Photo: Domenic Aquilina
Building on the excitement of Malta’s victory yesterday against Faroe Islands in the Euro 2020 qualifier games, next Tuesday’s match against Spain could see a record number of Maltese fans turning up to support their team. There are only 700 tickets left, and they’re selling out faster than ever.
Over the weekend Malta secured its first ever international victory at home, beating the Faroe Islands 2-1 in a nail-biter of a match. On Tuesday Malta will be playing against Spain, one of the most successful international football teams around.
Louis Aguis from the Malta national football team fan club ‘South-End Core’ says the biggest ever turnout was Malta vs Germany in the late 80s, where over 35,000 were packed into the stadium. At the time however, seating was not yet installed, allowing more spectators to cram into the stadium.
“Since the stadium had seats installed, Malta vs Turkey was sold out with 18,000 in attendance. Malta vs Italy and more recently Malta vs England were also sold out, however for the England match for example, 4,000 British people were present. For the upcoming match against Spain, only 450 Spaniards are coming, so this could very well be the highest attendance by Maltese fans since the stadium had seats installed.”
Malta is currently at the top of its qualifier group F, joint with Spain and Sweden, with all three countries having three points.
Here’s hoping the boys of Malta manage to keep up their momentum and avoid a repeat of what happened back in 1984…