The British Services stationed on the island brought the game of football to the islands, with the first match taking place in 1882. The association’s official year of birth is 1900, and Major William Henry Russel Prewer had the honor of being the organization’s first president in 1909.
Since then, Malta’s football has flourished, and the Malta Football Association (MFA), which joined UEFA in 1960, has grown into a long-standing and highly appreciated part of the European football community.
Many fans have chosen the MFA’s teams in gambling with the help of bookmakers, and these teams have proven to be fierce competitors in every game. Every match is remembered for its various kicks, tackles, and team huddles.
As a result, it’s no surprise that the Malta Football Association has created legends and is carrying on the tradition of producing more. This article features the best Maltese footballers produced by the association.
Mifsud has been Malta’s main offensive menace since the beginning of the new millennium, and he has been by far the finest player in the country during the last decade.
Mifsud is Malta’s all-time leading scorer with 39 goals, and his most remarkable feature is his lightning speed, which has stunned some of the game’s most famous defenders in the history.
Unfortunately, the passage of time has taken its toll, but his sight for goal and attacking impulses remain intact.
His two goals in the Carling Cup win over Manchester United at Old Trafford in 2007 were probably his career highlights. Jonny Evans and Gerard Pique were the Red Devils’ center backs on that particular day.
Misfud’s career in Malta is unequaled, and he deserves recognition for the daring he displayed early in his career in embracing football as a full-time professional player.
Busuttil’s talents were a sight to behold, and he was widely regarded by many local experts as the best football player to ever wear the Maltese eight-pointed chest on his chest. This Maltese legend was featured in many great articles where his skills and marvelous sportsmanship is the main star.
After winning the championship with his boyhood club Rabat Ajax, Busuttil made it obvious that he wanted to continue his career abroad, becoming the first Maltese footballer to play in Europe’s top flight.
Busuttil was a fantastic player in his prime, first with Rabat Ajax in the mid-80s, then for KRC Genk in Belgium, and finally for Sliema, where he finished his career.
But he also had a stellar career with the national squad, where he was not only the finest player, but also the captain for many years.
With Mifsud’s abilities waning, Schembri was the natural successor to the Sliema Wanderers striker. He played as a striker or an offensive midfielder and has played for clubs in Cyprus, Hungary, Germany, Austria, and Greece.
André Schembri was a true professional who had served as one of Maltese football’s most prominent figures over the years.
He made national football history by scoring both goals in Malta’s 2-1 UEFA EURO 2008 qualifying triumph over Hungary, ending a 13-year drought for a major win. André also became the first Maltese player to score in the Europa League’s qualifying rounds.
Most of his colleagues in the nation could only dream of having the talent that the present Malta Under-21 national coach possesses. He is the son of Charles Agius, a popular attacker for Valletta F.C., therefore football is in his blood.
Agius spent most of his club career as a forward or in a spot slightly behind the strikers, allowing him to put his creativity and eye for the pass to good use. Agius was switched to a defensive midfielder in the final years of his international career to make the most of his passing ability and slowing pace.
Because Malta usually plays deep, this assured that Malta’s rare offensive forays began at the foot of a passing master. His long balls seemed to take advantage of Mifsud’s speed, and it’s this type of midfield quality that has been badly missed following his retirement.
Known Names, Legendary Plays
The five names featured in this article are only some of the golden players that Malta Football has produced. As the football industry is gradually improving as every year passes by, we can expect that there will be more names that will grace and honour the joy of being a Maltese footballer.