The draw for the UEFA Women’s Champions League Round of 32 stage took place earlier today with Manchester City being handed a two-legged tie with FF Lugano 1976.
Nick Cushing’s side will face the away leg on 11 or 12 September before staging their home tie a fortnight later at The Academy Stadium.
Ahead of those matches, we have taken a look at City’s opponents FF Lugano 1976 to find out a little more about the side.
FF Lugano 1976 are a Swiss football club based in the south of the country, close to the Italian border. The city of Lugano boasts an approximate population of 64,000 while both Swiss and Italian languages are generally spoken by the locals.
The club plays its football in the Swiss National League A (Nationalliga A), the top level of football in Switzerland. Lugano finished last season in second place behind champions FC Zurich Frauen. The club have never won a Swiss league title with the majority of the domestic honours having been shared between FC Zurich and YB Frauen in recent years.
Last season saw Cara Curtin and Kristina Maksuti end the campaign as Lugano’s top scorers. The pair both netted 17 goals, less than half of the number scored by FC Zurich star Inka Grings (38) who was the division’s top goalscorer.
Lugano ended last season with some patchy form. The club collected just 10 points from an available 18. They start their new campaign with an away fixture at St Gallen tomorrow.
It should be noted that Lugano face a thunderous clash with FC Zurich just days before taking on Manchester City in the first leg of their UEFA Women’s Champions League tie and that match could have some impact on the squad ahead of their European tie.
The other English representative in the competition is Arsenal. Joe Montemurro’s side have been drawn to face Italian club Fiorentina in their Round of 32 tie.