Monday 31st november 2015 : During a press conference, held at the club’s premises, Balzan FC unveiled Bet 90 as a new sponsor of the club. This sponsorship extends a long relationship between the club and the
Sullivan family, as Bet 90 Managing Director Simon Sullivan is the grandson of Edward Sullivan who was a member of the Balzan Youths FC team when the club was founded in 1937. Another two brothers of Edward Sullivan were also members of the team at the time. Addressing the media, Balzan FC President Anton Tagliaferro said that it was a pleasure to welcome Bet 90 as a sponsor of the club and that it would extend further the long relationship between the Sullivan family and Balzan FC. Tagliaferro said the club had started the season quite well despite the fact that two of their key players – Bojan Kaljevic and this summer’s main signing Ryan Fenech were ruled out due to longterm injuries. He said that hopefully the two players will be back in a couple of months’ time – in time for the final phase of the Premier League campaign where Balzan aim to be among the challengers. Depending on the availability of Kaljevic and Fenech, Balzan could strenghten the squad further in the January transfer window. The Balzan president said that it was of great satisfaction to see all Balzan FC youth teams – the Youth, the Under 17 and the Under 15 teams playing for the first time in Section “A”. He said this was all in line of the club’s philosophy of promoting good young Maltese players and supplementing them with other local and overseas players.
Monday 31st november 2015 : During a press conference, held at the club’s premises, Balzan FC unveiled Bet 90 as a new sponsor of the club. This sponsorship extends a long relationship between the club and the
Balzan registered their third defeat in four matches, leaving them in second place together with Birkirkara and Floriana, two points behind Hibernians and Valletta.
Valerio Senatore, replaced Christian Cassar between the goalposts of Balzan while Justin Grioli was preferred to Steve Bezzina.
Hibernians managed to take the lead on the 32nd minute when, off an Andrew Cohen free-kick from the left, BJORN KRISTENSEN headed the ball over Balzan goalkeeper Valerio Senatore from an acute angled position. Three minutes later, in a swift counter attack, Balzan managed to equalize. Aleksandar Vujacic served ALFRED EFFIONG who after beating goalkeeper Jurgen Borg placed the ball into the back of the net. On the 43rd minute, Hibernians regained the lead thanks to another BJORN KRISTENSEN header off another free-kick by Andrew Cohen.
Two minutes in the second half, Hibernians were unlucky not to increase the score when the shot from a direct free-kick by Jackson Lima hit the crossbar. On the 49th minute, Hibernians increased the score to 3 – 1 when, off a corner taken by Andrew Cohen, JONATHAN PERSON headed the ball home past goalkeeper Senatore. Clayton Failla could have added another goal on the 80th minute but his shot from a direct free-kick hit the upright with the goalkeeper beaten. Four minutes from time, off a free-kick by substitute Godwin Mensha, Zarate headed the ball in the direction of ELKIN SERRANO VALERO who in turn headed the ball home from close range.
Saturday 7th November 2015 : Balzan finished their commitments of the first round of the first phase and moved to the of top the Premier League table, as they beat ten man Sliema Wanderers 1 – 0.
Balzan made two changes from the team which they lost against Birkirkara. Elkin Serrano Valero and Edison Bilbao Zarate returned after serving a game suspension each, while Justin Grioli and Maxim Focsa started among the reserves on the bench. Sliema, on the other hand, had Alex Muscat on the line-up replacing Mark Scerri, who was serving a match suspension.
The first half was characterized with most of the play carried out in midfield. Although both teams had their chances, they did manage to open the score. Two minutes from the end of the first half, Sliema suffered a setback as they were reduced to ten men when their play-maker Pedro Calcado was sent off for hitting an opponent, off the ball.
In the second half Balzan pressed taking the benefit of their numerical advantage. On the 54th minute, Balzan forged ahead when Lydon Micallef concluded a solo effort, dribbling past several defenders, and finally managed to beat goalkeeper Glenn Zammit, with his low shot.
Balzan opted to take control of the game for the rest of the game by defending the result. This gave Sliema a chance to press for the equalizer, but finally Balzan’s effort saw them finishing winning the game 1 – 0.
Monday 2nd November 2015 – Balzan suffered the second consecutive defeat when they lost to Birkirkara with a 1 – 4 result. Balzan played with a depleted team as they lacked foreigners Elkin Serrano Valero and Edison Bilbao Zarate, who were suspended for a game, apart from the injured Ryan Fenech, Bojan Kaljevic and goalkeeper Valerio Senatore.
Balzan were unlucky, as they went close on the 4th minute when an Alfred Effiong’s effort was denied by the upright, with Justin Haber beaten. However Birkirkara forged ahead on the 14th minute when, off a Fabrizio Miccoli freekick from the right, ZACH MUSCAT flicked the ball home from close range. Just before half time, Balzan notched the equaliser when, off free-kick by Justin Grioli , MAXIM FOCSA finished the ball at the back of the net.
Birkirkara regained the lead on 62 minutes when, off a corner from the left, the ball fell into PAUL FENECH’s path, who in turn managed to beat Christian Cassar. Four minutes later, Birkirkara increased the score to 3 – 1, thanks to another goal by ZACH MUSCAT who hit home following a corner from the right by Ryan Camenzuli. Five minutes from time, substitute Ryan Scicluna sealed the issue with a fourth goal, after hitting home from close range.
Saturday 31st October 2015 : The Premier League match Birkirkara vs Balzan which was due to be played today at 2.00 pm at the Hibernians Stadium was postponed due to heavy rains. The match is now scheduled to be played on Monday 2nd November at 6.00 pm at the Victor Tedesco Stadium.
Sunday 25th October 2015 : After winning six of the first eight matches, Balzan lost their unbeaten record and gave way to Valletta, as a penalty early in the game and a goal in the final stages gave Floriana a 2 - 0 win over Balzan.
Balzan made some changes from their last match against St andres : Clive Brincat, Steve Bezzina and Terence Agius were included in the starting lineup with Samir Arab, Maxim Focsa and Lydon Micallef all starting on the bench. Bezzina was therefore back after an absence of one month but Ryan Fenech and Bojan Kaljevic were still unavailable as they are recovering from injuries.
Floriana could not have a better start as theytook the lead on the 10th minute when Elkin Serrano brought Matteo Picciollo down inside the and Mario Fontanella did not fail to score the penalty.
Balzan had agood chance to equalised five minutes later when Alfred Effiong was floored inside the area by a defender but Aleksandar Vujacic’s effort from the penalty spot was turned into a corner by goalkeeper Calleja Cremona.
Eleven minutes from time, Balzan were reduced to ten men after Elkin Serrano received a second yellow card for a foul on Fontanella.
Five minutes from time, Floriana sealed the issue with a second goal when substitute Juninho Cabral rounded the goalkeeper before placing the ball at the back of the net, after receiving a good pass by Nicolas Chiesa.
Saturday 17th October 2015 : Balzan continued with their positive run, keeping their position in the top place, after winning against St Andrews.
Although Balzan held the initiative throughout the first half, they could not find the space to penetrate through the St Andrews dense defense.
In the second half Balzan increased their efforts and were rewarded for their efforts. They managed to take home the three points after scoring on two occasions. On the 55th minute ALEKSANDAR VUJACIC managed to beat goalkeeper Kris Calleja from close range, after receiving a good pass by Lydon Micallef. A minute later the same player scored his second goal after receiving a pass with his heel from Alfred Effiong.
Saturday 3rd October 2015 : Balzan extended their positive run, keeping their position in the top place, after winning a hard fought game against Qormi.
Although Balzan held the initiative throughout the ninety minutes, Qormi played a perfect defensive game, with their goalkeeper Andreas Vella blocking almost all their attempts.
Balzan were rewarded for their efforts and managed to take home the three points when, on the 92nd minute, off a cross by Godwin Mensha from the right, ALEKSANDAR VUJACIC managed to beat goalkeeper Andreas Vella with a perfect diving header.
Sunday 27th September 2015 : Balzan maintained their unbeaten run after their sixth match as they beat Mosta FC 3 – 1.
Balzan took the lead on the 26th minute when ALFRED EFFIONG dribbled past a number of defenders before beating goalkeeper Yenz Cini.
Just before half time, Mosta equalised thanks to a cross shot by MANALITO MICALLEF, from a long-distance from the right, which surprised goalkeeper Valerio Senatore.
Balzan regained the lead on 59 minutes. Once again ALFRED EFFIONG, this time after receiving a pass from Edison Bilbao Zarate, placed the ball at the back of the net for the second time.
On the 86th minute, ALFRED EFFIONG sealed the issue with his third goal, after being served by Godwin Mensha. His low shot finished with the ball hitting the upright before ending at the back of the net.
Two minutes in added time, Dyson Falzon was sent off for Mosta following a rough tackle on an opponent.
Tuesday 22nd September 2015 : Balzan extended their positive run and moved temporarily to the top of the table, as they came from behind to beat Pembroke Athleta 5 – 1.
Pembroke managed to take the lead on the 12th minute thanks to a powerful shot by JAMES TOGBAH whose powerful shot aided by the post, which gave goalkeeper Christian Cassar no chance.
Balzan leveled matters on the 43rd minute, when off a perfect assist by Edison Bilbao Zarate, ALFRED EFFIONG slotted the ball past goalkeeper Mario Muscat. Balzan insisted and one minute into added time, Balzan took the lead through Lydon Micallef whose low shot managed to beat Muscat.
In the second half Balzan came out more determined and on the 50th minute, JUSTIN GRIOLI scored a third goal with a direct free kick from outside the box.
Six minutes later, GODWIN MENSHA received a pass by Alfred Effiong and darted into the box facing Mario Muscat who could do nothing to stop him from finishing the ball at the back of the net.
On the 78th minute, following a through pass by Godwin Mensha, substitute RYAN DARMANIN sealed the result at 5 – 1, hitting low past the Pembroke goalkeeper from inside the area .
Saturday 19th September 2015 : Balzan extended their positive run, registering their second win of the season by defeating Valletta 1 – 0.
In the 12th minute Lydon micallef had a goal disallowed for an offside position. On the other side on the 30th minute Valletta were unlucky when a shot by Njongo Priso hit the upright. In the 49th minute, Balzan took the lead when a shot by godwin Mensha was turned into a corner by goalkeeper Nicky Vella and from the resulting corner LYDON MICALLEF managed to beat Vella from close range.
Thursday 17th September 2015 : In the Youth League Section “A”, Balzan managed to win without difficulty the encounter against Hamrun Spartans with a result of 4 – 0.
Paul Lapira opened the score for Balzan. Courage Omoruazoje doubled the score for them. Jamie Zerafa score the third goal and Courage Omoruazoje sealed the score with his second goal.
Sunday 13th September 2015 : Balzan had an edge over Tarxien, creating the better chances but Tarxien goalkeeper Andrea Cassar played an excellent game, keeping them at bay.
In the first half the only attempts at goal was that of a Justin Grioli whose effort was blocked by Cassar and a free-kick by Zarate ending just wide.
In the 82nd minute, a fine header by Ryan Darmanin was superbly turned into a corner by Andrea Cassar. Five minutes later, Cassar was in action again this time turning into another corner a Godwin Mensha header. In added time, substitute Maxim Focsa also tested Cassar with the Tarxien custodian turning the ball into another corner.
Sunday 13th September – Premier League match : Balzan FC vs Tarxien Rainbows FC at the National Stadium Ta’ Qali. KO 5.00pm
Thursday 17th September – Minors league match Section “A”” : Hamrun Spartans FC vs Balzan FC at the Victor Tedesco Stadium, Hamrun . KO 8.15pm
Saturday 19th September – Premier League match : Valletta FC vs Balzan FC at the Hibernians Stadium Paola. KO 7.00pm
Tuesday 22nd September – Premier League match : Balzan FC vs Pembroke Athleta FC at the Victor Tedesco Stadium, Hamrun. KO 6.00pm
Saturday 27th September – Premier League match : Mosta FC vs Balzan FC at the Victor Tedesco Stadium, Hamrun. KO 7.15pm
Friday 28th August 2015
In their second game of the season in the Premier League, Balzan registered their first win of 2 – 0 over Naxxar Lions FC.
The first half finished without the score being opened. In the 58th minute Alfred Effiong was brought down in the box by Ismael Grech and the referee awarded a penalty. From the penalty spot GODWIN MENSHA did not fail to transform. On the 63rd minute EDISON DAVID BILBAO ZARATE doubled the score for Balzan, when his shot from inside the box was deviated by Ismael Grech and finished home.
Saturday 22nd August 2015 : Balzan started their commitments in the Premier League by holding Champions Hibernians FC to a draw of 1 – 1.
JORGE PEREIRA DA SILVA broke the deadlock, after connecting a pass by Andrew Cohen in the 57th minute. However Balzan did not throw the towel as they pressed hard and finally they were rewarded for their efforts by restoring equilibrium in the 95th minute. Following a freekick by Terence Agius, ALEKSANDAR VUJACIC finished the ball home, to the joy of the Balzan supporters.
Friday 21st August 2015 : This afternoon, Balzan FC registered Nigerian naturalized Maltese player ALFRED EFFIONG after reaching an agreement for his definite transfer with Qormi FC and after reaching agreement with the player himself.
Saturday 15th August 2015 : Balzan FC played a friendly match against Floriana FC at the Victor Tedesco Stadium. Both teams had their good moments and had good opportunities to goal but the game finally finished in a goalless draw.
Saturday 15th August – Friendly match : Balzan FC vs Floriana FC at the Victor Tedesco Stadium. KO at 6.00pm.
Wednesday 19th August – First minors league match : Birkirkara FC vs Balzan FC at the Charles Abela Stadium Mosta KO 8.15pm
Saturday 22nd August – First Premier League match : Balzan FC vs Hibernians FC at the National Stadium Ta’ Qali. KO 8.30pm
Wednesday 26th August – Minors league match : Balzan FC vs Mosta FC at the Centenary Stadium Ta’ Qali. KO 6pm
Saturday 29th August – BAR-B-QUE in the Balzan FC premises courtyard. To be seated at 8.30pm. Price for each person is Euros 15. For booking please contact a committee member.
On Wednesday 5th August 2015 Balzan FC played their last game in the Mosta Tournament against Qormi FC and won with the score of 4 – 1. Qormi forged ahead with a goal by Ice Cream Osa Guobadia (20th min). Edison David Bilbao Zarate leveled matters for Balzan on the 27th minute. In the second half Godwin Mensha managed to gather a hat trick (47th min, 62nd min and 81st min) and made the final score to 4 – 1 for Balzan.
Balzan FC is pleased to announce the club has extended the contract of their first team coach Oliver Spiteri, till the end of season 2017/18.
Balzan FC President Anton Tagliaferro said “ We are very pleased with the job that Oliver did with the first team in his first season with the club and that Oliver continues to do with the first team. Oliver is a true professional and his commitment to the role is highly respected by everyone at Balzan. We are delighted to now confirm Oliver’s tenure with us for the next three years.”
Coach Oliver Spiteri said “I would like to thank everybody at the club for extending my contract and especially the President of the club, who shares the same vision and ambitions for the club that I do. I am really enjoying my coaching role at Balzan and I look forward to continuing the good job we started last season in the years ahead. We continue to have a good blend of youth and experience in the squad and believe we will be competitive in the Premier League again this season. I am looking forward to working with the squad in future and especially in developing the many upcoming promising players”.
On Friday 31st July 2015 Balzan FC played their fourth game in the Mosta Tournament against Mosta FC and won with the score of 1 – 0. The only goal scored for Balzan by Godwin Mensha came in the 70th minute from a direct free-kick from the left hand side.
On Monday 27th July 2015 Balzan FC played their third game in the Mosta Tournament against Sliema Wanderers FC and lost with the score of 1 – 3. Michael Mifsud scored two goals for Sliema Wanderers FC on the 25th minute and 41st minute and Sergio Giacani added another goal for them on the 79 minute. Luke Sciberras reduced the score for Balzan FC in the 78th minute.
On Thursday 23rd July 2015 Balzan FC played their second game in the Mosta Tournament against Naxxar Lions FC and won with the score of 2 – 1. The Balzan FC scorers were Aleksandar Vujacic (20 min) and Lydon Micallef (40 min). Naxxar Lions FC reduced the score from a penalty taken by Richard Carlos Cardozo (74 min).
On Monday 20th July 2015 Balzan FC played their first game in the Mosta Tournament against Pembroke Athleta FC and won with the score of 5 – 0. The Balzan FC scorers were Godwin Mensha (20 min and 65 min); Dylan Grima (22 min); Lydon Micallef (25 min) and Aleksandar Vujacic (40 min)
Balzan FC is going to take part in the Mosta Tournament which is being held at the Mosta Ground between the 19th June and the 5th August 2015. Together with Balzan FC, Mosta FC, Naxxar Lions FC, Sliema Wanderers FC, Qormi FC and Pembroke FC are taking part. Continue reading
Thursday 18th June 2015 Balzan FC played a friendly game against Valletta FC at the Centenary Stadium Ta’ Qali and lost 0 – 3.
Wednesday 24th June 2015 Balzan FC played another friendly game against Valletta FC at the Centenary Stadium Ta’ Qali and lost 1 – 4.
Tuesday 30th June 2015 Balzan FC played their first leg of the UEFA Europa League against FK Zeljeznicar of Bosnia and Herzegovina at the Hibernians Stadium in Paola and lost 0 -2.
Friday 3rd July 2015 Balzan FC played a friendly game against Hibernians FC at the Corradino C Ground at Paola and won 4 – 1.
Thursday 9th July 2015 Balzan FC played their second leg of the UEFA Europa League against FK Zeljeznicar of Bosnia and Herzegovina at the Olympic Stadium in Sarajevo and lost 0 – 1.
On Friday 26th June 2015, a couple of days before the first leg of 2015/2016 Europa League due to be played on Tuesday 30th June 2015, Her Excellency Marie Louise Coleiro Preca, the President of Malta, hosted a reception at the Presidential Palace for the Balzan FC squad and members of the Balzan Committee.
The President of Malta congratulated the club on its achievement of a place in Europe for the first time in its 78 year history and wished them luck in their Europa League tie vs FK Zeljeznicar of Bosnia & Herzegovina. She also encouraged the club to continue to develop its Academy as she is a strong believer on sport being very beneficial for the physical and mental development of young people.
In return, Mr Anton Tagliaferro on behalf of Balzan FC thanked the President of Malta for her kind words of encouragement and for hosting the club at the Palace. He presented the President with a donation for the Community Chest Fund and also presented her with a Balzan FC shirt with Her Excellency’s initials on the front of the shirt.
Wednesday 24th June : Balzan FC is going to play a friendly game against Valletta FC at the Centenary Stadium. KO 7.30pm.
Friday 26th June : The Balzan FC players together with the Balzan FC Committee have been invited to meet the President of Malta – The Hon. MarieLouise Coleiro Preca at San Anton Palace in Balzan at 6.00pm.
Tuesday 30th June : Balzan FC will be facing FK Željezničar of Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina in the first leg of the UEFA Europa League at home. This game is going to be played at the Hibernians Stadium in Paola. KO at 5.45pm. Tickets are available at the club at Euros 3 for adults, Euros 1 for persons over 60 and Euros 1 for children under 12. COME AND SUPPORT OUR TEAM !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Thursday 9th July : Balzan FC will be facing FK Željezničar of Sarajevo in the second leg of the UEFA Europa League in Bosnia and Herzegovina. This game is going to be played at the Olimpski Stadion Asim Ferhatovic Hase in Sarajevo. KO 9.15pm.
During the UEFA Europa League draws held at Nyon in Switzerland, Balzan FC were drawn to play against FK Željezničar of Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. The first leg will be played home at the Hibernians Ground on Tuesday 30th June 2015. The return match will be played on Thursday 9th July 2015 at the Stadion Grbavica in Sarajevo Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Fudbalski klub Željezničar (English: Football Club Željezničar) is a Bosnian professional football club based in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. The name Željezničar means “railway worker”, given because it was established by a group of railway workers. Željezničar was the most successful football team in Bosnia, having won 6 Bosnian championships, 5 Bosnian Cups and 3 Bosnian Supercups. The club has never qualified for UEFA Champions League (post European Cup) as best club could reach was 2002–03 Champions League third qualifying round, losing to Newcastle United 0-5 on aggregate. The club is a fierce local rival of FK Sarajevo.
During the MFA Awards Ceremony held at the Mediterranean Conference Centre in Valletta, the Premier League draws were held and Balzan FC were drawn to play their first game against Hibernians FC. Balzan FC will play the rest of their games in the following sequence : Naxxar Lions FC, Tarxien Rainbows FC, Valletta FC, Pembroke Athleta FC, Mosta FC, Qormi FC, St Andrews FC, Sliema Wanderers FC, Birkirkara FC and finally against Floriana FC.
Valerio impressed with Floriana in the early part of last season until he suffered an injury in December which ruled him out for the rest of the season.
Valerio is now fully recovered – he is 27 , measures a massive 194 cm in height and before coming to play in Malta played for professional teams such as Campobasso and Fondi in Italy’s lower divisions.
Balzan Football Club together with San Gabriel Band Club is going to organize a barbecue night on Saturday 20th June 2015 in Annunciation Square Balzan. During this event the Balzan FC First team is going to be introduced to those present. The under 19 and under 17 Balzan FC teams are going to be presented with a memento for their efforts made in winning their Section during season 2014/2015. Live entertainment will also be available during this event. Everybody is welcome. Bookings can be made from both clubs.
- Monday 8th June 2015 : The first team is to have their first players’ meeting at the Training ground.
- Wednesday 10th June 2015 : The first team is to commence training at the training ground.
- Thursday 11th June 2015 : Balzan FC is going to hold the Annual General Meeting at the Training ground hall, at 6.30pm.
RYAN FENECH JOINS BALZAN FC.
Balzan are pleased to announce that Malta international midfielder Ryan Fenech has today joined the club.
Mr Anton Tagliaferro, Honorary President of Balzan FC said “After much media speculation, we are very pleased to confirm that one of Malta’s best players, Ryan Fenech, has joined Balzan FC. Ryan will be a valuable addition to our first team as we seek to cement our place as one of the top four clubs in Malta. While we are happy with the core of our squad that did so well last season, we continue to look to further strengthen our squad with the addition of a few key signings. I am also pleased to say that it is planned that several promising youngsters from our Academy will also included in the first squad this season and I am sure that Ryan will be a great inspiration to all of them.”
Balzan coach Oliver Spiteri added “I am very excited to have a player of Ryan’s pedigree join us at Balzan – his known abilities and his wealth of experience will be an enormous asset in coming seasons as we seek to repeat if not better the achievements of the season just ended when the club qualified for Europe for the first time. I would like to thank Mr Anton Tagliaferro in continuing to support the club in the way he does and we will work all hard to justify his faith in us.”
Ryan is here seen signing the agreement with the Hon. President’s brother Mr. Robert Tagliaferro.