Malta Football Association
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Positive showings highlight progress of women’s football
Apr 28, 2020
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Malta players celebrate their win against Georgia. PHOTO: Joe Borg/MFA
Malta players celebrate their win against Georgia. PHOTO: Joe Borg/MFA

  • Malta players celebrate their win against Georgia. PHOTO: Joe Borg/MFA
  • Malta women's team captain Dorianne Theuma. PHOTO: Domenic Aquilina/MFA

In the first of a three-part series on women’s football, we look back on the progress shown by the Malta women’s team in Group B of the UEFA Women’s EURO 2021 qualifying round and other significant developments in the women’s game in our country.


Encouraging showings in most of their outings in the UEFA Women’s Euro 2021 qualifying group have further raised the profile of the Maltese women’s national team on the international stage.

 

With a 1-1 draw against Israel and a 2-1 win over Georgia, both on home soil, the Maltese girls have reached the four-point mark in a group that includes 2019 Women’s World Cup quarter-finalists Italy, Euro 2015 runners-up Denmark and 59th-ranked Bosnia-Herzegovina.

 

Despite being ranked 101st, Mark Gatt’s girls have raised their game as the competition gathered pace, also turning in bold performances against more-quoted opponents, epsecially in the home games against Italy (0-2) and Bosnia (2-3). The national team has been on a positive run lately which started with the Israel draw, followed by a 2-2 stalemate against Switzerland in a January friendly test before defeating Georgia on March 5.

 

Since the Israel draw, Gatt’s team have found the net in five of their six games played with eight goals scored – a positive stat that shows the team is being proactive.

 

In addition, these figures also highlight the improvement made by the team under the guidance of coach Gatt who, in 43 games at the helm, has guided Malta to 14 wins and nine draws with 59 goals scored.

 

Before football across Europe was hit by the coronavirus pandemic, Malta had made history by beating Georgia 2-1 with goals from Rachel Cuschieri and Haley Bugeja to record their first ever top-level qualifying victory. Malta have three games remaining in the UEFA Women’s EURO qualifying campaign – at home to Denmark and away games against Georgia and Israel.

 

THEUMA JOINS CENTURY CLUB

 

Most recently, national team stalwart Dorianne Theuma reached an important milestone as she collected her 100th cap in the UEFA Women’s EURO qualifier against Bosnia, & Herzegovina, played on March 10 at the Centenary Stadium.
The Swieqi United player, who had a distinguished career with the likes of Hibernians and Mosta, has now joined Joe Brincat, Carmel Busuttil, David Carabott, Michael Mifsud, Gilbert Agius and Roderick Briffa in FIFA’s Century Club.

 

Theuma made her Malta debut against Romania on August 10, 2003 – a European qualifier which happened to be the first time the Maltese girls graced the field on the international stage.  

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