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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: 17/02/14 18.43CET

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Match log

HomeAway
The home team is listed first.Last updated: 12/09/2014 17:59 CET
Malta0-1Armenia
Referee: Rene Eisner (AUT) – Stadium: Ta' Qali National Stadium, Ta' Qali (MLT)
04/18/2013 14:22:15
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: Štruncovy Sady Stadión, Plzen (CZE)
08/07/2013 18:41:38
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: Ta' Qali National Stadium, Ta' Qali (MLT)
05/28/2013 11:07:35
Armenia0-1Malta
Referee: Arnold Hunter (NIR) – Stadium: Yerevan Republican Stadium after Vazgen Sargsyan, Yerevan (ARM)
07/25/2013 10:45:12
Malta1-2Denmark
Referee: Tasos Sidiropoulos (GRE) – Stadium: Ta' Qali National Stadium, Ta' Qali (MLT)
09/11/2013 07:07:21
10 September 2013 - FIFA World Cup, Qualifying round (Group B)
Malta1-2Bulgaria
Referee: Alexandru Dan Tudor (ROU) – Stadium: Ta' Qali National Stadium, Ta' Qali (MLT)
09/11/2013 07:13:45
Malta1-4Czech Republic
Referee: Matej Jug (SVN) – Stadium: Ta' Qali National Stadium, Ta' Qali (MLT)
12/16/2013 12:36:23
Denmark6-0Malta
Referee: Aleksandar Stavrev (MKD) – Stadium: Parken, Copenhagen (DEN)
12/16/2013 12:36:08
Slovakia1-0Malta
Referee: not available
09/04/2014 22:37:41
9 September 2014 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group H)
Croatia2-0Malta
Referee: Vladislav Bezborodov (RUS) – Stadium: Stadion Maksimir, Zagreb (CRO)
09/17/2014 17:08:54
10 October 2014 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group H)
MaltaNorway
Referee: TBD – Stadium: Ta' Qali National Stadium, Ta' Qali (MLT)
09/17/2014 17:08:21
13 October 2014 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group H)
MaltaItaly
Referee: TBD – Stadium: Ta' Qali National Stadium, Ta' Qali (MLT)
09/17/2014 18:02:19
Slovakia - Malta
Referee: TBD
09/04/2014 21:08:05
16 November 2014 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group H)
BulgariaMalta
Referee: TBD – Stadium: Natsionalen Stadion Vasil Levski, Sofia (BUL)
08/07/2014 11:39:10
AzerbaijanMalta
Referee: TBD
08/07/2014 11:37:55
MaltaBulgaria
Referee: TBD
08/07/2014 11:38:45
3 September 2015 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group H)
ItalyMalta
Referee: TBD
08/07/2014 11:41:20
6 September 2015 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group H)
MaltaAzerbaijan
Referee: TBD
08/07/2014 11:37:19
10 October 2015 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group H)
NorwayMalta
Referee: TBD
08/07/2014 11:38:54
13 October 2015 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group H)
MaltaCroatia
Referee: TBD
08/07/2014 11:41:35

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