UE Santa Coloma


Unió Esportiva Santa Coloma, also known as UE Santa Coloma, is a football club from Andorra based in the village of Santa Coloma, Andorra la Vella. The club currently plays in Primera Divisió.

UE Santa Coloma
Full nameUnió Esportiva Santa Coloma
Nickname(s)UE
Esquirols (Squirrels)
Groc-i-negres (Yellow and Black)
Founded1986; 35 years ago (1986)
GroundAndorra Football Federation stadiums
ChairmanJuan Antonio Antón Álvarez
ManagerRoger Culleré
LeaguePrimera Divisió
2020–216th
WebsiteClub website

History


UE Santa Coloma was founded on 23 September 1986 in the village of Santa Coloma. In 1996 the club established a football academy to give a qualitative leap in the field of sports in the country. During few seasons the club acted as farm team for many Andorran teams including FC Santa Coloma. The first football department team was refounded, after being inactive many years, in 2006 by joining the Andorran football league Segona Divisió the following year.[1]

The team plays in the Primera Divisió after winning the Segona Divisió in the 2007–08 season. The club made its first appearance in European competition in the 2010–11 UEFA Europa League after finishing second in the league in the 2009–10 season.

In 2013 the team won his first trophy in the Copa Constitució after defeating 3–2 Sant Julià in the average time.[2] Three years later UE Santa Coloma was crowned again as Andorran's Cup winner after defeating 3-0 UE Engordany in 2016.[3]

Colours and badge


Yellow has been the traditional UE Santa Coloma color. Manly of the home kits alternate yellow and black. Even then in its beginnings the club dressed up the colors of the parish of Andorra la Vella, green and navy, and occasionally wearing an orange kit during some seasons.[4]

Until 2013 the badge was representing Santa Coloma's pre-romanical church tower and the most traditional team icon, the squirrel. The nowadays crest still represent the icons of UE Santa Coloma, featuring the club colours (yellow and black) and the year of foundation (1986).

The club have an alternative badge (main crest during the first leg of the 2013–14 season) representing the Santa Coloma's squirrel and the colours of the Andorran nation with the motto's country "Virtus Unita Fortior".

The Santa Coloma's church, a symbol of the club.
Old badge (until 2013).
Alternative badge.
Original first kit.
2013–14 home kit.
2014–16 home kit.
Period * Kitmaker Kit sponsor
2007–12 Joma Escale
2012–18 Seguretat Sepir
2014–18 Luanvi
2018–present Joma None

* Since the Andorra Football Federation affiliation.

Support


The club's nickname, as seen from the crest, is Esquirols (Squirrels) due to the number of the animals that live around the town of Santa Coloma. There is a long-standing tradition for a number of fans to wear squirrel costumes at the club's last home game of each season.

Club rivalries


El Derbi Colomenc

The local rival of UE Santa Coloma is actually their neighbour's hometown football team FC Santa Coloma. The rivalry between these two teams has increased since the 2009/10 season when those teams were competing for winning the Premier Andorran League.[5]

Honours


Runners-up (2): 2009–10, 2013–14
Winners (3): 2013, 2016, 2017
Runners-up (2): 2010, 2011
Winners (1): 2016
Runners-up (1): 2013
Winners (1): 2007–08

League history


Season Division Pos. Pl. W D L GS GA P
2007–08 Segona Divisió 1 161420 661144
2008–09 Primera Divisió 5 201235 653139
2009–10 Primera Divisió 2 201343 502643
2010–11 Primera Divisió 4 2010010 542730
2011–12 Primera Divisió 3 201073 612037
2012–13 Primera Divisió 3 201145 472537
2013–14 Primera Divisió 2 201235 402439
2014–15 Primera Divisió 3 201226 331738
2015–16 Primera Divisió 4 20866 342030

European results


Season Competition Round Opponent Home Away Aggregate
2010–11 UEFA Europa League First qualifying round FK Mogren 0–3 0–2 0–5
2011–12 UEFA Europa League First qualifying round Paks 0–1 0–4 0–5
2012–13 UEFA Europa League First qualifying round Twente 0–3 0–6 0–9
2013–14 UEFA Europa League First qualifying round Zrinjski Mostar 1–3 0–1 1–4
2014–15 UEFA Europa League First qualifying round Metalurg Skopje 0–3 0–2 0–5
2016–17 UEFA Europa League First qualifying round Lokomotiva 1–3 1–4 2–7
2017–18 UEFA Europa League First qualifying round Osijek 0–2 0–4 0–6

Current squad


As of 29 November 2020

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Pos. Nation Player
1 GK  ESP Ricard Fernández
3 DF  POR João Monteiro
5 DF  AND Álex Martínez
6 DF  POR Leandro Gomes
7 FW  AND Roberto Rebelo
8 FW  AND Gerard Aloy
9 FW  AND Boris Antón
10 MF  AND Brian Teixeira
13 GK  AND Ferran Pol
14 FW  AND Víctor Bernat
15 DF  AND Joel Martínez
No. Pos. Nation Player
16 FW  COL Rodrigo Vergara
18 MF  AND Miquel del Castillo
19 MF  AND Marc Ferré
20 FW  AND Andreu Matos
21 MF  AND Sergi Suárez
22 MF  AND Sergio Crespo
23 FW  ESP Arturo Riestra
24 MF  AND Walid Bousenine
30 GK  AND Emanuel Teixeira
32 DF  ESP Javi López
MF  AND Adrián López

References