This website is for sale, please contact us for more information

Bologna

Bologna is a football (soccer) club from Italy.

Talk Bologna

Are you a fan of Bologna or want to know more about the club? Then you can discuss Bologna with other fans on the messageboard here.

Bologna News

Want to know more about Bologna? We gather news from various medias about Bologna and you find them in the news section


About Bologna

Bologna Football Club 1909, known simply as Bologna, is an Italian Football League Teams based in Bologna, Emilia-Romagna, formed in 1909 (reformed in 1993). The club are nicknamed the rossoblù because of the red and blue striped shirts they wear. Red and Blue are the official colours of the town.

During its history the club has won the Italian League Championship seven times. They are the sixth most successful team in the league ever. Bologna F.C. was promoted to Serie A for the 2008–09 season, having last played in the top division in 2004–05.

History

Bologna Football Club's formation was orchestrated by Emilio Arnstein, an Austrian who became interested in association football at university in Vienna and Praga. He and his brother had previously founded another football club Black Star F.C 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, it was against Virtus Bologna (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

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 U.S. Pro Vercelli Calcio. They would equal this again in 1923–24, coming runner up to (eventual National champions) Genoa C.F.C..

Bologna became Northern and National League champions for the first time during 1924–25, beating Genoa CFC after five infinite 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

After World War II, the club was less successful. Throughout the 1950s and 1960s, the club generally floated between 4th, 5th and 6th 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 beforing going to a Penalty shootout (association football), Bologna won the shootout 4–3.

Climbing Down and back up the Leagues

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 tastes 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 Serie A 2004-05 campaign, losing to Parma in the playoffs.

Serie B

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

During this time, the team was sold by Giuseppe Gazzoni Frascara to Alfredo Cazzola, a local entrepreneur. However, Mandorlini 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 2005–2006 Serie B campaign in eighth place. In the 2006–2007 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 2007–2008 season, Bologna was led by Daniele Arrigoni, who helped the Rossoblu achieve automatic promotion back to the top flight after finishing second in Serie B.

Serie A

During the summer 2008, a club takeover was agreed between Cazzola and a United States-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 A.C. Milan thanks to a winning goal scored by Serie A novice Francesco Valiani. However, the next weeks saw Bologna struggling in the league, with eight losses in nine matches. A disappointing 5–1 loss to Cagliari Calcio ultimately led the club management to sack Daniele Arrigoni on 3 November 2008 and appoint Siniša Mihajlović as new rossoblu boss.

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 F.C. played in Serie A for the 65th time, and escaped relegation again despite financial issues under new head coach Franco Colomba.

On June 2010 a club takeover was completed, with the club being sold by the Menarini family to Sardinian enterpreneur Sergio Porcedda. Franco Colomba was sacked right before the 2010–2011 season opener on 29 August 2010, despite surviving relegation with the team in the 2009–2010 season. The president of the club, Sergio Porcedda, said that the decision was made mostly "because he Colomba was sceptical of the team".

The consortium "Bologna 2010"

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 threaten of bankruptcy. The company also owed agent fee to Leonardo Corsi in the Andrea Raggi's transfer. Zanetti also became the new club chairman, with popular Italian musician and long-time Bologna supporter Gianni Morandi appointed as honorary president.

On 21 January 2011, the president Massimo Zanetti and CEO Luca Baraldi, after only 28 days, resign 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, the second largest shareholder of the consortium "Bologna 2010" with the 17% of the quotas, behind the outgoing Zanetti.

Stadium

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

First team





Out on loan



Presidential history

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.


|}


Managerial history

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.

{| class="wikitable" style="text-align: center"
|
|
|
|
|
|
|
|
|
|
|
|
|
|
|
|
|
|
|
|
|
|
|
|
|
|
|
|
|
|
|
|
|
|
|
|
|
|}
{| class="wikitable" style="text-align: center"
|
|
|
|
|
|
|
|
|
|
|
|
|
|
|
|
|
|
|
|
|
|
|
|
|
|
|
|
|
|
|
|
|
|
|
|
|
|
|
|}
|}


Honours






© The Global Football Database (GFDb.com) 2004-2011. All rights reserved. Arco Iris Media Aps. Akvarie Forum