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Bong Kalo signed by Swiss FC Lugano

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Bong Kalo, Vanuatu u20 captain and one of the most promising young players from Pacific region, after the trial with Madrid club Leganes goes to Switzerland, where he was signed by local side FC Lugano.

According to the Oceania Football Confederation report, Kalo was signed by FC Lugano just until the end of 2017, when the next transfer window will be open, allowing midfielder to move to more serious European team or stay in Lugano after signing the new contract.

Reportedly, Bong Kalo’s 10-day trial in Madrid went not very successful, as Leganes hasn’t offered him professional contract, instead proposing just to stay in club for a longer trial.

FC Lugano is playing in Swiss Super League, which currently occupies 15th spot in UEFA rankings of European football leagues, behind Greece, Czech Republic and Austria. The most famous football clubs from Switzerland are FC Basel, Young Boys and Grasshoppers.

In UEFA’s clubs ranking FC Lugano is currently on the 234th spot.

Football Club Lugano was formed on 28 July 1908 and based in Lugano, a small city in southern Switzerland’s Italian-speaking Ticino region with a population of around 64 thousand people.

In 1993, Lugano won its third Cup against the Grasshoppers, later participating in the Cup Winners’ Cup, which took it to the second qualifying round. In the 1995–96 season, Lugano participated in the UEFA Cup eliminating Jeunesse Hautcharage in the first round and Inter Milan in the second.

After the declaration of bankruptcy in 2003, on 30 June 2004, Lugano merged with Malcantone Agno, and it was decided that Lugano would re-enter the Swiss Football scene in the Swiss Challenge League, as AC Lugano. Morotti Joseph, the president of Malcantone Agno, was entrusted with the leadership of the new club.

In 2007 the company was bought by a group led by Giambattista Pastorello. Luido Bernasconi became the new president. On 4 June 2008 the general meeting of shareholders voted on changing the name of the club – which returned to the historical name of Football Club Lugano, in its centenary year. In 2015 FC Lugano was promoted into Swiss Super League anew.

Earlier we reported that number of other professional football clubs were interested to snap up Kalo, one of the most talented young players in Pacific. They were Bundesliga’s Borussia Dortmund, NZ’s Wellington Phoenix and Waitakere United, and a couple of Italian third and second tier clubs.


On August 30 it was officially confirmed that Bong Kalo signed one year contract with Swiss FC Ascona, not Lugano FC.