Remember You’re A Womble… An Interview With Nik Tzanev

Fresh from signing his permanent contract with AFC Wimbledon of English League One yesterday, goalkeeper Nik Tzanev very kindly gave of his time to answer a few questions for me. Speaking in an accent that is very much half-Kiwi / half-English (he has lived in the UK since 2006), Nik opened up on the hard work that got him to his current success, the merits of a loan move to non-league football and also gives some advice for aspiring young Kiwi players who dream of making it as a professional in England.

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Australian Accent, Maltese Blood – the story of Jacob Borg

Jacob_Borg_BalzanSome people say that the modern-day footballer is self-absorbed with no time for their supporters. It’s said most would rather be clubbing at Chinawhite’s in London than honing their skills on the training grounds of their respective clubs. As long as the hefty pay packets, so synonymous with the modern day footballer, are funding a luxurious lifestyle then the world is good. However, such people have clearly never met my interview subject… Continue reading

Malta Legend To Sliema!

John ButtigiegFor me personally, it was fantastic to read yesterday that John Buttigieg – former Malta defender – has been given the job of Manager at Sliema Wanderers for the coming season. He brings a vast experience with him which has also included a spell in charge of the Maltese national side as well as Birkirkara and the Floriana Youth Academy. Continue reading

Race To Safety – Who Will Go Down?

exit_signFor those readers interested in Portuguese football, I have recently prepared an article for PortuGOAL.net on the current race to avoid relegation from the top flight. The Liga NOS has a two-team relegation system to the Liga 2 and there are no fewer than seven teams that are presently in danger of falling prey to the drop. Continue reading

Maltese Abroad – Part 5

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Andre Schembri

As the season comes to an end in a variety of countries across the globe, it’s been another busy weekend of action for the Maltese plying their trades abroad.

From England to New Zealand, Cyprus to Italy, the contingent of Maltese playing in professional leagues overseas is increasing at a quick rate. Add to that a number of players who are part of the Maltese diaspora in countries such as the UK, Australia and Canada, and there is plenty of Maltese interest.

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