Ninth edition to be held on Wednesday 2nd June, 2010

Tuesday, May 11, 2010, 19:45

It’s that time of the year again! The Melita Malta Football Awards are back and they’re better than ever. Now in its ninth edition, this prestigious annual ceremony aims to pay special tribute to the leading sportsmen and women in this most beloved of local sports. This Events Services production will light up the Grand Hotel Excelsior’s stage on Wednesday, 2nd June for the 2010 gala event in celebration of personal achievement in local football.

At the Melita Malta Football Awards’ press conference, Bernard Vassallo Chairman of the Kunsill Malti ghall-iSport spoke of how, in the eight years they have been presented, the Malta Football Awards have progressed from humble beginnings to being a much-anticipated yearly event with media coverage and popular interest Mr.Vassallo thanked, the Malta Football Association for endorsing this event and Melita plc for their continuous support which is essential in the organisation of such events.

Catherine Micallef and Saviour Darmanin presenters of this year's Football Awards edition

Catherine Micallef and Saviour Darmanin presenters of this year's Football Awards edition

Sandro Micallef, Chairperson of the Organising Committee of the Malta Football Awards, also addressed the press conference. He spoke of how the Melita Malta Football Awards are very much designed to be a celebration. “We’ll roll out the red carpet, conjure up a few surprises, and of course, feature the stars of the show – the footballers and coaches themselves. We will share with the viewing public the skill and talent that can be found in this country, and share with the community the giant steps that are being taken in local football. It will be an extraordinary evening that is not just about receiving a trophy. It will be an evening about everyone involved in local football coming together to celebrate their hard work.” Mr. Micallef also confirmed that the Special Recognition Award will again be included amongst the established list of awards of this event. This prestigious award will honour a local football personality who has distinguished himself over the past years in the local scene.

The event will be co-presented by Saviour Darmanin, ex international goalkeeper, and Catherine Micallef, sports journalist and event producer. Micallef explained that those entitled to vote are those involved in the local game, namely the presidents, coaches, and captains of the ten BOV Premier League clubs and the journalists who followed the BOV Premier League 2009/2010. Voting for the best players in the Futsal League, Women’s League, First, Second and Third Division and the GFA Melita First Division will be reserved for officials, coaches, captains from the respective clubs, and sports correspondents who follow these leagues. However, the best goal of the season will be voted for by Maltese football fans that represent the bread and butter of the local football industry. The viewing public will be given the opportunity to vote via SMS number 50614914 during the actual event. The short list of the best goals of the season will be compiled from the temporary results of those entitles to vote. The final result will be announced after an interactive voting amongst the guests during the event who will determine the best five goals of the season.

Mr. Alan Cutajar, director of Events Services, thanked the organisers, the media, and the sponsors, namely MELITA, POWERADE, KIA, LOTTO, KMS, BOV, EURES, ARISTOCRAT, HAMILTON TRAVEL, TONI&GUY and EXCELSIOR all of whom were crucial in making this ninth edition possible.

The Melita Malta Football Awards will be broadcast live on Melita Sports 702 and on the Promotion Channel, which is available to all Melita television subscribers, LIVE from 8pm. A repeat programme will view on Favourtie Channel on Sunday 6th June at 9pm. No tickets will be available on sale and attendance is strictly by invitation. More details and statistics about previous editions of the Melita Malta Football Awards are available at www.maltafootball.com/awards and www.eventsservices.tv

The awards for the Ninth Edition of the Melita Malta Football Awards will be:

1. Best Goalkeeper

2. Best Defender

3. Best Midfielder

4. Best Striker

5. Most Promising Youngster

6. Best Coach

7. Best Foreign Player

8. Best Local Player

9. Best Goal of the Season

10. Best Women’s League Player 1st Div

11. Best Futsal Player 1st Div

12. Best Melita GFA Player 1st Div

13. Best BOV First Division Player

14. Best BOV Second Division Player

15. Best BOV Third Division Player

16. Best BOV Premier Veteran Player (aged 35 and over)

17. Special Career Award/s





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