FC Lugano

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Lugano
FC Lugano logo2.png
Full nameFootball Club Lugano
Founded1908; 111 years ago (1908)
GroundCornaredo Stadium,
Lugano, Switzerland
Capacity6,330
ChairmanAngelo Renzetti
ManagerFabio Celestini
LeagueSwiss Super League
2017–18Swiss Super League, 8th

FC Lugano is a Swiss football club based in Lugano. The club was refounded as AC Lugano in 2004 as a result of relegation and the 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 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.

History[edit]

Former logo.
Chart of FC Lugano table positions in the Swiss football league system

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 1968, Lugano won the Swiss Cup and hence the team participated in the Cup Winners' Cups. Two years later the team took part in the UEFA Cup.

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. Luido 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. In 2015 FC Lugano was promoted into Swiss Super League anew.

European Record[edit]

Season Competition Round Club Home Away Aggregate
1968–69 European Cup Winners' Cup First Round Spain FC Barcelona 0–1 0–3 0–4
1971–72 UEFA Cup First Round Poland Legia Warszawa 1–3 0–0 1–3
1993–94 European Cup Winners' Cup Qualifying Round Belarus FC Neman Grodno 5–0 1–2 6–2
First Round Spain Real Madrid C.F. 1–3 0–3 1–6
1995–96 UEFA Cup Preliminary Round Luxembourg Jeunesse Esch 4–0 0–0 4–0
First Round Italy Inter Milan 1–1 1–0 2–1
Second Round Czech Republic SK Slavia Prague 1–2 0–1 1–3
2001–02 UEFA Champions League Second Qualifying Round Ukraine FC Shakhtar Donetsk 2–1 0–3 2–4
2002–03 UEFA Cup Qualifying Round Latvia FK Ventspils 1–0 0–3 1–3
2017–18 UEFA Europa League Group stage (G) Israel Hapoel Be'er Sheva 1–0 1–2 3rd
Romania Steaua București 1–2 2–1
Czech Republic Viktoria Plzeň 3–2 1–4

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

As of 27 January 2019[1]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Switzerland GK David Da Costa
3 Switzerland DF Mijat Marić
4 Hungary DF Ákos Kecskés
6 Bosnia and Herzegovina MF Miroslav Covilo
8 Kosovo MF Valon Fazliu
10 Switzerland MF Mattia Bottani
11 Brazil FW Carlinhos
13 Albania GK Alexander Muci
14 Uruguay MF Jonathan Sabbatini (captain)
15 Ivory Coast DF Yao Eloge Koffi
17 Hungary MF Bálint Vécsei
18 Italy MF Mario Piccinocchi
19 Sweden FW Alexander Gerndt
20 Croatia MF Petar Brlek (on loan from Genoa)
No. Position Player
21 Austria FW Marc Janko
28 Switzerland DF Fulvio Sulmoni
30 Switzerland DF Fabio Daprelà
32 Albania FW Armando Sadiku
33 Slovenia MF Domen Črnigoj
35 Nigeria DF Stanley Amuzie
46 Switzerland GK Noam Baumann
76 Switzerland GK Lucio Soldini
77 Czech Republic MF Roman Macek
88 Belgium MF Alexandro Cavagnera (on loan from Milan)
91 Switzerland MF Dragan Mihajlović
99 Kosovo FW Leotrim Kryeziu
Switzerland DF Cendrim Kameraj
Switzerland DF Numa Lavanchy

Out on loan[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
7 Italy DF Edoardo Masciangelo (at Juventus U23 until 30 June 2019)
29 Switzerland FW Aziz Binous (at Zürich until 30 June 2019)
34 Switzerland MF Eris Abedini (at Winterthur until 30 June 2019)
Switzerland MF Stefano Guidotti (at Chiasso until 30 June 2019)
Morocco FW Younes Bnou Marzouk (at Sliema Wanderers until 30 June 2019)

Honours[edit]

Notable former coaches[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Giocatori" (in Italian). FC Lugano.

External links[edit]