The Malta Independent 17 August 2022, Wednesday

Mark ‘il-Lullu’ Piscopo, the ‘heart and soul’ of Malta’s national team, has passed away

Friday, 10 June 2022, 16:18 Last update: about 3 months ago

The kit manager of Malta’s national football team, who has been described as the “heart and soul” of the team, Mark Piscopo has passed away at the age of 52.

The Malta Football Association announced the news, expressing its deep sadness at Piscopo’s passing.

Piscopo, affectionately known as ‘il-Lullu’, was a hugely popular figure at the National Stadium always going about his work with an infectious smile and wonderful positivity.

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“He will be sadly missed by us all and the pain of his sudden passing will be felt by many,” the MFA said.

Mark Piscopo has been filling the role as the National Team’s kit manager since his debut on the 2nd of September 2010 when Malta played against Israel in Tel Aviv and has since served the national team for a total of 104 matches.

“A staunch Floriana supporter, il-Lullu was more than a kit manager, he was a larger-than-life character, with a heart of gold. Together with his closest colleague, Frankie Ciantar, he always ensured the best set-up and assistance to the National A Team players and staff both in Malta and also when on away duty,” the MFA said.

“Lullu was also the heart and soul of the National Team. The depth of the bond between Lullu and the players was always evident, an integral part of the national team.  He shared warm embraces and inside jokes with the team and staff, which tell the story of a respected and much-loved member in the group. Lullu was the person who lifted everyone’s spirits in times of need and all those who knew him became familiar with his signature word of encouragement: Kuraġġ!!”

President Bjorn Vassallo shared his thoughts about Mark and his special standing in the National Team and the football family at large. ‘We are completely devastated to hear that Mark has passed away. Mark was more than a colleague, he was a close friend with whom we all shared many special moments. I personally will cherish those memories of him throughout my life.’

‘It is impossible to put into words the sorrow that this moment brings with it. The sympathy shown by all those involved in the football family gives a sense of the extent of the affection we all had towards Lullu. Lullu is gone but his memory will never die.’

Officials, fellow colleagues, players and staff at the Malta FA send their deepest condolences to Mark Piscopo’s wife and son, his family and friends. He will be remembered fondly for years to come.

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