John Bonello

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John Bonello
Personal information
Full name John Bonello
Date of birth (1958-05-10) 10 May 1958 (age 61)
Place of birth Msida, Malta
Playing position Goalkeeper
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1976–1980 Hibernians
1980–1981 SC Herford 6 (0)
1981–1993 Hibernians
National team
1979–1987 Malta 29 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 7 March 2012

John Bonello (born 10 May 1958) is a retired Maltese football player.

Club career[edit]

Bonello has played his entire career at Hibernians Paola, except for a season at German lower league side SC Herford.

International career[edit]

Bonello made his debut for Malta in an August 1979 friendly match against Tunisia. He earned a total of 29 caps, scoring no goals. He has represented his country in 7 FIFA World Cup qualification matches.[1] Bonello was the goalkeeper in the infamous December 1983 European Championship qualification defeat by Spain, which Malta lost 1–12, ensuring that Spain qualified for Euro 1984 ahead of the Netherlands.[2]

His final international was a January 1987 European Championship qualification match against Italy.


  1. ^ John BonelloFIFA competition record
  2. ^ International stats - EU Football

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