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2022/2023

Luzern

In


Joaquin Ardaiz (att), transfer from FC Schaffhausen, Pius Dorn (def), transfer from FC Thun, Nicky Beloko (mid), transfer from Neuchatel Xamax, Yvan Alouga (att), loan ended, David Mistrafovic (mid), loan ended, Lino Lang (mid), loan ended, Ashvin Balaruban (def), loan ended, Loic Jacot (gk), loan ended, Mark Marleku (att), loan ended, Salah Aziz Binous (att), loan ended.

Out


Filip Ugrinic (mid) (k), transfer to Young Boys Bern, Marvin Schulz (def/mid) (r), transfer to Holstein Kiel, Tsiy William Ndenge (mid) (sp), transfer to Grasshopper Zurich, Silvan Sidler (def) (sp), transfer to Arminia Bielefeld, David Mistrafovic (mid) (sp), transfer to Helmond Sport, Ashvin Balaruban (def) (sp), transfer to Neuchatel Xamax, Varol Tasar (mid) (sp), loan to Giresunspor, Simon Grether (def) (sp), contract expired, Nikola Cumic (mid) (sp), loan ended, Marko Kvasina (att) (r), loan ended, Jordy Wehrmann (mid) (sp), loan to ADO Den Haag, Serkan Izmirlioglu (def) (sp), loan to AC Bellinzona.

Breaking into the top three seems a little unlikely for Luzern at this point but they’ve made enormous strides since Frick took over. They’re no more than a couple of signings away from being able to do so although it could be considered to be a case of one step forward, two steps back with the sale of key midfielder Ugrinic to Young Boys Bern in mind, which tells you all that you need to know about the Swiss hierarchy. Having lost Kvasina pre-season when his loan ended, the club have opted to sign battling Uruguayan forward Ardaiz from the division below; the jury is still out as to how well that will work out. Goal-scoring was an issue for Luzern last season but it’s understandable that Frick has not panicked about it; Sorgic is a very good goal-scorer if you get him in the right headspace, and the overloading that Luzern now do with marauding FBs helps out a lot. Besides, Abubakar can be deadly if he feels loved so they’ve got options. Replacing Ugrinic in midfield is a nightmare though. In fact, it cannot be realistically done. There are players that will do a reasonable enough job but nobody that will help them reach the next level. Regular utility man Schulz was another pre-season departure. As dependable as he was, replacements are already in Luzern so it shouldn’t be a huge blow for their aspirations. Incoming transfers have been quite low-key, mostly taking opportunistic shots on players from the Challenge League, which Frick knows well. The group looks well-rounded, and they should be consistent with their desire to outfight teams this season. They’re light in the centre of defence if Burch or Simani is missing (and the latter is guaranteed to be suspended on a regular basis), but assuming one of their forwards is scoring goals, defensive depth and midfield creativity are their only real causes for concern. Their defence will lack physicality when Simani is out, and Jashari has done so well at CDM that he’ll be tough to replace when he’s out too. Key players: Dräger, Sorgic, Jashari, Simani

Target


5-7

Season Review
2020/2021

№5: Luzern

Luzern enjoyed successful season despite slow start and in the end the great attacking football offered brought the team place in Europe and a trophy. It all started very slow for the Blues as they went winless in the first 7 rounds (D3 L4). However, strong end to 2020 (W3 D2 L1) meant that mid-table comfort was secured for the winter break. All season Luzern had problems in defence and in more than half of their games they conceded 2 goals or more. However, the true strength of the team were their forward actions with playmaker Schaub and top scorer Sorgic very effective. This saw Luzern having the second strongest attack in the league, with only champions Young Boys scoring more goals. The first 10 rounds after the winter break were when Luzern played their best football (W5 D3 L2) and come mid-March they even climbed in the top 3. However, this was around the time when the decisive Swiss Cup matches started too and Luzern focused their main attention on that competition. This led to several late defeats in the league and as result Luzern couldn’t catch the top 3. However, all this paid off as Luzern lifted the Swiss Cup after beating St. Gallen 3:1 in the final and not only they won a trophy, but also next season they will be playing in Europe. Strengthening of the back line is needed in the summer months, also not certain if big star Schaub will return as he was only on loan at the club this season. Adding depth in attack is required too as apart from Sorgic the only other typical centre forward in the squad right now is an 18-year-old player.


Player of the Season: Louis Schaub

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