S.S. Fidelis Andria 1928

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S.S. Fidelis Andria 1928
S.S. Fidelis Andria 1928 logo.png
Full name Società Sportiva Fidelis Andria 1928 (aka Fidelis Andria)
Nickname(s) Leoni Azzurri (Blue Lions)
Founded 1971 (as AS Fidelis Andria)
2005 (as AS Andria BAT) (refounded)
5 August 2013 (refounded)
Ground Stadio Degli Ulivi
Andria, Italy
Capacity 9,140
Chairman Paolo Montemurro
Manager Alessandro Potenza
League Serie D/H
2017–18 Serie C (South), 16th
Website Club website

Società Sportiva Fidelis Andria 1928 or simply Fidelis Andria is an Italian football club based in Andria, Apulia. The club was founded in 1971 and re-founded in 2013.

Fidelis Andria play their home matches at Stadio Degli Ulivi, which has a capacity of 9,140. The stadium is located in Andria itself.

History[edit]

A.S. Fidelis Andria (1971-2005)[edit]

AS Fidelis Andria crest

The club was founded in 1971 as A.S. Fidelis Andria (Associazione Sportiva Fidelis Andria). At that time the club worn red and yellow and it was the second club in town.

In 1978, after the cancellation of A.S. Andria, the club decided to wear blue and white, which are the colours of the town as well.

With these colours, the club played for years between Serie B and Serie C1: its last Serie B experience was in 1999.

After 2004/05 season the club declared bankrupt.

A.S. Andria BAT (2005-2013)[edit]

AS Andria BAT crest

In summer 2005 the club was refounded A.S. Andria BAT[1] (Associazione Sportiva Andria BAT). BAT stands for Barletta-Andria-Trani, as in the province of Barletta-Andria-Trani.

The team played in Lega Pro Seconda Divisione from 2005-06 to 2008-09 season.

At the end of the 2008-09 Lega Pro Seconda Divisione season the team was admitted in Lega Pro Prima Divisione after the forced relegation of Avellino in Serie D. At the end of the 2012-13 Lega Pro Prima Divisione season the club was relegated after play-off, but didn't enroll in the Lega Pro Seconda Divisione league.

S.S. Fidelis Andria 1928 (2013-2018)[edit]

In its place, in summer 2013 a new team called S.S.D. Fidelis Andria 1928 was founded and admitted to Eccellenza Apulia.[2]

The team ended season 2013-2014 at 2nd place. After winning the national Play-offs, Fidelis Andria have been promoted to Serie D, the top level of the Italian non-professional football association.

Season 2014-15 Fidelis Andria played on Group H of Serie D. On April 26, winning 3-2 away at Cavese, the club has been promoted to Lega Pro, the third highest football division in Italy, two matches before the end of regular season. After the regular season, Fidelis Andria have taken part to the Scudetto Serie D tournament, in order to assign the amateur champions' title. The team has been eliminated in the group stages.

Since July 1, 2015, being a member of Italian Professional Football League (Lega Italiana Calcio Professionistico), commonly known as Lega Pro, the club has changed its name in S.S. Fidelis Andria 1928.

Fidelis Andria ended season 2015–16 at 7th place, which admits the club to participate to next 2016–17 Coppa Italia. On May 7, after last match of the season in Catania, boss Luca D'Angelo announced he wouldn't have renewed his contract with the club.

In July 2018 the club was declared bankrupt and was denied registration for the upcoming Serie C, based on Covisoc's assessment.[3][4] On the date of the deadline for Serie D registration, a group of investors led by Marco Di Vincenzo formed S.S.D. Fidelis Andria 1928 as a reincarnation of S.S. Fidelis Andria 1928 and to assume its sporting title.[5] The reborn club was admitted to Serie D.[6]

Colors and crest[edit]

The team's colors are blue and white. The club crest, representing a rampant lion, is based on elements from city of Andria badge.

Current squad[edit]

As of 2 October 2018

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

No. Position Player
Italy GK Paride Addario
Italy GK Giacinto Zinfollino
Italy GK Andrea Salzano
Italy DF Vincenzo Zingaro
Italy DF Francesco Forte (on loan from Casertana)
Italy DF Leonardo De Filippo
Italy DF Ciro Cipolletta
Italy DF Davide Porcaro
Italy DF Enrico Colella
Italy DF Luigi Dinielli
Slovenia DF Miha Gregorič
Italy DF Andrea Bilotta (on loan from Cosenza)
Italy MF Michele Sgaramella
No. Position Player
Italy MF Vincenzo Pagone
Italy MF Michele Piperis
Italy MF Fabio Calì
Italy MF Gaetano Iannini
Italy MF Mirko Bortoletti
Italy MF Alessandro Petruccelli
Italy MF Gianmarco Pirolo
Italy MF Emanuel Manno
Italy FW Marco Stranges
France FW John-Christophe Ayina
Italy FW Emanuele Adamo
Argentina FW Matias Cristaldi
Bosnia and Herzegovina FW Ivan Božić

Out on loan[edit]

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

No. Position Player

Notable former players[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.asandria.it/Storia.php
  2. ^ http://www.iltribunodellaplebe.it/38-sport/592-fidelis-andria-reloaded-sara-eccellenza-per-la-leonessa Archived 9 September 2013 at Archive.is
  3. ^ Porro, Antonio (13 July 2018). "Fidelis Andria, la Covisoc Esclude il Club dalla Serie C" [Fidelis Andria, Covisoc Excludes the Club from Serie C]. Andria News24 (in Italian). Retrieved 3 September 2018.
  4. ^ Massaro, Pasquale Stefano (20 July 2018). "La FIGC Esclude Ufficialmente la Fidelis Andria dal Prossimo Torneo di Serie C" [The FIGC Officially Excludes Fidelis Andria from the Next Serie C Tournament]. Andria News24 (in Italian). Retrieved 3 September 2018.
  5. ^ Paparella, Fabio (31 July 2018). "Fidelis Andria, l'Avvocato Di Vincenzo Presenta Manifestazione di Interesse" [Fidelis Andria, the Lawyer Di Vincenzo Presents an Expression of Interest]. Pugliain (in Italian). Retrieved 3 September 2018.
  6. ^ "La SSD Fidelis Andria in Sovrannumero alla Serie D" [SSD Fidelis Andria Enters Serie D by Supernumeration]. Libero 24x7 (in Italian). 9 August 2018. Retrieved 3 September 2018.

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