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Hibernians Football Club is a Maltese association football club based in the town of Paola.

Hibernians
Hibernians F.C..png
Full name Hibernians Football Club
Nickname(s) Hibs
Raħal Ġdid (Paola)
Peacocks
Founded 1922; 95 years ago (1922)
Ground Hibernians Stadium,
Paola, Malta
Ground Capacity 2,968
Chairman Tony Bezzina
Manager Mark Miller
League Maltese Premier League
2016–17 Maltese Premier League, 1st
Website Club website

Contents

HistoryEdit

The club played one season in 1922 as Constitutionals FC, representing the pro-British Constitutional Party.[1] They started up again in the 1927–28 season and became a top amateur side, winning the Amateur League in 1930–31.[1] Meanwhile, the Constitutional Party had upset the Catholic Church so much that in May 1930 it was made a mortal sin for Catholics to vote for the party. The football club changed its name a year later to Hibernians Football Club[1] as a nod to Hibernian, the club founded by Irish Catholics in Edinburgh. They won their first match as Hibernians 2–1, against HMS Antelope in October 1931.[1] They had to wait for a place to become available in the professional league, but in January 1933 they joined the league with a 3–1 victory over Sliema Rangers. They have stayed in the top division ever since.[1]

Hibernians faced a long period of decline followed the success of the 1980s to the end of the decade.[1] Hibernians also have a futsal team, which plays in Malta's top futsal league, the Premier Futsal League.

StadiumEdit

The club's home ground is Hibernians Stadium, a multi-use stadium in Paola, which has a capacity of about 3,000.

HonoursEdit

[2]

Winners (12): 1960–61, 1966–67, 1968–69, 1978–79, 1980–81, 1981–82, 1993–94, 1994–95, 2001–02, 2008–09, 2014–15, 2016–17
Winners (10): 1961–62, 1969–70, 1970–71, 1979–80, 1981–82, 1997–98, 2005–06, 2006–07, 2011–12, 2012–13
Winners (3): 1994, 2007, 2015

European RecordEdit

Accurate as of 16 August 2017
Competition Played Won Drew Lost GF GA GD Win%
European Cup / Champions League 24 5 4 15 20 63 −43 020.83
Cup Winners' Cup 4 1 1 2 4 9 −5 025.00
UEFA Cup / UEFA Europa League 18 1 1 16 20 66 −46 005.56
UEFA Intertoto Cup 8 2 2 4 4 13 −9 025.00
Inter-Cities Fairs Cup 2 0 0 2 0 7 −7 000.00
Total 56 9 8 39 48 158 −110 016.07

Legend: GF = Goals For. GA = Goals Against. GD = Goal Difference.

Season Competition Round Club Home Away Aggregate
1961-62 European Cup Prelim   Servette FC 1–2 0–5 1–7  
1967-68 European Cup 1R   Manchester United F.C. 0–0 0–4 0–4  
1968-69 Inter-Cities Fairs Cup 1R   Aris Thessaloniki F.C. 0–6 0–1 0–7  
1969-70 European Cup 1R   FC Spartak Trnava 2–2 0–4 2–6  
1970-71 European Cup Winners' Cup 1R   Real Madrid C.F. 0–0 0–5 0–5  
1971-72 European Cup Winners' Cup Prelim   FK Austria Wien 4–2 0–2 4–4 (a)  
1979-80 European Cup 1R   Dundalk F.C. 1–0 0–2 1–2  
1981-82 European Cup 1R   Red Star Belgrade 1–2 1–8 2–10  
1982-83 European Cup 1R   Widzew Łódź 1–4 1–3 2–7  
1994-95 UEFA Cup Prelim   FC Dinamo Minsk 4–3 (a.e.t.) 1–3 5–6  
1995-96 UEFA Cup Prelim   FC Chornomorets Odessa 2–5 0–2 2–7  
2001 UEFA Intertoto Cup 1R   Zagłębie Lubin 1–0 0–4 1–4  
2002-03 UEFA Champions League 1Q   Shelbourne F.C. 2–2 1–0 3–2  
2Q   Boavista F.C. 3–3 0–4 3–7  
2003 UEFA Intertoto Cup 1R   AC Allianssi 1–1 0–1 1–2  
2004 UEFA Intertoto Cup 1R   NK Slaven Belupo 2–1 0–3 2–4  
2005-06 UEFA Cup 1Q   AC Omonia 0–3 0–3 0–6  
2006-07 UEFA Cup 1Q   FC Dinamo București 0–4 1–5 1–9  
2007-08 UEFA Cup 1Q   FK Vojvodina 0–2 1–5 1–7  
2008 UEFA Intertoto Cup 1R   ND Gorica 0–3 0–0 0–3  
2009-10 UEFA Champions League 1Q   FK Mogren 0–2 0–4 0–6  
2012-13 UEFA Europa League 1Q   FK Sarajevo 4–4 2–5 6–9  
2013-14 UEFA Europa League 1Q   FK Vojvodina 1–4 2–3 3–7  
2014-15 UEFA Europa League 1Q   FC Spartak Trnava 2–4 0–5 2–9  
2015-16 UEFA Champions League 2Q   Maccabi Tel Aviv F.C. 2–1 1–5 3–6  
2016-17 UEFA Europa League 1Q   FC Spartak Trnava 0–3 0–3 0–6  
2017-18 UEFA Champions League 1Q   FCI Tallinn 2–0 1–0 3–0  
2Q   FC Red Bull Salzburg 0–3 0–3 0–6  

PlayersEdit

Maltese teams are limited to eight players without Maltese citizenship. The squad list includes only the principal nationality of each player; several non-European players on the squad have dual citizenship with an EU country.

Current squadEdit

As of 5 July 2017.

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

No. Position Player
1   GK Andrew Hogg
2   MF Timothy Desira
4   DF Dunstan Vella
5   DF Martin Kreuzriegler
6   DF Rui
7   MF Jackson Lima
8   MF Rodolfo Soares
9   FW Marcelo Dias
10   FW Jurgen Degabriele
11   MF Bjorn Kristensen
No. Position Player
13   MF Clayton Failla
19   MF Johan Bezzina
20   DF Andrei Agius
22   FW Joseph Mbong
24   GK Rudy Briffa
26   FW Jorge Elias dos Santos
31   FW Marco Sahanek
33   DF Neil Chetcuti
40   GK Jurgen Borg

Out on loanEdit

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

No. Position Player

ManagersEdit

  •   Robert Gatt (June 30, 1998 – July 8, 2007)
  •   Edmond Lufi (2007–Sept 8, 2008)
  •   Mark Miller (July 1, 2008 – 2012)
  •   Michael Woods (June 13, 2012 – 2013)
  •   Branko Nišević (May 30, 2013 – 2016)
  •   Mark Miller (2016-)

Women's teamEdit

A women's team plays in the Women's Maltese First Division. The team is the national record champion with twelve titles. The most recent one was won in 2016.[3]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e f "History". www.hiberniansfc.org. Retrieved 10 August 2016. 
  2. ^ http://www.hiberniansfc.org/Honours.aspx
  3. ^ "Hibernians BOV Women's League Champions". maltafootball.com. 27 April 2015. Retrieved 28 April 2015. 

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