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Six players make senior Malta debut in 2019 – REVIEW
Jan 1, 2020
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Matthew Guillaumier – one of six players who made their Malta debut in 2019. PHOTO: Domenic Aquilina/MFA
Matthew Guillaumier – one of six players who made their Malta debut in 2019. PHOTO: Domenic Aquilina/MFA

The Maltese national team continuously welcomes new and young faces to the fold and, in 2019 alone, six players donned the national shirt for the first time. 


These are Birkirkara midfielder Matthew Guillaumier, Ħamrun Spartans defender Karl Micallef, Sliema Wanderers defender Kurt Shaw, Floriana duo Brandon Paiber and defender Jurgen Pisani and Gżira United midfielder Nikolai Muscat. The latter became the 100 player to make his Malta debut at the National Stadium when he came on for Rowen Muscat in the second half of the 2-1 defeat to Norway in the final EURO 2020 Group F qualifier in November.

 

STATISTICS

 

MATTHEW GUILLAUMIER (Birkirkara)
23rd March, 2019 – National Stadium
vs Faroe Islands 2-1 (Euro 2020)
Full debut (90 minutes)
Age: 20 years, 11 months, 14 days
27th Birkirkara player to make his first appearance for Malta
20th Birkirkara player to make home debut
1st Birkirkara player to debut in the European Championship qualifiers

 

KARL MICALLEF (Ħamrun Spartans)
26th March, 2019 ¬– National Stadium
vs Spain 0-2 (Euro 2020)
Substituted Jonathan Caruana in the 85th minute
Age: 22 years, 6 months, 18 days
16th Ħamrun Spartans player to make his first appearance for Malta
12th Ħamrun Spartans player to make home debut
2nd Ħamrun Spartans player to debut in the European Championship qualifiers


KURT SHAW (Sliema Wanderers)
12th October 2019 – National Stadium
vs Sweden 0-4 (Euro 2020)
Full debut (90 minutes)
Age: 20 years, six months, 11 days
57th Sliema Wanderers player to make his first appearance for Malta
33rd Sliema Wanderers player to make home debut
10th Sliema Wanderers player debut in the European Championship qualifiers

 

BRANDON PAIBER (Floriana)

15th November, 2019 – Estadio Ramon de Carranza – Cadiz
vs Spain 0-7 (Euro 2020)
Full debut (90 minutes)
Age: 24 years, five months, 10 days
46th Floriana player to make his first appearance for Malta
16th Floriana player to make away debut for national team
9th Floriana debutant in the European Championship qualifiers

 

JURGEN PISANI (Floriana)
15th November 2019 – Estadio Ramon de Carranza – Cadiz
vs Spain 0-7 (Euro 2020)
Was substituted by Jake Grech in the 76th minute
Age: 27 years, two months – 12 days
47th Floriana player to make his first appearance for Malta
17th Floriana player to make away debut for national team
10th Floriana debutant in the European Championship qualifiers

 

NIKOLAI MUSCAT (Gżira United)
18th November 2019 – National Stadium
vs Norway 1-2 (Euro 2020)
Substituted Rowen Muscat in the 70th minute
Age: 23 years, four months, five days
4th Gżira United player to make his first appearance for Malta
2nd Gżira United player to make home debut
1st Gżira United debutant in the European Championship qualifiers

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