AC Bellinzona

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AC Bellinzona
AC Bellinzona logo
Full name Associazione Calcio Bellinzona
Nickname(s) Granata (Grenade)
Founded 1904
Ground Stadio Comunale Bellinzona, Bellinzona
Ground Capacity 10,000
Chairman Paolo Righetti
Head Coach Arno Rossini
League 2. Interregional Liga Group 4
2014/15 2.Liga Ticino Group, 1st

AC Bellinzona is a Swiss football club based in Bellinzona. It was founded in 1904, and won the Swiss Super League in 1948. After being folded in 2013 declaring bankruptcy, the team played the Ticino Group of 2.Liga, the sixth tier of the Swiss Football League System in 2014-15 season. After winning it, Bellinzona promoted to Group 4 of 2. Interregional Liga.


Since Bellinzona is an Italian-speaking region, many Italian Serie A clubs loaned youth players to the club to get first team experience.

Bellinzona was promoted to the Swiss Super League after beating St. Gallen 5–2 on aggregate in the relegation play-off following the 2007–2008 season. Bellinzona will play at the top level in 2008–2009 season for the first time since the 1989–90 season. As finalists in the Swiss Cup, the team also qualified for the 08-09 UEFA Cup where it beat Ararat Yerevan of Armenia in the 1st qualifying round.

In 2013 before the 2013-14 season of 1. Liga Promotion the club was declared bankrupt.[1] After staying one season playing only at young divisions, the club went back to professional football, joining the 2014-15 2.Liga.[2]

Achievements of Bellinoza[edit]

  • Challenge League
    • Winners: 1942-43 (Lost promotion play-off), 1943-1944 (Won pronotion play-off), 1975-1976, 1979-1980, 1999-2000 (Lost promotion play-off)
  • 2. Liga
    • Winners: 1920-21 (as 4th tier), 2014-15 (as 6th tier)

Current squad[edit]

As of 3 September 2014. Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Switzerland GK Stefano Minotti
2 Switzerland DF Daniel Maffi
3 Switzerland DF Carmelo Staropoli
5 Serbia DF Alexander Djurić
6 Switzerland DF Tito Tarchini
7 Italy DF Angelo Raso
8 Switzerland MF David Forzano
9 Republic of Macedonia FW Borce Manev
10 Serbia MF Aleksandar Milošević
11 Switzerland MF Davide De Bernardi
12 Switzerland GK Leonardo Pontrelli
14 Switzerland DF Samuele Preisig
No. Position Player
15 Portugal MF André Dos Santos
16 Switzerland MF Patrick Citrini
17 Switzerland MF Renato Sergi
18 Switzerland FW Jonathan Mele
19 Switzerland MF Federico Pagnoncelli
20 Switzerland MF Daniele Facchinetti
22 Switzerland FW Igor Mijatović
23 Switzerland MF Alessio Bottani
24 Switzerland DF Daniel Rossi
25 Italy GK Andrea Cappelletti
27 Switzerland FW Christian Casanova
30 Switzerland FW Branko Banković


See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Konkurseröffnung über AC Bellinzona" (in German). 22 April 2013. Retrieved 23 December 2013. 
  2. ^ "Federazione Ticinese di Calcio" (in Italian). Retrieved 3 August 2014. 

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