Darren Abdilla
 
Name: Darren
Surname: Abdilla
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Role: Coach
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Date of Birth: 10th July 1979
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Nationality: Maltese
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Joined Valletta May 2019

Darren has a strong leadership and communication skills. He is always looking to improve and use the latest technology in developing players to perform in their best ability within a team. He is a strong team player with great motivational emphasis.
 
Playing Experience:
 
Club: Tarxien Rainbows Football Club 
Date: 1990 to 2002
Position: Defender
 
Darren started his career with Tarxien at the age of twelve and represented the club in all categories. He played for the U/14, U/16, U/18, U/21 and senior team winning the championship in the U/16 and U/21 categories. Darren made his debut with the senior team on 05/05/2000 in the Centenary Cup against Balzan coming on as a substitute and made his debut in the league on 10/09/2000 vs. Gozo. Darren played another 3 years with Tarxien in the first and second division until had to retire at the age of 24 due to a persisting back injury. 
 
Coaching Experience:
 
Club: St’George’s Football Club
Date: June 2003 to May 2005
Position held: Assistant Coach to the first team
 
Club: B’Bugia Football Club
Date: June 2005 to  May 2006
Position held: Assistant Coach to the first team
 
Club: Malta Football Association
Date: June 2006 to May 2007
Position held: Regional Coach & Assistant Coach to the U/14 squad
 
Club: B’Bugia Football Club
Date: June 2007 to May 2008
Position held: First team coach
 
Club: Floriana Football Club
Date: June 2008 to May 2010
Position held: Academy Head Coach & Ass/Coach to the first team
 
Club: Vittoriosa Football Club
Date: June 2010 to May 2011
Position held: Assistant Coach to the first team
 
Club: Marsaxlokk Football Club
Date: June 2011 to November 2011
Position held: Assistant Coach to the first team
 
Club: Ghaxaq Football Club
Date: Jan 2012 to May 2012
Position held: First team coach
 
Club: Hibernians Football Club
Date: June 2012 to May 2014
Position held: Academy Head Coach & Ass/Coach to the first team

Assistant Coach:

Club: Valletta Football Club
Date: June to November 2014

Coaching Experience:

Club: Gzira United Football Club
Date: November 2014 to February 2019

Club: Valletta Football Club
Date: June 2019 to present

As from May 2013 Darren helped the national F.A. to mentor candiates sitting for the UEFA C.
 
 
Coaching Achievements
 
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Second Division League winners with St’Georges – 2003/2004
Third Division League winners with B’Bugia – 2007/2008
U/19 K.O. winners with Floriana – 2008/2009
Anniversary Cup losing finalist with Floriana – 2009/2010
FA. Trophy winners Hibernians – 2012/2013
1st Round of UEFA Europa League with Hibernians – 2013/2014
Euro Cup winners with Valletta – 2014/2015
Super Cup losing finalist with Valletta – 2014/2015
1st Round of UEFA Champions League with Valletta – 2014/2015
Promotion to the Maltese Premier League – 2015/2016
EUROPA LEAGUE Place, finishing 3rd in the League – 2017/2018
 
Coaching Qualifications
 
2017 UEFA PRO
2015 I.T. in Football
2014 Physical Trainer Course
2013 Director of Youth Coaching
2005 UEFA ‘A’
2004 UEFA ‘B’
2004 Goalkeepers Coaching Certificate
2003 UEFA ’C’
2002 Youth Development Diploma
2001 Coaching Young Footballers
 
Further Studies
 
2016 Overshadow week in Novara Calcio
2015 Overshadow week at Bolton Wanderers
2014 UEFA Study Group - Switzerland
2013 Workshop on Youth Academies by the ECA in London
2013 UEFA Study Group - Portugal
2012 Seminar by Arrigo Sacchi
2008 UEFA Study Group - Belgium
2006 Seminar by Carlo Ancellotti
 
Academic Background
Darren has a financial investment background with more than 12 years in the banking sector and
more than 3 years in the alternative investment business, he is also qualified in Management and Accountancy and have a sound knowledge in I.T.