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UEFA EURO: Malta - Spain Match press kits

UEFA EURO 2016Match press kits

MaltaNational Stadium - Ta' QaliTuesday 26 March 2019 - 20.45CETGroup F - Matchday 2Spain
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Previous meetings Only this chapter

Head to Head

FIFA World Cup
DateStage reachedMatchResultVenueGoalscorers
12/02/1997QR (GS)Spain - Malta4-0
AlicanteGuardiola 25, Alfonso Pérez 40, 46, Pizzi 90
18/12/1996QR (GS)Malta - Spain0-3
Ta' QaliGuerrero 8, 26, 33
FIFA World Cup
DateStage reachedMatchResultVenueGoalscorers
23/03/1989QR (GS)Spain - Malta4-0
SevilleMíchel 38, 67 (P), Manolo 73, 81
22/01/1989QR (GS)Malta - Spain0-2
Ta' QaliMíchel 16 (P), Begiristain 51
1984 UEFA European Championship
DateStage reachedMatchResultVenueGoalscorers
21/12/1983PR (GS)Spain - Malta12-1
SevilleSantillana 15, 26, 28, 75, Poli Rincón 46, 55, 63, Maceda 60, 62, Gordillo 77, Sarabia 79, Señor 88; Demanuele 24
15/05/1983PR (GS)Malta - Spain2-3
Ta' QaliBusuttil 30, 47; Señor 21, Carrasco 60, Gordillo 84
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* FIFA World Cup/FIFA Confederations Cup

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Squad list Only this chapter

Malta - Squad list
Current season
-Justin Haber09/06/198137Gżira - 0000
-Henry Bonello13/10/198830Valletta - 1000
-Nicky Vella27/08/198929Pietà - 0000
-Jonathan Caruana24/07/198632Valletta - 1000
-Ryan Camilleri22/05/198830Valletta - 0000
-Steve Borg15/05/198830Valletta - 1100
-Joseph Zerafa31/05/198830Valletta - 1000
-Karl Micallef08/09/199622Hamrun - 0000
-Dunstan Vella27/04/199622Hibernians - 0000
-Paul Fenech20/12/198632Balzan - 1000
-John Mintoff23/08/198830Sliema - 1000
-Rowen Muscat05/06/199127Valletta - 1000
-Bjorn Kristensen05/04/199325Hibernians - 0000
-Zach Muscat22/08/199325Olhanense - 1000
-Matthew Guillaumier09/04/199820Birkirkara - 1000
-Jake Grech18/11/199721Hibernians - 0000
-Nikolai Muscat13/07/199622Gżira - 0000
-Michael Mifsud17/04/198137Birkirkara - 1000
-Leighton Grech23/03/199029Senglea - 0000
-Luke Montebello13/08/199523Birkirkara - 0000
-Juan Corbolan03/01/199722Gżira - 1000
-Kyrian Nwoko04/07/199721Valletta - 1100
-Joseph Mbong15/07/199721Hibernians - 1000
-Raymond Farrugia01/10/195563 - 1000
Spain - Squad list
Current season
-David de Gea07/11/199028Man. United - 1000
-Kepa Arrizabalaga03/10/199424Chelsea - 0000
-Pau López13/12/199424Betis - 0000
-Sergio Ramos30/03/198632Real Madrid - 1100
-Jordi Alba21/03/198930Barcelona - 1000
-Sergi Gómez28/03/199226Sevilla - 0000
-Juan Bernat01/03/199326Paris - 0000
-Iñigo Martínez17/05/199127Athletic - 1000
-José Gayà25/05/199523Valencia - 0000
-Mario Hermoso18/06/199523Espanyol - 0000
-Jesús Navas21/11/198533Sevilla - 1000
-Daniel Parejo16/04/198929Valencia - 1000
-Sergio Canales16/02/199128Betis - 1000
-Sergio Busquets16/07/198830Barcelona - 1000
-Sergi Roberto07/02/199227Barcelona - 0000
-Saúl Ñíguez21/11/199424Atlético - 0000
-Marco Asensio21/01/199623Real Madrid - 1000
-Rodri22/06/199622Atlético - 1000
-Dani Ceballos07/08/199622Real Madrid - 1000
-Iker Muniain19/12/199226Athletic - 0000
-Rodrigo06/03/199128Valencia - 1100
-Álvaro Morata23/10/199226Atlético - 1000
-Jaime Mata24/10/198830Getafe - 1000
-Luis Enrique08/05/197048 - 1000

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Head coach Only this chapter

Ray Farrugia

Date of birth: 1 October, 1955
Nationality: Maltese
Playing career: Floriana, Melita Eagles, Naxxar Lions
Coaching career: Naxxar Lions, Malta Under-21 (twice), Pietà Hotspurs, Marxsaxlokk, Sliema Wanderers, Malta (assistant), Malta

• A combative midfielder, 'Zazu' made his debut for the senior team of local club Floriana at 16 and remained there for four seasons, winning two league titles and the FA Trophy and also claiming the first of four senior caps for Malta.

• He left for Australia aged just 21, joining top-flight outfit Melita Eagles, where he would spend the next 12 years, winning four State League championships and three Grand Finals and scoring 123 goals in 318 matches. He returned to his homeland in 1990, joining Naxxar Lions, and eventually hung up his boots at the age of 42.

• Started coaching while still playing at Naxxar before moving on to take charge of the Malta Under-21 side from 1998 to 2002. He later returned to club football on the island, serving Pietà Hotspurs, Marsaxlokk and Sliema Wanderers as head coach.

• In 2011 Farrugia was re-appointed as Malta U-21 head coach, remaining in charge until 2014, when he was promoted to the senior side as assistant to Pietro Ghedin.

• On 2 May 2018 he was appointed as Malta's head coach, replacing Tom Saintfiet who had been dismissed after just six months at the helm.


Luis Enrique

Date of birth: 8 May 1970
Nationality: Spanish
Playing career: Sporting Gijón, Real Madrid, Barcelona
Coaching career: Barcelona B, Roma, Celta Vigo, Barcelona, Spain

• Known for his versatility, Luis Enrique spent the bulk of his playing career with Spain's two most successful clubs having started out at home-town side Sporting Gijón.

• Won the Liga and Copa del Rey with Madrid and twice with Barcelona − whom he surprisingly joined on a free transfer from the Merengues in 1996 − and the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup and UEFA Super Cup at the Camp Nou, where he played under, among others, Sir Bobby Robson, Louis van Gaal and Frank Rijkaard.

• A scorer of 12 goals in 62 appearances for Spain and an Olympic gold medallist on home soil in 1992, Enrique took up both endurance running and triathlon before moving into coaching with Barcelona B in 2008, succeeding his former Azulgrana team-mate Josep Guardiola.

• Appointed coach of Roma in June 2011 but held the post for just one season after a disappointing campaign. Resurfaced at Celta in summer 2013, leading the Galician side to a ninth-place finish in the Liga in his only season in charge.

• Left in May 2014 and was soon announced as Gerardo Martino's replacement at Barcelona on a two-year contract. After a challenging first half of the season, 16 wins from 19 league games in the second half secured a Liga title, the Copa del Rey and UEFA Champions League following as Luis Enrique emulated Guardiola in winning the treble in his first season in charge, adding another league and cup double in 2015/16. Stepped down in 2017 after another cup win, and appointed Spain coach the following July.


Match officials Only this chapter

  • RefereeAndrew Dallas (SCO)
  • Assistant refereesFrancis Connor (SCO) , Daniel McFarlane (SCO)
  • Fourth officialKevin Clancy (SCO)
  • UEFA DelegateKieran O'connor (WAL)
  • UEFA Referee observerZoran Petrović (SRB)


NameDate of birthUEFA EURO matchesUEFA matches
Andrew Dallas01/02/1983028

UEFA European Championship matches featuring the two countries involved in this match

No such matches refereed

Other matches involving teams from either of the two countries involved in this match

DateCompetitionStage reachedHomeAwayResultVenue
21/02/2018UYLR16Club Atlético de MadridFC Basel 18931-0Majadahonda
04/10/2018UELGSReal Betis BalompiéF91 Dudelange3-0Seville

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Match-by-match lineups Only this chapter


  • Final tournament - Qualifying round
    Group F - Group Standings
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    Malta 2-1 Faroe Islands
    1-0 Nwoko 13, 2-0 S. Borg 77 (P) , 2-1 J. Thomsen 90+8
    Bonello, Caruana, S. Borg, Agius, Guillaumier, Mbong, P. Fenech, Mifsud (71 J. Zerafa), Nwoko, R. Muscat (84 Mintoff), Corbolan (63 Z. Muscat)
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    Faroe Islands-Malta
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  • Final tournament - Qualifying round
    Group F - Group Standings
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    Spain 2-1 Norway
    1-0 Rodrigo 16, 1-1 King 65 (P) , 2-1 Ramos 71 (P)
    De Gea, Iñigo Martínez, Sergio Busquets, Morata (89 Mata), Ceballos (74 Canales), Rodrigo, Asensio, Ramos, Jordi Alba, Parejo (76 Rodri), Jesús Navas
  • (26/03/2019)
  • (07/06/2019)
    Faroe Islands-Spain
  • (10/06/2019)
  • (05/09/2019)
  • (08/09/2019)
    Spain-Faroe Islands
  • (12/10/2019)
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:: Previous meetings

Goals for/against: Goal totals include the outcome of disciplinary decisions (e.g. match forfeits when a 3-0 result is determined). Goals totals do not include goals scored during a penalty shoot-out after a tie ended in a draw

:: Squad list

Qual.: Total European Qualifiers appearances/goals for UEFA EURO 2016 only.
FT: Total UEFA EURO 2016 appearances/goals in final tournament only.
Overall: Total international appearances/goals.
DoB: Date of birth
Age: Based on the date press kit was last updated
D: Disciplinary (*: misses next match if booked, S: suspended)

:: Team facts

EURO finals:
The UEFA European Championship was a four-team event in 1960, 1964, 1968, 1972 and 1976 (when the preliminary round and quarter-finals were considered part of qualifying).

From 1980 it was expanded to an eight-team finals and remained in that format in 1984, 1988 and 1992 until 1996, when the 16-team format was adopted. UEFA EURO 2016 is the first tournament to be played as a 24-team finals.

Records of inactive countries
A number of UEFA associations have been affected by dissolution or splits of member associations. For statistical purposes, the records of these inactive countries have been allocated elsewhere: therefore, all Soviet Union matches are awarded to Russia; all West Germany – but not East Germany – matches are awarded to Germany; all Yugoslavia and Serbia & Montenegro matches are awarded to Serbia; all Czechoslovakia matches are allocated to both the Czech Republic and Slovakia.

Abandoned/forfeited matches
For statisical purposes, when a match has been started and then abandoned but later forfeited, the result on the pitch at the time of abandonment is counted. Matches that never started and were either cancelled or forfeited are not included in the overall statistics.


Other abbreviations

  • (aet): After extra time
  • pens: Penalties
  • No.: Number
  • og: Own goal
  • ag: Match decided on away goals
  • P: Penalty
  • agg: Aggregate
  • Pld: Matches played
  • AP: Appearances
  • Pos.: Position
  • Comp.: Competition
  • Pts: Points
  • D: Drawn
  • R: Sent off (straight red card)
  • DoB: Date of birth
  • Res.: Result
  • ET: Extra Time
  • sg: Match decided by silver goal
  • GA: Goals against
  • t: Match decided by toss of a coin
  • GF: Goals for
  • W: Won
  • gg: Match decided by golden goal
  • Y: Booked
  • L: Lost
  • Y/R: Sent off (two yellow cards)
  • Nat.: Nationality
  • N/A: Not applicable
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