Birkirkara F.C.

Birkirkara Football Club is a professional football club based in the town of Birkirkara, on the island of Malta. The club was formed in 1950, following the amalgamation of Birkirkara United and Birkirkara Celtic. Birkirkara currently play in the Maltese Premier League, which it has won on four occasions, most recently in the 2012–13 season.

Birkirkara
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Full nameBirkirkara Football Club
Nickname(s)Stripes
Founded1950; 72 years ago (1950)
ChairmanMichael Valenzia
Head CoachItaly Giovanni Tedesco
LeagueMaltese Premier League
2021–22Maltese Premier League, 5th

Birkirkara is one of the founding members of the European Club Association.[1]

KitsEdit

Period Kit supplier Shirt Sponsor (Front)
2003–2004   Lotto
2004–2006 McDonald's (Malta), Cisk Export and Team sport (Malta)
2006–2009 McDonald's (Malta) and Team sport (Malta)
2009–2010   Diadora McDonald's (Malta)
2010–2012   Macron
2012–2021   Adidas
2021–   Nike

HonoursEdit

MajorEdit

MinorEdit

  • Sons of Malta Cup (for the Second Division)
    • Winners (3): 1967–68, 1971–72, 1978–79
    • Runners-up (1): 1976–77
  • Cassar Cup:
    • Runners-up (1): 1952–53

Current squadEdit

As of 13 September, 2022

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   ITA Giacomo Nava
2 DF   URU Osvaldo Forestero
3 MF   MLT Adam Camilleri
5 DF   MLT Enrico Pepe
6 MF   BRA Diego Dall'Oca
7 FW   BRA Lecão
8 MF   MLT Yannick Yankam
10 FW   MLT Paul Mbong
11 DF   MLT Kurt Zammit
12 GK   MLT Amara Sylla
15 MF   MLT Matteo Gambin
16 FW   MLT Jed Valletta
No. Pos. Nation Player
19 GK   MLT Sean Cini
20 FW   ARG Federico Falcone
21 MF   MLT Ryan Scicluna
22 DF   MLT Cain Attard
23 FW   MLT Jean Paul Farrugia (on loan from Sliema)
24 MF   MLT Nathan Cross
25 MF   MLT Neil Micallef
30 FW   ARG Enzo Cabrera (on loan from Newell's Old Boys)
72 DF   ITA Alessandro Coppola (on loan from Triestina)
77 FW   BRA Denis Ribeiro
92 MF   ITA Kevin Tulimieri

European recordEdit

All results (home and away) list Birkirkara's goal tally first.

Season Competition Round Club Home Away Aggregate
1997–98 UEFA Cup 1Q   Spartak Trnava 0–1 1–3 1–4
1998–99 UEFA Cup 1Q   Shakhtar Donetsk 0–4 1–2 1–6
1999–00 UEFA Cup QR   Lyngby BK 0–0 0–7 0–7
2000–01 UEFA Champions League 1Q   KR Reykjavík 1–2 1–4 2–6
2001–02 UEFA Cup QR   Locomotive Tbilisi 0–0 1–1 1–1 (a)
1R   Dynamo Moscow 0–0 0–1 0–1
2002–03 UEFA Cup QR   Metalurh Zaporizhya 0–0 0–3 0–3
2003–04 UEFA Cup QR   Ferencváros 0–5 0–1 0–6
2004–05 UEFA Cup 1Q   FK Partizani 2–1 2–4 4–5
2005–06 UEFA Cup 1Q   APOEL Nicosia 0–2 0–4 0–6
2006–07 UEFA Champions League 1Q   B36 Tórshavn 0–3 2–2 2–5
2007 UEFA Intertoto Cup 1R   Maribor 0–3 1–2 1–5
2008–09 UEFA Cup 1Q   Hajduk Split 0–3 0–4 0–7
2009–10 UEFA Europa League 1Q   Slaven Belupo 0–0 0–1 0–1
2010–11 UEFA Champions League 1Q   FC Santa Coloma 4–3 3–01 7–3
2Q   MŠK Žilina 1–0 0–3 1–3
2011–12 UEFA Europa League 1Q   FK Vllaznia 0–1 1–1 1–2
2012–13 UEFA Europa League 1Q   FK Metalurg 2–2 0–0 2–2 (a)
2013–14 UEFA Champions League 2Q   Maribor 0–0 0–2 0–2
2014–15 UEFA Europa League 1Q   Diósgyőr 1–2 1–4 2–6
2015–16 UEFA Europa League 1Q   Ulisses 0–0 3–1 3–1
2Q   West Ham 1–0 0–1 1–1 (3–5 p)
2016–17 UEFA Europa League 1Q   Široki Brijeg 2–0 1–1 3–1
2Q   Heart of Midlothian 0–0 2–1 2–1
3Q   Krasnodar 0–3 1–3 1–6
2018–19 UEFA Europa League PR   KÍ Klaksvík 1–1 1–2 2–3
2021–22 UEFA Europa Conference League 1Q   La Fiorita 1–0 1–1 2–1
2Q   Olimpija Ljubljana 1–0 0–1 1–1 (4–5 p)

Note 1: match forfeited, result set to 3–0 by UEFA.

CoachesEdit

  •   Frankie Tabone (1951–53)
  •   Paul Chetcuti (1961–62)
  •   Emanuel Borg (1964–65)
  •   Salvu Cuschieri (1965–68)
  •   Frans Bonnici (1968–69)
  •   Emmle Saliba (1969–70)
  •   Salvu Cuschieri (1970–73)
  •   Tony Buhagiar (1973–74)
  •   Carmel Galea (1974–76)
  •   Tony Euchar Grech (1976–78)
  •   Frankie Zammit (1978–79)
  •   Marcel Scicluna (1979–84)
  •   Joe Attard (1984–86)
  •   Freddie Cardona (1986–87)
  •   Joe Cilia (1986–88)
  •   Robert Gatt (1988–89)
  •   Lolly Aquilina (1989–92)
  •   Todor Raykov (1992–93)
  •   Freddie Cardona (1993–94)
  •   Borislav Giorev (1994–95)
  •   Lawrence Borg (1995–96)
  •   Alan Sunderland (1996–97)
  •   Alfred Cardona (1996–97)
  •   Alfred Cardona &   Robert Gatt (1997–98)
  •   Vlada Pejović (1998–99)
  •   Atanas Marinov (1999–00)
  •   Alfred Cardona (2000 – 1 December 2001)
  •   Stephen Azzopardi (1 December 2001 – 1 March 2007)
  •   John Buttigieg (1 July 2008 – 30 June 2009)
  •   Paul Zammit (1 July 2009 – 30 May 2011)
  •   Patrick Curmi (22 May 2011 – 28 September 2011)
  •   Paul Zammit (3 October 2011 – 29 May 2015)[2]
  •   Giovanni Tedesco (1 June 2015 – 10 December 2015)
  •   Dražen Besek (31 December 2015 – 30 November 2016)
  •   Nikola Jaros (6 December 2016 – 1 June 2017)
  •   Peter Pullicino (1 June 2017 – 6 September 2017)
  •   Paul Zammit (6 September 2017 – 26 March 2019)
  •   John Buttigieg (18 April 2019 – 7 September 2019)
  •   André Paus (10 September 2019 – 20 April 2022)[3]
  •   Jonathan Holland (20 April 2022 – 18 May 2022)
  •   Giovanni Tedesco (18 May 2022 – Present)

FutsalEdit

Current squad 2018/19

Number Player Pos. Nat.
4 Jason Mifsud Sweeper  
5 Ryan Xuereb Winger  
6 Alan Galea Winger  
8 Gary Inguanez Sweeper  
10 Marwan Telisi Winger  
11 Ayoub Hamad Ali Winger  
22 Rennie Tanti Winger  
23 Matthew Gatt Goalkeeper  
24 William Barbosa Sweeper  
40 Eslam Khalifa Pivot  
88 Christian Lia Goalkeeper  
99 Glenn Bonello Pivot  

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Agreement heralds new era in football". uefa.com. 21 January 2008. Archived from the original on 27 January 2008. Retrieved 2008-01-21.
  2. ^ "Birkirkara FC - Coaches".
  3. ^ Camilleri, Valhmor (20 April 2022). "Birkirkara FC part ways with coach Andre Paus". SportsDesk. Retrieved 20 April 2022.

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