Balzan F.C.

Balzan Football Club is a Maltese football club from the village of Balzan, which currently plays in the Maltese Premier League. The Club was founded in 1937 and has played top-level football since 2010.

Balzan
Balzan FC logo.jpg
Full nameBalzan Football Club
Founded1937; 84 years ago (1937), as Balzan Youths
GroundSt Aloysius' College (Malta)
ChairmanAnton Tagliaferro
Head CoachPaul Zammit
LeagueMaltese Premier League
2020–21Maltese Premier League, 10th
WebsiteClub website

The club has been one of the top teams in Malta for the last 5 seasons and because of this qualified for the Europa League for the last 5 seasons in a row. Balzan finished runners up in the Malta Premier League in seasons 16/17 and 17/18 and were finalists in the 15/16 FA Trophy Final, which they lost on penalties 5-4 to Sliema, after the game finished 0-0 after extra time. In May 2019 the Club finally won its first major honour, conquering the Maltese FA Trophy[1] after a classic final versus Valletta which finished 4-4 after extra time, but which Balzan won 5-4 on penalties.

Balzan FC First Team 2020-21

PlayersEdit

Current First TeamEdit

As of 20 August 2021[2]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Pos. Nation Player
1 GK   MLT Rudi Briffa
3 DF   NED Augustine Loof
4 MF   MLT Erick Atkins
5 DF   MLT Samir Arab
6 MF   MLT Marcus Grima
7 MF   SRB Milan Đurić
8 MF   MLT Paul Fenech
10 MF   BRA Lecão
11 DF   MLT Steve Bezzina
15 DF   MLT Michael Johnson
16 DF   MLT Isaac Buhagiar
No. Pos. Nation Player
18 MF   SRB Uroš Ljubomirac
19 DF   SRB Milos Zlatkovic
20 FW   NED Suleiman Jalu
22 DF   MLT Gary Camilleri
21 MF   MLT Neil Frendo
23 MF   SRB Miloš Mijić
30 MF   BRA Pedro Augusto
77 MF   SRB Aleksa Andrejic
83 GK   SRB Vukašin Vraneš
86 FW   MNE Bojan Kaljevic
88 MF   MLT Sean Cipriott

Club officials and coaching staffEdit

Club officialsEdit

  • Honorary Presidents: George Borg, Dr. John Zammit Montebello MD
  • President : Anton Tagliaferro
  • Vice President: David Melillo
  • Secretary: Joseph Agius
  • Sporting director: Vladimir Simović
  • Treasurer: Peter Cipriott
  • Club Doctor: Dr. John Zammit Montebello MD
  • Executive Committee Members:
    • Alex Bezzina
    • Clifford Cipriott
    • Louis Ebejer
    • Paul Meilak
    • Diane Cassar
    • Mario Nappa
    • Robert Tagliaferro
    • Frank Vella Bardon
    • Anton Vidal
    • Alex Attard
    • Eric Galea

Coaching staffEdit

  • Head Coach: Paul Zammit[3]
  • Assistant Coach: Joe Grech
  • Nursery Head Coach: Ludvic Bartolo
  • Goalkeeping Coach: Edward Bartolo
  • Kit Manager: Anthony Lanzon
  • Team Manager: Peter Cipriott
  • Assistant Kit Manager: John Borg

Club facilitiesEdit

The Club's Administration Building ‘Solerville’ is located at Main Street, Balzan. A bar and garden restaurant on the ground floor are open to the public. The Club’s modern training facilities, located at Robert Mifsud Bonnici Street, Lija, include a clubhouse and a full size pitch with synthetic turf. The clubhouse includes a conference room, a bar and a gymnasium and was officially opened on 13 March 2011. From September 2015, Balzan F.C. teams also commenced training at St Aloysius' College Ground, after this ground underwent a major upgrade.

In 2019 Balzan FC started the construction of an additional 2 storey clubhouse at its Lija ground which will feature additional changing room facilities, as well as accommodation for visiting teams. The building is expected to be completed in late 2020.

 
St Aloysius' College ground
 
"Solerville"
 
Training Centre

HonoursEdit

 
Balzan F.C. wins its first major honour by winning the Maltese FA Trophy against 2017–18 champions Valletta 5-4 on penalties, after the thrilling final had ended in a 4-4 draw after extra-time on 18 May 2019.

PlacementsEdit

European recordEdit

 
Balzan F.C. players and supporters celebrate their Club's historic qualification to the UEFA Europa League following a 3 -1 victory over until then unbeaten 14/15 champions Hibernians F.C. on 26 April 2015.
 
Balzan F.C. players and officials celebrate their Club's historic qualification to the second round of the UEFA Europa League, after winning against Keşla FK 5-3 on aggregate at Dalga Arena, Baku Azerbaijan on 19 July 2018.

MatchesEdit

Season Competition Round Club Home Away Aggregate
2015–16 UEFA Europa League 1Q   Željezničar 0–2 0–1 0–3
2016–17 UEFA Europa League 1Q   Neftçi PFC Baki 0–2 2–1 2–3
2017–18 UEFA Europa League 1Q   Videoton 3−3 0−2 3−5
2018–19 UEFA Europa League 1Q   Keşla FK 4−1 1−2 5−3
2Q   ŠK Slovan Bratislava 2–1 1−3 3−4
2019–20 UEFA Europa League 1Q   NK Domžale 3–4 0–1 3–5
Notes
  • 1Q: First qualifying round
  • 2Q: Second qualifying round

Managerial historyEdit

Manager Period
  Paul Barbara 1989–90
  Jimmy Briffa 1990–93
  Alberto Cristiano 1993–94
  Ronnie Cocks 1994–95
  France Scicluna 1995–97
  Joe Attard 1997–98
  Stephen Azzopardi 1998–02
  Fatos Daja 2002–03
  Jimmy Briffa 2003–05
  Mario Monreal 2005–06
  Charles Borg Sant 2006–07
  Alfred Attard 2007–08
  Ivan Zammit 2008–13
  David Carabott 2009–10
  Riccardo Tumiatti 2013
  Jesmond Zerafa 2013–14
  Oliver Spiteri 2014–17
  Marko Mićović 2017-19
  Jacques Scerri 2019-20
  Mark Miller 2020-21[4]
  Paul Zammit 2021

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Camilleri, Valhmor (May 18, 2019). "Effiong scores four as Balzan win first-ever FA Trophy". Times of Malta. Retrieved May 19, 2019.
  2. ^ "Balzan | History | UEFA Europa League".
  3. ^ Camilleri, Valhmor (2021-10-23). "Paul Zammit named new Balzan FC coach". SportsDesk. Retrieved 2021-10-25.
  4. ^ Camilleri, Valhmor (22 June 2020). "Miller named as new Balzan coach". Times of Malta. Retrieved 23 June 2020.

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