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Malta

Malta
Michael Mifsud is Malta's all-time leading scorer ©Domenic Aquilina

Best result: 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: 28/01/14 16.09CET

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Club 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: 32
    Carmel Busuttil (MLT)
  • Top scorers: 9
    Michael Mifsud (MLT)
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