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Pietà look to pick up with Busuttil

Published: Thursday 16 November 2006, 8.05CET
Malta's bottom club Pietà Hotspurs FC have turned to former international star Carmel Busuttil in the hope he will help them move up the Premier League table.
by Domenic Aquilina

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Published: Thursday 16 November 2006, 8.05CET

Pietà look to pick up with Busuttil

Malta's bottom club Pietà Hotspurs FC have turned to former international star Carmel Busuttil in the hope he will help them move up the Premier League table.
Malta's bottom club Pietà Hotspurs FC have made a high-profile appointment in the hope of reversing a run of form that has left them with two points from eight games.

'New challenge'
Former international Carmel Busuttil has agreed to become the team's new head coach. The 42-year-old has replaced Davide Vittorio Fortunato, the Italian trainer who only took charge in the summer. "This is a new challenge for me, something I am looking forward to," Busuttil told uefa.com. His first chance to see his side in action will be the Premier League match at Floriana FC on 2 December.

Goals galore
Malta's 'golden boy' enjoyed a glittering playing career. He won 113 caps and is still the national team's top scorer with 23 goals, an impressive feat by Maltese standards. Busuttil had a particularly memorable year in 1988 when he was the continent's leading international marksman with nine goals alongside Russia's Oleg Protasov. Busuttil spent six consecutive seasons until 1994 with Belgian club KRC Genk and also represented Rabat Ajax FC, his home-town team, and Sliema Wanderers FC with distinction.

Coaching experience
His next move was to become assistant coach of Malta, with an eye to eventually taking the top job. However, in June 2005, Busuttil surprisingly stepped down to focus on his duties at his grassroots football school on the island. He was back coaching again last term, taking the helm of third-division outfit Santa Lucia FC and leading them to the play-offs where they finished third.

Last updated: 16/11/06 21.16CET

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