“Critics have compared us to Iceland
who reached the World Cup play-offs but
their football project started 20 years ago
whereas we only launched ours in 2012.”
Malta Football Association general secretary, Bjorn Vassallo (as reported in the Times of Malta, 13 September 2014)
2012? Then what was the professional scheme project for the national team that was launched in the 80s all about? And the usual promise of every coach engaged since, that of a new beginning? Dawn may be the most beautiful and inspirational time of day but with football, a fog has been obscuring it for decades.