Rabat Ajax F.C.

Rabat Ajax Football Club is a Maltese football club based in Rabat. The last promotion to the Maltese Premier League was achieved in the 2011–12 season, when they earned promotion after finishing second behind Melita. In the 2020-21 National Amateur League season, the club finished 4th in group B, qualifying for the promotion playoffs. After beating Msida St. Joseph and Marsaskala in the quarter and semi finals respectively, they reached the final against Kirkop United. The Magpies won the final 2-1, securing themselves the fourth and final promotion spot to the following seasons Challenge League.

Rabat Ajax
Rabat Ajax Crest.jpg
Full nameRabat Ajax Football Club
Nickname(s)The Magpies
Founded1930; 92 years ago (1930)
as Rabat Rovers
GroundRabat Ajax Football Ground,
Mtarfa, Malta
Capacity700
ChairmanKeith Farrugia
CoachVesko Petrovic
LeagueNational Amateur League
2021–22Maltese Challenge League, Group A, 10th (relegated)

HistoryEdit

  • 1930: Club founded with the name Rabat Rovers
  • 1937: Joined with Rabat Rangers and Old City to form Rabat Zvanks
  • 1938: Club was renamed to Rabat FC
  • 1980: Joined with Rabat Ajax to form Rabat Ajax FC
  • 1983: First participation in a European Cup (C3) (1983/84 season)
  • 1985: Rabat Ajax win The Maltese Championship
  • 1986: Rabat Ajax win The Maltese Championship and Maltese Cup

HonoursEdit

UEFA Cups qualifiersEdit

In 1983–84 Rabat Ajax met Czechoslovak side Inter Bratislava in the UEFA Cup, where following a 0–10 dumping at home, they also lost 0–6 in the return leg in Bratislava. The following year Rabat Ajax also played in the UEFA Cup, where it met Yugoslav side Partizan Belgrade, with whom it lost both matches with a 0–2 scoreline.

Rabat Ajax has played four qualification matches in the European Cup. In 1985–86 they lost twice a 5–0 score against Cypriot side AC Omonia. In 1986–87 they were trounced 9–0 by eventual winners FC Porto at the Rio Ave stadium in Vila do Conde and 1–0 at home in Malta.

Rabat Ajax in EuropeEdit

Season Competition Round Country Club Home Away Aggregate
1983–84 UEFA Cup 1. Round   Inter Bratislava 0–10 0–6 0–16
1984–85 UEFA Cup 1. Round   Partizan 0–2 0–2 0–4
1985–86 European Cup 1. Round   Omonia Nicosia 0–5 0–5 0–10
1986–87 European Cup 1. Round   FC Porto 0–1 0–9 0–10

PlayersEdit

As of 17 September 2021

Current squadEdit

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Pos. Nation Player
1 GK   MLT Jean Matthias Vella
2 DF   ALB Elmir Lekaj
3 DF   MLT Mark Borg
4 DF   MLT Miguel Aquilina
5 MF   MLT Joseph Caruana
6 MF   MLT Maverick Cassar
7 FW   MLT Nicolai Attard
8 MF   MLT Brandon Micallef
9 FW   MLT Larens Vella
10 FW   MLT Aidan Azzopardi
11 FW   URU Gaston Poncet Otero
12 GK   MLT Damian Borg
27 MF   MLT Kieran Agius
No. Pos. Nation Player
13 DF   MLT Dylan Falzon
14 MF   ARG Manuel Angel Bustos
15 MF   MLT Kurt Muscat
16 MF   MLT Liam Farrugia
17 MF   MLT Wayne Borg
18 FW   MLT Adam Smeir
20 DF   MLT Brandon Farrugia
21 DF   MLT Sean Abela
22 DF   MLT Zachary Tanti
23 DF   MKD Petar Kanzurov
24 GK   MLT Kyle Barbara
25 MF   MLT Nigel Zahra
26 GK   MLT Malcolm Bugeja

Out on loanEdit

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Pos. Nation Player
MF   MLT Jordi Farrugia (on loan to Dingli Swallows)

Board & Management 2020/21Edit

Position Name Nationality
President: Dr Keith Farrugia   Maltese
Vice President Dr Chris Cilia   Maltese
Vice President Dr Sam Abela   Maltese
General Secretary Mario Grima   Maltese
Assistant General Secretary Jean Karl Tabone   Maltese
Team Manager Josef Tonna   Maltese
Treasurer Darren Dimech   Maltese
Assistant Treasurer James Borg   Maltese
Club Official U19 Dion Mifsud   Maltese
Masseur Anthony Bugeja   Maltese
Board Member Luke Micallef   Maltese
Board Member Mark Micallef   Maltese
Board Member Mark Buhagair   Maltese
Board Member Pierre Mifsud   Maltese
Board Member Glenn J Micallef   Maltese
Board Member Nicolai Caruana   Maltese

Notable former managersEdit

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