Malta’s Future?

malta_shirtWith the announcement of Tom Saintfiet as the new Malta manager last week, I use this article to take a look at three possible contenders for the national side, yet to be capped.

One or two of the players I talk about here have been touched on in my previous articles. Most notably here and here. However there are new names mentioned here too and all of the players I look at are part of Malta’s diaspora. Continue reading

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Tom Saintfiet of Belgium Gets Malta Job

d332b8924e844ceebfc5449f5e7c34d6In what could perhaps be considered a surprise, Tom Saintfiet has been unveiled as the new Malta coach to replace Pietro Ghedin. The well-travelled Belgian has been in charge of numerous other national sides including Namibia, Zimbabwe (where he was sacked before overseeing a single game for not having the correct work permit), Yemen, Ethiopia, Malawi and Togo. He has also coached a variety of club sides around the world. Continue reading

Post-Ghedin Malta To Meet Estonia

malta_faThe MFA have announced that Malta will take on Estonia in a friendly at the National Stadium in Ta’ Qali on Sunday 12th November (Kickoff 15:00). The game will generate a lot of interest as it will be the first after Pietro Ghedin’s departure. For more information, click here.

 

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