Fidelis Andria 2018
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|Full name||Fidelis Andria 2018|
|Nickname(s)||Leoni Azzurri (Blue Lions)|
|Founded||1971 (as AS Fidelis Andria)|
2005 (as AS Andria BAT) (refounded)
2013 (as SS Fidelis Andria 1928)(refounded)
2018 (as SSD Fidelis Andria 2018)(refounded)
|Ground||Stadio Degli Ulivi|
|Manager||Nicola Di Leo|
|League||Serie C Group C|
|2021–22||Serie C Group C, 17th of 19|
Fidelis Andria 2018 or simply Fidelis Andria is an Italian football club based in Andria, Apulia. The club was founded in 1971 and re-founded in 2005, 2013 and 2018. The team competes in Serie C Group C.
A.S. Fidelis Andria (1971–2005)
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.
After 2004/05 season the club declared bankrupt.
A.S. Andria BAT (2005–2013)
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)
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.
S.S.D Fidelis Andria 2018 (2018– )
In July 2018 the club was declared bankrupt and was denied registration for the upcoming Serie C, based on Covisoc's assessment. 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 2018 as a reincarnation of S.S. Fidelis Andria 1928 and to assume its sporting title. The reborn club was admitted to Serie D.
In June 2022 the club informed the media that the club main Sponsor for the Season 2022-2023 will be the American Holding Group "7Crocketts", the operation has been conduced by the Investment Banking Advisory Firm MergersCorp M&A International.
Colors and crest
The team's colors are blue and white. The club crest, representing a rampant lion, is based on elements from city of Andria badge.
- As of 14 October 2022
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
Notable former players
- Nicola Amoruso
- Marco Capparella
- Bernardo Corradi
- Cristiano Lupatelli
- Bruno Pesce
- Matjaž Florijančič
- Adolfo Ovalle
- http://www.iltribunodellaplebe.it/38-sport/592-fidelis-andria-reloaded-sara-eccellenza-per-la-leonessa Archived 9 September 2013 at archive.today
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- "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.
- Fabio, Tamburini (29 May 2022). "Nuovo Sponsor USA In Lega Pro" [7Crocketts will be main sponsor of Fidelis Andria. New USA Sponsor in Lega Pro] (PDF). Il Sole24 Ore Sport (in Italian). Retrieved 30 June 2022.
- "Fidelis Andria squad". Soccerway. Retrieved 21 September 2022.
- Official Webpage (in Italian)