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.

Bellinzona
AC Bellinzona logo
Full nameAssociazione Calcio Bellinzona
Nickname(s)Granata (Maroon)
Founded1904
GroundStadio Comunale Bellinzona, Bellinzona, Switzerland
Capacity5,000 (600 seated)
ChairmanPaolo Righetti
ManagerValerio Jemmi
LeaguePromotion League
2018–193rd
WebsiteClub website

HistoryEdit

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

Since Bellinzona is an Italian-speaking region, many of Italy's 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 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 knock-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.

HonoursEdit

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)

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)

PlayersEdit

Current squadEdit

As of 22 January 2020.[5]Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1   GK Ulisse Pelloni
3   DF Michele Monighetti
4   MF Luca Quadri
5   DF Antonio Felitti
6   DF Ivan Lurati (on loan from Sion)
7   MF Salvatore Guarino
8   MF David Forzano
10   MF Mirko Facchinetti (vice-captain)
11   MF Giovanni Italo
12   GK Stefan Vidovic
14   MF Kristijan Ivanov
16   MF Tiziano Villa
No. Position Player
17   MF Nikola Milosavljevic (on loan from Sion)
18   GK Aleardo Prati
19   DF Patrick Berera
20   FW Ivan Facchin (on loan from Chiasso)
21   FW Simone Piazza
22   DF Gonzalo Soto
23   FW Gastón Magnetti (captain)
24   MF Luca Anselmi
29   FW Sergio Cortelezzi
32   MF Leonardo Melazzi
33   DF Daniele Russo

Out on loanEdit

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

No. Position Player
15   MF Edmond Berzati (on loan to Chiasso)
30   FW David Stojanov (on loan to Mendrisio)

Coaching staffEdit

Position Name
Head Coach   Valerio Jemmi
Assistant Coach   Marco Piccinno
Fitness Coach   Roberto Ghielmetti
Goalkeeper Coach   Ramon Consoli
Physiotherapist   Giuseppe La Falce
Doctor   Cristiano Bernasconi

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Bellinzona-Dnipro 2009 History | UEFA Europa League". UEFA.com.
  2. ^ "Galatasaray-Bellinzona 2009 History | UEFA Europa League". UEFA.com.
  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. ^ "ROSA UFFICIALE STAGIONE 2019-2020" (in Italian). Retrieved 22 January 2020.

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