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 Giancarlo Favarin
League Lega Pro
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, originally founded in 1971, has been re-founded in 2013 and currently plays in Lega Pro, 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

On summer 2005 the club was refounded as 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, on 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 1st, 2015, being a member of Italian Professional Football League (Lega Italiana Calcio Professionistico), commonly known as Lega Pro, the club have 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 7th, 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 1, 2016

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

No. Position Player
Italy GK Giacomo Poluzzi
Italy GK Marco Cilli
Italy DF Angelo Tartaglia
Italy DF Matteo Fissore
Italy DF Ramzi Aya
Italy DF Mariano Stendardo
Italy DF Vittorio Ferrero
Italy DF Roberto Cortellini
Italy DF Marco Vittiglio
Italy DF Nico Paterni
Italy MF Dimitri Bisoli
Ghana MF Abass Alhassan
Romania MF Daniel Onescu
No. Position Player
Italy MF Marco Piccinni
Guinea MF Ismael Bangoura
Italy MF Antonio Matera
Italy MF Nicola Capellini
Argentina MF Juan Ezequiel Garcia
Italy FW Nicola Strambelli
Italy FW Francesco Grandolfo
Italy FW Pietro Cianci
Italy FW Alessandro De Vena
Italy FW Mauro Bollino
United States FW Robert Krišto (end loan from Spezia)
Italy FW Claudio Morra (end loan from Torino)

Notable former players[edit]

References[edit]

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