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, becoming the first football club to be founded in Andorra. The club joined the categories of the Catalan Football Federation, contesting the Spanish League and Spanish Cup.
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Since 2015, it plays its games at reformed Camp de la Borda Mateu.
a ECQ = UEFA European Football Championship qualification match, WCQ = FIFA World Cup qualification match b The Andorra score is always listed first. c The Andorra-Cyprus match in 2000 is the only game Andorra has scored two goals in any competitive match. d The Andorra-Macedonia match in 2004 is the only competitive match Andorra has won.
Primera Divisió 08 clubs/ teams -> 01 relegated + 01 for play-off to relegation/ promotion
Its greatest success came in 1994 when FC Andorra won the Copa Catalunya. The Andorran team eliminated FC Barcelona in the semifinals (aggregate 2–1) and RCD Espanyol 4–2 on penalties in the final played in the Municipal Stadium of Vilassar de Mar, after a scoreless draw in the game.
Ildefons Lima and Óscar Sonejee are the only Andorran players to have scored more than three career goals for the team; Lima has ten goals and Sonejee 4. Lima is also the second-most capped player with 101 appearances. Óscar Sonejee's 106 appearances are the most for the Andorra national team.
FC Andorra is the only Andorran team to play in the Spanish football league system instead of the domestic league.
The following players have been called up to the Andorra squad in the last 12 months.
FC Andorra takes the colours and icons of the country. The club crest represent the coat of arms of Andorra with some minor variations. Also their first kit have been historically blue, yellow and red, the national colours of Andorra. Due their colours the club have been nicknamed Tricolors (The Tricolours).
Albert Celades is an Andorran, who has played for both FC Barcelona and Real Madrid. The midfielder never made an appearance for the Andorran squad. However, he did make it to the Spanish national team.
From 1986 to 2013 the club also had a section of futsal (FC Andorra Futsal) that played in División de Honor and División de Plata.
In bold are indicated eight teams winners Andorran First Division, Cup and Super Cup.
After several years in regional categories, the Andorran club climbed in 1981 to Segunda División B (third category of the Spanish league system), where it 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 promote to Segunda División.
At 2016 UEFA Euro qualifying, Andorra lost again all its ten games but scored four goals, its record in a qualifying group for a European Championship.
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Here's a list of all the clubs playing in the Andorran football league system, under Federació Andorrana de Fútbol in the two amateur levels:
Andorra have occasionally played "home" matches outside their borders. For example, Andorra hosted France and England in the 2000 European Championship, 2008 European Championship and 2010 World Cup qualifiers in the Estadi Olímpic Lluís Companys in Barcelona, which was the home of RCD Espanyol between 1997 and 2009.
Andorra's dismal record gives them a lowly reputation in world football. The nation has only won one competitive fixture, a 1–0 World Cup qualifying win against Macedonia, and two exhibition games against Belarus (2–0) and Albania (2–0). All matches were played at home.
RET: player retired from international football INJ: player withdrewed due to injury
Andorra's first official game was a 6–1 defeat in a friendly match to Estonia in 1996. Since the qualifying rounds for the UEFA Euro 2000 tournament, Andorra have competed in qualifying for every European Championship and World Cup but have had very little success. They have only ever won three matches, all at home. They have one win in competitive matches, a 1–0 win against Macedonia in the 2006 FIFA World Cup qualifying competition.
The Andorra national football team (Catalan: Selecció de futbol d'Andorra) represents Andorra in association football and is controlled by the Andorran Football Federation, the governing body for football in Andorra. The team has enjoyed very little success due to the Principality's tiny population, the fifth smallest of any UEFA country (only Liechtenstein, San Marino, Gibraltar and the Faroe Islands are smaller).
Manuel Miluir was the first coach of the team and managed their first three matches of European Championship qualifying. He departed in 1999 to make way for David Rodrigo, whose first competitive match was a 2–0 European Championship qualifying defeat at home to Iceland on 27 March of that year. Rodrigo had been in charge of the team until February 2010, when it was announced that Koldo took over this role.
Their greatest achievement, though, came just a few years later as they won the Copa Catalunya in June 1994 beating Espanyol 4-2 on penalties with the match finishing 0-0 after extra time. This achievement is all the more extraordinary as the plucky Andorrans had beaten Barcelona in the semi-finals with defender Juan Carrillo scoring a last minute winner. This, don’t forget, was the Barcelona era of Romario, Hristo Stoichkov and Michael Laudrup.
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 manager Koldo Álvarez named an 18-man squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification matches against Portugal on October 7 and Switzerland on October 11, 2016. Caps and goals correct as of October 7, 2016, after the match against Portugal.
Andorra had one last shot at glory in 1996 as they reached the last 16 of the Spanish Cup where they were eliminated 2-0 by Celta Vigo, but not before knocking out Palamos and Getafe (4-2 on aggregate) along the way. Unfortunately, this was to be no great new dawn for Andorran football, they were relegated to the fourth tier Tercera Division at the end of the 1997/98 season before their eventual relegation to their current resting place in the Primera Catalana.
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With the fourth smallest population of any UEFA country, until the admission of Gibraltar, the talent pool is small. Also Andorra is one of the youngest UEFA member association along with Kazakhastan, both founded in 1994. Players are predominantly amateurs because the Andorra domestic league is only part-time. Although, since Andorra began playing in 1996 their average FIFA ranking is 163.
Camp de la Borda Mateu, Andorra la Vella, Andorra
In the team's qualification campaign for Euro 2004 they again lost every game. They scored their only goal in a 2–1 away loss to Bulgaria. In this competition the scores were closer than before as they lost 3–0 to Bulgaria, Croatia and Belgium, 2–0 twice to Estonia, 2–0 to Croatia and 1–0 to Belgium.
From 1996 until 2014 Andorra played their home matches at the Comunal d'Andorra la Vella, in the capital city of Andorra la Vella. This stadium has a capacity of 1,800 and also hosts the matches of club sides FC Andorra and the Andorran Premier League. On 9 September 2014, the national team began playing at the new Estadi Nacional with a capacity of 3,306.
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Segona Divisió 06 clubs/ teams -> 01 promoted + 01 for play-off to relegation/ promotion + 4 Reserve clubs/ teams not promoted
In January 2006, the Andorran Football Association named Koldo, their goalkeeper from 1998 to 2009, as their greatest ever player.
FC Andorra have historically hosted their matches in the Estadi Comunal d'Andorra la Vella in the capital city of Andorra la Vella. The club host 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.
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
The national team has existed since 1996. They have recorded three victories, against Belarus, Albania, and Republic of Macedonia, all of which were at home. They are one of the most penalized teams in Europe, having received more red and yellow cards in the WC 2006 Qualifiers than any other team.
The sport of football in the country of Andorra is run by the Andorran Football Federation. The federation administers the Andorran national football team, as well as the Andorran First Division.
Its 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 the Round of 16.