Joseph Zerafa's Profile
Joseph Zerafa Date of Birth: 31 May 1988 Age: 25 Years Height: 172cm Weight: 77kg Nationality: Maltese Position: Defender Previous Club: Youth Nursery Debut with Club: 20 April 2006 [Vs. Valletta] Career Statistics Team Season Started Substitute Yellow Cards Red Cards Scored Man of The Match Senior 2005-2006 0 1 0 0 0 0 Senior 2006-2007 7 3 0 0 1 0 Senior 2008-2009 24 0 7 1 1 0 Senior 2009-2010 12 10 7 1 0 0 Senior 2010-2011 23 1 12 0 0 0 Senior 2011-2012 31 1 8 1 1 0 Senior 2012-2013 32 2 12 1 1 0 Total 129 18 46 4 4 0
Joseph Zerafa was born on the 31 May 1988 and is one of the most successful left backs our nursery has produced.
Joseph began his career when he was just 6 years old with Sirens where he spent one year. The next year he joined his hometown youth nursery, Mgarr United where he spent another four years. At the age of thirteen Joseph moved to the Hibernians youth nursery for another two years. He then changed his youth nursery again and chose Birkirkara and has not moved since.
Joseph debuted in the premier league in season 2005/2006 when Birkirkara managed once again to win the BOV Premier League title after being crowned champions six years before, exactly at the club's 50th anniversary.
Joseph's first goal arrived a season later when during the 2006/2007 season he put his name on the scorers' lists against Msida when he scored the winning goal in the 2-1 result.
From then onwards, Joseph never looked back as he continued to improve with game. His overlaps are dangerous for every defense, as Joseph moves forward on the wing, before crossing or, even tries his luck from outside the box or by trying to beat a defender before passing or crossing which, many times proves to be a very dangerous attack.
During the disappointed 2008-2009 season by Stripes, Joseph managed to once again put his name in the scoring list against Marsaxlokk when he scored the equalizer after George Mallia closed the gap when our team was loosing 2-1. Then, two minutes later Joseph performed a great solo run before firing a superb shot that gave the Marsaxlokk goalie no chance.
For his effort, Joseph was awarded a regular place on the National Squad under 21's where he earned a regular place.
In the 2009-2010 season, Zerafa was not always in the 1st eleven due to injuries and suspensions. It was the administration's decision to bring Carlo Mamo on loan, who took Zerafa's place, although sometimes he was being included as a substitute.
The 2010-2011 season was not a positive one for Birkirkara or for Joseph Zerafa as he hardly reached the previous season’s level. In the Premier League Joseph made 24 appearances as he began the match 23 times and he was included as a substitute once.
Although the 2010-2011 season wasn’t one of his best, Joseph Zerafa extended his contract for another three years on Tuesday, 28 June 2011.
In the 2011-2012 season, Joseph’s performances were far different from the previous season as this time, Joseph established himself as one of the best left backs in the Premier League. His fast runs on the flanks were always dangerous for any defence. In the Premier League, he made 30 appearances, starting 29 and included once as a substitute.
Following this positive season, everyone is looking forward for Joseph’s performances in the next season.
Last 5 Matches Played3 May 2013 - Premier League Report >Birkirkara FC1-0Tarxien R. FC27 April 2013 - Premier League Report >Birkirkara FC1-0Valletta FC20 April 2013 - Premier League Report >Birkirkara FC0-0Mosta FC14 April 2013 - Premier League Report >Birkirkara FC1-1Hibernians FC7 April 2013 - Premier League Report >Birkirkara FC1-0Sliema W. FC