Andrei Agius

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

Andrei Agius
Personal information
Date of birth (1986-08-12) 12 August 1986
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
Number 20
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)
2006–2007Martina (loan) 15 (1)
2007–2009 Igea Virtus 68 (3)
2009–2010 Cassino 10 (0)
2010–2011 Melfi 37 (0)
2011Birkirkara (loan) 12 (1)
2011–2013 Latina 35 (0)
2013–2014 Torres 16 (1)
2014Aprilia (loan) 14 (0)
2014– Hibernians 85 (10)
National team
2005–2008 Malta U-21-23 37 (1)
2006– Malta 90 (5)
* 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 22:40, 18 November 2019 (UTC)

Club career

Andrei Agius (born on 12 August 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 teammates 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 Armenian playmaker who plays for Premier League club Manchester United.

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 11 September 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 12 August 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 19 December 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 Serbia

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.

Italy

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 31 August 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. With his current club he won two Maltese Premier League titles (in 2014-15 and 2016-17). In 2019 he won the award as Maltese Player of the Year[1].

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

2016-17: title with Hibernians

2019: named Maltese footballer of the year

International career

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 4 June 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

#CountrySeasonClubLeagueAppearancesGoals
1.Serbia2004,FK ZemunUnder 18171
2.Italy200405,FC MascaluciaEccelenza266
3.Italy200506,FC MessinaPrimavera282
4.Italy200607,FC Martina FrancaC150
5.Italy200708,FC Igea VirtusC2351
6.Italy200809,FC Igea VirtusC2332
7.Italy200910,SS Cassino CalcioC2100
8.Italy201011,A.S MelfiC2170
9.Italy201111,A.S MelfiC2140
10.Malta201111,Birkirkara FC MaltaPremier League Malta141
11.Italy201113,Latina CalcioC1361
12.Italy201314,Torres FC CalcioC2141
13.Italy201314,ApriliaC2160
14.Malta201416,HiberniansPremier League Malta8510

National team appearances

#DateVenueOpponentHalf TimeResultCompetition
1.25 February 2006Ta' Qali Stadium, Ta' Qali, MaltaMoldova0101Coca-Cola & Multiplus Int.
2.6 June 2006LTU Arena, Düsseldorf, GermanyJapan0010Friendly
3.19 October 2008Ta' Qali Stadium, Ta' Qali, MaltaIceland0001Friendly
4.11 February 2009Ta' Qali Stadium, Ta' Qali, MaltaAlbania00002010 FIFA World Cup qualification
5.28 March 2009Ta' Qali Stadium, Ta' Qali, MaltaDenmark03032010 FIFA World Cup qualification
6.1 April 2009Stadium Puskás Ferenc, Budapest, HungaryHungary10302010 FIFA World Cup qualification
7.5 June 2009Chance Aréna, Jablonec, Czech RepublicCzech Republic0010Friendly
8.10 June 2009Ullevi, Gothenburg, SwedenSweden10402010 FIFA World Cup qualification
9.12 August 2009Ta' Qali Stadium, Ta' Qali, MaltaGeorgia0020Friendly
10.4 September 2009Ta' Qali Stadium, Ta' Qali, MaltaCape Verde0202Friendly
11.18 November 2009Kordin Stadium, Kordin, MaltaBulgaria1114Friendly
12.3 March 2010Ta' Qali Stadium, Ta' Qali, MaltaFinland1012Friendly
13.13 May 2010New Tivoli, Aachen, GermanyGermany1030Friendly
14.11 August 2010Ta' Qali Stadium, Ta' Qali, MaltaMacedonia0111Friendly
15.1 September 2010Ramat Gan Stadium, Tel Aviv, IsraelIsrael1131Euro 2012 Poland/Ukraine
16.7 September 2010Ta' Qali Stadium, Ta' Qali, MaltaLatvia0102Euro 2012 Poland/Ukraine
17.8 October 2010Boris Paichadze Stadium, Tbilisi, GeorgiaGeorgia0010Euro 2012 Poland/Ukraine
18.9 February 2011Ta' Qali Stadium, Ta' Qali, MaltaSwitzerland0000Friendly
19.26 March 2011Ta' Qali Stadium, Ta' Qali, MaltaGreece0001Euro 2012 Poland/Ukraine
20.4 June 2011Georgios Karaiskakis Stadium, Piraeus, GreeceGreece2031Euro 2012 Poland/Ukraine
21.10 August 2011Ta' Qali Stadium, Ta' Qali, MaltaCentral African Republic2121Friendly
22.2 September 2011Ta' Qali Stadium, Ta' Qali, MaltaCroatia2031Euro 2012 Poland/Ukraine
23.6 September 2011Ta' Qali Stadium, Ta' Qali, MaltaGeorgia1111Euro 2012 Poland/Ukraine
24.7 October 2011Stadionas Skonto, Riga, LatviaLatvia1020Euro 2012 Poland/Ukraine
25.11 October 2011Ta' Qali Stadium, Ta' Qali, MaltaIsrael0102Euro 2012 Poland/Ukraine
26.29 February 2012Ta' Qali Stadium, Ta' Qali, MaltaLiechtenstein1121Friendly
27.2 June 2012Stade Josy Barthel, Luxemburg, LuxemburgLuxemburg0102Friendly
28.14 August 2012San Marino Stadium, San Marino, San MarinoSan Marino0102Friendly
29.7 September 2012Ta' Qali Stadium, Ta' Qali, MaltaArmenia0101Brazil 2014
30.11 September 2012Stadio Alberto Braglia, Modena, ItalyItaly2010Brazil 2014
31.12 October 2012Doosan Arena, Plzeň, Czech RepublicCzech Republic1031Brazil 2014
32.14 November 2012Rheinpark Stadion, Vaduz, LiechtensteinLiechtenstein0101Friendly
33.6 February 2013Ta' Qali Stadium, Ta' Qali, MaltaNorthern Ireland0000Friendly
34.22 March 2013Vasil Levski National Stadium, Sofia, BulgariaBulgaria3060Brazil 2014
35.14 August 2013Eighth Kilometer District Stadium, Baku, AzerbaijanAzerbaijan1030Friendly
36.6 September 2013Ta' Qali Stadium, Ta' Qali, MaltaDenmark1230Brazil 2014
37.10 September 2013Ta' Qali Stadium, Ta' Qali, MaltaBulgaria1230Brazil 2014
38.11 October 2013Ta' Qali Stadium, Ta' Qali, MaltaCzech Republic1430Brazil 2014
39.15 October 2013Parken Stadium, Denmark, DenmarkDenmark6030Brazil 2014
40.19 November 2013Ta' Qali Stadium, Ta' Qali, MaltaFaroe Islands3230Friendly
41.5 March 2014Niko Dovana Stadium, Durrës, AlbaniaAlbania1020Friendly
42.3 June 2014Estadio Algarve, Algarve, PortugalGibraltar0010Friendly
43.4 September 2014Stadion pod Dubnom, Zilina, SlovakiaSlovakia0010Friendly
44.9 September 2014Stadion Maksimir, Zagreb, CroatiaCroatia1020Euro 2016
45.10 October 2014Ta' Qali Stadium, Ta' Qali, MaltaNorway0203Euro 2016
46.13 October 2014Ta' Qali Stadium, Ta' Qali, MaltaItaly0101Euros 2016
47.16 November 2014Vasil Levski National Stadium, Sofia, BulgariaBulgaria1011Euros 2016
48.25 March 2015Boris Paichadze Stadium, Tbilisi, GeorgiaGeorgia1020Friendly
49.28 March 2015Tofiq Bahramov Stadium, Baku, AzerbaijanAzerbaijan1020Euro 2016
50.8 June 2015Ta' Qali Stadium, Ta' Qali, MaltaLithuania0020Friendly
51.12 June 2015Ta' Qali Stadium, Ta' Qali, MaltaBulgaria0001Euro 2016
52.3 September 2015Stadio Artemio Franchi, Florence, ItaliaItaly0001Euro 2016
53.6 September 2015Ta' Qali Stadium, Ta' Qali, MaltaAzerbaijan0122Euro 2016
54.10 October 2015Ullevaal Stadion, Oslo, NorwayNorway1020Euro 2016
55.13 October 2015Ta' Qali Stadium, Ta' Qali, MaltaCroatia0101Euro 2016
56.11 November 2015Istanbul, Istanbul, TurkeyJordan1020Friendly
57.24 March 2016Ta' Qali Stadium, Ta' Qali, MaltaMoldova0000Friendly
58.27 May 2016Kufstein Arena, Kufstein, Czech RepublicCzech Republic3060Friendly
59.31 May 2016Worthersee Arena, Klagenfurt, AustriaAustria2021Friendly
60.31 August 2016Pärnu Rannastaadion, Pärnu, EstoniaEstonia1011Friendly
61.4 September 2016Ta' Qali Stadium, Ta' Qali, MaltaScotland1115Russia 2018
62.8 October 2016Wembley Stadium, London, United KingdomEngland2020Russia 2018
63.11 October 2016LFF Stadium, Vilnius, LithuaniaLithuania0002Russia 2018
65.11 November 2016Ta' Qali Stadium, Ta' Qali, MaltaSlovenia0001Russia 2018
66.15 November 2016Ta' Qali Stadium, Ta' Qali, MaltaIceland0002Friendly

International goals

Scores and results list Malta's goal tally first.[2]
NoDateVenueOpponentScoreResultCompetition
1.14 August 2012San Marino Stadium, Serravalle, San Marino San Marino2–13–2Friendly
2.5 October 2017Ta' Qali National Stadium, Ta' Qali, Malta Lithuania1–01–12018 FIFA World Cup qualification
3.29 May 2018Gernot Langes Stadion, Wattens, Austria Armenia1–01–1Friendly
4.10 September 2018Ta' Qali National Stadium, Ta' Qali, Malta Azerbaijan1–01–12018–19 UEFA Nations League D
5.11 October 2018Fadil Vokrri Stadium, Pristina, Kosovo Kosovo1–11–32018–19 UEFA Nations League D

References

  1. "Hibs defender Agius named MFA Footballer of the Year". Maltese Football Association. 25 May 2019. Retrieved 25 May 2019.
  2. "Agius, Andrei". National Football Teams. Retrieved 10 October 2017.
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