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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: 26/06/2015 02:19 CET
Malta0-1Armenia
Referee: Rene Eisner (AUT) – Stadium: National Stadium, Ta' Qali (MLT)
06/01/2015 13:32:16
11 September 2012 - FIFA World Cup, Qualifying round (Group B)
Italy2-0Malta
Referee: Antti Munukka (FIN) – Stadium: Alberto Braglia, Modena (ITA)
04/18/2013 14:23:48
Czech Republic3-1Malta
Referee: Anar Salmanov (AZE) – Stadium: Doosan Arena, Plzen (CZE)
11/10/2014 18:04:24
Bulgaria6-0Malta
Referee: Eitan Shemeulevitch (ISR) – Stadium: Natsionalen Stadion Vasil Levski, Sofia (BUL)
05/28/2013 11:06:50
Malta0-2Italy
Referee: Serdar Gözübüyük (NED) – Stadium: National Stadium, Ta' Qali (MLT)
06/01/2015 13:32:17
Armenia0-1Malta
Referee: Arnold Hunter (NIR) – Stadium: Vazgen Sargsyan anvan Hanrapetakan Marzadasht, Yerevan (ARM)
06/01/2015 13:37:56
Malta1-2Denmark
Referee: Tasos Sidiropoulos (GRE) – Stadium: National Stadium, Ta' Qali (MLT)
06/01/2015 13:32:16
10 September 2013 - FIFA World Cup, Qualifying round (Group B)
Malta1-2Bulgaria
Referee: Alexandru Tudor (ROU) – Stadium: National Stadium, Ta' Qali (MLT)
06/01/2015 13:32:16
Malta1-4Czech Republic
Referee: Matej Jug (SVN) – Stadium: National Stadium, Ta' Qali (MLT)
06/01/2015 13:32:16
Denmark6-0Malta
Referee: Aleksandar Stavrev (MKD) Stadium: Telia Parken, Copenhagen (DEN)
07/22/2015 12:28:09
4 September 2014 - Friendlies 2014-16
Slovakia1-0Malta
Referee: not available
06/10/2015 19:10:02
9 September 2014 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group H)
Croatia2-0Malta
Referee: Vladislav Bezborodov (RUS) Stadium: Stadion Maksimir, Zagreb (CRO)
07/11/2015 08:26:40
10 October 2014 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group H)
Malta0-3Norway
Referee: Antony Gautier (FRA) Stadium: National Stadium, Ta' Qali (MLT)
07/11/2015 08:26:57
13 October 2014 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group H)
Malta0-1Italy
Referee: Ovidiu Haţegan (ROU) Stadium: National Stadium, Ta' Qali (MLT)
07/11/2015 08:27:25
12 November 2014 - Friendlies 2014-16
Slovakia - Malta
Match cancelled
Referee: not available
06/10/2015 18:49:42
16 November 2014 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group H)
Bulgaria1-1Malta
Referee: Martin Strömbergsson (SWE) Stadium: Natsionalen Stadion Vasil Levski, Sofia (BUL)
07/11/2015 08:28:05
25 March 2015 - Friendlies 2014-16
Georgia2-0Malta
Referee: not available
06/10/2015 17:58:45
Azerbaijan2-0Malta
Referee: Halis Özkahya (TUR) Stadium: Tofig Bahramov Republican stadium, Baku (AZE)
07/11/2015 08:28:21
8 June 2015 - Friendlies 2014-16
Malta2-0Lithuania
Referee: not available
06/10/2015 17:21:16
Malta0-1Bulgaria
Referee: Aleksandar Stavrev (MKD) Stadium: National Stadium, Ta' Qali (MLT)
07/11/2015 08:28:39
3 September 2015 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group H)
ItalyMalta
Referee: TBD Stadium: Stadio Artemio Franchi, Florence (ITA)
07/21/2015 17:17:03
6 September 2015 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group H)
MaltaAzerbaijan
Referee: TBD Stadium: National Stadium, Ta' Qali (MLT)
07/25/2015 07:12:09
10 October 2015 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group H)
NorwayMalta
Referee: TBD
07/11/2015 08:30:21
13 October 2015 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group H)
MaltaCroatia
Referee: TBD
07/11/2015 08:26:11

General info

  • Founded : 1900
  • Stadium : Ta' Qali National Stadium
  • Currently playing : European Championship 2014/2016, 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: 33
    Michael Mifsud (MLT)
  • Top scorers: 9
    Michael Mifsud (MLT)
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