Since the formation of our Club, no less than 25 coaches have been at the helm of the team. Some of these coaches had been players with our team. Mr Karm Galea, who also served as Club President was a former player besides a coach.
The following is a list of all the coaches who have been with our Club.
Season Coach 1951-1953 Mr. Frankie Tabone 1961-1962 Mr. Paul Chetcuti 1964-1965 Mr. Emanuel Borg 1965-1968 Mr. Salvu Cuschieri 1968-1969 Mr. Frans Bonnici 1969-1970 Mr. Emmle Saliba 1970-1973 Mr. Salvu Cuschieri 1973-1974 Mr. Tony Buhagiar 1974-1976 Mr. Carmel Galea 1976-1978 Mr. Euchar Grech 1978-1979 Mr. Frankie Zammit 1979-1984 Mr. Marcel Scicluna 1984-1986 Mr. Joe Attard 1986-1987 Mr. Freddie Cardona 1986-1988 Mr. Joe Cilia 1988-1989 Mr. Robert Gatt 1989-1992 Mr. Lolly Aquilina 1992-1993 Mr. Todor Raykov 1993-1994 Mr. Alfred Cardona 1994-1995 Mr. Borislav Giorev 1995-1996 Mr. Lawrence Borg 1996-1997 Mr. Alan Sunderland 1996-1997 Mr. Alfred Cardona 1997-1998 Mr. Alfred Cardona & Mr. Robert Gatt 1998-1999 Mr. Vlado Pejovic 1999-2001 Mr. Atnas Marinov 2000-2001 Mr. Alfred Cardona 2001-2007 Mr. Stephen Azzopardi 2006-2008 Mr. John Buttigieg 2009 - 2011 Mr. Paul Zammit 2011 - 2011 Mr. Patrick Curmi 2011 - Present Mr. Paul Zammit
In season 1996-1997, the first season that saw Birkirkara seriously challenging for the main honours, Mr. Alfred Cardona was appointed the new Head Coach after Mr. Alex Sunderland parted ways with Birkirkara FC. Birkirkara had a very positive run in the first two rounds but they failed to impress in the third round and Valletta were declared Champions. Mr. Alfred Cardona was at the helm of the team when our Club qualified for the first time ever to take part in the UEFA Cup after having ended the league in the second place.
After his long spell with the Malta FA, Mr. Robert Gatt was appointed coach of Birkirkara in season 1997-98 where he worked in tandem with Mr. Alfred Cardona. Under Gatt and Cardona, Birkirkara came within a whisker of winning what would have been their first league championship but they lost 2-1 to Valletta in the famous title showdown of May 1998 that drew a sell-out crowd to the National Stadium. Mr. Robert Gatt only lasted one season as Birkirkara’s coach.
In the 1998-1999 season Birkirkara made some technical team changes as Mr. Vlado Pejovic was appointed new Head Coach. Under his guidance Birkirkara won their first silverware ever as ‘The Stripes’ opened the season on a very high note when they clinched the Lowenbrau Cup and then the Super 5 Cup. One may have thought that this was the season for Birkirkara but the disappointment in the Premier League and Trophy campaign resumed as they once again ended up in the second position of the league, and they were beaten 2-1 by Valletta FC in the Trophy final.
Mr. Vlado Pejovic lasted only one season as in the 1999-2000 season, Birkirkara appointed Mr. Atanas Marinov as Head Coach. ‘The Stripes’ finally clinched their first league title which was followed by unique kind of celebrations that Malta had never witnessed before. In a very disappointing and unexpected ending of this memorable season Birkirkara were defeated by Sliema Wanderers 4-1 in the FA Trophy final and then 3-0 in the Super Cup.
Like Mr. Vlado Pejovic, Mr. Atanas Marinov also lasted only one season as Birkirkara once again appointed Mr. Alfred Cardona for the 2000-2001 season. In this season the only memorable event was when Birkirkara managed to qualify for the First Round of the UEFA Cup after they eliminated FC Lokomotivi Tbilisi of Georgia in the Qualifying Round.
Mr. Alfred Cardona extended his stay to the 2001-2002 season but he had to unexpectedly step down from his position due to health problems. However, after he recovered he rejoined Birkirkara FC to form part of the technical staff after Birkirkara FC had appointed Mr. Stephen Azzopardi as their new Head Coach.
Under the guidance of Mr. Azzopardi, Birkirkara wrote another page in their history. In his first season with the Club, ‘The Stripes’ won the only honour that Birkirkara had failed to win, the FA Trophy, when they managed to beat Sliema Wanderers. The joy continued a few days later when Birkirkara beat the Champions Hibernians in the Super Cup.
Without any doubt, Mr. Azzopardi will be remembered for the 12 honours won under his five year spell, which consists of 1 Premier League, 3 FA Trophies, 5 Super Cups, 1 Lowenbrau Cup and 2 Super 5 Cups. This makes Mr Azzopardi the must successful coach in the Club’s history. However, after a disappointing league campaign in the first two rounds in the 2006-2007 season, Mr. Azzopardi resigned from his position.
After this resignation, the Birkirkara FC committee appointed Mr Jan Artz whose adventure with our club lasted for just few days as in his debut as Birkirkara FC Head Coach, ‘The Stripes’ were humiliated by Marsaxlokk with a 6-1 score and the committee fired Mr. Artz.
Birkirkara were searching for a suitable coach who could handle the pressure and bring results. This role fell on the former International player Mr. John Buttigieg. One should say that Birkirkara made an impressive improvement and in fact Birkirkara only lost one match till the end of the Premier League.
His first season was a satisfactory one from the beginning, as Birkirkara made a re-shuffle in the squad and gave more chance to their youngsters. ‘The Stripes’ ended in the 3rd place in the Premier League but they achieved the unexpected, when they clinched their fourth FA Trophy after a 4-2 win over champions Valletta and then beat Hamrun in the final.
If the first season was a positive one, the 2008-2009 season was completely the opposite. Although ‘The Stripes’ opened the season by winning the Euro Challenge Cup, they were beaten in the Super Cup final by Valletta and in the Premier League Birkirkara collected the least points in the previous 8 season. In the FA Trophy Birkirkara were eliminated in the Semi Finals with a 2-0 score by Valletta
After the Malta Football Association contacted the Birkirkara Head Coach Mr. Buttigieg to lead the Maltese National Team, he stepped down from his position as Birkirkara Coach and the Birkirkara FC Committee were left with a gap to fill.
The newly formed Birkirkara FC Committee began the search for a suitable, experienced coach to take the Birkirkara squad under his wing. After considering several options, the choice fell onto the former Valletta Head Coach Mr. Paul Zammit, assisted by Mr. Branko Nisevic who agreed terms with our club for two years.
In his first year, In the 2009-2010 season, Mr. Zammit did the unexpected and went above all the expectations when with a team formed of several promising youngsters, ‘The Stripes’ managed to win their third Premier League title.
In the following 2010-2011 season, Mr. Zammit was in the helm of the team when Birkirkara wrote a historical page when they managed to win a match in the Second Qualification Round of the UEFA Champions League after they had advanced by beating Santa Coloma with a 4-3 score. In the Premier League campaign ‘The Stripes’ disappointed and failed to give a harsh challenge to defend their title. In the U*BET FA Trophy, Birkirkara also disappointed as they were eliminated in the Semi Final.
A few days after the Semi Final of the U*BET FA Trophy, the Birkirkara FC committee did not renew Mr. Zammit and Mr. Nisevic’s contracts and the same committee appointed the former Marsaxlokk Head Coach, Mr. Patrick Curmi.
Mr. Curmi’s spell with our Club was not as satisfactory as expected. In the beginning of the 2011-2012 League campaign Birkirkara failed to impress and the Birkirkara FC committee decided to terminate the contract of this coach.
The successor of Mr. Curmi was, once again, Mr. Paul Zammit who rejoined our club four months after his contract was not renewed. He was presented to the Club members in a rally where members came to wish the best of luck to Mr. Zammit in his second spell with our Club.
Birkirkara won the fourth league in the 2012-2013 season and the committee decided to offer Mr. Zammit a new three-year deal which he agreed to on Sunday, 2 June 2013. This means that Mr. Paul Zammit wil be the Head Coach of Birkirkara FC till the 2016-2017 season.