Sliema Wanderers F.C.

Sliema Wanderers Football Club, nicknamed "tax-Xelin" (of the shilling),[2] is a professional Maltese football club.[3] It is the most successful team in Malta and hails from the seaside town of Sliema. It currently plays in the Maltese Premier League.

Sliema Wanderers
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Full nameSliema Wanderers Football Club
Nickname(s)The Blues
The Wanderers
Founded3 November 1909; 111 years ago (1909-11-03)
GroundTigne Sports Complex,
Sliema,
Malta
Capacity1,000
ManagerAndrea Pisanu[1]
LeagueMaltese Premier League
2020–21Maltese Premier League, 5th

HistoryEdit

The club was founded in 1909. The club competed in the first ever Maltese Premier League season in 1909–10 and finished in second position to Floriana after the five game season came to an end.

Ten years down the line Sliema Wanderers finally made their mark in Maltese football by winning the Maltese Premier League title in the 1919–20 season. Since then the team have gone on to win the title 26 times, a record for Malta; the last three being in 2002–03, 2003–04 and 2004–05.

Sliema Wanderers also hold the record for the most FA Trophy wins, with their first coming in 1935, when they overpowered Floriana with a 4–0 victory. The club have gone on to win this particular honour 20 times, most recently in 2000, 2004 and in 2009; the last title was won against Valletta 7–6 on penalties after the match finished 3–3 following extra time.

With all these honours, Sliema Wanderers are currently the most successful team in the history of Maltese football with approximately 113 honours. Sliema Wanderers train at the Tigne Sports Complex, in Sliema. Grant Tissot almost played for them, which would've been a major acquisition for such a club.

Sliema Wanderers also have a futsal team, which participates in Malta's top futsal league.

PlayersEdit

Current squadEdit

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 Timothy Aquilina
2 MF   DJI Warsama Hassan
3 DF   COL Juan Morales
4 DF   BRA Matheus Freitas
5 MF   MLT Kurt Shaw
6 MF   JPN Yuki Uchida
7 MF   MLT Jean Borg
8 MF   MLT Mark Scerri
9 FW   MLT Omar Elouni
11 FW   POR Miguel Lima
18 MF   MLT Edmond Agius
19 MF   MLT Jake Engerer
No. Pos. Nation Player
20 DF   MLT Sebastian Grech
21 MF   MEX Carlos Flores
22 GK   MLT David Cassar
23 DF   MLT Luke Borg
24 DF   MLT Gabriel Aquilina
25 DF   MLT Jack Kind
30 FW   MLT Jean Paul Farrugia
61 DF   MLT Myles Beerman
72 FW   CMR Rafael Kooh Sohna
88 DF   MLT Dejan Vuković
99 FW   CIV Inters Gui

European recordEdit

Season Competition Round Country Club Home Away Aggregate
1963–64 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup Preliminary Round   Borough United 0–0 0–2 0–2
1964–65 European Cup Preliminary Round   Dinamo București 0–2 0–5 0–7
1965–66 European Cup Preliminary Round   Panathinaikos 1–0 1–4 2–4
1966–67 European Cup Preliminary Round   CSKA Sofia 1–2 0–4 1–6
1968–69 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 1. Round   US Rumelange 1–0 1–2 2–2(a)
2. Round   Randers Freja 0–2 0–6 0–8
1969–70 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 1. Round   IFK Norrköping 1–0 1–5 2–5
1970–71 Inter-Cities Fairs Cup 1. Round   Akademisk BK 2–3 0–7 2–10
1971–72 European Cup 1. Round   ÍA Akranes 0–0 4–0 4–0
2. Round   Celtic 1–2 0–5 1–7
1972–73 European Cup 1. Round   Górnik Zabrze 0–5 0–5 0–10
1973–74 UEFA Cup 1. Round   Lokomotiv Plovdiv 0–2 0–1 0–3
1974–75 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 1. Round   Lahti 2–0 1–4 3–4
1975–76 UEFA Cup 1. Round   Sporting CP 1–2 1–3 2–5
1976–77 European Cup 1. Round   TPS Turku 2–1 0–1 2–2(a)
1977–78 UEFA Cup 1. Round   Eintracht Frankfurt 0–0 0–5 0–5
1979–80 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 1. Round   Boavista 2–1 0–8 2–9
1980–81 UEFA Cup 1. Round   Barcelona 0–2 0–1 0–3
1981–82 UEFA Cup 1. Round   Aris Thessaloniki 2–4 0–4 2–8
1982–83 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 1. Round   Swansea City 0–5 0–12 0–17
1987–88 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 1. Round   Vllaznia Shkodër 0–4 0–2 0–6
1988–89 UEFA Cup 1. Round   Victoria București 0–2 1–6 1–8
1989–90 European Cup 1. Round   KF Tirana 1–0 0–5 1–5
1990–91 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 1. Round   Dukla Prague 1–2 0–2 1–4
1993–94 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup Qualifying Round   Degerfors 1–3 0–3 1–6
1995–96 UEFA Cup Preliminary Round   AC Omonia 1–2 0–3 1–5
1996–97 UEFA Cup Preliminary Round   Margveti Zestafoni 1–3 3–0 4–3
Qualifying Round   Odense BK 0–2 1–7 1–9
1998 UEFA Intertoto Cup 1. Round   Diósgyőr 2–3 0–2 2–5
1999–00 UEFA Cup 1. Qualifying Round   FC Zürich 0–3 0–1 0–4
2000–01 UEFA Cup 1. Qualifying Round   FK Partizan 2–1 1–4 3–5
2001–02 UEFA Cup 1. Qualifying Round   Matador Púchov 2–1 0–3 2–4
2002–03 UEFA Cup 1. Qualifying Round   Polonia Warsaw 1–3 0–2 1–5
2003–04 UEFA Champions League 1. Qualifying Round   Skonto Riga 2–0 1–3 3–3(a)
2. Qualifying Round   Copenhagen 0–6 1–4 1–10
2004–05 UEFA Champions League 1. Qualifying Round   FBK Kaunas 0–2 1–4 1–6
2005–06 UEFA Champions League 1. Qualifying Round   Sheriff Tiraspol 1–4 0–2 1–6
2006–07 UEFA Cup 1. Qualifying Round   Rapid București 0–1 0–5 0–6
2007–08 UEFA Cup 1. Qualifying Round   Litex Lovech 0–3 0–4 0–7
2009–10 UEFA Europa League 2. Qualifying Round   Maccabi Netanya 0–0 0–3 0–3
2010–11 UEFA Europa League 1. Qualifying Round   Šibenik 0–3 0–0 0–3
2013–14 UEFA Europa League 1. Qualifying Round   Khazar Lankaran 1–1 0–1 1–2
2014–15 UEFA Europa League 1. Qualifying Round   Ferencváros 1–1 1–2 2–3

Managerial historyEdit

See Sliema Wanderers F.C. Managers

Manager Period
  Salvinu Schembri 1963–1964
  János Bédl 1 July 1964 – 30 June 1966
  Victor Scerri 1968–1978
  Edward Aquilina 1979–1983
  Robbie Buttigieg 1981–1982
  Tony Formosa 1982–1986
  Lawrence Borg 1987–1989
  Martin Gregory 1999–2001
  Augustine Eguavoen 1 July 2000 – 30 June 2001
  Jeff Wood 2000–2002
  Lawrence Borg 2001–2002
  Edward Aquilina 2002–2006
  Ray Farrugia 2006–2007
  Stephen Azzopardi 1 November 2007 – 30 May 2010
  Mark Marlow 1 July 2010 – 30 June 2011
  Danilo Dončić 3 February 2011 – 27 May 2012
  Clive Mizzi 27 May 2012 – 7 August 2012
  Alfonso Greco 1 July 2012 – October 2014
  Stephen Azzopardi October 2014 – December 2015
  Alfonso Greco 1 January 2016 – May 2016
  John Buttigieg June 2016 – present

HonoursEdit

Maltese Premier League    

Maltese FA Trophy

  • Winners (21): 1934–35, 1935–36, 1936–37, 1939–40, 1945–46, 1947–48, 1950–51, 1951–52, 1955–56, 1958–59, 1962–63, 1964–65, 1967–68, 1968–69, 1973–74, 1978–79, 1989–90, 1999–2000, 2003–04, 2008–09, 2015–16

Maltese First Division

  • Winners: 1983–84

Maltese Super Cup Champions

  • Winners: 1996, 2000, 2009

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Pisanu named as Sliema Wanderers coach". Times of Malta. 13 February 2020. Retrieved 14 February 2020.
  2. ^ Cassar Pullicino, J. (1956). "Social Aspects of Maltese Nicknames" (PDF). Scientia. 22 (2): 92.
  3. ^ https://usa.laliga.es/en/news/laliga-the-best-show-in-malta-1

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