FC Lugano

Swiss football club based in Lugano

FC Lugano is a Swiss football club from Lugano. The club was newly founded as AC Lugano in 2004 because of the relegation and the financial situation of FC Lugano, which was founded in 1908. In 2008 went back to his original name, FC Lugano. They play at the Stadio Cornaredo. They have played in what is now the Swiss Super League during the periods of 1922–53, 1954–60, 1961–63, 1964–76, 1979–80, 1988–97, 1998–02 and from 2015 until present.

Lugano
Full nameFootball Club Lugano
Founded1908; 114 years ago (1908)
GroundCornaredo Stadium,
Lugano, Switzerland
Capacity6,330
ChairmanPhilippe Regazzoni
ManagerMattia Croci-Torti
LeagueSwiss Super League
2021–22Swiss Super League, 4th of 10
WebsiteClub website
Current season

HistoryEdit

Football Club Lugano was formed on 28 July 1908 . The team won its first Swiss Cup in 1931. The following decade, FC Lugano was able to win 3 national titles (1938, 1941 and 1949).

In 1968, Lugano won the Swiss Cup and participated in the Cup Winners' Cup. Two years later the team took part in the UEFA Cup. In 1993 Lugano won its third Cup against Grasshoppers and played Cup Winners' Cup. In the 1995–96 season, Lugano participated in the UEFA Cup, eliminating Jeunesse Hautcharage in the first round and Inter Milan in the second.

The club was declared bankrupt in 2003 and removed from the league. Due to the bankruptcy, the team was renamed AC Lugano and played with under-21 players because they were forced to sell or release the senior team to pay the club's debts. In 2004 the club merged with Malcantone Agno and the team should play in the Swiss Challenge League.[1]

On 4 June 2008 when the club became 100 years old the general meeting of shareholders voted on a name change. The historical name of Football Club Lugano was used again. In 2015 FC Lugano was promoted to the Swiss Super League.

On August 18, 2021, it was announced that American billionaire and owner of the Chicago Fire FC, Joe Mansueto had purchased FC Lugano and that the Fire and FC Lugano work together as sister clubs.[2] On 1 September 2021, assistant coach Mattia Croci-Torti took over coaching duties at the club, replacing Abel Braga.[3] The first season under new ownership was successful winning the 2021–22 Swiss Cup.[4]

European recordEdit

Season Competition Round Club Home Away Aggregate
1968–69 European Cup Winners' Cup First Round   Barcelona 0–1 0–3 0–4
1971–72 UEFA Cup First Round   Legia Warsaw 1–3 0–0 1–3
1993–94 European Cup Winners' Cup Qualifying Round   Neman Grodno 5–0 1–2 6–2
First Round   Real Madrid 1–3 0–3 1–6
1995–96 UEFA Cup Preliminary Round   Jeunesse Esch 4–0 0–0 4–0
First Round   Inter Milan 1–1 1–0 2–1
Second Round   Slavia Prague 1–2 0–1 1–3
2001–02 UEFA Champions League Second Qualifying Round   Shakhtar Donetsk 2–1 0–3 2–4
2002–03 UEFA Cup Qualifying Round   FK Ventspils 1–0 0–3 1–3
2017–18 UEFA Europa League Group G   Hapoel Be'er Sheva 1–0 1–2 3rd
  Steaua București 1–2 2–1
  Viktoria Plzeň 3–2 1–4
2019–20 UEFA Europa League Group B   Dynamo Kyiv 0–0 1–1 4th
  Copenhagen 0–1 0–1
  Malmö FF 0–0 1–2
2022–23 UEFA Europa Conference League Third Qualifying Round   Hapoel Be'er Sheva 0–2 1–3 1–5

PlayersEdit

Current squadEdit

As of 8 July 2022[5]

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    Switzerland Amir Saipi
3 DF    Switzerland Reto Ziegler
4 DF   Kosovo Kreshnik Hajrizi
5 DF    Switzerland Albian Hajdari (on loan from Juventus U23)
6 FW   Algeria Mohamed El Amine Amoura
7 DF    Switzerland Mickaël Facchinetti
8 MF    Switzerland Adrian Durrer
9 FW   Slovenia Žan Celar
10 FW    Switzerland Mattia Bottani
11 MF    Switzerland Maren Haile-Selassie
14 MF   Uruguay Jonathan Sabbatini (captain)
15 DF   Germany Lars Lukas Mai
17 DF   Argentina Milton Valenzuela
No. Pos. Nation Player
18 MF   France Hicham Mahou
20 MF   Ivory Coast Ousmane Doumbia
23 DF   Bosnia and Herzegovina Leonid Srdić
25 MF   Kosovo Uran Bislimi
27 FW    Switzerland Boris Babic
29 MF   Tunisia Hadj Mahmoud
30 DF    Switzerland Fabio Daprelà
31 FW   Argentina Ignacio Aliseda
33 FW    Switzerland Alessandro Casciato
34 DF    Switzerland Allan Arigoni
41 DF    Switzerland Noah De Queiroz
58 GK   Nigeria Sebastian Osigwe
77 MF   Czech Republic Roman Macek

HonoursEdit

  • Swiss Super League
    • Champions: 1937–38, 1940–41, 1948–49
  • Swiss Cup
    • Winners (4): 1930–31, 1967–68, 1992–93, 2021–22
  • Swiss Challenge League
    • Winners: 2014–15

ReferencesEdit

  1. "FC Lugano - Switzerland 2017-18" (PDF). LiberoGuide.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  2. "Chicago Fire FC Owner and Chairman Joe Mansueto Purchases Swiss Super League Club FC Lugano | Chicago Fire FC". chicagofirefc.
  3. Berger, Nicola. "Super League: Mattia Croci-Torti neuer Lugano-Trainer".
  4. "Der FC Lugano gewinnt den 97. Schweizer Cupfinal". SFV.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  5. "Prima squadra" [First team] (in Italian). FC Lugano. Retrieved 17 July 2021.

Other websitesEdit