Malta primed for year’s first friendly against Switzerland

Saturday, February 5, 2011, 17:33
After its first commitments in the Euro 2012 Championship group matches last year Malta will be making its 2011 debut on Wednesday 9th February when our team comes up against Switzerland in a friendly at Ta’ Qali National Stadium.The match, the first of a series on the international calendar for the year, will provide coach John Buttigieg with another opportunity to evaluate the players in the squad, putting them in the fray in order to have an idea of the collective capabilities of his units. At the same time new options as regards fresh faces in the team will not be excluded.

Prior to Wednesday’s encounter, the trail of matches between the two sides, the first, a Euro Nations Cup group match stretching to just over 40 years ago,presents only competitive engagements, four in the continental championship, and the last two valid for the World Cup.

Malta contrived to lose five out of the six matches, with the home Euro Championship match in 1987 being the only encounter in which our lads managed to avoid defeat after the spoils were shared 1-1 on home ground.

The aggregate score line against these opponents from a landlocked country, small in size but with an appreciable international pedigree, were three goals in favour and seventeen against.

It is hoped that the first ever friendly between the two countries on Wednesday will reserve something positive for Malta. The Maltese public is expected to turn out in good numbers and give warm vocal support to our team.

Entrance tickets at the West Stand A (Lower) start from €3. Kick-off is at 20.30 hrs.

The previous results between the two countries were as follows:

20.12.70 Malta… 1 Switzerland… 2 (H) Euro Championship

21.04,71 Switzerland… 5 Malta… 0 (A) Euro Championship

15.04.87 Switzerland… 4 Malta… 1 (A) Euro Championship

15.11.87 Malta…1 Switzerland… 1 (H) Euro Championship

18.11.92 Switzerland… 3 Malta… 0 (A) World Cup

17.04.93 Malta…0 Switzerland… 2 (H) World Cup

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