Saturday, September 10, 2016

Bologna All-time Team

Serie A League Winner: 1963-1964
Please also see my All-Time World Cup Team Index.

This is my selection of a 25 member all-time team for the club.  The number 25 was chosen because it is the official squad size for the Champions' League.

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.

GK: Mario Gianni (Italy)
He started with Pisa, but he went to Bologna in 1924, where he played 342 league games, winning three league championships, finishing in tenth place among the Rossoblu of all time for the number of appearances.  Capped for Italy in an era with fierce competition from Gianpiero Combi , Giovanni De Pra , Carlo Ceresoli and Giuseppe Cavanna .

GK: Carlo Ceresoli  (Italy)
Ceresoli was considered one of the strongest goalkeepers of the 1930s along with Giampiero Combi, Ricardo Zamora and František Plánička. With the Italian national team he played the only qualifying match of the 1934 FIFA World Cup against Greece and the famous Battle of Highbury in which he saved a penalty from Eric Brook. He was 1938 World Champion with the Italian national team and went on to win 8 caps for Italy.

GK: Gianluca Pagliuca (Italy)
He made his name with Sampdoria, winning the league in 1990-1991 and reaching the European Cup's final in 1992.  In 1994, Inter Milan broke the world transfer record for a keeper to sign him.  While at Inter, he reached UEFA Cup Final twice, winning it in 1997-1998.  For the national team, he was the starting keeper at both USA 1994 and France 1998.  
Gianluca Pagliuca 

RB: Eraldo Monzeglio (Italy)
He played for Casale, Bologna, and Roma, winning the Serie A title and two editions of the Mitropa Cup with Bologna. At international level, he was one of only three Italian players to have won two  consecutive World Cup titles in 1934 and 1938, being named to the tournament's All-star Team in 1934. He also won two editions of the Central European International Cup with Italy. 

CB: Gastone Baldi (Italy)
He played for 4 seasons (82 games, 3 goals) in the Serie A for Bologna F.C. 1909. He made his debut for the Italy national football team on 3 December 1922 in a game against Switzerland.  He represented Italy at the 1924 Summer Olympics.

CB/DM: Ivan Jensen (Denmark)
Jensen won three Danish championships with AB in 1943, 1945, and 1947,  and made his debut for the Denmark national football team in September 1945.  He went on to play 25 games and score two goals for the national team, including four games as Denmark won a bronze medal at the 1948 Summer Olympics in London.  After London, he joined Bologna in Italy, in which ended his international career.  He spent 8 seasons with them.

CB: Paride Tumburus (Italy)
Born in Aquileia, Tumburus played club football for Bologna F.C. 1909 and Vicenza Calcio, before retiring after a season with Rovereto in 1971.

CB: Mauro Bellugi (Italy)
He started his career with Inter Milan, making his debut for them on 31 August 1969 in a Coppa Italia match. In five seasons with Inter he played 90 Serie A matches, and 137 times in all senior competitions.  Bellugi later also played for Bologna F.C. (1974–79), S.S.C. Napoli (1979–80) and A.C. Pistoiese (1980–81). Capped 31 times from 1972 to 1979.  He played five games in the 1978 FIFA World Cup.  He also went to the one in 1974.
Mauro Bellugi

SW: Francesco Janich (Italy)
During his career he played for Atalanta (1956–58), Lazio (1958–61), and Bologna (1961–72). He earned 6 caps for the Italy national football team, and played in both the 1962 and 1966 World Cups.

LB: Felice Gasperi (Italy)
He won the Olympic bronze medal at the 1928 Summer Olympics in football team competition, but because of a disputed game in some accounts of that history, his name is not listed among the medal winners. 

LB: Dino Ballacci (Italy)
During his football career he became one of the most representative players of Bologna F.C. in the Fifties. He played more than 300 matches in rossoblù. In 1954, he played with Italy national team in the World Cup qualification match won 5–1 against Egypt national.

DM: Michele Andreolo (Uruguay/Italy)
He was best remembered for his time in Italy.  He won 4 scudettos with Bologna. He was capped by Uruguay, but won the World Cup with Italy in 1938.

DM: Giacomo Bulgarelli (Italy)

He was a member of the 1962 and 1966 World Cup team.  He also won the European Championship in 1968 at home.  He spent his career mainly with Bologna.

CM: Romano Fogli (Italy)
Fogli was born in Santa Maria a Monte, near Pisa. During his club career he played for Torino F.C., Bologna F.C. 1909, A.C. Milan, and Calcio Catania. He earned 13 caps for the Italy national football team from 1958 to 1967, and participated in the 1966 FIFA World Cup.

CM: Helmut Haller
Haller was one of the best midfielders in the world in the 1960's.  In 1966, he helped West Germany to reach the WC Final in 1966, forming one of the best midfield of the tournament.  He also went to Chile in 1962 and Mexico in 1970.  He started with Augsburg.  He was also known for his stints in Italy, playing for Bologna and Juventus.
Helmut Haller


AM: Mario Montesanto (Italy)
Started with Venezia, but in 1930 he went to Bologna, where he remained for 12 seasons, amassing some 280 appearances and 10 goals. He formed a midfield with Francisco Fedullo , Amedeo Biavati, Raffaele Sansone, Michael Andreolo and others.  Capped 6 times.

AM: Roberto Baggio (Italy)
He was the icon of the 1990's.  He was the World Player of the Year, the Ballon d'Or winner and the World Soccer Player of the Year in 1993.  He led Italy to reach the semifinal at Italia 1990 and then, to a second place four years later.  For club football, he started his career with Fiorentina.  He became the most expensive player in the world when he joined Juventus.  He also played for AC Milan, Bologna, Inter Milan and Brescia.
Roberto Baggio
AM/FW: Amedeo Biavati (Italy)
Biavati is regarded as one of the greatest Italian players and wingers of all time, and is largely remembered for popularising the use of notable skills and feints in Italian football, in particular the step over. Capped 18 times with eight goals for the Italy national football team between 1938 and 1947, and he helped the team to win the 1938 FIFA World Cup in France

AM: Carlo Reguzzoni (Italy)
He was an attacking midfielder playing mainly for Bologna in the 1930s and 1940s, scoring 143 goals in 377 games for the club. He also played for Pro Patria. In total, he scored 155 goals in 401 appearances in Serie A. Capped once.

FW: Angelo Schiavio (Italy)
Schiavio spent his entire career with Bologna FC. He won four league titles with the club. He won the 1934 FIFA World Cup with Italy, finishing as the tournament's second highest goalscorer; he also won a bronze medal with Italy at the 1928 Summer Olympics. In 2012, he was inducted into the Italian Football Hall of Fame.
Angelo Schiavio

FW/RW/LW: Gino Cappello (Italy)
Cappello began his career with Padova. He joined Milan in 1940.  After the war, he went to Bologna where he played for ten straight seasons. He scored 80 goals in 245 games. In his last two seasons he played for Novara in Serie B. He was one of four players to play both games at the 1950 World Cup. Four years later he was also called up to the national team for the 1954 World Cup, where he wore the number 10 shirt, becoming the first Italian player to wear the iconic jersey in a World Cup.

ST:  Héctor Puricelli (Uruguay/Italy)
After playing for Central Español from Montevideo, Puricelli moved from Uruguay to Italy in 1938 to play for Serie A side Bologna. The club were going through a good spell in their history and with goals from Puricelli they were able to continue that; in his first season they won the Italian championship of 1938–39.
In his first season Puricelli was joint-capcannonieri (top scorer) in Serie A. He repeated this feat in 1940–41 with 22 goals, also winning his second league title with Bologna that season.  Capped once by Italy.

ST: Ezio Pascutti (Italy)
Pascutti spent his entire club career with Italian side Bologna, playing 296 Serie A matches and scoring 130 goals for the club from 1955 to 1969. He also held the record for most consecutive games scored in at the start of a Serie A season, before it was broken 30 years later by Gabriel Batistuta during the 1995–96 Serie A season.  He went to the WC Finals in 1962 and 1966.
Ezio Pascutti 


ST: Kenneth Andersson (Sweden)
For Sweden, Andersson made 83 appearances and scored 31 goals, both near the top in national history.  He played in the 1992 and 2000 European Championships. He led the Swedish team in scoring with five goals in the 1994 World Cup, a feat which tied him for third place as the tournament's leading goalscorer.  On club level, Andersson played in Italy and Turkey.

ST: Harald Nielsen (Denmark)
He played professionally for Italian club Bologna F.C. where he was the league top scorer (capocannoniere) in Bologna's 1964 Serie A championship winning season. Harald Nielsen played 14 games for the Denmark national football team in 1959 and 1960, scoring 15 goals, and he was known as Guld-Harald (Gold-Harald).


Honorable Mention William Negri, Giuseppe Vavassori, Carlo Furlanis, Tazio Roversi, Gino Pivatelli, Eraldo Pecci, Giuseppe Savoldi, Giuseppe Signori, Axel Pilmark.

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