Balzan FC cel­e­brat­ing their 80th an­niver­sary

Malta Independent - - SPORT - Domenic Aquilina

Balzan FC are cel­e­brat­ing the 80th an­niver­sary since the birth of the club. It was way back in 1937 that Balzan Youths FC made their bap­tism in lo­cal foot­ball. 80 years on and Balzan are now re­garded as one of the top elite Pre­mier Divi­sion clubs in Malta.

At a press con­fer­ence at the Balzan FC Train­ing Com­plex in Lija, yes­ter­day, Club Pres­i­dent An­ton Tagli­a­ferro spoke about all this and more.

He said: “It was in 1937 that a small vil­lage town foot­ball club by the name of Balzan Youths FC started com­pet­ing in Mal­tese foot­ball. Eighty years af­ter we are here speak­ing about this team which made his­tory and about the ac­tual Balzan FC.

“Af­ter all the neg­a­tive news that we have been hear­ing re­cently about Mal­tese foot­ball in gen­eral, to­day we are here to speak about some­thing nice es­pe­cially about Balzan FC.

“This year our club is com­mem­o­rat­ing and cel­e­brat­ing 80 years of foot­ball. All I can say is that we are al­ways work­ing hard to be as pro­fes­sional as can be both within the se­nior team and within our Academy.

“To­day we are placed amongst the elite of Mal­tese foot­ball and this makes me happy. I am a very suc­cess­ful minded per­son so we all at the club work in the most pro­fes­sional of man­ners to get the club to bet­ter ways all the time and I think we have done so in due course.

“It would be the per­fect tim­ing if this year the club could land a ma­jor hon­our which of course is our main ob­jec­tive”

Dur­ing the same press con­fer­ence, Balzan were pre­sented with the team’s new foot­ball kit which co­in­cides with the club’s 80th an­niver­sary com­mem­o­ra­tion and which is an ex­act replica to the Balzan Youths FC kit way back in 1937.

Renowned Span­ish sports equip­ment man­u­fac­tur­ers Joma’s com­pany rep­re­sen­ta­tive Paola Tagli­atela stated that the brand are very proud to be as­so­ci­ated with Balzan FC and that the new 80th an­niver­sary kit will get the club to win their first ma­jor hon­our with this kit.

Balzan FC head coach Oliver Spiteri con­firmed that the club will be busily en­gaged mon­i­tor­ing pos­si­ble new sign­ings dur­ing this Jan­uary trans­fer win­dow.

He said: “I can con­firm our new sign­ing – Ser­bian Mi­los Le­povic is now a Balzan FC player. Still the Jan­uary trans­fer win­dow is a long way off so we will re­main mon­i­tor­ing pos­si­ble new ad­di­tions to the squad.”

Joma rep­re­sen­ta­tive Paola Tagli­atela (sec­ond left) presents the new Balzan FC kit to club Pres­i­dent An­ton Tagli­a­ferro Photo: Domenic Aquilina

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