Malta's First World Cup Qualifying Match Is This Sunday At Ta' Qali
And they're ready to face off against the Tartan Army
Photo: Paul Zammit / MFA
This Sunday, Malta's national team will be playing Scotland in their first qualifying game for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.
The excitement (and tension) that surrounds this game, which will be held at the Ta' Qali National Stadium, is the perfect way to get fans hyped ahead of the second, and arguably more challenging, qualifier against England at the Wembley Stadium this October.
Unsure where to watch the big game? We've got you covered:
If you support Malta:
The best way to show your support... is by being there! Head to Ta' Qali National Stadium and be at the heart of the action. We're not exactly guaranteed a win, but anything can happen.
We may be a small country in comparison to Scotland, but taking the top 4 divisions into consideration, Malta has more football clubs than Scotland... so that's a start! We've never beaten a team from the UK before, but we have come close so we're due a win... and you could be there when history is made.
Set our team on the right path for their big match against England by showing up and showing some love. You can find out more information and get your tickets here.
If you support Scotland:
If you're rooting for the Scots then you should definitely join The Tartan Army at Fat Harry's Pub in Bugibba. Dedicated Scotland fans are coming together for what they are advertising as non-stop Scottish anthems, a pre-match party, a pre-match gig, the actual match, and an after party - and that's just game day.
In true Scottish fashion the Tartan Army are going all out with celebrations starting on Friday 2nd where there will be boat parties, DJ's and flags are encouraged.
If you have no strong feelings either way:
Regardless of whether you have a burning patriotism or not, the match should be a good one to watch. You'll be hard pressed to find a bar that's not showing the game, but if you want to play it safe: Charles Bar (Swatar) and Surfside (Sliema) are known for showing all the important matches.
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