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2019/2020

FC Luzern

In


Remo Arnold (mid) (Winterthur - back from loan), Aziz Binous (att) (Zürich), Francesco Margiotta (att) (Lausanne), Simon Enzler (gk) (Kriens), Daniel Follonier (mid) (Servette), Marius Muller (gk) (Leipzig)

Out


Olivier Custodio (sp) (mid) (Lugano), Dren Feka (sp) (def) (released), Tomi Juric (sp) (att) (released), Claudio Lustenberger (sp)(def) (retired), Francísco Rodríguez (sp) (mid) (Lugano), Mirko Salvi (sp) (gk) (Grasshopper), Yannick Schmid (sp) (def) (Vaduz), Ruben Vargas (r) (att) (Augsburg) , Filip Ugrinic (r) (mid) (Emmen)

Luzern have had a roller coaster of a season last time around but eventually managed to qualify for Europe by the skin of their teeth. It was therefore a decent campaign for the Blues on overall and they will enter the new campaign with hope, having significantly improved after Thomas Haberli was appointed their manager during the second half of the previous season. Their squad has not changed too much over the summer. They have decided to undergo a clearout of sorts, with numerous fringe players leaving, while club stalwart Claudio Lustenberger has retired. The sole key player to have left is Ruben Vargas, who signs for Augsburg, and the club tried to address his departure with the signing of two strikers in the experienced Francesco Margiotta from Lausanne and the promising Aziz Binous from Zurich. The squad therefore looks to be on a similar level as last time around, but there is obviously room for improvement. They only started playing consistently well in the late stages of the previous campaign and, with the league seemingly wide open, can hope for an even higher finish if they manage to do that. While Luzern have qualified for Europe several times over the last ten years or so, they had no memorable continental campaigns and had numerous disappointing exits. They are not exactly expected to make the Europa League group stage, but a change of pace and a decent run in the qualifiers would be seen as a big plus.

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Domestically, they will be hoping to once again qualify for Europe. Continentally, they will be hoping to finally have a decent Europa League qualifying run.

Season Review
2018/2019

№5: FC Luzern

Luzern entered the new season not knowing what to expect, having lost their highly-rated manager Gerardo Seoane to Young Boys. They opted to replace him with a seemingly proven man in Rene Weiler, but the experienced manager performed well below expectations. Luzern's start to the season was particularly poor and, despite their form eventually improving a bit, they spent the majority of the first half of the campaign inside the bottom half. All this was despite striking gold with the signing of Blessing Eleke, who scored 12 league goals in his debut season. The board did show patience to Weiler but opted for a change after seeing the side start the spring season with three consecutive defeats. They opted for a more risky appointment in Thomas Haberli, who only had previous experience of coaching reserve sides. However, the appointment proved to have been a hit, with their form improving massively under the former striker both in the league and the cup, where they claimed a memorable 4:0 win over Young Boys. However, they failed to reach the cup final after being beaten by Thun, while their league campaign saw them finish fifth, below third-placed Lugano only on goal difference. The Blues will certainly be left wondering what would have been, but ultimately did manage to qualify for Europe and have to be pleased with that, given how poor they were for more than a half of the campaign.


Player of the Season: Marvin Schulz

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