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Season review: Andorra

Published: Wednesday 28 May 2014, 8.30CET
FC Santa Coloma returned to winning ways in the Pyrenean principality after an exciting campaign that concluded with UE Sant Julià claiming the Copa Constituciò.
by Álvaro Macho & Sílvia Casals
Season review: Andorra
FC Santa Coloma celebrate Andorran top-flight success ©Silvia Casals
Published: Wednesday 28 May 2014, 8.30CET

Season review: Andorra

FC Santa Coloma returned to winning ways in the Pyrenean principality after an exciting campaign that concluded with UE Sant Julià claiming the Copa Constituciò.

FC Santa Coloma made a winning return to the pinnacle of the Andorran game. Having finished the last two campaigns in the runners-up spot, Richard Imbernón's side dominated in 2013/14, both in the regular season and the play-off for the title. UE Sant Julià completed the list of prize winners in the country thanks to their 2014 Copa Constituciò win.

Champions: FC Santa Coloma
After FC Lusitans' domination of the previous two years, Santa Coloma were back on top this time around. The nation's most decorated team with eight Primera Divisiò titles, the eventual champions showed their strength from the mid-point of the regular campaign when they embarked on a run of five straight victories. Their draw with Sant Julià in the penultimate game before the conclusion of the play-offs ensured Santa Coloma would once again be competing in the first qualifying round of the UEFA Champions League.

Cup final: FC Lusitans 1-2 UE Sant Julià
A goal in each half from Sebas Varela and José Antonio Aguilar helped Sant Julià see off Lusitans and gain a place in next term's UEFA Europa League qualifiers. Their triumph meant a fourth Copa Constituciò for Raúl Cañete's men.

European places*
FC Santa Coloma – UEFA Champions League first qualifying round
UE Santa Coloma – UEFA Europa League first qualifying round
UE Sant Julià – UEFA Europa League first qualifying round.

*Subject to final confirmation from UEFA

Player of the Year: Marc Pujol (FC Santa Coloma)
Pujol developed into the single-most important player for Santa Coloma, driving his side towards the championship. Signed last summer from FC Andorra, Pujol was not just the main attacking outlet of Imbernón's team, he was also a reliable scorer, netting three times in the play-offs to add to his seven goals in the regular season. 

One to watch: Juan Fernando Laín (FC Santa Coloma)
Laín was another of the key components in Santa Coloma's success. His ability to unbalance opposing defences, speed and knack of being in the right place at the right time enhanced the title winners' arsenal.

Surprise package: UE Santa Coloma
Year on year, Santa Coloma continue to make slow but steady strides towards the top. They followed up their third-place finish last year by taking the runners-up spot this time with a crucial final-day victory over Sant Julià, Gabi Riera scoring the decisive goal.

Leading scorer: Luis Miguel Dos Reis, Lusitans (13)

Relegated: CE Principat

Promoted: UE Engordany

Number: 1
Winners of the last two editions of the Primera Divisiò, Lusitans failed to repeat their performance level of past years. The side with Portuguese origins ended the regular campaign in second spot but disappointed in the play-offs where they gained just one victory.

Quote: 
"We all worked hard in the dressing room this season and I think this is a deserved victory. When I came to this club, the objective was to qualify for Europe and now that we have achieved that goal, we must look to prepare and enjoy it accordingly."
Santa Coloma coach Imbernón on winning the Primera Divisió in his first term in charge – and his next task of trying to make the team the second from Andorra to get through a European qualifier after UE Sant Julià did so in 2009/10.  

Last updated: 02/06/14 13.48CET

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