The Upton Park farewell procession has begun, and all importantly, it began with a win. But one which was in a setting and circumstances which are unlikely to be repeated too often.
The following year saw Lusitans lose 6-1 on aggregate to Croatian side Varazdin 6-1.
Slaven Bilic had been criticised by the Lusitans coach, Xavi Roura, for disrespecting his side by not being involved in the opening leg – the Croat having placed the club’s academy director, Terry Westley, in charge of the team – but the new West Ham manager was on the touchline to see his side progress with ease.
With the majority of his first-team squad returning to London following a pre-season training camp in Dublin, it was another side balanced with both youth and experience. James Tomkins again captained the side with Joey O’Brien making his 100th appearance for the club, and Matt Jarvis and Morgan Amalfitano also started.
Lusitanos played their first European matches in the 2010–11 UEFA Europa League, where they were eliminated 11–0 on aggregate by Macedonian club Rabotnicki. In the following season's tournament, they were beaten at the same stage by Croatian club Varaždin, 6–1 on aggregate.
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The club’s logo is almost a spitting image of the Portuguese Football Federation.
Just two years after their formation, FC Lusitans won the 2001-2002 Copa Constitucio - the Andorran national title.
Elliot Lee’s first goal for the Hammers was enough to secure the 1-0 win on the evening to wrap up a comprehensive 4-0 aggregate success.
The Lusitans winger José Aguilar, who pestered West Ham’s players for much of the game after a similarly niggly first leg, went close with a 35-yard free-kick in the second half before defender Moisés San Nicolás headed home – only to see his effort chalked out for offside.
Barring a footballing miracle, the East Londoners will then have another 21 matches to negotiate after the contests against the Andorran side in their bid to reach the final on May 18th 2016.
FC Lusitanos' logo greatly resembles that of the Portuguese Football Federation. Since its founding, the club has had several Portuguese players and coaches. The supporters, known as Lusitanos or Lusos, are mainly Portuguese immigrants in Andorra or Andorran people of Portuguese heritage.
After all the build-up and excitement, West Ham’s glorious new era has finally begun – and what did fans learn from their 3-0 Europa League win over FC Lusitans of Andorra? Precisely nothing.
FC Lusitanos, also known as Lusitans, is an Andorran football club from Andorra la Vella which was founded in 1999 and currently play in Primera Divisió.
Since their promotion to the top division they have not been relegated, and won their first title in 2011–12. This qualified the club to the 2012–13 UEFA Champions League, where they were knocked out 9–1 on aggregate in the first qualifying round by Maltese champions Valletta.
FC Lusitans play all their matches at the Aixovall Community Stadium - as do the all other sides in the top division.
They won their second league title in 2013, this qualified the club to the 2013–14 UEFA Champions League they were drawn to play EB/Streymur of the Faroe Islands, in the first leg they drew 2–2 and in the second leg they lost 5–1, losing 7–3 on aggregate.
Since their formation the side has had a heavy Portuguese influence with players and coaches - the supporters are known commonly as ‘Lusos’, who are mainly immigrants in Andorra from Portugal.
Lusitanos won their first Primera Divisió title in 2011–12 and its second national championship the following season. The club's name, crest and kit reflect its Portuguese identity.
Futbol Club Lusitanos (Futbol Club Lusitans, Portuguese: Futebol Club Lusitanos) was founded in 1999. The club played for the first time in the Campionat de Lliga in 2000–01, after winning the Second Division championship. In 2001–02 they won its first title, the Copa Constitució after winning 2–0 in the final against Inter Club d'Escaldes on 2 June, with both goals by Manuel Vieira.