Valletta F.C.

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Valletta F.C. is a football club based in Valletta, the capital city of Malta, and competes in the Maltese Premier League, the top flight of Maltese football.[2] The club was founded in 1943 after a merge of Valletta Prestons, Valletta St. Paul's and Valletta United, the latter being a two-time league winner before the Second World War.

Valletta
Valletta F.C. logo.png
Full nameValletta Football Club
Nickname(s)Lilywhites
Tal-Palestina
Citizens[1]
Founded1943; 78 years ago (1943)
ChairmanVictor Sciriha
ManagerAntónio José Cardoso Mendes
LeagueMaltese Premier League
2020–21Maltese Premier League, 7th
WebsiteClub website

Considered as one of the most supported and successful clubs in Maltese football,[3] the club has won 25 league titles, 14 FA Trophies and a record 13 Super Cups.

HistoryEdit

There is no clear evidence on when Valletta F.C. started, hence the fact that Valletta possessed two clubs at that era. The foundation of Valletta F.C. was laid with the creation of the Valletta United team. Valletta United was known as the "team of the square" since the club was located in St. George's Square. Valletta United represented the city from 1904 to 1932.

The city of Valletta in Malta has a long footballing history, between 1886 and 1919 at some point or another, around fourteen teams had competed representing the city. Amongst these early teams included the popular Boys Empire League, Valletta College, St. George's Square, Dockyard Albion and Malta Athletic Club.

An early step in the history of the current club was the founding of Valletta United Football Club in 1903 by local youngsters. Despite their enthusiasm for the game which had been brought to the island by the British, the youngsters had a rough start with limited supplies. They cut their white trousers into long shorts and dyed their shirts into that of the club colours (brown, with yellow sleeves) for their uniforms.

The Ditch at Porte des Bombes, which itself had been the scene of the first ever recorded Maltese football match in 1886, was chosen to host Valletta United's first match on 9 January 1904.[4] United faced off against a team from the Collegiate School and won 1–0 with a strike from a forward named L. Agius. The full Valletta United team that day included;[4]

 
  • M.H. Laferla (Captain)
  • P. Ferrante
  • E. Galea
 
  • E. Vella
  • L. Agius
  • L. Preziosi
 
  • C. Vella
  • V. Casolani
  • R. Vadala
 
  • V. Camilleri
  • L. Castaldi

The club soon found a more permanent home at St. George's Square, just opposite the Grandmaster's Palace in Valletta; they gained the nickname "the team of the square" because of this. Valletta first gained silverware during the 1914–15 season, when they won both the Cousis Shield and the Maltese League championship, it was only the fifth season the league had been competed in Malta.

Much of Maltese football was dominated by Floriana and Sliema Wanderers up until the Second World War, Valletta attempted to upset the status quo several times; they won the Cousis Shield for the second time in 1920–21 and finished as runners-up in the Maltese League during both 1925–26 and 1926–27. During their last season, Valletta United upset the two main clubs in Malta of the time, by winning the Maltese League in 1931–32, however they did not enter the following season.

Although Sliema and Floriana dominated the local scene in those times, by winning these trophies it was Valletta United that started to break into this monopoly and induce greater competition. Valletta United were very active in the Championship of the first division and in fact played 97 games.

During the period that Valletta United played within the Malta Football Association (i.e., from 1909 to 1932), Valletta United won the championship in 1931–32. However, for some reason in the following season, Valletta United disappeared from the football scene and thus the monopoly of Sliema and Floriana football clubs recommenced.

Valletta United was not the only team from the city that played in the highest Division of the M.F.A. In the 1925–26 and the 1926–27 seasons there were Valletta Rovers who played in the highest Division of the M.F.A., then in the season 1937–38 and 1938–39 there was Valletta City.

The winning of five cups in one seasonEdit

In 1996–97 Valletta F.C. won all five competitions that the Maltese football offers. This was done by succeeding to win the Premier League, Rothmans Trophy, Super Five Cup, Lowenbrau Cup and Super Cup.

The historic season – 2000–01 – Six cups in one seasonEdit

In the season 2000–01, Valletta F.C. succeeded in breaking their own record from 1996 to 1997. This time they won the six competitions offered by the M.F.A. This particular season there was an additional one, namely the Centenary Cup. It had been added to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the M.F.A.

2007–08: Champions againEdit

Hope for their first trophy in seven years was a huge thought running through Valletta fans in the summer of 2007. Valletta spent a lot of money in the transfer market and expectations were high. Valletta began the season in the worst possible fashion, with a 3–2 defeat to Eternal rivals, Floriana. Valletta's poor start continued with a 1–1 draw against Hibernians, defeat to Sliema, a 0–0 draw with Hamrun Spartans and Msida respectively. However, eventually Valletta hit good form with a 1–0 win over Birkirkara, a 7–0 trashing over champions Marsaxlokk and they gained revenge over Floriana with a 4–0 win on 8 December. After wins over Msida, Mqabba, Hamrun, Sliema and Marsaxlokk the club showed its winning pedigree. Valletta headed to the final round of the season on a high note.

Valletta won their 19th Premier League title after Marsaxlokk failed to beat Birkirkara on Saturday 3 May after a very successful Championship Pool campaign. However, with the title in the bag the long unbeaten streak soon came to an end, and the season ended with a number of defeats. The team also failed to reach the U*Bet F.A. Trophy 2008 final, after losing 4–2 to rivals Birkirkara in the semi-final. But except for the early stages and the post-championship games, Valletta had been the most consistent side.

20th TitleEdit

Valletta won the 2010–11 BOV Premier League as an unbeaten team which brought the 20th title to Valletta FC's history.

21st Title (3/4 cups)Edit

Valletta won The 2011–12 BOV Premier League with two matches still to go after beating Sliema Wanderers 3–0, this was the 21st title in the history of Valletta.

They won three cups out of four cups in the domestic league: The 2011–12 BOV Premier League, The 2011–12 Maltese Super Cup, and the Euro Challenge Cup.

PlayersEdit

Current squadEdit

As of 27 January, 2021[5][6]

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 Henry Bonello
2 DF   MLT Jonathan Caruana
5 DF   MLT Ryan Camilleri
6 MF   MLT Tristan Caruana
8 MF   GHA James Arthur
9 FW   CZE Milan Jurdik
10 MF   MLT Shaun Dimech
11 MF   MLT Michele Sansone
14 FW   MLT Kyrian Nwoko
16 DF   MLT Jean Borg
No. Pos. Nation Player
18 MF   DOM Enmy Peña
19 DF   MLT Joseph Zerafa
23 MF   MLT Ryan Tonna
24 MF   MLT Rowen Muscat
36 MF   MLT Ryan Fenech
41 GK   MLT Yenz Cini
55 DF   SRB Ivan Marić
66 DF   ALB Eslit Sala
77 FW   BRA Caio Henrique
89 FW   ITA Mario Fontanella
97 FW   BRA Lucas Campos

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
MF   ITA Kevin Tulimieri (at Mosta until 30 June 2021)
MF   MLT Kurt Borg (at Mqabba until 30 June 2021)
GK   MLT Maverick Buhagiar (at Mqabba until 30 June 2021)
MF   MLT Jeremy Micallef (at Swieqi United until 30 June 2021)

Retired numbersEdit

PersonnelEdit

Coaching staffEdit

Position[5] Staff
Coach   António José Cardoso Mendes
Assistant coach   Gilbert Agius
Goalkeeping coach   Romeo Schembri
Team manager   Gerard Ellul
Training assistant   Jason Galea Lucas
Physical trainer   Karl Sciortino
Physio   Oscar Alonso
Kit manager   Clint Mizzi

Managerial historyEdit

Dates[7] Name
1949–1950   Harry Tedder
1958–1959   Jock Gilmour
1959–1960   William Dingwall
1962–1964   Carm Borg
1968–1970   Tony Formosa
1970–1972   Josie Urpani
1973–1975   Tony Formosa
1976–1977   Terenzio Polverini
1977–1978   Lolly Debattista
1978–1982   John Calleja
1982–1984   Joe Cilia
1986–1988   Tony Formosa
  Joe Micallef
1989–1990   George Busuttil
1989–1990   Eddie Vella
1991–1993   Tony Euchar Grech
1993–1994   Lawrence Borg
1994–1995   Joe Cilia
  Edward Aquilina
1995–1998   Edward Aquilina
1998–2001   Krasimir Manolov
2001–2002   Georgi Deanov
2003–2004   Atanas Marinov
2004–2005   J.J. Aquilina
2004–2009   Paul Zammit
2009–2010   Ton Caanen
2010–2012   Jesmond Zerafa
2012–2013   Mark Miller
2014   André Paus
2014–2015   Gilbert Agius
  Ivan Zammit
2015–2017   Paul Zammit
2015–2017   Zoran Popović
2017– 2019   Danilo Dončić
2019   Gilbert Agius
2019–2020   Darren Abdilla[8]
2020   Giovanni Tedesco[9]
2020   Jesmond Zerafa[10]
2020   Gilbert Agius[11]
2020-   António José Cardoso Mendes[12]

European recordEdit

As of 10 August 2020[13]
Competition Played Won Drew Lost GF GA GD Win%
European Cup / Champions League 45 8 6 31 37 112 −75 017.78
Cup Winners' Cup 14 0 2 12 6 54 −48 000.00
UEFA Cup / UEFA Europa League 36 5 7 24 35 80 −45 013.89
UEFA Intertoto Cup 4 0 2 2 3 9 −6 000.00
Total 99 13 17 69 75 255 −180 013.13

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

Season Competition Round Club Home Away Aggregate
1963–64 European Cup PR   Dukla Prague 0–2 0–6 0–8
1964–65 European Cup Winners' Cup 1R   Real Zaragoza 0–3 1–5 1–8
1972–73 UEFA Cup 1R   Inter Milan 0–1 1–6 1–7
1974–75 European Cup 1R   HJK Helsinki 1–0 1–4 2–4
1975–76 European Cup Winners' Cup 1R   Haladás VSE 1–1 0–7 1–8
1977–78 European Cup Winners' Cup 1R   Dynamo Moscow 0–2 0–5 0–7
1978–79 European Cup 1R   Grasshopper 3–5 0–8 3–13
1979–80 UEFA Cup 1R   Leeds United 0–4 0–3 0–7
1980–81 European Cup PR   Budapest Honvéd 0–3 0–8 0–11
1983–84 European Cup Winners' Cup 1R   Rangers 0–8 0–10 0–18
1984–85 European Cup 1R   Austria Wien 0–4 0–4 0–8
1987–88 UEFA Cup 1R   Juventus 0–4 0–3 0–7
1989–90 UEFA Cup 1R   First Vienna 1–4 0–3 1–7
1990–91 European Cup 1R   Rangers 0–4 0–6 0–10
1991–92 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 1R   Porto 0–3 0–1 0–4
1992–93 UEFA Champions League PR   Maccabi Tel Aviv 1–2 0–1 1–3
1993–94 UEFA Cup 1R   Trabzonspor 1–3 1–3 2–6
1994–95 UEFA Cup PR   Rapid București 2–6 1–1 3–7
1995–96 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup QR   Inter Bratislava 0–0 2–5 2–5
1996–97 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup QR   Gloria Bistrița 1–2 1–2 2–4
1997–98 UEFA Champions League 1QR   Skonto Riga 1–0 0–2 1–2
1998–99 UEFA Champions League 1QR   Anorthosis Famagusta 0–2 0–6 0–8
1999–00 UEFA Champions League 1QR   Barry Town 3–2 0–0 3–2
2QR   Rapid Wien 0–2 0–3 0–5
2000–01 UEFA Cup 1QR   Rijeka 4–5 2–3 6–8 (a.e.t.)
2001–02 UEFA Champions League 1QR   Haka 0–0 0–5 0–5
2002 UEFA Intertoto Cup 1R   Teuta 1–2 0–0 1–2
2003–04 UEFA Cup 1QR   Neuchâtel Xamax 0–2 0–2 0–4
2005 UEFA Intertoto Cup 1R   Budućnost Podgorica 0–5 2–2 2–7
2008–09 UEFA Champions League 1QR   Artmedia 0–2 0–1 0–3
2009–10 UEFA Europa League 1QR   Keflavík 3–0 2–2 5–2
2QR   St Patrick's Athletic 0–1 1–1 1–2
2010–11 UEFA Europa League 2QR   Ruch Chorzów 1–1 0–0 1–1 (a)
2011–12 UEFA Champions League 1QR   Tre Fiori 2–1 3–0 5–1
2QR   Ekranas 2–3 0–1 2–4
2012–13 UEFA Champions League 1QR   Lusitanos 8–0 1–0 9–0
2QR   Partizan 1–4 1–3 2–7
2013–14 UEFA Europa League 1QR   Fiorita 1–0 3–0 4–0
2QR   Minsk 1–1 0–2 1–3
2014–15 UEFA Champions League 2QR   Qarabağ 0–1 0–4 0–5
2015–16 UEFA Europa League 1QR   Newtown 1–2 1–2 2–4
2016–17 UEFA Champions League 1QR   B36 Tórshavn 1–0 1–2 2–2 (a)
2QR   Red Star Belgrade 1–2 1–2 2–4
2017–18 UEFA Europa League 1QR   Folgore 2–0 1–0 3–0
2QR   FC Utrecht 0–0 1–3 1–3
2018–19 UEFA Champions League 1QR   Kukësi 1–1 0–0 1–1 (a)
UEFA Europa League 2QR   Zrinjski Mostar 1–2 1–1 2–3
2019–20 UEFA Champions League 1QR   F91 Dudelange 1–1 2–2 3–3 (a)
2QR   Ferencváros 1–1 1–3 2–4
UEFA Europa League 3QR   Astana 1–5 0–4 1–9
2020–21 UEFA Europa League 1QR   Bala Town 0–1 N/A N/A

HonoursEdit

Competition Titles Seasons
Maltese Premier League    25 1914–15,[a] 1931–32,[a] 1944–45, 1945–46, 1947–48, 1958–59, 1959–60, 1962–63, 1973–74, 1977–78, 1979–80, 1983–84, 1989–90, 1991–92, 1996–97, 1997–98, 1998–99, 2000–01, 2007–08, 2010–11, 2011–12, 2013–14, 2015–16, 2017–18, 2018–19
Maltese FA Trophy 14 1959–60, 1963–64, 1974–75, 1976–77, 1977–78, 1990–91, 1994–95, 1995–96, 1996–97, 1998–99, 2000–01, 2009–10, 2013–14, 2017–18
Maltese Super Cup 13 1990, 1995, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2016, 2018, 2019
Cassar Cup 4 1943–44, 1958–59, 1965–66, 1967–68
Super 5 Lottery Tournament 4 1992–93, 1996–97, 1999–2000, 2000–01
Cousis Shield 2 1914–15, 1920–21
Scicluna Cup 2 1960–61, 1963–64
Independence Cup 3 1974–75, 1979–80, 1980–81
Malta Cup 1 1943–44
Testaferrata Cup 1 1979–80
Centenary Cup 1 2000–01
Maltese National League 100 Anniversary Cup 1 2009–10
Euro Challenge Cup 6 1983–84, 1987–88, 1989–90, 2011–12, 2013–14, 2014-15
Löwenbräu Cup 6 1993–94, 1994–95, 1995–96, 1996–97, 1997–98, 2000–01
Coronation Cup 1 1953–54
Sons of Malta Cup 2 1974–75, 1978–79
Olympic Cup 1 1962–63
Melita Cup 1 1911
Ranger's Cup 1 1914
Poppy Day Fund Cup 1 1960–61
BetFair Cup 1 2008
Mare Blue Cup 2 2010–11, 2011–12
Doubles: League & Trophy in the same season 8 1914–15, 1959–60, 1977–78, 1996–97, 1998–99, 2000–01, 2013–14, 2017–18
All Cups in the same season 3 1996–97 (5/5 Cups), 2000–01 (6/6 Cups), 2017–2018 (3/3 Cups)

NotesEdit

  1. ^ a b Valletta United, the predecessors of Valletta F.C., won the league title in 1914–15 and 1931–32 seasons.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Valletta edge Balzan to capture BOV Super Cup". 13 December 2018. Retrieved 16 July 2020.
  2. ^ https://usa.laliga.es/en/news/laliga-the-best-show-in-malta-1
  3. ^ "UEFA-MFA study confirms football as no.1 sport in Malta". Malta Football Association. 26 September 2018. Retrieved 14 October 2018.
  4. ^ a b "The Birth of Valletta United". VallettaFCOfficial.net. 12 July 2007.
  5. ^ a b "Squad 2018–19". Valletta F.C. Retrieved 14 October 2018.
  6. ^ "Valletta". UEFA. Retrieved 12 July 2018.
  7. ^ "The Coaches". Valletta F.C. Retrieved 14 October 2018.
  8. ^ V. Camilleri (19 February 2020). "Abdilla sacked as Valletta coach". Retrieved 19 February 2020.
  9. ^ V. Camilleri (19 February 2020). "Updated: Proud Tedesco keen to lead Valletta to more trophies". Retrieved 19 February 2020.
  10. ^ V. Camilleri (17 June 2020). "Zerafa agrees terms to become Valletta coach". Retrieved 18 June 2020.
  11. ^ Camilleri, Valhmor (2 December 2020). "Agius appointed interim coach at Valletta FC". Times of Malta . Retrieved 30 December 2020.
  12. ^ V. Camilleri (28 December 2020). "Portuguese coach Cardoso Mendes takes over at Valletta FC". Retrieved 30 December 2020.
  13. ^ "UEFA Competitions". Valletta F.C.

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