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Malta team profile

Published: Sunday 5 January 2014, 1.32CET
Ever since they first took part in international competition 52 years ago Malta have found the going tough, finishing bottom of every EURO qualifying group, but there have been moments to cherish.

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Published: Sunday 5 January 2014, 1.32CET

Malta team profile

Ever since they first took part in international competition 52 years ago Malta have found the going tough, finishing bottom of every EURO qualifying group, but there have been moments to cherish.

Best result: have never qualified
Coach: Pietro Ghedin
Leading scorer: all-time – Michael Mifsud (39); current – Michael Mifsud (39)
Most appearances: all-time – David Carabott (121); current – Michael Mifsud (103)
Association formed: 1900
Nickname: The Reds
Where they play: Ta'Qali National Stadium

Ever since they first took part in international competition 52 years ago Malta have found the going tough. Positive results are therefore to be treasured, and the 1-0 win in Armenia in the 2014 FIFA World Cup campaign was especially precious as it was their first competitive victory away from home – and only their second in that competition, 20 years after the first. The goalscorer, aptly, was all-time record marksman Michael Mifsud. Malta have won just three UEFA European Championship matches – against Greece, Iceland and Hungary.

EURO pedigree
Matches played

Overall: P92 W3 D12 L77 F46 A272
Final tournament: P0 W0 D0 L0 F0 A0
Qualifying: P92 W3 D12 L77 F46 A272

Malta's first competitive international was a UEFA European Championship qualifier away to Denmark in June 1962. Though they lost 6-1, have finished bottom of their qualifying groups ever since and never won away, there have been moments to cherish. The 2-0 victory against Greece in 1975 remains one of the nation's football highlights. The goalless draw against West Germany, no less, in 1979 also ranks as one of Malta's finest achievements. Other notable results include 2-1 wins against Iceland in 1982 and Hungary in 2006 and the 1987 2-2 draw in Portugal.

In the 2012 campaign Malta failed to add to their tally of qualifying wins, mustering a solitary point in Group F courtesy of a 1-1 home draw with Georgia. They were unfortunate not to have more to show for their efforts, Greece scoring the only goal in the 92nd minute, but scored four goals and conceded 21 in their ten qualifiers.

Memorable EURO matches
29/03/1987: Portugal 2-2 Malta, 1988 UEFA European Championship qualifying
Carmel Busuttil was on target as Malta came from 1-0 down to earn an away point.

25/02/1979: Malta 0-0 West Germany, 1980 UEFA European Championship qualifying
Malta secured an unlikely draw against a team including Sepp Maier and Karl-Heinz Rummenigge.

23/02/1975: Malta 2-0 Greece, 1976 UEFA European Championship qualifying
Goals from Richard Aquilina and Vincent 'Maxi' Magro put Malta on the football map.

Did you know?
Malta's current team mascot is an abandoned dog named Zep who was found last May and now lives in a kennel by the Ta'Qali National Stadium VIP entrance.

*Last updated on 07/01/14

Last updated: 09/06/15 2.20CET

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Match log

HomeAway
The home team is listed first.Last updated: 16/11/2016 11:36 CET
9 September 2014 09 Sep - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group H)
Croatia2-0Malta
Referee: Vladislav Bezborodov (RUS) Stadium: Stadion Maksimir, Zagreb (CRO)
05/09/2016 14:47:42
10 October 2014 10 Oct - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group H)
Malta0-3Norway
Referee: Antony Gautier (FRA) Stadium: National Stadium, Ta' Qali (MLT)
01/08/2016 08:06:22
13 October 2014 13 Oct - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group H)
Malta0-1Italy
Referee: Ovidiu Haţegan (ROU) Stadium: National Stadium, Ta' Qali (MLT)
01/08/2016 08:06:15
16 November 2014 16 Nov - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group H)
Bulgaria1-1Malta
Referee: Martin Strömbergsson (SWE) Stadium: Natsionalen Stadion Vasil Levski, Sofia (BUL)
08/25/2016 10:25:48
28 March 2015 28 Mar - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group H)
Azerbaijan2-0Malta
Referee: Halis Özkahya (TUR) Stadium: Tofig Bahramov Republican stadium, Baku (AZE)
05/31/2016 19:05:15
12 June 2015 12 Jun - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group H)
Malta0-1Bulgaria
Referee: Aleksandar Stavrev (MKD) Stadium: National Stadium, Ta' Qali (MLT)
01/08/2016 08:06:34
3 September 2015 03 Sep - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group H)
Italy1-0Malta
Referee: Ivan Kružliak (SVK) Stadium: Stadio Artemio Franchi, Florence (ITA)
05/31/2016 10:37:55
6 September 2015 06 Sep - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group H)
Malta2-2Azerbaijan
Referee: Harald Lechner (AUT) Stadium: National Stadium, Ta' Qali (MLT)
01/08/2016 08:06:27
10 October 2015 10 Oct - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group H)
Norway2-0Malta
Referee: Arnold Hunter (NIR) Stadium: Ullevaal Stadion, Oslo (NOR)
09/05/2016 18:12:18
13 October 2015 13 Oct - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group H)
Malta0-1Croatia
Referee: Mark Clattenburg (ENG) Stadium: National Stadium, Ta' Qali (MLT)
01/08/2016 08:06:26
31 August 2016 31 Aug - Friendlies 2016-18
Estonia1-1Malta
Referee: not available Stadium: Pärnu Rannastaadion, Parnu (EST)
10/18/2016 14:23:59
4 September 2016 04 Sep - European Qualifiers, Qualifying round (Group F)
Malta1-5Scotland
Referee: Yevhen Aranovskiy (UKR) Stadium: National Stadium, Ta' Qali (MLT)
12/01/2016 13:32:25
8 October 2016 08 Oct - European Qualifiers, Qualifying round (Group F)
England2-0Malta
Referee: Stefan Johannesson (SWE) Stadium: Wembley Stadium, London (ENG)
10/09/2016 08:36:48
11 October 2016 11 Oct - European Qualifiers, Qualifying round (Group F)
Lithuania2-0Malta
Referee: Jesús Gil Manzano (ESP) Stadium: LFF stadionas, Vilnius (LTU)
10/12/2016 10:46:04
11 November 2016 11 Nov - European Qualifiers, Qualifying round (Group F)
Malta0-1Slovenia
Referee: Paweł Raczkowski (POL) Stadium: National Stadium, Ta' Qali (MLT)
12/01/2016 13:32:25
15 November 2016 15 Nov - Friendlies 2016-18
Malta0-2Iceland
Referee: not available Stadium: National Stadium, Ta' Qali (MLT)
12/01/2016 13:32:22
26 March 2017 26 Mar - European Qualifiers, Qualifying round (Group F)
MaltaSlovakia
Referee: TBD Stadium: National Stadium, Ta' Qali (MLT)
12/01/2016 13:32:20
10 June 2017 10 Jun - FIFA World Cup, Qualifying round (Group F)
SloveniaMalta
Referee: TBD
09/02/2016 17:08:16
1 September 2017 01 Sep - FIFA World Cup, Qualifying round (Group F)
MaltaEngland
Referee: TBD
09/02/2016 17:08:32
4 September 2017 04 Sep - FIFA World Cup, Qualifying round (Group F)
ScotlandMalta
Referee: TBD
09/02/2016 17:08:33
5 October 2017 05 Oct - FIFA World Cup, Qualifying round (Group F)
MaltaLithuania
Referee: TBD
09/02/2016 17:08:42
8 October 2017 08 Oct - FIFA World Cup, Qualifying round (Group F)
SlovakiaMalta
Referee: TBD
09/02/2016 17:07:59

General info

  • Founded : 1900
  • Stadium : National Stadium
  • Currently playing : World Cup 2016/2018, Friendly matches 2014/2016

Team record in UEFA competitions

  • Biggest win:
    23/02/1975, Malta 2-0 Greece, Gzira
  • Biggest defeat:
    21/12/1983, Spain 12-1 Malta, Seville
  • Appearances in UEFA European Football Championship: 13
  • Player with most appearances: 36
    Michael Mifsud (MLT)
  • Top scorers: 10
    Michael Mifsud (MLT)