Malta has a rich history of football and has been home to some great players over the last century. Here are some of the best football clubs in Malta.
The Best Football Clubs in Malta
Malta has a long and rich history of football. Dating back more than 100 years, football was introduced by the British and has survived world wars and many cultural changes to become the most popular sport. However, not only has the sport survived, it has actually thrived.
Over the years, the country has produced a number of successful clubs and talented players. Here are some of the most successful football clubs in Malta and their best players.
Hibernians Football Club
Based in Paola, Hibernians FC is one of the most successful clubs in Maltese football. Founded in 1922, the club has won the championship thirteen times and the FA Trophy ten times, making it one of the most successful clubs in the country.
Some of the club’s best players through the years include Guzi Xuereb, Charles Scerri, Michael Woods, David Carabott, Mario Muscat and Andrew Cohen.
Sliema Wanderers Football Club
Founded as early as 1909, Sliema Wanderers FC, based in Sliema, is one of the most successful clubs. They’ve managed to win the championship twenty six times, the FA Trophy twenty one times and the Super Cup three times.
Sliema has been home to several exceptional players over the years, just like those you can now put money on with Australian Open betting. These include Tony Nicholl, Ronnie Cocks, Joe Cini, John Buttigieg, Noel Turner and Michael Mifsud.
Floriana Football Club
Founded in 1984, Floriana FC, based in Floriana, is one of the most successful clubs. For decades, Floriana dominated the local scene together with Sliema Wanderers but following a first relegation in the club’s history in 1985, they only won two championships since then. In all, the Greens won the championship twenty six times, the FA Trophy twenty times and the Super Cup twice.
Among the top players throughout the club’s history are Tony Cauchi, Willie Vassallo, John Holland, Raymond Xuereb and David Cluett.
Valletta Football Club
Based in the capital city of Valletta, Valletta FC is another one of Malta’s most successful football clubs. It was founded in 1943, and it has claimed a series of titles over the years. They’ve won the championship twenty five times and the FA Trophy fourteen times.
Some of the top players throughout the years include Joe Cilia, Vince ‘Maxi’ Magro, Nicky Saliba, Gilbert Agius and Roderick Briffa.
Hamrun Spartans Football Club
Hamrun Spartans FC, who is based in Hamrun, was founded in 1907. The Spartans won the championship eight times, the FA Trophy six times and the Super Cup five times.
The club’s golden days were definitely the eighties and early nineties but in recent years, following the appointment of Joseph Portelli as their president, Hamrun is once again one of the leading clubs on the island, heading towards a ninth championship.
Notable players throughout the club’s history include Raymond Vella. Stefan Sultana, Joe Brincat and Michael Degiorgio.
Birkirkara Football Club
Compared to the others, Birkirkara FC, who is based in Birkirkara, is a relatively young club, being founded in 1950. They only established themselves among the elite in the mid-nineties. Since then, the club has taken the Premier League title four times, the FA Trophy five times and the Super Cup seven times.
A few of Birkirkara’s throughout the years include Antoine Zahra, Michael Galea, Shaun Bajada and Paul Fenech.
Final Thoughts on the Best Football Clubs in Malta
Malta is home to some truly extraordinary football players. Boasting a rich history of the sport, these clubs have contributed significantly to the overall success of Maltese football more generally.