As we’re currently mid-way through the 2016/17 season, awaiting the new release of next season’s kits, we’ve decided to take a look at the kits of the clubs playing in the 2016/17 Maltese Premier League.
Kit Manufacturers in the Maltese Premier League
Spanish sportswear company Joma is the official kit manufacturer of 5 Maltese clubs in the top league, making it the biggest kit supplier in Maltese football. Italian brand Macron follows in second place, being the kit supplier of 2 clubs, whilst adidas, Errea, Sportika, Nike and Max Sport each supply the kits for one team.
Balzan FC – Joma
Balzan FC are currently celebrating their 80th anniversary and their shirt manufactures Joma have rightly so, presented the club with a special shirt to commemorate their history. The club’s home shirt is white with a red horizontal on the chest, which is also continued on the sleeves. Although they have never won the league title, Balzan are currently looking strong favourites to taste success for the first time as they currently sit atop the league table.
Birkirkara FC – Adidas
Birkirkara FC represent Malta’s largest town, Birkirkara. They were founded in 1950 and have won the Maltese Premier League four times, with their most recent success being in 2012/13. Birkirkara came close to causing an upset in the 2015/16 Europa League qualifiers against West Ham. Former Italy international Fabrizio Miccoli managed to get on the score sheet for the Stripes, forcing the tie to go to penalties where the Hammers eventually won 5-3. Birkirkara’s current home kit is manufactured by adidas and features the club’s traditional red and yellow stripes.
Floriana – Joma
Floriana FC are considered to be one of the most successful clubs in Malta having won the league title 25 times. They are currently managed by former Perugia midfielder Giovanni Tedesco. Floriana traditionally play in green and white shirts. For the 2016/17 season, Joma supplied Floriana with a primarily green shirt with thin horizontal white stripes running along the front of the shirt. It is complemented by green shorts and green socks.
Hamrun Spartans – Sportika
Founded in 1907, Hamrun Spartans have 7 league titles in their trophy cabinet. After being relegated to the Maltese second division in 2014/15, Hamrun managed to win back-to-back promotions and find themselves playing in the top Maltese division once again. The club’s kits are manufactured by Italian brand Sportika and features the club’s traditional black and red stripes. The shirt also features a subtle downward arrow shaped design on the front.
Hibernians FC – Joma
Known as the Peacocks, Hibernians FC is a football club based in the town of Paola. The club was founded in 1922 originally as Constitutionals FC, owing to their affiliation with the pro-British Constitutional Party. A name change was required in 1931 after the Constitutional Party in Malta had severed ties with the Catholic Church, with the latter making it a mortal sin for citizens to vote for the party. They eventually changed their name to Hibernians FC, drawing inspiration from Irish club Hibernian FC, which was founded by Irish Catholics in Edinburgh. The club’s kits are manufactured by Joma and feature Hibs’ traditional black and white stripes. It features the shirt manufacturer and club sponsor logo in gold.
Mosta FC – Macron
Mosta FC were founded in 1935 and despite having played most of their history in the lower divisions, they are currently enjoying their stay in the top division, having managed to retain their place since winning promotion in the 2010/11 season. The club’s kit manufacturer is Italian brand Macron. Mosta’s home kit is all blue, with a white stripe along the upper part of the chest.
Pembroke Athleta – Joma
Pembroke Athleta FC is one of Malta’s youngest football clubs, having been founded in 1994. They were originally founded in 1962 as an amateur football team. They won promotion to the top division in 2015, a place they have managed to retain for another season. The club’s home shirt is primarily red with a white and dark blue stripe along the upper part of the chest. Shirt makers Joma have their logo featured in white on the top right part of the chest with the club crest on the opposite side.
Sliema Wanderers FC – Macron
Sliema Wanderers were founded in 1909, and are considered to be Malta’s most successful team having won a record 26 titles. They are the boyhood club of Maltese star striker Michael Mifsud, nicknamed ‘Il Messi di Malta‘ after he was instrumental in knocking out Manchester United from the League Cup when he was playing at Coventry City during 2007/08 season. Sliema’s kits are manufactured by Italian brand Macron who have supplied the Blues with a light blue home shirt with black detail around the neckline and sleeves.
St Andrews FC – Nike
St Andrews Football Club is based in Pembroke and was founded in 1968. The football team forms part of a multi-sports club, ‘Luxol Sports Club’. The club is highly known for its nursery which has produced a number of talented players over the years. St Andrews’ home kit is purple, and features a button-up polo collar. Shirt manufacturer Nike have their logo featured on the top right part of the chest in light green.
Tarxien Rainbows – Errea
Tarxien Rainbows FC are based in the town of Tarxien, and are fierce rivals of neighbouring Hibernians FC. The Rainbows, as they are affectionately known, have never won a league title, however they have managed to retain their place in the Maltese Premier League since winning promotion from Division One in 2009/10. The club’s kits are manufactured by Italian brand Errea. The home shirt is mainly blue with a white y-shaped collar and white trim around the sleeve hems. The shirt is complemented by blue shorts and socks.
Valletta FC – Joma
Valletta FC are considered to be one of Malta’s strongest football teams. They are based in Malta’s capital city and have won the national league title 23 times and are the current defending champions. They have a fierce rivalry with neighbouring Floriana FC. Their kit is manufactured by Joma who presented Valletta with simple white shirt with a round collar.
*The article does not feature the kits of Gzira United as we were unable to locate pictures of the team’s kit. If anyone has a good picture of the kit and is kind enough to share with us please do so using the contact us page here.
Let us know in the comments box below which Maltese club’s kit is your favourite!