FC Andorra

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Andorra
FC Andorra.png
Full nameFutbol Club Andorra
Nickname(s)Els Tricolors (The Tricolours)
Founded15 October 1942; 77 years ago (15 October 1942)
GroundCamp de Fútbol de Prada de Moles, Encamp
Capacity500 [1]
OwnerGerard Piqué
Head coachGabri García
LeagueSegunda División B
2018–191st, Primera Catalana (promoted)
WebsiteClub website

Futbol Club Andorra is a football club based in Encamp, Andorra, established in 1942. Although based in Andorra, they have competed in the Spanish football league system since 1948. They currently play in Segunda División B, the third tier.

History[edit]

Futbol Club Andorra has historically been the biggest football club in the country. The club was founded on 15 October 1942 in the College of Our Lady of Meritxell and was the first football club to be founded in Andorra.[2] The club joined the categories of the Catalan Football Federation, contesting the Spanish League and Spanish Cup. In the 1963-64 season FC Andorra debuted in the Segunda Regional, finishing in the 11th position.[3]

After several years in regional categories, the Andorran club climbed in 1981 to Segunda División B (third level of the Spanish league system), where they remained for 17 years, with a break in the 1986–87 season when the team played in Tercera División. In the 1988–89 and 1989–90 seasons FC Andorra was close to promotion to Segunda División.

The club's greatest success came in 1994 when FC Andorra won the Copa Catalunya. The Andorran team eliminated FC Barcelona in the semi-finals (aggregate 2–1) and defeated RCD Espanyol in the final played in the Municipal Stadium of Vilassar de Mar, winning 4-2 on penalties after no goals were scored during ordinary and extra time.[4]

At the end of the 1997–98 season the team was relegated to Tercera División (fourth tier).

Their best performance to date in the Copa del Rey was in the 1995–96 edition, beating Palamós CF and Getafe CF before being eliminated by Celta Vigo in Round 16.

From 1986 to 2013 the club also had a futsal section (FC Andorra Futsal) that played in División de Honor and División de Plata.

The Andorran club was bought in December 2018 by Gerard Piqué's Kosmos Holding Group,[5][6] and in April 2019 presented its main sponsor MoraBanc;[7] known as a strong and a benchmark bank in Andorra. Weeks later they achieved promotion to Tercera División, after a streak of 22 matches unbeaten.[8] In July 2019, the club paid a €452,022 fee to replace CF Reus Deportiu in the Segunda División B after Reus were relegated to the Tercera División for failing to pay its players.[9][10]

Stadium[edit]

FC Andorra have historically hosted their matches at the Estadi Comunal d'Andorra la Vella in the capital city of Andorra la Vella. The club also hosted their home matches in the Camp d'Esports d'Aixovall (also named DEKV-Arena due to an sponsorship arrangement) located in the parish of Sant Julià de Lòria, with a capacity of 1,000 spectators.

From 2015 to 2019, they played their games at reformed Camp de la Borda Mateu. Since then they play their local matches at Camp de Fútbol de Prada de Moles, located at Encamp. The stadium has a capacity of 500.[11][12]

Crest and shirt[edit]

FC Andorra take the colours and icons of the country. The club crest represents the coat of arms of Andorra with some minor variations. Their first kit has been historically blue, yellow and red, the national colours of Andorra. Due to their colours the club have been nicknamed Els Tricolors (The Tricolours).

Honors[edit]

Seasons[edit]

Season Tier Division Place Copa del Rey
1966/67 4 1ª Catal. 3rd
1967/68 4 1ª Catal. 5th
1968/69 4 1ª Catal. 4th
1969/70 4 1ª Catal. 20th
1970/71 5 Pref. Terr. 1st
1971/72 4 1ª Catal. 4th
1972/73 4 1ª Catal. 11th
1973/74 4 1ª Catal. 15th
1974/75 4 1ª Catal. 7th
1975/76 4 1ª Catal. 9th
1976/77 4 1ª Catal. 9th
1977/78 4 4th First round
1978/79 4 5th Second round
1979/80 4 1st First round
1980/81 3 2ªB 11th Third round
1981/82 3 2ªB 8th
1982/83 3 2ªB 8th First round
1983/84 3 2ªB 10th Second round
1984/85 3 2ªB 9th Second round
1985/86 3 2ªB 15th First round
Season Tier Division Place Copa del Rey
1986/87 4 8th
1987/88 3 2ªB 13th
1988/89 3 2ªB 2nd
1989/90 3 2ªB 4th
1990/91 3 2ªB 8th Fourth round
1991/92 3 2ªB 6th
1992/93 3 2ªB 10th Second round
1993/94 3 2ªB 14th Second round
1994/95 3 2ªB 7th
1995/96 3 2ªB 9th Third round
1996/97 3 2ªB 6th
1997/98 3 2ªB 20th
1998/99 4 17th
1999/00 5 1ª Catal. 18th
2000/01 5 1ª Catal. 3rd
2001/02 4 20th
2002/03 5 1ª Catal. 19th
2003/04 6 Pref. Terr. 18th
2004/05 7 1ª Territ. 8th
2005/06 7 1ª Territ. 2nd
Season Tier Division Place Copa del Rey
2006/07 7 1ª Territ. 12th
2007/08 7 1ª Territ. 8th
2008/09 7 1ª Territ. 5th
2009/10 7 1ª Territ. 5th
2010/11 7 1ª Territ. 2nd
2011/12 6 2ª Catal. 2nd
2012/13 5 1ª Catal. 8th
2013/14 5 1ª Catal. 16th
2014/15 6 2ª Catal. 1st
2015/16 5 1ª Catal. 8th
2016/17 5 1ª Catal. 3rd
2017/18 5 1ª Catal. 9th
2018/19 5 1ª Catal. 1st
2019/20 3 2ªB First round

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

As of 30 December 2019

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

No. Position Player
1 Argentina GK Nico Ratti
3 Argentina DF Fede Bessone (captain)
5 Spain DF Adrià Vilanova
6 Spain DF Javi Martos
7 Senegal FW Moha Keita
8 Spain MF Martí Riverola
9 Spain FW Ernest Forgàs
10 Andorra MF Ludovic Clemente
11 Spain MF Miguel Palanca
12 Spain MF Adri Lledó
13 Paraguay GK Diego Huesca
14 Spain MF Raimon Marchán
No. Position Player
15 Spain DF Miguel Loureiro
16 France DF Mickaël Gaffoor
17 Switzerland FW Aimery Pinga (on loan from Sion)
18 Colombia DF Jilmar Torres (on loan from Lugo)
19 Spain FW Àlex Pachón (on loan from Girona)
20 Spain FW Víctor Casadesús
21 Spain MF Rubén Bover
22 Mali FW Moussa Sidibé
25 Spain GK Miguel Bañuz
26 Spain MF Iker Goujón
27 Andorra FW Cucu
28 Romania DF Raul Fehér

Out on loan[edit]

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

No. Position Player
Andorra MF Jordi Aláez (at FC Santa Coloma until 30 June 2020)
Andorra MF Cristian Martínez (at Inter d'Escaldes until 30 June 2020)
Andorra FW Álex Martínez (at FC Santa Coloma until 30 June 2020)
No. Position Player
Spain FW Jordi Betriu (at Inter d'Escaldes until 30 June 2020)
Spain FW Ferran Tacón (at Horta until 30 June 2020)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ SER, Cadena (30 July 2019). "Les obres de Prada de Moles, al setembre". Cadena SER (in Catalan). Retrieved 3 February 2020.
  2. ^ RTVA, Andorra Difusió. "Lluís España vol recuperar la memòria històrica de l'FC Andorra - Andorra Difusió". www.andorradifusio.ad.
  3. ^ "Futbol Club Andorrà :: La Futbolteca. Enciclopedia del Fútbol Español" (in Spanish). Retrieved 3 February 2020.
  4. ^ La ilusiófl del Andorra le lleva’ hásta el título
  5. ^ Sport (29 December 2018). "Gerard Pique is now the owner of FC Andorra". sport.
  6. ^ RTVA, Andorra Difusió. "L'acord de l'FC Andorra amb el grup Kosmos preveu construir dos camps de futbol - Andorra Difusió". www.andorradifusio.ad.
  7. ^ "Gerard Pique presents new FC Andorra sponsor MoraBanc Photos". epa.eu. Retrieved 13 August 2019.
  8. ^ Schouten, Gina (25 April 2019), "A Neutral Case for Autonomy Promotion", Liberalism, Neutrality, and the Gendered Division of Labor, Oxford University Press, pp. 170–197, doi:10.1093/oso/9780198813071.003.0006, ISBN 9780198813071
  9. ^ "Gerard Pique's FC Andorra take final Segunda B place". Football Espana. 29 July 2019. Retrieved 29 July 2019.
  10. ^ "FC Andorra: Gerard Pique's team pay £411,000 for promotion to Spanish third tier". BBC Sport. 29 July 2019.
  11. ^ DiariAndorra (12 December 2014). "Comencen les obres per fer el camp a la Borda Mateu". DiariAndorra.ad.
  12. ^ "El Periòdic d'Andorra - Actualitat Andorra, Notícies Andorra". El Periòdic d'Andorra.

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