Mauro Lustrinelli

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Mauro Lustrinelli
Mauro Lustrinelli - Lausanne Sport vs. FC Thun - 22.10.2011.jpg
Personal information
Date of birth (1976-02-26) 26 February 1976 (age 38)
Place of birth Bellinzona, Switzerland
Height 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Playing position Striker
Youth career
1986–1989 US Giubiasco
1989–1992 AC Bellinzona
1992–1994 US Giubiasco
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1994–2001 Bellinzona 164 (109)
2001–2004 FC Wil 79 (22)
2004–2006 FC Thun 66 (36)
2006–2007 Sparta Prague 25 (6)
2007–2008 FC Luzern 43 (16)
2008–2011 AC Bellinzona 77 (34)
2010 Young Boys (loan) 12 (3)
2011 FC Thun 18 (4)
Total 484 (230)
National team
2005–2008 Switzerland 12 (0)
Teams managed
2012 Thun
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Mauro "Lustri" Lustrinelli (born 26 February 1976) is a former professional Swiss footballer. He is also a former player of the Swiss national team. He has a Bachelor in Business Administration and made a dissertation about the Italian Serie A.

Career[edit]

He started his professional career at the club AC Bellinzona in 1994 and played for them until 2001. Then he transferred to FC Wil and played there in the next three seasons before transferring to FC Thun in 2004. In 2005, he was the Swiss Super League's second highest goalscorer with 20 goals scored and also qualified with the club for the UEFA Champions League. In 2006, he signed for Sparta Prague but after one year at the club he returned to Switzerland and joined FC Luzern in order to play first team football leading up to UEFA EURO 2008 in Austria & Switzerland. After one season he returned 2008 to AC Bellinzona, where he started his career as a professional back in 1994.

Lustrinelli made his debut for the Swiss national team on 17 August 2005 in a friendly match against Norway and won up to this time a total of six international caps for the team. He is also part of the Swiss team at the 2006 FIFA World Cup finals in Germany. On 19 June 2006, he was substituted in to play the last four minutes of the Swiss team's World Cup group match against Togo and after only one minute of playing he created the assist that allowed Tranquillo Barnetta to score the goal for the final 2–0 win for Switzerland, giving them the real chance of passing the group stage. The 2006 FIFA World Cup was his last appearance in the Swiss jersey. He was not selected for the UEFA Euro 2008.

In Ticino, the Canton where Lustrinelli is originally from, after the great game against Togo a fanatic "Lustrimania" exploded. In some places, this fanaticism was expressed with such intensity that students, so called "Lustrini", were prohibited from wearing Lustrinelli's national team shirt to school.[citation needed]

Being originally from the northern part of Ticino (the Sopraceneri), Lustrinelli grew up close to the referee Massimo Busacca, who represented Switzerland at FIFA World Cup 2006. Within their close friends in Ticino, Lustrinelli and Massimo are known as twin brothers.

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