Andrei Agius

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Andrei Agius
Personal information
Date of birth (1986-08-12) 12 August 1986 (age 29)
Place of birth Pietà, Malta
Height 1.82 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Central defender
defensive midfielder or right back
Club information
Current team
Hibernians
Youth career
1995–1999 Santa Lucija
1999–2003 Sliema Wanderers
2003–2004 Zemun
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2003 Sliema Wanderers 2 (0)
2004 Zemun 0 (0)
2004–2005 Atletico Catania 26 (6)
2005–2007 Messina 28 (2)
2006–2007 Martina (loan) 15 (1)
2007–2009 Igea Virtus 68 (3)
2009–2010 Cassino 10 (0)
2010–2011 Melfi 37 (0)
2011 Birkirkara Malta (loan) 12 (1)
2011–2013 Latina 35 (0)
2013–2014 Torres 16 (1)
2014 Aprilia (loan) 14 (0)
2014– Hibernians 33 (4)
National team
2005–2008 Malta U-21-23 37 (1)
2006– Malta 49 (1)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 31 August 2011.

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 1 December 2011

Andrei Agius (born 12 August 1986) is a Maltese footballer who plays for Hibernians as a central defender.

Club career[edit]

Andrei Agius (born on August 12, 1986) is regarded as one of the leading defenders in the Maltese Premier League and a first-choice player for the national team.

Agius has turned out for a host of Italian clubs, including US Calcio Latina with whom he won the Coppa Italia for Lega Pro teams in season 2012–13, Messina, Melfi, Igea Virtus, Sassari Torres and Sporting Mascalucia.

After his long stint in Italian football, Maltese top-flight club Hibernians managed to lure Agius back to the local Premier League in the summer of 2014.

At Hibernians, Agius made a towering impact, establishing himself as a mainstay of their defence that played a pivotal role in the club’s march towards the Premier League title in season 2014–15.

Hibernians walked away with the title, scoring 97 goals and conceding only 24 in 33 games, the best defensive record in the championship.

Agius, along with Hibs team-mates Andrew Cohen, Clayton Failla, Rodolfo Soares, Luis Edison ‘Tarabai’ and goalkeeper Henry Bonello, was named in the Malta Football Players Association Team of the Year for season 2014–15.

Agius was also in the Hibs team that caused a shock by beating Israel’s Maccabi Tel Aviv 2–1 in the first leg of their 2015/16 Champions League second qualifying round tie at the Hibernians Stadium on 14 July 2015.

Skilful and good in the air, Agius has been a key player for the national team for much of the past 12 years.

The Hibernians defender has come up against a host of world-class strikers like Sweden’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Italy’s Graziano Pellè, Sebastian Giovinco and Giampaolo Pazzini, Croatia’s Mario Mandzukic, and Henrik Mkhitaryan, the Armenia playmaker who plays for Bundesliga club Borussia Dortmund.

Despite the difficulties a small nation like Malta encounter when playing against top European teams, Agius has been widely praised for his solid performances in the heart of defence, also holding his own against some of the world’s top strikers.

The Times of Malta match report of the Italy’s 2–0 win over Malta in a World Cup 2014 qualifier, played in Modena on September 11, 2012, said:

“All had done their part but the pick of the team were Roderick Briffa and Andre Schembri while central defenders Andrei Agius and Luke Dimech effected a series of vital interceptions”.


EARLY CAREER Born on August 12, 1986, Agius began his career with Santa Lucia, his hometown club, before joining the youth nursery of Sliema Wanderers, the most decorated club in Maltese football.

In July 2003, Agius was part of the Sliema Wanderers under-16 squad that participated in the Nikola Kotkov Tournament, organised by the Academy Lokomotiv 101.

On December 19, 2003, aged only 17, Agius, who started out as a midfielder, made his senior debut for Sliema Wanderers in a Premier League match against Floriana but his determination to pursue a professional career meant that, just weeks after his first senior appearance, the then teenage defender left for his first overseas challenge.

ZEMUN MOVE

Agius headed to Serbia to join first-division club FK Zemun on an initial six-month contract but played mostly for Zemun’s youth team, scoring two goals in the process.

In the summer of 2004, Agius moved to Italy after catching the eye of Sicilian club Sporting Mascalucia who offered him a contract.

In his first season with Sporting Mascalucia, Agius scored three goals and was voted as the most promising midfielder in the Italy’s regional championship.

Following another positive season with Mascalucia, Agius secured a contract with then Serie A club Messina where he became a regular in the reserve squad.

In his first season with Messina, Agius switched from midfield to defence.

In February 2006, Agius figured in the Torneo Mondiale di Calcio Coppa Carnevale and scored two goals, one against Pistoiese and the other against Torino.

In May 2006, Agius was among the Messina substitutes for the Serie A match against Empoli.

After his initial one-year spell with Messina, Agius was loaned to Serie C side FC Martina Franca during the August transfer window in 2006.

In season 2006–07, Agius faced intense competition for first-team places from experienced and seasoned players but still managed to make some appearances for Martina Franca in the Coppa Italia.

In season 2007–08, Agius moved to FC Igea Virtus (Messina), regarded as the second team of Messina Calcio.

In his first season with Igea Virtus, Agius played 34 league matches and one in the Coppa Italia.

His performances with Virtus earned him a four-year contract with Messina in March 2008 but the following summer, financial difficulties forced the Serie B club to file for bankruptcy.

Agius was freed from his contractual obligations with the club and rejoined Igea Virtus where he was an automatic choice in their first team.

Later on in season 2009/10 season, Agius signed for Serie C team SS Cassino in a co-ownership deal with Salernitana.

In January 2010 Agius was loaned to AS Melfi, and eventually signed a two-year contract with the club.

A year later, it looked as though Agius was going to sign for Serie B side Triestina and also played for the team in a triangular tournament, but nothing came of it.

In January 2011, Agius joined Maltese Premier League club Birkirkara on a short-term loan deal.[2]

On August 31, 2011 Agius signed for Italian side US Latina Calcio and was part of the squad that won promotion to Serie B as well as winning the Coppa Italia for Lega Pro clubs in 2013.

US Latina’s promotion to the second division of Italian football led to a squad overhaul in the summer of 2013 and Agius opted to join Sardinian club Sassari Torres.

In the summer of 2014, Agius returned to Malta to join Hibernians, his hometown club.

HONOURS

2012–13: Promotion to Serie B with US Calcio Latina

2012–13: Lega Pro Coppa Italia with US Calcio Latina

2014–15: Premier League title with Hibernians

2015–16: Super Cup with Hibernians

International career[edit]

Agius earned his first call-up to Malta’s under-21 squad, then coached by Mark Miller, in August 2003 for a friendly match against Italy under-21.

Agius has represented Malta 37 times at under-21 level.

In 2005, he formed part of the Malta under-21 team that participated in the Mediterranean Games, held in Almeria Spain. In February 2006, Agius, then aged 19, was named in Malta’s senior squad for the biennial Malta International football tournament. The other participating nations were Georgia and Moldova. On June 4, 2006 Agius played for Malta in a pre-World Cup friendly against Japan in Duesseldorf.

Agius has since played regularly for the Maltese national team under different coaches, namely Dusan Fitzel, John Buttigieg and Pietro Ghedin.


Career statistics[edit]

# Country Season Club League Appearances Goals
1. Serbia 2004, FK Zemun Under 18 17 1
2. Italy 2004–05, FC Mascalucia Eccelenza 26 6
3. Italy 2005–06, FC Messina Primavera 28 2
4. Italy 2006–07, FC Martina Franca C1 5 0
5. Italy 2007–08, FC Igea Virtus C2 35 1
6. Italy 2008–09, FC Igea Virtus C2 33 2
7. Italy 2009–10, SS Cassino Calcio C2 10 0
8. Italy 2010–11, A.S Melfi C2 17 0
9. Italy 2011–11, A.S Melfi C2 14 0
10. Malta 2011–11, Birkirkara FC Malta Premier League Malta 14 1
11. Italy 2011–13, Latina Calcio C1 36 1
12. Italy 2013–14, Torres FC Calcio C2 14 1
13. Italy 2013–14, Aprilia C2 16 0
14. Malta 2014–15, Hibernians Premier League Malta 33 4

National team appearances[edit]

# Date Venue Opponent Half Time Result Competition
1. 25 February 2006 Ta' Qali Stadium, Ta' Qali, Malta Moldova 0–1 0–1 Coca Cola & Multiplus Int.
2. 6 June 2006 LTU Arena, Düsseldorf, Germany Japan 0–0 1–0 Friendly
3. 19 October 2008 Ta' Qali Stadium, Ta' Qali, Malta Iceland 0–0 0–1 Friendly
4. 11 February 2009 Ta' Qali Stadium, Ta' Qali, Malta Albania 0–0 0–0 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification
5. 28 March 2009 Ta' Qali Stadium, Ta' Qali, Malta Denmark 0–3 0–3 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification
6. 1 April 2009 Stadium Puskás Ferenc, Budapest, Hungary Hungary 1–0 3–0 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification
7. 5 June 2009 Chance Aréna, Jablonec, Czech Republic Czech Republic 0–0 1–0 Friendly
8. 10 June 2009 Ullevi, Gothenburg, Sweden Sweden 1–0 4–0 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification
9. 12 August 2009 Ta' Qali Stadium, Ta' Qali, Malta Georgia 0–0 2–0 Friendly
10. 4 September 2009 Ta' Qali Stadium, Ta' Qali, Malta Cape Verde 0–2 0–2 Friendly
11. 18 November 2009 Kordin Stadium, Kordin, Malta Bulgaria 1–1 1–4 Friendly
12. 3 March 2010 Ta' Qali Stadium, Ta' Qali, Malta Finland 1–0 1–2 Friendly
13. 13 May 2010 New Tivoli, Aachen, Germany Germany 1–0 3–0 Friendly
14. 11 August 2010 Ta' Qali Stadium, Ta' Qali, Malta Macedonia 0–1 1–1 Friendly
15. 1 September 2010 Ramat Gan Stadium, Tel Aviv, Israel Israel 1–1 3–1 Euro 2012 Poland/Ukraine
16. 7 September 2010 Ta' Qali Stadium, Ta' Qali, Malta Latvia 0–1 0–2 Euro 2012 Poland/Ukraine
17. 8 October 2010 Boris Paichadze Stadium, Tblisi, Georgia Georgia 0–0 1–0 Euro 2012 Poland/Ukraine
18. 9 February 2011 Ta' Qali Stadium, Ta' Qali, Malta Switzerland 0–0 0–0 Friendly
19. 26 March 2011 Ta' Qali Stadium, Ta' Qali, Malta Greece 0–0 0–1 Euro 2012 Poland/Ukraine
20. 4 June 2011 Georgios Karaiskakis Stadium, Piraeus, Greece Greece 2–0 3–1 Euro 2012 Poland/Ukraine
21. 10 August 2011 Ta' Qali Stadium, Ta' Qali, Malta Central African Republic 2–1 2–1 Friendly
22. 2 September 2011 Ta' Qali Stadium, Ta' Qali, Malta Croatia 2–0 3–1 Euro 2012 Poland/Ukraine
23. 6 September 2011 Ta' Qali Stadium, Ta' Qali, Malta Georgia 1–1 1–1 Euro 2012 Poland/Ukraine
24. 7 October 2011 Stadionas Skonto, Riga, Latvia Latvia 1–0 2–0 Euro 2012 Poland/Ukraine
25. 11 October 2011 Ta' Qali Stadium, Ta' Qali, Malta Israel 0–1 0–2 Euro 2012 Poland/Ukraine
26. 29 February 2012 Ta' Qali Stadium, Ta' Qali, Malta Liechtenstein 1–1 2–1 Friendly
27. 2 June 2012 Stade Josy Barthel, Luxemburg, Luxemburg Luxemburg 0–1 0–2 Friendly
28. 14 August 2012 San Marino Stadium, San Marino, San Marino San Marino 0–1 0–2 Friendly
29. 7 September 2012 Ta' Qali Stadium, Ta' Qali, Malta Armenia 0–1 0–1 Brazil 2014
30. 11 September 2012 Stadio Alberto Braglia, Modena, Italy Italy 2–0 1–0 Brazil 2014
31. 12 October 2012 Doosan Arena, Plzeň, Czech Republic Czech Republic 1–0 3–1 Brazil 2014
32. 14 November 2012 Rheinpark Stadion, Vaduz, Liechtenstein Liechtenstein 0–1 0–1 Friendly
33. 6 February 2013 Ta' Qali Stadium, Ta' Qali, Malta Northern Ireland 0–0 0–0 Friendly
34. 22 March 2013 Vasil Levski National Stadium, Sofia, Bulgaria Bulgaria 3–0 6–0 Brazil 2014
35. 14 August 2013 Eighth Kilometer District Stadium, Baku, Azerbaijan Azerbaijan 1–0 3–0 Friendly
36. 6 September 2013 Ta' Qali Stadium, Ta' Qali, Malta Denmark 1–2 3–0 Brazil 2014
37. 10 September 2013 Ta' Qali Stadium, Ta' Qali, Malta Bulgaria 1–2 3–0 Brazil 2014
38. 11 October 2013 Ta' Qali Stadium, Ta' Qali, Malta Czech Republic 1–4 3–0 Brazil 2014
39. 15 October 2013 Parken Stadium, Denmark, Denmark Denmark 6–0 3–0 Brazil 2014
40. 19 November 2013 Ta' Qali Stadium, Ta' Qali, Malta Faroe Islands 3–2 3–0 Friendly
41. 5 March 2014 Niko Dovana Stadium, Durrës, Albania Albania 1–0 2–0 Friendly
42. 3 June 2014 Estadio Algarve, Algarve, Portugal Gibraltar 0–0 1–0 Friendly
43. 4 September 2014 Stadion pod Dubnom, Zilina, Slovakia Slovakia 0–0 1–0 Friendly
44. 9 September 2014 Stadion Maksimir, Zagreb, Croatia Croatia 1–0 2–0 Euro 2016
45. 10 October 2014 Ta' Qali Stadium, Ta' Qali, Malta Norway 0–2 0–3 Euro 2016
46. 13 October 2014 Ta' Qali Stadium, Ta' Qali, Malta Italy 0–1 0–1 Euros 2016
47. 16 November 2014 Vasil Levski National Stadium, Sofia, Bulgaria Bulgaria 1–0 1–1 Euros 2016
48. 25 March 2015 Boris Paichadze Stadium, Tiblisi, Georgia Georgia 1–0 2–0 Friendly
49. 28 March 2015 Tofiq Bahramov Stadium, Baku, Azerbaijan Azerbaijan 1–0 2–0 Euro 2016
50. 08 June 2015 Ta' Qali Stadium, Ta' Qali, Malta Lithuania 0–0 2–0 Friendly
51. 12 June 2015 Ta' Qali Stadium, Ta' Qali, Malta Bulgaria 0–0 0–1 Euro 2016

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