2007–08 Maltese Premier League

The 2007–08 Maltese Premier League (known as the BOV Premier League for sponsorship reasons) was the 28th season of the Maltese Premier League, and the 93rd season of top-level league football in Malta. Valletta won their nineteenth league title overcoming last season's champions, Marsaxlokk.

Maltese Premier League
Season2007–08
Dates26 August 2007 – 16 May 2008
ChampionsValletta
(19th title)
RelegatedMqabba
Pietà Hotspurs
Champions LeagueValletta
UEFA CupMarsaxlokk
Birkirkara
UEFA Intertoto CupHibernians
Matches played132
Goals scored416 (3.15 per match)
Top goalscorerOmar Sebastián Monesterolo (19 goals)
Biggest home winValletta 7–0 Marsaxlokk
(1 December 2017)
Msida St. Joseph 7–0 Pietà Hotspurs
(27 December 2017)
Biggest away winMqabba 1–6 Pietà Hotspurs
(20 October 2017)
Highest scoringĦamrun Spartans 7–3 Marsaxlokk
(30 December 2017)

TeamsEdit

The following teams were promoted from the First Division at the start of the season:

From the previous Premier League season, the following teams were relegated to the First Division:

First phaseEdit

League tableEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 Valletta 18 10 6 2 40 16 +24 36 Qualification for the Top Six
2 Marsaxlokk 18 10 3 5 35 26 +9 33
3 Sliema Wanderers 18 9 5 4 31 18 +13 32
4 Floriana 18 8 4 6 33 28 +5 28
5 Birkirkara 18 7 6 5 27 18 +9 27
6 Ħamrun Spartans 18 7 6 5 30 29 +1 27
7 Hibernians 18 6 7 5 22 19 +3 25 Qualification for the Play-Out
8 Msida Saint-Joseph 18 6 3 9 25 35 −10 21
9 Pietà Hotspurs 18 5 0 13 21 40 −19 15
10 Mqabba 18 2 0 16 15 50 −35 6
Source: RSSSF
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Play-offs (only if needed to decide champions, teams for relegation or teams for UEFA competitions).

ResultsEdit

Home \ Away BKR FRN ĦMR HIB MXK MQB MSD PTA SLM VLT
Birkirkara 3–2 5–0 0–2 2–0 1–0 1–1 2–0 1–1 0–1
Floriana 0–0 1–1 1–0 1–4 4–1 2–3 4–0 2–2 0–4
Ħamrun Spartans 2–2 2–1 2–2 7–3 3–0 1–2 2–3 0–3 0–0
Hibernians 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–1 2–0 4–0 2–0 1–2 0–0
Marsaxlokk 3–1 3–2 0–1 5–0 1–0 5–0 3–1 0–0 1–1
Mqabba 1–4 1–3 1–2 0–1 0–2 2–1 1–6 3–2 1–2
Msida Saint-Joseph 0–0 0–2 0–1 2–0 1–3 4–3 7–0 1–4 1–1
Pietà Hotspurs 2–1 1–3 0–3 0–2 0–1 5–0 0–1 1–0 1–3
Sliema Wanderers 0–2 0–1 1–1 2–1 1–0 4–0 3–0 2–1 2–2
Valletta 2–1 2–3 4–1 1–1 7–0 3–1 3–1 3–0 1–2
Source: RSSSF
Legend: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Second phaseEdit

Top SixEdit

The teams placed in the first six positions in the league table qualified for the Top Six, and the points obtained during the first phase were halved (and rounded up) before the start of second phase. As a result, the teams started with the following points before the second phase: Valletta 18 points, Marsaxlokk 16, Sliema Wanderers 16, Floriana 14, Birkirkara 13 and Ħamrun Spartans 13.

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification VLT MXK BKR SLM FRN ĦMR
1 Valletta (C) 10 7 1 2 18 11 +7 40 Qualification for the 2008–09 UEFA Champions League 0–1 2–1 2–1 1–0 4–1
2 Marsaxlokk 10 6 0 4 21 14 +7 34 Qualification for the 2008–09 UEFA Cup 4–0 0–2 4–2 2–0 3–1
3 Birkirkara 10 6 0 4 16 15 +1 31 1–1 2–1 1–2 1–1 4–0
4 Sliema Wanderers 10 6 2 2 19 8 +11 36 0–2 1–0 1–3 0–2 5–3
5 Floriana 10 2 2 6 7 14 −7 22 0–2 1–2 0–2 0–2 1–1
6 Ħamrun Spartans 10 0 1 9 12 31 −19 14 2–4 3–4 0–2 0–2 1–2
Source: RSSSF
(C) Champion

Play-OutEdit

The teams which finished in the last four league positions were placed in the Play-Out and at the end of the phase the two lowest-placed teams were relegated to the First Division. The points obtained during the first phase were halved (and rounded up) before the start of second phase. As a result, the teams started with the following points before the second phase: Hibernians 12 points, Msida Saint-Joseph 10, Pietà Hotspurs 7, Mqabba 3.

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation HIB MSD PTA MQB
7 Hibernians 6 4 1 1 13 8 +5 25 Qualification for the 2008 UEFA Intertoto Cup 3–0 4–2 2–1
8 Msida Saint-Joseph 6 4 1 1 16 11 +5 23 3–1 3–1 4–2
9 Pietà Hotspurs (R) 6 1 0 5 6 13 −7 10 Relegation to the 2008–09 Maltese First Division 1–2 2–4 1–0
10 Mqabba (R) 6 1 2 3 9 12 −3 8 1–1 2–2 2–0
Source: RSSSF
(R) Relegated

Season statisticsEdit

Top scorersEdit

Rank Player Club Goals[1]
1   Omar Sebastian Monesterolo Valletta 19
2   Marcelo Pereira Mqabba 14
3   Julio Alcorsé Marsaxlokk 12
4   Terence Scerri Hibernians 11
  Jean Pierre Mifsud Triganza Birkirkara
  Njongo Priso Msida Saint-Joseph
7   Aleksandar Madžar Marsaxlokk 10
  Frank Temile Valletta
  Ryan Darmanin Floriana
  Alfred Effiong Ħamrun Spartans
  Ivan Woods Sliema Wanderers

Hat-tricksEdit

Player[2][3] For Against Result Date
  Marcelo Pereira Mqabba Sliema Wanderers 3–2 20 September 2007
  Martin Deanov Pietà Hotspurs Mqabba 6–1 20 October 2007
  Omar Sebastian Monesterolo4 Valletta Marsaxlokk 7–0 1 December 2007
  Njongo Priso4 Msida Saint-Joseph Pietà Hotspurs 7–0 27 December 2007
  Omar Sebastian Monesterolo Valletta Ħamrun Spartans 4–1 19 January 2008
  Jean Pierre Mifsud Triganza Birkirkara Ħamrun Spartans 4–0 5 April 2008

AwardsEdit

Monthly awardsEdit

Month[4] Player of the Month
Player Club
August   Darko Krsteski Floriana
September   Gilbert Agius Valletta
October   Andrew Cohen Hibernians
November/December   Shaun Bajada Birkirkara
January   Cleavon Frendo Marsaxlokk
February   Kevin Sammut Marsaxlokk
March   Frank Temile Valletta
April   Kevin Sammut Marsaxlokk
May   Kevin Sammut Marsaxlokk

Annual awardsEdit

Winners are listed first and highlighted in boldface.[5][6]

Best Maltese Player of the Year Best Foreign Player of the Year
Best Goalkeeper of the Year Best Defender of the Year
Best Midfielder of the Year Best Attacker of the Year
Coach of the Year Most Prominent Youngster

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Malta: BOV Premier League 2007/08 Scorers". MaltaFootball.com. Retrieved 3 November 2018.
  2. ^ "BOV Premier League Results 2007/08". MaltaFootball.com. Retrieved 3 November 2018.
  3. ^ "BOV Premier League Results 2007/08 - Championship Pool and Relegation Pool Results". MaltaFootball.com. Retrieved 3 November 2018.
  4. ^ "Player of the Month". MaltaFootball.com. Retrieved 21 October 2018.
  5. ^ "May 2008". MaltaFootball.com. 24 May 2008.
  6. ^ "June 2008". MaltaFootball.com. 7 June 2008.

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