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AC Bellinzona

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

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.

History

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.

Honours

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)

Players

Current squad

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

Out on loan

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

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

Coaching staff

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

References

  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 2013.
  4. ^ "Federazione Ticinese di Calcio" (in Italian). Retrieved 2014.
  5. ^ "ROSA UFFICIALE STAGIONE 2019-2020" (in Italian). Retrieved 2020.

External links


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