Ruben Vargas and Stephan Lichtsteiner both experienced a first for FCA in the 1-1 draw with 1. FC Union Berlin. But that’s not the only thing the two new signings have in common – they both come from the same small village in Switzerland.
Ruben Vargas’ delight at scoring his first Bundesliga goal in his second match was plain to see. The striker opened the scoring against Union following Florian Niederlechner’s hard work in the build up to the goal. “I am obviously very pleased with my goal,” said Vargas after the match, before adding: “I am a young player and I know I have to keep improving. I want to take it step by step here.”
The second first of the afternoon was Stephan Lichtsteiner’s debut. The right-back played the full 90 minutes just a few days after signing for the club. The veteran had this to say about Vargas’ goal: “I am happy for him. It’s great that he was able to score his first goal in the Bundesliga.”
The two new signings from Switzerland both grew up in Adligenswil in Lucerne – a small community with a population of just over 5,000. “I’ve known Stephan since I was kid,” explains Vargas. “He is probably the most famous athlete from my hometown. “It’s a small village so everyone knows each other.” On the topic of Lichtsteiner’s transfer, he said this: “I was very surprised but also very happy that I would be able to play with such a big personality in the team.”
Both careers began at Luzern
Vargas joined FC Luzern from FC Adligenswil and would later make his breakthrough into the senior team there. Lichtsteiner also started his career in Luzern several years earlier and from there he embarked on a world-wide tour of football, with stints at Zurich, Lille, Rome and Juventus, where he commanded the right flank for many years. Vargas and Lichtsteiner have now reunited at Augsburg and a few more people from Adligenswil will probably follow FCA more closely in the future.