Trofeo Portomasolive.com: Qormi, Hibs take on Torino, Catania on Friday

| Thursday, December 29th, 2011 | 7 Comments »

Premier League sides Qormi and Hibernians will be hosting Italian Serie B leaders Torino and Serie A side Catania in the Trofeo Portomasolive.com at the National Stadium on Friday, starting at 18:30.

The tournament is part of the two Italian teams’ one-week training camp in Malta. Torino arrived on Tuesday and will leave on January 3 while the Sicilian side arrives on Thursday evening and will leave on January 5.

Addressing a press conference on Thursday, Torino captain Rolando Bianchi said this training camp and the tournament will serve the Serie B leaders as preparation for their forthcoming commitments. He praised the hospitality shown by the Maltese.

Torino FC Communication and Brand Licensing Manager Alberto Barile thanked the Malta Football Association for its support and said that just like other top foreign teams a winter training camp in Malta was of great benefit, hopefully this will also be the case for Torino who have an important objective to reach this season.

As regards the tournament, Bianchi said meeting any foreign opposition was always a good challenge. Barile, on the other hand, concluded by saying that if Torino and Catania both win their semi-finals, the Granata could have a taste of the Serie A in the final.

Hibernians coach Mark Miller said that after a break, the players have something to look forward to as they get the opportunity to rub shoulders with some of the top players in Italy. He stressed that such games provide local players a lot of experience.

Miller revealed that Torino goalkeeper Lys Gomis will play for the Paolites in the semi-final against Catania as goalkeeper Mario Muscat is unavailable due to personal reasons. Diego Balbinot, Adrian Pulis and Matthew Tabone are all ruled out injured. Striker Alex Pedrosa, who is currently on trial with the club, should make play some part in one or the two games.

Qormi goalkeeper Matthew Farrugia said that for the club, this tournament was another good opportunity to face foreign opposition after taking part in a triangular tournament with Serie B side Triestina last year. Farrugia said this tournament would help the players regain match fitness.

With coach Stephen Azzopardi being unable to lead the team from the bench, the team will be under the guidance of Qormi Nursery Head Coach Edward Micallef.

Fixtures:
18.30 QORMI vs TORINO
19.30 HIBERNIANS vs CATANIA
20.30 Final for 3rd and 4th Place
21.30 Final

In case of a draw in the semi-finals or the final, penalties will be taken to declare the winner.

The final will be followed by the presentation of the trophy and mementos.

Hibernians and Torino fans will be staying in West A Stand while West Stand C will be reserved for Qormi and Catania supporters.

Ticket Prices for local fans will be the same as those for the domestic competitions: €6 for adults, €4 for holders of Kartanzjan and €1 for children.

7 Comments

  1. ppcassar says:

    xi titghannaq ma bianchi mark!! Minn Juventin bhalek ma stennejtiex….is-sena t-tajba lil kulhadd

  2. B says:

    i think it’s ridiculous for Hibs to play the Torino goalkeeper. Why not give the opportunity to Mario Muscats reserve as preperation for the big game vs Valletta? even if not why not give this experience to someone local rather than please your opponent. CHARITY BEGINS AT HOME but seems in this country things work out diffferently :( PITY!!!

    • @ B,29-12-11,@ 20:40.,u x loghba kien jaghmel,meta wegga mario muscat,vs qormi,l ahhar loghba li laghbu kontrihom tal-lig.jekk hija veru,din il-haga,ma kontx nistennija minn hibs,ghax hibs jemmnu hafna fin-nursery taghhom.

  3. mark il gulija says:

    tajjeb li gew dawn it teamiejt ima vera tac cajt li jilab goaler ta catania ma hibs mela ma ghandomx reserves hibs di mux al esperjenza ha tkun pity li dejjem laqa tal barrani give reserve goaler a chance

  4. belt SAL-MEWT says:

    good luck li team maltin j’alla tkun il zewg finalisti

  5. toni says:

    NISPERA LI JEW HIBS JEW QORMI JAGHMLU BHAL BELT KONTRA IL-JUVENTUS.

  6. Vince says:

    Further proof of what a farce this tournement is; inserting Torino’s goaler in the Hibs line up? WHAT? If no one on Hibs roster is good enough, why bother playing in this match at all?

    The foolishness continues…