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Season review: Andorra

Published: Tuesday 9 June 2009, 14.35CET
UE Sant Juliá took only their second league crown in Andorra, wresting the lead in the table away from FC Santa Coloma, for whom cup success was some consolation for losing the title they won last season.
by Álvaro Macho
Season review: Andorra
Sant Juliá claimed only their second Andorran title ©Andorran Football Federation
Published: Tuesday 9 June 2009, 14.35CET

Season review: Andorra

UE Sant Juliá took only their second league crown in Andorra, wresting the lead in the table away from FC Santa Coloma, for whom cup success was some consolation for losing the title they won last season.

UE Sant Juliá took only their second league crown in Andorra, wresting the lead in the table away from FC Santa Coloma, for whom cup success was some consolation for losing the title they won last season.

Champions: UE Sant Juliá
Sant Juliá had to wait until the last day of the season to be crowned champions for a second time, four years after their initial success. The key encounter came on 26 April when, on the penultimate matchday of the season, they ran out 3-2 winners against leaders and reigning champions Santa Coloma. A narrow victory over FC Lusitans in their final game saw them take the title.

Cup final: FC Santa Coloma 6-1 FC Lusitans
Santa Coloma led the league table for much of the season, but in the end had to settle for a cup success, beating Lusitans in emphatic style in the final. Clear favourites going into the game, they were three goals up by half-time and their place in next season's UEFA Europa League was never in doubt thereafter.

European places
Sant Juliá – UEFA Champions League first qualifying round
Santa Coloma – UEFA Europa League first qualifying round

Player of the Year: Victor Hugo Moreira (UE Sant Juliá)
The Andorran international was recognised as the country's best player after a solid campaign in which he helped his team to title success. The wide man became a regular in David Rodrigo's national team after several domestic performances in which he overwhelmed opposition defences.

One to watch: Maicon Dos Santos (FC Santa Coloma)
The 26-year-old Brazilian enjoyed his third season in Santa Coloma's colours and was a crucial part of his team's front line throughout the season. He capped a fine year with a goal in the Andorran Cup final.

Leading scorer: Norberto Urbani, FC Santa Coloma (22)

Surprise package: FC Rànger's
Rànger's caused many eyebrows to be raised for all the wrong reasons this term. Having spent last season fighting for the league title they were relegated after gaining just one win in 20 games in the top flight.

Number: 100
The number of goals conceded by 2005/06 and 2006/07 champions Rànger's during a miserable campaign.

Quote
"Within a few days we'll play against Sant Juliá and it is there that the title will be decided. If we win or draw it's practically all over but they'll be thinking that a win for them could change things dramatically."
Santa Coloma coach Vincenç Marquès utters some famous last words ahead of his team's 3-2 defeat by Sant Juliá.

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