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Malta national football team

Malta national football team

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The Malta national football team is the national football team of Malta
Malta
Malta , officially known as the Republic of Malta , is a Southern European country consisting of an archipelago situated in the centre of the Mediterranean, south of Sicily, east of Tunisia and north of Libya, with Gibraltar to the west and Alexandria to the east.Malta covers just over in...

 and is controlled by the Malta Football Association
Malta Football Association
The Malta Football Association is the governing body of football in Malta.It organises the Maltese Football League and several other competitions, including the knockout competition for the top teams, called the FA Trophy...

. Malta played its first international game in February 1957, and began competing for qualification to major tournaments in 1962. The side's first competitive victory came in 1975. Due to its small size, Malta does not have many professional players, which makes it hard to advance to the finals of any major international competition.

History


Malta played its first international game on 24 February 1957 at the Empire Stadium
Empire Stadium, Gzira
Empire Stadium later known as The Stadium was a multi-purpose stadium in Gżira, Malta.It was used mostly for football matches and hosted the home matches of the Maltese national football team, including the very first international match for Malta in 1957 against Austria. In addition, it also...

, losing 2–3 to Austria
Austria national football team
The Austria national football team is the association football team that represents the country of Austria in international competition and is controlled by the Austrian Football Association ....

. This was a very historic match for Malta, and made footballing headlines around Europe. Malta had a very close game with a then very strong Austrian team, where Malta's players were not professional and were practically men off the street. That match was played in front of a capacity crowd at the old Empire Stadium. The Malta Football Association
Malta Football Association
The Malta Football Association is the governing body of football in Malta.It organises the Maltese Football League and several other competitions, including the knockout competition for the top teams, called the FA Trophy...

 joined FIFA
FIFA
The Fédération Internationale de Football Association , commonly known by the acronym FIFA , is the international governing body of :association football, futsal and beach football. Its headquarters are located in Zurich, Switzerland, and its president is Sepp Blatter, who is in his fourth...

 in 1959 and UEFA
UEFA
The Union of European Football Associations , almost always referred to by its acronym UEFA is the administrative and controlling body for European association football, futsal and beach soccer....

 a year later. The international side first competed in the qualifying rounds of the UEFA European Nations Cup in 1962, and in FIFA World Cup qualification
FIFA World Cup qualification
The FIFA World Cup qualification is the process that a national association football team goes through to qualify for the FIFA World Cup Finals. The FIFA World Cup is a global event, so qualification is required to reduce the large field of participants from about 200 to 32.Qualifying tournaments...

 in 1971.

Malta's first competitive draw ended 1-1 against Greece in 1970.Malta's first two competitive wins were victories of 2–0 and 2–1 at home to Greece
Greece national football team
The Greece national football team represents Greece in association football and is controlled by the Hellenic Football Federation, the governing body for football in Greece. Greece's home ground is Karaiskakis Stadium in Piraeus and their head coach is Fernando Santos...

 and Iceland
Iceland national football team
The Iceland national football team is the national football team of Iceland and is controlled by the Football Association of Iceland. It has never advanced to the finals of any major international competition....

 in European Championship
UEFA European Football Championship
The UEFA European Football Championship is the main football competition of the men's national football teams governed by UEFA . Held every four years since 1960, in the even-numbered year between World Cup tournaments, it was originally called the UEFA European Nations Cup, changing to the current...

 qualifiers in 1975 and 1982 respectively. In 1979 Malta drew 0-0 with West Germany in the European championship. Malta's third competitive win came with a 1–0 victory away to Estonia
Estonia national football team
The Estonia national football team represents Estonia in international association football. Team members are selected by the head coach of Estonian Football Association . Estonia play their home matches at the A. Le Coq Arena in Tallinn, Estonia....

 in a 1993 World Cup qualifier in which Kris Laferla scored. The side also twice drew against Hungary
Hungary national football team
The Hungary national football team represents Hungary in international football and is controlled by the Hungarian Football Federation....

 during the qualification for the 1990 FIFA World Cup
1990 FIFA World Cup qualification
The qualification competition for the 1990 FIFA World Cup was a series of tournaments organised by the six FIFA confederations. Each confederation — the AFC , CAF , CONCACAF , CONMEBOL , OFC , and UEFA — was allocated a certain number of the 24 places at the tournament...

, and recorded four friendly wins during 1991 and 1992.

During 2005 Malta drew 1–1 against Croatia and Bulgaria
Bulgaria national football team
The FIFA Bulgaria national football team is an association football team fielded by the Bulgarian Football Union, a member association of UEFA. The team's home ground is Vasil Levski in Sofia and Luboslav Penev is in charge manager after replacement of Lothar Matthäus...

. Another positive result was the 1–1 home draw in a friendly match against Northern Ireland
Northern Ireland national football team
The Northern Ireland national football team represents Northern Ireland in international association football. Before 1921 all of Ireland was represented by a single side, the Ireland national football team, organised by the Irish Football Association...

. In 2006, in a friendly against Japan
Japan national football team
The Japan national football team represents Japan in association football and is operated by the Japan Football Association, the governing body for association football in Japan...

, played for the World Cup Finals preparation in Germany, Malta managed to win 1–0. On 11 October 2006, Malta managed another competitive victory, a 2–1 triumph over Hungary
Hungary national football team
The Hungary national football team represents Hungary in international football and is controlled by the Hungarian Football Federation....

 in the European Championship qualifying with Andre Schembri
André Schembri
André Schembri is a Maltese footballer. He currently plays as an attacking midfielder for Greek club Panionios and the Maltese national team.- Hibernians :...

 scoring twice.

On 7 February 2007, Malta drew 1–1 with one of the hosts of Euro 2008, Austria
Austria national football team
The Austria national football team is the association football team that represents the country of Austria in international competition and is controlled by the Austrian Football Association ....

. The game was played to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the first international match played by the Maltese national team. Another friendly against Austria in June 2008 ended in a 5–1 defeat. On 8 September 2007 Malta managed another draw against Turkey
Turkey national football team
The Turkey national football team represents Turkey in association football and is controlled by the Turkish Football Federation, the governing body for football in Turkey. They are affiliated with UEFA...

 in a Euro 2008 qualifying match, the game finishing 2–2. On 26 March 2008 Malta achieved its largest ever victory, a 7–1 defeat of Liechtenstein
Liechtenstein national football team
The Liechtenstein national football team is the national football team of Liechtenstein and is controlled by the Liechtenstein Football Association. The organisation is known as the Liechtensteiner Fussballverband in German. The team's first match was an unofficial match against Malta in Seoul, a...

 in a friendly at the Ta' Qali Stadium, with Michael Mifsud
Michael Mifsud
Michael Mifsud is a Maltese footballer. He is the captain of the Malta national football team, and currently plays for Valletta. He was voted Maltese Sports Person of the Year in 2001 and 2003.-Sliema Wanderers:...

 scoring five goals. A 2–0 friendly win over Georgia
Georgia national football team
The Georgia national football team is the national association football team of Georgia and is controlled by the Georgian Football Federation. The Georgian team's first match took place in 1990, while Georgia was still part of the Soviet Union. The team have attempted to qualify for each major...

 followed in 2009.

In May 2010, sponsorship of the Maltese national side was taken on by sportswear firm Givova, who also designed a range of new kits for the team. One month later, however, the side had fallen to their lowest ever FIFA world ranking position, of 169th in the world. In 2009, Malta had a 0-0 draw with Albania at home. This was their only point for the 2010 World Cup qualifying. On 11 August 2010 Malta drew 1–1 at home against FYR Macedonia in a European Championship qualifying game, with Michael Mifsud scoring a brilliant diving header for Malta.

In February 2011 the side achieved a 0–0 draw against Switzerland
Switzerland national football team
The Swiss national football team is the national football team of Switzerland...

, in which goalkeeper Justin Haber
Justin Haber
Justin Haber is a Maltese footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for Greek side Kerkyra F.C. and the Maltese national team.-Floriana:He started his football career at Floriana...

 saved two penalties. Mifsud scored twice on 10 August 2011, when Malta beat the Central African Republic 2–1 at home. On 6 September 2011, Malta won their first Euro 2012 qualifying point, with a 1-1 draw against Georgia. During the years of 2010 and 2011, Malta did not get many positive results, and as a result of this coach John Buttigieg and assistant coach Carmel Busittil were both sacked. Malta has been drawn in a group with Italy, Denmark, Bulgaria, Czech Republic and Armenia for qualification to the 2014 FIFA World Cup
2014 FIFA World Cup
The 2014 FIFA World Cup will be the 20th FIFA World Cup, an international association football tournament that will take place in Brazil from 12 June to 13 July 2014....

 in Brazil.

Current squad


The following players were named for the UEFA Euro 2012 qualifiers
UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying Group F
This page shows the standings and results for Group F of the UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying tournament.-Standings:- Results and fixtures :Group F fixtures were to be finalised at a meeting between the participants in Athens, Greece on 7 March 2010...

 against Latvia
Latvia national football team
The Latvian national football team is controlled by the Latvian Football Federation, the governing body for football in Latvia and represents the country in international football competitions, such as the World Cup and the European Championships. So far, they have never qualified for a FIFA World...

 and Israel
Israel national football team
The Israel national football team is the national football team of Israel, controlled by the Israel Football Association .Israel National Football is the direct successor of the Eretz Yisrael National Team during British Mandate...

 on October 7 and 11, 2011.

Caps and goals updated as October 11, 2011.
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Players with 30 or more caps

  • Gilbert Agius
    Gilbert Agius
    Gilbert Agius is a professional Maltese footballer. He currently plays as a midfielder or as a striker for the Maltese Premier League side Valletta.-Barcelona :...

  • Alex Azzopardi
  • Ian Azzopardi
    Ian Azzopardi
    Ian Azzopardi is a Maltese footballer who currently plays for Maltese Premier League side Valletta, where he plays as a defender.-Floriana:...

  • Etienne Barbara
    Etienne Barbara
    Etienne Barbara is a Maltese footballer. He currently plays for Carolina RailHawks in the North American Soccer League.-Malta:...

  • Danijel Bogdanović
    Daniel Bogdanovic
    Danijel Bogdanović , more commonly spelled Daniel Bogdanović, is a Maltese professional footballer of Serb descent who plays as a striker for Blackpool.- Playing career :...

  • Roderick Briffa
    Roderick Briffa
    Roderick Briffa is a professional footballer. He currently plays for the Maltese Premier League side Valletta, where he plays as a defender.-Birkirkara:...

  • Joe Brincat
    Joe Brincat
    Joseph Brincat is a Maltese former international football player who earned a total of 103 caps for the Maltese national team, scoring five goals. He played for many clubs including Birkirkara FC, Sliema Wanderers, and Floriana....

  • Richard Buhagiar
    Richard Buhagiar
    Richard Buhagiar was an Australian born, Maltese professional footballer. During his career, he played as a defender for Floriana, Sliema Wanderers, Marsaxlokk and Għajnsielem.- Floriana:Winner...

  • Carmel Busuttil
    Carmel Busuttil
    Carmel Busuttil is one of Malta's most experienced football players. Now retired from playing, he is assistant coach of the Malta national football team.-Career:...

  • John Buttigieg
    John Buttigieg
    John Buttigieg is a retired Maltese footballer who played as a defender, and the current coach of the Maltese national team.-Club career:...

  • David Camilleri
    David Camilleri
    David Camilleri is a professional footballer currently playing for Maltese Premier League side Ħamrun Spartans on loan from fellow Maltese Premier League side Valletta. He plays as a midfielder.-External links:* *...

 
  • Edwin Camilleri
  • Joseph Camilleri
  • David Carabott
    David Carabott
    David Carabott is a former professional footballer who played for many teams in Malta, where he used to play as a defender.During his career, Carabott has played for Hibernians, Valletta, Marsaxlokk, Msida St...

  • Jeffrey Chetcuti
    Jeffrey Chetcuti
    Jeffrey Chetcuti is a professional footballer currently playing for Maltese First Division side Vittoriosa Stars, where he plays as a defender.-External links:* *...

  • David Cluett
    David Cluett
    David Cluett was a Maltese professional football goalkeeper.Cluett is regarded as one of the best goalkeepers in Maltese football. His best years were those at Floriana F.C. with whom he won a number of honours.-Melita FC:...

  • Andrew Cohen
    Andrew Cohen (footballer)
    Andrew Cohen is a Maltese international footballer who plays professionally for Maltese Premier League side Hibernians, as a striker.-Career:Born in Paola, Cohen has spent his entire professional career with hometown club Hibernians....

  • Darren Debono
  • Michael Degiorgio
    Michael Degiorgio
    Michael Degiorgio was a professional footballer. He played as a defender or midfielder for Ħamrun Spartans, Naxxar Lions, Lija Athletic and Marsaxlokk.-External links:* *...

  • Luke Dimech
    Luke Dimech
    Luke Anthony Dimech is a Maltese professional footballer playing for AEK Larnaca where he plays as a defender.-Sliema Wanderers:Dimech began his career playing for Sliema Wanderers...

  • Edwin Farrugia
  • Emanuele Farrugia
  •  
  • Joseph Galea
  • Stefan Giglio
    Stefan Giglio
    Stefan Giglio is a professional footballer who currently plays for Maltese Premier League side Tarxien, where he plays as a midfielder....

  • Martin Gregory
    Martin Gregory (footballer)
    Martin Gregory was a professional footballer who is currently manager of Melita in the Maltese First Division, during his career he played for Sliema Wanderers, where he played as a striker.-External links:...

  • Justin Haber
    Justin Haber
    Justin Haber is a Maltese footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for Greek side Kerkyra F.C. and the Maltese national team.-Floriana:He started his football career at Floriana...

  • John Holland
  • Kristian Laferla
    Kristian Laferla
    Kris Laferla is a retired Maltese footballer who played as a defensive midfielder during his career. He most notably played for Valletta and Sliema Wanderers.-Playing career:...

  • George Mallia
    George Mallia
    George Mallia is a professional footballer currently playing for Maltese Premier League side Qormi FC as a midfielder.-Playing career:...

  • Michael Mifsud
    Michael Mifsud
    Michael Mifsud is a Maltese footballer. He is the captain of the Malta national football team, and currently plays for Valletta. He was voted Maltese Sports Person of the Year in 2001 and 2003.-Sliema Wanderers:...

  • Mario Muscat
    Mario Muscat
    Mario Muscat is a professional footballer currently playing for Maltese Premier League side Hibernians, where he plays as a goalkeeper.-Hibernians:...

  • Chucks Nwoko
    Chucks Nwoko
    Afraik Kaejtan "Chucks" Nwoko is a Maltese former footballer who played at both professional and international levels as a midfielder. Nwoko is currently the under-19 coach for Maltese First Division side Balzan Youths.-Playing career:...

  • Jamie Pace
    Jamie Pace
    Jamie M. Pace is a professional footballer currently playing with Valletta in the Maltese Premier League where he plays as a Central midfielder.-Playing career:...

  •  
  • Brian Said
    Brian Said
    Brian Said is a professional footballer currently playing for Maltese First Division side St. Andrews, where he plays as a defender....

  • Nicky Saliba
    Nicky Saliba
    Nicholas Saliba is a former professional footballer who played almost his whole career with Maltese Premier League side Valletta, where he played as a midfielder.- Valletta:Winner...

  • Kevin Sammut
    Kevin Sammut
    Kevin Sammut is a professional footballer currently playing for Maltese Premier League side Valletta, where he plays as a midfielder.-Sliema Wanderers:...

  • Charles Scerri
    Charles Scerri
    Charles Scerri is a former professional footballer and current manager of the Malta Under 17 side, during his career, Scerri played for Floriana, Rabat Ajax, Sliema Wanderers, Hibernians, Ħamrun Spartans, Qormi and St. Andrews. Throughout his career Charles played as a midfielder.-External...

  • André Schembri
    André Schembri
    André Schembri is a Maltese footballer. He currently plays as an attacking midfielder for Greek club Panionios and the Maltese national team.- Hibernians :...

  • Hubert Suda
    Hubert Suda
    Hubert Suda is a retired Maltese international footballer.-References:...

  • Stefan Sultana
    Stefan Sultana
    Stefan Sultana was a professional footballer, who played the majority of his career for Ħamrun Spartans as a striker. He also had a three-year spell with Hibernians...

  • Daniel Theuma
    Daniel Theuma
    Daniel Theuma was a professional footballer. He last played for Mosta, where he played as a defender.-External links:* *...

  • Noel Turner
    Noel Turner
    Noel Turner is a Maltese former footballer who played at both professional and international levels as a midfielder.-Career:Born in Sliema, Turner spent his entire professional career with hometown club Sliema Wanderers....

  • Raymond Vella
  • Silvio Vella
    Silvio Vella
    Silvio Vella was a professional footballer who played for Rabat Ajax and Hibernians, he played as a defender.Born in Canada, Vella has dual nationality, Maltese and Canadian. His family moved to Malta in 1970...

  •  
  • Ivan Woods
    Ivan Woods
    Ivan Woods is a Maltese footballer who currently plays for Maltese Premier League club Floriana, where he plays as a striker.-Valletta:...

  • George Xuereb
  • Raymond Xuereb
    Raymond Xuereb
    Raymond Xuereb is a former Maltese footballer. He has played for Floriana, Ħamrun Spartans, Naxxar Lions, Gharghur, Qrendi throughout his career. He has also played for the Malta national football team.-External sources:*...

  • Antoine Zahra

  • Most capped Maltese players


    {|class="wikitable" style="font-size:90%"
    !style="background: #DD0000;" align=center|No.
    !style="background: #DD0000;" width=50%|Name
    !style="background: #DD0000;" width=center|Career
    !style="background: #DD0000;" width=center|Caps
    !style="background: #DD0000;" align=center|Goals
    |-
    |align=center|1
    |David Carabott
    David Carabott
    David Carabott is a former professional footballer who played for many teams in Malta, where he used to play as a defender.During his career, Carabott has played for Hibernians, Valletta, Marsaxlokk, Msida St...


    |align=center|1987–2005
    |align=center|122
    |align=center|12
    |-
    |align=center|=
    |Gilbert Agius
    Gilbert Agius
    Gilbert Agius is a professional Maltese footballer. He currently plays as a midfielder or as a striker for the Maltese Premier League side Valletta.-Barcelona :...


    |align=center|1993–present
    |align=center|119
    |align=center|8
    |-
    |align=center|3
    |Carmel Busuttil
    Carmel Busuttil
    Carmel Busuttil is one of Malta's most experienced football players. Now retired from playing, he is assistant coach of the Malta national football team.-Career:...


    |align=center|1982–2001
    |align=center|111
    |align=center|23
    |-
    |align=center|4
    |Joe Brincat
    Joe Brincat
    Joseph Brincat is a Maltese former international football player who earned a total of 103 caps for the Maltese national team, scoring five goals. He played for many clubs including Birkirkara FC, Sliema Wanderers, and Floriana....


    |align=center|1988–2004
    |align=center|103
    |align=center|6
    |-
    |align=center|5
    |John Buttigieg
    John Buttigieg
    John Buttigieg is a retired Maltese footballer who played as a defender, and the current coach of the Maltese national team.-Club career:...


    |align=center|1984–2000
    |align=center|95
    |align=center|1
    |-
    |align=center|6
    |Brian Said
    Brian Said
    Brian Said is a professional footballer currently playing for Maltese First Division side St. Andrews, where he plays as a defender....


    |align=center|1996–Present
    |align=center|91
    |align=center|5
    |-
    |align=center|7
    |Silvio Vella
    Silvio Vella
    Silvio Vella was a professional footballer who played for Rabat Ajax and Hibernians, he played as a defender.Born in Canada, Vella has dual nationality, Maltese and Canadian. His family moved to Malta in 1970...


    |align=center|1988–2000
    |align=center|90
    |align=center|1
    |-
    |align=center|8
    |Michael Mifsud
    Michael Mifsud
    Michael Mifsud is a Maltese footballer. He is the captain of the Malta national football team, and currently plays for Valletta. He was voted Maltese Sports Person of the Year in 2001 and 2003.-Sliema Wanderers:...


    |align=center|2000–Present
    |align=center|87
    |align=center|30
    |-
    |align=center|9
    |Michael Degiorgio
    Michael Degiorgio
    Michael Degiorgio was a professional footballer. He played as a defender or midfielder for Ħamrun Spartans, Naxxar Lions, Lija Athletic and Marsaxlokk.-External links:* *...


    |align=center|1981–1992
    |align=center|74
    |align=center|4
    |-
    |align=center|10
    |Hubert Suda
    Hubert Suda
    Hubert Suda is a retired Maltese international footballer.-References:...


    |align=center|1988–2003
    |align=center|70
    |align=center|8
    |-

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

    Top Maltese goalscorers


    {|class="wikitable" style="font-size:90%"
    !style="background: #DD0000;" align=center|No.
    !style="background: #DD0000;" width=50%|Name
    !style="background: #DD0000;" width=center|Career
    !style="background: #DD0000;" width=center|Goals
    !style="background: #DD0000;" align=center|Caps
    |-
    |align=center|1
    |Michael Mifsud
    Michael Mifsud
    Michael Mifsud is a Maltese footballer. He is the captain of the Malta national football team, and currently plays for Valletta. He was voted Maltese Sports Person of the Year in 2001 and 2003.-Sliema Wanderers:...


    |align=center|2000–Present
    |align=center|30
    |align=center|87
    |-
    |align=center|2
    |Carmel Busuttil
    Carmel Busuttil
    Carmel Busuttil is one of Malta's most experienced football players. Now retired from playing, he is assistant coach of the Malta national football team.-Career:...


    |align=center|1982–2001
    |align=center|23
    |align=center|111
    |-
    |align=center|3
    |David Carabott
    David Carabott
    David Carabott is a former professional footballer who played for many teams in Malta, where he used to play as a defender.During his career, Carabott has played for Hibernians, Valletta, Marsaxlokk, Msida St...


    |align=center|1987–2005
    |align=center|12
    |align=center|121
    |-
    |align=center|4
    |Gilbert Agius
    Gilbert Agius
    Gilbert Agius is a professional Maltese footballer. He currently plays as a midfielder or as a striker for the Maltese Premier League side Valletta.-Barcelona :...


    |align=center|1993–Present
    |align=center|8
    |align=center|119
    |-
    |align=center|=
    |Hubert Suda
    Hubert Suda
    Hubert Suda is a retired Maltese international footballer.-References:...


    |align=center|1988–2003
    |align=center|8
    |align=center|70
    |-
    |align=center|6
    |Kristian Laferla
    Kristian Laferla
    Kris Laferla is a retired Maltese footballer who played as a defensive midfielder during his career. He most notably played for Valletta and Sliema Wanderers.-Playing career:...


    |align=center|1986–1998
    |align=center|6
    |align=center|65
    |-
    |align=center|=
    |Raymond Xuereb
    Raymond Xuereb
    Raymond Xuereb is a former Maltese footballer. He has played for Floriana, Ħamrun Spartans, Naxxar Lions, Gharghur, Qrendi throughout his career. He has also played for the Malta national football team.-External sources:*...


    |align=center|1971–1985
    |align=center|6
    |align=center|43
    |-
    |align=center|=
    |Joe Brincat
    Joe Brincat
    Joseph Brincat is a Maltese former international football player who earned a total of 103 caps for the Maltese national team, scoring five goals. He played for many clubs including Birkirkara FC, Sliema Wanderers, and Floriana....


    |align=center|1988–2004
    |align=center|6
    |align=center|103
    |-
    |align=center|9
    |George Mallia
    George Mallia
    George Mallia is a professional footballer currently playing for Maltese Premier League side Qormi FC as a midfielder.-Playing career:...


    |align=center|1999–Present
    |align=center|6
    |align=center|65
    |-
    |align=center|10
    |Brian Said
    Brian Said
    Brian Said is a professional footballer currently playing for Maltese First Division side St. Andrews, where he plays as a defender....


    |align=center|1996–Present
    |align=center|5
    |align=center|91
    |-

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

    The Malta national football team is the national football team of Malta
    Malta
    Malta , officially known as the Republic of Malta , is a Southern European country consisting of an archipelago situated in the centre of the Mediterranean, south of Sicily, east of Tunisia and north of Libya, with Gibraltar to the west and Alexandria to the east.Malta covers just over in...

     and is controlled by the Malta Football Association
    Malta Football Association
    The Malta Football Association is the governing body of football in Malta.It organises the Maltese Football League and several other competitions, including the knockout competition for the top teams, called the FA Trophy...

    . Malta played its first international game in February 1957, and began competing for qualification to major tournaments in 1962. The side's first competitive victory came in 1975. Due to its small size, Malta does not have many professional players, which makes it hard to advance to the finals of any major international competition.

    History


    Malta played its first international game on 24 February 1957 at the Empire Stadium
    Empire Stadium, Gzira
    Empire Stadium later known as The Stadium was a multi-purpose stadium in Gżira, Malta.It was used mostly for football matches and hosted the home matches of the Maltese national football team, including the very first international match for Malta in 1957 against Austria. In addition, it also...

    , losing 2–3 to Austria
    Austria national football team
    The Austria national football team is the association football team that represents the country of Austria in international competition and is controlled by the Austrian Football Association ....

    . This was a very historic match for Malta, and made footballing headlines around Europe. Malta had a very close game with a then very strong Austrian team, where Malta's players were not professional and were practically men off the street. That match was played in front of a capacity crowd at the old Empire Stadium. The Malta Football Association
    Malta Football Association
    The Malta Football Association is the governing body of football in Malta.It organises the Maltese Football League and several other competitions, including the knockout competition for the top teams, called the FA Trophy...

     joined FIFA
    FIFA
    The Fédération Internationale de Football Association , commonly known by the acronym FIFA , is the international governing body of :association football, futsal and beach football. Its headquarters are located in Zurich, Switzerland, and its president is Sepp Blatter, who is in his fourth...

     in 1959 and UEFA
    UEFA
    The Union of European Football Associations , almost always referred to by its acronym UEFA is the administrative and controlling body for European association football, futsal and beach soccer....

     a year later. The international side first competed in the qualifying rounds of the UEFA European Nations Cup in 1962, and in FIFA World Cup qualification
    FIFA World Cup qualification
    The FIFA World Cup qualification is the process that a national association football team goes through to qualify for the FIFA World Cup Finals. The FIFA World Cup is a global event, so qualification is required to reduce the large field of participants from about 200 to 32.Qualifying tournaments...

     in 1971.

    Malta's first competitive draw ended 1-1 against Greece in 1970.Malta's first two competitive wins were victories of 2–0 and 2–1 at home to Greece
    Greece national football team
    The Greece national football team represents Greece in association football and is controlled by the Hellenic Football Federation, the governing body for football in Greece. Greece's home ground is Karaiskakis Stadium in Piraeus and their head coach is Fernando Santos...

     and Iceland
    Iceland national football team
    The Iceland national football team is the national football team of Iceland and is controlled by the Football Association of Iceland. It has never advanced to the finals of any major international competition....

     in European Championship
    UEFA European Football Championship
    The UEFA European Football Championship is the main football competition of the men's national football teams governed by UEFA . Held every four years since 1960, in the even-numbered year between World Cup tournaments, it was originally called the UEFA European Nations Cup, changing to the current...

     qualifiers in 1975 and 1982 respectively. In 1979 Malta drew 0-0 with West Germany in the European championship. Malta's third competitive win came with a 1–0 victory away to Estonia
    Estonia national football team
    The Estonia national football team represents Estonia in international association football. Team members are selected by the head coach of Estonian Football Association . Estonia play their home matches at the A. Le Coq Arena in Tallinn, Estonia....

     in a 1993 World Cup qualifier in which Kris Laferla scored. The side also twice drew against Hungary
    Hungary national football team
    The Hungary national football team represents Hungary in international football and is controlled by the Hungarian Football Federation....

     during the qualification for the 1990 FIFA World Cup
    1990 FIFA World Cup qualification
    The qualification competition for the 1990 FIFA World Cup was a series of tournaments organised by the six FIFA confederations. Each confederation — the AFC , CAF , CONCACAF , CONMEBOL , OFC , and UEFA — was allocated a certain number of the 24 places at the tournament...

    , and recorded four friendly wins during 1991 and 1992.

    During 2005 Malta drew 1–1 against Croatia and Bulgaria
    Bulgaria national football team
    The FIFA Bulgaria national football team is an association football team fielded by the Bulgarian Football Union, a member association of UEFA. The team's home ground is Vasil Levski in Sofia and Luboslav Penev is in charge manager after replacement of Lothar Matthäus...

    . Another positive result was the 1–1 home draw in a friendly match against Northern Ireland
    Northern Ireland national football team
    The Northern Ireland national football team represents Northern Ireland in international association football. Before 1921 all of Ireland was represented by a single side, the Ireland national football team, organised by the Irish Football Association...

    . In 2006, in a friendly against Japan
    Japan national football team
    The Japan national football team represents Japan in association football and is operated by the Japan Football Association, the governing body for association football in Japan...

    , played for the World Cup Finals preparation in Germany, Malta managed to win 1–0. On 11 October 2006, Malta managed another competitive victory, a 2–1 triumph over Hungary
    Hungary national football team
    The Hungary national football team represents Hungary in international football and is controlled by the Hungarian Football Federation....

     in the European Championship qualifying with Andre Schembri
    André Schembri
    André Schembri is a Maltese footballer. He currently plays as an attacking midfielder for Greek club Panionios and the Maltese national team.- Hibernians :...

     scoring twice.

    On 7 February 2007, Malta drew 1–1 with one of the hosts of Euro 2008, Austria
    Austria national football team
    The Austria national football team is the association football team that represents the country of Austria in international competition and is controlled by the Austrian Football Association ....

    . The game was played to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the first international match played by the Maltese national team. Another friendly against Austria in June 2008 ended in a 5–1 defeat. On 8 September 2007 Malta managed another draw against Turkey
    Turkey national football team
    The Turkey national football team represents Turkey in association football and is controlled by the Turkish Football Federation, the governing body for football in Turkey. They are affiliated with UEFA...

     in a Euro 2008 qualifying match, the game finishing 2–2. On 26 March 2008 Malta achieved its largest ever victory, a 7–1 defeat of Liechtenstein
    Liechtenstein national football team
    The Liechtenstein national football team is the national football team of Liechtenstein and is controlled by the Liechtenstein Football Association. The organisation is known as the Liechtensteiner Fussballverband in German. The team's first match was an unofficial match against Malta in Seoul, a...

     in a friendly at the Ta' Qali Stadium, with Michael Mifsud
    Michael Mifsud
    Michael Mifsud is a Maltese footballer. He is the captain of the Malta national football team, and currently plays for Valletta. He was voted Maltese Sports Person of the Year in 2001 and 2003.-Sliema Wanderers:...

     scoring five goals. A 2–0 friendly win over Georgia
    Georgia national football team
    The Georgia national football team is the national association football team of Georgia and is controlled by the Georgian Football Federation. The Georgian team's first match took place in 1990, while Georgia was still part of the Soviet Union. The team have attempted to qualify for each major...

     followed in 2009.

    In May 2010, sponsorship of the Maltese national side was taken on by sportswear firm Givova, who also designed a range of new kits for the team. One month later, however, the side had fallen to their lowest ever FIFA world ranking position, of 169th in the world. In 2009, Malta had a 0-0 draw with Albania at home. This was their only point for the 2010 World Cup qualifying. On 11 August 2010 Malta drew 1–1 at home against FYR Macedonia in a European Championship qualifying game, with Michael Mifsud scoring a brilliant diving header for Malta.

    In February 2011 the side achieved a 0–0 draw against Switzerland
    Switzerland national football team
    The Swiss national football team is the national football team of Switzerland...

    , in which goalkeeper Justin Haber
    Justin Haber
    Justin Haber is a Maltese footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for Greek side Kerkyra F.C. and the Maltese national team.-Floriana:He started his football career at Floriana...

     saved two penalties. Mifsud scored twice on 10 August 2011, when Malta beat the Central African Republic 2–1 at home. On 6 September 2011, Malta won their first Euro 2012 qualifying point, with a 1-1 draw against Georgia. During the years of 2010 and 2011, Malta did not get many positive results, and as a result of this coach John Buttigieg and assistant coach Carmel Busittil were both sacked. Malta has been drawn in a group with Italy, Denmark, Bulgaria, Czech Republic and Armenia for qualification to the 2014 FIFA World Cup
    2014 FIFA World Cup
    The 2014 FIFA World Cup will be the 20th FIFA World Cup, an international association football tournament that will take place in Brazil from 12 June to 13 July 2014....

     in Brazil.

    Current squad


    The following players were named for the UEFA Euro 2012 qualifiers
    UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying Group F
    This page shows the standings and results for Group F of the UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying tournament.-Standings:- Results and fixtures :Group F fixtures were to be finalised at a meeting between the participants in Athens, Greece on 7 March 2010...

     against Latvia
    Latvia national football team
    The Latvian national football team is controlled by the Latvian Football Federation, the governing body for football in Latvia and represents the country in international football competitions, such as the World Cup and the European Championships. So far, they have never qualified for a FIFA World...

     and Israel
    Israel national football team
    The Israel national football team is the national football team of Israel, controlled by the Israel Football Association .Israel National Football is the direct successor of the Eretz Yisrael National Team during British Mandate...

     on October 7 and 11, 2011.

    Caps and goals updated as October 11, 2011.
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    Players with 30 or more caps


    {|
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    • Gilbert Agius
      Gilbert Agius
      Gilbert Agius is a professional Maltese footballer. He currently plays as a midfielder or as a striker for the Maltese Premier League side Valletta.-Barcelona :...

    • Alex Azzopardi
    • Ian Azzopardi
      Ian Azzopardi
      Ian Azzopardi is a Maltese footballer who currently plays for Maltese Premier League side Valletta, where he plays as a defender.-Floriana:...

    • Etienne Barbara
      Etienne Barbara
      Etienne Barbara is a Maltese footballer. He currently plays for Carolina RailHawks in the North American Soccer League.-Malta:...

    • Danijel Bogdanović
      Daniel Bogdanovic
      Danijel Bogdanović , more commonly spelled Daniel Bogdanović, is a Maltese professional footballer of Serb descent who plays as a striker for Blackpool.- Playing career :...

    • Roderick Briffa
      Roderick Briffa
      Roderick Briffa is a professional footballer. He currently plays for the Maltese Premier League side Valletta, where he plays as a defender.-Birkirkara:...

    • Joe Brincat
      Joe Brincat
      Joseph Brincat is a Maltese former international football player who earned a total of 103 caps for the Maltese national team, scoring five goals. He played for many clubs including Birkirkara FC, Sliema Wanderers, and Floriana....

    • Richard Buhagiar
      Richard Buhagiar
      Richard Buhagiar was an Australian born, Maltese professional footballer. During his career, he played as a defender for Floriana, Sliema Wanderers, Marsaxlokk and Għajnsielem.- Floriana:Winner...

    • Carmel Busuttil
      Carmel Busuttil
      Carmel Busuttil is one of Malta's most experienced football players. Now retired from playing, he is assistant coach of the Malta national football team.-Career:...

    • John Buttigieg
      John Buttigieg
      John Buttigieg is a retired Maltese footballer who played as a defender, and the current coach of the Maltese national team.-Club career:...

    • David Camilleri
      David Camilleri
      David Camilleri is a professional footballer currently playing for Maltese Premier League side Ħamrun Spartans on loan from fellow Maltese Premier League side Valletta. He plays as a midfielder.-External links:* *...


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    |valign="top"|
    • Edwin Camilleri
    • Joseph Camilleri
    • David Carabott
      David Carabott
      David Carabott is a former professional footballer who played for many teams in Malta, where he used to play as a defender.During his career, Carabott has played for Hibernians, Valletta, Marsaxlokk, Msida St...

    • Jeffrey Chetcuti
      Jeffrey Chetcuti
      Jeffrey Chetcuti is a professional footballer currently playing for Maltese First Division side Vittoriosa Stars, where he plays as a defender.-External links:* *...

    • David Cluett
      David Cluett
      David Cluett was a Maltese professional football goalkeeper.Cluett is regarded as one of the best goalkeepers in Maltese football. His best years were those at Floriana F.C. with whom he won a number of honours.-Melita FC:...

    • Andrew Cohen
      Andrew Cohen (footballer)
      Andrew Cohen is a Maltese international footballer who plays professionally for Maltese Premier League side Hibernians, as a striker.-Career:Born in Paola, Cohen has spent his entire professional career with hometown club Hibernians....

    • Darren Debono
    • Michael Degiorgio
      Michael Degiorgio
      Michael Degiorgio was a professional footballer. He played as a defender or midfielder for Ħamrun Spartans, Naxxar Lions, Lija Athletic and Marsaxlokk.-External links:* *...

    • Luke Dimech
      Luke Dimech
      Luke Anthony Dimech is a Maltese professional footballer playing for AEK Larnaca where he plays as a defender.-Sliema Wanderers:Dimech began his career playing for Sliema Wanderers...

    • Edwin Farrugia
    • Emanuele Farrugia

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    • Joseph Galea
    • Stefan Giglio
      Stefan Giglio
      Stefan Giglio is a professional footballer who currently plays for Maltese Premier League side Tarxien, where he plays as a midfielder....

    • Martin Gregory
      Martin Gregory (footballer)
      Martin Gregory was a professional footballer who is currently manager of Melita in the Maltese First Division, during his career he played for Sliema Wanderers, where he played as a striker.-External links:...

    • Justin Haber
      Justin Haber
      Justin Haber is a Maltese footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for Greek side Kerkyra F.C. and the Maltese national team.-Floriana:He started his football career at Floriana...

    • John Holland
    • Kristian Laferla
      Kristian Laferla
      Kris Laferla is a retired Maltese footballer who played as a defensive midfielder during his career. He most notably played for Valletta and Sliema Wanderers.-Playing career:...

    • George Mallia
      George Mallia
      George Mallia is a professional footballer currently playing for Maltese Premier League side Qormi FC as a midfielder.-Playing career:...

    • Michael Mifsud
      Michael Mifsud
      Michael Mifsud is a Maltese footballer. He is the captain of the Malta national football team, and currently plays for Valletta. He was voted Maltese Sports Person of the Year in 2001 and 2003.-Sliema Wanderers:...

    • Mario Muscat
      Mario Muscat
      Mario Muscat is a professional footballer currently playing for Maltese Premier League side Hibernians, where he plays as a goalkeeper.-Hibernians:...

    • Chucks Nwoko
      Chucks Nwoko
      Afraik Kaejtan "Chucks" Nwoko is a Maltese former footballer who played at both professional and international levels as a midfielder. Nwoko is currently the under-19 coach for Maltese First Division side Balzan Youths.-Playing career:...

    • Jamie Pace
      Jamie Pace
      Jamie M. Pace is a professional footballer currently playing with Valletta in the Maltese Premier League where he plays as a Central midfielder.-Playing career:...


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    • Brian Said
      Brian Said
      Brian Said is a professional footballer currently playing for Maltese First Division side St. Andrews, where he plays as a defender....

    • Nicky Saliba
      Nicky Saliba
      Nicholas Saliba is a former professional footballer who played almost his whole career with Maltese Premier League side Valletta, where he played as a midfielder.- Valletta:Winner...

    • Kevin Sammut
      Kevin Sammut
      Kevin Sammut is a professional footballer currently playing for Maltese Premier League side Valletta, where he plays as a midfielder.-Sliema Wanderers:...

    • Charles Scerri
      Charles Scerri
      Charles Scerri is a former professional footballer and current manager of the Malta Under 17 side, during his career, Scerri played for Floriana, Rabat Ajax, Sliema Wanderers, Hibernians, Ħamrun Spartans, Qormi and St. Andrews. Throughout his career Charles played as a midfielder.-External...

    • André Schembri
      André Schembri
      André Schembri is a Maltese footballer. He currently plays as an attacking midfielder for Greek club Panionios and the Maltese national team.- Hibernians :...

    • Hubert Suda
      Hubert Suda
      Hubert Suda is a retired Maltese international footballer.-References:...

    • Stefan Sultana
      Stefan Sultana
      Stefan Sultana was a professional footballer, who played the majority of his career for Ħamrun Spartans as a striker. He also had a three-year spell with Hibernians...

    • Daniel Theuma
      Daniel Theuma
      Daniel Theuma was a professional footballer. He last played for Mosta, where he played as a defender.-External links:* *...

    • Noel Turner
      Noel Turner
      Noel Turner is a Maltese former footballer who played at both professional and international levels as a midfielder.-Career:Born in Sliema, Turner spent his entire professional career with hometown club Sliema Wanderers....

    • Raymond Vella
    • Silvio Vella
      Silvio Vella
      Silvio Vella was a professional footballer who played for Rabat Ajax and Hibernians, he played as a defender.Born in Canada, Vella has dual nationality, Maltese and Canadian. His family moved to Malta in 1970...


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    |valign="top"|
    • Ivan Woods
      Ivan Woods
      Ivan Woods is a Maltese footballer who currently plays for Maltese Premier League club Floriana, where he plays as a striker.-Valletta:...

    • George Xuereb
    • Raymond Xuereb
      Raymond Xuereb
      Raymond Xuereb is a former Maltese footballer. He has played for Floriana, Ħamrun Spartans, Naxxar Lions, Gharghur, Qrendi throughout his career. He has also played for the Malta national football team.-External sources:*...

    • Antoine Zahra

    |}

    Most capped Maltese players


    {|class="wikitable" style="font-size:90%"
    !style="background: #DD0000;" align=center|No.
    !style="background: #DD0000;" width=50%|Name
    !style="background: #DD0000;" width=center|Career
    !style="background: #DD0000;" width=center|Caps
    !style="background: #DD0000;" align=center|Goals
    |-
    |align=center|1
    |David Carabott
    David Carabott
    David Carabott is a former professional footballer who played for many teams in Malta, where he used to play as a defender.During his career, Carabott has played for Hibernians, Valletta, Marsaxlokk, Msida St...


    |align=center|1987–2005
    |align=center|122
    |align=center|12
    |-
    |align=center|=
    |Gilbert Agius
    Gilbert Agius
    Gilbert Agius is a professional Maltese footballer. He currently plays as a midfielder or as a striker for the Maltese Premier League side Valletta.-Barcelona :...


    |align=center|1993–present
    |align=center|119
    |align=center|8
    |-
    |align=center|3
    |Carmel Busuttil
    Carmel Busuttil
    Carmel Busuttil is one of Malta's most experienced football players. Now retired from playing, he is assistant coach of the Malta national football team.-Career:...


    |align=center|1982–2001
    |align=center|111
    |align=center|23
    |-
    |align=center|4
    |Joe Brincat
    Joe Brincat
    Joseph Brincat is a Maltese former international football player who earned a total of 103 caps for the Maltese national team, scoring five goals. He played for many clubs including Birkirkara FC, Sliema Wanderers, and Floriana....


    |align=center|1988–2004
    |align=center|103
    |align=center|6
    |-
    |align=center|5
    |John Buttigieg
    John Buttigieg
    John Buttigieg is a retired Maltese footballer who played as a defender, and the current coach of the Maltese national team.-Club career:...


    |align=center|1984–2000
    |align=center|95
    |align=center|1
    |-
    |align=center|6
    |Brian Said
    Brian Said
    Brian Said is a professional footballer currently playing for Maltese First Division side St. Andrews, where he plays as a defender....


    |align=center|1996–Present
    |align=center|91
    |align=center|5
    |-
    |align=center|7
    |Silvio Vella
    Silvio Vella
    Silvio Vella was a professional footballer who played for Rabat Ajax and Hibernians, he played as a defender.Born in Canada, Vella has dual nationality, Maltese and Canadian. His family moved to Malta in 1970...


    |align=center|1988–2000
    |align=center|90
    |align=center|1
    |-
    |align=center|8
    |Michael Mifsud
    Michael Mifsud
    Michael Mifsud is a Maltese footballer. He is the captain of the Malta national football team, and currently plays for Valletta. He was voted Maltese Sports Person of the Year in 2001 and 2003.-Sliema Wanderers:...


    |align=center|2000–Present
    |align=center|87
    |align=center|30
    |-
    |align=center|9
    |Michael Degiorgio
    Michael Degiorgio
    Michael Degiorgio was a professional footballer. He played as a defender or midfielder for Ħamrun Spartans, Naxxar Lions, Lija Athletic and Marsaxlokk.-External links:* *...


    |align=center|1981–1992
    |align=center|74
    |align=center|4
    |-
    |align=center|10
    |Hubert Suda
    Hubert Suda
    Hubert Suda is a retired Maltese international footballer.-References:...


    |align=center|1988–2003
    |align=center|70
    |align=center|8
    |-

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

    Top Maltese goalscorers


    {|class="wikitable" style="font-size:90%"
    !style="background: #DD0000;" align=center|No.
    !style="background: #DD0000;" width=50%|Name
    !style="background: #DD0000;" width=center|Career
    !style="background: #DD0000;" width=center|Goals
    !style="background: #DD0000;" align=center|Caps
    |-
    |align=center|1
    |Michael Mifsud
    Michael Mifsud
    Michael Mifsud is a Maltese footballer. He is the captain of the Malta national football team, and currently plays for Valletta. He was voted Maltese Sports Person of the Year in 2001 and 2003.-Sliema Wanderers:...


    |align=center|2000–Present
    |align=center|30
    |align=center|87
    |-
    |align=center|2
    |Carmel Busuttil
    Carmel Busuttil
    Carmel Busuttil is one of Malta's most experienced football players. Now retired from playing, he is assistant coach of the Malta national football team.-Career:...


    |align=center|1982–2001
    |align=center|23
    |align=center|111
    |-
    |align=center|3
    |David Carabott
    David Carabott
    David Carabott is a former professional footballer who played for many teams in Malta, where he used to play as a defender.During his career, Carabott has played for Hibernians, Valletta, Marsaxlokk, Msida St...


    |align=center|1987–2005
    |align=center|12
    |align=center|121
    |-
    |align=center|4
    |Gilbert Agius
    Gilbert Agius
    Gilbert Agius is a professional Maltese footballer. He currently plays as a midfielder or as a striker for the Maltese Premier League side Valletta.-Barcelona :...


    |align=center|1993–Present
    |align=center|8
    |align=center|119
    |-
    |align=center|=
    |Hubert Suda
    Hubert Suda
    Hubert Suda is a retired Maltese international footballer.-References:...


    |align=center|1988–2003
    |align=center|8
    |align=center|70
    |-
    |align=center|6
    |Kristian Laferla
    Kristian Laferla
    Kris Laferla is a retired Maltese footballer who played as a defensive midfielder during his career. He most notably played for Valletta and Sliema Wanderers.-Playing career:...


    |align=center|1986–1998
    |align=center|6
    |align=center|65
    |-
    |align=center|=
    |Raymond Xuereb
    Raymond Xuereb
    Raymond Xuereb is a former Maltese footballer. He has played for Floriana, Ħamrun Spartans, Naxxar Lions, Gharghur, Qrendi throughout his career. He has also played for the Malta national football team.-External sources:*...


    |align=center|1971–1985
    |align=center|6
    |align=center|43
    |-
    |align=center|=
    |Joe Brincat
    Joe Brincat
    Joseph Brincat is a Maltese former international football player who earned a total of 103 caps for the Maltese national team, scoring five goals. He played for many clubs including Birkirkara FC, Sliema Wanderers, and Floriana....


    |align=center|1988–2004
    |align=center|6
    |align=center|103
    |-
    |align=center|9
    |George Mallia
    George Mallia
    George Mallia is a professional footballer currently playing for Maltese Premier League side Qormi FC as a midfielder.-Playing career:...


    |align=center|1999–Present
    |align=center|6
    |align=center|65
    |-
    |align=center|10
    |Brian Said
    Brian Said
    Brian Said is a professional footballer currently playing for Maltese First Division side St. Andrews, where he plays as a defender....


    |align=center|1996–Present
    |align=center|5
    |align=center|91
    |-

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

    The Malta national football team is the national football team of Malta
    Malta
    Malta , officially known as the Republic of Malta , is a Southern European country consisting of an archipelago situated in the centre of the Mediterranean, south of Sicily, east of Tunisia and north of Libya, with Gibraltar to the west and Alexandria to the east.Malta covers just over in...

     and is controlled by the Malta Football Association
    Malta Football Association
    The Malta Football Association is the governing body of football in Malta.It organises the Maltese Football League and several other competitions, including the knockout competition for the top teams, called the FA Trophy...

    . Malta played its first international game in February 1957, and began competing for qualification to major tournaments in 1962. The side's first competitive victory came in 1975. Due to its small size, Malta does not have many professional players, which makes it hard to advance to the finals of any major international competition.

    History


    Malta played its first international game on 24 February 1957 at the Empire Stadium
    Empire Stadium, Gzira
    Empire Stadium later known as The Stadium was a multi-purpose stadium in Gżira, Malta.It was used mostly for football matches and hosted the home matches of the Maltese national football team, including the very first international match for Malta in 1957 against Austria. In addition, it also...

    , losing 2–3 to Austria
    Austria national football team
    The Austria national football team is the association football team that represents the country of Austria in international competition and is controlled by the Austrian Football Association ....

    . This was a very historic match for Malta, and made footballing headlines around Europe. Malta had a very close game with a then very strong Austrian team, where Malta's players were not professional and were practically men off the street. That match was played in front of a capacity crowd at the old Empire Stadium. The Malta Football Association
    Malta Football Association
    The Malta Football Association is the governing body of football in Malta.It organises the Maltese Football League and several other competitions, including the knockout competition for the top teams, called the FA Trophy...

     joined FIFA
    FIFA
    The Fédération Internationale de Football Association , commonly known by the acronym FIFA , is the international governing body of :association football, futsal and beach football. Its headquarters are located in Zurich, Switzerland, and its president is Sepp Blatter, who is in his fourth...

     in 1959 and UEFA
    UEFA
    The Union of European Football Associations , almost always referred to by its acronym UEFA is the administrative and controlling body for European association football, futsal and beach soccer....

     a year later. The international side first competed in the qualifying rounds of the UEFA European Nations Cup in 1962, and in FIFA World Cup qualification
    FIFA World Cup qualification
    The FIFA World Cup qualification is the process that a national association football team goes through to qualify for the FIFA World Cup Finals. The FIFA World Cup is a global event, so qualification is required to reduce the large field of participants from about 200 to 32.Qualifying tournaments...

     in 1971.

    Malta's first competitive draw ended 1-1 against Greece in 1970.Malta's first two competitive wins were victories of 2–0 and 2–1 at home to Greece
    Greece national football team
    The Greece national football team represents Greece in association football and is controlled by the Hellenic Football Federation, the governing body for football in Greece. Greece's home ground is Karaiskakis Stadium in Piraeus and their head coach is Fernando Santos...

     and Iceland
    Iceland national football team
    The Iceland national football team is the national football team of Iceland and is controlled by the Football Association of Iceland. It has never advanced to the finals of any major international competition....

     in European Championship
    UEFA European Football Championship
    The UEFA European Football Championship is the main football competition of the men's national football teams governed by UEFA . Held every four years since 1960, in the even-numbered year between World Cup tournaments, it was originally called the UEFA European Nations Cup, changing to the current...

     qualifiers in 1975 and 1982 respectively. In 1979 Malta drew 0-0 with West Germany in the European championship. Malta's third competitive win came with a 1–0 victory away to Estonia
    Estonia national football team
    The Estonia national football team represents Estonia in international association football. Team members are selected by the head coach of Estonian Football Association . Estonia play their home matches at the A. Le Coq Arena in Tallinn, Estonia....

     in a 1993 World Cup qualifier in which Kris Laferla scored. The side also twice drew against Hungary
    Hungary national football team
    The Hungary national football team represents Hungary in international football and is controlled by the Hungarian Football Federation....

     during the qualification for the 1990 FIFA World Cup
    1990 FIFA World Cup qualification
    The qualification competition for the 1990 FIFA World Cup was a series of tournaments organised by the six FIFA confederations. Each confederation — the AFC , CAF , CONCACAF , CONMEBOL , OFC , and UEFA — was allocated a certain number of the 24 places at the tournament...

    , and recorded four friendly wins during 1991 and 1992.

    During 2005 Malta drew 1–1 against Croatia and Bulgaria
    Bulgaria national football team
    The FIFA Bulgaria national football team is an association football team fielded by the Bulgarian Football Union, a member association of UEFA. The team's home ground is Vasil Levski in Sofia and Luboslav Penev is in charge manager after replacement of Lothar Matthäus...

    . Another positive result was the 1–1 home draw in a friendly match against Northern Ireland
    Northern Ireland national football team
    The Northern Ireland national football team represents Northern Ireland in international association football. Before 1921 all of Ireland was represented by a single side, the Ireland national football team, organised by the Irish Football Association...

    . In 2006, in a friendly against Japan
    Japan national football team
    The Japan national football team represents Japan in association football and is operated by the Japan Football Association, the governing body for association football in Japan...

    , played for the World Cup Finals preparation in Germany, Malta managed to win 1–0. On 11 October 2006, Malta managed another competitive victory, a 2–1 triumph over Hungary
    Hungary national football team
    The Hungary national football team represents Hungary in international football and is controlled by the Hungarian Football Federation....

     in the European Championship qualifying with Andre Schembri
    André Schembri
    André Schembri is a Maltese footballer. He currently plays as an attacking midfielder for Greek club Panionios and the Maltese national team.- Hibernians :...

     scoring twice.

    On 7 February 2007, Malta drew 1–1 with one of the hosts of Euro 2008, Austria
    Austria national football team
    The Austria national football team is the association football team that represents the country of Austria in international competition and is controlled by the Austrian Football Association ....

    . The game was played to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the first international match played by the Maltese national team. Another friendly against Austria in June 2008 ended in a 5–1 defeat. On 8 September 2007 Malta managed another draw against Turkey
    Turkey national football team
    The Turkey national football team represents Turkey in association football and is controlled by the Turkish Football Federation, the governing body for football in Turkey. They are affiliated with UEFA...

     in a Euro 2008 qualifying match, the game finishing 2–2. On 26 March 2008 Malta achieved its largest ever victory, a 7–1 defeat of Liechtenstein
    Liechtenstein national football team
    The Liechtenstein national football team is the national football team of Liechtenstein and is controlled by the Liechtenstein Football Association. The organisation is known as the Liechtensteiner Fussballverband in German. The team's first match was an unofficial match against Malta in Seoul, a...

     in a friendly at the Ta' Qali Stadium, with Michael Mifsud
    Michael Mifsud
    Michael Mifsud is a Maltese footballer. He is the captain of the Malta national football team, and currently plays for Valletta. He was voted Maltese Sports Person of the Year in 2001 and 2003.-Sliema Wanderers:...

     scoring five goals. A 2–0 friendly win over Georgia
    Georgia national football team
    The Georgia national football team is the national association football team of Georgia and is controlled by the Georgian Football Federation. The Georgian team's first match took place in 1990, while Georgia was still part of the Soviet Union. The team have attempted to qualify for each major...

     followed in 2009.

    In May 2010, sponsorship of the Maltese national side was taken on by sportswear firm Givova, who also designed a range of new kits for the team. One month later, however, the side had fallen to their lowest ever FIFA world ranking position, of 169th in the world. In 2009, Malta had a 0-0 draw with Albania at home. This was their only point for the 2010 World Cup qualifying. On 11 August 2010 Malta drew 1–1 at home against FYR Macedonia in a European Championship qualifying game, with Michael Mifsud scoring a brilliant diving header for Malta.

    In February 2011 the side achieved a 0–0 draw against Switzerland
    Switzerland national football team
    The Swiss national football team is the national football team of Switzerland...

    , in which goalkeeper Justin Haber
    Justin Haber
    Justin Haber is a Maltese footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for Greek side Kerkyra F.C. and the Maltese national team.-Floriana:He started his football career at Floriana...

     saved two penalties. Mifsud scored twice on 10 August 2011, when Malta beat the Central African Republic 2–1 at home. On 6 September 2011, Malta won their first Euro 2012 qualifying point, with a 1-1 draw against Georgia. During the years of 2010 and 2011, Malta did not get many positive results, and as a result of this coach John Buttigieg and assistant coach Carmel Busittil were both sacked. Malta has been drawn in a group with Italy, Denmark, Bulgaria, Czech Republic and Armenia for qualification to the 2014 FIFA World Cup
    2014 FIFA World Cup
    The 2014 FIFA World Cup will be the 20th FIFA World Cup, an international association football tournament that will take place in Brazil from 12 June to 13 July 2014....

     in Brazil.

    Current squad


    The following players were named for the UEFA Euro 2012 qualifiers
    UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying Group F
    This page shows the standings and results for Group F of the UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying tournament.-Standings:- Results and fixtures :Group F fixtures were to be finalised at a meeting between the participants in Athens, Greece on 7 March 2010...

     against Latvia
    Latvia national football team
    The Latvian national football team is controlled by the Latvian Football Federation, the governing body for football in Latvia and represents the country in international football competitions, such as the World Cup and the European Championships. So far, they have never qualified for a FIFA World...

     and Israel
    Israel national football team
    The Israel national football team is the national football team of Israel, controlled by the Israel Football Association .Israel National Football is the direct successor of the Eretz Yisrael National Team during British Mandate...

     on October 7 and 11, 2011.

    Caps and goals updated as October 11, 2011.
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    Players with 30 or more caps


    {|
    |valign="top"|
    • Gilbert Agius
      Gilbert Agius
      Gilbert Agius is a professional Maltese footballer. He currently plays as a midfielder or as a striker for the Maltese Premier League side Valletta.-Barcelona :...

    • Alex Azzopardi
    • Ian Azzopardi
      Ian Azzopardi
      Ian Azzopardi is a Maltese footballer who currently plays for Maltese Premier League side Valletta, where he plays as a defender.-Floriana:...

    • Etienne Barbara
      Etienne Barbara
      Etienne Barbara is a Maltese footballer. He currently plays for Carolina RailHawks in the North American Soccer League.-Malta:...

    • Danijel Bogdanović
      Daniel Bogdanovic
      Danijel Bogdanović , more commonly spelled Daniel Bogdanović, is a Maltese professional footballer of Serb descent who plays as a striker for Blackpool.- Playing career :...

    • Roderick Briffa
      Roderick Briffa
      Roderick Briffa is a professional footballer. He currently plays for the Maltese Premier League side Valletta, where he plays as a defender.-Birkirkara:...

    • Joe Brincat
      Joe Brincat
      Joseph Brincat is a Maltese former international football player who earned a total of 103 caps for the Maltese national team, scoring five goals. He played for many clubs including Birkirkara FC, Sliema Wanderers, and Floriana....

    • Richard Buhagiar
      Richard Buhagiar
      Richard Buhagiar was an Australian born, Maltese professional footballer. During his career, he played as a defender for Floriana, Sliema Wanderers, Marsaxlokk and Għajnsielem.- Floriana:Winner...

    • Carmel Busuttil
      Carmel Busuttil
      Carmel Busuttil is one of Malta's most experienced football players. Now retired from playing, he is assistant coach of the Malta national football team.-Career:...

    • John Buttigieg
      John Buttigieg
      John Buttigieg is a retired Maltese footballer who played as a defender, and the current coach of the Maltese national team.-Club career:...

    • David Camilleri
      David Camilleri
      David Camilleri is a professional footballer currently playing for Maltese Premier League side Ħamrun Spartans on loan from fellow Maltese Premier League side Valletta. He plays as a midfielder.-External links:* *...


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    |valign="top"|
    • Edwin Camilleri
    • Joseph Camilleri
    • David Carabott
      David Carabott
      David Carabott is a former professional footballer who played for many teams in Malta, where he used to play as a defender.During his career, Carabott has played for Hibernians, Valletta, Marsaxlokk, Msida St...

    • Jeffrey Chetcuti
      Jeffrey Chetcuti
      Jeffrey Chetcuti is a professional footballer currently playing for Maltese First Division side Vittoriosa Stars, where he plays as a defender.-External links:* *...

    • David Cluett
      David Cluett
      David Cluett was a Maltese professional football goalkeeper.Cluett is regarded as one of the best goalkeepers in Maltese football. His best years were those at Floriana F.C. with whom he won a number of honours.-Melita FC:...

    • Andrew Cohen
      Andrew Cohen (footballer)
      Andrew Cohen is a Maltese international footballer who plays professionally for Maltese Premier League side Hibernians, as a striker.-Career:Born in Paola, Cohen has spent his entire professional career with hometown club Hibernians....

    • Darren Debono
    • Michael Degiorgio
      Michael Degiorgio
      Michael Degiorgio was a professional footballer. He played as a defender or midfielder for Ħamrun Spartans, Naxxar Lions, Lija Athletic and Marsaxlokk.-External links:* *...

    • Luke Dimech
      Luke Dimech
      Luke Anthony Dimech is a Maltese professional footballer playing for AEK Larnaca where he plays as a defender.-Sliema Wanderers:Dimech began his career playing for Sliema Wanderers...

    • Edwin Farrugia
    • Emanuele Farrugia

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    |valign="top"|
    • Joseph Galea
    • Stefan Giglio
      Stefan Giglio
      Stefan Giglio is a professional footballer who currently plays for Maltese Premier League side Tarxien, where he plays as a midfielder....

    • Martin Gregory
      Martin Gregory (footballer)
      Martin Gregory was a professional footballer who is currently manager of Melita in the Maltese First Division, during his career he played for Sliema Wanderers, where he played as a striker.-External links:...

    • Justin Haber
      Justin Haber
      Justin Haber is a Maltese footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for Greek side Kerkyra F.C. and the Maltese national team.-Floriana:He started his football career at Floriana...

    • John Holland
    • Kristian Laferla
      Kristian Laferla
      Kris Laferla is a retired Maltese footballer who played as a defensive midfielder during his career. He most notably played for Valletta and Sliema Wanderers.-Playing career:...

    • George Mallia
      George Mallia
      George Mallia is a professional footballer currently playing for Maltese Premier League side Qormi FC as a midfielder.-Playing career:...

    • Michael Mifsud
      Michael Mifsud
      Michael Mifsud is a Maltese footballer. He is the captain of the Malta national football team, and currently plays for Valletta. He was voted Maltese Sports Person of the Year in 2001 and 2003.-Sliema Wanderers:...

    • Mario Muscat
      Mario Muscat
      Mario Muscat is a professional footballer currently playing for Maltese Premier League side Hibernians, where he plays as a goalkeeper.-Hibernians:...

    • Chucks Nwoko
      Chucks Nwoko
      Afraik Kaejtan "Chucks" Nwoko is a Maltese former footballer who played at both professional and international levels as a midfielder. Nwoko is currently the under-19 coach for Maltese First Division side Balzan Youths.-Playing career:...

    • Jamie Pace
      Jamie Pace
      Jamie M. Pace is a professional footballer currently playing with Valletta in the Maltese Premier League where he plays as a Central midfielder.-Playing career:...


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    |valign="top"|
    • Brian Said
      Brian Said
      Brian Said is a professional footballer currently playing for Maltese First Division side St. Andrews, where he plays as a defender....

    • Nicky Saliba
      Nicky Saliba
      Nicholas Saliba is a former professional footballer who played almost his whole career with Maltese Premier League side Valletta, where he played as a midfielder.- Valletta:Winner...

    • Kevin Sammut
      Kevin Sammut
      Kevin Sammut is a professional footballer currently playing for Maltese Premier League side Valletta, where he plays as a midfielder.-Sliema Wanderers:...

    • Charles Scerri
      Charles Scerri
      Charles Scerri is a former professional footballer and current manager of the Malta Under 17 side, during his career, Scerri played for Floriana, Rabat Ajax, Sliema Wanderers, Hibernians, Ħamrun Spartans, Qormi and St. Andrews. Throughout his career Charles played as a midfielder.-External...

    • André Schembri
      André Schembri
      André Schembri is a Maltese footballer. He currently plays as an attacking midfielder for Greek club Panionios and the Maltese national team.- Hibernians :...

    • Hubert Suda
      Hubert Suda
      Hubert Suda is a retired Maltese international footballer.-References:...

    • Stefan Sultana
      Stefan Sultana
      Stefan Sultana was a professional footballer, who played the majority of his career for Ħamrun Spartans as a striker. He also had a three-year spell with Hibernians...

    • Daniel Theuma
      Daniel Theuma
      Daniel Theuma was a professional footballer. He last played for Mosta, where he played as a defender.-External links:* *...

    • Noel Turner
      Noel Turner
      Noel Turner is a Maltese former footballer who played at both professional and international levels as a midfielder.-Career:Born in Sliema, Turner spent his entire professional career with hometown club Sliema Wanderers....

    • Raymond Vella
    • Silvio Vella
      Silvio Vella
      Silvio Vella was a professional footballer who played for Rabat Ajax and Hibernians, he played as a defender.Born in Canada, Vella has dual nationality, Maltese and Canadian. His family moved to Malta in 1970...


    |width="50"| 
    |valign="top"|
    • Ivan Woods
      Ivan Woods
      Ivan Woods is a Maltese footballer who currently plays for Maltese Premier League club Floriana, where he plays as a striker.-Valletta:...

    • George Xuereb
    • Raymond Xuereb
      Raymond Xuereb
      Raymond Xuereb is a former Maltese footballer. He has played for Floriana, Ħamrun Spartans, Naxxar Lions, Gharghur, Qrendi throughout his career. He has also played for the Malta national football team.-External sources:*...

    • Antoine Zahra

    |}

    Most capped Maltese players


    {|class="wikitable" style="font-size:90%"
    !style="background: #DD0000;" align=center|No.
    !style="background: #DD0000;" width=50%|Name
    !style="background: #DD0000;" width=center|Career
    !style="background: #DD0000;" width=center|Caps
    !style="background: #DD0000;" align=center|Goals
    |-
    |align=center|1
    |David Carabott
    David Carabott
    David Carabott is a former professional footballer who played for many teams in Malta, where he used to play as a defender.During his career, Carabott has played for Hibernians, Valletta, Marsaxlokk, Msida St...


    |align=center|1987–2005
    |align=center|122
    |align=center|12
    |-
    |align=center|=
    |Gilbert Agius
    Gilbert Agius
    Gilbert Agius is a professional Maltese footballer. He currently plays as a midfielder or as a striker for the Maltese Premier League side Valletta.-Barcelona :...


    |align=center|1993–present
    |align=center|119
    |align=center|8
    |-
    |align=center|3
    |Carmel Busuttil
    Carmel Busuttil
    Carmel Busuttil is one of Malta's most experienced football players. Now retired from playing, he is assistant coach of the Malta national football team.-Career:...


    |align=center|1982–2001
    |align=center|111
    |align=center|23
    |-
    |align=center|4
    |Joe Brincat
    Joe Brincat
    Joseph Brincat is a Maltese former international football player who earned a total of 103 caps for the Maltese national team, scoring five goals. He played for many clubs including Birkirkara FC, Sliema Wanderers, and Floriana....


    |align=center|1988–2004
    |align=center|103
    |align=center|6
    |-
    |align=center|5
    |John Buttigieg
    John Buttigieg
    John Buttigieg is a retired Maltese footballer who played as a defender, and the current coach of the Maltese national team.-Club career:...


    |align=center|1984–2000
    |align=center|95
    |align=center|1
    |-
    |align=center|6
    |Brian Said
    Brian Said
    Brian Said is a professional footballer currently playing for Maltese First Division side St. Andrews, where he plays as a defender....


    |align=center|1996–Present
    |align=center|91
    |align=center|5
    |-
    |align=center|7
    |Silvio Vella
    Silvio Vella
    Silvio Vella was a professional footballer who played for Rabat Ajax and Hibernians, he played as a defender.Born in Canada, Vella has dual nationality, Maltese and Canadian. His family moved to Malta in 1970...


    |align=center|1988–2000
    |align=center|90
    |align=center|1
    |-
    |align=center|8
    |Michael Mifsud
    Michael Mifsud
    Michael Mifsud is a Maltese footballer. He is the captain of the Malta national football team, and currently plays for Valletta. He was voted Maltese Sports Person of the Year in 2001 and 2003.-Sliema Wanderers:...


    |align=center|2000–Present
    |align=center|87
    |align=center|30
    |-
    |align=center|9
    |Michael Degiorgio
    Michael Degiorgio
    Michael Degiorgio was a professional footballer. He played as a defender or midfielder for Ħamrun Spartans, Naxxar Lions, Lija Athletic and Marsaxlokk.-External links:* *...


    |align=center|1981–1992
    |align=center|74
    |align=center|4
    |-
    |align=center|10
    |Hubert Suda
    Hubert Suda
    Hubert Suda is a retired Maltese international footballer.-References:...


    |align=center|1988–2003
    |align=center|70
    |align=center|8
    |-

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

    Top Maltese goalscorers


    {|class="wikitable" style="font-size:90%"
    !style="background: #DD0000;" align=center|No.
    !style="background: #DD0000;" width=50%|Name
    !style="background: #DD0000;" width=center|Career
    !style="background: #DD0000;" width=center|Goals
    !style="background: #DD0000;" align=center|Caps
    |-
    |align=center|1
    |Michael Mifsud
    Michael Mifsud
    Michael Mifsud is a Maltese footballer. He is the captain of the Malta national football team, and currently plays for Valletta. He was voted Maltese Sports Person of the Year in 2001 and 2003.-Sliema Wanderers:...


    |align=center|2000–Present
    |align=center|30
    |align=center|87
    |-
    |align=center|2
    |Carmel Busuttil
    Carmel Busuttil
    Carmel Busuttil is one of Malta's most experienced football players. Now retired from playing, he is assistant coach of the Malta national football team.-Career:...


    |align=center|1982–2001
    |align=center|23
    |align=center|111
    |-
    |align=center|3
    |David Carabott
    David Carabott
    David Carabott is a former professional footballer who played for many teams in Malta, where he used to play as a defender.During his career, Carabott has played for Hibernians, Valletta, Marsaxlokk, Msida St...


    |align=center|1987–2005
    |align=center|12
    |align=center|121
    |-
    |align=center|4
    |Gilbert Agius
    Gilbert Agius
    Gilbert Agius is a professional Maltese footballer. He currently plays as a midfielder or as a striker for the Maltese Premier League side Valletta.-Barcelona :...


    |align=center|1993–Present
    |align=center|8
    |align=center|119
    |-
    |align=center|=
    |Hubert Suda
    Hubert Suda
    Hubert Suda is a retired Maltese international footballer.-References:...


    |align=center|1988–2003
    |align=center|8
    |align=center|70
    |-
    |align=center|6
    |Kristian Laferla
    Kristian Laferla
    Kris Laferla is a retired Maltese footballer who played as a defensive midfielder during his career. He most notably played for Valletta and Sliema Wanderers.-Playing career:...


    |align=center|1986–1998
    |align=center|6
    |align=center|65
    |-
    |align=center|=
    |Raymond Xuereb
    Raymond Xuereb
    Raymond Xuereb is a former Maltese footballer. He has played for Floriana, Ħamrun Spartans, Naxxar Lions, Gharghur, Qrendi throughout his career. He has also played for the Malta national football team.-External sources:*...


    |align=center|1971–1985
    |align=center|6
    |align=center|43
    |-
    |align=center|=
    |Joe Brincat
    Joe Brincat
    Joseph Brincat is a Maltese former international football player who earned a total of 103 caps for the Maltese national team, scoring five goals. He played for many clubs including Birkirkara FC, Sliema Wanderers, and Floriana....


    |align=center|1988–2004
    |align=center|6
    |align=center|103
    |-
    |align=center|9
    |George Mallia
    George Mallia
    George Mallia is a professional footballer currently playing for Maltese Premier League side Qormi FC as a midfielder.-Playing career:...


    |align=center|1999–Present
    |align=center|6
    |align=center|65
    |-
    |align=center|10
    |Brian Said
    Brian Said
    Brian Said is a professional footballer currently playing for Maltese First Division side St. Andrews, where he plays as a defender....


    |align=center|1996–Present
    |align=center|5
    |align=center|91
    |-

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


    UEFA Euro 2012 qualification


    {{main|UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying Group F}}
    {{UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying Group F|expanded=yes|fixtures=yes}}

    World Cup and Euro record


    {| class="wikitable" style="text-align: center;" width=70%
    |-
    !World Cup
    FIFA World Cup
    The FIFA World Cup, often simply the World Cup, is an international association football competition contested by the senior men's national teams of the members of Fédération Internationale de Football Association , the sport's global governing body...


    !Euro
    UEFA European Football Championship
    The UEFA European Football Championship is the main football competition of the men's national football teams governed by UEFA . Held every four years since 1960, in the even-numbered year between World Cup tournaments, it was originally called the UEFA European Nations Cup, changing to the current...


    |-
    | 1974
    1974 FIFA World Cup qualification (UEFA)
    Listed below are the dates and results for the 1974 FIFA World Cup qualification rounds for the European zone . For an overview of the qualification rounds, see the article 1974 FIFA World Cup qualification....

     - Finished 4th (out of 4) in Qualifying group
    | 1964 - Lost 6–1 and 3–1 against Denmark
    Denmark national football team
    The Denmark national football team represents Denmark in association football and is controlled by the Danish Football Association , the governing body for the football clubs which are organized under DBU...


    |-
    | 1978
    1978 FIFA World Cup qualification (UEFA)
    Listed below are the dates and results for the 1978 FIFA World Cup qualification rounds for the European zone . For an overview of the qualification rounds, see the article 1978 FIFA World Cup qualification....

     - Finished 4th (out of 4) in Qualifying group
    | 1972 - Finished 4th (out of 4) in Qualifying group
    |-
    | 1982
    1982 FIFA World Cup qualification (UEFA)
    Listed below are the dates and results for the 1982 FIFA World Cup qualification rounds for the European zone . For an overview of the qualification rounds, see the article 1982 FIFA World Cup qualification....

     - Finished 3rd (out of 3) in Qualifying group
    | 1976 - Finished 4th (out of 4) in Qualifying group
    |-
    | 1986
    1986 FIFA World Cup qualification (UEFA)
    Listed below are the dates and results for the 1986 FIFA World Cup qualification rounds for the European zone . For an overview of the qualification rounds, see the article 1986 FIFA World Cup qualification....

     - Finished 5th (out of 5) in Qualifying group
    | 1980 - Finished 4th (out of 4) in Qualifying group
    |-
    | 1990
    1990 FIFA World Cup qualification (UEFA)
    The European zone of qualification for the 1990 FIFA World Cup saw 32 teams competing for 13 places at the finals. UEFA members Italy qualified automatically as hosts of the finals. The qualification process started on 21 May 1988 and ended on 18 November 1989.-Format:Teams were drawn into seven...

     - Finished 5th (out of 5) in Qualifying group
    | 1984 - Finished 5th (out of 5) in Qualifying group
    |-
    | 1994
    1994 FIFA World Cup qualification (UEFA)
    Listed below are the dates and results for the 1994 FIFA World Cup qualification rounds for the European zone . For an overview of the qualification rounds, see the article 1994 FIFA World Cup qualification....

     - Finished 5th (out of 6) in Qualifying group
    | 1988 - Finished 5th (out of 5) in Qualifying group
    |-
    | 1998
    1998 FIFA World Cup qualification (UEFA)
    Listed below are the dates and results for the 1998 FIFA World Cup qualification rounds for the European zone .A total of 50 UEFA teams entered the competition. The European zone was allocated 15 places in the final tournament...

     - Finished 6th (out of 6) in Qualifying group
    | 1992
    UEFA Euro 1992 qualifying Group 6
    Standings and results for Group 6 of the UEFA Euro 1992 qualifying tournament.Group 6 consisted of Finland, Greece, Netherlands, Malta and Portugal. The Netherlands won the deciding game on October 16, 1991 by beating Portugal 1-0...

     - Finished 5th (out of 5) in Qualifying group
    |-
    | 2002
    2002 FIFA World Cup qualification (UEFA)
    Listed below are the dates and results for the 2002 FIFA World Cup qualification rounds for the European zone . For an overview of the qualification rounds, see the article 2002 FIFA World Cup qualification....

     - Finished 6th (out of 6) in Qualifying group
    | 1996 - Finished 6th (out of 6) in Qualifying group
    |-
    | 2006
    2006 FIFA World Cup qualification (UEFA)
    Listed below are the dates and results for the 2006 FIFA World Cup qualification rounds for UEFA teams. A total of 51 teams took part, divided in 8 Groups - five groups of 6 teams each and three groups of 7 teams each - competing for 13 places in the World Cup...

     - Finished 6th (out of 6) in Qualifying group
    | 2000 - Finished 5th (out of 5) in Qualifying group
    |-
    | 2010
    2010 FIFA World Cup qualification (UEFA)
    The European zone of qualification for the 2010 FIFA World Cup saw 53 teams competing for 13 places at the finals. The qualification process started on 20 August 2008, after UEFA Euro 2008, and ended on 18 November 2009. The qualification process saw the first competitive matches of...

     - Finished 6th (out of 6) in Qualifying group
    | 2004 - Finished 5th (out of 5) in Qualifying group
    |-
    | 2014
    2014 FIFA World Cup qualification (UEFA)
    The European Zone of qualification for the 2014 FIFA World Cup will see teams competing for places at the finals in Brazil. As in recent tournaments, UEFA will have 13 direct qualfiers for the finals tournaments, with the 2014 qualifiers chosen as the winners of each of nine qualifying groups as...

     - TBD
    | 2008 - Finished 7th (out of 7) in Qualifying group
    |-
    |
    | 2012
    UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying Group I
    This page shows the standings and results for Group I of the UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying tournament.- Standings :- Results and fixtures :Group I fixtures were negotiated between the participants at a meeting in Madrid, Spain, on 19 February 2010....

     - Finished 6th (out of 6) in Qualifying group
    |}

    Record versus different opponents



    {| class="wikitable" style="text-align: left;"
    |-
    !Tournament
    !Games
    !Wins
    !Draws
    !Losses
    !Goals For
    !Goals Against
    !Goal Difference
    |-
    |World Cup
    FIFA World Cup
    The FIFA World Cup, often simply the World Cup, is an international association football competition contested by the senior men's national teams of the members of Fédération Internationale de Football Association , the sport's global governing body...

     Qualifying||78||1||9||68||24||246||-222
    |-
    |Euro
    UEFA European Football Championship
    The UEFA European Football Championship is the main football competition of the men's national football teams governed by UEFA . Held every four years since 1960, in the even-numbered year between World Cup tournaments, it was originally called the UEFA European Nations Cup, changing to the current...

     Qualifying||87||3||12||71||49||261||-214
    |-
    |International Tournaments||41||12||11||18||39||50||-11
    |-
    |Friendly||111||24||27||62||93||188||-91
    |-
    |Total||311||38||55||219||198||738||-542
    |-
    !Opponent
    !Games
    !Wins
    !Draws
    !Losses
    !Goals For
    !Goals Against
    !Goal Difference
    |-
    |{{fb|Iceland}}||14||3||1||10||11||32||-21
    |-
    |{{fb|Hungary}}||12||1||2||9||6||28||-22
    |-
    |{{fb|Tunisia}}||10||4||3||3||9||11||-2
    |-
    |{{fb|Austria}}||9||0||1||8||6||30||-24
    |-
    |{{fb|Libya}}||9||3||2||4||6||9||-3
    |-
    |{{fb|Portugal}}||9||0||1||8||5||24||-19
    |-
    |{{fb|Sweden}}||9||0||0||9||2||37||-35
    |-
    |{{fb|Bulgaria}}||8||0||2||6||2||24||-22
    |-
    |{{fb|Denmark}}||8||1||0||7||6||24||-18
    |-
    |{{fb|Greece}}||9||1||2||6||6||19||-13
    |-
    |{{fb|Norway}}||8||0||2||6||3||21||-18
    |-
    |{{fb|Albania}}||7||2||2||3||6||9||-3
    |-
    |{{fb|Moldova}}||7||1||2||4||6||9||-3
    |-
    |{{fb|IRL}}||7||0||0||7||2||24||-22
    |-
    |{{fb|Cyprus}}||6||1||2||3||4||8||-4
    |-
    |{{fb|Czech Republic}}||6||0||2||4||3||16||-13
    |-
    |{{fb|Finland}}||6||1||2||3||4||7||-3
    |-
    |{{fb|East Germany}}||6||0||0||6||2||22||-20
    |-
    |{{fb|Israel}}||6||0||2||5|||6||13||-7
    |-
    |{{fb|Netherlands}}||6||0||0||6||0||28||-28
    |-
    |{{fb|NIR}}||6||0||1||5||1||11||-10
    |-
    |{{fb|Spain}}||6||0||0||6||3||28||-25
    |-
    |{{fb|Switzerland}}||7||0||2||5||3||17||-14
    |-
    |{{fb|Turkey}}||6||0||1||5||4||15||-11
    |-
    |{{fb|West Germany}}||6||0||1||5||2||26||-24
    |-
    |{{fb|Macedonia}}||6||0||1||5||2||15||-13
    |-
    |{{fb|Scotland}}||5||0||1||4||4||11||-7
    |-
    |{{fb|Slovakia}}||4||0||0||4||2||14||-12
    |-
    |{{fb|Belarus}}||4||0||1||3||1||8||-7
    |-
    |{{fb|Bosnia and Herzegovina}}||4||1||0||3||4||9||-5
    |-
    |{{fb|Croatia}}||5||0||1||4||5||13||-8
    |-
    |{{fb|Estonia}}||4||2||1||1||7||4||3
    |-
    |{{fb|Georgia}}||7||1||3||3||6||9||-3
    |-
    |{{fb|Italy}}||4||0||0||4||2||15||-13
    |-
    |{{fb|Luxembourg}}||4||0||2||2||2||4||-2
    |-
    |{{fb|Poland}}||4||0||0||4||0||13||-13
    |-
    |{{fb|Slovenia}}||4||0||1||3||1||7||-6
    |-
    |{{fb|Wales}}||4||0||0||4||2||15||-13
    |-
    |{{fb|Yugoslavia}}||4||0||0||4||1||18||-17
    |-
    |{{fb|Algeria}}||3||2||1||0||3||1||2
    |-
    |{{fb|Armenia}}||3||0||0||3||0||3||-3
    |-
    |{{fb|Azerbaijan}}||3||3||0||0||9||0||9
    |-
    |{{fb|England}}||3||0||0||3||1||8||-7
    |-
    |{{fb|Faroe Islands}}||3||0||0||3||4||7||-3
    |-
    |{{fb|Latvia}}||4||2||0||2||3||5||-2
    |-
    |{{fb|Andorra}}||2||0||2||0||2||2||0
    |-
    |{{fb|Canada}}||2||2||0||0||4||1||3
    |-
    |{{fb|Czechoslovakia}}||2||0||1||1||0||4||-4
    |-
    |{{fb|Egypt}}||2||0||0||2||2||8||-6
    |-
    |{{fb|France}}||2||0||0||2||0||10||-10
    |-
    |{{fb|Germany}}||2||0||0||2||1||9||-8
    |-
    |{{fb|Indonesia}}||2||2||0||0||4||0||4
    |-
    |{{fb|Italy}} C||2||0||0||2||0||5||-5
    |-
    |{{fb|Jordan}}||2||2||0||0||5||2||3
    |-
    |{{fb|Lebanon}}||2||1||1||0||1||0||1
    |-
    |{{fb|Liechtenstein}}||2||1||1||0||8||2||6
    |-
    |{{fb|Lithuania}}||2||0||1||1||2||5||-3
    |-
    |{{fb|South Korea}}||2||0||1||1||2||3||-1
    |-
    |{{fb|United Arab Emirates}}||2||0||2||0||1||1||0
    |-
    |{{fb|Andalusia}}||1||0||1||0||0||0||0
    |-
    |{{fb|Belgium}}||1||1||0||0||1||0||+1
    |-
    |-{{fb|Central African Republic}}||1||1||0||0||2||1||+1
    |-
    |{{fb|England}} B||1||0||0||1||0||2||-2
    |-
    |{{fb|Gabon}}||1||1||0||0||2||1||1
    |-
    |{{fb|Italy}} U21||1||0||0||1||1||2||-1
    |-
    |{{fb|Italy}} U23||1||0||1||0||1||1||0
    |-
    |{{fb|Japan}}||1||1||0||0||1||0||1
    |-
    |{{fb|Kazakhstan}}||1||0||1||0||2||2||0
    |-
    |{{fb|Qatar}}||1||1||0||0||2||0||2
    |-
    |{{fb|Russia}}||1||0||0||1||0||2||-2
    |-
    |{{fb|South Africa}}||1||0||0||1||0||1||-1
    |-
    |{{fb|Thailand}}||1||1||0||0||2||0||2
    |-
    |{{fb|Tunisia}} B||1||1||0||0||1||0||1
    |-
    |{{fb|United States}}||1||0||0||1||0||1||-1
    |-
    |}

    Malta managers


    {| class="wikitable sortable" cellpadding="3" style="text-align: center;"
    |-
    !Manager
    !Nationality
    !Malta career
    !Played
    !Won
    !Drawn
    !Lost
    !Win %
    |-
    |style="text-align: left;"|Joe A. Griffiths
    | Malta
    |1957–1961
    |6
    |2
    |2
    |2
    |33.3
    |-
    |style="text-align: left;"|Carm Borg
    | Malta
    |1961–1964
    |9
    |0
    |2
    |7
    |0
    |-
    |style="text-align: left;"|Janos Bedl
    | Hungary
    |1966
    |2
    |2
    |0
    |0
    |100
    |-
    |style="text-align: left;"|Tony Formosa*
    | Malta
    |1966
    |10
    |1
    |1
    |8
    |10
    |-
    |style="text-align: left;"|Joseph Attard
    | Malta
    |1969
    |1
    |0
    |0
    |1
    |0
    |-
    |style="text-align: left;"|Saviour Cuschieri
    | Malta
    |1970
    |1
    |0
    |1
    |0
    |0
    |-
    |style="text-align: left;"|Victor Scerri
    | Malta
    |1973
    |2
    |1
    |0
    |1
    |50
    |-
    |style="text-align: left;"|Terrenzio Polverini
    | Italy
    |1974–1976
    |9
    |1
    |2
    |6
    |11.1
    |-
    |style="text-align: left;"|John Calleja
    | Malta
    |1976–1978
    |11
    |2
    |1
    |8
    |18.8
    |-
    |style="text-align: left;"|Victor Scerri
    | Malta
    |1978–1983
    |26
    |3
    |3
    |20
    |11.5
    |-
    |style="text-align: left;"|Guentcho Dobrev
    | Kingdom of Bulgaria
    |1984–1987
    |21
    |1
    |4
    |16
    |4.7
    |-
    |style="text-align: left;"|Horst Heese
    Horst Heese
    Horst Heese is a German former professional football player and manager.Heese had 149 Bundesliga appearances for Eintracht Frankfurt and HSV. After his retirement he managed Offenbach, Nuremberg and Frankfurt. After being sacked in 1993 in Frankfurt he moved back to Eupen in Belgium, where he...


    | Germany
    |1988–1991
    |36
    |3
    |8
    |25
    |8.3
    |-
    |style="text-align: left;"|Pippo Psaila
    Pippo Psaila
    Pippo Psaila , was the Malta national football team coach between 1991 and 1993, and current Director of Sports of the Malta Olympic Committee.-Personal life:...


    | Malta
    |1991–1993
    |17
    |5
    |4
    |8
    |29.4
    |-
    |style="text-align: left;"|Nikola Bokun
    |
    |1993
    |4
    |1
    |0
    |3
    |25
    |-
    |style="text-align: left;"|Pietro Ghedin
    | Italy
    |1993–1995
    |24
    |4
    |5
    |15
    |16.6
    |-
    |style="text-align: left;"|Robert Gatt
    | Malta
    |1996
    |3
    |0
    |1
    |2
    |0
    |-
    |style="text-align: left;"|Milorad Kosanović
    Milorad Kosanovic
    Milorad Kosanović is a Serbian football manager and former footballer. He is currently the manager of Chinese Super League team Shaanxi Zhongjian Chanba F.C.....


    |
    |1996–1997
    |15
    |0
    |2
    |13
    |0
    |-
    |style="text-align: left;"|Josif Ilić
    |
    |1997–2001
    |41
    |5
    |4
    |32
    |12.1
    |-
    |style="text-align: left;"|Sigfried Held
    | Germany
    |2001–2003
    |21
    |4
    |5
    |12
    |19.04
    |-
    |style="text-align: left;"|Horst Heese
    Horst Heese
    Horst Heese is a German former professional football player and manager.Heese had 149 Bundesliga appearances for Eintracht Frankfurt and HSV. After his retirement he managed Offenbach, Nuremberg and Frankfurt. After being sacked in 1993 in Frankfurt he moved back to Eupen in Belgium, where he...

    **
    | Germany
    |2003–2006
    |15
    |1
    |2
    |12
    |6.7
    |-
    |style="text-align: left;"|Dušan Fitzel
    Dušan Fitzel
    Dušan Fitzel is the currently Technical Director of the Malta national football team. He managed the team from 2006–2009, but in July 2009 health problems made it necessary to give up the role of manager. He was born on 15 April 1963 at Bojnice, Czechoslovakia. He is married and has two children...

    **
    | Czech Republic
    |2006–2009
    |34
    |3
    |4
    |27
    |8.82
    |-
    |style="text-align: left;"|John Buttigieg
    John Buttigieg
    John Buttigieg is a retired Maltese footballer who played as a defender, and the current coach of the Maltese national team.-Club career:...

    **
    | Malta
    |2009–2011
    |3
    |1
    |1
    |1
    |0
    |}
    * 1 match with Janos Bedl
    ** Assisted by Carmel Busuttil
    Carmel Busuttil
    Carmel Busuttil is one of Malta's most experienced football players. Now retired from playing, he is assistant coach of the Malta national football team.-Career:...


    Fifa ranking


    {| class="wikitable"
    |-
    !
    ! Rank
    ! Date
    |-
    | Worst Ever Rank
    | 173
    | July 2011
    |-
    | Best Ever Rank
    | 66 (two times)
    | September 1994, September 1995
    |-
    | Current Rank
    | 155
    | November 2011
    |}

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