Hibernians F.C.


Hibernians Football Club is a Maltese professional association football club based in the town of Paola.

Hibernians
Full nameHibernians Football Club
Nickname(s)Hibs
Raħal Ġdid (Paola)
The Peacocks
Founded1922; 99 years ago (1922)
Ground[Tony Bezzina Stadium]],
Paola, Malta
Capacity2,968
ChairmanRanier Bezzina
ManagerStefano Sanderra
LeagueMaltese Premier League
2020–21Maltese Premier League, 2nd

History


The club played one season in 1922 as Constitutionals FC, representing the pro-British Constitutional Party.[1] They started up again in the 1927–28 season and became a top amateur side, winning the Amateur League in 1930–31.[1]

Meanwhile, the Constitutional Party had upset the Catholic Church so much that, in May 1930, Catholics were told not to vote for the party. The football club changed its name a year later to Hibernians Football Club[1] as a nod to Hibernian, the club founded by Irish Catholics in Edinburgh. They won their first match as Hibernians 2–1, against HMS Antelope in October 1931.[1] They had to wait for a place to become available in the professional league, but in January 1933 they joined the league with a 3–1 victory over Sliema Rangers. They have stayed in the top division ever since.[1]

Hibernians faced a long period of decline followed the success of the 1980s to the end of the decade.[1] Hibernians have a futsal team, which plays in Malta's top futsal league, the Premier Futsal League.[citation needed]

Stadium


The club's home ground is Hibernians Stadium, a multi-use stadium in Paola, which has a capacity of about 3,000.

Honours


[2]

Winners (12): 1960–61, 1966–67, 1968–69, 1978–79, 1980–81, 1981–82, 1993–94, 1994–95, 2001–02, 2008–09, 2014–15, 2016–17
Winners (10): 1961–62, 1969–70, 1970–71, 1979–80, 1981–82, 1997–98, 2005–06, 2006–07, 2011–12, 2012–13
Winners (3): 1994, 2007, 2015

Cassar Cup: (2) 1961–1962, 1962–1963

Testaferrata Cup: (3) 1977–1978, 1978–1979, 1980–1981

Independence Cup: (3) 1967–1968, 1968–1969, 1970–1971

Sons of Malta Cup: (3) 1969–1970, 1970–1971, 1971–1972

Olympic Cup: (1) 1962–1963

Schembri Shield: (1) 1961–1962

European Record


Accurate as of 27 August 2020
CompetitionPlayedWonDrewLostGFGAGDWin%
European Cup / Champions League 24 5 4 15 20 63 −43 020.83
Cup Winners' Cup 4 1 1 2 4 9 −5 025.00
UEFA Cup / UEFA Europa League 21 2 1 18 22 68 −46 009.52
UEFA Intertoto Cup 8 2 2 4 4 13 −9 025.00
Inter-Cities Fairs Cup 2 0 0 2 0 7 −7 000.00
Total 59 10 8 41 50 160 −110 016.95

Legend: GF = Goals For. GA = Goals Against. GD = Goal Difference.

Season Competition Round Club Home Away Aggregate
1961–62 European Cup Prelim Servette FC 1–2 0–5 1–7
1967–68 European Cup 1R Manchester United F.C. 0–0 0–4 0–4
1968–69 Inter-Cities Fairs Cup 1R Aris Thessaloniki F.C. 0–6 0–1 0–7
1969–70 European Cup 1R FC Spartak Trnava 2–2 0–4 2–6
1970–71 European Cup Winners' Cup 1R Real Madrid C.F. 0–0 0–5 0–5
1971–72 European Cup Winners' Cup Prelim FK Austria Wien 4–2 0–2 4–4 (a)
1979–80 European Cup 1R Dundalk F.C. 1–0 0–2 1–2
1981–82 European Cup 1R Red Star Belgrade 1–2 1–8 2–10
1982–83 European Cup 1R Widzew Łódź 1–4 1–3 2–7
1994–95 UEFA Cup Prelim FC Dinamo Minsk 4–3 (a.e.t.) 1–3 5–6
1995–96 UEFA Cup Prelim FC Chornomorets Odessa 2–5 0–2 2–7
2001 UEFA Intertoto Cup 1R Zagłębie Lubin 1–0 0–4 1–4
2002–03 UEFA Champions League 1Q Shelbourne F.C. 2–2 1–0 3–2
2Q Boavista F.C. 3–3 0–4 3–7
2003 UEFA Intertoto Cup 1R AC Allianssi 1–1 0–1 1–2
2004 UEFA Intertoto Cup 1R NK Slaven Belupo 2–1 0–3 2–4
2005–06 UEFA Cup 1Q AC Omonia 0–3 0–3 0–6
2006–07 UEFA Cup 1Q FC Dinamo București 0–4 1–5 1–9
2007–08 UEFA Cup 1Q FK Vojvodina 0–2 1–5 1–7
2008 UEFA Intertoto Cup 1R ND Gorica 0–3 0–0 0–3
2009–10 UEFA Champions League 1Q FK Mogren 0–2 0–4 0–6
2012–13 UEFA Europa League 1Q FK Sarajevo 4–4 2–5 6–9
2013–14 UEFA Europa League 1Q FK Vojvodina 1–4 2–3 3–7
2014–15 UEFA Europa League 1Q FC Spartak Trnava 2–4 0–5 2–9
2015–16 UEFA Champions League 2Q Maccabi Tel Aviv F.C. 2–1 1–5 3–6
2016–17 UEFA Europa League 1Q FC Spartak Trnava 0–3 0–3 0–6
2017–18 UEFA Champions League 1Q FCI Tallinn 2–0 1–0 3–0
2Q FC Red Bull Salzburg 0–3 0–3 0–6
2019–20 UEFA Europa League 1Q Shakhtyor Soligorsk 0–1 0–1 0–2
2020–21 UEFA Europa League 1Q Vaduz N/A 2–0 N/A
2Q Fehérvár 0–1 N/A N/A
2021–22 UEFA Champions League 1Q

Players


Maltese teams are limited to eight players without Maltese citizenship. The squad list includes only the principal nationality of each player; several non-European players on the squad have dual citizenship with an EU country.

Current squad

As of 13 February, 2021

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Pos. Nation Player
1 GK  MLT Matthew Calleja
2 DF  MLT Timothy Desira
3 DF  MLT Ferdinando Apap
4 DF  BRA Leandro Almeida
5 DF  MLT Matthew Ellul
6 DF  BRA Sergio Raphael
7 MF  MLT Ayrton Attard
8 MF  MLT Jake Grech
9 FW  BRA Tiago Adan
10 FW  MLT Jurgen Degabriele
11 MF  MLT Bjorn Kristensen
12 MF  MLT Dunstan Vella
No. Pos. Nation Player
13 DF  MLT Zachary Grech
15 MF  MLT Rudy Cassar Jeffries
17 MF  MLT Kane Bonello
18 DF  ESP Gabri Izquier
20 DF  MLT Andrei Agius
23 FW  BRA Wilkson
24 GK  MLT Rudi Briffa
30 MF  MLT David Xuereb
32 FW  ARG Imanol Iriberri
49 MF  BRA Gilmar
61 GK  MLT Ryan Vella
77 MF  MLT Matthew Farrugia

Out on loan

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Pos. Nation Player

Managers


  • Robert Gatt (30 June 1998 – 8 July 2007)
  • Edmond Lufi (2007 – 8 September 2008)
  • Mark Miller (1 July 2008 – 2012)
  • Michael Woods (13 June 2012 – 2013)
  • Branko Nišević (30 May 2013 – 2016)
  • Mark Miller (2016 – 5 March 2018)
  • Mario Muscat (5 March 2018 – 4 July 2018)
  • Stefano Sanderra (4 July 2018 –)

Women's team


A women's team plays in the Women's Maltese First Division. The team is the national record champion with twelve titles, the most recent being won in 2016.[3]

See also


References


  1. "History". hiberniansfc.org. Archived from the original on 17 March 2013. Retrieved 10 August 2016.
  2. "Honours". Hibernians F.C.
  3. "Hibernians BOV Women's League Champions". maltafootball.com. 27 April 2015. Retrieved 28 April 2015.