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Kris Laferla (born 23 March 1967) is a former Maltese footballer who played as a midfielder during his career.

Kris Laferla
Personal information
Full name Kristian Laferla
Date of birth (1967-03-23) 23 March 1967 (age 52)
Place of birth Malta
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
–1985 Luxol
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1983–1985 St. Andrews 18 (4)
1985–1986Valletta (loan) 13 (0)
1986–2003 Valletta 282 (46)
2003–2005 Sliema Wanderers 50 (0)
National team
1986–1998 Malta 65 (6)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 15 July 2010

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Club careerEdit

At the age of 16, Laferla got his senior team debut for St. Andrew's on 12 December 1983 in a 0–0 draw against Birżebbuġa St. Peter's. Following his exploits in the Third Division, Laferla joined Premier League side Valletta on loan for the 1985–86 season. He made his debut against Żurrieq on 1 September 1985, and his first goal arrived from the penalty spot in the match against Tarxien Rainbows on 6 September 1986. After joining permanently, he soon became a regular figure with Valletta, even becoming club captain. With the Citizens, Laferla won 25 honours, including six in the 2000–01 season, making him one of the most decorated players in Maltese football.[1]

In December 2002, Laferla moved to Sliema Wanderers, making his debut in a 5–0 win over Marsa.[2] He finished his career by playing over 500 games in the top-tier of Maltese football.[3]

International careerEdit

Laferla made his debut with the Maltese national team in the 0–5 defeat against Sweden.[4] In total he made 65 appearances, scoring six goals in the process, including the winner against Estonia.[5] Laferla also captained the national team on 16 occasions, amongst them being the game against Italy played in 1993 where he missed a penalty in the 1–2 defeat.[6]

International goalsEdit

"Score" represents the score in the match after Laferla's goal.[4]
No. Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 10 February 1990 National Stadium, Ta' Qali, Ta' Qali, Malta   South Korea 1–2 1–2 1990 Malta International Tournament
2 12 May 1993 Kadriorg Stadium, Tallinn, Estonia   Estonia 1–0 1–0 1994 FIFA World Cup qualification
3 30 March 1994 National Stadium, Ta' Qali, Ta' Qali, Malta   Slovakia 1–1 1–2 Friendly
4 19 April 1994 National Stadium, Ta' Qali, Ta' Qali, Malta   Azerbaijan 2–0 5–0 Friendly
5 16 August 1994 Tehelné pole, Bratislava, Slovakia   Slovakia 1–1 1–1 Friendly
6 6 September 1994 Bazaly, Ostrava, Czech Republic   Czech Republic 1–4 1–6 UEFA Euro 1996 qualification

Personal lifeEdit

Laferla, having lost interest in the game, is now an owner of a nightclub in Paceville. He is married with three children.[6]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Baldacchino, Carmel (2 February 2012). "Kristian Laferla – a Valletta mainstay". Times of Malta. Retrieved 7 October 2018.
  2. ^ "Laferla starts again at Sliema". UEFA. 16 January 2013. Retrieved 15 July 2010.
  3. ^ "Laferla is lauded". UEFA. 18 October 2004. Retrieved 15 July 2010.
  4. ^ a b "Chris Laferla". EU-Football.info. Retrieved 7 October 2018.
  5. ^ "Estonia national football team lost to Malta 0:1, 12 May 1993". EU-Football.info. Retrieved 7 October 2018.
  6. ^ a b "It-togħma ħelwa u morra tal-memorji". Illum. 14 September 2009. Archived from the original on 30 September 2011. Retrieved 15 July 2010.

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