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Pellè condemns Malta to narrow defeat in Firenze

| September 3rd, 2015 | No Comments »

italy-malta150903pzc1A goal by Graziano Pellè once again made the whole difference as Italy defeated Malta 1-0 in a match from Group H of the European Qualifiers at the Stadio Artemio Franchi in Firenze on Thursday.

The score was a repeat of last October’s clash at Ta’ Qali when the Southampton striker had also handed Italy the three points on his debut. Italy now join Croatia on top of the group after the latter were held in a goalless draw by Azerbaijan.

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Malta slips another place in FIFA Ranking

| September 3rd, 2015 | No Comments »

malta-in-italy150902aMalta slipped another place in the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking and is now 160th as the latest ranking was published on Thursday.

Among the other European countries, Malta is still ranked 51st, ahead of San Marino (193, down 1) and Andorra (202, down 1). Lying just ahead of Malta are Luxembourg (141, up 4), Kazakhstan (145, down 4), Georgia (147, up 7) and Liechtenstein (150, down 3).

Malta plays Italy on Thursday and Andorra on Sunday in two matches from the European Qualifiers.

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Malta takes on Italy, aiming for a good performance in Firenze

| September 2nd, 2015 | 2 Comments »

pietro-ghedin-italyAfter losing narrowly to Bulgaria in the last outing in June, Malta faces Italy at the Stadio Artemio Franchi in Firenze on Thursday, kick-off at 20:45, in another match from Group H of the European Qualifiers, hoping to do well.

Malta collected one point so far, in a 1-1 draw with Bulgaria in November, losing the other five matches. Apart from the home game against Norway, the performance in the other four matches was quite positive away to Croatia and Azerbaijan and home to Bulgaria.

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Alan Mario Sant invited by The FA to control Under-21 international friendly match

| September 2nd, 2015 | No Comments »

alan-roberto-lukeFIFA referee Alan Mario Sant has been invited by The Football Association to control the prestigious international friendly match England Under-21 vs USA Under-23 on Thursday 3rd September.

The match kicks off at 19:45 and the venue is Deepdale, Preston North End Football Club’s home ground.

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Pre-season seminar for referees held in Gozo

| September 2nd, 2015 | No Comments »

referees-seminar-august2015In its continued efforts to enhance refereeing standards at all levels of Maltese football, the Refereeing Department has organised a three-day pre season seminar for match officials on the National List, Grassroots and Non-League Referees between 28th and 30th August at the Downtown Hotel in Gozo.

The sixty participants took part in both theoretical and practical sessions conducted by MFA Referees’ Instructors Charles Agius, Philip Agius, Alexander Arena, Kevin Azzopardi and Adrian Casha. Mark Buttigieg was a guest speaker to address the participants about ‘The referee from a coach’s perspective’, while FIFA Referee Alan Mario Sant shared his refereeing experience of ‘Reaching the Top’.

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