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Lugano want to play Super League football for a long time.

Our 2018-19 season preview.

Lugano are about to start their fourth narrow Super League season. Considering the low budget and Renzetti’s “solitude”, that’s not nothing…

The 2018-19 season promises to be a tough one. In fact, it’s gonna be tough for every team apart from Basel and Young Boys. Oftentimes, the difference between a “European position” finish and relegation is a matter of details… Normally in fact, until the end of April, most of teams can still dream Europe and at the same time have to be careful not to end up in the Challenge League.

Well, most likely, it’s gonna be like that also this season. And Lugano will probably be part of this group of teams that until the beginning of May do not know what is gonna be their destiny.

Therefore… best wishes, Bianconeri!

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THE SCHEDULE

Sion away, Young Boys at home and Luzern away. One can’t say that the schedule is favourable for the boys of Abascal.

Clearly all the opponents are to be faced. However, a good start in terms of points is a great boost for the morale.

Then again, there is something that sort of bodes well for the Bianconeri. Namely, the schedule of the last five games of the season. Lugano will host Luzern, then will travel to Thun, then will host St. Gallen, will travel to Neuchâtel and finally will host Grasshopper. In other words, on paper, Lugano has a favourable last part of the season. Which, both in case of a European dream or a relegation threat, it can be a good advantage.

Then sure, it means everything and nothing at the same time.

THE POSSIBLE SCENARIOS

The Dream

Europa League qualification. Be it direct to the group stages, through the qualification rounds or thanks to the Swiss Cup. Lugano has got us used to being capable of everything and its opposite. We mean, it’s a schizophrenic team. If the Bianconeri can grow as the season goes by, and if they can stay away from futile polemics, the “European” dream might not be impossible…

The Nightmare

Relegation. You can’t take anything for granted in the Super League… even more so this season that sees the reintroduction of the tiebreaker between the second last of the Super League and the second placed of the Challenge League. Obviously Lugano (on paper) have enough quality to survive. But as sees last season, a negative streak of results risk to cost a lot. We mean, the Bianconeri can be confident ahead of this season. But it’s crucial to keep the feet on the ground and be ready, if necessary, to fight for survival. That’s in order to avoid unpleasant surprises…

TRIVIA

Oftentimes, Lugano starts out on the wrong foot when he plays in the top tier…

2015-16 Season, day one: FC St. Gallen vs FC Lugano 2-0

2016-17 Season, day one: FC Lugano vs FC Luzern 1-2

2017-18 Season, day one: FC Luzern vs FC Lugano 1-0

And again…

2001-02 Season, day one: BSC Young Boys vs FC Lugano 1-1

In fact, Lugano’s last opener win in the top tier goes back to July 15, 2000. On that day at the Cornaredo, the Bianconeri earned a 1-0 home win against FC St. Gallen thanks to Christian Gimenez goal scored in the 32nd minute of play.

The last away win in opener instead, goes back to the 1994-15 season… On July 27, 1994, the Bianconeri back then under Roberto Morinini won 1-0 against Basel thanks to Giuseppe Manfreda’s goal scored in the 74th minute of play.

TRANSFERS

Arrivals: Juan Maraver (Assistant), Salah Aziz Binous (U18), Assan Ceesay (Chiasso), Tomas Cocimano (U21/2.L.i), Emerson Crepaldi (U21/2.L.i), Valon Fazliu (Rapperswil), Ákos Kecskés (Korona Kielce/POL), Edoardo Masciangelo (Piacenza/ITA/3.D.), Lucio Soldini (U18)

Departures: Mattia Croci-Torti (Assistant/Mendrisio/1.L.), Stefano Guidotti (Chiasso), Cristian Ledesma (?), Davide Mariani (Levski Sofia/BUL), Steve Rouiller (Servette)

THE SQUAD

(Source: RSL official site)

1 David Da Costa GA 19.04.1986 Switzerland 0 0 0 0 0
13 Alexander Muci GA 20.11.2000 Germany 0 0 0 0 0
23 Joël Kiassumbua GA 06.04.1992 Switzerland 0 0 0 0 0
46 Noam Baumann GA 10.04.1996 Switzerland 0 0 0 0 0
76 Lucio Soldini GA 05.04.2001 Switzerland 0 0 0 0 0
4 Ákos Kecskés DE 04.01.1996 Hungary 0 0 0 0 0
5 Vladimir Golemic DE 28.06.1991 Poland 0 0 0 0 0
7 Edoardo Masciangelo DE 08.07.1996 Italy 0 0 0 0 0
12 Silvano Schäppi DE 05.02.1994 Switzerland 0 0 0 0 0
15 Eloge Yao DE 20.01.1996 Côte d’Ivoire 0 0 0 0 0
27 Jetmir Krasniqi DE 01.01.1995 Switzerland 0 0 0 0 0
28 Fulvio Sulmoni DE 04.01.1986 Switzerland 0 0 0 0 0
30 Fabio Daprelà DE 19.02.1991 Switzerland 0 0 0 0 0
35 Stanley Amuzie DE 28.02.1996 Nigeria 0 0 0 0 0
8 Valon Fazliu MI 02.02.1996 Switzerland 0 0 0 0 0
10 Mattia Bottani MI 24.05.1991 Switzerland 0 0 0 0 0
14 Jonathan Sabbatini MI 31.03.1988 Italy 0 0 0 0 0
17 Bálint Vécsei MI 13.07.1993 Hungary 0 0 0 0 0
18 Mario Piccinocchi MI 21.02.1995 Italy 0 0 0 0 0
22 Emerson Crepaldi MI 08.06.1998 Italy 0 0 0 0 0
31 Tomas Cocimano MI 31.12.1997 Switzerland 0 0 0 0 0
33 Domen Crnigoj MI 18.11.1995 Slovenia 0 0 0 0 0
34 Eris Abedini MI 29.08.1998 Switzerland 0 0 0 0 0
91 Dragan Mihajlovic MI 22.08.1991 Switzerland 0 0 0 0 0
9 Assan Ceesay AT 17.03.1994 Gambia 0 0 0 0 0
11 Carlinhos Junior AT 08.08.1994 Brazil 0 0 0 0 0
19 Alexander Gerndt AT 14.07.1986 Sweden 0 0 0 0 0
21 Marc Janko AT 25.06.1983 Austria 0 0 0 0 0
29 Salah Aziz Binous AT 04.08.2000 Switzerland 0 0 0 0 0
95 Carlo Manicone AT 26.01.1998 Italy 0 0 0 0 0
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