The MFPA Awards: The beautiful game and those at the heart of it

Wednesday, May 10, 2017, 13:14

Sihon Gauci

The MFPA Awards ceremony, celebrates the beautiful game and the players that are at the very heart of it. In its 4th edition, organised by the Maltese Football Players Association, and held at the Limestone Heritage – Siggiewi, on the 8 of May 2017, the ceremony was attended by football’s local elite. Hosted by ex-football player Ben Camille, together with Deandra Agius, the ceremony saw, 24 awards given to the best talent in local football, as decided by their peers. Local band, Airport Impressions, provided a live musical reprieve.

In an address that highlighted the advancements achieved through MFPA’s collaboration with MFA’s Social Dialogue Board, General Secretary – Carlo Mamo, called on to football fans to embrace the changes proposed by MFPA, for the proper development of football Players. MFPA has been calling for the removal of the Parametres system for years. Such a system, he said, discriminates maltese players, because it is illegal elsewhere in the world. It hampers local talent and obstructs  the progress of Maltese football. Progress, he said, can not be achieved without change.

MFPA executive member and Maltese National Player Gareth Sciberras, won a place in the MFPA’s Best XI, i.e the dream team, after a positive performance in his very last competitive football season.

Jurgen Degabriele was overwhelmingly chosen as the MFPA Best Young player,  effectively identified as the future bright promise of Maltese football.

The evening culminated to the most prestigious award of the night, with Bjorn Kristensen crowned as the undisputed MFPA Best Player for season 2016/2017. He becomes the first to take home the stunning new trophy, launched especially by the MFPA for its most significant award. Kristensen, visibly proud with this achievement thanked the Association for the award, and his peers for the recognition.

A complete list of winners on the night:

Category Winner Percentage of votes
MFPA Best Coach Mark Miller 30%
MFPA Best Referee Alan Mario Sant 25%
MFPA Best First Division Player Juninho Cabral 32%
MFPA Best Female Player Stephania Farrugia 33%
MFPA Best Futsal Player Everton Da Silva Santos 29%
MFPA Best Young GoalKeeper Jake Galea 41%
MFPA Best Young Defender Daniel Zerafa 37%
MFPA Best Young Midfielder Jake Grech 63%
MFPA Best Young Forward Jurgen Degabriele 41%
MFPA Best XI Goalkeeper Dziugas Bartkus 46%
MFPA Best XI Left Back Leandro Aguirre 42%
MFPA Best XI Right Back Marcelo Dias 44%
MFPA Best XI Central Back Rodolfo Soares

Jonathan Caruana



MFPA Best XI Midfielder Bjorn Kristensen

Jackson Lima

Alan Da Silva Souza

Gareth Sciberras





MFPA Best XI Forward Jean Paul Farrugia

Bojan Kaljevic



MFPA Special Award Swieqi United NA
MFPA Merit Award Tony Gambin NA
MFPA Best Young Player Overall Jurgen Degabriele 32%
MFPA Best Player Overall Bjorn Kristensen 22%




The MFPA Best Player of 2017: Bjorn Kristensen




The MFPA Best XI

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