Malta Football Association
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MALTA RENEWS ACQUAINTANCE WITH BULGARIA
May 25, 2015
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Next Friday the 12th of June Malta will face Bulgaria at Ta’ Qali National Stadium in a Euro 2016 qualifier, the sixth test for our lads in Group H.

 

The tie follows the one in Sofia when our team held their own when drawing 1-1 with the infinitely more quoted Bulgarians.

 

It will be the 13th match between the two countries since they met for the first time on the 11th June 1975, almost 40 years ago to the day. It will be the tenth competitive match of which six were World cup qualifiers and the others in continental competition. Three were friendlies

We managed three draws, one in the World Cup, the other in a friendly and the last one in November when we broke our duck in the group matches after earning the first point.

 

It has certainly been a familiar trek for us where Bulgaria is concerned, and the forthcoming match renews this acquaintance between the two countries.

 

Apart from snatching a creditable point against Italy following a 2-2 draw in Sofia, the Bulgarians have somewhat disappointed managing only one win against Azerbaijan, leaving them with a mere 5 points tally out of so many matches with any real hopes of qualifying to the final phase seeming very distant. This situation might favour our chances of getting a second positive result in this group. A result which might make us aspire that we can in the end avoid the last placing in Group H, come November this year..

 

Our aspirations are nonetheless based on solid foundations after the positive outcome last November.

 

Coach Pietro Ghedin will be relying on a chore of seasoned units supplemented by some emerging talent. Concentration and collective play backed by solid support from the stands could very well do the trick                                                                                                                                                                                                  

 

Whatever happens we look forward to an entertaining encounter played in the best of sporting spirit.

 

 

PREVIOUS ENCOUNTERS

 

11 June 1975

 

Bulgaria

vs

- MALTA

5-0

 

(EC)

21 December 1975

 

MALTA

vs

- Bulgaria

0-2

 

(EC)

14 October 1982

 

Bulgaria

vs

- MALTA

7-0

 

(F)

26 December 1982

 

MALTA

vs

- Bulgaria

0-0

 

(F)

7 October 2000

 

Bulgaria

vs

- MALTA

3-0

 

(WC)

31 August 2001

 

MALTA

vs

- Bulgaria

0-2

 

(WC)

13 October 2004

 

Bulgaria

vs

- MALTA

4-1

 

(WC)

12 October 2005

 

MALTA

vs

- Bulgaria

1-1

 

(WC)

18 November 2009

 

MALTA

vs

- Bulgaria

1-4

 

(F)

22 March 2013

 

Bulgaria

vs

- MALTA

6-0

 

(WC)

10 Septeber 2013

 

MALTA

vs

- Bulgaria

1-2

 

(WC)

16 November 2014

 

Bulgaria

vs

- MALTA

1-1

 

(EC)

 

 

(EC)        -   European Championship Qualification Match

(WC)      -   World Cup Qualification Match

(F)           -   Friendly Match

 

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