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Season review: Andorra

Published: Thursday 31 May 2012, 15.29CET
Founded by Portuguese immigrants in 1999, FC Lusitans took their first Andorran title, but were denied a domestic double by a cup final own goal against FC Santa Coloma.
by Álvaro Macho
Season review: Andorra
Lusitans celebrate their first Andorran title: recognise their strip? ©FAF
Published: Thursday 31 May 2012, 15.29CET

Season review: Andorra

Founded by Portuguese immigrants in 1999, FC Lusitans took their first Andorran title, but were denied a domestic double by a cup final own goal against FC Santa Coloma.

FC Lusitans snatched their first Primera Divisió title on the final day of the season, but were denied a domestic double by an own goal in the final of the Andorran Cup.

Champions: FC Lusitans
The side founded in 1999 by Portuguese immigrants emerged as serious contenders to established sides FC Santa Coloma and UE Sant Julià last season, but outclassed both this time round. They went into the final round of play-off games level on points with FC Santa Coloma, but Vicenç Marqués knew his side would be sure of the title if they could get the better of Sant Julià on the final day. Goals from Sebastià Bertran and Luis Miguel Dos Reis duly secured a 2-1 win. "We are a humble club with a great following and we've been in the shadow of other top-flight sides for some time," said Marqués. "We made a big step forward this year.”

Cup final: FC Lusitans 0-1 FC Santa Coloma
Having been denied the title, FC Santa Coloma took their revenge in the cup final, though Lusitans' wounds were to be self-inflicted. Luis Filipe Pinto put the ball into his own net just before half-time, and his team were unable to make amends. "We deserved this trophy because we were the better side on the day," said Santa Coloma coach Luis Blanco. "Although disappointed to have finished as runners-up in the league, victory in the cup means we have ended the season on a high note."

European places: *
FC Lusitans – UEFA Champions League, first qualifying round
FC Santa Coloma – UEFA Europa League, first qualifying round
UE Santa Coloma – UEFA Europa League, first qualifying round

* Subject to final confirmation from UEFA

Player of the Year: Víctor Moreira (FC Lusitans)
After playing an key role in his team's title success, defender Víctor Hugo Moreira was chosen as Andorra's Player of the Year following a poll of the top flight's captains and coaches.

One to watch: Christopher Pousa (FC Santa Coloma)
Chosen by the press as man of the match in the cup final, the Andorra Under-21 midfielder completed a fine campaign by receiving a call-up to the senior international side.

Surprise package: UE Santa Coloma
Lusitans' title success proved to be the shock of the season, but UE Santa Coloma surprised many with their performances, and even had a theoretical chance of winning the title going into the final day.

Leading scorer: Victor Bernat, UE Santa Coloma (14)

Relegated: Ranger's FC

Promoted: FC Encamp

Number: 4
The number of points separating the top four sides in the Andorran top flight at the end of the season – a measure of what a tight campaign it was.

Quote:
"To imagine that we will be competing in the UEFA Champions League feels like a dream; it's as if we've won the lottery. We are honoured."
Lusitans coach Vicenç Marqués looks ahead to European competition

Last updated: 10/07/12 13.46CET

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