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Season review: Malta

Published: Thursday 24 June 2010, 13.00CET
Birkirkara FC went 11 games unbeaten to finish a point above Valletta FC and claim the Maltese Premier League title, though the runners-up found solace with a double cup triumph.
by Domenic Aquilina
from Malta
Season review: Malta
Birkirkara celebrate their 2009/10 league title ©Domenic Aquilina
Published: Thursday 24 June 2010, 13.00CET

Season review: Malta

Birkirkara FC went 11 games unbeaten to finish a point above Valletta FC and claim the Maltese Premier League title, though the runners-up found solace with a double cup triumph.

Birkirkara FC's 11-game unbeaten run helped them to the Maltese Premier League title, finishing just a point above cup winners Valletta FC.

Champions: Birkirkara FC
The Stripes were already home and dry going into the last game of the season where a 4-2 defeat by nearest challengers Valletta reduced their winning margin to a point. Coach Paul Zammit, who tasted title success with Valletta in 2007/08, said: "This success has to be attributed to my players, who showed a very professional, aggressive and positive attitude during a very difficult season."

Cup Final: Valletta FC 2-1 Qormi FC
Maltese international striker Michael Mifsud's eighth-minute strike paved the way for Valletta's 12th FA Trophy triumph. Terence Scerri swiftly doubled the lead and there was no way back for Qormi, though they halved the arrears through Camilo Da Silva Sanvezzo 12 minutes from time. Valletta secured a cup double with victory in the National League 100 Years Trophy, a one-off competition to commemorate a century of football on the island.

European places*
Birkirkara FC – UEFA Champions League first qualifying round
Valletta FC – UEFA Europa League second qualifying round
Sliema Wanderers FC – UEFA Europa League first qualifying round
*Subject to final confirmation from UEFA

One to watch: Trevor Cilia (Birkirkara FC)
Cilia was there when it really mattered, scoring the solitary goal in the victory against Valletta on 28 March which put Birkirkara in pole position for the title. The 27-year-old midfielder crowned an impressive campaign by playing for Malta in their season-ending friendly against Germany.

Surprise package: Qormi FC
The loss of coach Jesmond Zerafa during the course of the season failed to blow Qormi off course as they impressed in reaching the cup final. Premier League top scorer Camilo Da Silva Sanvezzo caught the eye throughout, helping his team to third placed in the league.

Leading scorer: Camilo Da Silva Sanvezzo, Qormi FC (24)

Relegated: Msida St Joseph FC, Dingli Swallows FC

Promoted: Marsaxlokk FC, Vittoriosa Stars FC

Number: 11
Birkirkara FC went 11 matches unbeaten towards the end of the season, wrapping up the title with a game to spare.

Quote
"I would like to dedicate this success, first and foremost to my family and close friends who have stood by me in good and bad times at Birkirkara FC. But one person who was not there to see me but to whom I would like to dedicate this triumph is my late mother, who passed away earlier this year."
Birkirkara coach Paul Zammit after seeing his side secure the Maltese title

Last updated: 24/06/10 12.57CET

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