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2022/2023

Lugano

In


Allan Arigoni (def), transfer from Grasshopper Zurich, Hicham Mahou (mid), transfer from Lausanne Sport, Lars Lukas Mai (def), transfer from Bayern Munich, Ousmane Doumbia (mid), transfer from FC Zurich, Boris Babic (att), transfer from St. Gallen, Albian Hajdari (def), loan from Juventus with an option to buy., Fabian Stöber (def), transfer from St. Gallen.

Out


Sandi Lovric (mid) (r), transfer to Udinese, Numa Lavanchy (def) (r), transfer to FC Sion, Olivier Custodio (mid) (r), transfer to Lausanne Sport, Carlo Manicone (att) (sp), transfer to FC Chiasso, Nikolas Muci (att) (sp), loan to FC Wil, Franklin Sasere (att) (sp), transfer to Vaduz, Noam Baumann (gk) (sp), contract expired, Stefano Guidotti (mid) (sp), contract expired, Yuri (def) (sp), contract expired, Mijat Maric (def) (sp), retired, Kevin Ruegg (def/mid) (r), loan ended.

At a time when no team looks capable of dominating the Super League, Lugano - who came into money last season following a takeover - really should be pushing for a top three finish. They’ve got an exciting young manager with superb tactics, a very capable squad, and have only added to it pre-season. In terms of losses, only Lovric will be sorely missed. Midfielder Custodio presumably knew his number was up when Croci-Torti started deploying him at CB last season. Unpopular figure Lavanchy was another to leave. Outcast Baumann has been cut loose, and youngster Muci has left on loan for more game time. Maric’s retirement would normally cause an issue at CB but not after the arrival of Mai and Arigoni, not to mention those already in the squad. Their arrivals have been impressive. Arigoni is a very solid performer at this level, and should help keep the back three in line. Mahou can play just about anywhere, and brings an abundance of speed and tenacity - two things Croci-Torti values enormously. Babic’s arrival ensures that Celar has a proper backup now, which is good news - they were forced to use Bottani as a lone striker on occasion last season, which did not work. The biggest arrival was that of Doumbia though, signed from the champions FC Zurich, where he was one of three key players in midfield - the Mascherano-Doumbia-Dzemaili axis. He’ll help Lugano control games even better so it’s a massive signing. Saipi was the best goalkeeper in the division last season; keeping hold of him is essential. Ziegler is getting on a bit but is still a brilliant winner, and one they cannot be without. Goal-scoring could be an issue if Celar doesn’t start the campaign strongly; he relies heavily on his confidence levels. Every other area of the team is seriously well-loaded though, whether playing on the front foot or on the break. Should really be in for a very good campaign, assuming they score the required goals. The owners will be seeking a return on their investments either way though... Key players: Bottani, Doumbia, Ziegler, Saipi

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1-4

Season Review
2020/2021

№4: Lugano

Lugano missed out on European football by a single point in the end of what was pretty solid campaign that faded away late on mainly due to series of injuries to important defenders. Lugano’s style of play remained the same all season with coach Jacobacci using very defensive tactics that even if not bringing wins made the team very tough nut to crack. Lost just twice in the first 17 rounds, with 10 of those 17 games ending in draws. This stability and the excellent defensive displays from the likes of Maric, Keckes and Lavanchy meant that Lugano stayed out of trouble all season. To add further boost to their back line Lugano also added 35-year-old Ziegler to their squad in January and this proved crucial as late on he played key role after series of other defenders got injured. The main weakness all season was the scoring of goals and in search of more up front Abubakar also joined in winter, but he didn’t have the impact everyone hoped for with just 2 goals scored in 20 appearances. Still, Lugano looked well on course to top 3 finish come mid-April when back-to-back home wins even moved them in the top 2. Then in just one week 3 serious injuries to key players destabilised the displays for the rest of the season. Once Maric went out injured the stability in defence was no longer there and run of 4 consecutive defeats between rounds 31 and 34 ended all hope of qualifying for Europe. Lugano hope to be even better next season with the few players signed in the winter set to stay and coach Jacobacci expecting to receive fresh batch of young talents from parent club Juventus in the coming months.


Player of the Season: Mijat Maric

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