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Season review: Andorra

Published: Monday 31 May 2010, 15.47CET
FC Santa Coloma and UE Sant Julià once more shared out the main prizes in Andorran football but a hungry young UE Santa Coloma side threatened the old order up in the Pyrenees.
by Álvaro Macho
Season review: Andorra
FC Santa Coloma celebrate a victory in Andorra ©Andorran Football Federation
Published: Monday 31 May 2010, 15.47CET

Season review: Andorra

FC Santa Coloma and UE Sant Julià once more shared out the main prizes in Andorran football but a hungry young UE Santa Coloma side threatened the old order up in the Pyrenees.

FC Santa Coloma and UE Sant Julià continue to be the dominant forces in Andorran football, sharing the main prizes again this season, but a young UE Santa Coloma side has emerged as a powerful rival to the Pyreneean powerhouses.

Champions: FC Santa Coloma
Santa Coloma did not lose a league game all season, in the regular campaign or the play-offs, so it is a measure of the level of competition in the league that it still took until the final day of the campaign for them to put the title beyond second-placed UE Santa Coloma, Sant Julià surprisingly finishing third overall.

Cup final: UE Sant Julià 1-0 UE Santa Coloma
Sant Julià never quite hit their stride in the league but took the Copa Constitució after a final played in strong winds at the Camp d'Esports d'Aixovall. Chances were at a premium, but Sebas Gómez was on target from a quick break eight minutes from time to give his side the trophy.

European places*
FC Santa Coloma – UEFA Champions League first qualifying round
UE Sant Julià – UEFA Europa League second qualifying round
UE Santa Coloma – UEFA Europa League first qualifying round
FC Lusitans – UEFA Europa League first qualifying round
*Subject to final confirmation from UEFA

Player of the Year: Carlos Peppe (UE Sant Julià)
In a season when much more was expected of them, given the strength of their squad, Argentinian midfielder Peppe  was one of the few Sant Julià players to shine, showing class in the league and appearing in all 390 minutes of their UEFA Champions League campaign.

One to watch: Carles Sirvan (UE Santa Coloma)
There is ample evidence that Andorran football is in good shape with a new generation of talent promising to bolster the Premier Divisió and the national team for years to come, with midfielder Carles Sirvan clearly benefiting from the experience of playing competitive games with Andorra's Under-21 side.

Surprise package: UE Santa Coloma
FC Santa Coloma and Sant Julià are accustomed to contesting the top spots, with three-way title battles something of a rarity, so it was a surprise when youthful UE Santa Coloma came between the two titans in the league. FC Santa Coloma coach Xavi Ruora admitted: "We expected them to be among the top places, but were very surprised by their consistency."

Leading scorer: Gabriel Riera Lancha, UE Sant Julià (19)

Relegated: UE Engordany

Promoted: FC Casa Benfica

Number: 0
The number of defeats the champions suffered in the course of a tough season.

Quote
"Last year we had a huge squad and we failed; this year we brought in some youth players and we have a strong team."
Coach Xavi Roura reflects on a change of tack at FC Santa Coloma

Last updated: 01/06/10 18.56CET

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