Paul Fenech (footballer)

Paul Fenech (born 20 December 1986 in Naxxar, Malta) is a footballer who plays for Maltese Premier League side Balzan FC, where he plays as a midfielder.

Paul Fenech
Personal information
Full name Paul Fenech
Date of birth (1986-12-20) 20 December 1986
Place of birth Naxxar, Malta
Height 5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Balzan
Number 16
Youth career
Naxxar Lions
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2005–2007 Msida Saint-Joseph 60 (4)
2007–2015 Birkirkara 227 (22)
2016–2018 Balzan 64 (6)
2018 Birkirkara 13 (1)
2019– Balzan 21 (0)
National team
Malta U19
Malta U21
2009– Malta 60 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 19 November 2019
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 19 November 2019

Playing career

Fenech is a Naxxar Lions product, then moved on to play for Msida Saint-Joseph, with whom he spent two years and, in fact, it was the 'Saints' who gave Fenech the chance to make his debut in the Premier League in 2005.

Fenech spent two successful seasons with Msida Saint-Joseph, during which he was the main target of several clubs in the Maltese Premier League and, finally, it was Birkirkara which managed to sign Fenech for five years. Fenech's experience continued to increase at a national level as he was playing in the Malta national under-21 football team.

During the 2007–08 season, his first season with the 'Stripes', Fenech managed to win his first FA Trophy, thanks to a narrow 2–1 win against Ħamrun Spartans. The 2008–09 season was another successful season for Fenech, as his creativity continued to increase the power of the 'Stripes'.

During the 2009–10 season, Fenech received recognition at a national level once again when he was called by the ex-manager of Birkirkara, John Buttigieg to join the Maltese national team. Fenech won his first Premier League with the 'Stripes' at the age of 23 on 5 May, when his team was presented with the Premier League title. Fenech has played in many Champions League and Europa League qualifying matches with Birkirkara.

International career

Fenech made his international debut for Malta, and gained his first cap in a friendly on 18 November 2009, in the 4–1 home defeat to Bulgaria.[1]

International goals

Scores and results list Malta's goal tally first.[2]
No.DateVenueOpponentScoreResultCompetition
1.8 June 2015Ta' Qali National Stadium, Ta' Qali, Malta Lithuania1–02–0Friendly
2.18 November 2019 Norway1–11–2UEFA Euro 2020 qualification

References

  1. Malta 1-4 Bulgaria
  2. "Paul Fenech". National Football Teams. Benjamin Strack-Zimmerman. Retrieved 22 November 2019.

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