AC Bellinzona

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 and the 1. Liga Classic, Bellinzona is promoted to 1. Liga Promotion. They currently play in the Swiss Challenge League, the second tier of Swiss football.

AC Bellinzona logo
Full nameAssociazione Calcio Bellinzona
Nickname(s)Granata (Maroon)
GroundStadio Comunale Bellinzona, Bellinzona, Switzerland
Capacity5,000 (600 seated)
ChairmanPaolo Righetti
ManagerBaldo Raineri
LeagueChallenge League
2021–22Promotion League,
1st (promoted)
WebsiteClub website
Current season


Chart of AC Bellinzona table positions in the Swiss football league system

Because Bellinzona is an Italian-speaking region, many of Italy's Serie A clubs have 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 played at the top level in the 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. Then they knocked-out Ukrainian FC Dnipro on away goal rule (2:3 in Dnipropetrovsk, and 2:1 home victory, 4:4 aggregate).[1] In third qualifying round they faced Galatasaray losing both games 3:4 at home ground and 1:2 in Istanbul.[2]

In 2013 before the 2013–14 season of 1. Liga Promotion the club was declared bankrupt.[3] After staying one season playing only at young divisions, the club went back to professional football, joining the 2014–15 2.Liga.[4] After two years in 1. Liga Classic, the club finished first in 2018 and was promoted to the 1. Liga Promotion for the 2018–19 season.

In the 2021-22 Swiss Promotion League, Bellinzona reached second place during the regular season. In the promotion round, they were able eke out a first place finish ahead of FC Breitenrain to gain promotion to the Swiss Challenge League. As Breitenrain withdrew their license request, Bellinzona would have been promoted even had they not won the season.


Swiss Super League

Swiss Challenge League

  • Champions: 1942–43 (Lost promotion play-off), 1943–44 (Won pronotion play-off), 1975–76, 1979–80, 1999–2000 (Lost promotion play-off)

Swiss Promotion League

  • Champions: 2021–22

1. Liga Classic

  • Champions: 1931–32, 1935–36, 1998–99, 2017–18

2. Liga

  • Champions: 1920–21 (as 4th tier), 2014–15 (as 6th tier)


Current squadEdit

As of 27 January 2023.[5]Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Pos. Nation Player
1 GK   SUI Yuri-Gino Klein
5 DF   URU Franco Romero
6 MF   URU Andrés Schetino
7 MF   URU Cristian Souza
8 MF   URU Thomás Chacón
10 FW   URU Sergio Cortelezzi
11 MF   SUI Matteo Tosetti
12 GK   SUI Alexander Muci (on loan from Lugano)
13 DF   URU Guillermo Padula
15 DF   SUI Serkan Izmirlioglu (on loan from Luzern)
17 DF   SUI Bruno Morgado
19 FW   SUI Tresor Samba
20 MF   URU Matías Ocampo
22 MF   SUI Siyar Doldur (on loan from Sion)
No. Pos. Nation Player
23 DF   ARG Isaac Monti
27 MF   CIV Eric Tia
28 DF   SUI Gaetano Berardi
29 MF   SUI Adrian Durrer (on loan from Lugano)
31 GK   SUI Jules Cavin
33 MF   TUR Mehmet Manis
37 DF   SUI Fabio Dixon
47 DF   SUI Santiago Miranda
72 DF   SUI Andrea Padula
77 GK   COD Joël Kiassumbua
88 MF   ITA Tommaso Centinaro (on loan from Lugano)
91 DF   SUI Dragan Mihajlović
99 FW   URU Rodrigo Pollero

Out on loanEdit

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
MF   SUI Guélor Samba (at FC Paradiso until 31 December 2022)
No. Pos. Nation Player
FW   SUI Robin Wildhaber (at UTC until 31 December 2022)

Coaching staffEdit

Position Name
Head coach   Baldo Raineri[6]
Assistant coach   Fernando Cocimano[6]
Fitness coach   Fabio Scali
Goalkeeper coach   Lorenzo Colombo
Physiotherapist   Damiano Longo
Doctor   Cristiano Bernasconi


  1. ^ "Bellinzona-Dnipro 2009 History | UEFA Europa League".
  2. ^ "Galatasaray-Bellinzona 2009 History | UEFA Europa League".
  3. ^ "Konkurseröffnung über AC Bellinzona" (in German). 22 April 2013. Retrieved 23 December 2013.
  4. ^ "Federazione Ticinese di Calcio" (in Italian). Retrieved 3 August 2014.
  5. ^ "SQUADRA" (in Italian). Retrieved 13 November 2020.
  6. ^ a b "Baldo Raineri wird neuer Trainer der AC Bellinzona". (in German). Swiss Football League. 14 September 2022. Retrieved 14 September 2022.

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