Mario Muscat

Mario Muscat (born 18 August 1976 in Paola, Malta) is a former professional footballer and manager, currently in charge of Senglea Athletic.

Mario Muscat
Personal information
Date of birth (1976-08-18) 18 August 1976
Place of birth Paola, Malta
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
Senglea Athletic (Manager)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1993–2014 Hibernians 488 (1)
2014Vittoriosa Stars (loan) 12 (0)
2015 Qormi 0 (0)
2015–2016 Pembroke Athleta
National team
1996–2009 Malta 68 (0)
Teams managed
2018 Hibernians
2018–2019 Qormi
2019– Senglea Athletic
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

He spent the most of his playing career with Maltese Premier League side Hibernians and was capped over 60 times with the Maltese national team.[1]

Playing career

Hibernians

It all began for Mario muscat during the 1993–94 season, when he was called into the first team squad of Hibernians. Although Muscat was just starting to learn his trade, in his debut he helped Hibernians win the Maltese Premier League title. He went on to make a total of 18 appearances throughout the season.

In the 1994–95 season at Hibernians again won the Maltese Premier League title, Muscat continued to impress with a string of fine displays for the club. He went on to make 12 appearances.

The 1995–96 season, saw Mario continue to show promise for Hibernians. Muscat went on to record 13 appearances, as Hibernians finished in fourth position in the Maltese Premier League. Despite Muscat failing to win the title with Hibernians for the third time, and was rewarded with a call-up to the Maltese national football team during the season.

Muscat went into the 1996–97 season hoping to emulate the form that had seen him called up to the national team. However, Hibernians on recorded a disappointing sixth-place finish in the Maltese Premier League. Muscat went on to make 15 appearances during the season.

The 1997–98 season saw Muscat continue his fine form for Hibernians and the national team. He helped Hibernians improve on their previous league position with a fourth-place finish in the Maltese Premier League. Muscat went on to make 23 appearances, and helped the club win the Maltese Cup and winning the Maltese Player of the Year award.

With Hibernians starting to improve as the seasons went on,Muscat continued to be an integral part of the team's fortunes and showed this during the 1998–99 season. Muscat made 26 appearances, as Hibernians again recorded a fourth-place finish in the Maltese Premier League.

Muscat went into the 1999–2000 season, hoping to help Hibernians improve on their previous league position. The season saw Hibernians finish in sixth position in the Maltese Premier League, with Muscat making 24 appearances.

The 2000–01 season saw Hibernians improve on their previous league position and record a fourth-place finish. Muscat went on to make 25 appearances and even scored a goal.

After a lengthy absence, Mario Muscat helped Hibernians return to the summit of Maltese football, as they were crowned champions of the Maltese Premier League for the 2001–02 season. Mario Muscat was a key member of the Hibernians squad during the season, and went on to make 26 appearances.

Despite the success of the previous season, Muscat and Hibernians could not emulate the same achievement during the 2002–03 season. The club went on to finish the season in fourth position in the Maltese Premier League, with Muscat making 28 appearances.

In the 2003–04 season, the club went on to finish one place better than the previous season, in third position. Mario Muscat made 27 appearances during the season.

The 2004–05 season saw Muscat and Hibernians secure another third-place finish in the Maltese Premier League. He went on to make 27 appearances.

Muscat's impressive form continued into the 2005–06 season, he helped Hibernians secure a fourth-place finish in the Maltese Premier League, making 24 appearances. He also helped the club win the Maltese Cup.

Muscat went into the 2006–07 season, and added to his medals collection, as Hibernians secured the Maltese Cup for the second consecutive season. On the domestic front, Hibernians finished in fifth position in the Maltese Premier League, with "Il-Barri" Muscat making 25 appearances.

The 2007–08 season turned out to be a very disappointing one for Hibernians, as the club finished the first phase of the season in the relegation pool. They finished the season in seventh position.

Muscat went on to make 19 appearances. However, they won the Maltese Super Cup.

Mario Muscat and Hibernians went from one extreme to the other during the 2008–09 season. Under the guidance of new manager Mark Miller, the club shocked the critics and beat Valletta by two points to win the Maltese Premier League title. Muscat made 28 appearances.

In the 2009–10, his club went on to finish the season in sixth position in the Maltese Premier League.

Honours

Hibernians

Winner

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
1993–94HiberniansMaltese Premier League180000000180
1994–95120000000120
1995–96130000000130
1996–97150000000150
1997–98230000000230
1998–99260000000260
1999–00240000000240
2000–01251000000251
2001-02260000000260
2002-03280000000280
2003-04270000000270
2004-05270000000270
2005-06240000000240
2006-07250000000250
2007-08190000000190
2008-09280000000280
2009-10250000000250
2010-11220000000220
2011-12220000000220
Total Malta 42910000004291
Career total 42610000004261

See also

References

  1. "Mario Muscat appointed as Qormi technical advisor". MaltaFootball.com. 22 November 2018. Retrieved 22 November 2018.
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