UE Santa Coloma

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UE Santa Coloma
UESantaColomacrest.png
Full nameUnió Esportiva Santa Coloma
Nickname(s)UE
Esquirols (Squirrels)
Groc-i-negres (Yellow and Black)
Founded1986; 32 years ago (1986)
GroundAndorra Football Federation stadiums
ChairmanJuan Antonio Antón Álvarez
ManagerRoger Culleré
LeaguePrimera Divisió
2017–185th
WebsiteClub website

Unió Esportiva Santa Coloma, also known as UE Santa Coloma, is a football club from Andorra based in the village of Santa Coloma, Andorra la Vella. The club currently plays in Primera Divisió.

History[edit]

UE Santa Coloma was founded on 23 September 1986 in the village of Santa Coloma. In 1996 the club established a football academy to give a qualitative leap in the field of sports in the country. During few seasons the club acted as farm team for many Andorran teams including FC Santa Coloma. The first football department team was refounded, after being inactive many years, in 2006 by joining the Andorran football league Segona Divisió the following year.[1]

The team plays in the Primera Divisió after winning the Segona Divisió in the 2007–08 season. The club made its first appearance in European competition in the 2010–11 UEFA Europa League after finishing second in the league in the 2009–10 season.

In 2013 the team won his first trophy in the Copa Constitució after defeating 3–2 Sant Julià in the average time.[2] Three years later UE Santa Coloma was crowned again as Andorran's Cup winner after defeating 3-0 UE Engordany in 2016.[3]

Colours and badge[edit]

Yellow has been the traditional UE Santa Coloma color. Manly of the home kits alternate yellow and black. Even then in its beginnings the club dressed up the colors of the parish of Andorra la Vella, green and navy, and occasionally wearing an orange kit during some seasons.[4]

Until 2013 the badge was representing Santa Coloma's pre-romanical church tower and the most traditional team icon, the squirrel. The nowadays crest still represent the icons of UE Santa Coloma, featuring the club colours (yellow and black) and the year of foundation (1986).

The club have an alternative badge (main crest during the first leg of the 2013–14 season) representing the Santa Coloma's squirrel and the colours of the Andorran nation with the motto's country "Virtus Unita Fortior".

The Santa Coloma's church, a symbol of the club.
Old badge (until 2013).
Alternative badge.
Original first kit.
2013–14 home kit.
2014–16 home kit.
Period * Kitmaker Kit sponsor
2007–12 Joma Escale
2012–18 Seguretat Sepir
2014–18 Luanvi
2018–present Joma

* Since the Andorra Football Federation affiliation.

Support[edit]

The club's nickname, as seen from the crest, is Esquirols (Squirrels) due to the number of the animals that live around the town of Santa Coloma. There is a long-standing tradition for a number of fans to wear squirrel costumes at the club's last home game of each season.

Club rivalries[edit]

El Derbi Colomenc[edit]

The local rival of UE Santa Coloma is actually their neighbour's hometown football team FC Santa Coloma. The rivalry between these two teams has increased since the 2009/10 season when those teams were competing for winning the Premier Andorran League.[5]

Honours[edit]

Runners-up (2): 2009–10, 2013–14
Winners (3): 2013, 2016, 2017
Runners-up (2): 2010, 2011
Winners (1): 2016
Runners-up (1): 2013
Winners (1): 2007–08

League history[edit]

Season Division Pos. Pl. W D L GS GA P
2007–08 Segona Divisió 1 16 14 2 0 66 11 44
2008–09 Primera Divisió 5 20 12 3 5 65 31 39
2009–10 Primera Divisió 2 20 13 4 3 50 26 43
2010–11 Primera Divisió 4 20 10 0 10 54 27 30
2011–12 Primera Divisió 3 20 10 7 3 61 20 37
2012–13 Primera Divisió 3 20 11 4 5 47 25 37
2013–14 Primera Divisió 2 20 12 3 5 40 24 39
2014–15 Primera Divisió 3 20 12 2 6 33 17 38
2015–16 Primera Divisió 4 20 8 6 6 34 20 30

European results[edit]

Season Competition Round Opponent Home Away Aggregate
2010–11 UEFA Europa League First qualifying round Montenegro FK Mogren 0–3 0–2 0–5
2011–12 UEFA Europa League First qualifying round Hungary Paks 0–1 0–4 0–5
2012–13 UEFA Europa League First qualifying round Netherlands Twente 0–3 0–6 0–9
2013–14 UEFA Europa League First qualifying round Bosnia and Herzegovina Zrinjski Mostar 1–3 0–1 1–4
2014–15 UEFA Europa League First qualifying round Republic of Macedonia Metalurg Skopje 0–3 0–2 0–5
2016–17 UEFA Europa League First qualifying round Croatia Lokomotiva 1–3 1–4 2–7
2017–18 UEFA Europa League First qualifying round Croatia Osijek 0–2 0–4 0–6

Current squad[edit]

As of 23 September 2018.

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

No. Position Player
1 Spain GK Ricard Fernández
2 Andorra DF Txus Rubio
3 Andorra DF David Maneiro
5 Andorra DF Alexandre Martínez
6 France MF Barthélémy Casanova
7 Andorra DF Jordi Rubio (Captain)
8 Andorra FW Gerard Aloy
9 Andorra FW Boris Antón
10 Morocco FW Nourddin El Morabiti
11 Spain FW Joan Salomó
No. Position Player
13 Andorra GK Josep Gómes
14 Spain FW Víctor Bernat
16 Peru FW Luis Pajares
17 Andorra MF Leonel Alves
18 France DF Drissa Dao
19 Andorra MF Joel Málaga
22 Andorra MF Sergio Crespo
24 Andorra MF Walid Bousenine
25 Andorra DF Cristian Orosa

External links[edit]

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