Hibernians F.C.

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

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Full nameHibernians Football Club
Nickname(s)Hibs
Raħal Ġdid (Paola)
The Peacocks
Founded1922; 99 years ago (1922)[1]
GroundTony Bezzina Stadium,
Paola, Malta
Capacity2,968
ChairmanRanier Bezzina
ManagerStefano Sanderra
LeagueMaltese Premier League
2020–21Maltese Premier League, 2nd

HistoryEdit

The club played one season in 1922 as Constitutionals FC, representing the pro-British Constitutional Party.[2] They started up again in the 1927–28 season and became a top amateur side, winning the Amateur League in 1930–31.[2]

Meanwhile, the Constitutional Party had upset the Catholic Church so much that, in May 1930, Catholics were told not to vote for the party. The football club changed its name a year later to Hibernians Football Club[2] 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.[2] 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.[2]

Hibernians faced a long period of decline followed the success of the 1980s to the end of the decade.[2] Hibernians have a futsal team, which plays in Malta's top futsal league, the Premier Futsal League.[citation needed]

StadiumEdit

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

HonoursEdit

[3]

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

Cassar Cup: (2) 1961–1962, 1962–1963

Testaferrata Cup: (3) 1977–1978, 1978–1979, 1980–1981

Independence Cup: (3) 1967–1968, 1968–1969, 1970–1971

Sons of Malta Cup: (3) 1969–1970, 1970–1971, 1971–1972

Olympic Cup: (1) 1962–1963

Schembri Shield: (1) 1961–1962

European RecordEdit

Accurate as of 27 August 2020
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 21 2 1 18 22 68 −46 009.52
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 59 10 8 41 50 160 −110 016.95

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  
2019–20 UEFA Europa League 1Q   Shakhtyor Soligorsk 0–1 0–1 0–2  
2020–21 UEFA Europa League 1Q   Vaduz N/A 2–0 N/A  
2Q   Fehérvár 0–1 N/A N/A  
2021–22 UEFA Champions League 1Q   Flora 0–3 0–2 0–5  
UEFA Europa Conference League 2Q   Folgore 4–2 3–1 7–3  
3Q   Riga 1–4 (a.e.t.) 1–0 2−4  

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 13 July 2021

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 Jonathan Debono
2 DF   MLT Timothy Desira
3 DF   MLT Ferdinando Apap
4 DF   BRA Leandro Almeida
5 DF   MLT Matthew Ellul
6 DF   BRA Sergio Raphael
7 MF   MLT Ayrton Attard
8 MF   MLT Jake Grech
10 FW   MLT Jurgen Degabriele
11 MF   MLT Bjorn Kristensen
12 MF   MLT Dunstan Vella
13 DF   MLT Zachary Grech
No. Pos. Nation Player
14 DF   MLT Connor Zammit
16 MF   MLT Jeffries Rudy Cassar
17 MF   ALB Erjon Beu
18 MF   ANG Thaylor Lubanzadio
19 MF   BEL Francis Sarfo
20 DF   MLT Andrei Agius
21 MF   MLT Myles Beerman
22 DF   ESP Gabri Izquier
23 MF   NGA Edafe Uzeh
24 GK   GUI Ibrahim Koné
32 GK   MLT Nicholas Vella
49 FW   MLT Kane Bonello
77 MF   MLT Matthew Farrugia
88 FW   FRA Wilfried Domoraud

Out on loanEdit

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

No. Pos. Nation Player

ManagersEdit

  •   Robert Gatt (30 June 1998 – 8 July 2007)
  •   Edmond Lufi (2007 – 8 September 2008)
  •   Mark Miller (1 July 2008 – 2012)
  •   Michael Woods (13 June 2012 – 2013)
  •   Branko Nišević (30 May 2013 – 2016)
  •   Mark Miller (2016 – 5 March 2018)[4]
  •   Mario Muscat (5 March 2018 – 4 July 2018)[5]
  •   Stefano Sanderra (4 July 2018 –)

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 being won in 2016.[6]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Hibernians F.C. team profile Soccerway. Retrieved 24 September 2021
  2. ^ a b c d e f "History". hiberniansfc.org. Archived from the original on 17 March 2013. Retrieved 10 August 2016.
  3. ^ "Honours". Hibernians F.C.
  4. ^ "Hibernians FC part ways with coach Mark Miller". The Malta Independent. 5 March 2018.
  5. ^ "Mario Muscat appointed as Qormi technical advisor". MaltaFootball.com. 22 November 2018. Retrieved 22 November 2018.
  6. ^ "Hibernians BOV Women's League Champions". maltafootball.com. 27 April 2015. Retrieved 28 April 2015.

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