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2008–09 Maltese Premier League

2008–09 Maltese Premier LeagueDescription : The Maltese Premier League 2008–09 was the 94th season of the Maltese Premier League, the top-tier football in Malta. It began on 23 August 2008 with a scoreless draw between Floriana !Floriana and Hamrun Spartans !Hamrun Spartans and ended on 24 May 2009. The first goal in the season was scored by Ivan, who plays for Qormi. Hibernians were crowned champions on the 23 May 2009, winning their 10th title, surpassing rivals Valletta by two points.In the First Round, every team played each oppone... Page:2

Maltese Premier League
Season2008–09
ChampionsHibernians
10th Premier League title
RelegatedMarsaxlokk
Champions LeagueHibernians
Europa LeagueValletta
Birkirkara
Goals scored387
Average goals/game2.93
Top goalscorerMalta Terence Scerri (26)
← 2007–08
2009–10 →

The Maltese Premier League 2008–09 was the 94th season of the Maltese Premier League, the top-tier football in Malta. It began on 23 August 2008 with a scoreless draw between Floriana !Floriana and Hamrun Spartans !Hamrun Spartans and ended on 24 May 2009. The first goal in the season was scored by Ivan, who plays for Qormi. Hibernians were crowned champions on the 23 May 2009, winning their 10th title, surpassing rivals Valletta by two points.

Changes from 2007–08

  • Promoted: Qormi, Tarxien
  • Relegated: Mqabba, Pieta Hotspurs

Competition modus

In the First Round, every team played each opponent twice, once home and once away, for a total of 18 games. The league was then split in two pools. Earned points were halved. Teams that finished in positions 1–6 compete in the "Championship Pool" and teams finishing in positions 7–10 play in the "Relegation Pool".

First round

Standings

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
1Hibernians !Hibernians1813234919+3041
2Valletta !Valletta1811703111+2040
3Birkirkara !Birkirkara189543128+332
4Sliema Wanderers !Sliema Wanderers187562424026
5Floriana !Floriana186481821−322
6Marsaxlokk !Marsaxlokk186482833−522
7Msida Saint-Joseph !Msida Saint-Joseph186392028−821
8Hamrun Spartans !Hamrun Spartans1852112437−1317
9Qormi !Qormi183691626−1015
10Tarxien Rainbows !Tarxien Rainbows1842122236−1414

Source: kicker.de (German)
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored
Note: Teams ranked 1 through 6 qualified for the championship pool, teams ranked 7 through 10 play in the relegation pool. Earned points were halved and taken over to the respective pools.
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.
Only applicable when the season is not finished:
(Q) = Qualified to the phase of tournament indicated; (TQ) = Qualified to tournament, but not yet to the particular phase indicated; (RQ) = Qualified to the relegation tournament indicated; (DQ) = Disqualified from tournament.

Results

Home ╲ AwayBirkirkara !BIRFloriana !FLOHibernians !HIBHamrun Spartans !HAMMarsaxlokk !MRSMsida Saint-Joseph !MSJQormi !QORSliema Wanderers !SLITarxien Rainbows !TARValletta !VAL
Birkirkara !Birkirkara0–10–63–22–32–01–14–21–02–2
Floriana !Floriana1–22–10–03–10–10–20–03–10–1
Hibernians !Hibernians3–21–11–04–15–13–02–32–01–1
Hamrun Spartans !Hamrun Spartans0–10–11–44–31–03–20–20–41–3
Marsaxlokk !Marsaxlokk1–12–12–34–22–11–11–22–10–1
Msida Saint-Joseph !Msida Saint-Joseph2–24–10–23–21–11–10–31–00–2
Qormi !Qormi0–10–01–31–41–30–11–21–00–2
Sliema Wanderers !Sliema Wanderers2–30–30–10–30–02–11–14–21–1
Tarxien Rainbows !Tarxien Rainbows1–33–02–71–13–10–20–31–01–3
Valletta !Valletta1–12–12–04–02–02–10–00–02–2

Source: kicker.de (German)
The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
The match from 25 January 2009 was awarded to Qormi with a score of 2–0 because Floriana fielded an ineligible player.
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Second round

Championship Pool

Standings

Floriana !Floriana
Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1Hibernians !Hibernians (C)2819547325+48422009–10 UEFA Champions League First qualifying round
2Valletta !Valletta2817925018+32402009–10 UEFA Europa League First qualifying round
3Birkirkara !Birkirkara2812794345−227
4Marsaxlokk !Marsaxlokk (R)28106124652−625Relegation to Maltese First Division
5Sliema Wanderers !Sliema Wanderers28108103341−8252009–10 UEFA Europa League Second qualifying round
2876152544−1916

Source: maltafootball.com
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored
Points earned in the first round have been halved.
Sliema Wanderers won the Maltese Cup 2008–09 and thereby qualified for the second qualifying round of UEFA Europa League.
Marsaxlokk were relegated to the First Division for the 2009-10 season due to their involvement in a bribery scandal.
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.
Only applicable when the season is not finished:
(Q) = Qualified to the phase of tournament indicated; (TQ) = Qualified to tournament, but not yet to the particular phase indicated; (RQ) = Qualified to the relegation tournament indicated; (DQ) = Disqualified from tournament.

Results

Home ╲ AwayBirkirkara !BIRFloriana !FLOHibernians !HIBMarsaxlokk !MRSSliema Wanderers !SLIValletta !VAL
Birkirkara !Birkirkara3–10–41–20–03–1
Floriana !Floriana0–20–22–11–10–2
Hibernians !Hibernians2–04–12–20–00–0
Marsaxlokk !Marsaxlokk2–25–21–40–30–1
Sliema Wanderers !Sliema Wanderers1–03–00–51–30–3
Valletta !Valletta4–10–02–11–25–0

Source: maltafootball.com
The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Relegation Pool

Standings

Qormi !QormiTarxien Rainbows !Tarxien RainbowsMsida Saint-Joseph !Msida Saint-JosephHamrun Spartans !Hamrun Spartans
Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
2476113031−120
2465133244−12016
2475122540−15016
2473143148−17016

Source: maltafootball.com
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored
Points earned in the first round have been halved.
While Msida Saint-Joseph and Hamrun Spartans were relegated, they were returned to the Premier League in the wake of corruption scandals involving Vittoriosa Stars and Marsaxlokk.
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.
Only applicable when the season is not finished:
(Q) = Qualified to the phase of tournament indicated; (TQ) = Qualified to tournament, but not yet to the particular phase indicated; (RQ) = Qualified to the relegation tournament indicated; (DQ) = Disqualified from tournament.

Results

Home ╲ AwayHamrun Spartans !HAMMsida Saint-Joseph !MSJQormi !QORTarxien Rainbows !TAR
Hamrun Spartans !Hamrun Spartans3–00–21–1
Msida Saint-Joseph !Msida Saint-Joseph2–00–52–2
Qormi !Qormi1–22–11–2
Tarxien Rainbows !Tarxien Rainbows5–10–00–3

Source: maltafootball.com
The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Deciding game

Because Tarxien Rainbows, Msida Saint-Joseph and Hamrun Spartans were tied on points after all matches played, their head-to head results in Relegation Pool were decisive. Hamrun Spartans had the least points in those matches and were therefore immediately relegated. However, Tarxien Rainbows and Msida Saint-Joseph were equal on points in their two matches and they played a decision game to determine the second relegated team. The match was played on 8 May 2009 at Hibernians Ground. However, in the wake of a corruption scandal, both Hamrun Spartans and Msida Saint-Joseph were returned to the Premier League.

Team 1 Score Team 2
Msida Saint-Joseph1–1 (aet, p. 4–5)Tarxien Rainbows

Top goalscorers

Source: maltafootball.com

ScorerClubGoals
Bulgaria Stilyan PetrovHibernians26
Bulgaria Stilyan PetrovTarxien Rainbows23
Bulgaria Stilyan PetrovMarsaxlokk17
Cameroon Njongo PrisoValletta15
Brazil Pedro dos Santos CalçadoMsida Saint-Joseph13
Nigeria Alfred EffiongQormi12
Brazil Marcelo PereiraMarsaxlokk11
Malta Andrew CohenHibernians9
Netherlands Sylvano ComvaliusHamrun Spartans9
Malta Ivan WoodsSliema Wanderers9
Goals total387
Matches total132
Average per match2.93

External links

  • Premier League official page
  • UEFA website
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