A Small Island with Notable Cultural and Sports Traditions
Italpress has come to a country of historical traditions strictly linked to Italy, not only for its geographical proximity, but above all, for the sharing of civilization and customs.
Today sports belong to the daily reality of every country and the relations between Italy and Malta are deeply rooted also in this sector. Pietro Ghedin, the coach of the national football team is the latest example.
I’m particularly attracted to Malta because during my years at Rai-Tv, the Italian public broadcaster, many Maltese viewers used to follow me just like when I worked for ‘Antenna Sicilia’ channel. That’s why the Island of Malta is among my preferred destinations. This is a land where some famous football champions have passed and I’ve been particularly fascinated by the story of Sir Stanley Matthews, who at the venerable age of sixty played for Sliema after having a star career in British soccer.
If I well remember there was also a historical England – Malta match for the world championship qualifiers in the 60s, which the White Lions had won 1-0, with many risks, with goalkeeper Banks being the protagonist for his saves. We cannot forget Carmelo Busuttil who played in Italy and Belgium and especially the present scorer Mifsud who has played for Bayern Leverkusen before moving to Coventry. In the F.A. Cup Mifsud scored two unforgettable goals at the Old Trafford against Manchester United. He will certainly be a protagonist too in the much awaited Malta-Italy match. Other Italian coaches have been in Malta, apart from Ghedin and Piccioni. Players include Paris, Policano, Bergodi. On the island there is also a flourishing breeding ground for young players and the Under 17 team has already produced some important results. Moreover I woud like to mention the target shooting champion William Chetcut who won many medals at world level and the billiard ace Tony Drago, just to cite some names.
As we can see there are many reasons to speak about Maltese sports.
A small Island with notable cultural and sports traditions that our agency will highlight.
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