FC Lugano

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.

FC Lugano logo.svg
Full nameFootball Club Lugano
Founded1908; 112 years ago (1908)
GroundCornaredo Stadium,
Lugano, Switzerland
ChairmanAngelo Renzetti
ManagerMaurizio Jacobacci
LeagueSwiss Super League
2019–20Swiss Super League, 5th of 10
WebsiteClub website
Current season


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 .

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


Current squadEdit

As of 22 July 2020[1]

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
2 DF   RSA Joel Untersee
3 DF   BRA Jefferson
4 DF   HUN Ákos Kecskés
5 DF    SUI Mijat Marić
6 MF   BIH Miroslav Čovilo
8 FW    SUI Christopher Lungoyi
9 FW   CUW Rangelo Janga
10 FW    SUI Mattia Bottani
11 FW   HUN Filip Holender
14 MF   URU Jonathan Sabbatini (captain)
16 DF    SUI Numa Lavanchy
18 DF   CIV Yao Eloge Koffi
No. Pos. Nation Player
19 FW   SWE Alexander Gerndt
20 MF    SUI Olivier Custodio
22 MF    SUI Stefano Guidotti
23 DF    SUI Daniel Pavlovic
24 MF   AUT Sandi Lovrić
27 FW   NGA Franklin Sasere
30 DF    SUI Fabio Daprelà
46 GK    SUI Noam Baumann
47 MF   GHA Ransford Selasi (on loan from Juventus U23)
68 MF    SUI Francisco Rodríguez
76 GK    SUI Lucio Soldini
77 MF   CZE Roman Macek

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
FW   KVX Leotrim Kryeziu (at Chiasso until 30 June 2020)
No. Pos. Nation Player
FW    SUI Carlo Manicone (at Pianese until 30 June 2020)


Swiss Super League

Swiss Cup

  • Winners: 1930–31, 1967–68, 1992–93

Swiss Challenge League

Notable former coachesEdit


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

External linksEdit