Bologna FC

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Bologna FC
Club crest of FC Bologna
Basic data
Surname Bologna Football Club 1909 SpA
Seat Bologna , Italy
founding October 3, 1909
Colours Red Blue
president Joey Saputo
First soccer team
Head coach Siniša Mihajlović
Venue Stadio Renato Dall'Ara
Places 36,462
league Series A
2019/20 12th place

The FC Bologna (officially: Bologna Football Club 1909 SpA ) is an Italian football club founded in 1909 from the Emilian capital Bologna . Other names are I Rossoblu ("The Red-Blue") and I Veltri ("The Greyhounds").

In the period from 1925 to the beginning of the Second World War , FC Bologna was one of the most successful Italian and European football clubs with six championship titles and two wins in the Mitropa Cup . After the war, the club could no longer build on its successes; the seventh and final championship came in 1964.


On October 3, 1909, the Bologna Foot Ball Club was founded. At that time, the Italian champions were still determined in final rounds, which could be achieved by winning the group in regional leagues. From the early 1920s, Bologna established under coach Hermann Felsner- namely in the region of Emilia-Romagna , but could be at national level not ultimately prevail. From the 1923/24 season onwards, the game was becoming more and more orderly in Italy, the individual leagues comprised larger regions and in the 1st League North (Group B) a dominant team emerged with FC Bologna. The club achieved the club's greatest success in June 1924 when it reached the north final (the winner then played in the championship final against the winner from the south). Against the winners of the 1st League North (Group A), CFC Genoa , Bologna lost 1-0 in the first leg. In the second leg on their own place, no sporting result could be achieved because the game had to be abandoned in the 84th minute when the score was 1: 1 after riots and the future champions from Genoa was declared the 2-0 winner.

In the following season there was revenge between the two teams. Again in the 1st League North, FC Bologna prevailed in group B and CFC Genoa in group A. The confrontation began on May 24, 1925 and ended for Bologna with a 1: 2 home defeat, for which exactly one week later they returned the favor with a 2: 1 away win in Genoa. A playoff in Milan was supposed to determine a winner on June 7th, but ended in a draw after extra time (2: 2) as did the second playoff in Turin on July 5 (1: 1). On August 9, around ten weeks had passed since the first game, another playoff was scheduled in Milan, which kicked off in the early morning at 7:00 a.m. without spectators. In the end, Bologna prevailed 2-0 and won the first Italian championship in the same month with much less spectacular final games against Alba Roma (4-0 H, 2-0 A).

FC Bologna was finally a feared opponent and the home venue a fortress. After the championship, he won all of his eleven home games in the 1925/26 season (with 46: 4 goals) and reached the final in the north two points before FBC Turin (which in turn also won all eleven home games). After a 2: 2 at home and a 0: 0 away, Bologna had to go back to Milan almost exactly a year after the decisive victory against Genoa, where it was narrowly defeated by Juventus this time with 2: 1 .

In 1926 the club was renamed Associazione Giocare Calcio Bologna (AGC Bologna) .

In 1929, Bologna had just become Italian champions for the second time in the playoff match in Rome against FBC Turin, and the Serie A national football league was founded with 18 teams. This should put an end to the complicated mode of preliminary decisions at regional level and the dragging disputes in play-offs. The new game system proved its worth and AGC Bologna immediately established themselves in the front half of the table. In the late 1930s and early 1940s, Bologna experienced the most successful period in its club history with four championship titles won (1936 to 1941).

The championship team of FC Bologna for the 1963/64 season.

The Second World War ended this era and FC Bologna, as the club called itself again after the end of the war, did not regain its old strength after the end of the war. Only at the beginning of the 1960s did the club manage to jump into the top third of the table for a few years. For the 1961/62 season, the club entered the championship for the first time under the name FC Bologna, which is still used today, previously the club had long been known under the name AGC Bologna. With the new name it was even possible to win the championship title again in 1964. After that, however, a gradual transition to mediocrity began again, although two further club successes were recorded in the Italian cup competition in 1970 and 1974. In the championship, on the other hand, chronic concerns about relegation followed from 1977, which culminated in 1982 with the first relegation to Serie B. It was only since 1996 that FC Bologna played continuously in Italy's top division and confirmed a position in midfield every year before relegating to Serie B in 2005. In the Serie B 2007/2008 season, being runner-up in the table again succeeded in being promoted to Serie A. Then Bologna managed to establish itself in the first division. This positive development then experienced a major setback in the 2013/14 season , when they were only penultimate in Serie A - only before AS Livorno  - and had to return to the second division after six years.

The international successes of FC Bologna are manageable. After winning the national title in 1964, the club achieved the only participation to date in the European Cup of National Champions 1964/65 , from which they were unlucky. The Italians were able to compensate for a 0: 1 defeat at RSC Anderlecht with a 2: 1 in the second leg and also force a 0: 0 in the play-off. The drawing of lots, which was still common at the time, ended, to the annoyance of the Italians, with the Belgian team advancing. That bad luck was repeated two years later in the UEFA Cup , when the 1-0 home win against Leeds United by the English in the second leg was equalized, but the lot was again decided in favor of the opposition. In 1968, the Italians achieved their greatest international success when they reached the UEFA Cup semi-finals, in which they did not get more than 2-2 at home after a 3-2 defeat at Ferencváros Budapest , the biggest international success, which was when they reached the UEFA Cup again - The 1998/1999 semi-finals could be repeated after qualifying via the UI Cup.

Club colors and crests

Since it was founded in 1909, FC Bologna has been wearing the colors red and blue, plus white shorts and blue socks. Today's club coat of arms shows the acronym BFC and the year of foundation 1909 in the upper part, as well as the colors of the club and the Georgskreuz in the lower part.

Club successes

Team captain Mirko Pavinato and club president Renato Dall'Ara with the Mitropa Cup 1961.
National title season
Italian championship 7th 1924/25 , 1928/29 , 1935/36 , 1936/37 , 1938/39 , 1940/41 , 1963/64
Italian Cup 2 1969/70 , 1973/74
International title season
Mitropacup 3 1932 , 1934 , 1961
UEFA Intertoto Cup 1 1998
English-Italian League Cup 1 1970

facts and figures

Professional team squad (2019/20)

No. Nat. Surname Date of birth In the team since Contract until
01 BrazilBrazil Angelo da Costa 11/12/1983 2015 2020
20th CanadaCanada Sebastian Breza ..1998 2020
28 PolandPoland Łukasz Skorupski 05/05/1991 2018 2023
97 SenegalSenegal Fallou Sarr ..1997 2019
03 ItalyItaly Mattia Bani 12/10/1993 2019 2023
04th NetherlandsNetherlands Stefano Denswil 05/07/1993 2019 2022
14th JapanJapan Takehiro Tomiyasu 05/11/1998 2019 2024
15th SenegalSenegal Ibrahima Mbaye 11/19/1994 2015 2023
23 BrazilBrazil Danilo 05/10/1984 2019 2020
25th ItalyItaly Gabriele Corbo January 11, 2000 2018
35 NetherlandsNetherlands Mitchell Dijks 02/09/1993 2018 2023
midfield player
08th ArgentinaArgentina Nicolás Domínguez 06/28/1998 2020
16 ItalyItaly Andrea Poli 09/29/1989 2017 2021
18th UruguayUruguay César Faletti 12/02/1992 2017 2021
21st ItalyItaly Roberto Soriano 02/08/1991 2019 2023
31 SwitzerlandSwitzerland Blerim Džemaili (C)Captain of the crew 04/12/1986 2016 2020
32 SwedenSweden Mattias Svanberg 01/05/1999 2018 2023
30th NetherlandsNetherlands Jerdy Schouten 01/12/1997 2019 2024
07th ItalyItaly Riccardo Orsolini 01/24/1997 2019 2022
09 ParaguayParaguay Federico Santander 06/04/1991 2018 2022
10 ItalyItaly Nicola Sansone 09/10/1991 2019 2023
11 Czech RepublicCzech Republic Ladislav Krejčí 07/05/1992 2016 2020
17th DenmarkDenmark Andreas Skov Olsen 12/29/1999 2019 2024
22nd ItalyItaly Mattia Destro 03/20/1991 2015 2020
24 ArgentinaArgentina Rodrigo Palacio 02/05/1982 2017 2020
99 GambiaGambia Musa Barrow 11/14/1998 2020
As of January 31, 2020

Former players

Coach history

Since 2019 head coach of FC Bologna, Siniša Mihajlović
Head coach
Term of office Surname
1909-1919 no trainer
1920-1931 AustrianAustrian Hermann Felsner
1931-1932 HungarianHungarian Gyula Lelovics
1932 HungarianHungarian József Nagy
1932-1933 Brazil 1889Brazil Achille Gama
1933-1934 Italy 1861Kingdom of Italy (1861-1946) Pietro Genovesi
(Technical Commission)
1934 HungarianHungarian Lajos Kovács
1934-1938 HungarianHungarian Árpád Weisz
1938-1942 AustrianAustrian Hermann Felsner
1942-1943 Italy 1861Kingdom of Italy (1861-1946) Mario Montesanto
1945-1946 AustrianAustrian Alexander Popovich
1946 Italy 1861Kingdom of Italy (1861-1946) Pietro Genovesi
(Technical Commission)
1946-1947 Hungary 1946Hungary József viola
1947-1948 Hungary 1946Hungary Gyula Lelovics
1948-1949 AustrianAustrian Anton Cargnelli
1949-1951 English peopleEnglish people Edmund Crawford
1951 UruguayanUruguayan Raffaele Sansone
1951-1952 ItalianItalian Giuseppe Galluzzi
1952 Hungary 1949Hungary Gyula Lelovics
1952-1956 ItalianItalian Gipo Viani
1956-1957 ItalianItalian Aldo Campatelli
1957 Yugoslavia Socialist Federal RepublicYugoslavia Ljubo Benčić
1957-1958 HungarianHungarian György Sárosi
1958-1959 ItalianItalian Alfredo Foni
1959-1961 ItalianItalian Federico Allasio
1961-1965 ItalianItalian Fulvio Bernardini
1965 ItalianItalian Manlio Scopigno
1965-1968 ArgentiniansArgentinians Luis Carniglia
Head coach
Term of office Surname
1968 ItalianItalian Gipo Viani
1968-1969 ItalianItalian Cesarino Cervellati
1969 ItalianItalian Oronzo Pugliese
1969-1972 ItalianItalian Edmondo Fabbri
1972-1976 ItalianItalian ArgentinaArgentina Bruno Pesaola
1976-1977 ItalianItalian Gustavo Giagnoni
1977 ItalianItalian Cesarino Cervellati
1977-1979 ItalianItalian ArgentinaArgentina Bruno Pesaola
1979 ItalianItalian Marino Perani
1979 ItalianItalian Cesarino Cervellati
1979-1980 ItalianItalian Marino Perani
1980-1981 ItalianItalian Luigi Radice
1981-1982 ItalianItalian Tarcisio Burgnich
1982-1982 ItalianItalian Francesco Liguori
1982 ItalianItalian Alfredo Magni
1982-1983 ItalianItalian Paolo Carosi
1983 ItalianItalian Cesarino Cervellati
1983-1984 ItalianItalian Giancarlo Cadè
1984 ItalianItalian Nello Santin
1984-1985 ItalianItalian Bruno Pace
1985-1986 ItalianItalian Carlo Mazzone
1986-1987 ItalianItalian Vincenzo Guerini
1987 ItalianItalian Giovan Battista Fabbri
1987-1990 ItalianItalian Luigi Maifredi
1990-1990 ItalianItalian Franco Scoglio
1990-1991 ItalianItalian Luigi Radice
1991 ItalianItalian Luigi Maifredi
1991-1992 ItalianItalian Nedo Sonetti
1992-1993 ItalianItalian Eugenio Bersellini
Head coach
Term of office Surname
1993 ItalianItalian Aldo Cerantola
1993 ItalianItalian Romano Fogli
1993 ItalianItalian Alberto Zaccheroni
1993-1994 ItalianItalian Edoardo Reja
1994-1998 ItalianItalian Renzo Ulivieri
1998-1999 ItalianItalian Carlo Mazzone
1999 ItalianItalian Sergio Buso
1999-2003 ItalianItalian Francesco Guidolin
2003-2005 ItalianItalian Carlo Mazzone
2005 ItalianItalian Renzo Ulivieri
2005-2006 ItalianItalian Andrea Mandorlini
2006-2007 ItalianItalian Renzo Ulivieri
2007 ItalianItalian Luca Cecconi
2007-2008 ItalianItalian Daniele Arrigoni
2008-2009 SerbiaSerbia Siniša Mihajlović
2009 ItalianItalian Giuseppe Papadopulo
2009-2010 ItalianItalian Franco Colomba
2010-2011 ItalianItalian Alberto Malesani
2011 ItalianItalian Pierpaolo Bisoli
2011-2014 ItalianItalian Stefano Pioli
2014 ItalianItalian Davide Ballardini
2014-2015 UruguayanUruguayan Diego Lopez
2015 ItalianItalian Delio Rossi
2015-2018 ItalianItalian Roberto Donadoni
2018-2019 ItalianItalian Filippo Inzaghi
2019– SerbiaSerbia Siniša Mihajlović

Club records

Web links

Commons : Bologna FC  - Collection of images

Individual evidence

  1. Prima Squadra. In: Bologna Football Club 1909, accessed March 1, 2018 (Italian).
  2. ^ FC Bologna squad. In: . Transfermarkt GmbH & Co. KG, accessed on August 12, 2019 .