Kevin Sammut

Kevin Sammut (born 26 May 1981 in Sliema, Malta) is a former professional footballer who played as a midfielder for a number of Maltese Premier League clubs, and with Malta's national football team. Currently, he is serving a 10-year ban for match fixing.[1]

Kevin Sammut
Personal information
Full name Kevin Sammut
Date of birth (1981-05-26) 26 May 1981
Place of birth Msida, Malta
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Playing position Midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1998–2005 Sliema Wanderers 81 (14)
2000–2001Hamrun Spartans (loan) 25 (5)
2004–2005Msida Saint-Joseph (loan) 16 (3)
2005–2009 Marsaxlokk 98 (17)
2009–2012 Valletta 27 (5)
2011–2012Hamrun Spartans (loan) 21 (7)
Total 268 (51)
National team
Malta U17
Malta U21 21 (0)
2005–2012 Malta 37 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 15 August 2009
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 24 January 2010

Playing career

Sliema Wanderers

Kevin began his playing career with his local side Sliema Wanderers of the Maltese Premier League. In his first season, he made a single appearance as Sliema Wanderers recorded a third-place finish in the Premier League. Starting from the 1999–2000 season Sammut started to regularly make the first team squad and was part of the Sliema team which finished fourth in the league.

Following a season loan spell with Hamrun Spartans, Kevin returned to Sliema Wanderers and went straight into the first team squad, where he amassed 24 appearances, scoring four goals. In the 2002–03 season, Sammut won his first silverware as Sliema Wanderers won the league title. This was successfully defended the following season, as Sliema completed a domestic double of league title and the Maltese Cup.

Despite the success of the previous season, Sammut was sent out on another season long loan for the 2004–05 season, this time with Msida Saint-Joseph. He helped the club narrowly avoid relegation with an eighth-place finish in the Premier League that season, making 16 appearances and scoring three goals.

Marsaxlokk

Following the conclusion of Kevin's loan with Msida Saint-Joseph, the midfielder was sold to Marsaxlokk for the 2005–06 season season. Sammut began to capture his best form with his new club, and helped Marsaxlokk to a third-place finish in the Premier League. In the following season, Marsaxlokk made history by winning the Premier League title for the first time in the club's history, with Sammut forming a big part of this success.

Sammut went into the 2007–08 season hoping to help Marsaxlokk win more silverware, however following the previous season's triumph, many of the club's star players moved on to pastures new, the likes of Daniel Bogdanovic, Luke Dimech and Justin Haber to name a few. Despite of the club's loss of players, Marsaxlokk still managed to finish runners-up, with Kevin making 27 appearances and chipping in with six goals. Kevin also received the prestigious Maltese Player of the Year award.

The 2008–09 season season proved to be Kevin's last at Marsaxlokk. The club had an extremely disappointing start to the season by their own high standards, and only managed to gain a place in the championship pool by beating Sammut's old club Msida Saint-Joseph in the final game of the first round. Kevin made 21 appearances and scored one goal during the season and despite the club's extremely disappointing start to the season, they managed to finish the season in fourth position in the Maltese Premier League.

Valletta

On 7 August 2009, Kevin Sammut joined Premier League side Valletta, where the midfielder signed a five-year contract with the club.[2]

Sammut became the second Maltese international to join Valletta during the summer 2009 transfer window, following Terence Scerri, who had joined the club from Hibernians.

Controversy

In August 2012 Kevin Sammut was found guilty by UEFA of match-fixing in the Euro 2008 qualifier between Norway and Malta, a game which ended in a 0–4 defeat to Malta. The player was given a 10-year-ban by UEFA's Control and Disciplinary body. UEFA said it would also be requesting FIFA to extend the ban, to give it a worldwide effect and he cannot play any football matches like clubs and international friendly and league.[3]

In December 2012, Sammut was landed with a life ban on all football-related activities by UEFA, which has also been extended by FIFA.[4]

Honours

Club

Sliema Wanderers
Marsaxlokk
Valletta

Individual

Career statistics

Statistics accurate as of match played 9 August 2009.

Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Total
SeasonClubLeague AppsGoals AppsGoals AppsGoals AppsGoals AppsGoals
Malta League Maltese Cup League Cup Europe Total
1998-99Sliema WanderersMaltese Premier League1000000010
1999-009000000090
2000-01Hamrun Spartans (loan)255000000255
2001-02Sliema Wanderers244000000244
2002-03266000000266
2003-04214000000214
2004-05Msida Saint-Joseph (loan)163000000163
2005-06Marsaxlokk241000000241
2006-07269000000269
2007-08276000000276
2008-09211000000211
2009-10Valletta0000000000
Total Malta 2203900000022039
Career total 2203900000022039

References

  1. Grech, Kevin (17 August 2012). "UEFA slaps Malta international Kevin Sammut with 10-year-ban". MaltaToday.
  2. "Valletta FC sign Kevin Sammut on a five-year deal". VallettaFC.net. 7 July 2009. Archived from the original on 24 July 2011. Retrieved 7 July 2009.
  3. "Malta's Kevin Sammut gets 10-year ban for match fixing". Daily Mail. 20 August 2012. Retrieved 3 December 2012.
  4. "FIFA extends Kevin Sammut football ban worldwide". Malta Independent. 28 July 2014.

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