Hibernians F.C.

This article is about the Maltese football club. For other clubs, see Hibernian.
Hibernians FC
Full name Hibernians Football Club
Nickname(s) Hibs
Raħal Ġdid (Paola)
Founded 1922
Ground Hibernians Stadium,
Paola, Malta
Ground Capacity 4,000
Chairman Tony Bezzina
Manager Mark Miller
League Maltese Premier League
2015–16 Maltese Premier League, 2nd
Website Club home page

Hibernians Football Club is a Maltese association football club based in the town of Paola.


The club played one season in 1922 as Constitutionals FC, representing the pro-British Constitutional Party.[1] They started up again in the 1927/28 season and became a top amateur side, winning the Amateur League in 1930/1.[1] Meanwhile the Constitutional Party had upset the Catholic Church so much that in May 1930 it was made a mortal sin for Catholics to vote for the party. The football club changed its name a year later to Hibernians Football Club[1] as a nod to Hibernian F.C., the club founded by Irish Catholics in Edinburgh. They won their first match as Hibernians 2-1, against HMS Antelope in October 1931.[1] They had to wait for a place to become available in the professional league, but in January 1933 they joined the league with a 3-1 victory over Sliema Rangers. They have stayed in the top division ever since.[1]

Hibernians faced a long period of decline followed the success of the 1980s to the end of the decade.[1] Hibernians also have a futsal team, which plays in Malta's top futsal league, the Premier Futsal League.


Main article: Hibernians Stadium

The club's home ground is Hibernians Stadium, a multi-use stadium in Paola, which has a capacity of about 4,000.



Winners (11): 1960–61, 1966–67, 1968–69, 1978–79, 1980–81, 1981–82, 1993–94, 1994–95, 2001–02, 2008–09, 2014–15
Winners (10): 1961–62, 1969–70, 1970–71, 1979–80, 1981–82, 1997–98, 2005–06, 2006–07, 2011–12, 2012–13
Winners (3): 1994, 2007, 2015


Maltese teams are limited to eight players without Maltese citizenship. The squad list includes only the principal nationality of each player; several non-European players on the squad have dual citizenship with an EU country.

Current squad

As of 11 July, 2015.

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Malta GK Andrew Hogg
2 Malta MF Timothy Desira
4 Malta DF Dunstan Vella
5 Equatorial Guinea DF Rui
6 Malta DF Jonathan Pearson
7 Brazil MF Jackson Lima
8 Brazil MF Rodolfo Soares
9 Brazil FW Marcelo Dias
10 Malta FW Andrew Cohen (Captain)
11 Malta MF Bjorn Kristensen
13 Malta MF Clayton Failla
No. Position Player
14 Argentina FW Juan Manuel Varea
17 Brazil FW Renan
18 Equatorial Guinea DF Diosdado Mbele
19 Malta MF Johan Bezzina
20 Malta DF Andrei Agius
22 Malta FW Joseph Mbong
23 Brazil FW Jorginho
24 Malta GK Rudy Briffa
31 Malta FW Jurgen Degabriele
33 Malta DF Neil Chetcuti

Out on loan

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
Brazil FW Tarabai (to Seoul E-Land)


Women's team

A women's team plays in the Women's Maltese First Division. The team is the national record champion with twelve titles. The most recent one was won in 2016.[3]


  1. 1 2 3 4 5 6 "History". www.hiberniansfc.org. Retrieved 10 August 2016.
  2. http://www.hiberniansfc.org/Honours.aspx
  3. "Hibernians BOV Women's League Champions". maltafootball.com. 27 April 2015. Retrieved 28 April 2015.

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