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
Full nameBirkirkara Football Club
Nickname(s)Stripes
Founded1950; 74 years ago (1950)
ChairmanMichael Valenzia
Head CoachJose Borg
LeagueMaltese Premier League
2022–23Maltese Premier League, 2nd

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

Kits edit

Period Kit supplier Shirt sponsor (front) Ref.
2003-04   Lotto
2004-06 McDonald's (Malta), Cisk Export and Team sport (Malta)
2006-09 McDonald's (Malta) and Team sport (Malta)
2009-10   Diadora McDonald's (Malta)
2010-12   Macron
2012-21   Adidas
2021-   Nike [2]

Honours edit

Major edit

Minor edit

  • 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 squad edit

As of 24 January, 2024

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   POL Marcel Zapytowski (on loan from Korona Kielce)
2 DF   URU Osvaldo Iorio Forestero
5 DF   MLT Enrico Pepe
6 MF   SRB Marko Đurišić
7 FW   BRA Bravo
8 FW   MLT Paul Mbong
9 FW   COL Ítalo Montaño
10 FW   MLT Andrea Zammit
11 DF   MLT Kurt Zammit
16 GK   MLT Amara Sylla
17 DF   RUS Nikita Shchepetkin
20 FW   MLT Alexander Satariano
No. Pos. Nation Player
21 MF   ITA Manuel De Filippis
22 MF   MLT Matteo Gambin
23 FW   MLT Nathan Cross
24 DF   DOM Peña Beltre
25 MF   MLT Neil Micallef
27 DF   ITA Alessandro Coppola (on loan from Triestina)
36 DF   GHA Edward Sarpong
42 MF   GHA Simon Zibo
70 FW   MLT Omar Elouni
77 MF   CIV Ali Diakité
91 FW   BRA Maxuell Samurai
99 FW   ROU Andrei Ciolacu

Out on loan edit

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
FW   MLT Jed Valletta (at St. Lucia)

European record edit

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 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   Partizani 2–1 2–4 4–5
2005–06 UEFA Cup 1Q   APOEL 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 3–0[a] 7–3
2Q   Žilina 1–0 0–3 1–3
2011–12 UEFA Europa League 1Q   Vllaznia 0–1 1–1 1–2
2012–13 UEFA Europa League 1Q   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)
2023–24 UEFA Europa Conference League 1Q   Maribor 1–2 1–1 2–3
  1. ^ Awarded; the match was cancelled because of poor pitch conditions

Coaches edit

  •   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)[3]
  •   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)[4]
  •   Jonathan Holland (Caretaker) (20 April 2022 – 18 May 2022)
  •   Giovanni Tedesco (18 May 2022 – 26 November 2023)
  •   Brian Chetcuti (Caretaker) (26 November 2023 – 5 February 2024)
  •   Jose Borg (5 February 2024 – Present)

Futsal edit

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  

References edit

  1. ^ "Agreement heralds new era in football". UEFA. 21 January 2008. Archived from the original on 27 January 2008. Retrieved 21 January 2008.
  2. ^ "Birkirkara Kit History". Football Kit Archive. Retrieved 14 March 2023.
  3. ^ "Birkirkara FC – Coaches".
  4. ^ Camilleri, Valhmor (20 April 2022). "Birkirkara FC part ways with coach Andre Paus". SportsDesk. Retrieved 20 April 2022.

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