Sliema Wanderers F.C.

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Sliema Wanderers
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 Malta John Buttigieg
League Maltese Premier League
2015–16 Maltese Premier League, 7th

Sliema Wanderers Football Club are Malta's most successful football team hailing 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, in 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'.

Since 2008, a group of young Sliema fans formed the group known as Sliema Ultras Blue Gladiators 2008 better known as (Sliema Ultras '08 or SUBG'08). This young group is not only known to support the Blues at football but also Waterpolo, Futsal, Rugby, Hockey and many other sports that includes the name, Sliema.

The clubhouse is on Tower Street and welcomes visitors.

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 Glenn Zammit
2 Malta DF Alex Muscat
3 Ghana DF Benjamin Essel
4 Argentina MF Matias Muchardi
5 Malta MF Ryan Spiteri
6 Malta MF Clive Psaila
7 Malta MF John Mintoff
8 Malta MF Mark Scerri
9 Benin FW Michel Salomon
10 Bosnia and Herzegovina FW Milos Galin
12 Malta GK Timothy Aquilina
14 Malta MF Gabriel Aquilina
No. Position Player
15 Serbia MF Marko Potezica
16 Malta MF Giuseppe Muscat
17 Malta MF Peter Xuereb
18 Malta FW Aidan Friggieri
23 Scotland DF Gary Muir
25 Italy GK Giuseppe Saraò
30 Malta FW Jean Paul Farrugia
33 Italy DF Stefano Bianciardi
36 Malta DF Carl Cassar
37 Malta FW Axl Xuereb
38 Malta MF Jean Pierre Vella
39 Malta DF Jake Agius

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 Lahti 2–0 1–4 3–4
1979–80 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 1. Round Portugal Boavista 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 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 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 Diósgyőr 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 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 Barcelona 0–2 0–1 0–3
1981–82 UEFA Cup 1. Round Greece Aris Thessaloniki 2–4 0–4 2–8
1988–89 UEFA Cup 1. Round Romania Victoria București 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) 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 Matador Púchov 2–1 0–3 2–4
2002–03 UEFA Cup 1. Qualifying Round Poland Polonia Warsaw 1–3 0–2 1–5
2006–07 UEFA Cup 1. Qualifying Round Romania Rapid București 0–1 0–5 0–6
2007–08 UEFA Cup 1. Qualifying Round Bulgaria Litex Lovech 0–3 0–4 0–7
2009–10 UEFA Europa League 2. Qualifying Round Israel Maccabi Netanya 0–0 0–3 0–3
2010–11 UEFA Europa League 1. Qualifying Round Croatia 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 Ferencváros 1–1 1–2 2–3

UEFA Champions League[edit]

Season Competition Round Country Club Home Away Aggregate
1964–65 European Cup Preliminary Round Romania Dinamo București 0–2 0–5 0–7
1965–66 European Cup Preliminary Round Greece Panathinaikos 1–0 1–4 2–4
1966–67 European Cup Preliminary Round Bulgaria 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 1–2 0–5 1–7
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 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 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 – Oct, 2014
Malta Stephen Azzopardi Oct 2014 – Dec2015 Italy Alfonso Greco Jan 1, 2016 – May, 2016
Malta John Buttigieg June 2016 – 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: 21
1935, 1936, 1937, 1940, 1946, 1948, 1951, 1952, 1956, 1959, 1963, 1965, 1968, 1969, 1974, 1979, 1990, 2000, 2004, 2009, 2016

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

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