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Birkirkara
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Full name Birkirkara Football Club
Nickname(s) Stripes
Founded 1950
Ground Infetti Ground,
Birkirkara,
Malta
(Capacity: 12,500)
Chairman Malta Carmel Galea
Head Coach Malta Paul Zammit
League Maltese Premier League
2007/08 Maltese Premier League, 3rd
Home colours
Away colours

Birkirkara Football Club is a Maltese football club from the town of Birkirkara, which is the largest town on the island of Malta. The club currently play in the Maltese Premier League and have been league winners on two occasions. They are one of six clubs to have won all five major honours in Maltese football.

Birkirkara is one of the founding members of the European Club Association.[1]

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Major Honours

Winners (2):

1999-2000, 2005-2006

Runners-up (6):

1996-1997, 1997-1998, 1998-1999, 2002-2003, 2003-2004, 2004-2005

Winners (4):

2002, 2003, 2005, 2008

Runners-up (5):

1973, 1990, 1999, 2000, 2001

Winners (5):

2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006

Runners-up (4):

1997, 1999, 2000, 2008
  • Euro Challenge/Lowenbrau Cup:

Winners (3):

1998, 2003, 2008

Runners-up (3):

1999, 2000, 2004
  • MFA Super 5 Lottery Tournament:

Winners (3):

1998, 2002, 2004, 2006

Runners-up (2):

1997, 2005

Minor Honours

  • Sons of Malta Cup (for the Second Division):

Winners ( 3 ):

1967-1968, 1971-1972, 1978-1979

Runners-Up ( 1 ):

1976-1977
  • Cassar Cup:

Runners-Up ( 1 ):

1952-1953

Players

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Current Squad

No. Position Player
1 Spain GK Jorge Mora
2 Malta DF Andrew Scicluna
4 Malta DF Thomas Paris
5 Malta DF Branko Nisevic
6 Malta MF Paul Fenech
7 Malta MF Trevor Cilia
9 Malta FW Michael Galea (captain)
10 Malta FW Alan Tabone
15 Serbia DF Nikola Vukanac
No. Position Player
16 Malta MF Carl Pulo
17 Netherlands FW Sylvano Comvalius
18 Malta MF Shaun Bajada
19 Malta MF Joseph Zerafa
20 Malta FW Angus Buhagiar
21 Malta MF George Mallia
22 Malta GK Omar Borg
24 Malta MF Rowen Muscat

Out on Loan

No. Position Player
1 Malta GK Bernard Paris (on loan to Floriana)
3 Malta DF Clint Zammit (on loan to Għargħur)
5 Malta DF Patrick Borg (on loan to Mqabba)
No. Position Player
13 Malta MF Martin Anastasi (on loan to Mqabba)
Malta FW Iro Curmi (on loan to Msida Saint-Joseph)

UEFA Intertoto Cup

Season Competition Round Country Club Home Away Aggregate
2007 UEFA Intertoto Cup 1. Round Slovenia NK Maribor 0-3 1-2 1-5

UEFA Cup

Season Competition Round Country Club Home Away Aggregate
1997-98 UEFA Cup 1. Qualifying Round Slovakia FC Spartak Trnava 0-1 1-3 1-4
1998-99 UEFA Cup 1. Qualifying Round Ukraine FC Shakhtar Donetsk 0-4 1-2 1-6
1999-00 UEFA Cup Qualifying Round Denmark Lyngby BK 0-0 0-7 0-7
2001-02 UEFA Cup Qualifying Round Georgia (country) FC Lokomotivi Tbilisi 0-0 1-1 1-1(a)
1. Round Russia FC Dynamo Moscow 0-0 0-1 0-1
2002-03 UEFA Cup Qualifying Round Ukraine FC Metalurh Zaporizhzhya 0-0 0-3 0-3
2003-04 UEFA Cup Qualifying Round Hungary Ferencvárosi TC 0-5 0-1 0-6
2004-05 UEFA Cup 1. Qualifying Round Albania KF Partizani 2-1 2-4 4-5
2005-06 UEFA Cup 1. Qualifying Round Cyprus Apoel Nicosia 0-2 0-4 0-6
2008-09 UEFA Cup 1. Qualifying Round Croatia HNK Hajduk Split 0-3 0-4 0-7

UEFA Champions League

Season Competition Round Country Club Home Away Aggregate
2000-01 UEFA Champions League 1. Qualifying Round Iceland KR Reykjavík 1-2 1-4 2-6
2006-07 UEFA Champions League 1. Qualifying Round Faroe Islands B36 Tórshavn 0-3 2-2 2-5

Former managers

Notable Fans

Birkirkara F.C. - Women's Team

The team first competed in the Women's League in the Season 1996/1997, under the guidance of Mr. George Micallef. At the time, teams were split up into two sections with Birkirkara being drawn in Section B along with Mosta, Hamrun, Hibs, Melita and Qormi. Birkirkara managed to win their section and consequently played in another league made up of the top three teams from each Sections, eventually finishing third, only a few points behind Rabat and Lija and ahead of others like Mosta, who had long been established. Considering that not one of the girls had ever played an official game before, it was a huge success.

Mr. George Micallef was once again the team coach during the 1997/1998, in which Birkirkara confirmed their third placing in the national league for the second year running. The experience gained during the previous season together with the good tactics employed by Mr. Micallef were telling features as Birkirkara continued to progress. Furthermore, Catherine Camilleri, ex-Gozo, decided to join ranks with Birkirkara thus enhancing the team’s play and potential.

Following the resignation of Mr. Micallef, Mr. Andre Camilleri was drafted in as coach for 1998/1999. This time, Birkirkara managed to sign Debbie Pisani of Lija as the team also featured its first foreigner, Tiina Karsikas from Finland. During this season, the women's team went one better than previous years, finishing second after Hibernians, whilst also winning the club’s first honour in the form of a Knock-Out Competition, when Mosta were beaten in the final. Personal honours also arrived as Rebecca De Agostino and Catherine Camilleri were each presented with a prize after being voted First and Third respectively in the national competition “Sportiv/a tas-Sena Awards” 1998/1999 (Sportsmen/Women of the Year Award - Women's Football Section).

In the following season, Birkirkara engaged the services of yet another coach. This time, the former Planets and Luqa St. Andrews coach, Mr. Kenneth Costantino took over. A good number of new players were added to the previous year's squad. Forward Melanie Zammit of Raccoons - who finished as top scorer in the Second Division a year earlier - and goalie Sharon Mifsud of Luqa St. Andrews were prominent among the new additions. Once again, Birkirkara had to make do with second place ace Hibernians swept to the league. But, yet again, winning the Knock-Out Competition for the second year running was a good consolation prize. Losing finalists this time round were Melita, among the pioneers of women’s football in Malta. For the first time ever, this match was played on artificial turf at the newly inaugurated Centenary Stadium.

The Stripes were the winners of the Knock Out competition in the seasons 2001-2002 and 2002-2003. In both occasions Birkirkara had the upper hand of rivals Hibernians.

After a couple of years, former coach Kenneth Costantino re-joined the young team just before the start of the 2006/07 season and with the help of the dedicated committee guided them to their 1st league championship, after years of playing second fiidle in the league to Hiberians.

Considering that the average age of the team was 15 years old and at least 6 first team players were either injured or recovering from injury this was no mean feat.

After the celebrations were all over, the young team went on to represent Malta in The Uefa Women's Cup. This was the first time a Maltese women's team represented Malta in The Uefa Women's Cup.

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