S.S. Fidelis Andria 1928
|Full name||Società Sportiva Fidelis Andria 1928 (aka Fidelis Andria)|
|Nickname(s)||Leoni Azzurri (Blue Lions)|
|Founded||August 5, 2013
2005 (as AS Andria BAT)
1971 (as AS Fidelis Andria)
|Ground||Stadio Degli Ulivi
|2015-16||Lega Pro, 7th|
|Website||Club home page|
Società Sportiva Fidelis Andria 1928 or simply Fidelis Andria is an Italian football club based in Andria, Apulia. The club was founded in 1971 and re-founded in 2013. It plays in Lega Pro, the third tier of the Italian football system.
A.S. Fidelis Andria (1971-2005)
The club was founded in 1971 as A.S. Fidelis Andria (Associazione Sportiva Fidelis Andria). At that time the club worn red and yellow and it was the second club in town.
In 1978, after the cancellation of A.S. Andria, the club decided to wear blue and white, which are the colours of the town as well.
After 2004/05 season the club declared bankrupt.
A.S. Andria BAT (2005-2013)
The team played in Lega Pro Seconda Divisione from 2005-06 to 2008-09 season.
At the end of the 2008-09 Lega Pro Seconda Divisione season the team was admitted in Lega Pro Prima Divisione after the forced relegation of Avellino in Serie D. At the end of the 2012-13 Lega Pro Prima Divisione season the club was relegated after play-off, but didn't enroll in the Lega Pro Seconda Divisione league.
S.S. Fidelis Andria 1928 (since 2013)
The team ended season 2013-2014 at 2nd place. After winning the national Play-offs, Fidelis Andria have been promoted to Serie D, the top level of the Italian non-professional football association.
Season 2014-15 Fidelis Andria played on Group H of Serie D. On April 26, winning 3-2 away at Cavese, the club has been promoted to Lega Pro, the third highest football division in Italy, two matches before the end of regular season. After the regular season, Fidelis Andria have taken part to the Scudetto Serie D tournament, in order to assign the amateur champions' title. The team has been eliminated in the group stages.
Since July 1, 2015, being a member of Italian Professional Football League (Lega Italiana Calcio Professionistico), commonly known as Lega Pro, the club has changed its name in S.S. Fidelis Andria 1928.
Fidelis Andria ended season 2015-2016 at 7th place, which admits the club to participate to next Coppa Italia 2016-2017. On May 7, after last match of the season in Catania, boss Luca D'Angelo announced he wouldn't renewed his contract with the club.
Colors and crest
The team's colors are blue and white. The club crest, rappresenting a rampant lion, is based on elements from city of Andria badge.
- As of August 18, 2016
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
Notable former players
- Official Webpage (Italian)