Malta Football Association
Malta FA deeply saddened by death of Josie Urpani
Jan 20, 2020
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Josie Urpani
Josie Urpani

The Malta Football Association is deeply saddened by the news that former Malta player Josie Urpani has passed away. He was 83.

Born on October 10, 1936, Urpani showed his potential from a very young age. He was 18 when he made his senior debut for Valletta FC on November 28, 1954 in a 2-0 victory over Birkirkara.


Urpani, who played as an attacking midfielder, went on to establish himself as a key member of the Valletta team with whom he won three championships and other major domestic honours, including the FA Trophy (twice), Cassar Cup and the Scicluna Cup.


With Valletta, Urpani played over 150 league matches, scoring 56 goals, and 23 appearances in the FA Trophy competition, scoring seven goals. He also netted seven goals in other competitions.




At international level, Urpani made his bow for Malta in the 3-0 friendly win against Denmark XI on January 25, 1958, becoming the second Valletta FC player, together with Jackie Grech, to don the Malta shirt after Joe Cilia. He played seven times for the national team, scoring one goal in the 3-1 defeat to Denmark in a European Championship qualifier. The match was played on December 8, 1962 at the Empire Stadium.


The Malta FA extends its profound condolences to the family and friends of Josie Urpani at this sad time.


Urpani's funeral will take place this Saturday at the Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish Church, Balluta. Mass starts at 8.30am.

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