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Bologna Football Club 1909 is an Italianmarker football club based in Bolognamarker, Emilia-Romagna. They were formed in 1909 and continue on today. The club are nicknamed the rossoblù because of the red and blue striped shirts they wear.

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.


Bologna Football Club's formation was orchestrated by Emilio Arnstein, an Austrianmarker who became interested in football at university in Viennamarker and Pragamarker. 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 Bolognamarker. Upon its formation, Carlo Sandoni was the clubs sponsor and General manager, Swissmanmarker 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. They are thought to have adopted their red and blue stripes from Crystal Palace F.C.

On 20 March 1910 Bologna played their first ever game, it was 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

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 infinite final matches to take the championship. The finals against the Ligurian giants were characterized 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 competed against Palermomarker, the game was tense and finished 1-1 beforing going to a penalty shootout, 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 Cagliarimarker and Genoamarker. 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 2004/05 campaign, losing to Parmamarker in the playoffs.

Recent times

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 March 5, 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: the season has been however characterized by several clashes between chairman Cazzola and head coach Ulivieri, who was ultimately fired on April 14, 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.

During the summer, a club takeover was agreed between Cazzola and a United Statesmarker-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 Siromarker against AC 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 ultimately led the club management to sack Daniele Arrigoni on November 3, 2008 and appoint Siniša Mihajlović as new rossoblu boss.

On April 14, 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. will play in Serie A for the 65th time.

Current squad

As of 2009-10-29

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.
Name Years
Louis Rauch 1909–1910
Pio Borghesani 1910
Emilio Arnstein 1910
Igino Bettini 1936–1941
Domenico Gori 1910–1912
Rodolfo Minelli 1912–1919
Cesare Medica 1919–1921
Angelo Sbarberi 1921–1922
Antonio Turri 1922
Ruggero Murè (Honorary president) 1923
Enrico Masetti 1923–1925
Paolo Graziani 1925–1928
Gianni Bonaveri 1928–1935
Name Years
Renato Dall'Ara 1935–1964
Luigi Goldoni 1964–1968
Raimondo Venturi 1968–1970
Filippo Montanari 1970–1972
Luciano Conti 1972–1979
Tommaso Fabbretti 1979–1983
Giuseppe Brizzi 1983–1985
Luigi Corioni 1985–1991
Piero Gnudi 1991–1993
Giuseppe Gazzoni Frascara 1993–2002
Renato Cipollini 2002–2005
Alfredo Cazzola 2005-2008
Francesca Menarini 2008-present

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.
Name Nationality Years
Hermann Felsner 1920–1931
Gyula Lelovich 1931–1932
József Nagy 1932
Achille Gama 1932–1933
Technical Commission 1933–1934
Lajos Kovács 1934
Árpád Weisz 1934–1938
Hermann Felsner 1938–1942
Mario Montesanto 1942–1943
Alexander Popovic 1945–1946
Technical Commission 1946
József Viola 1946–1947
Gyula Lelovich 1947–1948
Tony Cargnelli 1948–1949
Edmund Crawford 1950–1951
Raffaele Sansone 1951
Giuseppe Galluzzi 1951–1952
Gyula Lelovich 1952
Giuseppe Viani 1952–1956
Aldo Campatelli 1956–1957
Ljubo Benčić 1957
György Sárosi 1957–1958
Alfredo Foni 1958–1959
Federico Allasio 1959–1961
Fulvio Bernardini 1961–1965
Manlio Scopigno 1965
Luis Carniglia 1965–1968
Giuseppe Viani 1968
Cesarino Cervellati 1968–1969
Oronzo Pugliese 1969
Edmondo Fabbri 1969–1972
Oronzo Pugliese
Cesarino Cervellati

Bruno Pesaola 1972–1976
Gustavo Giagnoni 1976–1977
Cesarino Cervellati 1977
Name Nationality Years
Bruno Pesaola 1977–1979
Marino Perani 1979
Cesarino Cervellati 1979
Marino Perani 1979–1980
Luigi Radice 1980–1981
Tarcisio Burgnich 1981–1982
Franco Liguori 1982
Alfredo Magni 1982
Paolo Carosi 1982–1983
Cesarino Cervellati 1983
Giancarlo Cadè 1983–1984
Pietro Santin 1984
Bruno Pace 1984–1985
Carlo Mazzone 1985–1986
Vincenzo Guerini 1986–1987
Gian Battista Fabbri 1987
Luigi Maifredi 1987–1990
Francesco Scoglio 1990
Luigi Radice 1990–1991
Luigi Maifredi 1991
Nedo Sonetti 1991–1992
Eugenio Bersellini 1992–1993
Aldo Cerantola 1993
Romano Fogli 1993
Alberto Zaccheroni 1993
Edoardo Reja 1993–1994
Renzo Ulivieri 1994–1998
Carlo Mazzone 1998–1999
Sergio Buso 1999
Francesco Guidolin 1999–2003
Carlo Mazzone 2003–2005
Renzo Ulivieri 2005
Andrea Mandorlini 2005–2006
Renzo Ulivieri 2006–2007
Luca Cecconi 2007
Daniele Arrigoni 2007–2008
Siniša Mihajlović 2008-2009
Giuseppe Papadopulo 2009
Franco Colomba 2009-present


Northern League / Serie A: 7
*Champions: 1924–25, 1928–29, 1935–36, 1936–37, 1938–39, 1940–41, 1963–64.
*Runners-up: 1920–21, 1923–24, 1925–26, 1926–27, 1931–32, 1939–40, 1965–66.

Italian Cup 2:
*Winners: 1969–70, 1973-74.

Mitropa Cup 3:
*Winners: 1932, 1934, 1961.

UEFA Intertoto Cup:
*Winners: 1998.


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