Malta national football team
|Nickname(s)||Knights of Malta, Ħomor (Reds), Falcons|
|Association||Malta Football Association|
|Head coach||Pietro Ghedin|
|Most caps||Michael Mifsud (123)|
|Top scorer||Michael Mifsud (40)|
|Home stadium||Ta' Qali Stadium|
|Current||190 1 (10 August 2017)|
|Highest||66 (September 1994, September 1995)|
|Lowest||191 (July 2017)|
|Current||161 3 (14 June 2017)|
|Highest||98 (February 1992)|
|Lowest||164 (October 2001, November 2016, March 2017)|
| Malta 2–3 Austria
(Gżira, Malta; February 24, 1957)
| Malta 7–1 Liechtenstein
(Ta' Qali, Malta; March 26, 2008)
| Spain 12–1 Malta
(Seville, Spain; December 21, 1983)
The Malta national football team (Maltese: Tim nazzjonali tal-futbol ta' Malta) represents Malta in international football and is controlled by the Malta Football Association. Malta played its first international game on 24 February 1957 against Austria, and began competing for qualification to major tournaments in 1962. The side's first competitive victory arrived in 1975 against Greece. Considered to be one of the weaker sides in Europe, Malta has never made it to the finals of any major international competition. They have however never ranked at the bottom of the FIFA World Rankings. Their highest ever position is 66th.
- 1 History
- 2 Recent results and upcoming fixtures
- 3 Players
- 4 Records
- 5 Competitive record
- 6 Managers
- 7 FIFA ranking
- 8 References
- 9 External links
Malta played its first international game on 24 February 1957 at the Empire Stadium, losing 2–3 to Austria. That match was played in front of a capacity crowd at the old Empire Stadium. The Malta Football Association joined FIFA in 1959 and UEFA a year later. The international side first competed in the qualifying rounds of the UEFA European Nations Cup in 1962, and in FIFA World Cup qualification in 1971.
Malta's first competitive draw ended 1–1 against Greece in 1970. Malta's first two competitive wins were victories of 2–0 and 2–1 at home to Greece and Iceland in European Championship qualifiers in 1975 and 1982 respectively. In 1979, Malta drew 0–0 with West Germany in a European championship qualifier and they met again on 16 December 1984 for a memorable World Cup Qualifier in front of a record attendance at the Ta'Qali stadium, where the 1982 & eventual 1986 World Cup runners-up only managed a 2–3 win. Another prestigious result was achieved in March 1987 when Malta drew 2–2 in Portugal, in a qualifier for Euro'88 and the side also twice drew against Hungary during the qualification for the 1990 FIFA World Cup, and recorded four friendly wins during 1991 and 1992.
Malta's third competitive win came with a 10–0 victory away to Estonia in a 1993 World Cup qualifier in which Kris Laferla scored. In October 1994 Malta held Czech Republic 0–0 in a qualifier for the UEFA Euro 1996, in which the latter ended runners-up. Six years later, in October 2000 in a group qualifying match for the 2002 World Cup, once again Malta managed another 0–0 draw vs Czech Republic which eventually cost the latter a place at the following major tournament. In June 2000 Malta played England, then managed by Kevin Keegan. Trailing 2–1 going into the final minutes Malta were awarded a penalty, however David Carabott's effort was saved by Richard Wright. Through November 2001 and May 2002 Malta played and remained undefeated in 6 international matches and in between they won the locally hosted (Rothmans) International Tournament. During 2005, Malta drew 1–1 against Croatia and Bulgaria. Another positive result was the 1–1 home draw in a friendly match against Northern Ireland, though George Mallia missed an injury time penalty which would have given them a win. On 11 October 2006, Malta managed another competitive victory, a 2–1 triumph over Hungary in the European Championship qualifying with Andre Schembri scoring twice.
On 7 February 2007, Malta drew 1–1 with one of the hosts of Euro 2008, Austria. The game was played to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the first international match played by the Maltese national team. On 8 September 2007 Malta managed another draw against Turkey in a Euro 2008 qualifying match, the game finishing 2–2. On 26 March 2008, Malta achieved its largest ever victory, a 7–1 defeat of Liechtenstein in a friendly at the Ta' Qali Stadium, with Michael Mifsud scoring five goals. A 2–0 friendly win over Georgia followed in 2009.
In May 2010, sponsorship of the Maltese national side was taken on by sportswear firm Givova, who also designed a range of new kits for the team. One month later, however, the side had fallen to their lowest ever FIFA world ranking position, of 169th in the world. In 2009, Malta had a 0–0 draw with Albania at home. This was their only point for the 2010 World Cup qualifying. On 11 August 2010 Malta drew 1–1 at home against FYR Macedonia in a European Championship qualifying game, with Michael Mifsud scoring a brilliant diving header for Malta.
In February 2011 the side achieved a 0–0 draw against Switzerland, in which goalkeeper Justin Haber saved two penalties. Mifsud scored twice on 10 August 2011, when Malta beat the Central African Republic 2–1 at home. On 6 September 2011, Malta won their first Euro 2012 qualifying point, with a 1–1 draw against Georgia. During the years of 2010 and 2011, Malta did not get many positive results, and coach John Buttigieg and assistant coach Carmel Busittil were both sacked in October 2011. Malta has been drawn in a group with Italy, Denmark, Bulgaria, Czech Republic and Armenia for qualification to the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. In their match vs Armenia in June 2013, Malta claimed their first world cup qualifying win in 20 years, nabbing a 1–0 victory. Michael Mifsud scored the all important goal for Malta.
Recent results and upcoming fixtures
|4 September 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification||Malta||1–5||Scotland||Ta' Qali, Malta|
|Snodgrass 10', 61' (pen.), 84'
|Stadium: Ta' Qali National Stadium
|8 October 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification||England||2–0||Malta||Wembley Stadium, England|
|Daniel Sturridge 29'
Dele Alli 38'
|S.Borg 55'||Attendance: 81,781
|11 October 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification||Lithuania||2–0||Malta||LFF Stadium, Lithuania|
|Fedor Cernych 76'
Arvydas Novikovas 38'
|11 November 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification||Malta||0–1||Slovenia||Ta' Qali, Malta|
|B.Verbic 47'||Stadium: Ta' Qali National Stadium
Referee: Paweł Raczkowski
|15 November Friendly||Malta||0–2||Iceland||Ta' Qali, Malta|
|17:30||Arnór Ingvi Traustason 47'
Sverrir Ingi Ingason 75'
|Stadium: Ta' Qali National Stadium
|26 March 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification||Malta||1–3||Slovakia||Ta' Qali, Malta|
|20:45||Stadium: Ta' Qali National Stadium
Referee: Ali Palabıyık
|6 June Friendly||Ukraine||0–1||Malta||Graz, Austria|
|19:00||Z. Muscat 14'||Stadium: Liebenauer Stadium
|10 June 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification||Slovenia||2–0||Malta||Ljubljana, Slovenia|
|18:00||Stadium: Stožice Stadium
Referee: Lee Evans
|1 September 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification||Malta||v||England||Ta' Qali, Malta|
|20:45||Stadium: Ta' Qali National Stadium
|4 September 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification||Scotland||v||Malta||Glasgow, Scotland|
|20:45||Stadium: Hampden Park
|5 October 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification||Malta||v||Lithuania||Ta' Qali, Malta|
|20:45||Stadium: Ta' Qali National Stadium
|8 October 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification||Slovakia||v||Malta||Trnava, Slovakia|
|18:00||Stadium: Štadión Antona Malatinského
|12 November Friendly||Malta||v||Estonia||Ta' Qali, Malta|
|17:00||Stadium: Ta' Qali National Stadium
Caps and goals are correct as of 10 June 2017 after the match against Slovenia.
|#||Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club|
|1||GK||Andrew Hogg||2 March 1985||53||0||Hibernians|
|12||GK||Henry Bonello||13 October 1988||5||0||Valletta|
|16||DF||Myles Beerman||13 March 1999||1||0||Rangers|
|5||DF||Andrei Agius||12 August 1986||67||1||Hibernians|
|4||DF||Steve Borg||15 May 1988||27||0||Valletta|
|17||DF||Ryan Camilleri||22 May 1988||34||0||Valletta|
|20||DF||Zach Muscat||22 August 1993||22||1||Arezzo|
|3||DF||Joseph Zerafa||31 May 1988||15||0||Valletta|
|2||DF||Sam Magri||30 March 1994||5||0||Ebbsfleet United|
|22||DF||Alex Muscat||14 December 1984||22||0||Sliema Wanderers|
|24||DF||Dale Camilleri||17 October 1992||1||0||St. Andrews|
|15||MF||Johann Bezzina||30 May 1994||1||0||Hibernians|
|6||MF||Ryan Fenech||20 April 1986||42||1||Balzan|
|7||MF||Clayton Failla||8 January 1986||53||2||Hibernians|
|8||MF||Paul Fenech||20 December 1986||40||1||Balzan|
|18||MF||Bjorn Kristensen||5 April 1993||21||0||Hibernians|
|11||MF||Luke Gambin||16 March 1993||9||0||Luton Town|
|21||MF||Steve Pisani||7 August 1992||8||0||Floriana|
|19||FW||Alfred Effiong||29 November 1984||18||4||Balzan|
|9||FW||Michael Mifsud||17 April 1981||124||40||Valletta|
|10||FW||André Schembri (Captain)||27 May 1986||81||3||Apollon Limassol|
The following players have been called up to the Maltese squad within the last year.(retired players will not appear in this following line up)
|Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club||Latest call-up|
|GK||Justin Haber||9 June 1981||57||0||Floriana||v. Iceland, 15 November 2016|
|GK||Steve Sultana||7 September 1990||0||0||Xewkija||v.|
|GK||Jurgen Borg||8 August 1994||0||0||Gzira United||v.|
|DF||Jurgen PisaniINJ||3 September 1992||0||0||Floriana||v. Slovakia, 26 March 2017|
|DF||Ryan Camenzuli||8 September 1994||4||0||Birkirkara||v. Slovakia, 26 March 2017|
|DF||Daniel Zerafa||8 April 1994||0||0||Hamrun||v. Iceland, 15 November 2016|
|DF||Cain Attard||10 September 1994||1||0||Birkirkara||v. Austria, 31 May 2016|
|DF||Ryan Scicluna||30 July 1993||2||0||Birkirkara||v. Austria, 31 May 2016|
|MF||Mark Scerri||16 January 1990||3||0||Sliema Wanderers||v.|
|MF||Cain Attard||10 September 1994||2||0||Birkirkara||v.|
|MF||Rowen MuscatINJ||15 June 1991||29||0||Valletta||v. Slovakia, 26 March 2017|
|MF||Roderick Briffa||24 August 1981||93||1||Valletta||v. Scotland, 4 September 2016|
|MF||Lui Cremona||7 May 1995||3||0||Valletta||v. Austria, 31 May 2016|
|FW||Jean Paul Farrugia||21 March 1992||7||1||FC Chiasso||v.|
|FW||Luke Montebello||13 August 1995||1||0||Birkirkara||v.|
|FW||Jurgen Degabriele||10 October 1996||1||0||Hibernians||v.|
|FW||Andrea Borg||12 November 1999||0||0||Peterborough United||v.|
- As of 15 November2016
Players with an equal number of caps are ranked in chronological order of reaching the milestone.
Goalscorers with an equal number of goals are ranked by their goal average.
FIFA World Cup
|FIFA World Cup record||FIFA World Cup Qualification record|
|1930||Did Not Enter|
|1974||Did Not Qualify||6||0||0||6||1||20|
|2022||To be determined|
UEFA European Football Championship
|UEFA European Championship record|
|1960||Did not enter|
|1964||Did not qualify|
|1968||Did not enter|
|1972 to 2016||Did not qualify|
|2020||To be determined|
All-time team record
As of 12 August 2017
Positive Record Neutral Record Negative Record
|Bosnia and Herzegovina||4||1||0||3||4||9||−5||25%|
|Central African Republic||1||1||0||0||2||1||+1||100%|
|Republic of Ireland||7||0||0||7||2||24||−22||0%|
|United Arab Emirates||2||0||2||0||1||1||0||0%|
Current coaching staff
Manager Pietro Ghedin
Assistant Manager Ray Farrugia
Goalkeepers Coach Charles Sciberras
Physical trainer Luca Pagani
- As of 15 November 2016
|Manager||Malta career||Played||Won||Drawn||Lost||Win %|
|Joe A. Griffiths||1957–1961||6||2||2||2||33.3|
- 1 match with Janos Bedl
- assisted by Carmel Busuttil
- managed the team on a one-off basis as caretaker manager
|Worst Ever Rank||191||July 2017|
|Best Ever Rank||66 (twice)||September 1994, September 1995|
|Current Rank||190 ||August 2017|
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- "Malta's International 'A' Matches". Malta Football Association. Retrieved 2 September 2011.
- Brincat, Henry (15 October 2006). "Malta 2–1 Hungary". The Malta Independent.
- "Malta v England: Clockwatch". BBC. 3 June 2000. Retrieved 14 May 2014.
- "Malta 1–1 Northern Ireland". BBC. 17 August 2005. Retrieved 15 September 2015.
- "Malta to play Euro 2008 co-hosts Austria on 30 May". The Malta Independent. 22 December 2007.
- Huggins, Trevor (9 September 2007). "England notch easy win against Israel". Reuters UK.
- "Five-goal Mifsud inspires Malta to massive win". The Times of Malta. 27 March 2008.
- "Malta make ground from Swiss denial". fifa.com. 7 April 2011.
- "High-profile friendly a useful test – Buttigieg". The Times of Malta. 11 May 2010.
- "Malta-Maceddonia draw 1–1". The Times of Malta. 11 August 2010.
- Grech, Kevin (10 August 2011). "Mifsud the hero as Malta defeat Central African Republic". maltatoday.com.
- "Malta fires national coach John Buttigieg". ESPN. 26 October 2011.
- Roberto Mamrud. "Malta – Record International Players". RSSSF. Retrieved 2014-06-08.
- "World Football Elo Ratings: Malta". Elo Ratings. Retrieved 12 August 2017.
- "FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking". fifa.com. Retrieved 21 September 2011.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Malta national football team.|
- Official site of the Malta Football Association
- RSSSF archive of results from 1957
- Reports for all matches of the Maltese national football team