Monday 4th July 2016 – After playing their first leg of the UEFA Europa League, preliminary round and loosing 0 – 2 to Neftci PFK at the Hibernians Stadium on Thursday 30th June 2016, the Balzan FC squad and officials left today for Baku – Azerbaijan to play the second leg. Continue reading
Thursday 30th June 2016 – Balzan FC played their first leg in the UEFA Europa League, preliminary round, against Neftci PFK (Baku – Azerbaijan) on Thursday 30th June 2016 at the Hibernians Stadium in Paola and lost 0 – 2.
Highlights of the game : http://www.tvm.com.mt/mt/sports/uel-rizultat-kiefer-ma-balzan-kontra-neftci/ Continue reading
Thursday 30th June 2016 – Following the draws of the preliminary round of the UEFA Europa League held yesterday, at the UEFA Headquarters in Nyon Switzerland, where Balzan FC were drawn to play their first game away against Neftci PFK in Baku – Azerbaijan, UEFA now decided that the first game is to be played in Malta on the 30th June 2016. Continue reading
Monday 20th June 2016 – Today, at the UEFA Headquarters in Nyon Switzerland, Balzan FC were drawn to play against Neftci PFK a team from Baku, Azerbaijan. Continue reading
Thursday 16th June 2016 – Balzan FC is pleased to announce that today Brazilian midfielder Anderson Francisco De Barros and Macedonian forward Borche (Borce) Manevski were registered with the Malta Football Association as a Balzan FC players. Continue reading
Wednesday 15th June 2016 – Balzan FC is pleased to announce that today Brazilian defender Bruno Giglio De Oliveira was registered with the Malta Football Association as a Balzan FC player. Continue reading
Monday 6th June 2016 – Balzan FC is pleased to announce that they have appointed Italian Vincenzo Cestaro as their club’s Head Physical Trainer for Season 2016/2017. Continue reading
Tuesday 14th June 2016 – Balzan Football Club will be holding their Annual General Meeting at their club premises “Solerville”, Main Street, Balzan at 6.30pm. Continue reading
Friday 20th May 2016 – During the MFA Awards 2016 which were held this evening at the Mediterranean Conference Centre in Valletta, Balzan were drawn to play against Mosta in the draws for match day 1 of the BOV Premier League 2016/2017.
Sunday 15th May 2016 – Despite that they did not manage to win the FA Trophy, Balzan Football Club celebrated the end of their successful season 2015/2016 with a party held at the club premises. Continue reading
Saturday 14th May 2016 – Sliema Wanderers emerged winners of the FA Trophy for the 21st time in the history of the club after defeating Balzan 5 – 4 on penalties, in so doing, crushed Balzan’s hopes of claiming their first major honour.
Despite this win Sliema will not play in the European competitions as they did not obtain a UEFA Licence.
Saturday 9th May 2016 – Balzan had to go into extra-time to beat Pembroke 3 – 1, after the game finished 1 -1. They will now be facing Sliema Wanderers in this year’s FA Trophy final.
Friday 29th April 2016 – Balzan FC ended 4th place in the final classification of the Premier League 2015/2016 after finishing their commitments in a draw of 1-1 against neighbours Birkirkara FC. Continue reading
Tuesday 27th April 2016 – Today Balzan FC were drawn to play in the semi-final of the FA Trophy against Pembroke Athleta FC. Continue reading
Saturday 23rd April 2016 : Balzan fought hard to get something from this game as in the second half they came from behind to equalise but a late goal by Michael Mifsud gave Valletta the three points they needed in order to put them back on track for winning the Championship.
22nd April 2016 – Although there are still two games to play in the Premier League and the FA Trophy is still underway with four teams – Balzan, Birkirkara, Sliema and Pembroke have still to play in the semi-finals, it results that Hibernians, Valletta, BALZAN and Birkirkara will be competing in the European Championship and Europa League.
Tuesday 19th April 2016 – Balzan managed to qualify for the semi-finals of FA Trophy by defeating a brave Tarxien Rainbows side with a goal in the extra time by Lydon Micallef.
Balzan opted to defend for long stretches and operate with counterattacks. On the other hand Tarxien opted to attack by opening on the flanks. In the first half Tarxien had the edge over Balzan but most of the game was played in midfield and there very few shots at goal. As time got by Balzan increased their rhythm and in the extra time they took the initiative, which gave fruit on the 107th minute.
Saturday 16th April 2016 : Balzan suffered a fatal blow in their bid for the championship as they lost to contenders Hibernians and are now 5 points behind them and Valletta, who still have a game in hand. Hibernians were the better team and deserved to win this game.
Friday 15th April 2016 : Balzan FC has just launched their new club’s anthem in Maltese. The music has been prepared by Mro. Paul Abela and the lyrics by Joe Julian Farrugia. This anthem, sung by Ryan Paul Abela, can be found on link : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fxQMTBLfuK0
Our supporters are urged to learn the lyrics (below) and start singing this anthem during Balzan FC games to support our players.
Saturday 9th April 2016 : Balzan extended their positive run to 15 matches in a row and moved to five points behind leaders Valletta as they scored three goals in the final twenty-five minutes beating Qormi 3 – 0
Saturday 2nd April 2016 : Needing a win to keep their hopes for a European football spot, Balzan struggled to beat a determined St Andrews side with an odd goal.
Tuesday 29th March 2016 : Today Balzan Football Club held an Extraordinary General Meeting, at the club premises “Solerville” Main Street, Balzan, where the members approved the Financial Report for the calendar year 2015 and appointed again DFK Malta as their External Auditors for 2016.
Tuesday 29th March 2016 : Balzan Football Club is going to hold an Extraordinary General Meeting at the club premises “Solerville”, Main Street, Balzan, at 6.30pm. The members are urged to attend this meeting, which has the following Agenda : Continue reading
19th March 2016 : Balzan came back from two goals down to earn a point in a 3 – 3 draw with Sliema Wanderers. A draw which leaves Balzan in third place, two points behind second-placed Hibernians. Arab Samir was missing for Balzan, serving his last game suspension from three, but Dylan Grima was back from suspension. On the other hand Sliema lacked suspended Marko Potezica. Continue reading
12th March 2016 : Balzan kept the pace with the top three by heavily defeating Naxxar Lions with a score of 8 – 0. For this game missing for Balzan were injured Ryan Fenech and suspended Samir Arab and Dylan Grima, while Ryan Grech and Andrew Scicluna were missing for Naxxar L.
5th March 2016 : In the direct encounter between Balzan and Floriana, Balzan emerged as sure winners with a goal in each half. Missing for Balzan were injured Ryan Fenech and Samir Arab, serving the first match suspension of three. On the other hand Clyde Borg and Jurgen Pisani were missing for Floriana.
1st March 2016 – A goal by Paul Fenech, in added time, was the climax of this game as Tarxien R were heading to stop the unbeaten track of Balzan.
For this match Balzan welcomed back, from suspension, Pedro Calcado and Samir Arab but Ryan Fenech, Alan Da Silva Souza and Aleksandar Vujacic were missing injured. On the other side Tarxien had Carlos Menendez Hevia missing but welcomed back Joao Pedro Oliveira Santos, after serving a suspension by the club.
27th February 2016 : Balzan maintained their consistent performance as they managed to win comfortably 3 – 0 against Mosta .
Balzan had to do without injured Ryan Fenech and Alan da Silva Souza and suspended Pedro Calcado and Samir Arab. On the other hand Jonas Ekani Rodriguez was missing for Mosta as he was suspended. Continue reading
In an exciting game at the Hibernians Stadium, Balzan had a hard time to beat Pembroke Athleta, with a score of 2 – 1. The game included a couple of episodes where Balzan missed a penalty, their playmaker Pedro Calcado was sent off the pitch and the matched being decided after an own goal by a Pembroke defender.
14th February 2016 : Balzan deserved to win this direct clash with Floriana, maintaining their hopes of participating in European competitions for the second time. The highlight of this game was the comeback of their player Bojan Kaljevic as a substitute after recovering from a long injury and his scoring the important goal, giving a 1 – 0 win to Balzan.
6th February 2016 : This was the fifth consecutive win for Balzan and the first defeat for Birkirkara after six positive results. This win puts Balzan in joint-third place, on level points with Birkirkara.
For this game Balzan had to do without injured Ryan Fenech but welcomed Bojan Kaljevic from a long injury, who however was not utilized and left on the reserved bench. On the other hand, Ryan Scicluna and Edward Herrera were still recovering from injuries for Birkirkara. Continue reading
3rd February 2016 – Today during the draws held at the National Stadium Ta’ Qali, Balzan were drawn with Tarxien Rainbows in the quarter-finals of the FA Trophy.
On the other hand Sliema Wanderers were paired with St. Andrews; Pembroke Athleta will be facing Pietà Hotspurs (the only team from Division 1) and holders Birkirkara will be playing against Floriana .
The FA Trophy quarter-finals will be played on April 19 and 20, with the semi-finals scheduled for May 7 and 8 and the final for May 14.
FINAL RESULT :
- Da Silva Souza Alan – Balzan FC – 119.63 Points
- Da Silva Gilmar Ribeiro – Hibernians FC – 112.96 Points
- Santos Silva Jorge – Hibernians FC – 85.19 Points
31st January 2016 – Balzan kept pace with the top four after beating Sliema Wanderers 2 – 0.
Nigerian striker Saviour Fidelis was making his debut for Sliema Wanderers after joining the club for Mosta. On the other hand, Balzan had Clive Brincat missing through suspension. Continue reading
27th January 2016 – Balzan moved fourth in the BOV Premier League, one point ahead of Floriana FC and four ahead of Tarxien Rainbows FC as they had a comfortable win of 5 – 0 over Qormi.
Balzan had to do without suspended Justin Grioli and injured Bojan Kaljevic but welcomed back Paul Fenech. On the other side Qormi had Ousmane Sidibe, Ryan Micallef, Clifford Gauci, Emerson Vella and Terence Vella missing. Continue reading
24th January 2016 – Balzan found no difficulty in beating bottom-placed St Andrews 5-1, at the Victor Tedesco Stadium.
19th January 2016 : Balzan qualified to play in the quarterfinals of the FA Trophy after defeating with out difficulty Melita with a score of 2 – 0.
Friday 15th January 2016 : Today Balzan FC registered 29 year old Ivan Janjusevic, a Montenegin goalkeeper last playing for Montenegrin club – FK Sutjeska Niksic.
Apart from playing for FK Sutjeska, Ivan Janjusevic played also for FC Morgen Buva (Montenegro) and Vasas FC (Hungary. He also played once with the Montengrin National Team.
Thursday 14th January 2016 : Midfielder Godwin Mensha parted ways with Balzan FC after reaching a mutual agreement about his release from the club.
Godwin Mensha joined Balzan FC at the beginning of this season, in June 2015. He played 13 games and came in as substitute in another 2 games, where in all he scored three times. He also played once in the FA Trophy Competition and scored one goal.
9th January 2016 : Despite having to play with ten men for more than half-an-hour, Balzan managed to win with a 4-1 score over Mosta, keeping pace with the top four teams.
The newly registered Balzan players Paul Fenech and Pedro dos Santos Calcado were included in the starting line-up while Alan Da Silva Souza made his debut in the 68th minute. Mosta, on the other hand, had new signing Lyden Micallef making his debut but lacked suspended Onyekachi Okonkwo and Edin Murga. Continue reading
7th January 2016 : Former Valletta FC midfield player Alan Da Silva Souza joined Balzan FC, from Greek team FC Ergotelis (2014-2015).
Alan Da Silva Souza helped Valletta FC to win the Premier League in season 2013/2014, after joining them in the January 2014.
6th January 2016 : Balzan FC registered Pedro Henrique Dos Santos Calcado after being released by Sliema Wanderers FC.
This is the fifth season that Pedro Calcado will be playing for Balzan FC. He first joined Balzan FC in January 2011, playing for them in the First Division League season 2010/2011 and winning promotion to the Premier League.
5th January 2016 : Today an agreement has been reached between Balzan FC and Birkirkara FC whereby Paul Fenech was definitely transferred from Birkirkara FC to Balzan FC and at the same time Edison David Bilbao Zarate was definitely transferred from Balzan FC and Birkirkara FC.
Paul Fenech was today registered with Balzan FC and will be available for next match against Mosta FC.
25th December 2015 : In the name of the committee of Balzan football Club I wish a MERRY CHRISTMAS and a PROSPEROUS NEW YEAR 2016 to all the families of Balzan FC committee, players, technical staff, sponsors and supporters.
The same greetings go to all the families and supporters of all the other Maltese football clubs.
Joseph Agius (Balzan FC Secretary)
Saturday 19th December 2015 : In their last game of the year 2015, Balzan disappointed again their supporters as they failed to transform the couple of opportunities that came their way. They only managed to take a point out of this game against Pembroke A.
For this game Balzan had to do away without the strikers Bojan Kaljevic and Aleksandar Vujacic, still missing because of long injuries, while Pembroke lacked Leighton Grech also injured.
Godwin Mensha had his first try at goal on the 18th minute but goalkeeper Mario Muscat saved without difficulty. The first good chance to report came on the 22nd minute from Pembroke when Gustavo Villalobos’s cross shot was deflected to a corner by goalkeeper Christian Cassar, aided by the post. The rest of the first half was balanced and monotonous with very few chances for both teams.
In the second half, Balzan had a couple of chances to break the deadlock with Nigerian forward Godwin Mensha loosing some glorious opportunities. In fact, on the 74th minute, Mensha missed a good opportunity to put his team in front as he failed to connect a pass by Alfred Effiong. Mensha was out of luck again two minutes later, when following a Justin Grioli’s delivery his header finished wide. On the 80th minute Mensha squandered another good opportunity when he finished wide after being set up by Lydon Micallef. Six minutes from time. Mensha sent an insidious cross but the towering substitute striker Ryan Darmanin failed to connect with the ball. A minute from time, Mensha was unlucky when his powerful shot his effort struck the base of the far post, after being deflected by the goalkeeper
Two goals late in the first half were enough to give Valletta a win against Balzan, beating them 2 – 1. At the end of the match, Balzan could have levelled matters, if it was not for the decision of the referee to deny them from a sure penalty.
Balzan made three changes from the team which lost against Tarxien as Elkin Serrano, Christian Cassar and Lydon Micallef replaced Dylan Grima, Valerio Senatore and Steven Bezzina. On the other hand, Valletta started with the same eleven players of the game against Birkirkara.
In the first half Valletta came out searching for an early goal but Balzan defended well and opted to operate with fast counterattacks by Godwin Mensha and Alfred Effiong in front. Valletta took the lead on the 36th minute, when Uchenna Umeh served CLAUDIO PANI, who in turn gave no chance to goalkeeper Christian Cassar with his powerful shot . Balzan reacted but were not able to take the chances that came their way. Valletta continued pressing and on the 43rd minute they doubled the score thanks to ABDELKARIM NAFTI whose powerful shot from outside the box ended in the top left corner.
In the second half, the game remained lively with Balzan increasing their efforts. Fifteen minutes from time, Balzan played their last card when they introduced Ryan Fenech, coming from a long injury, to give more power to their midfield. Balzan pulled one back on the 77th minute when off a cross by Clive Brincat from the left, Godwin Mensha’s header was connected with another header by Ryan Darmanin and finally ALFRED EFFIONG headed the ball home, after hitting the post. In the added time Balzan protested for a penalty when Alfred Effiong was floored by a defender as he dashed into the box, but the referee waved play on.
Wednesday 9th December 2015 : In a third round FA Trophy game, played at the Centenary Stadium, Balzan had a hard time to defeat Fgura with the score of 2 – 1. Balzan will now be facing Melita in the fourth round of this competition.
Sunday 6th December 2015 : Tarxien Rainbows managed to beat Balzan, scoring three goals in the second half. Now they moved only 2 points behind Balzan, Birkirkara and Floriana who share the third place on 26 point
Balzan lacked Elkin Serrano Valero who was suspended and Bojan Kaljevic still injured, while Ryan Fenech returned for them on the bench. On the other hand, Tarxien had Ebiabowei Baker and Brandon Muscat were ruled out through suspension.
In the first half most of the play was held in mid-field, where both teams had only a couple of attempts to goal but none of the team were able to open the score .
On the 7th minute of the second half, Tarxien managed to break the deadlock when off a corner from the left by Ayrton Azzopardi, DANIEL ZERAFA headed home past goalkeeper Valerio Senatore.
Tarxien doubled the score on 68th minute when LUKE MONTEBELLO received a through pass on the right and advanced into the area before slotting the ball past Senatore.
Seven minutes from time, Tarxien increased the score to 3 – 0 when Lucky Omeruo was brought down inside the area by Samir Arab and referee Sandro Spiteri ordered a penalty. From the penalty spot, ALEX DA PAIXAO ALVES did not fail to convert.
Tuesday 1st December 2015 : Balzan returned to winning ways as they beat with ease Naxxar Lions 4 – 2.
Balzan took the lead on 23 minutes when from a free-kick on the left taken by Terence Agius, GODWIN MENSHA flicked the ball past goalkeeper Julian Azzopardi.
Naxxar failed to react and five minutes later Azzopardi saved well a Steve Bezzina’s long range shot.
On 37 minutes, Balzan doubled their lead, when Godwin Mensha served ALFRED EFFIONG who in turn dribbled past goalkeeper Azzopardi before firing the ball into an empty net.
Naxxar came out better in the second and on the 50th minute Balzan’s goalkeeper Christian Cassar saved into a corned a powerful shot by Thomas Sarina.
However, their hopes of getting back into the match faded away on the 67th minute when, in a swift break, Godwin Mensha stormed into the area, serving ALFRED EFFIONG Effiong at the far post who in turn headed the ball into the back of the net.
Naxxar pulled one back four minutes later when, following a corner from the left by Daren Falzon, DEMBA TOURE flicked the ball past Christian Cassar.
But on the 67th minute Balzan restored their three-goal lead when Godwin Mensha filtrated on the right and his insidious cross was pushed away by goalkeeper Azzopardi into LYDON MICALLEF’s path, who had no problems heading the ball into the net.
Three minutes from time, Naxxar reduced the score again when in a bid to clear the ball, off a Daren Falzon’s cross, Steve Bezzina obstructed his goalkeeper Christian Cassar and inadvertently headed the ball into his own net.