|Full name||Football Club Lugano|
|Founded||1908 (FC Lugano)
2004 (AC Lugano)
2008 (FC Lugano)
|2011–12||Challenge League, 5th|
FC Lugano is a Swiss football club based in Lugano. The club was founded as AC Lugano in 2004 as a result of relegation and financial situation of FC Lugano, which was founded in 1908. In 2008, the club reverted to its original name, FC Lugano. They play at the Stadio Cornaredo. They played in present Swiss Super League during periods of 1922–1953, 1954–1960, 1961–1963, 1964–1976, 1979–1980, 1988–1997 and 1998–2002.
Football Club Lugano was formed on 28 July 1908 under the leadership of the then President Ernesto Corsini. Promotion to the highest Swiss Super League came for the first time in 1922, and after several years of going up and down, 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).
During the first fifty years, Lugano played on the ground at the Campo Marzio – which opened on 13 September 1908 – but its success prompted the city to build a new stadium, and so on 26 August 1951, the Cornaredo Stadium was inaugurated, which has a capacity of 15,000.
In 1993, Lugano won its third Cup against the Grasshoppers, later participating in the Cup Winners' Cup, which took it to the second qualifying round. In the 1995–96 season, Lugano participated in the UEFA Cup eliminating Jeunesse Hautcharage in the first round and in the second, Inter Milan.
After the declaration of bankruptcy in 2003, on 30 June 2004, Lugano merged with Malcantone Agno, and it was decided that Lugano would re-enter the Swiss Football scene in the Swiss Challenge League, as AC Lugano. Morotti Joseph, the president of Malcantone Agno, was entrusted with the leadership of the new club.
In 2007, the company was bought by a group led by Giambattista Pastorello. Luid Bernasconi became the new president. On 4 June 2008 the general meeting of shareholders voted on changing the name of the club – which returned to the historical name of Football Club Lugano, in its centenary year.
As of August 15, 2013. Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
Notable former players
- Mauro Galvão
- Edwin Gorter
- Ottmar Hitzfeld
- Jørn Andersen
- Valon Behrami
- Felipe Campanholi Martins
- Charyl Chappuis
- Nelson Vivas
- Christian Eduardo Giménez
Notable former coaches
- Alfredo Foni, 1974-75, 1976-77
- Albert Sing, 1970-71
- Otto Luttrop, 1971-73, 1973-74, 1983-85
- Istvan Szabo, 1979-80
- Official website (Italian)