S.S. Fidelis Andria 1928

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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
Andria, Italy
Ground Capacity 9,140
Chairman Paolo Montemurro
Manager Valeriano Loseto
League Serie C
2016–17 Lega Pro, 12th
Website Club website

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. The team competes in Serie C, the third tier of the Italian football system.

Fidelis Andria play their home matches at Stadio Degli Ulivi, which has a capacity of 9,140. The stadium is located in Andria itself.

History[edit]

A.S. Fidelis Andria (1971-2005)[edit]

AS Fidelis Andria crest

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.

With these colours, the club played for years between Serie B and Serie C1: its last Serie B experience was in 1999.

After 2004/05 season the club declared bankrupt.

A.S. Andria BAT (2005-2013)[edit]

AS Andria BAT crest

In summer 2005 the club was refounded A.S. Andria BAT[1] (Associazione Sportiva Andria BAT). BAT stands for Barletta-Andria-Trani, as in the province of Barletta-Andria-Trani.

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)[edit]

In its place, in summer 2013 a new team called S.S.D. Fidelis Andria 1928 was founded and admitted to Eccellenza Apulia.[2]

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 2015–16 at 7th place, which admits the club to participate to next 2016–17 Coppa Italia. 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[edit]

The team's colors are blue and white. The club crest, rappresenting a rampant lion, is based on elements from city of Andria badge.

Current squad[edit]

As of February 2, 2017

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

No. Position Player
1 Italy GK Giovanni Lullo
12 Romania GK Ionuț Pop (end loan from Roma)
22 Italy GK Marco Cilli
2 Italy DF Angelo Tartaglia (end loan from Novara)
4 Italy DF Ramzi Aya
5 Italy DF Giacinto Allegrini
6 Romania DF Ionuț Rada
13 Italy DF Danilo Colella
21 Brazil DF Felipe Curcio
24 Italy DF Fabio Tito
25 Italy DF Vincenzo Imbriola
29 Italy DF Federico Annoni
No. Position Player
8 Italy MF Marco Piccinni
10 Italy MF Nicola Mancino
16 Italy MF Manél Minicucci
18 Italy MF Lorenzo Vasco (on loan from Roma)
20 Italy MF Riccardo Berardino
26 Romania MF Daniel Onescu
7 Italy FW Emilio Volpicelli
9 Senegal FW Ameth Fall
11 Italy FW Antonio Croce
19 Italy FW Pietro Cianci (on loan from Sassuolo)
23 Brazil FW Sergio Cruz (on loan from Chievo)

Notable former players[edit]

References[edit]

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