Late goals sink ten-man Hibernians

| July 5th, 2012 | 12 Comments »

Hibernians were leading 2-1 but ended losing 5-2 to FK Sarajevo at the Asim Ferhatovi? Hase Stadion in the UEFA Europa League first qualifying round first leg after having a player sent off early in the second half. 

This result hardly leaves any chances for Michael Woods’ side to reach the second qualifying round. 

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Floriana humiliated in Sweden

| July 5th, 2012 | 24 Comments »

After losing 0-8 to AEK Larnaca last season, Floriana suffered another heavy defeat on Thursday as they suffered another eight goals in an 8-0 defeat to IF Elsborg in the first leg of the UEFA Europa League first qualifying round at the Borås Arena.

The Greens were a heavily-depleted side, lacking the injured Owen Bugeja and Christian Cassar; with no foreign players in squad and just four players on the bench. To make matters worse, they had a player sent off after 26 minutes. 

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Balzan FC Futsal drawn in Group A of UEFA Futsal Cup

| July 5th, 2012 | Comments Off

Balzan FC Futsal were drawn in Group A of the preliminary round of the UEFA Futsal Cup 2012/13 together with KMF Leotar Trebinje of Bosnia Hercegovina and CSC Lexmax Stauceni of Moldova. The draws were made at the UEFA Headquarters in Nyon on Wednesday.

Trebinje will host the mini-tournament which will be played between the 7th and 12th August.

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Clayton Failla voted MFA Footballer of the Year

| July 4th, 2012 | 19 Comments »

Hibernians and Malta international defender Clayton Failla won the Footballer of the Year award 2011/12. This is the second time Failla was voted MFA Footballer of the Year after 2008/09. 

Failla won the the award ahead of another Hibs player Andrew Cohen and Valletta’s William Barbosa, Denni Rocha dos Santos and Jonathan Caruana.

The awards for the Best Players in the various divisions, the Youth League, Women’s League and Futsal, the Top Scorers and the Fair Play Awards were also presented during the MFA Annual Football Awards ceremony which was held at the Grand Hotel Excelsior on Wednesday.

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Malta climbs two places in FIFA Ranking

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Malta climbed another two places in the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking and is now ranked 145th.

Aming the other European countries, Malta is ranked 48th, lying just behind Cyprus (122, up 3), Iceland (129, up 2) and Moldova (139, up 1). Kazakhstan is ranked 49th in Europe (147, down 6), followed by Liechtenstein (149, down 1), the Faroe Islands (155, down 33), Andorra (198, up 1) and San Marino (202).

Malta plays San Marino in a friendly match on August 14.

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