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The Malta national football team is the national football team of Maltamarker and is controlled by the Malta Football Association. It has never advanced to the finals of any major international competition and as of 12 October 2006 has won only four competitive matches. The first two wins were victories of 2–0 and 2–1 at home to Greece and Iceland in European Championship qualifiers in 1975 and 1982 respectively, and the third came with a 1–0 victory away to Estonia in a 1993 World Cup qualifier.

On 11 October 2006, Malta managed a fourth competitive victory - a 2–1 triumph over Hungary in the European Championship qualifying with Andre Schembri scoring twice.

Other important results were the two draws, 1–1 and 2–2, against Hungary during the qualification for the 1990 FIFA World Cup.

During 2005 the Malta national football team obtained some home positive results. Both were 1–1 draws against Croatia and Bulgaria. Another positive result was the 1–1 home draw in a friendly match against Northern Ireland. In 2006, in a friendly against Japan, played for the World Cup Finals preparation in Germany, managed to keep the score to 1–0 despite conceding an early goal.

On 7 February 2007, Malta managed another prestigious draw against one of the hosts of Euro 2008, Austria. The game was played to commemorate the 50th. anniversary of the first international match played by the Maltese national team. The final result was 1–1. On 8 September 2007 Malta managed another fine draw against Turkey, the game finishing 2–2.

The ever continuing signs of progress were once again witnessed on 26 March 2008 when Malta thrashed Liechtenstein 7–1 at Ta' Qali, with Michael Mifsud scoring five goals.

On September 9, 2009 Malta showed progress by almost holding a 0–0 result against Sweden and also being close to scoring 1–0, only losing in the end by a own goal in the 83rd minute of the game.

The team is sponsored by Diadora.

Competition history

World Cup and Euro record

World Cup Euro
1974 - Finished 4th (out of 4) in Qualifying group 1964 - Lost 6–1 and 3–1 against Denmark
1978 - Finished 4th (out of 4) in Qualifying group 1972 - Finished 4th (out of 4) in Qualifying group
1982 - Finished 3rd (out of 3) in Qualifying group 1976 - Finished 4th (out of 4) in Qualifying group
1986 - Finished 5th (out of 5) in Qualifying group 1980 - Finished 4th (out of 4) in Qualifying group
1990 - Finished 5th (out of 5) in Qualifying group 1984 - Finished 5th (out of 5) in Qualifying group
1994 - Finished 5th (out of 6) in Qualifying group 1988 - Finished 5th (out of 5) in Qualifying group
1998 - Finished 6th (out of 6) in Qualifying group 1992 - Finished 5th (out of 5) in Qualifying group
2002 - Finished 6th (out of 6) in Qualifying group 1996 - Finished 6th (out of 6) in Qualifying group
2006 - Finished 6th (out of 6) in Qualifying group 2000 - Finished 5th (out of 5) in Qualifying group
2010 - Finished 6th (out of 6) in Qualifying group 2004 - Finished 5th (out of 5) in Qualifying group
2008 - Finished 7th (out of 7) in Qualifying group


Matches

Last game

World Cup Qualification












Players

Current squad

The following players were named in the squad for the friendly match against Georgia on 12 August 2009.







Recent call-ups

Players with 30 or more caps



Most capped Maltese players



  • Players in bold denote the player is still available for selection.


Top Maltese goalscorers



  • Players in bold denote the player is still available for selection.


Memorable matches








FIFA World Cup qualification

Record versus different opponents



Malta managers



* 1 match with Janos Bedl
** Assisted by Carmel Busuttil


Top 10 managers

Based on win % in all competitions'
* Stats correct as of June 25, 2008

Fifa ranking



See also



References



External links



 
 
 
No.
Name
Career
Caps
Goals
1
David Carabott
1987 - 2005
121
12
2
Gilbert Agius
1993 - Present
116
8
3
Carmel Busuttil
1982 - 2001
111
23
4
Joe Brincat
1988 - 2004
103
5
5
John Buttigieg
1984 - 2000
95
1
6
Silvio Vella
1988 - 2000
90
1
7
Brian Said
1996 - Present
85
5
8
Michael Degiorgio
1981 - 1992
74
4
9
Hubert Suda
1988 - 2003
70
8
10
Jeffrey Chetcuti
1994 - 2005
69
0
No.
Name
Career
Goals
Caps
1
Carmel Busuttil
1982 - 2001
23
111
2
Michael Mifsud
2000 - Present
20
66
3
David Carabott
1987 - 2005
12
121
4
Gilbert Agius
1993 - Present
8
116
=
Hubert Suda
1988 - 2003
8
70
6
Kristian Laferla
1986 - 1998
6
65
=
Raymond Xuereb
1971 - 1985
6
43
8
Joe Brincat
1988 - 2004
5
103
=
George Mallia
1999 - Present
5
64
=
Brian Said
1996 - Present
5
85
Date
Tournament
Place
Match
Score
16 February 1994
Friendly match
Ta' Qali, Maltamarker
- Malta -
1 - 0
19 April 1994
Friendly match
Ta' Qali, Maltamarker
- Malta -
5 - 0
16 August 1994
Friendly match
Bratislavamarker, Slovakiamarker
- Malta -
1 - 1
12 October 1994
UEFA Euro 1996 qualifying
Ta' Qali, Maltamarker
- Malta -
0 - 0
26 April 1995
UEFA Euro 1996 qualifying
Minskmarker, Belarusmarker
- Malta -
1 - 1
27 January 1999
Friendly match
Ta' Qali, Maltamarker
- Malta -
2 - 1
15 December 1999
Friendly match
Ta' Qali, Maltamarker
- Malta -
1 - 0
20 January 2000
Friendly match
Ta' Qali, Maltamarker
- Malta -
2 - 0
11 October 2000
2002 FIFA World Cup qualifying
Ta' Qali, Maltamarker
- Malta -
0 - 0
14 November 2001
Friendly match
Ta' Qali, Maltamarker
- Malta -
2 - 1
27 March 2002
Friendly match
Ta' Qali, Maltamarker
- Malta -
1 - 1
17 April 2002
Friendly match
Ta' Qali, Maltamarker
- Malta -
1 - 0
12 February 2003
Friendly match
Ta' Qali, Maltamarker
- Malta -
2 - 2
19 August 2003
Friendly match
Luxembourgmarker, Luxembourgmarker
- Malta -
1 - 1
10 September 2003
UEFA Euro 2004 qualifying
Antalyamarker, Turkeymarker
- Malta -
2 - 2
9 October 2004
2006 FIFA World Cup qualifying
Ta' Qali, Maltamarker
- Malta -
0 - 0
17 August 2005
Friendly match
Ta' Qali, Maltamarker
- Malta -
1 - 1
7 September 2005
2006 FIFA World Cup qualifying
Ta' Qali, Maltamarker
- Malta -
1 - 1
12 October 2005
2006 FIFA World Cup qualifying
Ta' Qali, Maltamarker
- Malta -
1 - 1
11 October 2006
UEFA Euro 2008 qualifying
Ta' Qali, Maltamarker
- Malta -
2 - 1
7 February 2007
Friendly match
Ta' Qali, Maltamarker
- Malta -
1 - 1
24 March 2007
UEFA Euro 2008 qualifying
Chişinăumarker, Moldovamarker
- Malta -
1 - 1
8 September 2007
UEFA Euro 2008 qualifying
Ta' Qali, Maltamarker
- Malta -
2 - 2
26 March 2008
Friendly match
Ta' Qali, Maltamarker
- Malta -
7 - 1
11 February 2009
2010 World Cup Qualification
Ta' Qali, Maltamarker
- Malta -
0 - 0
12 August 2009
Friendly match
Ta' Qali, Maltamarker
- Malta -
2 - 0
Tournament
Games
Wins
Draws
Losses
Goals For
Goals Against
Goal Difference
World Cup Qualifying 78 1 9 68 24 246 -222
Euro Qualifying 82 3 11 68 43 252 -209
International Tournaments 41 12 11 18 39 50 -11
Friendly 108 20 23 65 87 191 -104
Total 309 36 54 219 193 739 -546
Opponent
Games
Wins
Draws
Losses
Goals For
Goals Against
Goal Difference
14 3 1 10 11 32 -21
12 1 2 9 6 28 -22
10 4 3 3 9 11 -2
9 0 1 8 6 30 -24
9 3 2 4 6 9 -3
9 0 1 8 5 24 -19
9 0 0 9 2 37 -35
8 0 2 6 2 24 -22
8 1 0 7 6 24 -18
8 1 2 5 4 18 -14
8 0 2 6 3 21 -18
7 2 2 3 6 9 -3
7 1 2 4 6 9 -3
7 0 0 7 2 24 -22
6 1 2 3 4 8 -4
6 0 2 4 3 16 -13
6 1 2 3 4 7 -3
6 0 0 6 2 22 -20
6 0 2 4 5 11 -6
6 0 0 6 0 28 -28
6 0 1 5 1 11 -10
6 0 0 6 3 28 -25
6 0 1 5 3 17 -14
6 0 1 5 4 15 -11
6 0 1 5 2 26 -24
5 0 0 5 1 14 -13
5 0 1 4 4 11 -7
5 0 1 4 2 14 -12
4 0 1 3 1 8 -7
4 1 0 3 4 9 -5
4 0 1 3 3 10 -7
4 2 1 1 7 4 3
4 0 1 3 2 7 -5
4 0 0 4 2 15 -13
4 0 2 2 2 4 -2
4 0 0 4 0 13 -13
4 0 1 3 1 7 -6
4 0 0 4 2 15 -13
4 0 0 4 1 18 -17
3 0 1 2 1 3 -2
3 0 0 3 0 3 -3
3 3 0 0 9 0 9
3 0 0 3 1 8 -7
3 0 0 3 4 7 -3
3 2 0 1 3 3 0
2 0 2 0 2 2 0
2 2 0 0 4 1 3
2 0 1 1 0 4 -4
2 0 0 2 2 8 -6
2 0 0 2 0 10 -10
2 0 0 2 1 9 -8
2 2 0 0 4 0 4
C 2 0 0 2 0 5 -5
2 2 0 0 5 2 3
2 1 1 0 1 0 1
2 1 1 0 8 2 6
2 0 1 1 2 5 -3
2 0 1 1 2 3 -1
2 0 2 0 1 1 0
1 0 1 0 0 0 0
1 1 0 0 1 0 +1
B 1 0 0 1 0 2 -2
1 1 0 0 2 1 1
1 0 0 1 3 4 -1
U21 1 0 0 1 1 2 -1
U23 1 0 1 0 1 1 0
1 0 0 1 0 1 -1
1 0 1 0 2 2 0
1 1 0 0 2 0 2
1 0 0 1 0 2 -2
1 0 0 1 0 1 -1
1 1 0 0 2 0 2
B 1 1 0 0 1 0 1
1 0 0 1 0 1 -1
Manager
Nationality
Malta career
Played
Won
Drawn
Lost
Win %
Joe A. Griffiths
1957 - 1961
6
2
2
2
33.3
Carm Borg
1961 - 1964
9
0
2
7
0
Janos Bedl
1966
2
2
0
0
100
Tony Formosa*
1966
10
1
1
8
10
Joseph Attard
1969
1
0
0
1
0
Saviour Cuschieri
1970
1
0
1
0
0

Victor Scerri
1973
2
1
0
1
50
Terrenzio Polverini
1974 - 1976
9
1
2
6
11.1
John Calleja
1976 - 1978
11
2
1
8
18.8
Victor Scerri
1978 - 1983
26
3
3
20
11.5
Guentcho Dobrev
1984 - 1987
21
1
4
16
4.7
Horst Heese
1988 - 1991
36
3
8
25
8.3
Pippo Psaila
1991 - 1993
17
5
4
8
29.4
Pietro Ghedin
1993 - 1995
24
4
5
15
16.6
Robert Gatt
1996
3
0
1
2
0
Milorad Kosanović
1996 - 1997
15
0
2
13
0
Josif Ilić
1997 - 2001
41
5
4
32
12.1
Sigfried Held
2001 - 2003
21
4
5
12
19.04
Horst Heese**
2003 - 2006
15
1
2
12
6.7
Dušan Fitzel**
2006 - 2009
34
3
4
27
8.82
John Buttigieg**
2009 - present
0
0
0
0
0
Manager
Years
Played
Won
Win %
1
Janos Bedl
1966
2
2
100
2
Joe A. Griffiths
1957-1961
6
2
33.3
3
Pippo Psaila
1991-1993
17
5
29.4
4
Sigfried Held
2001-2003
21
4
19.04
5
John Calleja
1976-1978
11
2
18.8
6
Pietro Ghedin
1993-1995
24
4
16.6
7
Victor Scerri
1973

1978-1983
28
4
14.2
8
Josif Ilic
1997-2001
41
5
12.1
9
Terrenzio Polverini
1974-1976
9
1
11.1
10
Tony Formosa
1966
10
1
10
Rank
Date
Worst Ever Rank
154
February 2009
Best Ever Rank
66
September 1994
Current Rank
146
August 2009

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