Bologna F.C. 1909

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Bologna FC
Full name Bologna Football Club 1909 S.p.A.
Nickname(s) I Rossoblù (The Red-Blues);
I Felsinei (The Bolognese)
I Veltri (The Greyhounds)
Founded 1909 (Bologna FC)
1993 (Bologna FC 1909)
Ground Stadio Renato Dall'Ara
Bologna, Italy
Ground Capacity 38,279
President Albano Guaraldi
Head Coach Davide Ballardini
League Serie A
2012–13 Serie A, 13th
Website Club home page
Home colours
Away colours
Third colours
Current season

Bologna Football Club 1909, known simply as Bologna, is an Italian Football League club based in Bologna, Emilia-Romagna, formed in 1909 (reformed in 1993). The club are nicknamed the rossoblù due to the red-and-blue striped shirts which they wear, which are also the official colours of the city.

Bologna were a founding member of Serie A in 1929. During its history, the club has won the Italian league championship seven times, making them the sixth most successful team in the history of the league.


Bologna Football Club's formation was orchestrated by Emilio Arnstein, an Austrian who became interested in football at university in Vienna and Prague. He and his brother had previously founded another football club, Black Star, in Austria.

The club was founded on 3 October 1909, in the Northern Italian city of Bologna. Upon its formation, Carlo Sandoni was the clubs sponsor and general manager, Swissman Louis Rauch became president, nobleman Guido Della Valle was the vice-president, Enrico Penaglia secretary, Sergio Lampronti cashier, while Emilio Arnstein and Leone Vincenzi were appointed councilmen.

On 20 March 1910, Bologna played their first ever game, against Virtus, who wore white shirts. Bologna outclassed their opponents, winning 9–1. The first football squad featured; Koch, Chiara, Pessarelli, Bragaglia, Guido Della Valle, Nanni, Donati, Rauch, Bernabeu, Mezzano, and Gradi.

Their formative season was spent in the regional league under Arrigo Gradi as captain, Bologna won their league gaining promotion to a league named Group Veneto-Emiliano. They spent four seasons in this league, never finishing lower than fifth. Bologna were entered into the Northern League before all football leagues were postponed for World War I.

Champions: 1920s and 1930s[edit]

After the first war, Bologna began to become more successful. First reaching the semi-finals of the Northern Italian competition in 1919–20, they went one better the following season by reaching the Northern League finals, going out 2–1 to Pro Vercelli. They would equal this again in 1923–24, coming runner up to eventual national champions Genoa.

Bologna squad from the 1912 season.

Bologna became Northern and National League champions for the first time during 1924–25, beating Genoa CFC after five hard-fought final matches to take the championship. The finals against the Ligurian giants were marred by heavy crowd troubles. A few seasons later Bologna became champions of Italy for the second time in 1928–29 giving them a foothold in Italian football, building up a legacy, this was the last time the league was competed in the old system, Serie A was instated the following year.

The Scudetto was won by Bologna four more times before World War II, these were achieved in; 1935–36, 1936–37, 1938–39 and 1940–41.

Post-World War II[edit]

After World War II, the club was less successful. Throughout the 1950s and 1960s, the club generally floated between fourth, fifth and sixth position in the league, until they took the league title back in 1963–64. To date this remains their last Serie A championship, bringing the club's total to seven.

It was not all doom and gloom for the club, however; in the 1970s, they won the Italian Cup twice, the second of which was disputed against Palermo. The game was tense and finished 1–1 before going to a penalty shootout, where Bologna won 4–3.

Climbing Down and back up the Leagues[edit]

Beginning in the 1981–82 season, the club began to slide. First, they were relegated from Serie A after battling it out for survival with Cagliari and Genoa. They were relegated twice in succession and slid into Serie C1. They won their way out of C1 the next year, and returned to Serie A for the 1988–89 season after four years of fighting it out in Serie B.

They did not remain long, however, being relegated in 1991 and returning to Serie C1 in 1993. The club returned to Serie A for 1996. Two years later, Bologna tasted a slice of success on the European stage, winning the UEFA Intertoto Cup and playing in the UEFA Cup. The club remained in Serie A until the 2004–05 campaign, losing to Parma in the playoffs.

Serie B[edit]

Despite losing some key players, Bologna expected to be challenging strongly for promotion from Serie B in the 2005–06 campaign. Despite its ambition, however, Bologna had a poor start to the season, causing the sacking of experienced coach Renzo Ulivieri, replaced by former Internazionale defender Andrea Mandorlini.

During this time, the team was sold by Giuseppe Gazzoni Frascara to Alfredo Cazzola, a local entrepreneur. Mandorlini, however, was not either able to bring Bologna up the Serie B table, and was fired on 5 March 2006; Ulivieri was then appointed back as team coach, after having been sacked a few months before. Bologna ended the 2005–06 Serie B campaign in eighth place. In the 2006–07 season, Bologna ended with the seventh place: there were several clashes between chairman Cazzola and head coach Ulivieri, who was ultimately fired on 14 April 2007 and replaced by caretaker and former assistant coach Luca Cecconi. For the 2007–08 season, Bologna was led by Daniele Arrigoni, who helped the rossoblù achieve automatic promotion back to the top flight after finishing second in Serie B.

Serie A[edit]

During the summer of 2008, a club takeover was agreed between Cazzola and an American-based consortium; this was, however, cancelled in the end, following disagreements between the parties, and the club was successively sold to a local group led by new chairman Francesca Menarini, who thus became the second female chairman in the whole Serie A. Arrigoni was confirmed as head coach by the new group, and the start appeared to be particularly impressive, with a surprising 2–1 win at San Siro against Milan thanks to a winning goal scored by Francesco Valiani. The next weeks saw Bologna struggling in the league, however, with eight losses in nine matches. A disappointing 5–1 loss to Cagliari ultimately led the club management to sack Daniele Arrigoni on 3 November 2008 and appoint Siniša Mihajlović as new rossoblù boss.[1]

On 14 April 2009, Giuseppe Papadopulo was appointed as the new manager, and successfully managed to raise the team spirit avoiding relegation to Serie B only in the last match of the season. In the 2009–10 season, Bologna played in Serie A for the 65th time, and escaped relegation again despite financial issues under new head coach Franco Colomba.

In June 2010, a club takeover was completed, with the club being sold by the Menarini family to Sardinian entrepreneur Sergio Porcedda. Franco Colomba was sacked right before the 2010–11 season opener on 29 August 2010, despite surviving relegation with the team in the 2009–10 season. The president of the club, Sergio Porcedda, said that the decision was made mostly "because he [Colomba] was skeptical of the team."[2]

Stadio Renato Dall'Ara seen from Curva Bulgarelli

The consortium "Bologna 2010"[edit]

On 23 December 2010, the consortium Bologna 2010 led by banker Giovanni Consorte and coffee businessman Massimo Zanetti acquired the club from Sergio Porcedda, after the latter failed to pay wages for the club during his short-tenured ownership and put Bologna in threat of bankruptcy. The company also owed agent fee to Leonardo Corsi in the Andrea Raggi's transfer.[3] Zanetti also became the new club chairman, with popular Italian musician and long-time Bologna supporter Gianni Morandi appointed as honorary president.[4][5]

On 21 January 2011, President Massimo Zanetti and CEO Luca Baraldi, after only 28 days, resigned because of irreconcilable differences with the other personal and financial partners. The new director general is Stefano Pedrelli. For 76 days, the president is Marco Pavignani.

Since 7 April 2011, after the resignation of Pavignani and having paid €2.5 millions of capital increase, the new president is Albano Guaraldi,[6] the second largest shareholder of the consortium "Bologna 2010" with the 17% of the quotas, behind the outgoing Zanetti.


The official stadium of Bologna is the Stadio Renato Dall'Ara. Dall'Ara is the biggest sports building of Bologna and its name is taken from an ex-president of the club, Renato Dall'Ara, who died three days before the final for Serie A's Scudetto. Its capacity is 38,279. The curva Bulgarelli (in English, Bulgarelli curve), the curve of Bologna's ultras, is dedicated to player Giacomo Bulgarelli, who died on 21 February 2009.

Current squad[edit]

First team[edit]

As of 1 February, 2014.[7]

Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Italy GK Gianluca Curci (on loan from Roma)
3 Italy DF Archimede Morleo
4 Slovenia MF Rene Krhin
5 Sweden DF Mikael Antonsson
6 Denmark DF Frederik Sørensen
7 Italy MF Francesco Della Rocca
8 Austria DF György Garics
9 Italy FW Rolando Bianchi
10 Italy FW Davide Moscardelli
11 Sweden MF Erik Friberg
12 Italy FW Robert Acquafresca
13 Uruguay MF Diego Laxalt (on loan from Inter)
14 Italy DF Cesare Natali
No. Position Player
15 Uruguay MF Diego Pérez
19 Greece FW Lázaros Christodoulópoulos
20 Brazil MF Ibson
21 Italy DF Nicolò Cherubin
22 Italy DF Andrea Mantovani (on loan from Palermo)
24 Italy MF Michele Pazienza
29 Italy DF Marco Maini
32 Austria GK Dejan Stojanović
33 Greece MF Panagiotis Kone
35 Slovakia DF Marek Čech
75 Spain DF José Ángel Crespo
88 Italy FW Daniele Paponi
99 Argentina FW Jonathan Cristaldo (on loan from Ukraine Metalist)

Youth team[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
2 Morocco DF Adam Masina
16 Italy GK Matteo Malagoli

Out on loan[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
13 Italy MF Nico Pulzetti (at Siena)
16 Italy MF Federico Casarini (at Virtus Lanciano)
20 Uruguay DF Mathías Abero (at Avellino)
25 Italy GK Federico Agliardi (at Cesena)
26 Italy DF Alex Ferrari (at Crotone)
28 Spain MF Martí Riverola (at Spain Mallorca)
31 Serbia DF Uroš Radaković (at Novara)
77 Croatia GK Stjepan Coklin (at Crotone)
92 France MF Abdallah Yaisien (at Trapani)
Italy GK Filippo Lombardi (at Bassano Virtus)
Italy GK Luca Marchignoli (at Mezzolara)
Italy GK Giacomo Venturi (at San Marino San Marino)
Italy DF Andrea Bandini (at Reggiana)
Italy DF Matteo Boccaccini (at Bellaria)
Italy DF Angelo Gregorio (at Teramo)
No. Position Player
Italy DF Kadir Caidi (at Bellaria)
Spain DF Rubén Palomeque (at Paganese)
Italy MF Riccardo Casini (at Catanzaro)
Croatia MF Damjan Đoković (at Romania CFR Cluj)
Italy MF Gianluca Draghetti (at San Marino San Marino)
Italy MF Alessandro Marchi (at Catanzaro)
Italy MF Matteo Montorsi (at Cuneo)
Italy MF Nicola Pescatore (at Carrarese)
Italy MF Andrea Pisanu (at Prato)
Italy MF Andrea Romanò (at Prato)
Spain FW Manuel Gavilán (at San Marino San Marino)
Italy FW Daniele Grandi (at Bellaria)
Italy FW Riccardo Pasi (at Santarcangelo)
Italy FW Luca Veratti (at Südtirol)

Presidential history[edit]

Bologna have had numerous presidents over the course of their history, some of which have been the owners of the club, others have been honorary presidents. Here is a complete list of Bologna presidents from 1909 until the present day.[8]

Name Years
Switzerland Louis Rauch 1909–10
Italy Pio Borghesani 1910
Austria-Hungary Emilio Arnstein 1910
Italy Domenico Gori 1910–12
Italy Rodolfo Minelli 1912–15
Italy Arturo Gazzoni (Honorary president) 1916–18
Italy Rodolfo Minelli 1918–19
Italy Cesare Medica 1919–21
Italy Angelo Sbarberi 1921–22
Italy Antonio Turri 1922
Italy Ruggero Murè (Honorary president) 1923
Italy Enrico Masetti 1923–25
Italy Paolo Graziani 1925–28
Italy Gianni Bonaveri 1928–34
Italy Renato Dall'Ara 1934–64
Italy Luigi Goldoni 1964–68
Name Years
Italy Raimondo Venturi 1968–70
Italy Filippo Montanari 1970–72
Italy Luciano Conti 1972–79
Italy Tommaso Fabbretti 1979–83
Italy Giuseppe Brizzi 1983–85
Italy Luigi "Gino" Corioni 1985–91
Italy Piero Gnudi 1991–93
Italy Giuseppe Gazzoni Frascara 1993–02
Italy Renato Cipollini 2002–05
Italy Alfredo Cazzola 2005–08
Italy Francesca Menarini 2008–10
Italy Sergio Porcedda 2010
Italy Massimo Zanetti 2010–11
Italy Marco Pavignani 2011
Italy Albano Guaraldi 2011–

Managerial history[edit]

Bologna have had many managers and trainers, some seasons they have had co-managers running the team. Here is a chronological list of them from 1920 onwards.[9]

Name Nationality Years
Hermann Felsner Austria 1920–31
Gyula Lelovics Hungary 1931–32
József Nagy Hungary 1932
Achille Gama Brazil 1932–33
Technical Commission
Pietro Genovesi
Bernardo Perin
Angelo Schiavio

Lajos Kovács Hungary 1934
Árpád Weisz Hungary 1934–38
Hermann Felsner Austria 1938–42
Mario Montesanto Italy 1942–43
Alexander Popovic Austria 1945–46
Technical Commission
Pietro Genovesi
Angelo Schiavio

József Viola Hungary 1946–47
Gyula Lelovics Hungary 1947–48
Tony Cargnelli Austria 1948–49
Edmund Crawford England 1950–51
Raffaele Sansone Italy 1951
Giuseppe Galluzzi Italy 1951–52
Gyula Lelovics Hungary 1952
Giuseppe Viani Italy 1952–56
Aldo Campatelli Italy 1956–57
Ljubo Benčić Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia 1957
György Sárosi Hungary 1957–58
Alfredo Foni Italy 1958–59
Federico Allasio Italy 1959–61
Fulvio Bernardini Italy 1961–65
Name Nationality Years
Manlio Scopigno Italy 1965
Luis Carniglia Argentina 1965–68
Giuseppe Viani Italy 1968
Cesarino Cervellati Italy 1968–69
Oronzo Pugliese Italy 1969
Edmondo Fabbri Italy 1969–72
Oronzo Pugliese
Cesarino Cervellati
Bruno Pesaola Argentina 1972–76
Gustavo Giagnoni Italy 1976–77
Cesarino Cervellati Italy 1977
Bruno Pesaola Argentina 1977–79
Marino Perani Italy 1979
Cesarino Cervellati Italy 1979
Marino Perani Italy 1979–80
Luigi Radice Italy 1980–81
Tarcisio Burgnich Italy 1981–82
Francesco Liguori Italy 1982
Alfredo Magni Italy 1982
Paolo Carosi Italy 1982–83
Cesarino Cervellati Italy 1983
Giancarlo Cadè Italy 1983–84
Nello Santin Italy 1984
Bruno Pace Italy 1984–85
Carlo Mazzone Italy 1985–86
Vincenzo Guerini Italy July 1, 1986–May 4, 1987
Giovan Battista Fabbri Italy 1987
Luigi Maifredi Italy July 1, 1987–June 30, 1990
Francesco Scoglio Italy 1990
Name Nationality Years
Luigi Radice Italy 1990–91
Luigi Maifredi Italy 1991
Nedo Sonetti Italy 1991–92
Eugenio Bersellini Italy 1992–93
Aldo Cerantola Italy 1993
Romano Fogli Italy 1993
Alberto Zaccheroni Italy 1993
Edoardo Reja Italy Dec 8, 1993–June 30, 1994
Renzo Ulivieri Italy 1994–98
Carlo Mazzone Italy July 1, 1998–June 30, 1999
Sergio Buso Italy 1999
Francesco Guidolin Italy July 1, 1999–June 30, 2003
Carlo Mazzone Italy July 1, 2003–June 30, 2005
Renzo Ulivieri Italy 2005
Andrea Mandorlini Italy Nov 9, 2005–March 5, 2006
Renzo Ulivieri Italy 2006–07
Luca Cecconi Italy 2007–June 30, 2007
Daniele Arrigoni Italy July 1, 2007–Nov 3, 2008
Siniša Mihajlović Serbia Nov 3, 2008–April 14, 2009
Giuseppe Papadopulo Italy April 14, 2009–Oct 20, 2009
Franco Colomba Italy Oct 21, 2009–Aug 29, 2010
Paolo Magnani (interim) Italy Aug 29, 2010–Aug 31, 2010
Alberto Malesani Italy Sept 1, 2010–May 26, 2011
Pierpaolo Bisoli Italy May 26, 2011–Oct 4, 2011
Stefano Pioli Italy Oct 4, 2011–Jan 8, 2014
Davide Ballardini Italy Jan 8, 2014–


Kit sponsors[edit]

  • 1978-1979:Admiral
  • 1980-1982:Tepa Sport
  • 1982-1988:Ennere
  • 1988-1993:Uhlsport
  • 1993-1996:Errea
  • 1996-2000:Diadora
  • 2000-2001:Umbro
  • 2001–present:Macron

Official sponsors[edit]

  • 1981-1982:Febal
  • 1982-1983:Bertagni
  • 1983-1984:Pasta Corticella
  • 1984-1985:Ebano
  • 1985-1986:Idrolitina
  • 1986-1989:Segafredo
  • 1989-1992:Mercatone Uno
  • 1992-1993:Sinudyne
  • 1993-1994:La Buona Natura
  • 1994-1997:Cassa Risparmio Di Bologna
  • 1997-2001:Granarolo
  • 2001-2004:Area Banca
  • 2004-2005:Amica Chips
  • 2005-2006:Europonteggi
  • December 2006:Motor Show
  • January–March 2007:Woolrich
  • March–June 2007:Volvo
  • December 2007-March 2008:Joe Marmellata
  • April–June 2008:Cassa Risparmio di Bologna
  • September 2008-June 2009:Unipol
  • August–September 2009:Cogei
  • October–November 2009:Cerasarda
  • November 2009-June
  • October 2010 – present:Cerasarda
  • Since October 2009 – present:Ceramica Serenissima
  • Since August 2011 – present:NGM


Northern League / Serie A : 7

Coppa Italia : 2

  • Winners: 1969–70, 1973–74.

Mitropa Cup : 3

  • Winners: 1932, 1934, 1961.

UEFA Intertoto Cup : 1

  • Winners: 1998.


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  3. ^ "Dott. Leonardo Corsi / Bologna F.C. 1909 SpA". CONI (in Italian). 27 April 2011. Retrieved 29 July 2011. 
  4. ^ "Bologna bailed out". ESPN Soccernet. 20 December 2010. Retrieved 24 December 2010. 
  5. ^ "Coffee king Zanetti explains Bologna buyout". 20 December 2010. 
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  7. ^ "Bologna F.C. 1909 – La squadra". Retrieved 19 July 2012. 
  8. ^ "Tutti I Presidenti del Bologna". 13 October 2007. 
  9. ^ "Tutti Gli Allenatori del Bologna". 13 October 2007. 

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