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 until present.

FC Lugano logo.svg
Full nameFootball Club Lugano
Founded1908; 115 years ago (1908)
GroundCornaredo Stadium,
Lugano, Switzerland
ChairmanPhilippe Regazzoni
ManagerMattia Croci-Torti
LeagueSwiss Super League
2021–22Swiss Super League, 4th of 10
WebsiteClub website
Current season


Former club crest
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 then-president Ernesto Corsini. Promotion to the highest Swiss Super League came for the first time in 1922, and after several years of relegations and promotions, 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).

For the first fifty years of its existence, Lugano played 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' Cup. Two years later the team took part in the UEFA Cup.

In 1993, Lugano won its third Cup against Grasshoppers, later participating in the Cup Winners' Cup, in which it reached second qualifying round. 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 forcibly removed from the league. Due to the bankruptcy, the team was renamed AC Lugano and fielded under-21 players, having been forced to sell or release the senior team to pay off the club's debts. In 2004, the club merged with Malcantone Agno, and it was decided that Lugano would re-enter the Swiss football system in the Swiss Challenge League.[1] 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 club's centenary year, the general meeting of shareholders voted on a name change. The historical name of Football Club Lugano was reinstated. 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 were to 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 would immediately prove successful, as they were able to win their first title after 29 years, 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


Current squadEdit

As of 27 January 2023[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   SUI Amir Saipi
4 DF   KOS Kreshnik Hajrizi
5 DF   SUI Albian Hajdari (on loan from Juventus U23)
6 DF   ECU Jhon Espinoza
7 DF   SUI Mickaël Facchinetti
9 FW   SVN Žan Celar
10 FW   SUI Mattia Bottani
13 GK   SUI Serif Berbic
14 MF   URU Jonathan Sabbatini (captain)
15 DF   GER Lars Lukas Mai
17 DF   ARG Milton Valenzuela
18 MF   FRA Hicham Mahou
20 MF   CIV Ousmane Doumbia
22 MF   SUI Renato Steffen
No. Pos. Nation Player
23 DF   BIH Leonid Srdić
24 MF   NGA Chinwendu Nkama
25 MF   KOS Uran Bislimi
27 FW   SUI Boris Babic
29 MF   TUN Hadj Mahmoud
30 DF   SUI Fabio Daprelà
31 FW   ARG Ignacio Aliseda
34 DF   SUI Allan Arigoni
41 DF   SUI Noah De Queiroz
44 DF   ITA Matteo Lape
45 MF   SUI Michel De Jesus
47 FW   ALG Mohamed El Amine Amoura
58 GK   NGA Sebastian Osigwe
77 MF   CZE Roman Macek

Other players under contractEdit

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
MF   SVN Abel Marc

Out on loanEdit

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
GK   SUI Alexander Muci (at Bellinzona until 30 June 2023)
MF   SUI Adrian Durrer (at Bellinzona until 30 June 2023)
No. Pos. Nation Player
FW   ITA Alessandro Casciato (at Rapperswil-Jona until 31 December 2022)
FW   SUI Nikolas Muci (at Wil until 30 June 2024)


Former coachesEdit


  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.

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