Successful home-grown coaches have quickly become part of football’s rapid evolution in Australia, with local names set for more joy as the A-League begins its ninth season.
Malta icon Michael Mifsud speaks to FIFA.com about his career thus far and his belief that his nation's football is moving in the right direction.
Gianluigi Buffon was far from happy after Italy's FIFA World Cup™ Group B qualifier match with Malta, despite a 2-0 win, but the veteran goalkeeper was happy to see Mario Balotelli becoming a consistent player.
Mario Balotelli continued his hot streak in front of goal with a brace to fire Italy to victory over Malta in their FIFA World Cup qualifying match. The AC Milan forward now has ten goals in nine appearances for club and country.
This week, the ending of one streak in Germany and the prolonging of another in England feature alongside prolific goalscoring from Michael Mifsud, Cristiano Ronaldo and three Asian sides at Azerbaijan.
Malta claimed their third win in succession as they saw a Michael Mifsud brace lead them to a 3-2 win over San Marino, while Liechtenstein saw off Andorra 1-0.