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.
† Appearances (Goals).

‡ 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]

Agius started his career with Santa Lucia, his hometown club, before moving to Sliema Wanderers. In July 2003, Agius was part of the Sliema U-16 team that participated in the Nikola Kotkov Tournament, organised by the Academy Lokomotiv 101. On December 19, 2003, he made his senior debut for Sliema in a Premier League match against Floriana.

Within a few weeks of making his appearance for Sliema, Agius left for his first overseas challenge. At the age of 17, Agius joined Serbian first-division club FK Zemun.[1] Agius was given a six-month contract but played mostly for Zemun’s youth team, scoring two goals in the process. That summer, Agius was on the move again, this time to Italy where Sicilian club Sporting Mascalucia, who play in the Eccellenza, had agreed to sign him. In his first season with Sporting Mascalucia, Agius scored three goals and was named as the most promising midfielder in the regional league.

After another positive season with Mascalucia, in the summer of 2005 Agius secured a contract with Serie A club Messina where he became a regular in the reserve squad. In his first year with Messina, Agius was converted into a defender. In February 2006, Agius took part 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 2006 August transfer window.

During season 2006–07, Agius faced competition for first-team places from experienced and seasoned players but still managed some appearances for Martina Franca in the Coppa Italia. In the 2007–08 season Agius linked joined FC Igea Virtus (Messina), who are 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. Agius was offered a long-term contract by Messina. In March 2008, Agius signed a four-year deal with Messina but in the summer of 2008, financial difficulties forced the Serie B club to file for bankruptcy. Agius was freed from his contractual obligations with the club. He rejoined Igea Virtus where he was an automatic choice in their first team.

Later in the 09/10 season, Agius joined Serie C team SS Cassino, in co-ownership deal from Salernitana. In January 2010 Agius was loaned to A.S. Melfi, and then in August 2010 Agius signed a two-year contract with A.S. Melfi. In January 2011 it looked as Agius was going to sign with Serie B side Triestina, even playing for them in a triangualr tournament, but nothing came of it. He then returned to Malta with Birkirkara on loan.[2] On 31 August 2011 Agius signed with Italian Lega Pro Prima Divisione side U.S. Latina Calcio, who have been promoted.[3][4]

International career[edit]

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

Agius has represented Malta 37 times at U-21 level. In 2005, he formed part of the Malta U-21 team that participated in the Mediterranean Games, held in Almeria Spain. In February 2006, Agius, 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 4 June 2006 Agius played for Malta in a pre-World Cup friendly against Japan in Duesseldorf. Agius marked his return to international football in Malta’s defence during the World Cup qualifying matches against Albania, Denmark and Hungary. Andrei is now a vital player in Malta's defence, and is always a first choice pick with his central defensive partner Jonathan Caruana.

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 Luxemburg Stadium, 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 Modena Stadium, Modena, Italy Italy 2–0 1–0 Brazil 2014
31. 12 October 2012 Czech Stadium, Czech, Czech Republic Czech 1–0 3–1 Brazil 2014
32. 14 November 2012 Liechtenstein Stadium, Liechtenstein, 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 Sofia Stadium, Sofia, Bulgaria Bulgaria 3–0 6–0 Brazil 2014
35. 14 August 2013 Baku 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 Tirana Stadium, Tirana, 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, Bulgaira 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

References[edit]

  1. ^ Andrei Agius flies to Serbia to join Zemun at Times of Malta
  2. ^ "Defender Agius agrees loan move to Birkirkara". The Times of Malta. 18 January 2011. 
  3. ^ "Agius set for Latina move". The Times of Malta. 31 August 2011. 
  4. ^ "Il mercato si chiude con Agius". US Latina Calcio (in Italian). 31 August 2011. Retrieved 1 October 2011. 

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