How is football in Andorra?
Do you know football in Andorra?, It is the country of the Pyrenees, as stated in the announcement, is the place chosen by many to spend a winter in the snow to the tune of skis. It is also desired by so many to avoid the summer heat place among the dozens of stores that offer cosmetic and technological products at affordable prices or unique places that allow adventure sport in touch with high mountain.
But nevertheless, in that tiny Principality of just 84.000 people of different nationalities (31.000 son andorranos, 27.000 Spanish people, 13.800 Portuguese, 5.200 French and 6.540 from other countries), football, although drabs, present and presents not a few quirks. In that, we focus precisely on this post, to discover through ten unique and genuine features such as king sport in one of the most visited places in Europe:
1- The selection. Andorra has national team since 1982, although officially it not recognized by UEFA to 1996. He has never played World or European Championship but has added some important victory as the victory over Macedonia 1-0 (which it was the first) or against Belarus 2-0 (which it is the most comprehensive to date) in qualifying rounds.
2- Andorra plays its home games at the Communal Stadium Aixovall with capacity for about 2.000 viewers. But nevertheless, when the potential of the opposing team requires it plays in Barcelona, Whether in the Mini Estadi Lluis Companys or. This happened with the visit of England.
3- The selection has come to throw nearly four years in a row without scoring a goal at home in an official match. From the 9 October 2010 against Kazakhstan to 9 September 2014, Andorran whole was unable to score a goal at home in official party marking an unprecedented milestone. curiously, the team that broke the streak was Gareth Bale Wales.
4- Andorra which costs get a goal no one disputes. So much so that the top scorer of the selection is a central defender: Ildefons Lima, with eight goals.
5- Since 1995 Andorra also boasts League. First Divisió the eight teams play a double round for a total of 14 journeys. The first four play a playoff. The winner of the league accesses the first qualifying round of the Champions League.
6- Despite the league, there is a team, FC Andorra, Disputing the Spanish league being framed in the Catalan regional second but came to be in Segunda B and even He became champion of the Copa Catalunya eliminating Barcelona and Espanyol in the season 1994-95.
7- All league matches are played on two stages, the Community d'Aixovall (the only lawn) and communal d'Andorra la Vella.
8- Most players are Andorrans. But nevertheless, the presence of Spanish and Portuguese players is massive. Snow usually present in many meetings.
9- The number of licenses football in Andorra just over a thousand. This means that the national team is considered one of the weakest in the world.
10- The top performer was Albert Celades Andorra. But nevertheless, He chose to play with Spain.