Vittoriosa Stars F.C.

Vittoriosa Stars Football Club are a Maltese football club from the seaside town of Birgu, which currently plays in the Maltese First Division. They were founded in 1906.

Vittoriosa Stars
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Full nameVittoriosa Stars Football Club
Nickname(s)The Reds, The Stars
Founded1906; 115 years ago (1906)
GroundDe La Salle Ground, Vittoriosa, Malta
ChairmanErskine Vella
ManagerRamon Zammit
LeagueMaltese First Division

HistoryEdit

Vittoriosa were promoted to the Maltese Premier League in 2009, but were excluded before the start of the season as a result of a match-fixing scandal.[1] In 2010, they defeated San Gwann 1–0 in a promotion playoff to gain promotion to the top division for the second consecutive season.[2] They were relegated the following year, leading to the departure of their coach Winston Muscat.[1]

Vittoriosa were denied the First Division championship in 2013 after losing their final round match 4–1 to Pietà Hotspurs F.C. meant they were tied on points with Naxxar Lions.[3] They lost the championship decider 2–1 to Naxxar Lions, but still clinched another promotion to the top flight.[4] They were relegated from the 2013–14 Maltese Premier League on the final day of the season, again losing to Naxxar Lions by a score of 3–1, which allowed the Lions to jump them in the table.[5]

Olivier Spiteri was manager from 2012 to 2014.[6]

Vittoriosa played the remainder of the decade in the first division, maintaining their second-tier status in 2019 after winning a relegation playoff against Mgarr United F.C..[7]

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

PersonnelEdit

Coaching staffEdit

Coach   Ramon Zammit
Assistant coach   Jason Bartolo
Goalkeeping coach   Ivan Milosevic
Team manager   Jonathan Vella


ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Muscat leaves Vittoriosa". Times of Malta. May 14, 2011.
  2. ^ Camilleri, Valhmor (May 3, 2010). "Stars edge Saints to secure promotion". Times of Malta.
  3. ^ Busuttil, Antoine (April 27, 2013). "BOV Division 1: Naxxar Lions promoted to Premier League, force championship decider". Malta Football.
  4. ^ "Malta 2013". rsssf.com.
  5. ^ Busuttil, Antoine (April 25, 2014). "Naxxar Lions condemn Vittoriosa to Division 1". Malta Football.
  6. ^ "maltafootball.com  » Balzan unveil Oliver Spiteri as their new coach". maltafootball.com.
  7. ^ Cassar, Chris (May 5, 2019). "BOV Div. I: Ogonuppe hat-trick helps ten-man Vittoriosa keep their status". The Independent.