Joseph Zerafa's Profile
|Date of Birth:||31 May 1988|
|Previous Club:||Youth Nursery|
|Debut with Club:||20 April 2006 [Vs. Valletta]|
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.
The 2005-2006 season was a memorable one for the promising youngster as Zerafa made his debut with the Senior Team and to make it round it off in style, the Stripes won their second Premier League title in their history.
Joseph made his debut in the 3-0 victory over Valletta on the 20 April 2006 and despite this was the first and only appearance for Zerafa in this season, it was surely the step that arrived Joseph to make it to the Senior Team.
The 2006-2007 season was a different one for the Stripes as they failed to reach their season's expectations and they ended in the third position. However, it was still a positive one for the promising youngster.
In fact, in this season, Joseph managed to put his name on the scoring sheet for the first time ever when he scored the equalising goal in the 2-1 victory over Msida SJ played on the 5 May 2007.
Also, in the 2006-2007 Premier League campaign, Joseph featured frequently as he made 10 appearances in which he started seven matches while he was included as a substitute three times.
The 2007-2008 season was yet another memorable one for fast left-back as he continued to establish himself one of the best promising left-backs on the island, and to round off the excellent season, the Stripes won their fourth U*BET FA Trophy in their history.
In this season, Joseph made eighteen appearances as he began eleven matches while he was included as a substitute seven times.
The 2008-2009 season wasn't the best for the Stripes as they ended in the third place, but it was certainly a one to remember for Zerafa as he managed to earn a regular first-team place as his brilliant performances continued to be rewarded.
In fact, his superb performances awarded Zerafa a place in the Under 21 National Squad, where he even managed to win a regular place in the first-eleven selection.
In this season, Joseph made 24 appearances, all started from the start and he managed to find the net once.
The 2009-2010 season was a memorable one for the Stripes as they clinched their third Premier League title in their history, but not the same could be said for Zerafa's season as the left-back suffered an injury which kept him ruled out for several weeks.
In the first months of the season, Zerafa was being a regular-choice once again, but after suffering a hamstring injury, Carlo Mamo joined our Club for a five-month loan spell and managed to win a regular place who took Zerafa's first-team's place for most of the second phase's matches.
In this season, Joseph made 22 appearances in the Premier League, in which he began in twelve matches while he was included as a substitute in ten.
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.
Having produced a brilliant 2011-2012 season, Zerafa continued to build on his superb performances as once again the speedy left back enjoyed another magnificent season which lead to the Stripes to clinch their fourth Premier League Championship.
With Mr. Paul Zammit opting for the 3-5-2 formation, Zerafa was advanced to a left winger position where he produced several excellent performances. In the 2012-2013 season, Joseph made 29 appearances in the Premier League competition in which he began twenty-seven matches while he was included as a substitute twice. Also, in the same competition, Joseph managed to find the net once in the 7-1 victory over Mosta played on the 13 March 2013.
The 2013-2014 season was another successful for Zerafa who remained a regular choice for Mr. Paul Zammitís side. The speedy left footed player produced excellent performances when playing in his usual left back position or advanced in a left wing-back position where he was always a continuous threat thanks to his superb runs.
During this season, Zerafa made a total of twenty-seven appearances in the BOV Premier League. He started twenty-six matches while he was included as a substitute once. During this season, he managed to find the net twice and both goals were scored in the BOV Premier League.
In the last days of the Summer Transfer Market, ambitious Joseph left the Club to try his luck abroad and he joined Grays Athletic, a Club in the Isthmian Premier League Division, a regionís league covering London, East and South England.
Josephís experience was a satisfactory one as he made twelve appearances and in the January Transfer Market, he joined Welling United. However, his adventure with Welling lasted only one month as after the Stripes contacted back Zerafa, he re-joined our Club on the 22 February 2015.
After re-joining our squad, Joseph won his regular place back by making ten appearances in the BOV Premier League, in which he started nine matches while he was included as a substitute once.
In the beginning of the 2015-2016 season, Joseph signed a fresh two-year contract with our Club on Monday, 1 June 2015.
|Last Matches Played|
28 August 2015 - Premier League
Tarxien Rainbows FC
12 August 2015 - Super Cup
23 July 2015 - UEFA Europa League
West Ham United FC
16 July 2015 - UEFA Europa League
West Ham United FC
9 July 2015 - UEFA Europa League