|Full name||Floriana Football Club|
|Nickname(s)||Tal-Irish, Greens, tal-Qaghqa (of the Ring-cake|
|League||Maltese Premier League|
|2015–16||Maltese Premier League, 5th|
|Website||Club home page|
Floriana Football Club is a semi-professional Maltese football club in the town of Floriana that currently plays in the Maltese Premier League. It has one of the largest fan followings on the islands and remains the most successful club in Maltese history, along with Sliema Wanderers. In all, Floriana F.C. has won 25 national leagues and 19 FA Trophies. It is also the only team from Malta to have qualified from the qualifying rounds to the first round proper of the UEFA Champions League, in the 1993–94 season.
- 1 History
- 2 Honours
- 3 Players
- 4 Non-playing staff
- 5 Managerial history
- 6 European Record
- 7 References
- 8 External links
Floriana Football Club was founded in 1894 with the inauguration of the football ground officiated by Queen Alexandra. The site was a cricket ground from 1890 till its conversion project. Together with St. George's FC, is one of the two oldest clubs in Malta. During that period, football in Malta was introduced by the British Servicemen who were stationed on the island, which was then a colony of the British Empire.
The club is affiliated to the Malta Football Association which in turn is a member of both UEFA and FIFA. The team, which plays in green and white, is nicknamed The Irish, after having adopted its colours following a friendly match against the Royal Dublin Fusiliers who were stationed in Floriana Malta at the time.
Floriana Football Club has won the major Maltese League championship 25 times and the U*BET FA TROPHY 19 times. Floriana also have a futsal team which participates in Malta's top futsal league.
Football was introduced in Malta at the end of the 19th Century by the British troops stationed on the island. At that time Malta formed part of the British Empire and, the Island was the base of British forces in the heart of the Mediterranean. The forces' barracks, which were strategically located around the island of Malta, enjoyed large areas that were used as parade grounds, training areas and for sporting activities.
The sports practised by the soldiers were mainly cricket, hockey and football. The British forces in Malta were mainly stationed in Floriana, Cospicua, Mtarfa, Marsa and Sliema. The locals who were influenced by the soldiers stationed in the area were introduced to these sporting activities. The most popular sport amongst the residents of Floriana was football, however some also practised cricket and hockey. Floriana still has its hockey club, carrying the name Floriana Young Stars Hockey Club.
Club colours and mascot
Between 1894 and 1905 the club's colours were green/red quartered shirts, black shorts with green and red socks. The official colours of the club as we know them today, green and white vertical striped shirts, white shorts and green/white horizontal striped socks, were introduced in 1905. At that time the Royal Dublin Fusiliers were stationed in Floriana. During that year, three friendly matches were held between this regiment and FFC. At the end of the final match both teams exchanged their shirts and later the FFC changed their official colours to their green and white shirts. The regiment left the Island for India in that same year. The ties between Floriana and the Royal Dublin Fusiliers were so strong that the people hailing from Floriana were nicknamed after the Irish, "Tal-Irish".
The club's mascot is the lion, which features prominently on the club's badge since 1936 together with the Latin motto "Ex Ludis Virtus", meaning "virtue out of the game". In this regard the club's badge represents the fierceness of the lion together with the virtues of sportsmanship. The lion was chosen as the clubs mascot for two general reasons attributed to history of Floriana.
First attribution is to the coat-of-arms of the Grandmaster of Order of St. John, Manoel de Vilhena, which has the lion on it. Vilhena was the mastermind behind the construction of a fortification suburg of Floriana (originally known as Borgo Vilhena) to defend the capital city of Valletta from land attacks. He even ordered the construction of a lion statue fountain, with his Grandmaster code of arms being held by the lions hand, in the centre of Floriana's main square, St. Anne Square, which is still there today.
Second attribution to the lion is the statue of St. Publius who is the patron saint of Floriana. The St. Publius' statue has a lion with it which shows how Publius was killed for his Christian preachings.
The first game won by the team was confirmed on the feast of the patron's village St. Publius, on 13 April 1910, which is to some considered as a divine confirmation.
Since the foundation of the Malta Football Association, in 1909, and local competitions the club won a total of 104 honours, which includes 25 league titles and 25 Cup knock out competitions. The club has also achieved a number of impressive feats, such as four consecutive league championships, ten doubles (League plus Cup) and a League title with maximum points.
Over the years FFC participated in the various competitions organised by the European football body, UEFA, such as the:
- UEFA Champions Cup
- UEFA Cup Winners' Cup
- Fairs Cities' Cup
- UEFA Cup
- Intertoto Cup
In 1962, the club was the first to represent Malta in UEFA competitions in its Cup Winners' Cup against the Hungarian side Ujpest Dozsa. Over the years, FFC had the opportunity to meet some renowned European football clubs, including the likes of:
- Ipswich Town
- Inter Milan
- Sparta Rotterdam
- Dundee United
- FC Porto
- Borussia Dortmund
- Hajduk Split
On two occasions FFC made it to the next round, 1993–94 Champions Cup and Intertoto Cup 1999–00.
In 1987 the club founded its youth sector, Floriana FC Nursery (FFCN), which is affiliated to the Malta Youth Football Association. The club's youth sector may also be considered as one of the most successful organisations of its type on the Island; not only has it produced a number of some of the finest footballers, but it has also managed to win a good number of league titles organised by the Association. The following are some of the major honours won by FFCN:
06 / 07 UNDER 14 Knock out competition
- U/14 League Champions – twice
- U/16 League Champions – six times, four of which in a row, 1993 to 1997
- U/18 League Champions – six times, four of which in a row, 1996 to 2000
Today all the major six Premiership clubs in Malta have at least two players forming part of their squad, which have been raised by the Floriana Youth Nursery.
During their history Floriana had two main rivals Sliema Wanderers and neighbors Valletta. The rivalry against Sliema is very old but today has lost much of its legacy. The rivalry was at its peak from 1910 and till the late 1970s when the two sides dominated the Maltese football scene. Football hooliganism between supporters and direct conflicts were something usual.
Today the rivalry has declined due to Floriana's lack of good performances in the domestic scene were in the last 30 years they won only two league titles, in 1977 and in 1993.
The rivalry against Valletta City is still alive. Despite the fact that it has been a long time since Floriana were in their hey days, the fact that the two cities are near each other's the rivalry continues to persist and it is one of the most classic derbies in Maltese football. The matches between the two sides always attract big crowds to the stadium and the fans treat these clashes as cup finals.
Floriana' s official colors at the beginning of the century were green and red quartered shirts with black shorts. Later on these were replaced with Green and white striped shirts and white shorts. These colors were adopted after a game played at the Floriana Parade Ground against the Royal Dublin Fusiliers. This regiment of the British army was stationed at Floriana. The two sides played three times against each other in 1904–05. The Fusiliers won the first two games while the third one ended all square.
A fourth game was organized between the two sides and this time Floriana won 2–1. As a symbol of friendship, the players swapped their shirts. From that moment onwards, Floriana Football Club adopted the colors of the Royal Irish Fusiliers, which are the green and white stripes and white shorts. The Florianites are still called 'Ta' l-Irish' meaning 'The Irish'. In the early 1920s which went something like this:
|“||Tal-Irish minn dejjem hadid,
Jagħmel li jrid, deni jew gid.
In plain English, this translates as 'The Irish are always as strong as metal; they decide if to inflict harm or not'.
From 1900 to date, Floriana FC won 105 honours. 30 of them were won before the second war, that is, between 1900 and 1940. The other 75 honours were won from 1940 to date.Floriana FC holds the following records:*Won four consecutive championships – 1949–50, 1950–51, 1951–52 and 1952–53.*In 1961–62, Floriana FC won the league without losing a single point. Played and won 14 games, scored 43 goals and conceded 10 goals.*Made the League and Cup double for a record 10 times in seasons 1912–13, 1921–22, 1927–28, 1928–29, 1930–31, 1949–50, 1952–53, 1954–55, 1957–58 and 1992–93.*Between 15 February 1976 and 22 May 1977, Floriana played 37 consecutive games without losing a game. During this period, the Greens scored 99 goals and won seven major honours, which are the League, Trophy, Independence Cup, twice the Sons of Malta Cup and twice the Testaferrata Cup.During Season 1952–53 Floriana FC was the first Local Club to obtain SIX HONOURS in one season,League Champions-FA Trophy-Cassar Charity Cup-Infantile Paralyses Cup-Schembri Shield and Poppy Day Fund Cup (During this season another Cup was playeed the Coronation Cup but was won by Floriana FC arch rivals Valletta FC)
Maltese Football League (25):
1909–10, 1911–12, 1912–13, 1920–21, 1921–22, 1924–25, 1926–27, 1927–28, 1928–29, 1930–31, 1934–35, 1936–37, 1949–50, 1950–51, 1951–52, 1952–53, 1954–55, 1957–58, 1961–62, 1967–68, 1969–70, 1972–73, 1974–75, 1976–77, 1992–93
League Runners-up (12):
1922–23, 1925–26, 1935–36, 1937–38, 1953–54, 1955–56, 1965–66, 1968–69, 1971–72, 1975–76, 1993–94, 2010–11
First Division Champions (1):
MFA Knock-Out Competitions (26)
National Ground Cup (MFA Cup) (1):
Gaelic Whisky Cup (MFA Cup) (1):
Cousis Shield (3):
1921–22, 1922–23, 1930–31
Empire Sports Ground Cup (MFA Cup) (2):
FA Trophy (19):
1937–38, 1944–45, 1946–47, 1948–49, 1949–50, 1952–53, 1953–54, 1954–55, 1956–57, 1957–58, 1960–61, 1965–66, 1966–67, 1971–72, 1980–81, 1992–93, 1993–94, 2010–11
FA Trophy Finalists (12):
1934–35, 1935–36, 1955–56, 1959–60, 1964–65, 1973–74, 1976–77, 1977–78, 1978–79, 1987–88, 1988–89, 2005–06
Super Cup (1):
Cassar Cup (10):
1920–21, 1922–23, 1935–36, 1936–37, 1949–50, 1951–62, 1952–53, 1953–54, 1957–58, 1960–61
Independence Cup (7):
1966–67, 1968–69, 1972–73, 1975–76, 1977–78, 1978–79
Sons of Malta Cup (6):
1967–68, 1968–69, 1973–74, 1975–76, 1976–77, 1977–78
Super 5 Cup (4):
1993–94, 1994–95, 1995–96, 1997–98
Testaferrata Cup (3):
1975–76, 1976–77, 1977–78
Schembri Shield (3):
1952–53, 1953–54, 1954–55
Scicluna Cup (3):
1958–59, 1961–62, 1962–63
Poppy Day Fund Cup (3):
1952–53, 1.953–54, 1954–55
Christmas Cup (2):
Malta Playing Field Association Shield – MPFA (2):
Partisans Cup (1):
Amateurs Cup (1):
Mtarfa Cup (1):
La Gloire Trophy (1):
Prince of Wales Cup (1):
Malaya Congress Cup (1):
Marian Congress Cup (1):
Infantile Paralysis Cup (1):
Lowenbrau Cup (1):
AME Cup (1):
- As of 10:10, Sunday, April 30, 2017 (UTC)
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
|Vice Treasurer||Mario Cilia|
|Vice President||Matthew Paris|
|Vice President||Anthony Grech Sant|
|Webmaster||Alan Michael Vella|
|Club Curator||Paul Xuereb|
|MFA Club Delegate||Riccardo Gaucci|
|Floriana FC Supporters Club Official||Clayton Galea|
|Floriana FC Nursery Representative||Nigel Holland|
|Committee Member||Anthony Stellini|
|Committee Member||Clayton Galea|
|Karim Bencherifa||July 1, 2000||June 30, 2002|
|Danilo Dončić||July 1, 2007||June 30, 2008|
|Zoran Popović||July 1, 2008||Jan 9, 2009|
|Antonio Carlos Vieira||July 1, 2008||March 24, 2009|
|Roddy Collins||July 1, 2009||Dec 15, 2009|
|Todor Raykov||July 1, 2010||Feb 21, 2011|
|Joe Brincat||March 20, 2012||2012|
|Mark Wright||Aug 18, 2012||Oct 18, 2012|
|Stephen Azzopardi||Oct 18, 2012||Jan 25, 2012|
|Iain Brunskill||Jan 29, 2013||May 8, 2013|
|Ian Dawes||May 9, 2013||April 8, 2014|
|Giovanni Tedesco||April 8, 2014||May 8, 2015|
|Luis Oliveira||June 14, 2015||May 8, 2016|
|Giovanni Tedesco||June 15, 2016|
UEFA Cup Winners' Cup
|1961–62||UEFA Cup Winners' Cup||Preliminary Round||Újpest||2–5||2–10||4–15|
|1965–66||UEFA Cup Winners' Cup||1. Round||Borussia Dortmund||1–5||0–8||1–13|
|1966–67||UEFA Cup Winners' Cup||1. Round||Sparta Rotterdam||1–1||0–6||1–7|
|1967–68||UEFA Cup Winners' Cup||1. Round||NAC Breda||1–2||0–1||1–3|
|1972–73||UEFA Cup Winners' Cup||1. Round||Ferencvárosi||1–0||0–6||1–6|
|1976–77||UEFA Cup Winners' Cup||1. Round||Śląsk Wrocław||1–4||0–2||1–6|
|1978–79||UEFA Cup Winners' Cup||1. Round||Internazionale||1–3||0–5||1–8|
|1981–82||UEFA Cup Winners' Cup||1. Round||Standard Liège||1–3||0–9||1–12|
|1988–89||UEFA Cup Winners' Cup||1. Round||Dundee United||0–0||0–1||0–1|
|1994–95||UEFA Cup Winners' Cup||Qualifying Round||Sligo Rovers||2–2||0–1||2–3|
UEFA Intertoto Cup
|1995||UEFA Intertoto Cup||Group 11, game 1st||Tirol Innsbruck||0–4|
|Group 11, game 2nd||Hapoel Petah Tikva||1–1|
|Group 11, game 3rd||Strasbourg||0–4|
|Group 11, game 4th||Gençlerbirliği||0–3|
|1997||UEFA Intertoto Cup||Group 12, game 1st||SV Ried||1–2|
|Group 12, game 2nd||Tbilisi||0–5|
|Group 12, game 3rd||Torpedo Moscow||0–1|
|Group 12, game 4th||Iraklis||0–1|
|1999||UEFA Intertoto Cup||1. Round||Aberystwyth Town||2–1||2–2||4–3|
|2000||UEFA Intertoto Cup||1. Round||Stabæk||1–1||0–2||1–3|
|1969–70||Inter-Cities Fairs Cup||1. Round||Dinamo Bacau||0–1||0–6||0–7|
|1991–92||UEFA Cup||1. Round||Neuchâtel Xamax||0–0||0–2||0–2|
|1992–93||UEFA Cup||1. Round||Borussia Dortmund||0–1||2–7||2–8|
|1996–97||UEFA Cup||Preliminary Round||Beitar Jerusalem||1–5||1–3||2–8|
|2011–12||Europa League||2. Round||AEK Larnaca||0–8||0–1||0–9|
|2012–13||Europa League||1. Round||Elfsborg||0–4||0–8||0–12|
UEFA Champions League
|1962–63||European Cup||Preliminary Round||Ipswich Town||1–4||0–10||1–14|
|1968–69||European Cup||1. Round||Lahti||1–1||0–2||1–3|
|1970–71||European Cup||1. Round||Sporting CP||0–4||0–5||0–9|
|1973–74||European Cup||1. Round||Club Brugge||0–2||0–8||0–10|
|1975–76||European Cup||1. Round||Hajduk Split||0–5||0–3||0–8|
|1977–78||European Cup||1. Round||Panathinaikos||1–1||0–4||1–5|
|1993–94||UEFA Champions League||Preliminary Round||Ekranas||1–0||1–0||2–0|
|1993–94||UEFA Champions League||1. Round||FC Porto||0–0||0–2||0–2|
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