Standings[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
1 Hibernians (C) 28 19 5 4 73 25 +48 42 2009–10 UEFA Champions League First qualifying round
2 Valletta 28 17 9 2 50 18 +32 40 2009–10 UEFA Europa League First qualifying round
3 Birkirkara 28 12 7 9 43 45 −2 27
4 Marsaxlokk (R) 28 10 6 12 46 52 −6 25 Relegation to Maltese First Division[a]
5 Sliema Wanderers 28 10 8 10 33 41 −8 25 2009–10 UEFA Europa League Second qualifying round[b]
6 Floriana 28 7 6 15 25 44 −19 16
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.
(C) Champion; (R) Relegated.
Notes:
  1. ^ Marsaxlokk were relegated to the First Division for the 2009-10 season due to their involvement in a bribery scandal.
  2. ^ Sliema Wanderers won the Maltese Cup 2008–09 and thereby qualified for the second qualifying round of UEFA Europa League.

Results[edit]

Home \ Away[1] BIR FLO HIB MRS SLI VAL
Birkirkara 3–1 0–4 1–2 0–0 3–1
Floriana 0–2 0–2 2–1 1–1 0–2
Hibernians 2–0 4–1 2–2 0–0 0–0
Marsaxlokk 2–2 5–2 1–4 0–3 0–1
Sliema Wanderers 1–0 3–0 0–5 1–3 0–3
Valletta 4–1 0–0 2–1 1–2 5–0

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

Relegation Pool[edit]

Standings[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
7 Qormi 24 7 6 11 30 31 −1 20
8 Tarxien Rainbows 24 6 5 13 32 44 −12 16[a]
9 Msida Saint-Joseph 24 7 5 12 25 40 −15 16[a][b]
10 Hamrun Spartans 24 7 3 14 31 48 −17 16[b]
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.
Notes:
  1. ^ a b Deciding game
  2. ^ a b While Msida Saint-Joseph and Hamrun Spartans were relegated, they were returned to the Premier League in the wake of corruption scandals involving Vittoriosa Stars and Marsaxlokk.

Results[edit]

Home \ Away[1] HAM MSJ QOR TAR
Hamrun Spartans 3–0 0–2 1–1
Msida Saint-Joseph 2–0 0–5 2–2
Qormi 1–2 2–1 1–2
Tarxien Rainbows 5–1 0–0 0–3

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

Deciding game[edit]

Because Tarxien Rainbows, Msida Saint-Joseph and Hamrun Spartans were tied on points after all matches played, their head-to head results in Relegation Pool were decisive. Hamrun Spartans had the least points in those matches and were therefore immediately relegated. However, Tarxien Rainbows and Msida Saint-Joseph were equal on points in their two matches and they played a decision game to determine the second relegated team. The match was played on 8 May 2009 at Hibernians Ground. However, in the wake of a corruption scandal, both Hamrun Spartans and Msida Saint-Joseph were returned to the Premier League.

Team 1  Score  Team 2
Msida Saint-Joseph 1–1 (aet, p. 4–5) Tarxien Rainbows

Top goalscorers[edit]

Source: maltafootball.com

Scorer Club Goals
Malta Terence Scerri Hibernians 26
Bulgaria Stilyan Petrov Tarxien Rainbows 23
Bulgaria Stilyan Petrov Marsaxlokk 17
Cameroon Njongo Priso Valletta 15
Brazil Pedro dos Santos Calçado Msida Saint-Joseph 13
Nigeria Alfred Effiong Qormi 12
Brazil Marcelo Pereira Marsaxlokk 11
Malta Andrew Cohen Hibernians 9
Netherlands Sylvano Comvalius Hamrun Spartans 9
Malta Ivan Woods Sliema Wanderers 9
Goals total 387
Matches total 132
Average per match 2.93

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