Malta Football Association
Nov 13, 2014
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photo (c) Paul Zammit Cutajar
photo (c) Paul Zammit Cutajar

After their very fairly good home showing against Italy when Malta suffered a minimal 1-0 defeat last month, the senior national team will be in for another gruelling outing in a Euro 2016 group H qualifier, this time away against Bulgaria.


National coach, Pietro Ghedin, will again be focused on getting the best out of our boys in a match which is definitely regarded as a difficult one against opponents who aspire for qualification for the finals in France despite their fourth place behind joint leaders Croatia and Italy, with Norway lying third. The Bulgarians have managed only one win and suffered two defeats.


Lying bottom alongside Azerbaijan without any points, Malta are trying to collect some crumbs of comfort, if anything, with a prestige-enhancing performance, their second in succession.


Records of the previous 11 encounters between Malta and Bulgaria reveal a grim picture of two draws, one of which in a World Cup qualifier in 2005, and nine defeats for the Maltese.


Ghedin will, no doubt, go for caution without, however, discarding any enterprising play. The Italian mentor has gradually moulded a fighting nucleus of units which, one hopes, will find some expression in the unfamiliarly cold conditions of Bulgaria at this time of the year.


The Malta squad for the Bulgaria match


Name  Club  Position 
Justin Haber  Birkirkara FC GK
Andrew Hogg  Kalloni Lekanopedio GK
Nicholas Vella  Valletta FC GK
Andrei Agius  Hibernians FC  DF
Steve Bezzina  Balzan  DF
Owen Bugeja  Tarxien R. DF
Jonathan Caruana  Valletta FC DF
Ryan Camilleri  Valletta FC DF
Clayton Failla  Hibernians FC  DF
Justin Grioli  Balzan FC  DF
Zach Muscat  Birkirkara FC DF
Clyde Borg  Floriana FC MF 
Roderick Briffa  Valletta FC MF
Andrew Cohen  Hibernians FC MF
Brooke Farrugia  Floriana FC MF
Paul Fenech  Birkirkara FC MF
Ryan Fenech  Valletta FC MF
Bjorn Kristensen Hibernians FC MF
Rowen Muscat  Dunaújváros MF 
Mark Scerri  Sliema FC MF 
Andre' Schembri  FSV Frankfurt MF
Jean Paul Farrugia  Spartak Trnava FW
Terence Vella  Naxxar Lions FC FW
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