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Malta is a beautiful island where the main attractions are the summer sun and the beautiful sea and beaches. It is a very small island (316 square kilometres) just below the Italian island Sicily. Malta is a very popular tourist attraction, especially among English tourists, who regularly visit the island. Malta has been independent since 1964, when it was previously a British colony and military base during World War II. In May 2004, Malta joined the European Union in the 2004 enlargement, and adopted the Euro as its currency in January 2008. In the last friendly game to be played, Malta has registered its highest ever score in an international match. The Maltese national team triumphed against Liechtenstein by a huge 7-1 score. The man of the match was Michael Mifsud who scored an amazing 5 goals in the thrashing of Liechtenstein. Malta currently ranks 134th place in the FIFA rankings and is managed by Czech coach Dusan Fitzel, one of the factors that has helped the squad to become respected by major national teams. A 1-1 draw against Austria, a 1-0 loss against Japan, a 1-0 loss against Greece, a 2-1 win over Hungary and a 2-2 draw against Turkey (on Victory Day 8th September, celebrating the day when Malta defeated Turkey in the Great Siege of 1565) all show that the Maltese national squad is on the upturn with regards to performances.
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When it comes to football, it is considered a weak opposition, although recently major improvement has been noticed. Due to the lack of strong domestic clubs (which are able to compete against large European clubs in UEFA Cup or Champions League) most Maltese citizens support foreign football clubs, with the most popular being Manchester United, Liverpool, Milan, Inter and Juventus. When it comes to the international level, most citizens support either England or else Italy (with rivalry showing up clearly when World Cups or European Championships are taking place), as well as the Maltese national team.
Relatively huge turnouts have been registered for home matches recently, after the improvement that has taken place. Malta's national stadium is called Ta. Qali and has a capacity of 17000 fans. Recently, the concept of organised support groups on the stadium's curve has been introduced. The improvement has been attributed to a larger number of Maltese national players playing for clubs outside the country. The most popular player for the national squad is Michael Mifsud, the player who knocked Man Utd out of the Carling Cup in 2007, who plays for Coventry City in the Championship. For the qualification to World Cup 2010, Malta plays in Group 1 against Portugal, Sweden, Denmark,
The Malta national football team currently play in the UEFA confederation and they play their home matches wearing red home shirts with white trim. Considered to be one of the weaker sides in Europe, Malta has never made it to the finals of any major international competition.
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