Carmel Busuttil

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Carmel Busuttil
Personal information
Date of birth (1964-02-29) 29 February 1964 (age 55)
Place of birth Rabat, Malta
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
1977–1979 Rabat Ajax
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1979–1987 Rabat Ajax 106 (47)
1987–1988 Verbania 20 (8)
1988–1994 KRC Genk 183 (57)
1994–2001 Sliema Wanderers 191 (78)
Total 500 (190)
National team
1982–2001 Malta 111 (23)
Teams managed
Santa Luċija Net Stars
Pietà Hotspurs
2003–2005 Malta (assistant)
2009– Malta (assistant)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

† Appearances (goals)

Carmel Busuttil (born 29 February 1964 in Rabat, Malta) is one of Malta's most experienced football players. Now retired from playing, he is assistant coach of the Malta national football team.


Busuttil started his career with Rabat Ajax and won 2 titles there. He then went on to have a short one year spell at Verbania Calcio in Italy, where he was capped 20 times and scored 8 goals. He then moved on to spend 6 years playing for Belgian Club FC KRC Genk (322), four of them as captain, and finishing as the club's top scorer for three seasons. In 1994 he returned to play for the Maltese club Sliema Wanderers, where he scored 78 goals, helping his team to win the Maltese Premier League and also the Maltese Cup. He was capped 113 times for the Malta national football team and was their top scorer with 23 goals, until recently Michael Mifsud broke Busuttil's record.

He is known as 'Il-Bużu', an abbreviation of his surname. After he retired, he was football coach at a couple of respected Maltese private schools, most notably St. Michael's Foundation for Education. He then formed his own youth training academy, The Buzu football school. In November 2003, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of UEFA, he was selected as the Golden Player by the Malta Football Association as the most outstanding player of Malta in the last 50 years. Busuttil has also won wider acclaim. In 2000 he received the prestigious Order of Merit of the Republic from the then president of Malta, Professor Guido de Marco, for his contribution to Maltese sport.

As a coach, Busuttil had a stint with the Maltese Football League side Pietà Hotspurs, and assisted Horst Heese in the guidance of the Maltese national team between 2003 and 2005. He return to the position in 2009 as assistant to John Buttigieg. They are both on a 5-year contract. However, in 2011, they were both sacked and replaced by the Italian Pietro Ghedin.

International goals

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
. 19 April 1994 National Stadium, Ta' Qali, Malta  Azerbaijan 3–0 5–0 Friendly


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