FC Andorra was founded as the first football club in Andorra on October 15th 1942. This was prior to the foundation of the Andorran Football Federation in 1994, shortly after the 1993 Andorran constitutional referendum took place.
The founders requested a special permission to FIFA and the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) to register with the Catalan Football Federation in order to compete in the Spanish Football League. To this day FC Andorra holds this permission and is the only football team in Andorra competing in a “foreign league”.
The Andorran Flag inspired the FC Andorran crest and club colours which are Blue, Yellow and Red. For the past 70 years, the team has proudly been wearing and competing these colours.
Up until 1977 FC Andorra competed in lower divisions until they were promoted to the Fourth Division and concluded the 1977-1978 season in fourth place. Their incredible performance was an indication of how ambitious they were to play at a competitive level. The 1979-1980 season was a fantastic one for FC Andorra – they finished at the top of the table and were promoted to the Third Division (Segunda División B). This was by far the clubs biggest achievement in the clubs history.
The clubs performance was rather consistent between 1980-1998 as they played 17 consecutive seasons (with the exception of one short stint in the Fourth Division (Tercera División) in Spain’s Fourth Division. In 1988-1989 however, the club finished second after a successful season with their coach José María Sánchez Iglesias and just missed the promotion.
One of the most iconic players was the very charismatic Santiago Marín, who played 300 matches and scored 40 goals. Other players included Salvador Cardona who managed to find the net 40 times for FC Andorra as well as Josep Espigulé, Jesús Julián Lucendo, Emiliano Gonzàlez, Koldo Álvarez or Justo Ruiz.
In the memory of the fans, is still the Copa Catalunya final in 1994 against RCD Espanyol that FC Andorra won on the penalty shoots, after defeating Dream Team’s FC Barcelona in the semi finals.
FC Andorra’s fans will always remember the teams victory at the 1994 Copa Catalunya Final against RCD Espanyol after penalties. In addition to a gripping penalty shoot-out in the Final, FC Andorra surprisingly defeated FC Barcelona’s Dream Team in the Semi-Final.
Unfortunately, things took a turn in the late 1990’s when the team was relegated twice. Luckily, the team avoided a third relegation as they managed to win their away match against Pobla de Mafumet in the playoffs, which secured their spot. One year later the club found itself in the exact same situation they had been in just the year before. This time however, they were relegated.
Challenging years followed and in 2008 the club faced tremendous economic difficulties. Nonetheless, the club managed to continue its operations and competed in the Primera Catalana (5th tier of the Spanish football league) with their coach Emili Vicente.
Ten years later, in December 2018 a general members meeting approved the clubs transition into a public limited company. The objective was to secure investment from private investors – led by Kosmos, a company owned by FC Barcelona player and World Cup winner; Gerard Piqué. Shortly after the transition, in June 2019, FC Andorra secured the promotion to the Fourth Division (Tercera División). An opportunity presented itself when Reus was relegated due to administrative issues, which allowed FC Andorra to return and compete in the Third División (Segunda Divisió B).