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Futbol Club Andorra is a football club based in Andorra la Vella, Andorra, established in 1942. They play in the Spanish football league system.

Andorra
FC Andorra logo.jpg
Full nameFutbol Club Andorra
Nickname(s)Els Tricolors (The Tricolours)
Founded15 October 1942; 76 years ago (15 October 1942)
GroundCamp de la Borda Mateu, Andorra la Vella
Capacity500
OwnerKosmos Holding
PresidentGerard Piqué
Head coachGabri García
LeaguePrimera Catalana
2017–189th
WebsiteClub website

Most of the Andorra national football team are typically selected from FC Andorra, which currently competes in the Primera Catalana at the 5th level of the Spanish football league system. Although the club is based in Andorra, they have competed in the Spanish league system since 1948. Segunda División B, the third tier, is the highest league that the club have played in.

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HistoryEdit

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.[1] The club joined the categories of the Catalan Football Federation, contesting the Spanish League and Spanish Cup.

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.[2]

At the end of the 1997–98 season the team was relegated to Tercera División (fourth tier). They are currently playing in Primera Catalana (the fifth tier of the Spanish football system).

Their best performance to date in the Spanish Cup 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.

FC Andorra was bought in December 2018 by Gerard Piqué's Kosmos Holding Group.[3][4]

StadiumEdit

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.

Since 2015, they play their games at reformed Camp de la Borda Mateu. The stadium has a capacity of 500.[5]

Crest and shirtEdit

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).

HonoursEdit

SeasonsEdit

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

 

Current squadEdit

As of 24 February 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   GK Nico Ratti
2   MF Cristian Martínez
3   DF Fede Bessone
4   DF Àlex Sánchez
5   DF Adrià Vilanova
6   MF Martí Riverola
7   MF Marc Pujol
8   MF Marc Ferré
9   FW Ernest Forgàs
10   MF Ludovic Clemente
11   MF Jordi Betriu
12   FW Mouhamadou Keita
No. Position Player
14   DF Joan Cervós
15   DF Emili García
16   MF Andrés Jantus
17   FW Álex Martínez
18   MF Claudi Bové
19   DF Oriol Dot
20   DF Rui Beja
21   FW Rubén Bover
22   FW Ricard Fernández
23   FW Jordi Aláez
24   FW Ferran Tacón
25   GK Francisco Pires

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